The gradual spring clean – Part 2: The living room

Instalment number 2 – the bathroom should now be spick and span, so it’s time to move on. We’re headed to the next most used room in the home – come with us to the living room…

Sitting room, lounge, snug, den – whatever you call yours, this family space takes a fair bit of use. From lazy days on the sofa, to entertaining, kids clambering over furniture, free and easy meals on laps. It’s a mutli-functional space that is still required to be somewhat of a sanctuary; a space to encourage life and joy but also to suit relaxation and downtime. With winter’s weather keeping many of us holed up at home, the living space will have been used more than most, so take spring’s warmer (dryer?!) weather as an opportunity to clear the family out and give it a top to toe refresh.

Redecorating doesn’t have to be the only solution – clever storage, a good clean and updated accessories can breathe life into the space at a fraction of the cost, and without all of the hassle.

Step one: Clear the clutter

We all have a tendency to hang onto unnecessary stuff. Be brave – you don’t need it. Get rid of it! My rule that I (try to) stick to… if you haven’t used it in 3 to 6 months, you don’t really need it. Throw away rubbish. Sell what you can. Give the rest to charity.

Step two: Clean

Vacuum under the sofa. Pick up the rug and give it a shake. Plump the cushions (hell, why not wash the covers, too!), clean the windows. Dry clean the curtains. Dust everything. It’s incredibly satisfying and it can be classed as a workout – bonus!

Step three: Organise

Try to group your things into useful categories – it’s so much easier to keep a tidy home if everything has a logical place.

Step four: Put it all back!

Storage is vital. This room has to suit all of the family, for a host of different uses… with such a multi-functional room there will be a lot of stuff to keep in it. Whether you opt for a media unit, cabinet, quirky decorative boxes or under sofa baskets, if you like it, and it makes sense, is easily accessible and fits everything neatly, it’s a winner!

Step five: Accessorise

Who can resist a treat? After all of that hard work, give your room a final flourish with a new accessory or two. Go on, buy that new lamp you’ve had your eye on. That cushion, you know, the one currently sat in your online basket? That would look perfect on the armchair! Beautiful accessories, ornaments, decorative books and plants are perfect for playing with an interesting display. Choose one or two surfaces to house a curated selection of ‘things’. Be careful not to crowd the space… it’s best to err on the side of ‘less is more’.

And finally: Relax!

Put your feet up and feel smug that you have such an organised and well-functioning room!

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