Its the beginning of the year. You have every intention of organizing your entire home. So what do you do? You run to the store to buy a bunch of stuff to help you get organized. When you get home, disaster strikes. That basket doesn’t work how you wanted it to, this container is too big for the drawer, and you still don’t have enough room in your closet. Discouragement ensues. You feel stuck. What’s more, you have run out of time, spent a ton of money and gotten nowhere.
Raise your hand if this has happened to you.You are not alone. We’ve all been there. I am here to help you untangle yourself from this mess. Follow my organizing process and avoid these four organizing blunders, and you will be on a path to enjoying an organized space.
Avoid these 4 Organizing Blunders:
1.Buying organizing products before you start a project.
This one sounds self-explanatory but it is the MOST common mistake I see. I have walked into dozens of homes of individuals who have every intention of getting organized only to be swallowed whole by a mess of organizing products. Planning for organizing is the key to success. Before buying organizing products, you must determine the purpose of your space, clean out and clear out excess items, and make a plan for what is going to go where. Only then is it safe to buy organizing products. Look at it as a reward for a job well done!
2. Keeping more stuff than you have room for.
Your space determines the number of things you can have. Don’t try to cram 25 magazines onto a shelf when only 10 fit. Choose the ones you LOVE most and discard the rest. This may mean you have to get creative with your storage if you live in smaller quarters. Think going vertical with your storage, built ins, big baskets for attractive storage, and multi-purpose items like storage ottomans.
3. Not leaving room to grow.
Its a misnomer that you have to fill every space. Its okay if you get rid of more stuff than you have to fill your shelves. Don’t save items just to fill a shelf. Fill your home with items your love and discard the rest. Believe me, you will be grateful for the extra space later.
4. Forgetting to measure.
I say this a lot: Measure. Measure. Measure. Before purchasing any organizing products measure your space. A bin that is too big for a shelf looks just as cluttered as the junk you just put so much time into sorting (and its a waste of your money!). Take time to measure your space and figure out exactly what you need. This will save you trips to the store and your money will be well spent on the products you do purchase.
What do you think to these common organizing mistakes? Have you ever committed any of these blunders? I love hearing from you! And, if you like what you see, please share it with your friends.