Two Organizing Pitfalls to Avoid

Just what is it that prevents well-intentioned people from getting a handle on belongings and getting their homes organized? How come they want to get organized but just can’t seem to make it happen?  As a professional organizer, let me share with you where I see things take a turn for the worse when it comes to home organization. Let’s take a look at two common organizing pitfalls that may be holding you back.

Organizing Pitfall #1 Purchasing organizing supplies and storage bins first. 

It’s very tempting to go shopping before you start decluttering and organizing because that’s the fun part.  But it’s important that you save your shopping for the end of the process. You can think of it as a treat or reward for the time you spent decluttering. You really do have to go through your belongings and decide what to keep and what to part with first. Once you lighten your load, then you’ll know which organizing products will serve you best in that space. When you have big piles, you may think you need more baskets, bins and shelves then you really do need. No sense spending money that doesn’t need to be spent, right? Make sure you measure your space before heading to the store so you purchase the correct size products for your space and avoid returns to the store.

Organizing Pitfall #2 Not placing items closest to where you will use them.

I’ve seen people keep their filing cabinet out in the garage but all of their paperwork in the house in their office. If you have to walk that far to file, guess what-it’s not going to happen! No matter what room in the house you are working in, be sure to place belongings close to where you will use them so you can work efficiently. For example, at your desk be sure to keep papers you are working on and office supplies within arm’s reach. Items that you don’t use frequently can be stored a little further away or in a place that’s a little bit harder to reach.

These two pitfalls are easy to fix and even easier to avoid to help you reach your home organization goals!

Courtesy of my Efficient Organization column in the Lake Stevens Ledger.

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