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Between family gatherings and entertaining guests, the living room is probably one of the busiest places in your home. However, you can’t make the most of this communal space if it’s filled with clutter and poorly placed furniture. In less than 15 minutes, you can maximize the awesomeness of your living room.
De-trash the area. If your coffee table, sofa, shelves and floor are semi- or fully-covered with trash, start by clearing them off. Grab a trash can and peruse the room, throwing out (or recycle!) things like junk mail, snacks and old magazines.
Remove cups and dishes. Been hitting the TV dinners a little hard? No judgment here. Grab any old cups and dishes and bring them into the kitchen. If you want to make that job easier, read: 4 Dishwashing Hacks.
Create permanent storage places. If you have kids, your living room probably looks like a scene from Toy Story. Even if you don’t, odds are there are some books and knickknacks that need a place to go. Try to designate a specific spot for each item in your living room. (If it doesn’t have a spot, put it in another room!) If you’re tight on space, consider buying an ottoman that doubles as a storage compartment.
Wrangle your remote. Find a small basket or choose a drawer and make it the permanent resting place for your remote. Alert the entire household to this new rule and enforce it with an iron fist! This way, you won’t have to conduct a scavenger hunt every time you want to watch HBO.
Rearrange your furniture. If you’ve ditched the clutter but still feel cramped in your living room, it might be time to move around some furniture. Here are two important things to remember: Large items like sofas should be placed in corners or along walls. Walkways should be kept to a specific side of the room, not spread around like some kind of corn maze