Lauren, great article!
I live in a split foyer and every room that you listed is a major room but there is not enough storage anywhere in the house. Closets are half of what they should be, so it is really hard to be organized. Even stuff that is important becomes clutter when there is nowhere to put it.
Trish, you laid it out pretty funny, in my book, because I have the same kind of zones. Everything happens at the dinner table and when that gets cleaned, it goes to zone 2, the top of the refridgerator, "real" cleaning time means taking down and dusting and moving zone 2 to the filing area of the office, or zone 3. Of course, zone 3 has to eventually get tackled and that is usually at tax time.
Lately my worst area is my living room, which in a split foyer is tough because it is the 1st thing you see when you come in the door. We're taking care of my 86 year old mother, for a few months, and she is not very ambulatory so we sit in the LR most of the day. I work on the laptop doing ancestry research and insurance stuff, etc and have files and paperwork "neatly" stacked on both ends of the sofa and the floor around me. That way I don't have to leave her and worry about her falling, etc.
It really does ZAP all my energy having all this clutter all around me but it keeps me from going crazy just sitting around all the time, too. Just 2 more weeks! I think then I'll start some REAL spring cleaning, but I think I'll start in my bedroom. That is the one place we can hide EVERYTHING (from the kitchen table, landing, sofa, etc) if we have visitors
so it is desperate need after this winter.