Homes+ (Australia) - - BEFORE & AFTER -

Get in the habit of clear­ing the ta­ble straight af­ter meals – en­list the kids to help with this.

If the ta­ble is also used for games, school work and com­puter work, keep bas­kets handy so you can clear the ta­ble eas­ily be­fore meals.

Keep items like place­mats and re­place­ment can­dles handy in a side­board or cup­board nearby.

Use mag­a­zine racks for news­pa­pers, books, brochures and mag­a­zines that pile up. Clear this out reg­u­larly

– be ruth­less! En­cour­age each per­son in your house­hold to re­move their be­long­ings from the liv­ing room at the end of each day, so you don’t have stray shoes, toys and dishes hang­ing around.

Do a reg­u­lar toy clean-up with your kids. When they are old enough, they can do this on their own.

Try lim­it­ing the num­ber of toys that are kept in the liv­ing room at any one time. Store ex­tra toys in a cup­board and swap them over when your chil­dren need “new” toys to play with.

Use cable ties or cable sta­ples for cords, or invest in a cable holder, to avoid an un­sightly tan­gle of cords in the liv­ing room. This tip would also be help­ful in the of­fice or bed­room.

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