So let’s see….many of you will have sorted your stuff into piles and thinking now what? Now you need to take inventory of what you have left and determine what type of zones you need to create in your space. Zones within a room help create boundaries, they help everyone in the household know where everything needs to go and makes clean up a zinch. Have you ever been looking for something and said to yourself “if I were my ______ (keys, scissors, pens, nail file, etc..) where would I be?” as you search all over the house looking in every nook and cranny. Well zones will help this. I have posted about a few of my zones in the past…for instance my backpack station, art centre and scrapbook central. Many of you are organizing multipurpose spaces in the 30 day challenge. For instance, Judi is organizing her bonus room and in that space she needs an exercise zone, a toy zone, a computer zone and a TV watching zone. She may even determine that her room needs to encompass even more zones than that. Give each zone its own space….some even find it useful to section off the space somehow using a divider of some sort like a bookcase to create a reading nook for example. Now place each of your newly created “keep” piles in the correct zone in your space and then work on organizing one zone at a time. The fun part is next….my favorite anyway. Containerizing!!! Within each zone you need to designate space for the different items. For instance, in my art centre I knew I needed a designated space for coloring books, glue, erasers, crayons, pencil crayons, notebooks, and scissors. I’ve added the picture below so you can see how I did this.
The green cady works perfectly for the pencil crayons, markers and scissors allowing the kids quick and easy access. The little four drawer unit holds the erasers, glue and notebooks and of course the two shelves hold the workbooks and coloring books. This is the ONLY space I have designated for these items. This is where they belong…period. If the kids happen to get new workbooks or crayons say on their next birthday and they won’t fit into my space, I get rid of some of the old ones. That is the way it works….boundaries are set! Of course there is some flexibility here but it comes at a cost….if I did want to keep the extra workbooks it would mean I would need a bigger zone and I would have to consider whether or not I had the money and space to allow me to do that….I have to ask myself is it really worth it for me?
I don’t want to get too far ahead so I’m going to go into more about containerizing in a future post but for now I want to hear about the zones you need and are going to create within your space and I can’t wait!!!