#8 Stop Before You Shop
When you are first starting a home organization project, conventional wisdom tells you that you should go out and get some organizing supplies to get your organizing project underway. You’re going to need a place to put stuff, right? Not so fast! Don’t run out and purchase organizing supplies before you have begun your projects. Until you know what you are going have left after you’ve started to move some items to the trash, or donation, you might end up buying all of the wrong products. Instead wait to see what you need, measure your spaces, and then head out. While you don’t want to spend a ton of money on these supplies, make them aesthetically pleasing so that you enjoy them, and most importantly will use them. My general rule is that if it is going to be stored in a closet, cabinet, attic, basement, or garage use plastic containers. They are sturdy, and cost effective solutions to get your belongings organized. I particularly like the Sterlite white plastic bins for cabinets, as they are inexpensive, and they also can be stacked. If the organizing product is going to be in the open where people will see it, you may want to consider baskets and containers that have a more refined look to match your decor. Many bix box stores like Target have wonderful organizing supplies in a growing organizing section of the store. Of course, you can also shop at places like Pottery Barn for baskets, and The Container Store for virtually anything you need to get organized.