Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Using the Zone Plan to Organize Your Home: The Spare Bedroom


I like to declutter and clean my home using the zone plan. Each month I work in a different zone in my home. In January, I tackled the office zone and in February, I follow up with the spare bedroom zone. Why is that a follow up? I use this room as my offsite storage for my office. In January, I took all overflow items from my office and placed them in the spare bedroom. Now, this room is screaming for organization and clearing of clutter.

My spare bedroom is used as a place for guests to stay, a storage area for memorabilia, my offsite office storage, as well as some storage in the dresser for off season or rarely worn clothes. As I have recently moved, my zones are a little confused. I want this room to look open and inviting to my guests. I also want all of my storage items easy to locate.

During this month, I will clean out every drawer in the dresser. I will designate zones within the drawers so that each drawer will have a function. I will also pull every box and file from the closet. I put in an elfa closet system when I moved in so the space is maximized. Still some of the older files are truly archival and can now be moved to the attic. Quite a few files can be deeply purged. This will open up some space for items to come in throughout the year.

By the end of the month, I will have this spare bedroom zone the way I want it to look and feel for another year. Then next February I will tackle it again.

For help setting up your zones, purchase my workbook - From Vision to Victory: A Workbook For Finding a Simple Path to an Organized Home. This book is available on my website - www.timespaceorg.com.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

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