Zone Defense: Living Spaces

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This year we’re on Zone Defense, moving room by room, tackling clutter and disorder. This month we’re going after those living spaces and all the “stuff” we use to entertain us.

By now you’ve noticed a pattern for our zones:

  1. Personal space
  2. Food (kitchen)
  3. Clothing (laundry room/linens)

Now we move to the living spaces. I define “living spaces’ as those areas of your home where daily life happens, namely entryway, living room, family room, den. Whatever you call it at your house, you know what I mean, right?

These are the spaces that draw clutter as much as they draw a crowd. It’s where we “do life”. And life, as I know it, is messy. It’s in our best interests and that of our families and housemates to put some order into those general everyday spaces.

At our home, that one where six eight kids of all ages reside, that means a variety of stuff — and lots of little crumbs. Especially under the couch cushions!

Recently, in anticipation of the grandparents’ visiting, we gave our living spaces an overhaul. This is your task this week as well. Check out the tasks that may or may not be needed at your house. They were at ours!

  1. Declutter the entryway by thinning out shoes and coats. What really needs to be there?
  2. Clean out the coat closet.
  3. Sweep and mop the entryway floor.
  4. Dust furniture in living and family rooms
  5. Vacuum couches and chairs. Yes, under the cushions.
  6. Replace burned out light bulbs.
  7. Remove clutter.
  8. Rearrange/straighten books on the shelves.
  9. Dust light fixtures.
  10. Vacuum baseboards.
  11. Wipe fingerprints from walls and light swithces.
  12. Add some fresh flowers or other decorative touch to brighten up your everyday.

Your living spaces may need all of these or just a few. Don’t feel overwhelmed! You don’t have to do them all or all at once. If you chose two per day, your house would look like a new place in a week.

But remember to do #12 when you’re done. It will make you feel so good after all your hard work.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be looking more closely at the items that can bring great joy to our lives: games, books, movies, and music. They can also bring a huge mess if we’re not careful. So we’ll be talking about ways to tame and organize these entertainment beasts.

What living space will you tackle this week?

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  1. I love the reminder to add fresh flowers, both from you and like Tsh’s article at inCourage. It’s the little beautiful things that can help slow us down and smell the roses, or lilacs. 🙂

  2. I haven’t had fresh flowers in my home for a long while now. They are needed. I’m gonna cut some fresh ones today. Thank you! Blessings, Kate

  3. How do our couches end up like that? I think you took that picture at my house.

    This is a great time for me to do this zone. We are having a family BBQ next weekend and this will help get me geared up for cleaning. Nothing like having a party to get your house cleaned.

  4. I’ve enjoyed fresh flowers on my table for a few days thanks to my husband for Mother’s Day. It’s brightened everyone’s mood!

    My living area needs a good vacuum, but other than that we’re ok for now. The kitchen however is a COMPLETE disaster. That’s where you can find me today…

  5. I LOVE the picture of your couch! Sign of a home well lived-in, I think.

    Our living space isn’t too bad right now, due to just moving in about 6 months ago, the purge of excess prior to our move, and the re-organization into our new space afterward. And my hubby brought me flowers today.:) One bunch for Mother’s Day belatedly, because he just flew back in from a business trip this morning, and TWO for our anniversary, which is today. They are brightening up our living and dining spaces considerably!