Living rooms are often the central hub of activity in a home, and for many families, this includes playing games, solving puzzles, and enjoying toys together. However, these items can quickly accumulate and clutter the space, making it feel cramped and overwhelming. In this blog post, we’ll explore some tips and tricks to declutter games, toys, and puzzles in your living room, so you can create a more functional and peaceful space.
Welcome to my Year Long Thorough Declutter Series. We declutter 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Each day we do a daily task based on the room we are working on. Today, our task is to declutter games, toys, and puzzles in your living room.
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Currently we are working on decluttering the Living Room. The daily task for today, March 24, 2023, is to declutter games, toys and puzzles in your living room. Remember, we are focusing on just the Living Room area, so don’t declutter your whole house. We will cover each room separately.
5 Steps to Declutter Games, Toys, and Puzzles in Your Living Room
- Start with a plan
Before you begin decluttering, take some time to assess the situation and create a plan of action. Decide which items you want to keep, which ones you can donate or sell, and which ones should be discarded. Consider your storage options and the amount of space you have available. By having a plan in place, you can stay focused and avoid getting overwhelmed during the decluttering process.
- Sort and categorize
Once you have a plan, it’s time to start sorting and categorizing your items. This will help you see what you have and make it easier to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. Sort your games, toys, and puzzles into categories, such as board games, action figures, and jigsaw puzzles. This will make it easier to store them later and ensure that similar items are kept together.
- Set limits
One of the biggest challenges of decluttering games, toys, and puzzles is knowing when to stop. It’s easy to get carried away and keep everything, but this can lead to a cluttered and disorganized living room. To avoid this, set limits on the number of items you keep in each category. For example, you might decide to keep only five board games, two action figures, and one puzzle. This will help you prioritize your favorite items and prevent clutter from taking over.
- Use storage solutions
Once you’ve decided which items to keep, it’s time to find a home for them. There are many different storage solutions available, depending on your needs and preferences. Consider using shelves, cabinets, baskets, or storage ottomans to keep your items organized and easy to access. You might also want to use labels or clear containers to make it easier to find what you need.
- Rotate your items
To keep your living room feeling fresh and interesting, consider rotating your games, toys, and puzzles. This will help you avoid getting bored with your items and give you a chance to enjoy everything you have. You might rotate your items every month or season, depending on your preferences.
Decluttering games, toys, and puzzles in your living room can be a challenging task, but it’s worth the effort. By following these tips and tricks, you can create a more functional and peaceful space that you and your family will enjoy spending time in. Remember to start with a plan, sort and categorize your items, set limits, use storage solutions, and rotate your items to keep things interesting. With a little effort, you can transform your living room into a clutter-free zone that’s perfect for relaxing and having fun.
I personally have a bad habit of placing items that need to be donated in the laundry room behind the door. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Wrong. Delaying decisions means we still need to declutter.
Maybe you have a habit of delaying decisions, too. Let’s decide today where your decluttered items need to go. Do they need to be donated? Disposed of? Don’t delay that decision any longer. If they need to be donated, sort and put them in your vehicle. Then, make a note in your calendar to drop them off at your favorite charity.
As you are decluttering your items, I want you to try not to just move them to another room. You may be tempted to do that. However, resist the urge to keep everything. Decluttering means we actually part with these items. Otherwise, assign those items a permanent home where you can best utilize them.
Step By Step Decluttering guidelines for How to Declutter Games, Toys, and Puzzles in Your Living Room
1.Only spend time on your specific daily task.
2.Do not get side-tracked or distracted.
3.Work within a time of day that you have the most energy and stamina. This is one of the most useful declutter motivation tips. Listen to your body and work at decluttering when you feel the most alert and energized.
4.Avoid thinking too long about whether to keep or discard an item. This is one specific way for How to Be Ruthless When Decluttering.
5.Avoid cleaning during your declutter. The goal is to purge the dead weight. Getting rid of the clutter is your priority. Cleaning can be accomplished later. Read on for more declutter motivation tips and my room specific deep clean checklist, though, as you will begin cleaning after your declutter.
How to Declutter Games, Toys, and Puzzles in Your Living Room
1. boxes -preferably ones you can donate (Avoid plastic storage bins because you may be tempted to just store the items and not part with them.)
2. sturdy trash bags
3. marker/pen to label boxes
Decluttering Tip: Avoid using storage bins to declutter. Storage bins tend to tell your brain to “store” the items for later. That is just delaying decisions. If you aren’t getting rid of items when you declutter, you are not truly decluttering. This is why I recommend a trash bag, also. A trash bag tells your brain to “trash” the item.
Obviously, recycle if you have that option. The boxes you use should be ones you are willing to part with, so I recommend sturdy cardboard boxes. As to donations, there are many charities that will come pick up your items for you at your home.
I use one in particular where you can book an appointment for pick-up online. This is so convenient, as it saves you the hassle of hauling stuff away yourself. Scheduling that pick-up also motivates you to declutter by a certain date.
How to Declutter Games, Toys, and Puzzles in Your Living Room
1. Start by eliminating trash first- use a sturdy trash bag
2. Sort items by category if needed so you can see what you have
3.Get rid of items that don’t work or that work poorly, expired items, anything you don’t love, anything that you’ll never use again
4. Box up the donations and trash/recycle the rest
5.Select a charity to donate your items and schedule the pick-up if that is an option
How Do You Declutter Your Entire House (and get it deep clean?): Need to deep clean?
First, My How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen list can be found here.
Second, My How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom list can be found here.
Third, My How to Deep Clean Your Kids’ Rooms list can be found here.
Fourth, My How to Deep Clean Your Living Room list can be found here.
Fifth, My How to Deep Clean Your Bedroom list can be found here.
You can get your printable Daily Housekeeping Routine and Deep Cleaning Your House Schedule here. This 15 page printable kit is delivered digitally to your email for you to print and personalize. What Does a Deep Clean Include? It includes a daily schedule, calendar pages, and deep cleaning checklists for every room and area of your home. Check out the link above to see a sample page of what you’ll get in my printable set designed to help you create your personal Homemaking Checklist.
Also, you can get the complete digital printable copy of the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series Calendar and Checklists here. The printable digital download is delivered to your email. It includes 25 pages of printable calendar pages and checklists to help you declutter every room in your home. You can find that here.
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Step 1: Check out this post on the 1st step you should take to get organized. If you don’t have a calendar, you can grab my free weekly printable calendar page here. It is in my shopify store, but it is totally free, so you won’t be prompted to put in any payment information. It is a free download and will be delivered straight to your email.
Step 2: Create a daily Housekeeping Schedule. You can use this series to start to set up your own schedule. You can also use this simplified weekly schedule.If you often ask: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Or, if you struggle to get organized and have tried and failed time and again, you can likely find out which of these 11 reasons cause you to fail to get organized.
Step 3: How do you remove clutter? How Do You Declutter Your Home?.…Sign up for the Declutter Series and get your entire home decluttered in just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.”Declutter Your Home” checklists are provided in each email.
Step 4: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Use a timer and use the Deep Cleaning Checklists above. They will help you get your home sparkling after you’ve decluttered.
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