Zoning is common in the organizing world. Whenever you’re organizing a complete room (not just a part of it) you always want to create zones and think in terms of zones. Today I worked in a classroom and we set up many zones for the kids around the room. In our homes, we can benefit from zoning as well. Here are common zones found in our homes:

Bedroom- sleeping (bed and nightstand), dressing (closet and dressers), maybe reading, & maybe playing if it’s a child’s room

Office- storing (supplie cabinets/closets) , working (desk space) , records/filing (filing cabinet), books (shelves/bookcases)

Kitchen- baking/bakeware, cookware/pots and pans, small appliances, food, seasonings/oils, snack cabinet

Much of the zoning we do is natural- you probably have some of these zones already. However, if a room is bugging you or you don’t know how to go about organizing a whole room, step back and think about what zones you need or would like. This is where you should begin because it will help determine where all the small things fit into the room.

Sometimes our zones get mixed and cluttered so try your best to respect the boundaries of your zones. If you’re super visual and like maps, you could create a zone map of a room on the computer or by hand. I’ve known clients to do this with crawl spaces or attics. They don’t frequent those areas so it’s nice to know what they have in those spaces and where things are stored so they can find things quickly. 

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