LIVING AND DINING ROOMS
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.