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Create a Tidy Oasis in Your Home

Share Cleaning Chores and Choose Furniture to Optimize your Living Space

© 2012 by Ann Nguyen all rights reserved; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without author’s written permission.

A comforable couch with brown fabric upholsery; photo courtesy Kelly Smith

With a busy family life, the living room or den can often end up no longer being a calm sanctuary and a place to relax. In fact, it can sometimes be hard to find a spot to sit down, as the family room is a place where no one has real responsibility for keeping it in order.

Everyone uses the space and then goes off to their own room without really thinking about tidying up behind them. Gradually the living room fills up with clutter and no one wants to take on the responsibility of sorting it out.

Of Individual Responsibility and Storage Units

This can be resolved without having to draw up rotational schedules for keeping it tidy; just have a rule that everyone picks up after themselves and things will never get out of hand. However, you can make it easier for everyone in the family if you plan in some excellent storage solutions in the living room.

With the increased size of home entertainment systems, a wall unit that holds the television, DVD player and all the video games consoles is a really good idea. It’s also a great way of hiding all the electrical wires and flexes.

If you have shelving above this storage unit, you have an ideal place for all the video game boxes and DVDs etc. You can also use the shelving for books and ornaments.

Your Living Room Furniture can Optimize Your Space

Many times, your furniture just won’t allow you to take full advantage of the room. This can be from many reasons. Perhaps a move was involved and all the old furniture simply transferred over. Perhaps only furniture style was considered, not the space in which it is to be placed.

Whatever the reason, if your furniture isn’t correctly tuned to your living space, the result can be crowded and clutter. The end result can be a room which is difficult to navigate in and keep tidy, no matter how hard you try.

For example, when you’re ready to get a new sofa, look at the different shapes and sizes available. You might prefer fabric sofas to leather ones, or want to go for a really different color or pattern. Have a look in store to get some inspiration, but don’t forget to look online at furniture store sites like Harveys as well.

It may be that your room is more suited to a corner sofa rather than the traditional sofa shape. Many corner sofas also have innovative storage sections under the cushions, an ideal place for things like extra cushions, throws and blankets, that you may want access to on winter evenings, but don't always want lying around on top of the sofa.

With a little bit of organization and some spending, you’ll get your living room in order with not too much effort. Then it can truly be a relaxing place to unwind at the end of a busy day.

About the author:

Jessica Ackerman from has skills in decorating with wall grille and wall decor.

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