The Zone Plan – Organizing the Master Bedroom

Once a month I choose a zone in my home to organize, declutter, and deep clean. During one of the spring months I choose to work in our master bedroom. It’s a wonderful time to review the winter wardrobe and clean or repair any favorites before I store them away and to discard anything that I no longer want to wear. It’s also a time when I like to clean the windows and let the sun shine in.

When I start to work in any zone in my home, I start with a vision. Because I share this room with my husband, it needs to be a shared vision. We want this room to have a welcoming presence. We want a calming, relaxing feel and a place to feel happy. We like soft light but still have enough light available to read. My husband meditates here so the room should have an uncluttered, peaceful feel.

I use the whole month to work on this zone and I divide the tasks into four sections. I schedule time on my calendar to complete each task.

One week I organize the closet. Rob stores his hanging clothes in his office closet, so this is a job I do alone. I pull out all m clothes, shoes, and accessories and sort them. I get rid of the ones that no longer fit or that I no longer want to wear. I wash the interior of the closet and then replace all items.

Another week, Rob and I clean out our dressers. We take out every article and toss anything that is damaged and put into a donate box anything sill in good shape, but we don’t want. Winter items go into the lower drawers and summer items come up to the top drawers. Meanwhile, the dresser is washed and waxed.

Still another week we work on the wall where the bed and end tables live. I strip the bed down to the frame and wash everything. The duvet goes to the cleaners and then is stored in the closet until it gets cold again. All extra reading material is removed from the end tables, so we only have what we are currently reading. The end tables are also washed and waxed.

The last week I finish up anything that might not have gotten done. It might be the windows or the overhead fan. It might be dusting down the walls and ceiling or cleaning the throw rugs.

By the end of the month, the room will be sparkly clean and welcoming. I will put out fresh flowers and admire our work. I feel we will sleep even better in the clear, clean bedroom.

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

Organizing the Master Bedroom Zone

I love to organize and declutter my master bedroom in the spring. It’s finally gotten warm enough to put away most heavy winter clothes. It is also a time when I like to clean the windows and let the sun pour in.

Anytime I work in a zone, I start with a vision. Because I share this room with my husband, it needs to be a shared vision. We want this room to have a calming and soothing feel and be a place that sparks joy and happiness. We like soft light but enough for reading. My husband meditates here so the room should have an uncluttered peaceful feel.

I allow one month to work on this zone and divide the area into four sections. The easiest way to do this is to assign one wall to each week. We look at our calendars and schedule time to do this project. Rob has his hanging clothing items in his office that is across the hall, so he will only have to schedule time to work on his dresser and end table.

  • Week One: I work on my closet. I evaluate all the clothes, shoes, handbags, and accessories to see what needs to go, what needs some care, and what is kept. I use the backward hanger trick (every time I clear out the closet, I hang up all my clothes with the hanger facing the wrong way. The first time I wear an item, I turn the hanger back around to its normal position). Any clothes that still have the hanger facing the wrong way, get a long hard look. Why have I not worn it? It may be a special occasion outfit and that occasion did not occur – so I keep it. I may have similar clothing that I prefer to wear – so I get rid of it. It may make me feel uncomfortable – low neckline, too short, a bit too tight, makes me feel old – so I get rid of it.
  • Week Two: I work on the wall with my dresser and Rob works on his dresser that is on the closet wall. We take every thing out and toss out anything that is damaged and put into a donation box anything that no longer fits or that we no longer enjoy wearing. I take out my heavy sweaters and tops and put them in a container that is in the closet. While working on this wall, I clean the dressers and any accessories that are on that wall.
  • Week Three: I work on a wall that only has a window. I also do the window that is on the bed side wall. I clean the blinds, the frames, and the inside of the windows.
  • Week Four: I work on the bed wall. We clear our end tables. Over the year a lot of reading material has accumulated. We pull out all items we are not currently reading and empty and clean out the drawers. During this week I also clean the bed and all bed linens. The duvet is cleaned and stored away for the warm months. Any accessories that are on the end tables and wall are also cleaned. 
As a reward for completing this zone, I will allow myself a shopping trip to purchase a few items that will replace some of the tossed ones. Then I will put out fresh flowers and step back and admire the space. I feel we will sleep better in the clear, clean bedroom.




Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

Organizing the Bedroom Zone

Spring is a wonderful time to declutter and organize your bedroom. It’s a good time to evaluate your cold weather wardrobe and bring to the front clothes for spring and summer. It’s a great time to open up clean spaces and let the sun shine in.

Anytime I start working on a zone in my home, I begin with a vision. And since I share this room with my husband, it needs to be a shared vision. We want this room to have a calming, relaxed feel and be a place that sparks joy and happiness. We like soft light but still desire enough light for reading. My husband meditates here so the room should have an uncluttered, peaceful feel.

Then, I make a brainstorm list of all that we need to do to make this room align with our vision.

This month I will:

  • Declutter my closet: I will discard all clothing I no longer need or love and organize the space so the most often worn items are the easiest to reach.
  • Declutter the dresser drawers: I will discard all that I no longer want and organize the space to make it more efficient. I will move the long sleeve tops to a lower drawer and place the short sleeve tops and shells in a higher drawer.
  • Strip and clean the bed: I will clean the frame and all the linens and store the duvet until it gets cold again.
  • Clean and clear the nightstands: I will remove reading material that we have already read or that has stacked up and empty and clean out the drawers.
  • Evaluate the accessories: I will remove any that we no longer love.
  • Clean windows and blinds: I only wash the inside of the windows at this point in time as at another time I clean all of the windows on the outside.
  • Clean and wax furniture: This is one time where I really clean and then use paste wax on the good furniture.
All of the above tasks are scheduled on the calendar with some “wiggle room” for when unexpected events happen or if tasks take longer than expected.
At the end of the month I reward myself by buying a couple of new items to replace some of the tossed items. Then I put out fresh flowers and enjoy the clean, fresh bedroom.

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

A Plan for Cleaning and Decluttering the Master Bedroom


Spring is a great time to organize and declutter your bedroom. It’s great to make clear, clean spaces for the sun to shine in.

When I start to work on any zone in my home, I start with a vision. As I share this room with my husband, it needs to be a shared vision. We want this room to have a calming, relaxing feel and be a place that sparks joy and happiness. We like soft light but still desire enough light for reading. My husband meditates here so the room should have an uncluttered, peaceful feel.

I use the whole month to work on this zone and so divide the tasks into four sections, one for each week. I schedule time on my calendar for myself and for working alongside my husband.

During the first week, Rob and I clean out our dressers. We take out every article and toss out anything that is damaged and put into a donate box anything that does not fit or that we no longer enjoy wearing. I change out my heavier tops that were stored in a drawer with lighter ones that were stored in a bin in the closet. During this process, I clean and wax the dressers, clean the walls, and freshen any accessories.

The next week I organize the closet. Rob stores his hanging clothes in another room, so this is a job I do alone. I pull out all my clothes, sort them, and get rid of all that do not fit either my body or my lifestyle. I also do this for shoes and accessories. The closet also holds my suitcase and will hold the duvet that is currently on the bed.

Week three we will work on our end tables. Over the year a lot of reading material has accumulated. We sort out the items we have read and put back only what we are currently reading. We also empty and clean out the drawers. I will clean and wax the two tables. During this week I will also clean the bed and all bed linens. The duvet will be cleaned and put away for the warm months.

The last week, I finish up anything that has not been completed.

As a reward, I will allow myself a shopping trip to purchase a few items that will replace some of those tossed. Then I will put out fresh flowers and step back and admire our work. We will enjoy the fresh fell of this space!

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

The Zone Plan – Master Bedroom


For organizing and decluttering my home, I use a Zone Plan. Every month I choose a different area to clean, declutter, and organize. During the month of May, I concentrate on the master bedroom.

Whenever I work in a zone, I start with my vision for the space. Since I share this room with my husband, we must form this vision together. Last year we decided that we wanted our room to have a soothing, calming, and supportive look. When we are in this space we want to feel secure, relaxed, and happy. We like soft light yet still have enough lighting for reading. In the past year we have painted this room a very soft yellow to help capture the light and changed some of our artwork and accessories to meet this vision. We will continue to explore and when we find an item that builds on our vision and gives us joy, we will bring it home and place it.

I use four weeks to complete this zone.

On week one, Rob and I clean out our dressers (and clean the walls where the dressers stand). We take out every article and toss anything that is stained, stretched out of shape, or holey. Then we donate anything that we no longer need or love. I change out my heavier tops that were stored in a drawer for lighter ones that were in a bin in my closet. I clean and wax the dressers and light a candle.

On week two, I work on the closet which stores only my clothes. I pull our all the clothes and sort them on the bed. I get rid of anything that does not fit either my body or my lifestyle. I also do this for my shoes. This closet also stores my suitcase and a duvet.

On week three, we tackle our end tables. This means purging or rehousing a lot of reading material that has accumulated. I also clean one window, and clean the bed and all bed linens. I clean the wall behind the bed.

On week four, I finish the room. This means cleaning one more wall and window, brushing the ceiling and the ceiling fan.

As a reward for finishing the bedroom zone, I buy fresh flowers and stand back and admire our clean, uncluttered space. I know we will sleep well here.

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

Using the Zone Plan – Your Master Bedroom


For organizing and decluttering my home, I use a zone plan. Every month I choose a different area to clean, declutter, and organize. In May, I concentrate on  the master bedroom.

I always start with a vision of the room. Since I married in November, this year there are two of us forming this vision. We want this room to have a soothing, calming, and supportive look. We want to feel relaxed and happy in this room. We like soft light yet still desire enough lighting for reading. We want our clothes that are stored in this zone to have designated places that make it easy to dress and do laundry and not clutter our sleeping area.

We are going to make some changes in the current setting. We intend to paint the walls a softer color and are changing the art work and accessories to meet our vision.

We will sort through our clothes and get rid of every item that we do not need, love, or that does not currently fit. While dressers and closets are empty, we will deep clean them. We will clear extra clutter off of surfaces in order to have breathing room and to place new, meaningful accessories. We will evaluate all of the reading material that has stacked up and not been read. All of the bedding will be cleaned and aired. The windows and blinds will be washed so that the sun can stream in. The fan and air vents will be cleaned as well.

As a reward for finishing the bedroom zone, I will buy fresh flowers, stand back, and admire our clean, uncluttered space. I know we will sleep well here.

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

Organizing the Master Bedroom – The Zone Plan

When I organize and clean my home, I use a zone plan. Every month I choose a different area to clean, declutter, and organize. In May I concentrate on my Master Bedroom.

I always start with my vision of my bedroom. I think about how I want this room to look and feel. I want this room to welcome me and have a soothing, calming look. I want this room to have a soft feel. When I am in this room I want to feel relaxed and happy. I do not want any clutter in the room and I keep it very organized so that I can maintain those feelings.

This time of year we are moving into warm weather. This is a great time to look at my clothes and decide what I still love and still looks good on me and what is either looking tired or no longer fits either my body or my spirit. I keep off season clothing in another room so this month I will make the switch from cool weather to warm weather clothing. All clothing that will remain in my bedroom will be in season, in good condition, and clothes that make me happy. The clothes I no longer love will be given away or tossed. I will work in both of my dressers and my closet.

I will also look over the reading material by my bed. I will only keep what I am currently reading and maybe one or two more books that I plan to read in this space. I only want positive reading material in this area.

As I organize this area I will give it a through cleaning from the ceiling fan to the floor. I will open the window and let some fresh air in. When I complete the process by the end of the month, I will put in fresh flowers and stand back and admire my peaceful, well-organized space.

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

Organize the Master Bedroom Zone

If you are following my zone plan, this is the month I organize and clean my master bedroom. I always start with my vision. I want this room to have a soothing, calming feel. I want this area to always remain uncluttered. This is the area where I want total relaxation and happiness.

Last year I did quite a bit of redecorating in this room. This year, the only change is in some art work – moving out the whimsical cats and birds to my office and putting in a piece of sculpture in its place.

The bedroom zone can be done in three weeks.

  • Week One: I start on the wall with my closet and a dresser. With the summer season fast approaching, this is the perfect time to evaluate the clothes in this space and see what needs to go, what needs some care, and to switch out winter clothes and put in summer clothes. This closet holds what I wear 80% of the time in any given season. I also evaluate the clothes being stored in the dresser. I do not want any of the areas that hold clothes to be overfull. I want to find things easily and I don’t want items scrunched together. 
  • Week Two: I work on the wall with the tall dresser and follow the same pattern. This is an easy week so I plan it on a week that is rather busy.
  • Week Three: I work on the wall with the bed, window, two small tables, and the wall to the left of the bed that has no furniture. I take this opportunity to clean all of the bed linens. I also clean the fan above the bed and the air vent. The window and blinds get the accumulate dirt and dust removed as well. During this week I will clear off my night stands. I tend to collect books I would like to read and they often end up here. After a year I have quite a stack of unread books. It is time for some of these books to go and some to be stored elsewhere. Too many books stacked up looks stressful instead of inviting to me. A few books offer promise but too many begins to look like a chore.

As a reward for finishing my bedroom, I buy fresh flowers and admire my fresh, peaceful, well organized bedroom. I know I’ll sleep well in here. 

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

Master Bedroom Zone

If you are following along with the zone plan, this is a good month to organize and clean the master bedroom. As you work in this area, moving into the summer season, you can really evaluate all of your clothes to see if they still are what you love and what you need.
Start with your vision for this room. How do you want the room to look and how do you want to feel when you are in this area? I want my room to have a soothing, calming look. I like soft light yet enough light to read by. I want my clothes all to have designated places where I can get dressed easily in the morning but I don’t see them.
I am allowing myself 3 weeks to organize this room. Recently I had some redecorating done to make the room feel more peaceful and intimate. Now it is my turn to get into the room with an action plan and make it work.
This week I will work on the wall with the closet and long dresser. I will empty them and sort all of my clothes. I will purge anything that no longer fits me, anything that is torn or stained, and anything I no longer love or need. I will take all off season clothes and move them to another location and pull in any summer clothes I have stored elsewhere. While the closet and dresser are empty, I will give them a good cleaning.
Next week I will work on the wall with the bed, window, two small tables as well as the wall to the left of the bed that has no furniture. I will also clean the fan that hangs above the bed. During this week I will evaluate all reading materials that have stacked up on the tables. If they have hung out there for a while and not been read, it is time to move them on out. I will also clean all the bed linens including the duvet cover and mattress pad.
The last week I will do the wall with the tall dresser and some art work. I will pull all the clothes out of that dresser and see what stays and what goes.
For my reward for finishing this project, I will go shopping with a friend to replace some of those tired items that I threw away. I will buy fresh flowers and just stand back and admire my peaceful, well-organized room.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Master Bedroom Zone

If you are following along with the zone plan, this is a good month to tackle the master bedroom. Start with your vision for this room. I want my room to be a quiet peaceful area where I can rest and read. I want soothing things to look at. I want soft light. I want my clothes to be arranged so that I can dress quickly in the morning but I do not want to see the clothes when I am resting. This is a good time to swap out any winter clothes that can be stored elsewhere. My bedroom has 4 walls so I usually take 4 weeks to do this room. However, this month I will be gone a week so I will need to do it in 3 weeks. The first week I will tackle the wall with the long dresser and the closet. I will take everything out of the drawers and out of the closet. I will purge anything that no longer fits, that I no longer love, or that is stained or torn. I will clean the closet and dresser and return the clothes that I am keeping. The next week I will do the wall with the bed, window and two small tables as well as the wall to the left of the bed which has no furniture. I will check the books on the night stand. Am I going to read them? Should I donate them? Should I read them and then pass them on? I will laundry all the linens on the bed- including the mattress cover and the duvet. The last week I will do the wall with the tall dresser and some art work. I will again check the clothes in the tall dresser to see what stays and what goes. For my reward when finished, I will go shopping with a friend and buy some replacement items for the things I threw away. Then I will stand in the doorway and enjoy my fresh, well organized room.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

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