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Clutter Free: Living Room & Books/Magazines


This post is Days 4 & 5 of my 31 Days to Clutter Free series. 

I’ll be honest – I haven’t done a whole lotta de-cluttering this weekend.

We played outside a lot, hung out with family, went to a pumpkin patch, and all took a long Sunday nap. It was a great weekend, I just fell a wee bit behind with this blogging challenge. And that’s okay. Progress not perfection, right?

So tonight I’m combining yesterday’s and today’s de-cluttering tasks: living room and books/magazines. And lucky that these two areas ended up on the same day because I have stacks of books and magazines in the living room that could use some attention.

We typically do a pretty good job keeping our living room clutter-free, because this is where we spend most of our time. But sometimes stuff does pile up.

I focused on a basket of too many magazines underneath the coffee table and an end table that’s overflowing with books.

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The coffee table was easy – I got rid of all the magazines because they were several months old, and I’d read most of them. I’m also now subscribed to less than I have been in the past, so hopefully they won’t pile up as fast.

I can’t believe this basket was holding so many…lots to recycle!


Next was the end table.

I am terrible at starting about 12 books at the same time and leaving them stacked all around. At least with non-fiction it’s like that – I only ever read one fiction book at a time. Anyways, book clutter ends up being a problem around here. I read some books on my Kindle app, but for most, I like to have the physical copy. (I like to see and feel and smell my books… I’m just weird like that).

I started by moving the “sort of in the middle of reading” books to a basket by my bedside table. That way, they’re set apart and easy to reach but not randomly strewn about.

Some stuff on this table needed to be put away in the office, and the newer magazines got put into the (now empty) basket under the coffee table.

Here’s what that basket looks like now:


And the end table:


I left out Outlander, which I’m reading now, and my planner.

Tomorrow I’ll still be working in the living room, on video games and DVDs!


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  1. I have a hard time keeping these orderly. I want to encourage my children to read, but they don’t put them back without me nagging them.

    October 8, 2014

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