The secret to arranging an outstanding living room.

Our living rooms are often the center of the party. We entertain, hold meetings, host parties, and just relax. In many homes, it is the most used room in the house! Some homes have very formal spaces, others are very casual. Regardless of house you use your living room, here are a few rules of thumb to think about when arranging and placing your furniture.

A few different ways you can place your furniture.

Designing a small space can be tricky. Making a room feel as spacious as possible, while adding extra seating. Or which furniture to choose, and where to put it. All spaces present a design challenge. And I am not blessed with a large space, but rather a long narrow space. But here are the suggestions I have. They worked quite well for me.

This is my main focal point.
Focal points can be anything. I have two points in my room. Since it is long and narrow, I have a focal point on each end.

*First and foremost, find your focal point. It is what you want to see first when you walk into the room. This could be a fireplace, special painting, or a wall. Maybe even your tv if that’s your thing!

*Next, we will establish a center point and it does not have to be the middle of the room. Generally a coffee table is used for this. Other ideas could be a large ottoman. Which ever it is, It is the anchor of your room. And will divide the space.

*Now we can select the seating. The correct way is what works best for you. First, figure out the function of your furniture. Do you need extra storage? And watch the traffic flow. Allow 36 in. for the flow. Start with a sofa, and a pair of chairs, this combination works in any space. Use cleaner lines, and petite sofa arms for a small space. Larger rooms can handle bigger bulkier furniture.

*Add flat surfaces. Which most often is a coffee table. A place to set drinks or other items. Don’t forget about end table either! The rule of thumb is to place the coffee table 14-18 inches from the sofa. Whether your room is formal or for everyday living, you want to provide enough surfaces for people to place their drinks. comfortably. How many you have is up to you. Try sitting in each area, and set your coffee down. If you are short of space, but need more surfaces, try nesting tables. They can be moved around when needed, and put back easily when done.

Now we will want to add in some decorative elements. Try to be flexible, you will probably have to move things around more then once before you are fully satisfied with the arrangement.

*Tie the space in with an area rug.

*Use mirrors- If you dont have many windows, or lack in the lighting area. Mirrors can be quite helpful. They will not only help your space look bigger, but adds depth as well.

*Place art work above eye level.

*Add plants.

Try placing a sofa or loveseat by a textured wall, or large window. With small end tables on either side. If you have a corner space, its ideal for a sectional. Not all surfaces need to be square or rectangle either, maybe a round or oval shaped table fits your space better. If your looking to add extra seating, but lack room, small cushions can easily slide under coffee and endtables. Or even double as a foot rest. Some cushions even open for storage!

9 valuable tips to clean and organize your bedroom.

I’ve never had the luxury of having a huge bedroom. But just because its small doesn’t mean it lacks space to use for organization. You just need to get a little creative. Here is a list of “creative” ideas.

  • You can install a closet organizing system
  • space saving hangers
  • put dividers in your drawers
  • fold clothes differently
  • use space under beds, or behind doors
  • add shelves
  • use baskets

Your day begins and ends in this room. So keeping it organized will help keep you sane!

*Make your bed– It costs nothing, and only takes a few minutes. Its THE most powerful tool in making your room look better. Even if its cluttered and messy. So take a few extra minutes to smooth out your blanket and put back your pillows.

*Time to purge– Yes, you knew it was coming! If you have read any of my previous posts, you have learned that its the first step. Soooo, gather up all of the clothes and shoes that no longer fit. The books you’ve already read, or the exercise equipment you said you would use. Let Goodwill benefit from your castoffs

*Take advantage of the space under your bed.- Why waste it? Its prime real estate! For shoes, seasonal clothes, exercise equipment, or any other bulky items. Use clear storage boxes with handles. So you can see what you have, and be able to pull them out easily when needed.

I used pop tabs to create a sort of double hanger. I use this for outfits that I ware together.

*Conquer the closet- Many of us are not blessed with a large closet. So first, lets get rid of anything that doesn’t belong. Even if it means walking all the way across the house. Just to put it in its home. Invest in a few closet organizers. I have a few ideas pinned on pintrest. (Simply saving spaces) If you’d like to check it out. A shoe rack is a must. Arrange clothes by type or by season. Which ever works best for you.

I can’t believe how empty it looks! I just cleaned out my closet!

*Bedside storage- A small night stand can add a touch of beauty to a room. Choose a model that includes drawers. Now you have a place to stash your things that tend to clutter up. Such as kleenex, lotions, lip balm or books.

Here I used a picture frame with the glass taken out. I put in small hooks for hanging, but you could also use thumb tacks.

*Give jewelry a home- A traditional jewelry box is not the only option here. You can show it off by using a framed pegboard on the wall, rings and earrings on a pretty tray on top of a dresser. I have several ideas pinned on my board called bedroom organization on pintrest. (Simply saving spaces)

*Don’t forget the doors!- Use over the door hangers on the door of your room, or closet doors. Perfect for bathrobes, purses, belts, scarves, and coats.

*Add a trunk if you have the room.- Use this to store extra blankets, or out of season clothes. But be careful with this one. These types of area can clutter up easily. And keep in mind, you can always store the same items under the bed.

*Style your dresser!- Yet another place that can easily clutter up. But you can fix this by using baskets or decorative boxes to gather up small items that show up on the dresser.

So there you have it. Easy peasy! But remember, your room didn’t get cluttered over night. It will not get cleaned and organized over night either.

My #1 rule…

When I first began to “declutter” I would run from room to room, creating a pile that just needed to go somewhere else. But then I would run out of steam, become frustrated, and quit. I didn’t really even know where I was going with my clutter, I just stuck it into a drawer or basket so it was out of site.

But then… I came across a You Tube video where a person was talking about organizing. The more I watched, the more I became obsessed. And the light bulb went on in my mind. I realized I was going about it all the wrong way. I then slowed my process down. Which leads me to my #1 rule. Create a place for everything.

By this I mean, designating an area for all like Items helps calm down the clutter. Such as all coats in the same closet, or all shoes by the back door ect. When there are too many places for everything to go, we get all jammed up. I find that by labeling baskets and drawers also helps my family to put things back as well.

Have you ever not been able to find that one missing item, and spent hours looking for it? Well, there’s a solution. By designating an area, such as a drawer, basket, shelf or closet, it will reduce the amount of time you spend looking. Because you will know exactly where it should be. When I started this process, I first had to get rid of the things I no longer needed. And THIS was the hardest part. Where do I start? was the fist this that came to my mind. But I continued to read up on this problem, and kept watching those you tube videos, and learned that the best thing to do is to start with just one room. And if the room seems much to big, then, one drawer, one shelf, one basket at a time. Your mess didn’t happen over night and neither will the clean up.

Once you have tackled that,( and don’t think it needs to be perfect.) Then you will be able to move forward. By moving forward slowly you begin to see just how you would like it to look. And doing it a little at a time makes it so much easier. And this brings me to my rule. CREATE A SPACE FOR EVERYTHING.