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Spring Clean – De-Clutter The Living Room

With the spring sunshine streaming in through the windows, now is the time to banish the winter blues. De-cluttering the living room is a great way to start spring cleaning the home and is certainly a necessity when it comes to decorating too. Just how do you do it?

De-Clutter

Step 1 – Throw, donate or keep

You need to be ruthless as you de-clutter the living room allowing yourself three piles of whether you are keeping something, recycling or donating it, or throwing it away. The throw-away pile should be the smallest with as much of the items you are not keeping being recycled or donated.

You literally need to go through everything including the bookcase shelving, the sideboard, TV unit, the coffee table with storage and, of course, the fitted living room furniture too. No drawer, shelf or cupboard should escape!

HINT – allow yourself plenty of time to de-clutter because it takes longer than you think!

STEP 2 – How to decide whether to ‘throw, donate or keep’

There are some items which are obviously staying and others that need to find their way out of the living room and then there are things that you really don’t know about. Just how do you make the decision whether something stays or not?

  • Is it a living room item? – it’s amazing how so many things seem to find themselves from another room to the living room. If it isn’t a living room item, it needs to find a new home.
  • Is it broken? – if something is broken, do you really need to keep it?
  • Is it sentimental? – even when something has sentimental value, the living room may not be the right place to keep it. Consider whether a new place to display or keep an item is the best move.

You could always bear in mind the Feng Shui principle when it comes to keeping things. The principle of whether something brings you happiness is not a bad rule when it comes to sorting things in the living room. Feng Shui also suggests surrounding yourself with family photos because by doing so, happiness is promoted in the home.

HINT – determining your style can help make decisions about whether something needs to stay or be thrown, donated or kept, and whether being kept in the living room is the right thing.

STEP 3 – Soft furnishings

The next thing to consider is the winter clutter of the numerous scatter cushions and throws. Whilst they were essential for winter comfort, they can get in the way when spring and summer arrive.

Change the cushions covers, wash the throws and pack away until the end of the year, replacing them with lighter spring fabrics and colours.

STEP 4 – Start as you mean to go on

Once you have decluttered your living room, you will find it so much easier to keep things when they are not needed, more so if you ‘assign’ spaces for everything to be kept.

What does become apparent when we de-clutter a room – and not just the living room, but other rooms in the home too – is the obvious lack of storage. But before you buy a piece of flatpack furniture or a large box to throw things in, why not consider fitted living room furniture?

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