Today marks the end of our living room organization excursion. If you’ve been following along, we’ve successfully organized our media center, couches and other seating, and coffee table. The final item we’ll tackle is the bookshelf and cabinet area if you have it. This will vary from household to household but for me, I have a fireplace with two bookshelves on either side. Here is how I tackled organizing mine.
Things You’ll Need
- Your Favorite Cleaning Product
- Baskets or Bins (optional)
- Decor / Frames / Book Stops (if you don’t already have them)
Steps to Organize
- Set a 25 minute timer.
- Remove out of place items. Anything that doesn’t look like it should be on a bookshelf or decorating the area, go ahead and take it down. Still have Christmas decor up? Probably time for it to go. Have some decor from the 80’s you just haven’t gotten around to moving? Now seems like a good time 🙂 .
- Once you’ve removed the clutter / non-essentials it’s time to improve the overall layout. Focus on one shelf at a time and ask what makes the most sense. As you begin each shelf, start by removing all items and giving the shelf a good clean.
- When finished, start placing items back on the shelf, organizing as you go. If you have a lot of books, think about clever ways to organize them. Use a method that best fits your style. I like to organize based on the size of the book. Some people like to use the title and do it alphabetically, and others like color. There is no right or wrong, as long as they are neat. Books always make good decor choices and show off your personality. Add some decorative touches to each shelf also. Break up the book layouts with a vase or statue. Be sure to put pictures of your family and friends out. Plants are always good options, whether fake or real. I prefer succulents because they are easy to maintain. My goal with bookshelves is to try and leave some space too. Too much of anything can make it appear cluttered. Here are some examples of my shelves:
- Next, repeat this process on any smaller shelves you may have around the living room. Another great option/accessory for shelves and cabinets is underside lighting. I added some to one of my accent pieces and loved the result. Here is a picture:
- Finally, take a look around your organized living room. The space should feel comfortable and relaxing. Everything should feel like it has a place and can be easily found.
Conclusion of the Living Room
Now that your living room is organized, the biggest challenge is keeping it that way 🙂 . Try to make a habit of revisiting these steps as often as is necessary to maintain. I like to target quarterly and have found that each subsequent time takes far less energy and attention than the first.