Lighten Up the Living Room Zone
My vision for this room has not changed in the past few years. I still use this space to entertain, eat, read, listen to music, and work on some projects that require spreading out. I want this area to feel inviting, comfortable, and embracing both to myself and to my friends who visit. I want to be able to exhale when I walk in my front door. I want friends to kick off their shoes and stay a while.
Every time I go through a zone, I find things that I no longer need or love. This year I am getting rid of items I used to use for entertaining. I still love to entertain, but I am not likely to do formal entertaining anymore. So, some linens, almost all silver and silver-plate, and some special china that have been stored in my credenza will be given away. I continue to pare down my collections of CDs and I am not keeping any records or cassettes. My closet will lose a couple of jackets that I rarely wear. A few more books will be given away.
During the spring, I change out some accessories for the season. The wooden nut bowl and some winter looking candles will be exchanged for items with a lighter feel.
As I go through every zone, I clean and polish as well.
By the end of the month, the room will look and feel bright and ready for spring. I will put fresh flowers on the table and have friends over for a spring meal to celebrate finishing this zone.
Jonda S. Beattie Professional Organizer