Family Room Organizing Tips

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I had another great turnout for my weekly webinar last week.  The focus last week was the Family Room (or Living Room or Bonus Room).  Unlike all of the previous webinars in this six week series, we started the webinar talking about Family Room design.


When I get called in to stage a home to get it ready to sell, about 90% of the time I have to bring up the fact that there is either too much furniture or the furniture is the wrong size for the space.  When you’re dealing with either too much furniture or furniture that is too big for the space, there will never be any magic – and that includes the magic of being organized in these spaces.

Key Guidelines

Knowing some general ‘rules of thumb’ when it comes to placing furniture is key in having a good design as well as flow to your space.  If furniture is too small or too large, your living room, family room or bonus room will not feel balanced.  Here are some general measurements to consider:

Furniture Placement


Typically these social spaces will have a T.V.  With T.V’s getting bigger and bigger it’s important that your space be able to accommodate the correct size T.V.  Here are some general guidelines to help:

TV Distance

There’s no point in getting a 70″ T.V. if you don’t have the space to enjoy it.  Who wants sore, tired eyes when watching T.V.?

**Please note: these are all just guidelines!**

Once your space is designed for success, you can then start looking at how to get organized and stay organized in these spaces.  Here are some great examples of organized spaces that I shared in the webinar that have systems in place to stay organized:

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Your family room, living room or your bonus room are the social spaces in your home.  They also can quickly become a dumping ground.  When you have a great design layout as well as some organizational systems in place, you will be able to have a space where you can sit back and relax!

Next week – I’m tackling the Home Office!  I’ll be talking about not only a great setup for your home office, but productivity tips as well.  I hope you’ll be able to join me!

Sheri Bruneau Get It Together

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  1. on 09.02.2015
    at 8:45 AM

    What are your views on TV’s being placed on a wall? How high should they be put up and should you tilt them down? I am thinking about mounting our TV above the fireplace and would love to know your views, thanks.

  2. on 10.02.2015
    at 12:22 PM

    You are so right! I always find keeping the place organized is the hardest part after you are finished decorating. I recently moved into a new place and am finding it so hard to keep everything maintained with a busy schedule. I recently discovered your blog and really enjoy your tips for the home. Thanks!

    • on 12.02.2015
      at 8:00 AM

      Thanks Sana – glad you enjoy the tips! ~Sheri

  3. on 08.06.2015
    at 9:02 PM

    Great! Good thing you included the general measurements to consider in placing basic pieces of furniture in the living room. It really helps when there are guidelines that you can consult whenever there are doubts. Those boxes that you used in the first picture definitely give the space the more organized look. And it really works considering that it’s a playroom. Have to thank you once again for continuously giving us tips in keeping our home organized.

    • on 09.06.2015
      at 7:59 AM

      Thanks for the great comments! Appreciate them. ~Sheri

  4. on 23.09.2015
    at 7:26 PM

    Great tips. Need to review closely and compare to mine. Thx

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