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Family Room Storage Ideas

Updated on May 5, 2015

Family rooms are sometimes a catch-all spot which is difficult to keep organized. They can become a keeping ground for a variety of things whether they belong there or not.

The clutter of toys, DVD's, remote controls and family activities can become overwhelming. Not to mention shoes, reading materials, video games, accessories and pet gear.

There is a way to clear the clutter and keep everything organized. These simple tips and storage ideas will take care of the problem once and for all.

Make A List

The first thing to do is list all of the items that are causing the clutter or disorganization. I like to put these items into a general category such as must stay or must go,

Any item that generally finds it's home in the family room can stay and things that don't belong there need to find another home.. The items that need to go can be assigned to other family members to find their proper place.

I like to keep a large basket nearby for all of the items that get left behind, kind of like a lost and found bin. Anything that is not retrieved and put away within a day or two mysteriously disappears.

Moving On

After the unwanted family room items are gone or in the basket to find a new home, it's time to concentrate on organizing everything that belongs in the family room.

We will zero in on the most obvious clutter mongers as we go on. Before we do that, I want to stress how important it is to let go of any items or belongings that no longer serve a purpose.

I find that one of the biggest stress relievers is not having to worry about where to put things. The less you have, the less worry there is.

Video Games

This scene has played over and over through the years in my family room: games scattered, controllers left out and kids nowhere to be found. Wouldn't it be nice to have a place to keep all of the video games and accessories out of sight?

I love these Gaming Storage Ottomans because they not only serve a purpose for storage but have other uses as well. Fill these with video games and accessories and then put up your feet to use as an ottoman. If the kids are having friends over or even the adults, these serve as extra seating for guests.

DVDs and Movies

I know that I have a hard time parting with my favorite DVDs and even VHS tapes. There are many DVD movies I haven't watched in years and the VHS is of such a bad quality that it isn't even pleasant to watch. These are media items I decided to part with. Most of the movies that I have are available online and there is no need to keep these old items anymore.

The first step is to donate these unwatched DVDs to charity and I know that the folks on the other end of the donation will appreciate it. Once the donated items are gone, it's time to get organized.

A Place For Toys

It doesn't seem to matter what kind or how many toys you have, they always seem to end up in the middle of the floor.

By having a specific place for the toys, kids have an easier time cleaning up and keeping the toys organized.

For toys with many or small pieces it's nice to have a few different color coded bins for each set. Larger toys will fit comfortably in a large toy bin.

There are many different types of toy storage from with to choose and all different price ranges to fit your budget.

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    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Some great ideas for cleaning up the clutter in a family room. I think the thing is to start teaching kids to put away their toys every night before they go to bed while they are young. I found it worked well with mine.

      All you need is the correct place to put everything and you have some useful container in this article. Thanks.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      I remember the days when our daughter was little, and toys took up half of the living room. Your storage ideas are great, especially the ottoman.