I have a system in my home and one I share with my clients that keeps that clutter under control. The system is called the Zone Plan.
This is how it works:
You divide your home into 10 zones. My zones include the office, the living room, the kitchen, the laundry room, the master bedroom, the baths, the guest bedroom, the attic, the storage shed, and the entry hall and storage closets.
Each month, except for July and December, you work in one of these zones. The intention is to redefine your vision for the zone and note what is not working with that vision.
Then you brainstorm what needs to happen to change what it is now to what matches your vision.
You develop a plan and schedule times to work on the project.
You touch everything that is in the zone. You decide what supports your vision and stays, what goes, and what is moved elsewhere.
At the end of the month you celebrate your wins and move on to the next zone.
The beauty of this plan is that you know you are going to get to every area eventually. If you open your linen closet and see that it needs some work, you can just smile and say, “Your turn is in June!” and shut the door. By completing a zone project instead of zig-zagging through your house, you feel a real sense of accomplishment.
Jonda S. Beattie Professional Organizer