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How to organise your small living room for a welcoming home

This post is about small Living Room Organization Tips!

Your living room is the one place that virtually everyone who comes into your house will see and spend some time in. Therefore, it is the one place you want to be decluttered and well organised.

But you know what? there is a real struggle with organising a small living room. No kidding, the struggle is real and if you have a kid or kids, your small living room can quickly become cramped headquarters in the blink of an eye.

If you ever take a step back and look and your living room and think, damn, I want this place to look more cozy, I want it to be more inviting, I want to organise this place. Here are my top 10 tips for having a small yet tidy living room – even with kids.

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After Your hallway, your living room is the one place where your entire house shows off its personality. And if you’re obsessed with comfort and functionality and you want a welcoming home, you constantly wonder how you can organise and maximizing your mini living room!

This was me for such a long time. After scrubbing Pinterest, this cool AI for interior design, YouTube and interior decor magazines, I bring to you 10 ways to organise your small living room home so that it can look the way you want it.  

When you are done with this post, you’ll realise that sometimes it only takes a couple of inexpensive simple steps to elevate a space. 

Maybe you need to declutter, or get functional furniture or place things differently. Or perhaps, you simply need to swap floor decor for wall mounted decor.

This post will give you some great ideas, so be sure to read to the end and leave a comment to let us know if you end up doing any of these in your apartment!

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1. Use Multifunctional furniture

Ottomans with built-in storage are lifesavers in small living rooms. You can stash away blankets, pillows, board games, or anything else you need to keep out of sight, but readily accessible.  Plus, they provide extra seating when you have guests!

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2. Install Floating Shelves

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Traditional bookshelves can feel bulky in small spaces.  Floating shelves are your new best friends!  They add storage space without sacrificing floor area, and visually “lighten up” the walls, making your living room feel more spacious.

You can add your books, flower vases, small picture frames and other small décor on your floating shelves to create a cosy yet tidy living room.

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3. Get Nesting coffee Tables

Coffee tables are essential, but not if they take up too much precious floor space.  The solution? go for nesting tables!  These clever space savers consist of smaller tables that tuck neatly under a larger one when not in use. When you need extra surface, simply pull out a nested table for instant functionality.

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4. Get throw Baskets

We all love our decorative throw blankets and books, but too many can make a small space feel cluttered. Throw blanket baskets are perfect for corralling small items like magazines, toys, or throws.  They add a touch of texture and keep your living room looking tidy.

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5. Ditch standing lamps for sconces

Floor lamps are great, but they can steal valuable floor space.  You should consider sconces instead! Sconces are wall-mounted light fixtures that are equally bright and will not involve sacrificing you limited floor space.  They come in various styles to complement your décor and add a touch of sophistication. You can check out some great affordable sconces here.

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6.  Get a TV console with drawers

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A TV console is a nice-to-have in most living rooms, but when you are trying to maximise space, you should go for a console with drawers and cabinets.

Not only will it look great under your TV, but it also provides hidden storage for electronics, movies, games, and anything else you need to tuck away. Look for consoles with a sleek design to avoid a bulky feel.

7. Limit what you put on the coffee table

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Our coffee tables often become dumping grounds for random stuff. But in a small living room, every surface counts. So, be selective! Keep only the essentials on display. Maybe it’s a beautiful vase, a stylish tray (we’ll get to those in a minute!), or a few well-chosen books. Just quality things instead of many things that clutter the surface.

8. Use trays

Use trays to store little clutter culprits like remote controls, phone chargers, or coasters, keeping them contained and visually organized. Plus, a tray can elevate your table decor, adding a touch of sophistication.

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9. Declutter regularly

This might sound obvious, but it’s the most important tip of all. Here’s the thing: clutter has a way of creeping back in, no matter how organized you are. So, schedule regular decluttering sessions. Maybe it’s a quick 10-minute tidy-up every few days, or a deeper declutter once a month. The key is to be consistent and ruthless!

I personally choose to declutter a little bit every night, by putting items that do not belong in the living room where they belong. Once you get into a routine of doing this and you experience the satisfaction of get waking up to a living room you tidied the night before, you’ll be unstoppable.

So there you have it, 9 organization hacks that will help you transform your small living room into a functional and stylish haven. Don’t forget to like and follow me on Pinterest for more small home organization tips and tricks.

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