Organizing for the Purpose of a Room

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A dining room is for dinner and a living room is for chatting, TV, or reading—but is that all you do there? Take a minute to think about the activities each room attracts. Does your living room turn into a playroom or crafting nook? Your dining room may be all sorts of things: an office, a homework center, a game room, a crafting space.

When deciding how to organize your rooms for easy house cleaning, look beyond the intended purpose of a room, and think about the ways in which it's actually used. When you plan storage, keep these things in mind, and make allowances for your multi-purpose living spaces.

In the Dining Room

A set of deep shelves is a wonderful way to store items in the dining room, especially paired with large, decorative baskets prepared to hold any number of things. Classic-looking, completely organized—it's a great combination.

Consider setting aside baskets for each of these things:

  • Decorations. You probably have tablecloths, napkins, place mats, and maybe chargers and napkin holders for your dining room table. If you do, make a basket (or two!) for these items so you'll always have them right on hand when you need them.
  • Home office. Do you find yourself bringing your laptop and work files to the table often? If so, it's not a bad idea to keep some of your supplies in the dining room. Make a basket for things like printer paper, pens and pencils, a stapler, and anything else you use frequently.
  • Homework. The dining room table is a popular place for homework, so if your kids spend their after-school hours at the table, keep a basket for them as well, with extra notebooks, markers, crayons, pencils, scissors, and glue sticks.

In the Living Room

You likely have a system set up for storing the things you use regularly in your living room, but if you're trying to create a new look, remember to leave room in your plan for things like:

  • Toys. Ideally, your children will carry their toys back to their bedrooms. You can facilitate this by giving them a small bag or basket. Tell them to use it to bring things in and out of other rooms in the house, and they can only keep out as much as can fit in the bag!
  • Crafting. If you knit, crochet, or sew, a basket to hold onto your current project and supplies can rest neatly beside your favorite chair, or you can tuck it under an end table.

If you don't plan for how you use the room, it will acquire things you didn't expect. Taking a few minutes to make sure each room is prepared for whatever you will do there can save a lot of mess later. Plus, if you have a system in place, your cleaning services will know exactly how to help you stay tidy!

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