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8 Solutions for Organizing your Living Room

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No matter if you live in a BIG or little, itty-bitty house, chances are pretty good that you need some help organizing your living room from time to time.  After all, the living room is where we do our living.  Am I right?  We do everything from hosting sleep overs to taking prom pictures in our living rooms and everything in between.  The living room is where memories are made, the good, the bad, and the ugly ones.  The living room is where life happens and so does the clutter.  Here are 8 Solutions for Organizing your Living Room, no matter the size of your home, that you can incorporate at any time.

Organizing your Living Room

Blanket Ladder

Love blankets and throws, but don’t have anywhere to put them?  Use a blanket ladder in your living room.  We have one in our home that I bought at a vintage market a few years ago, and I absolutely love it.  It’s such a simple organizational hack, but it works wonders, keeping the blankets out of the way until needed.  It even looks pretty, adding some texture to the room.

Living Room Blanket Ladder

Designate a Space for the Kids

No matter if you have kids or grandkids, I recommend giving them their own space in the living room.  For our grandboys (ages 10 and 13), we have a storage ottoman that holds the items they frequent when they are at our house:  Nerf guns, puzzles, Silly Putty, books, art supplies, etc.  Then, when they are bored, they know where to look, and when they are finished, they know where to put things back.

Storage Ottoman used for hiding items

Organize your Pets’ Items

Every pet comes with their own collection of toys.  Contain them.  Use a rope basket, a wooden crate, or a metal basin to house all those cat toys and rubber balls when Fluffy and Fido aren’t playing with them.  And keep their cat tower or dog bed in the same location, to always make them feel at home.

Add Book Storage to your Space

Books can be the nemesis of any living room if you, or someone else in your home, are an avid reader.  They tend to get piled on top of the coffee table and end tables until we can get to them.  Instead, add book storage or shelving to your living room and give the classics a space to call home.  If you have more books than space, consider donating them to your local library or school.  


Utilize built-in shelving or Entertainment Centers

If you are fortunate to live in a home that has built in shelving, consider yourself blessed!  That’s one less piece of furniture that needs to be moved or vaccumed underneath!  Take advantage of it.  Use built-in shelving, or extra space in an entertainment center to add some style and pizzazz to the room.   Add some decorative baskets (great for hiding small miscellaneous items), storing some of those books previously mentioned or for simply adding a bit of décor to the room with some framed artwork, candles, or other keepsakes that you want to display.

Utilize Built in Shelving in your home

Where possible, incorporate hidden storage into your furniture

It’s amazing what types of furniture you can find that has hidden storage.  Consider a bench that doubles for shoe storage.  Seating that lifts up to store extra blankets and pillows.  A coffee table that has drawers for hiding magazines, remotes and reading glasses.  Or an ottoman that hides your workout equipment.  Out of sight doesn’t have to be out of mind, but it can be out of the way.

Hidden Storage Ideas for Organizing your Living Room

Organize the Remotes

We used to have furniture that allowed you to store the remotes in the arms of the sofa and chairs, which was fabulous.  We no longer have that furniture, so instead, we’ve opted for a simpler solution of storing all the remotes (1 for the TV, 1 for the DVD player, 1 for the fan, 1 for the fireplace) all in a basket, which makes it easy to know where they all are, without all the clutter on the end table.

Remote Basket

Use Stylish Storage Units

Storage does not need to be ugly.  It can have form and function.  Choose storage solutions that match your style and meet your needs, maybe something with cabinets, drawers, and shelving to accommodate all your items in one unit.  You have to live with it, so choose something you want to look at for years to come.

Living Room Cabinet with built in fireplace

I hope these 8 solutions will help you to not only organize your living room, but will also help you to create a space you love to live in.

Here’s to organizing your living room and RESETTING your life!


Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money, and improving your overall quality of life.” – CHRISTINA SCALISE

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