“N” stands for Note down your Regions.
Write down your regions you desire, and draw a floor plan of your room or home and put the regions on the sketch. There is power in the pen. Do not skip this thinking and designing step! Writing can affect change in one’s life because it speeds up the thinking process and it helps us make decisions so we can take action. Note down all the Assessing steps you thought about. Note the items you have in your bedroom. Note down the regions you desire. It’s good to have only about 3-5 regions per room. If you have too many it’s hard to stay organized. Write a number by the region such as 1-sleeping, 2- studying, 3-dressing, etc. Use a pencil so you can erase for the next step. Draw a simple sketch or blueprint of your room and then write the region number where you want the activity to take place. If you decide to change the region right now it’s easy because it’s on paper, so don’t sweat it. Plan on a proper and perfect fit. How do you find the perfect fit? Use the following tips to help you to determine the region.
Decide the regions you want in your room/ house.
What regions or activities do you need and want in your bedroom such as dressing, sleeping, studying, etc.? Do you have a scripture study region in your room or reading region? Decide where you will study and then put “like items with like items” such as your scriptures, journal, pens, pencils, all on your desk. Put things where they are first used. My Grandma Cooper taught me, “You need to have a place for everything, and put everything in its place.” You may only have 5 minutes to read your scriptures daily, so you need to always put the scriptures away in their home or you will spend your 5 minutes searching for your scriptures instead of reading them.
The Rules to Deciding Region:
1- Learn to apply the” Place of First Use Rule.” This rule means that you put things away where you first use them.
- Ask yourself “Where do I first use this item?” Then put the home right where you use it. For example, put away the silverware in a drawer next to the dishwasher so it’s easy and efficient instead of across the kitchen where it would take multiple steps to put them away. Or if you are getting dressed you need to have all the dressing items in the dressing region. That means you need to put the shoes, clothes, dirty clothes basket, and jewelry all together in the dressing region.
- Move furniture to its home. If you’re always moving furniture so you can be more comfortable, maybe you should put that item there as its permanent home. Design your home to be first comfortable for your family, secondly to impress the neighbors. For example, we put a recliner in our kitchen so our dad could relax with us and still be with us when we’re cooking and cleaning and he’s tired and wants to relax.
2- Put “Like with Like.”
- Putting like with like means that you put all similar items away together so like items are in their region such as putting all the spices together in the kitchen so you can go to one place to find them. We make whole wheat pancakes from scratch almost every morning. So we put all the ingredients in one cupboard. Then we taped the recipe inside the cupboard door so you just open the cupboard, bring all the ingredients down to the counter, grab a big bowl, get the eggs out the fridge, and mix together. Putting everything away is a cinch because you lift everything off the counter up the cupboard above. We used to have the ingredients all over the kitchen so it took a lot more time to find everything and mix. Now, it’s so easy that my 8 year old can find all the ingredients and make pancakes from scratch every morning before school.
3- Remember the “prime real estate rule.” Put the most often used item in the easiest to access spot. Ask “Where do I first use this item?” Give each items an A, B, C, or D priority.
- A items: Daily use items which are put away from knee to eye level in your home. If it’s used daily it’s an “A” priority item. For example, in a kitchen you might have the phone, toaster, salt and pepper in this “A” priority area.
- B items: Weekly use items which are putaway below knee level. For example, in the kitchen I put buckets of wheat, oats, and Ziploc freezer bags at this level.
- C items: Monthly use items which are put away above eye level. For example, I put molasses, chocolate chips, pie tins, and nuts at this level.
- D items: Used Less often than once a month can be put away in another room where you have space. For example, I put my canning jars in the garage because I use them about once a year. Ask yourself if you could get rid of any of the “D” items?
Put a priority grade A, B,C, D, next to your items list. Look at your design plan. Excellent! Now you have a written master plan!