We are going to spend March taking a good look at the Family Room. Media, Books, Games, Photos--they all need to be gone through and edited to create a space that beckons you to play and relax.
Are you ready?
Remember, set yourself up for success by collecting some bags/boxes for your cast-offs and powering down your phone, laptop and family :)
MEDIA--Music, movies, including all video games. If there are pockets of these items around the house, gather them ALL and go after this category as one. Get SERIOUS about what you and your family still love and choose.
Maybe this will be a family activity--with a favorite movie and popcorn afterwards as a big celebration! The cast-offs can go to a donation center or library to enchant another family. Be ruthless--these items often have their moments (or years) of glory and then sit for decades collecting dust.
You can give your family a huge boost by letting go of the movies, music and games that no longer spark interest. Then, containerize them, using a shelf system, specially designed media bins, or containers to organize by type.
Bonus Points: Digitize your Music and say buh-bye to the 8-tracks, cassettes, CDs and LPs.
Double Bonus Points: Let go of old electronics (and tangle of cords) that are no longer needed.
Magazines, Newspapers, and Books are another category of items often found in the family room. Reading material that never gets touched or opened is one of the biggest ways to trap energy (or chi). Are you familiar with the smell of old books deteriorating? Each page is ONE THING. If books or other reading materials do not ever get opened or read, eventually the energy becomes stagnant and deteriorates the pages. Mother Nature will take care of the book “situation” if you don’t!
So, get brave, let go of items in this category that no longer serve your best and highest self. Donate to the library or closest donation center. Someone will LOVE your old books!
Wipe out the bookshelves, organize the keepers by type and enjoy the refresh--AHHHHH!
Toys and Games--A possible family work session followed by a family game night (since the movie edit + movie night went so well a couple of weeks ago...)
Pull out all of the games. Those with missing pieces, games outgrown by the kids or no longer used AT ALL, are an easy addition to the DONATE pile.
Save only the games that you LOVE and CHOOSE on a regular basis--maybe even brainstorm a list of new possibilities to add to your updated game collection.
If toys are part of your family room fun, consider a rotation so that they don’t “take over” the space. Keep out a few bins at a time and store the rest in your child’s room, or in another storage area altogether. It keeps playtime a little more fresh and fun to rotate categories of toys every so often. Legos anyone?
Family Photos look amazing on display in the family room. Collect the ones that give you a BIG SMILE and put them together, either on a shelf:
Or in a collection on the wall:
There, sit down and put your feet up--call everyone in--it’s time to CELEBRATE!
You have just hit the refresh button on your Family Room.
If you would like assistance in making your family room feel irresistible with a good clear out of your clutter and/or Feng Shui Design, Email me--we would love to help.
Lots of Love,
“My wife WON the Organizing session with Jane and Kelly at the Women’s Expo this year!!!!! A few years ago, she won a trip to Cancun (obviously, she’s a winner!) We had a whole morning POWER SESSION in the basement storage area...if I had to choose...the session with Jane and Kelly was A BETTER PRIZE than the trip to Cancun. We got through so much of the tough stuff and came away with a plan for the rest. Awesome results--just can’t believe it’s the same room!”
~Mike (husband of super-winner, Tiffani)