How to Declutter the Lounge Room

Your lounge room is most likely where the family come together to relax, have fun or entertain guests & the space should really reflect that. Some homes have more than one lounge & each one can have its own vibe.

Below I’ll share how I decluttered my lounge room & work at keeping it this way.

But firstly, a quick recap on how to declutter.


How to declutter

Decluttering as you’ve heard me mention before is all about deciding what to keep, throw away or donate. It sounds like such a simple process, however, many get overwhelmed when having to make such decisions.

My best advice is to create 3 piles (you can use recyclable plastic bags or boxes) & label them – keep, rubbish & donate. Doing this will streamline the decluttering process & help you understand what kinds of things you use & what you don’t use (an important part of living organised when it comes to shopping habits too).

  • Keep – items that you use often or will have an immediate use for
  • Rubbish – items that are broken or in poor condition
  • Donate – items you do not use, in good to new condition

Still stuck?

If you find you’re still stuck when it comes to placing items in the keep or donate piles because you’re worried you may need them at some stage look at it this way:

If you haven’t used a particular item in 6 months, have no immediate plans to & can afford a new one if a use becomes apparent in the future, then it may be best to decide to donate it.

All other items that you do use, especially the daily items, should be easily accessible.


Shelves & cupboards

Any shelves or cupboards in your lounge room ideally need to only hold those items that you want to display or have a purpose.

  • For each shelf/cupboard, sort each item using the decluttering system
  • Once you’ve finished decluttering, give the shelves/cupboards a thorough clean.
  • Re-organise your shelves/cupboards into both functional & purposeful spaces for all members of your household.
    • Are there any fragile items to keep on higher shelves, so little hands can’t touch?
    • Are there any items that need to be neatly stored such as books or DVDs?

Tables

Most tables attract so much mess & clutter as their seen as prime dumping zones.

  • Once you’ve finished decluttering, give the table & any chairs a thorough clean.
  • Re-organise the table surface in a way that is visually pleasing & with both functionality & purposefulness in mind for all members of your household.
    • You can keep it completely bare
    • You can add a few small home ware items, such as flowers or candles, as a centre piece
    • You can add a few practical pieces on one side of the table such as coasters or napkins

Floors

Floors can get cluttered too, especially in corners where you may store things piled up until you’re “ready” to deal with them with them.

  • Declutter the floor as per the decluttering system
  • Once you’ve finished decluttering, give the floor a thorough clean.
  • Re-organise the floors so that only must-have items remain
  • If you need to store an item on the floor, first see if you can find another home for it as this will make cleaning the floors a lot easier.

Maintenance

Maintaining an organised lounge room allows you to relax & enjoy the space a lot more especially if its where family & friends regularly come together.

To help maintain lounge rooms:

  • I decided to dedicate every Thursday to the lounge rooms & playroom

What next?

Once you’ve decluttered your lounge room & understand how to maintain a clutter-free space you can:

  • Invest in durable & functional storage systems
  • Move on to other areas within your home
    • Bathrooms
    • Bedrooms
    • Office/Study
    • Kitchen
    • Laundry
    • Playrooms

Hope you found this helpful in getting your lounge room under control & clutter-free.

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