DeCluttering the living room so your family can breathe!!
We live in our living room!!
There is a country warmth in our living room because the kitchen is sort-of part of the same room with a half-wall hiding the counters (thankfully) so the mess is hidden.
We all gather in the living room in the evenings to talk about our day or watch something on the internet (no TV here!!)
Wherever your family spends the most time, be it the kitchen, living room, family room, or schoolroom, hot spots and messes accumulate where people gather.
Over time clutter can create quite a disaster equal to the worst hurricane or tsunami leaving debris in its wake!!
So what’s a mama to do?!
I am fairly organized (I wasn’t born that way) and over time have learned to keep a neat home.
BUT if you are a fly on my wall, you will discover clutter starting to accumulate in my living room at this very moment!!
There is a blanket on the floor with toys strewn from the living room into the kitchen in the wake of two very active 11 month olds. They are nowhere to be seen but the mess remains.
No one can sit on the comfy recliner right now (and often) because it has a revolving pile of half-folded clothes. I usually fold them downstairs in the laundry room but have ‘taken’ to folding them upstairs since carrying two 20 pound babies downstairs can be . . . well avoided.
The main computer is in the living room. Something I had to get used to in this home. It is quite a mess of papers and stuff!! The coffee table?? That is one BIG hot spot!! Just as soon as I clean it up; it all appears again. My desk is downstairs in a room without windows. Again, carrying the twins downstairs, well . . .I do avoid that!!
I love my home and I love the reason the hot spots and people accumulate in my living room. There are seven nice sized windows so there is a view of the woods that surround us. Toys on the floor mean happy children until they need a nap. What a blessing I’ve had this year!! You know as well as I do that little messes grow if we are not constantly vigilant in picking up after them.
4 Tips for DeCluttering the Living Room so Your Family Can Breathe:
- Spend 15 minutes tidying up the hot spots each night before bed. I really do this. Before going to bed, I fold that load of laundry that I neglected all afternoon (most days), I pick up the toys from the babies. My toddlers and young children used to be required to pick up toys (or schoolwork) before supper.
- Vacuum once a week or every day depending on traffic through your living room. A newly vacuumed room looks inviting. One of my boys vacuumed for years. They did a great job being efficient with time although not being thorough. It got the job done ‘good enough’ and freed my time for something else.
- Dust once a week. OK so I have dusted the living room twice this year. Don’t tell anyone. Dust isn’t healthy and when you dust with a lemon scent it smells so refreshing at least for awhile.
- Double check the hot spots in the morning when you open the shades. Return the item to the ‘offenders’ room (without wasting time like I did for years) hunting down or battling out why the culprit needs to be the one to take responsibility. I now return it myself and wish I had learned years ago that this wasn’t a battle to take up.
This is just a simple strategy in decluttering your living room so your family can breathe. The home needs to be livable but it is nice when my hubby comes home if the clutter is minimized as much as possible.
The home needs to be livable but it is nice when my hubby comes home if the clutter is minimized as much as possible.
There is something inviting when a room is not cluttered. So, take out the extra furniture that makes the room look heavy, throw out the magazine basket, move bookcases to another room of the house (if possible) and basically make the room livable (since it
So, take out the extra furniture that makes the room look heavy, throw out the magazine basket, move bookcases to another room of the house (if possible) and basically make the room livable (since it is the living room) and decorate it to add warmth and coziness. But why bother with all this?
But why bother with all this?
I need room to breathe as much as my family does.
Clutter in my heart makes it harder for me to pray and make my Bible seem dull.
DeCluttering my living room reminds me that I need to constantly be vigilant remembering that the devil is prowling around seeking whom he can devour.
To be honest, he wants to devour me and you!
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: ~1 Peter 5:8~
What have you done to declutter your living room or do you need to declutter?
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