10 Common Organizing Mistakes – Part 1

May 9, 2013

10 Common Organizing Mistakes – Part 1
Here are some of the commonest mistakes people make when trying to get organized. Check them out and see if you’ve made any of them. I know that even I’ve made a few myself.

#1 Keeping things you don’t need.
• The more you have the more space you need and the more organizing you have to do. Are “your eyes are bigger than your stomach?”
• We do it with shopping when we bring something home and realize there’s no space for that cute new gadget or knick knack and now you have to take care of it.
• We do the same thing with paper that comes in. We worry that we’ll need it again instead of acting decisively.
• Be ruthless in weeding things out, and exercise more will power when shopping. When you have your hand on that “thing” – ask yourself where are you going to put it? Does it have a place to live?
• Insist that for every new thing that comes in, something old must go out. This helps keep balance in the universe.

#2 Not solving the real problem.
• What drives you nuts the most? If it’s that you never remember to bring your shopping list to the grocery store, then organizing the hall closet won’t help that problem. Work on a solution to the problem at hand.
• If “clean kitchen” is on your list, make sure you know why. Is it dirty or just disorganized?
• The same applies to the bathroom — are you better off spending time polishing the sink and the tub or going through your piles of old, used makeup and hair products?
• Figure out what really drives you crazy and come up with a plan to tackle it.
• Whenever something bugs you, write it down so you know what you have to work on and then that list can be easily prioritized.

#3 Spending more time on the method than the madness.
• If you start your project by shopping for boxes, baskets and bins won’t have much time for the actual organizing. Stop! – don’t buy anything first – save that for the last step!
• You need to know what you want to contain before you buy containers. Organize first and you can eliminate what you don’t need, love or want and cut down on the number of containers.
• When you do buy containers, choose function over form. Whether you’re storing decorations, clothes, craft items or food, use clear containers so you can see what you have at a glance.
• Labeling the boxes also helps you remember what’s in them if there is a mixture of items.

#4 Making the wrong lists.
• You can list all the things you need to do, but if you’re not going to do them why bother writing them down?
• The key to getting things done is to assign tasks to a specific date. Remember there is no such day as “Someday.”
• If you don’t have a deadline for something, put it on a continuous running to do list, which you can than look at every day. If there’s something you can do that day, assign a time to get it done.
• If something stays on your list too long, delegate it to someone else or just scratch it off the list completely. You don’t have to do everything.

#5 Filling up convenient, handy spaces with rarely used items.
• If you only use it once a month, store it high, low or in another room.
• If you use it frequently store it between hip and eye level.
• For example, if you store all your cookbooks in the kitchen but only use one or two all the time, consider moving the rest to a shelf in another room and freely up some shelf space that you can put to better use.
• If you wear the same few outfits and shoes most of the time, don’t jam pack your closet with other things such as empty boxes, luggage, or camping gear. Clothes you wear once a year or very infrequently can be stored elsewhere.

Come back for Part 2 of the 10 Common Organizing Mistakes….



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