Your family room or living room is the one place your whole clan comes together to hang out. And, as such, it's probably the default dumping ground for everyone's stuff. If your family is like most families, that means clutter and disorganization.
But you can transform this room from the messiest area in your home to the organized, relaxing family haven you desire. Here's how:
1. Get rid of what doesn't belong.
Think about the function of the room, says Lorie Marrero, author of The Clutter Diet and founder of the Web site ClutterDiet.com. How do you use the space? Most people use family rooms to watch TV and movies, listen to music, read, talk, play games and play with toys.
Start by going through each item with that in mind. Keep what fits and move out what doesn't. That means board games, magazines and DVDs are in; backpacks, a briefcase, mail, keys, cold medicine and other miscellaneous items are out.