Clever Solutions for Sofa Accessory Storage
Jun 08
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The Sofa Accessory Storage Struggle

As a military spouse mom to three rambunctious boys, I’ve learned a thing or two about managing clutter and finding creative storage solutions. And let me tell you, when it comes to our family’s beloved custom sofa from Sofaspectacular, the struggle to keep all the accompanying accessories organized and out of sight is real.

Whether it’s the endless parade of throw pillows, knitted blankets, or our kids’ favorite plush toys, these little accents that make our sofa so cozy can quickly turn into a storage nightmare. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve desperately searched for the remote, only to unearth a stray sock or half-chewed dog toy buried beneath the cushions.

Conquering the Couch Chaos

But friends, I’m here to tell you that there is hope! Over the years, I’ve developed a few clever strategies to tame the sofa accessory beast and keep our living room looking Pinterest-worthy, even with three rambunctious boys in the mix.

Utilize Vertical Space

One of my go-to tactics is to take advantage of the oft-overlooked vertical space around our custom sofa. As the experts at The Homes I Have Made suggest, shelving can be a game-changer when it comes to maximizing storage without cluttering up the floor.

I’ve found that a slim, wall-mounted bookshelf or even a hanging shoe organizer (with a little DIY flair, of course) can be the perfect solution for stashing away those throw blankets, remotes, and other small trinkets. Plus, it keeps everything within easy reach for when we need to cozy up on the sofa for movie night.

Embrace the Underside

Another underutilized space in our living room is the area beneath our custom sofa. As the military family experts at The Homes I Have Made advise, under-bed storage bins are a lifesaver for keeping larger items like extra pillows and toys tucked away and out of sight.

I like to use clear plastic bins for this purpose, as it makes it easy to see at a glance what’s lurking beneath the cushions. And the best part? When it’s time to switch out our seasonal decor or rotate the kids’ favorite plush pals, I can simply slide the bins back into place without disrupting the entire living room.

Compartmentalize with Trays and Bins

Of course, even with our vertical and underside storage solutions, we still end up with a fair amount of smaller sofa accessories that can easily get lost in the shuffle. That’s where my trusty collection of trays, bins, and organizers comes in handy.

Taking a page from The No Pressure Life’s playbook for Barbie storage, I’ve found that dividing up our sofa accessories into designated compartments makes it a breeze to keep track of everything. Whether it’s a tackle box-style organizer for remotes and charging cables or individual baskets for different throw pillow sizes, this simple system helps me maintain order amidst the chaos.

The Power of Purging

Now, I know what you’re thinking – with all these storage solutions, doesn’t my living room end up looking more like a storage unit than a cozy, inviting space? And the answer is, well, sometimes. But that’s where the power of purging comes into play.

As the experts at The Homes I Have Made have learned through their many military moves, it’s essential to regularly reassess the items we’re holding onto, even if they don’t currently have a designated spot in our home. After all, just because we might need that extra throw pillow someday doesn’t mean it’s worth cluttering up our living room in the meantime.

So, I make it a point to do a seasonal purge, asking myself tough questions like, “Do I really need six different blankets for our custom sofa?” and “When was the last time I actually used that oversized floor cushion?” If an item isn’t serving a clear purpose or sparking joy, it’s time to find it a new home, whether that’s through donation, selling, or storage in a more discreet location.

Making the Most of Every Inch

At the end of the day, managing the inevitable clutter that comes with our beloved custom sofa is an ongoing battle. But by employing a combination of smart storage solutions, strategic purging, and a healthy dose of creativity, I’ve found that I can keep our living room looking and feeling like the cozy, welcoming space we love, without sacrificing function or style.

So, whether you’re a fellow military family constantly on the move or a homeowner looking to streamline your sofa accessories, I hope these clever tips and tricks have inspired you to make the most of every inch of your living room. After all, with a little ingenuity and a lot of determination, even the messiest of sofa situations can be tamed.

Happy organizing, my friends!

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