Organize & Declutter your Living Room - The Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series

For this room of the Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series, we’re organizing and decluttering your living room today! When you’re organizing your living room, there’s usually a lot of different types of titles this room holds. And it seems like just as many functions!

The living room always get the bad wrap because it’s always untidy. If you’re like me, it’s the main room of the house and most of your living is done there. We’re going to get you focused on what you want this most-lived-in room’s functions to be and finally get your living room clutter free.

For those intimidated by this room, it’s one of the easiest rooms once you get started. I’m all about making it easy for you to get through it!

For today, let’s jump right into getting this family room organized!

What is The Completely Organized & Clutter Free series?

If you’re new here, welcome! I’m so glad you’ve invited me along to be apart of your journey to be more organized and have a clutter free home!

The idea of home as a sacred place has long held true across many generations and cultures. This sacred space can be a place for wonderful memories, blossoming relationships, and the many milestones of your family’s lives.

The Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series has surpassed all of my expectations over the last few years, evolving into something that has helped so many more people than the few I wrote it up for.

The series started as just a few tips and tricks that I picked up when my husband and I moved from a 450 sq ft apartment into a 1700 sq ft house.

Frustrated by the learning curve, I kept a trial-and-error book of tips that were a waste of time and others that were pure gold.

Through trial and error, I was able to effectively find what works best for anyone looking to stop the habitual decluttering, the unrealistic organization standards, and start implementing real life strategies to get your house back to being balanced.

The things I’ve learned from others as well what I’ve developed from just trial and error, has gone into this series to help you reclaim your home as a sacred place and have a sustainable way of keep it that way.

What you’ll find for every room

Each room is a deep dive to get you at a solid foundation for starting a new routine to stop those bad habits from keeping you from being clutter free.

Along with the quick reference checklist, each post goes into detail of how to effectively organize your home to start working with you and not against you.

The schedule of this series is completely up to you. You can start with one room and move through every day for a week, or you can go through at your own crossing one item off your list at your own pace. It’s completely up to you.

The Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series is all about finding the right balance for you, your family, and your schedule.

So many times, I spent following tutorials and finding out they just didn’t work for my own schedule. In this series, I wanted something to be diverse and inclusive enough to help others who didn’t have an entire day to declutter and organize.

Each room breaks down bit by bit what it takes to starts a new routine and builds on sustainable habits for maintaining an organized and clutter free home.

 
Learn how to completely organize and declutter your home with this in-depth room by room series. These tips and tricks have been thoroughly tested & are used by professionals to keep their house spotless and functional. In this article, your living room will be perfected with these simple, easy steps. Includes a printable worksheet! #organization #home #declutter #organizemyhome #clutterfree
 

Don’t forget your checklist!

Don’t forget to grab your quick reference checklist that goes with this room by entering in your info in the form below!

This checklist will help you to stay on track when you’re in the middle of going through your room. Along with keeping you focused, this checklist will also help to pin-point how you want this room to function and how it needs to work for your lifestyle.

Enter in your info below and you’ll receive an email with your checklist inside! You’ll also receive an exclusive bonus guide just for grabbing your checklist!

Curious about more posts like this?

There’s a lot more posts like this over at the Home & Organization hub! There’s plenty of articles to help you find real life solutions with results that are tailored to your lifestyle.

For more of this series, each post and all of the bonus content can be found on the Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series main page.

Checklist Prep Work & Planning

Take some time to write out your checklist before you dive into your session. Each section has simple, easy to follow ways to get the most out of your time and your energy, so your organization and decluttering won’t be unnecessarily taxing.

These methods will help you to better understand where you need the most function and what can be taken out to clear for space.

I’m a fan of white space, so sometimes having nothing in an area after your initial round will help tremendously as time goes on. Room functions change, so having a white space option is always better than having to rethink your whole room over and over. 

 
Learn how to completely organize and declutter your home with this in-depth room by room series. These tips and tricks have been thoroughly tested & are used by professionals to keep their house spotless and functional. In this article, your living room will be perfected with these simple, easy steps. Includes a printable worksheet! #organization #home #declutter #organizemyhome #clutterfree
 

Gathering Up Items

Any time you’re tackling a big decluttering project, take a walk around the rest of your house before you begin. Look for anything living room related that may have snuck into another room.

If you’re not sure, take your checklist with you and refer to the top three functions you listed for here. Around the house, collect the items that will help you get to those top three!

These don’t have to be profound, sometimes just wanting a better hang out at the end of the day is a  great example if that’s apart of your top choice!

Psst - If you forget an item or there’s something hidden in a drawer, don’t worry, you can always move these back to it’s place later! Just focus on grabbing the plain sight ones.

The same “rehoming” goes for anything that made it’s way into your living room that could be repurposed elsewhere. Set those items that aren’t listed on your checklist where they belong or set them out of the way for now.

Since there’s a lot of active foot traffic in and out of this room throughout the day, I always find it best to “diagnosis” what makes it way into this room. Are they shoes, are they paper clutter?

When you’re gathering up everything, take a look at what’s being taken out of this room. Sometimes the most lived places in our homes tells us where we need to rethink our functionality.

Going back to the shoes example from above: if you’re noticing everyone’s shoes just gather in a corner of the room, is this because it’s the easier of the options or is there a disconnect with those who share your living room with you?

Once everything is gathered up and shuffled in or out of your room, it’s time to dive into some sorting!

Categorizing & Sorting

On your checklist, there are several lines to list out categories for your items. If you’re finding some things difficult to categorize, remember to keep it simple.

It’s so easy to overthink and list out all of these micro-categories of what’s in your living room. Keep your categories broad but reasonable (Entertainment, Textiles, so on) so you can make the most of your time and can really narrow down your room’s functionality.

Again, if you’re finding odd-ball items popping up throughout your room, go back to why they’re ending up in this room and how you can improve on their functionality in this room.

Sometimes just a switch around of furniture can do the trick in making an odd-ball item better suited. Go back to your checklist and your mapped out room and see if there’s something creative you can do to fit in this odd-ball item that keeps popping up.

Anytime you’re decluttering or about to clear some serious clutter, think of this time as a way to start big and begin working smaller and smaller once you’ve completed a big round.

If you have a BIG media collection, this may be the time to look at a less-umbrella of a category. So instead of ALL entertainment, maybe just DVDs, or just books, or just games. (I’ll let this micro-category slide because I know that it can be overwhelming during your first round of decluttering!)

If you’re pressed for time and still want to sort through clutter, my biggest tip is to take it category by category. When you categorize your items before you sort and declutter them, you give yourself “built-in” breaks to pause or pick up easily without a big mess.

Decluttering your Living Room

Now it’s time to sit down and go through one category at a time. To keep it simple and time effective, stick with one category instead of trying to do all of it all at once. Give yourself some breathing room and no need to rush.

Whichever category you choose is up to you! Usually, I’ll start with my largest one so I can get it out of the way. Eat the frog, right? But you can start small and work up to your big categories!

On your first category, we’re going to use a two-bin sort for our decluttering method to begin. This method works well because it’s more effective then multiple sorting categories right off of the bat.

For your first major round of decluttering, two bin keeps it simple and doesn’t send you into decision overwhelm. Yuck.

In your two bins, we’re either frequently using it or we’re donating/recycling it!

If you’re having trouble with your decluttering, don’t overthink it and go into “what-if” scenarios.

It’s so easy to fall back into those bad habits of keeping something just to keep something. Keeping it as if it’s our only option if our what-if-scenario actually happened.

Living rooms and Family Rooms are not only a catch all, but they can be heavily entertainment focused when it comes to clutter. Keep these questions in mind if you have an unruly media collection:

Is this a movie you’re ever going to be entertained by or watch again? Same question for a book or a video game! Ask yourself that question when you’re faced with the keep or not to keep.

Since some DVDs and video games can become so beat up keep a pile for recycling those ones that can’t be saved. If you’re done with some media, give it to someone else a chance to enjoy it as much as you did!

As you go through each category, keep track if there’s a theme of what your clutter is. Again, going back to that catch-all your living room can become, sometimes finding a better, organized spot may be an option too.

 
Learn how to completely organize and declutter your home with this in-depth room by room series. These tips and tricks have been thoroughly tested & are used by professionals to keep their house spotless and functional. In this article, your living room will be perfected with these simple, easy steps. Includes a printable worksheet! #organization #home #declutter #organizemyhome #clutterfree
 

Organizing your living room

Organizing is my long time passion. It sounds a bit cheesy, but I’ve always been someone who really enjoys organizing.

I love when things are exactly where I need them to be and takes the frustration out of running all over trying to find it. When we talk organizing, that’s the feeling that I’m absolutely obsessed with. That feeling of never having to worry if I have to fight over twenty other things to get something that I use frequently.

Ah, what a goal, right?

That’s the type of organization that I want you to think of for this part. We’re going to deep dive into really going back to what you need and how you want your bedroom to function.

On your checklist, we’re going to look back at what you want this room’s functions to be as well as how you mapped out your room. Take some time to look over these two points to see where you need white space and where you need something to function.

First, let’s start with your bulky items, so you can get the major parts out of the way first.

I’m always a lot more successful when I get the main pieces in the room down first instead of working in the smaller pieces after I set down one big piece.

For your living room, how you want this to set up and function is the secret sauce.

I can’t tell you how many times it felt as if I had a thorn in my side when my main room didn’t function for me anymore. Running into stuff, being uncomfortable, all of these things that were happening were things that drove me up the wall.

When you’re ready to organize your living room, keep referencing back to your top three functions and what you mapped out in your ideal room area. If you’re really going at it, take measurements of your big pieces and of your wall to make sure everything fits before starting to shuffle around everything.

Look for the best places in your room for your big items to function for everyone in your house.

If a piece doesn’t feel right somewhere, it’s best to ask yourself why. Is it because of glare? Is there a drafty window? Or is it something that just doesn’t’ fit? Go through your Ideal Room Map and see if there’s space that would better suit this item.

Once your big pieces are in the best functioning spot, now it’s time to move back your smaller, more detailed items. Fill in your spots with your most frequently used category first to get the best spot, while the other not-so-used items get placed in out of the way spots.

Remember: aim for that white space somewhere in your living room. Be it in your bookshelf, a corner next to the couch or your entertainment stand, find some openness to really free up your main room.

 
Learn how to completely organize and declutter your home with this in-depth room by room series. These tips and tricks have been thoroughly tested & are used by professionals to keep their house spotless and functional. In this article, your living room will be perfected with these simple, easy steps. Includes a printable worksheet! #organization #home #declutter #organizemyhome #clutterfree
 

What can we organize & declutter next?

Don’t forget to grab your quick reference checklist that goes with this room by entering in your info in the form below!

This checklist will help you to stay on track when you’re in the middle of going through your room. Along with keeping you focused, this checklist will also help to pin-point how you want this room to function and how it needs to work for your lifestyle.

Enter in your info below and you’ll receive an email with your checklist inside! You’ll also receive an exclusive bonus guide just for grabbing your checklist!

When you’re ready to move onto your next room, don’t forget to check out the main page for The Completely Organized and Clutter Free Series here.

On this page, you’ll find each room and its corresponding article. Need some time to decompress from this project? Each room is independent, so it doesn’t rely on completing one room before or after another. When you’re ready, start your next decluttering and organization project here!

To help you after your initial declutter and organization, I’ve also compiled everything you need to keep your house clutter free and organized without having to do big projects like this often.

In the Completely Organized & Clutter Free Companion Guide, I’ve compiled everything you need to break bad habits that lead to disorganization and clutter, as well as the tools you’ll need to stay proactive in keeping your house sacred.

From customizable calendars, detailed checklists, to a beautiful organizational binder that will finally get your storage areas under control, the Completely Organized & Clutter Free Companion Guide is made to help you build up lifelong habits to keep your house functional and headache free.

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