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Not Sure If You Need To Clean Up The Family Room? Ask yourself These 8 Questions

Ask yourself the following questions to tidy up your family room — and make it count!

How do I feel when I enter the room? Stand in the center of your family room and slowly turn 360 degrees, scanning the room in the process. Note that every time you feel a tinge of sadness, annoyance, irritation, or any other negative emotion, it might be a sign. This exercise is best done with a partner, with both of you saying your feelings out loud. The areas that activate emotions need attention first, as these areas will likely offer the greatest decluttering opportunities.


What do we actually do here? Note down every activity that happens in your space. Identify the top three or four family activities by a group vote and declutter to encourage these activities. Consider moving some activities to other spaces within the home, such as game night, or focusing on portable solutions for activities enjoyed by just one person (a tote for favorite arts and crafts projects rather than comprehensive crafts supply storage)


Do I need that cabinet? Many family rooms include once-useful media repertoires or entertainment centers. Remove everything from yours and refill with only the items you used in the last month. This should help determine whether the cabinet stays or goes.


What’s the latest/best? Eliminate old gaming systems and electronics. There’s really no need to keep multiple devices that do the same thing. Consider upgrading to a new universal remote while at it.


What would I do without it? as painful as it might be to imagine a world without your mario kart gaming console, ask yourself what you’d do if you didn’t have it right now.


What do we need to relax? Each family member needs one comfy pillow and one blanket or throw. That’s it. Edit down and store extras in a cabinet or basket. Donate excesses to a local animal shelter.


Am I thinking like a bookseller? Dedicate one shelf or one total basket to unread books and magazines. Don’t even add any more to your collection unless there’s room for a new volume. And if you pass over a book that has been there for more than a year, you are unlikely to ever read it.


Can I find what I need quickly? Sort out board games, and store the rest side by side (rather than stacked) so that they can easily be grabbed onto for game night. Group small games in a bin so they don’t get lost. Give away the ones you no longer play and toss out any games with missing pieces.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

**Erica weaves themes of transformative hope and grace-filled leadership into everything she shares on her blog. She’s an author, a speaker, and a life coach, who offers honest encouragement and road-tested wisdom about topics ranging from leadership and lifestyle, to discovering your God-crafted identity, design, and purpose.

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