Diy organizing ideas
If you own a coffee table (or forgot you had one due to the clutter) it’s time to reassess its organizational capacity. Coffee tables that glance grand but don’t own any storage for magazines, remote controls or even drink coasters, are probably making life more hard. If you don’t own the budget for a new one, consider adding low storage cubes, rolling baskets or bins to stick under the table.
Welcome the Wastebasket
If trash tends to accumulate in the family room, adding a wastebasket might cut below on clutter.
Few family rooms actually own a wastebasket in them; they’re not attractive and they can smell. Counteract this by choosing a can that fits your room’s decor. If you know food will be thrown away here, get one with a lid and some deodorizing trash bags.
Control Out-of-Control Cords
Until the world goes wireless, we’ll forever be stuck with tangled cables behind our entertainment centers. Fortunately, there are several options for taming cords in the family room. The most attractive is the slender Cableyoyo. It neatly coils up to six feet of cord and comes with an adhesive backing that sticks onto almost any surface. A cable caddy generally sticks onto a desktop (or behind the TV console) and has a space for several cables to clamp into.
Your cords will still dangle freely, however, so a cable zipper, which encloses every the cables in a tube, might be the best bet.
Designate a Game Area
For a family that likes to frolic together, a game cabinet for board games and cards is both functional and enjoyment. Games generally finish up in a TV armoire, but it’s helpful to designate a separate space for them, whether in another shelving unit, a bookcase or in plastic containers under the sofa (if the sofa has a skirt).
Creating a single game space will free up other areas of the room for storage. If a computer is part of your gaming area, Julie Morgenstern recommends against a computer armoire. She’s rarely seen them work well and recommends instead a desk that has a separate work surface, paper storage and a surface for the monitor.
Create a Frolic Zone
If toys are taking over your family room, it’s time to put them in timeout. Unused corners of a family room convert into grand frolic areas because the walls serve to block encroaching clutter. Corners are also excellent areas to put a little bookcase or children’s table.
Add rolling bins for toy storage so your kid doesn’t own to feel confined, but is encouraged to pick up after he or she is done playing.
Hold Flat Surfaces Clutter-free
Papers, books, brochures and magazines tend to accumulate on flat surfaces every around the home, and the family room is no diverse. "You need a household information middle, and the family room may be where that happens," says Julie Morgenstern, author of Organizing from the Inside Out.
In fact, the family room is often more cluttered because it’s a central gathering put in the home.
A two drawer lateral file is Morgenstern’s ideal recommendation — on average she says that’s really how much paper it takes to run a home. If you don’t own the floor space, a stackable file cart will do.
Make a quick sweep of every flat surfaces by piling papers in a bin, then sorting and purging as necessary. Take a vow, and get your family to follow it, to put papers in files rather than on the coffee table.