Part 4: Declutter your Laundry Room & Your Living Room

How to Declutter Your Laundry Room


Everyone’s laundry room is different so our advice for decluttering your laundry room is less specific. Some people have their washing machine and dryer in an unfinished basement or a mudroom off of their garage, and a lucky few have their washer and dryer on the second story, closest to where all the clothes generally live. All of these different laundry room setups create many more possible scenarios for laundry room clutter, which makes it a little challenging to offer specific advice.

No matter what clutter plagues your laundry room and what other uses your laundry area has, follow these laundry room declutter guidelines:

• Get rid of what you don’t need in your laundry room.
• Organize what you keep with baskets, well-labeled bins and sturdy shelving.
• Keep clothes off the laundry room floor.
• Try storing detergent and fabric softener in glass jars or beverage dispensers to improve the      aesthetic when this space is highly visible or in a high-traffic part of your home.
• And avoid storing items on top of the washing machine and dryer – remember the declutter mantra: “Keep flat surfaces clean."

If you have questions about how to better remove clutter from your laundry room, or a particular challenge in this space, drop us a note in the comments and we’ll help you out!

How to Declutter Your Living Room


There is one thing that everyone intends to do in their family room or living room: Relax. It can be difficult to really relax and unwind when this space is cluttered with toys, books, wires, blankets, magazines and more. Nothing feels as good as a sitting down to enjoy family, friends or entertainment in a clean and organized room. If you’re in need of a family room or living room refresh, follow these living room organization tips to curb the clutter so you can truly relax at home.

Remove Clutter That Doesn’t Belong
A lot of things tend to end up in this frequently used space in your home. Start by removing any items that have lost their way and belong in another room. Look for toys that belong in your kids’ rooms, mail or magazines that belong in the office and glasses or dishware that may not have made it back to the kitchen yet.

Add More Storage
You may find yourself with an overabundance of blankets, toys, video games and more that DO belong in this space. Here are some simple storage solutions that will help you declutter your living room by finding a new home for the clutter.

Add baskets to hold frequently used toys and blankets.
• Add shelving for video games, DVDs and other media that is prone to sitting out in the open.
• Look for furniture/storage combos such as storage ottomans and trunks to store anything you don’t want out in the open. There are even some couches and loungers that double as storage.
• Add other furniture that doubles as storage space such as a credenza below the TV or a behind-the-couch chest.
• Un-Decorate

It is possible you simply have too many things in your family room or living room, which is making it feel cluttered and overcrowded? Try pruning back the pillows, hanging pictures and adding floating shelves to the walls to remove pictures or collectables that are crowding your table tops.

Donate or Sell
Be sure to address your books, CDs, DVDs and other entertainment by donating or selling anything that is no longer a staple in your collection. If you can convert your music and movies to digital format, you can free up a lot of valuable real estate in your family room without having to part with something you would otherwise keep. Get rid of any broken or unused toys, tchotchkes, remote controls and anything else that has lost its usefulness.

Wrangle the Wires
A mess of wires from your entertainment center is an eyesore that adds visual clutter in your family room or living room. There are countless products these days to help you tie up and hide your cables, but here are a few other tips for cord management:

• Use cords and cables that aren’t excessively long – you don’t want to have to tie up 20 feet of coaxial cable!
• Choose furniture that will cover up the cords if you don’t want to go to the trouble of feeding them into the wall (though you may be surprised at how simple that can be in some cases).
• Store your mess of cords in a container that matches your room décor.
• You may also be able to conceal some cords around your room with an area rug. There’s no getting rid of the cords in most cases, so we’re OK with hiding them in clever ways!

After you finish decluttering your family room and/or living room, be sure to let us know how it feels to sit down in your new Zen den after a long day!

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