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  • Writer's pictureJonda Beattie

Organizing the Spare Bedroom Zone

During the month of February I tackle my Spare Bedroom Zone. Spare bedrooms often have several functions. My spare bedroom is for storage and a place for guests to stay. I store off season and less frequently used clothes, wrapping paper, gifts, memorabilia, less used office files and extra office supplies.

I want this zone to look open and inviting to my guests. I also want all of my storage items easy to locate. Much of this room is an extension of my office. This means that all storage must be in closets or in drawers and labeled.

When I moved into this 1950s house, I had extra closets built in this room. For the past few years I have upgraded each closet with Elfa shelving to maximise the use of this space.

Every January I organize my office and pull out all files that are not current. These end up temporarily on the bed in the spare bedroom. Now, I have to find homes for all of these files. Since I have been doing this for 7 years, the shelves I installed are full. This means I have to purge some items and delegate one box of archival files to the attic.

I also accumulated some more clothes this year and my zone allotted for clothes is too crowded. I have an appointment with to help me decide which articles of clothing really flatter me and make me feel special. The rest of the clothing will be donated. That will leave some breathing room in this zone.

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. For help setting up your zones, purchase my workbook – From Vision to Victory: A Workbook For Finding a Simple Path to an Organized Home.

Jonda S. Beattie Professional Organizer

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