2020 isn’t just a brand new year — it’s a brand new decade.
This eye-opening fact has many people scrambling for more than just New Year’s resolutions. They want to make significant changes that will continue through the next ten years and beyond. From lifestyle changes to health habits, they’re ready to take some big steps.
But huge changes don’t have to take a lot of work. Simple adjustments, like keeping your living room clean, can have a ripple effect that spreads to other parts of your life.
So if you’re ready to start the decade off right, read this article. We’ll show you seven living room organization secrets that will help you change your life.
1. Buy Quality Instead of Quantity
There’s a world of amazing products out there. Within seconds, you can have just about anything you desire shipped to you, sometimes for free! This makes it easy to accumulate a lot of stuff.
But what do you really need? And of that list, what do you actually use?
Take a good look at your current possessions. Which items truly make you happy? Which ones serve a necessary purpose?
A lot of the things we own have a superficial value. We buy them so that we can say we have the latest so-and-so or the entire collection of such-and-such, but we don’t really care about them.
How many of your belongings have real value? How many of them do you actually need?
You can reduce clutter in your living room by donating, selling, or tossing things that are not necessary to your life. If the item doesn’t provide a service or hold value to you, get rid of it.
By thinking about quality when you buy things in the future, you’ll find yourself staying organized and saving money.
2. Create Rules for Your Living Room
Have you ever been in a house where you weren’t allowed to wear your shoes? If so, the person who lived there understood that rules are important for keeping a house clean.
In your house, you get to make your own rules.
Some rules that can help you keep a clean living room include:
- Take your shoes off before you enter
- Keep food out or only eat over the coffee table
- Put everything back in its place after use
Making the rules is the easy part. Putting them into action and enforcing them is a bit harder.
But if you’re able to be consistent with your rules, you’ll find that you don’t have to deep clean your living room as often.
3. Stock Up on Your Favorite Cleaning Supplies
Cleaning isn’t everyone’s favorite chore. But with the right cleaning supplies, it’s a lot easier.
So, you should work to find some supplies that either make cleaning more fun or help you do it faster.
You might benefit from items such as:
- Germ wipes for cleaning surfaces
- Microfiber cloths instead of chemical cleaners and paper towels
- Lightweight vacuums with internal filters
- Brooms with no-bend dustpans
Department stores usually keep up with the latest and greatest cleaning technology. Check online or in your local store for gadgets that can take the drudgery out of daily chores!
4. Clean a Little Every Day
One of the biggest complaints about cleaning is that there is too much to do.
Layers of dust have accumulated, dirty fingerprints are everywhere, and debris has piled up on the floor. You could spend an entire Saturday cleaning your living room!
Instead, spend ten minutes every evening wiping down surfaces and putting everything back in its place.
Focus on the “high-traffic” areas like the couch, coffee table, and toybox. It doesn’t take very long to attack these areas with a wet wipe before bed.
Then, you won’t have as much to do on your heavy cleaning days!
5. Don’t Let the Mess Spread from Other Rooms
It’s easy to get lazy at the end of the day. After eight hours of work, most people just want to lounge on the couch and watch TV while they scroll through social media.
But you’ve got to be disciplined enough to clean up whatever you use after you’re done.
If you see a mess in your living room, trace the trail back to its place of origin. Return all paperwork and office supplies to your desk, and bring your dishes back to the kitchen.
At the end of each night, the only things in the living room should be things that live there.
6. Implement an Organizational System
The living room is like a catch-all for catch-alls. With all of those drawers and baskets around, there are just so many drawers and baskets!
To limit the amount of clutter in your space, create organizational systems where you see potential danger zones.
Cover those flat surfaces as best as you can and use storage methods where you can’t. This will eliminate the temptation to toss whatever’s in your hand onto the nearest surface.
And if possible, buy dual-purpose furniture to make the most of your space. A lift-top ottoman, for example, will give you a place to put your feet and a spot to hide some of your clutter.
7. Schedule Regular Deep Cleanings
You’ve already designed a daily cleanup routine to help you stay organized. That’s the tip of the iceberg.
Next, you should create a deep cleaning calendar to help you stay consistent.
The rest of your cleaning schedule can be broken down into three areas: weekly, monthly, and annual tasks.
You should bookmark these tasks on your calendar.
Your schedule will vary from someone else’s. But, here’s an example of what a deep cleaning routine might look like:
Weekly tasks: Vacuum and mop the floor; fluff and dust cushions; dust surfaces; clean TV
Monthly tasks: Clean windows, blinds, and windowsills; wipe down fan blades; clean off mirrors and hanging decor
Annual tasks: Steam clean carpets and furniture; dust ceilings and baseboards; change air filters; wipe down walls and refresh paint
If you want to keep a clean and tidy living room over the next year, you should do the following:
- Avoid buying things you don’t need
- Set rules and boundaries for your living room
- Stock up on cleaning supplies that make it easier
- Spend a few minutes picking up after yourself each night
- Make sure that clutter from other rooms returns to its home
- Create organizational systems in problem areas
- Keep a schedule for deep cleans
Once you master these steps, you can implement them in the rest of your apartment. And you can share them with your friends, as well.
These are seven secrets you don’t have to feel bad about spreading!
Elaine Chavez is the Business Manager at 625 Broadway. With over eight years of experience in the industry, she begins and ends each day loving what she does. She is passionate about helping people find the perfect place to call home and shines at building a community that everyone is proud to be a part of.