6 TO DO(N'T)S When Organizing Your Home


 

The before & after pictures may show the sparkle, but only those who have attempted to de-clutter and re-organize a space on their own truly know that sparkle & shine is sometimes just... well, dust.

Organizing can tire you out that way, so much that you just start seeing things.

Okay, okay, I'm kidding.

I may just have made organizing sound like an 80's party full of big hair, drugs & hallucination. It's not, but it can be a #fail waiting to happen if you go in with the wrong mindset.

So here are 6 common pitfalls to avoid when going it alone.

 
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1. Don't organize before decluttering.

Me everytime The Container Store posts a new photo on Instagram.

Me everytime The Container Store posts a new photo on Instagram.

Please resist the impulse to run out and buy (or sit at home and order) a bunch of glitzy organizing products before you've decided what in your home is staying & what is going. I hate to break it to you, but organized clutter is still clutter. 

Besides, you probably already have more than enough storage space, containers, baskets & other organizing gadgets, the problem may just be the lack of a sufficient system. 

2. Don't organize your space for HGTV... or anyone else.

The goal is to create a system that is convenient & functional for YOU, that caters to YOUR habits and your daily routine. Ask yourself what items YOU love to have in your space, and create homes for them. You can avoid clutter and unnecessary work during cleanup time easily by designating "homes" closest to where the items are most often used, even if they're not the typical location for it. (Yes, where you choose to handle your ingrowns is your business and your business only. Grab those tweezers.) You'll abandon your pretty new organizing system quick-fast if it isn't conducive to your style of living. Remember, just because you saw something in a pretty magazine layout or in someone's home doesn't mean it will work for you & your home

3. Don't try to attack it all at once. 

You don't scarf down a whole square of lasagna in one bite do you? (I hope not.) Chunking an organizing project down is key. It can get overwhelming so allot yourself a few timed (think 1-3 hr.) sessions, blast your favorite tunes, and get to it. Start with one section and go from there. Don't focus on perfection (ie: for your home to look like something from a Pinterest article) and do employ routine upkeep to ensure your new organized system keeps working.

 

4. Don't ignore good storage potential.

Some of the most overlooked storage spaces are right underneath your nose, literally. For instance, your bed is taking up some prime organizing retail space in your home, DO fill up that hollow space underneath! Utilize not only the horizontal space in your home but also the vertical space, with hooks, racks & caddies, shelves, & cabinets. 

The back of a door is great for storing & organizing, With a rack like this your toothpaste will always have a home.

The back of a door is great for storing & organizing, With a rack like this your toothpaste will always have a home.

Wheeled caddies work wonders for storing & retrieving items in & from tiny corners. Via    www.instructables.com    |    www.thekitchn.com

Wheeled caddies work wonders for storing & retrieving items in & from tiny corners. Via www.instructables.com | www.thekitchn.com

5. Don't hang on to anything simply because:
 

a.) "I paid a lot for this." b.) "I may need this someday.' c.) "So-and-so gave this to me."


No amount of money is worth more than your peace of mind, and constantly seeing and living around things in your (very valuable) home space that don't benefit you - is draining. If you haven't had any use for it thus far, chances are you won't. If you don't use it, don't love it, or it doesn't look good on you, honey, it's not worth the space it rests on.

By clearing out the bad stuff you give yourself better access to all that deliciously good stuff you own and love. Ask yourself "Would I buy this item again today?" 

And as my Auntie Oprah once said, the gift is in the giving. If you no longer have any use for it, snap a photo of it & pass it on to someone else who does.

"Have nothing in your [palace] that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." - William Morris (Hello!)

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*Tip: If you just can't bare to toss it, just put it aside for some time. Lock it away in the basement, or far back in a closet somewhere. If you don't look for it in the next 6 months, then you know for sure you really don't need it. Let it go girl.

6. Don't leave anything unfinished.

Procrastination delays that reward you worked so hard for, and just kills the momentum. That box of children's clothing you put aside for your sister and her kids? - Take it to her. At the least, put it in your trunk to deliver over the weekend. The point is, don't leave any loose ends from the session. Fix the things that need to be fixed, drop off the donations, add needed items to your shopping list, etc. 

Or you can always just move...

Or you can always just move...

 

And there you have it.

Have you fallen victim to any of these common errors? Tell me all about it in the comments!