When you’ve decided to get organized there are a lot of things you SHOULD do. However, the things you should avoid are just as important. Here I break down a list of common mistakes I see when my readers and clients start their organizing process. They are common mistakes, but they are easy to avoid. If you start off on the right foot, your project will be even more successful.
1. Don’t go gang busters on a whole room and take everything out. I see this a lot, especially with closets. The weekend rolls around and you’re feeling like a rock star. You take everything out and dump it on the floor or the bed. As the day goes on, your energy level wanes and you realize this project is going to take longer than you thought. At the end of the day, you’re ready to go to bed and it’s covered with clothes. Now what? You dump the piles back in the closet, even less organized than they were before. Avoid this by working in segments, with a timer. Start with ten minutes at a time and reset the alarm as necessary. Using a timer and goal also helps you stay focused and breaks the project down for you. Once you’ve duped everything onto the floor, it’s difficult to remember where you wanted to start.When you've decided to get organized there are a lot of things you SHOULD do. However, the things you should avoid are just as important Click To Tweet
2. Don’t head to the store. Okay, you’ve decided to get organized and you headed directly to The Container Store or Target and bought a ton of their pretty bins and organizers. However, you haven’t really thought about where they are going to go in your home. Only head to the store AFTER you know what you really need. It’s ok to do some online research during the process. (Check what’s available, how much it will cost and how it will fit into your plan.) However, if you shop first, chances are you won’t know the quantity or size of of the items you need. When organizing, take measurements. This means when you purchase supplies, you know exactly how they will fit and you avoid any extra trips to the store to return or exchange. I also suggest buying a few extra hangers, totes, etc. Your wardrobe will probably grow, you will want to store more items and so on. If it’s important to you that future organizing supplies match, buy extras now.
3. Don’t check Pinterest. I love Pinterest, I really do. There are so many great ideas and life hacks on there. I can spend hours browsing and want to go for a long run and bake brownies at the same time. There are so many boards dedicated to organizing, products and projects. While all of these can be great inspiration, I have found that people often get caught up in the perfectionism of the picture they are inspired by and forget the functionality of the space. I want you to use Pinterest, as a guide…not as a map. It’s a great place to find some ideas and inspiration. However, make organizing your own. Your home will have it’s own personality and style. Design a system that works for you, not the photographer online.
Have you made organizing mistakes? Tell me about them in the comments below and I’ll help you solve them, once and for all!