How do you maintain a tidy, grown-up looking family living room, even though it doubles up as a playroom for the kids?

When you have young children, the family living room is probably where they do most of their playing, especially in winter.

The challenge is making sure it’s a safe, comfortable space for kids, but still grown-up enough for entertaining your friends. To help you, here are some tips from the pros…

Stash the toys

If you have to store toys in the living room, professional organiser Cassandra Aarssen recommends using open bins fitted into in cube shelving or a bookcase.

This is a neat way to hide toys and, with open bins, it’s easily accessible for kids and makes packing away toys quick.

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We found a white cube storage box shelf (R1 200) and polypropylene utility baskets (R99.99 each) at Mr Price Home that could do the job.

Watch Aarssen video below for more of her tips for neatly storing toys in the living room,

Related: Kid-friendly home décor ideas

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