Home Organization 101 – Week 11 “The Living Room” (Season 3)

August 10, 2013

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Happy Saturday everyone! Today begins a new weekly challenge… getting the living room organized. It’s time to straighten up and organize this space that we call “home” most evenings. Is your living room clean and clutter free? Or are you in need of a good de-cluttering? If so, join me this week and dive in with us.



I cannot believe its already week 11.  The time is going by so fast.  I hope you ‘re all starting to feel the rewards of having an organized home.  Today we are organizing the living room.  This room is pretty simple to organize and the #1  tip I will give you is LESS IS MORE!  I have simplified my living room. There is no clutter.  Its our “home sanctuary”.  We come in here to relax, not to stress over clutter & a mess.  This is not a storage room or a “collect all” space.  It’s the “living room”. I challenge you to get rid of as much “stuff” as you can this week.  Donate it, give it away, or sell it… but get rid of it.  You really don’t need that much stuff.



1. Take a picture of your space “before” you start & share it with the facebook group here.  One of the best rewards of organizing a space is seeing the before and after pictures side by side.

2. Gather up 4 baskets:  Keep, Donate, Trash, Other Room.

3.  Start sorting & purging!  At this point go through everything on all shelves, floor, drawers, etc.  Divide it all into the 4 baskets (or more if needed).

4. Once you have sorted through everything, you are ready to clean your living room. Dust, wipe down, vacuum, windex, etc.  Make it shine and smell good.

5. Now its time to organize.  Get baskets, bins, use drawers, etc… The point is to containerize so the room doesnt look “messy”.

6.  Now take an “after” picture. You’re done!  Come back here to share your hard work.





I designed my living room in a “nantucket” theme.  Its only partially finished… and I still have a lot of work to do, but its getting there!  I have pictures that need hung. I need to purchase a sofa table to place behind the sofa, and I need to find some more things to hang on the bare walls.




Organizing tip #1:  Containerize the remote controls.




Organizing tip #2: Increase storage space by using an ottoman or a trunk.



Organizing tip #3:  Control clutter by storing magazines in a vintage (or new) magazine rack.




Organizing tip #4:  Use baskets to store blankets & other commonly used items.





Organizing tip #5:  Store candles & scentsy bars together in a drawer or basket, close to the warmer.



 My name is Toni and I am a Scentsy addict.  I said it!  That feels better.






Where did I find my things?


1. Furniture – Ikea

2. Basket – Target

3. Pillows – Home Goods (Ralph Lauren) or here

4. Cloche jar – Pottery Barn or here

5. Beach sign – Home Goods

6. Rug – Ikea

7. Drapery – Ikea


Happy Organizing!
Fresh Home - ABFOL

9 comments on “Home Organization 101 – Week 11 “The Living Room” (Season 3)

  1. I am IN LOVE with your living room! So serene + calm… my dream room!

  2. Vannessa Pezzatta says:

    Love, Love, Love! My living room is next on the list. I like how bright yours is but I’m not sure my family would do well with white slip covers. Good ideas though, thanks!!

  3. Laura says:

    Just beautiful. Can I ask you where your hardwood floors are from?

  4. Davette says:

    I love your room but my grandbabies would make a mess of it in about 2 minutes. You are such an inspiration.

  5. winter says:

    hey there, would you be able to post which curtains you purchased from ikea and where you got the hardware from? love the room, so clean and fresh.

  6. ZoeAnn Yussman says:

    Toni I am working on the living room/great room… love having baskets for the blankets so they are not draped over the sofa; Now… how do you feel about photo frames out on the tables? Sometimes I think they look quite messy but I don’t know where else to put them. Most pictures are in scrapbooks (I am a scrap a holic). Thoughts?

  7. Joelle says:

    Hi Toni!

    I was wondering what piece you have that you have your Scentsy bars stored in. I am in love with it.


    Joelle 🙂

  8. I am going to start decluttering my living room tonight. I hope that eventually I can replace my dark bookshelves with something lighter and more open. I like how open your living room is! Thank you for sharing your tips!

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