Sometimes too much clutter is not the problem behind your home’s organization problem. Sometimes it is just a matter of knowing where to store your belongings so you can find them when you need them. Here’s what you need to do to store your stuff in the most efficient, effective way possible:
1. Decide how you want your room to function. Rooms can and usually do serve more than one function. For example, your living room may be where you entertain guests, watch TV, play video games and read.
2. Divide the room into zones. Going with our living room example, you would have a guest entertainment zone, a TV-watching zone, a video game-playing zone and a reading zone. You should place each zone where you have enough room to store that zone’s things and where you use that zone’s things most frequently. For example, you should probably put your reading zone next to your bookcase and your TV zone next to your TV.
3. Put your things in each of the appropriate zones. If you find yourself with stuff leftover that does not seem to fit into any of the zones you created, you either need to make another zone or put the leftovers in another room that has the appropriate zone.
After you have “zoned” your whole house, be sure to let your family members know where each zone is and how to use them! Your zoning will be ignored (how frustrating!) without complete buy-in from the whole family.
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