Zone Defense: The School Room

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Are you on Zone Defense with us this year? We’re moving through the house, zone by zone, tackling clutter and putting things in order.

school room cubbies

This year, we’re on Zone Defense. Each month’s challenge is to tackle a different area of the home, setting it to rights, dejunking and decluttering, and otherwise organizing that space.

This month’s assignment was Living Areas. If you’re just tuning in, check out the assignment here.

Our biggest problem area in our living spaces has been the school room. With five students, I have a lot of paper and books to juggle. And since you can see the school room from the front door, it really affects one’s first impressions on entering our home.

Since first impressions are so important, I showed you and “after” picture first. Here are the befores:

school shelves before

We’ve got two big IKEA bookcases as well as a desk in between. Books and papers have kind of piled up a bit.

school room before

We’ve got an IKEA sofa table with cubbies and baskets. And yes, again, the piles have overcome me.

So, I started pulling out anything that didn’t belong on the shelves, desk, or tables. It all got piled on the table. It has to get worse before it can get better:

school room in the middle

It was a several hour project, mainly because I didn’t really want to do it. But, since we have a week left of school, it seemed like a good time. And I told you I’d do it, I did it!

zone defense school room

This may not seem like a big accomplishment, but considering the week I’ve had, it was huge.

I had a few other goals for the month: tackling the toys and improving the decor. Well, those will have to wait.

Did you tackle the living areas this month?

Tell us how Zone Defense worked for you.

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  1. You did a great job!

    One advantage of not having a school room is that I never have to clean it. But you don’t want to see my desk!

  2. Love that sofa table! I may have to do something similar. It looks so much classier than the two plastic bin towers I’m using! Too bad they don’t have one with six cubbies, though!

    1. Costco has one similar to that with 8 cubbies. It comes with the fabric baskets. Not sure if they still have them, this was the winter but it was a great deal at $123.

    2. I know. I moved my eldest’s books to the book shelf; my big girl moved into a cubby; and my little who is starting kinder in the fall, gets the purple plastic box on top.