Day 14: Entertainment Area.
Tidy this action-packed space with our guide to de-cluttering entertainment areas.
Electronics are at the heart of entertainment areas, so keep them tidy and organized to maintain an efficient and fun atmosphere:
- Tech Savvy Instructions:When your home is filled with visitors, teaching each guest how to use your electronics can become a distraction. Create instructions that describe how to use electronics in your entertainment area so guests can easily change the channel, watch a movie or play a video game without needing your help. Including a list of TV channels will also come in handy for visitors.
- Centralize Electronics:When arranging DVD players, cable boxes, audio systems and more—try to keep pieces of equipment in the same area. This makes it easier to approach electronics in one central location. And since electronics often seem like dust magnets, dust cooled surfaces with Swiffer 360° Dusters. With thousands of textured, deep-cleaning fibers, it traps and locks dust and dirt with ease.
- Wrangle the Wires:When placing electronics in an entertainment area, try to group the cords of each individual device together. This way, if you experience an error or just need to plug in a new cord, you won’t be digging through a web of wires. Twist ties and zip ties are affordable and will work great for easily grouping cords. Rubber bands and ponytail holders work too!
Whether you’re gathered around the TV for the big game, or host a family fun night, make sure your space is as inviting as it is entertaining:
- Video Game Supplies:Video game supplies can easily become disorganized, so try keeping them in one area. For game controllers that have cords, wrap the cord around the device and use a rubber band to hold it in place. For your collection of video games, try storing cartridges in a shoebox, or organize discs in a CD book.
You’ll be surprised by how much space you can free up just by putting packaging in storage. You can also create a binder for game instructions and use plastic page protectors to store each game’s set of instructions.
- Position Your Snacks:Snacks and drinks take any gathering to the next level, but instead of placing these items on your coffee table, consider setting up a table at the side of the room. This will keep the view of the TV clear so no one misses that once in a lifetime play.
- Easy Additional Seating:Board games are perfect for bringing loved ones together, but if you don’t have enough seating for all your guests, a little creativity can go a long way. Use oversized pillows or cushions around your coffee table to provide seating on the floor, or make your own floor cushions. They’re perfect for kids and help free up seating for adults.
So much activity takes place in entertainment areas, so make sure your space is streamlined and free of clutter:
- DVD & Blu-Ray Discs:Free up space in your entertainment area by putting movie cases in storage and placing DVD’s and Blue-Ray discs in a disc organizer that’s easier to flip through. You can also add a notebook and pen to the inside of your organizer for signing out movies when kids, friends or guests borrow them.
- Choose the Right Entertainment Center:Since entertainment centers are generally the focal point of an entertainment area, use furniture with a mixture of open shelving and closed cabinets or drawers. This combination will allow you to show off pieces of décor and easily access electronics in the display area, then store away items like movies, video game controllers and board games in the storage areas.
- Clear Traffic Areas:Make sure that you’re keeping walkways into your entertainment area clear. Magazine racks are often offenders of this rule when set to the side of a couch in a high traffic area. Try storing these under your coffee table or lay a few of your favorites on top of the coffee table.
- Game Pieces:Game pieces can easily become lost or end up all over the place within a game’s box. Use small plastic containers to organize them within each game’s box.