Welcome to week 4 of our 6 Bags for 6 Weeks Challenge! Today we’re going to chat about living room organization. This week is also doing some work on our garage and storage rooms but this post will focus more on the living room.
(New to Paisley + Sparrow? Check out my original Decluttering and Organizing Challenge post for all the details.)
Let me just note that we do not expect you to fully do your garage and storage rooms. This post isn’t even going to touch on those because those are a whole different beast! I also know that if you’re like me, living in a place where it’s frigid cold, the last thing you want to do is organize your garage in 10 degree weather.
Our recommendation is to just start going through these areas. If you’re already pretty organized, you may just need to finesse them a bit. If you’re not, don’t stress yourself out! Just do a little bit to get the process started and do a little bit here and there as you have time.
Ok, let’s talk about your living room!
Living Room Organization
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Books, Magazines + Electronics
Let’s start with one of the easiest things that can become a huge cluttered mess which is your books, magazine and all of your electronics!
2 Tips for Organizing Books
Books can be a sensitive topic. Some people keep ALL of their books forever. Others read it once and pass it on! Regardless of whether or not you’re a keeper or tosser, you need to be organized.
1. Go through all of your books!
The number one thing to do is to really go through all of your books. If there are some that are super out dated, you haven’t touched in YEARS or that you just don’t want to ever read again, donate them.
2. Have a system for organizing your books.
Number 2 is to organize the books you keep. If you have a lot of books, make sure you have a method for them. Keep them organized on a bookshelf by author, title, genre, etc. The last thing you want is to not be able to find the book you’re looking for when you really want it!
If you’re someone like me who doesn’t have all that many and uses them for decorating, have your own method! I keep my books in my office, parenting books in our bedroom and most others in our downstairs bookshelf. I arrange them by color to keep it looking pretty! Another thing I like to do is to have the binding face the wall when I’m using them to raise things up and add dimension to a bookshelf. That way you don’t need to worry about color!
3 Tips for Magazines
1. Go through your magazines monthly
With all of the free magazines we get lately, our magazine pile can stack up really quickly! Once a month I go through all of our magazines to keep my stack small. One of our babysitters loves magazines so I pass them all on to her (and then she passes them on to her friend!).
2. Have one spot for your magazines
I have one spot for all of our magazines. This helps contain the magazine clutter and also helps me see when the stack is getting too high! Here are some really fun magazine holders that you could get!
3. If you don’t read them, unsubscribe!
If you find yourself never reading them or immediately tossing them in the recycling, unsubscribe! There’s no sense in wasting trees, spaces or resources on something you don’t actually use.
7 Products for Magazine Storage
- Allain Distressed Divided Magazine Rack (Wayfair)
- Like-It Magazine Holders (Container Store)
- Gold Magazine File (Target)
- Paper Tray (Target)
- Seagrass Basket (West Elm)
- Macrame Boho Magazine Rack (Amazon)
- Hyacinth Basket (West Elm)
Blankets + Pillows
I have a LOT of blankets and pillow. For this challenge I went through all of them and got rid of so many! I had pillows I hadn’t used in years and ones that were damaged with holes or broken zippers. If I didn’t want to fix them to put out, I got rid of them.
Same with blankets! I like to keep a few old blankets for the car or outside, otherwise I donate all of them. For ones that aren’t in the best shape, bring to an animal shelter! They can typically always use them.
Here are a few easy ways to store the blankets that you end up keeping.
A blanket ladder. We have one of these in our bedroom for a few blankets that we love. Here are some you could buy!
- Rustic Barnwood Ladder (Amazon)
- Two Tone Ladder (Wayfair)
- White Wood Ladder (Joss & Main)
- Metal + Wood Ladder (Target)
- White Vintage (Amazon)
- Red Ladder (Overstock)
- Maple Blanket Ladder (Bed Bath & Beyond)
- Modern Gray Ladder (Overstock)
- Curved Wood + Steel Ladder (Joss & Main)
On a shelf. Roll up your blankets and put them in the bottom shelf of a bookshelf (or built ins). Added bonus is these shelves won’t be at risk of getting cluttered! Great for small spaces or not a lot of floor space.
In a trunk. We have 2 trunks for blankets – one with family heirloom blankets (ones my grandma and Rishi’s grandma have made) and another of just extra blankets for our guest room, kids, etc.
In a basket. I love the looks of big baskets with cozy blankets stuffed inside. If you have floor space this is a great option!
- Coiled Rope Square Base (Target)
- Basket on Stand (Crate & Barrel)
- Basket with Lid (World Market)
- Square Basket with Lid (Pottery Barn)
- Multi Color Basket with Handles (Pier1)
- Cotton Rope Basket (Amazon)
- Natural/White Rope Basket (Crate & Barrel)
- Bayard Basket (Pier 1)
- White Rope Basket with Fringe (Target) We own 3 of these and I love them!
Furniture (Side tables, Bookshelves, Etc)
It can be so easy for your bookshelves, consoles and side tables to quickly get full of clutter and mess. When it comes to these, less is more!
I often times go through the process of taking everything off my shelves and slowly add things back in. One tip is to only put things on your shelf that bring you joy! Also make sure that your shelves have different elements – plants, books, pictures, etc.
Make sure that your side tables don’t have much, if anything on them! You want them to be accessible for guests to put glasses, etc when they visit so don’t overcrowd them with unnecessary stuff.
Woohoo! Now that we’ve gone through all of my tips for organizing, here’s some of the fun for the week.
What are the giveaways?
This week we’re giving away 2 $50 gift cards to M Designs! Arin and I both LOVE M Designs and are thrilled that we get to giveaway 2 gift cards from them!
I have SO many M Design products in my home (and even more that I just adore) so here’s a round up of that!
- Stackable Storage Bin
- Water Bottle Holder
- Lazy Susans (I have these everywhere – kitchen, bathroom!)
- Interlocking Drawer Organizers (I have these in my office, entryway, makeup drawer and bathroom drawer!)
- Tier Storage (I use these for spices)
- Fabric organizer (I use these for Penelope’s hair products)
- Larger plastic bins (I want these for our pantry and kid stuff)
- Portable craft container (I want these for the kids craft stuff!)
- Stackable food containers (We buy things like mac n cheese in bulk from Costco so this would be amazing!)
Now head on over to Arin’s blog for even more organizational hacks and head to Instagram all week for all of our tips, tricks and giveaway fun!
Or check out one of the other week’s posts!