Organizing the Spare Bedroom of Bonus Room

Most of us are lucky enough to have that extra room dubbed as the Spare Bedroom, Guest Bedroom or Bonus Room. Often these rooms have multiple purposes. I have seen them used as offices, craft rooms, play rooms, exercise rooms, storage rooms, and even as dedicated guest bedrooms.

In February I work on my “Spare Bedroom” zone. I choose this month because last month I organized my office and a lot of stuff purged from my office landed on the bed, floor, and dresser of the spare bedroom. Now it is a disaster.

My spare bedroom has multiple functions. It has a closet that is used for offsite office storage (and it is packed full). There is a dresser that holds off season clothing, gifts, holiday cards, and some memorabilia. This room also holds a secondary cat box as well as a cat condo and a cat bed. When overnight guests arrive, this is their room (and the cat stuff is temporarily put into my office).

I want this room to have an open and inviting space for guests. I want all items stored in this zone to be out of sight but easily accessible. I want to feel drawn to this room and feel calm and happy when I enter.

To make this vision come true, during this month I will clean out and reorganize the closet. Files will be updated and some truly archival files will head for the attic. I will toss out or donate items that I have saved but now no longer need or love. Since I have a lot of pictures and memorabilia in the closet, I will open each box and scrapbook, have a remembrance time, toss some items, label some more items, and return the rest to the containers. I feel if I want to keep this memorabilia, I ought to honor it and look at it at least once a year.

I will clean out every drawer in the dresser and designate zones within the drawers. I will probably decide that 3 heavy sweaters stored there are about 2 too many and that some holiday clothing is no longer loved. This will open up space for any new item.

By the end of the month, I will have this guest bedroom matching my vision for the upcoming year. I will celebrate by putting fresh flowers on the dresser.

For help in setting up your zones, sign up for my Zone Plan Coaching Teleclass (jonda@timespaceorg.com) or purchase my workbook – From Vision to Victory: A Workbook For Finding a Simple Path to an Organized Home (available on my website www.timespaceorg.com).

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

How Do You Use Your Spare Bedroom?


Spare bedrooms can have multiple purposes. I have seen them used as offices, craft rooms, play rooms for children or grandchildren, storage, and even to house guests.

When working on any zone in your home, you want to have a clear vision of the function of the area how you want this area to look and how you want to feel when you enter. Be very honest on the purposes of the zone.

My spare bedroom has multiple functions. It has a closet that is used for off site office storage. There is also a dresser that holds off season clothing, gifts, and some memorabilia. This room is occasionally used as a place for guest to stay. And more recently, it has become a retreat for an older cat with some health problems. My vision for this room is to have an open and inviting space for guests. (When guests arrive, the cat is displaced for the duration.) I want all office items easily accessible but not visible. I want to feel drawn into this room and feel calm and happy when I enter.

I use a Zone Plan to organize and declutter my home. February is when I tackle my spare bedroom. During this month I clean out and reorganize the closet. Files are updated and some archival files go to the attic. I  toss out times that I no longer need or love. I clean out the dresser drawers and assign a purpose for each drawer. All surface areas will be clear except for a few accessories. I clean all bed linens, furniture and windows.

By the end of the month, the spare bedroom matches my vision for the upcoming year. Except for weekly cleaning, this zone will not need organizational work again until next February.

For help in setting up your zones, sign up for my Zone Plan Coaching sessions (jonda@timespaceorg.com ) or purchase my workbook – From Vision to Victory: A Workbook For Finding a Simple Path to an Organized Home (available on my website www.timespaceorg.com)

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

Spare Bedroom – Place for Guests or Dumping Spot?

I use a zone plan to organize and declutter my home. In January, I tackled the office zone and in February, I follow up with the spare bedroom zone. This makes sense in my home because the spare bedroom is used as offsite storage for my office. While cleaning out files in my office, some of the files end up dumped on the dresser in that spare bedroom. Now this area looks cluttered to me and demands attention.

My spare bedroom is also used as a place for guests to stay, a location to store my memorabilia, and storage for some off season or rarely worn clothing. My vision for this room is to have an open and inviting space for guests. I also want to have all items stored in this location easily accessible.

During this month I will clean out and reorganize the closet. Files will be updated and some truly archival files will head for the attic. I will toss out items that I have saved but now feel I do not need or love. I will clean out every drawer in the dresser and designate zones within the drawers so that each drawer has its purpose. All of this activity will open up space for any new items.

By the end of the month, I will have this spare bedroom matching my vision for the upcoming year. I will celebrate by putting fresh flowers on the dresser.

For help in setting up your zones, purchase my workbook – From Vision to Victory: A Workbook For Finding a Simple Path to an Organized Home (http://wwwtimespaceorgcom/order_bookphp)  Also watch for a newsletter telling about upcoming teleclasses on zoning and organizing your home.

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

Using the Zone Plan to Organize Your Home: The Spare Bedroom


I like to declutter and clean my home using the zone plan. Each month I work in a different zone in my home. In January, I tackled the office zone and in February, I follow up with the spare bedroom zone. Why is that a follow up? I use this room as my offsite storage for my office. In January, I took all overflow items from my office and placed them in the spare bedroom. Now, this room is screaming for organization and clearing of clutter.

My spare bedroom is used as a place for guests to stay, a storage area for memorabilia, my offsite office storage, as well as some storage in the dresser for off season or rarely worn clothes. As I have recently moved, my zones are a little confused. I want this room to look open and inviting to my guests. I also want all of my storage items easy to locate.

During this month, I will clean out every drawer in the dresser. I will designate zones within the drawers so that each drawer will have a function. I will also pull every box and file from the closet. I put in an elfa closet system when I moved in so the space is maximized. Still some of the older files are truly archival and can now be moved to the attic. Quite a few files can be deeply purged. This will open up some space for items to come in throughout the year.

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. Then next February I will tackle it again.

For help setting up your zones, purchase my workbook – From Vision to Victory: A Workbook For Finding a Simple Path to an Organized Home. This book is available on my website – www.timespaceorg.com.

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

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 Carmen@NakedFashionHelp.com 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. http://www.timespaceorg.com/order_book.php

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

Spare Bedroom Zone

February is the month I organize and declutter my spare bedroom. This past year I did major redecorating in this room with the assistance of organizer Tami Puckett of Mindful Redesign – http://mindfulredesign.com. She helped make this room reflect my interest in travel while making it inviting to my guests.

Spare bedrooms often have multiple functions. My spare bedroom stores offseason and less frequently used clothes, wrapping paper and gift accessories, memorabilia, household accessories, overflow storage for archival files and office supplies, and is a place for guests to enjoy.

My zones are well defined in that room and everything is behind closed closet doors or in drawers. My challenge for this month is finding a home for all the extra office files that I have dumped into this room while clearing space in my office zone last month. It seems like each year I need a little more closet space for my office overflow and I think that this year I have maxed out that space. That means that I need to look long and hard at what I am already storing and let some of those items go. A serious purge needs to happen. Then I will have room for the more recent overflow from my office.

Throughout this month, I will tackle one wall a week and toss items and reorganize the items that remain so that at the end of the month, my spare room will again look inviting to guests and all storage items will be out of sight behind closed closet doors or drawers.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Spare Bedrooom Zone

In February, the zone I tackle is the spare bedroom. I like to do this room the month after the office because one of the uses of this room is off-site storage for my office. At this point in time, there are items jammed into this room that were pulled out of my office. The chaos bothers me, so now I am motivated to work in this zone. I want my spare bedroom to look neat and inviting. I want my guests and myself to be comfortable in this room. I want to be able to put my hands on all items stored here.
Many of us use our spare bedrooms for multiple purposes. Mine serves as a place for guests to stay, a place to store wrapping paper and gifts, a place to store off season or rarely used clothes, a place to store pictures and memorability, and a place to keep items for my office that I don’t use on a daily or weekly basis.
When organizing the bedroom, I think of all the different zones in that room (guests, wrapping/gifts, clothes, memorabilia storage, office storage) and then I organize my items in that zone to maximize the space available. As more items come into the area, some items need to be purged.
I have purged more clothes this year and now have room to put in a couple more shelves in the closet pictured. This closet zone will hold my books, mailers, and items I use for presentations. There is still room for some long hanging clothes on the left.
I have not redecorated this room since I moved into this house. I plan to change pictures, the bedspread, and other items with the help of organizer Tami Puckett of Mindful Redesign – http://mindfulredesign.com. I want the room to have a fresh look and reflect my interest in travel.
I want this room done by the end of the month. The first week I will tackle the closet on the wall side shown. Then each week I will attack another wall. By the end of the month I hope to have this zone the way I want it for another year.
What are the purposes of your spare bedroom? How do you make the one room serve multiple purposes and zones?

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Spare Bedroom zone revisited


At the beginning of the month, I showed the mess on the floor that now has to be housed in the spare bedroom. Last week I put an elfa closet system into the closet on the left. The closet on the right was done last year and still works.
I purged some of my clothes and put together a nice bag for the Kidney Foundation. Copies of my book, From Vision to Victory, and mailer envelopes to mail the books out, were put in the closet you do not see. Much of the memorabilia that was in the closet where I now store the books, was placed in a couple of dresser drawers in the room. Wrapping paper is in an under the window seat storage area in the room. One of the dresser drawers holds gifts I have bought and not yet given. The remainder of the office items are now stored in the closet on the left with some room to spare. With all closet doors shut, it still looks like a guest bedroom. There is still some hanging room (in the closet you don’t see) and part of a drawer for guests to put their belongings.
I still have some work to do on this zone and will complete what I can in the first week in March. Then on to the next zone- the living room.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Spare Bedroom Zone

In February I tackle organizing and decluttering my spare bedroom. I choose to do this in February because I use my bedroom as off site storage for my office. In January I cleared and organized my office and overflow items were placed in the spare bedroom knowing it would be tackled next.
Most spare bedrooms serve multiple purposes. Mine serves as a place for guests to stay, a place to store wrapping paper, a place to store off season or rarely used clothes, a place to store some pictures and memorabilia, and a place to keep items for my office that I don’t use on a daily or weekly basis.
When organizing the bedroom I think of all of the different zones in that room (guests, wrapping, clothes, memorabilia storage, office) and then I organize my items in that zone to maximize the space available. As more items come into the area, some items need to be purged. Last year I did a major revamp of the closet you see on the right. This year the closet beside it will need reworking. Thankfully the elfa sale is still on at the Container Store. I have 2 closet areas not shown in the picture. One is currently holding shoes, handbags, linens for guests, and some items for decorating. The other closet is holding clothes and memorabilia.
I want my room to look open and relaxing. I want it to be welcoming to guests. I also want my office needs to be readily at hand when I need them. I want gift wrap materials to be easy to access. Pictures and memorabilia to not need to me as accessible. I want this done by the end of the month. The first week I will tackle the closets on the wall side shown. Then each week I will attack another wall. By the end of the month I hope to have this zone the way I want it for another year.
Consider how you want your spare bedroom to look and feel and make a plan for this to happen. Let me know your results.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

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