Even with the best of intention and efforts, your organizing may not be making a difference. You may have tried many times to get organized, but for some reason your home is cluttered. It may be that one of these common organizing mistakes is a problem. Check out these solutions for common organizing mistakes.
Plan your work and work your plan
Too often we jump into organizing and find we have made a bigger mess. Take a few minutes to think about what you would like your organization to look like, what you need most, and what routines will keep it organized. A little pre-planning makes all the difference.
More bins = more organized
It’s not about having more storage. It’s not about having the right bins. Hold off from buying bins until you have worked through and decluttered your space. Then you are ready to decide on storage options.
We start decluttering, get everything in a bag, and it stays at your entry or in your car for weeks. Make decluttering easy with an easy way to drop off your donations. Have a donation bag set up in your home for regular drop offs. The easier it is, the more you will donate.
Zig zag organizing
You start in one space and realize you need to bring stuff to another room. You head there and – oops – that space needs work too. Labeled as zig zap organizing, you will see the most success if you remain in and worn on only one space at a time. Place the stuff at the door with a post it note on it.
Too much coming in
Even the most organized home suffers when more and more is brought in to the space. Start an awareness of how much you purchase, why and when you purchase items. By creating a barrier to more stuff, you are able to establish organizing systems and routines.
Label, label, label
It can be surprising how much labeling a space makes a difference. Everyone knows where items belong and can put them away. Labeling keeps you organized.
It’s easy to stash and dash. That’s when you get a new item but regretfully never put it away. Set up a daily distribution time to reset your personal and family organizing, put items away and put away the bags they came in.
Paper, paper everywhere
Keep your paper together. It sounds overwhelming, but keeping it in one spot helps you sort, recycle and keep the important papers. When paper gets spread out, all of a sudden it’s everywhere. Create one designated spot for mail to come to and sort. Triage it daily and work on your papers weekly.
Keep it all, just in case
We don’t know what paper we might need to we keep it. We think we might use something, and we keep it just in case. It’s time to make a decision and decide what to eliminate. Basic questions to ask are these. When will I use it again? Do I have another good one? Would I purchase this again today? Don’t let indecision keep you from being organized.
Organizing is hard work! Don’t go it alone! Gather up a team, whether it’s your family, church members, office colleagues or hired help. When you work together you make more progress and have fun too.
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