Organize Your Home with Zones

As you declutter, create a plan to organize your home with zones. Setting up specific zones makes it easy for people to put things back where they belong and, more importantly, find what they need. The process takes some thought and planning. Firstly, pay attention to how and where you use items before you decide where to put them and how to store them. And, please, let go of anything you haven’t used in the last six to twelve months. Chances are, if you haven’t used it during that time, you can likely live without it.

Our entry closet is an example of how to organize your home with zones. I divided the closet into several sections. Half the closet is for exercise-related items, including biking supplies, yoga gear and weights. In the other half, we store frequently used household items such as light bulbs, batteries, and paper towels. We also store our toolbox in this closet. You will notice that I labelled all the baskets. Labelling is essential so everyone knows what items belong in which zone. Don’t skip the labelling step!

Jane Veldhoven's tidy entry closet as an example of how to organize your home with zones.

We also have a recycling area below the bottom shelf, which works well because it’s next to the kitchen and close to the front door, so we can easily take it out every few days. Because the closet is next to the kitchen, I added hooks to the door to hold our monogrammed aprons (I love the aprons, BTW!).

Over time, I adjusted the contents and the layout several times to best suit our needs. When you start using zones to organize your home, you will likely have to do the same.

Tips to Help You Organize Your Home with Zones

Firstly, think about grouping things based on how and where you use them. Next, try to arrange your space to accommodate the items you need. Here are some examples:

  1. Create a coffee station. Keep coffee, tea, mugs, coffee grinder, and teapot in a cabinet above or beside the kettle and coffee machine. If your kitchen is crowded in the morning, build a coffee station on a trolley in the dining room or even your bedroom.
  2. Corral your clothing. Arrange your space so that your chest of drawers is close to or even inside the closet. You will have everything you need to get dressed in the morning. Take a few minutes at the end of every season to put away out-of-season clothes.
  3. Organize office supplies. Designate a drawer or cabinet for office-related items close to where you use them every day. For example, you might have a recycle bin and a drawer for supplies near the front entrance of your home. Alternatively, you could set up a small bill processing center in your kitchen and store the supplies in a drawer. If so, please purchase a good-quality drawer organizer to keep your office items tidy.
  4. Establish kids’ zones. Work with your children to establish zones for their toys and keepsakes. For example, place all their keepsakes in a decorative box and put it on a closet shelf closet. Choose a smaller box for photos. They will likely need a homework zone with a desk and all their supplies close by. Remember to place a garbage can, recycle bin, and a laundry hamper in their bedroom too.
  5. Buy basic organizing tools. Choose items you could take with you if you move to a new home. Expandable drawer dividers can work well in various-sized drawers. You can use an expandable tiered spice rack in kitchens or bathrooms to keep small bottles and jars orderly. And matching bins with labels are always great in a cabinet or on a shelf.
  6. Add hooks inside your closet doors to keep things off the floor. We love 3M Command Adhesive hooks for almost everything.

If you’re struggling to organize your home with zones, feel free to contact me for a consultation. We can work together to create a plan that suits your family and lifestyle. Nothing is more satisfying than having “a place for everything and everything in its place.”

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