10 Common Organizing Mistakes – Part 2

May 14, 2013

10 Common Organizing Mistakes – Part 2
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.

#6 Thinking you have to do it all at once.
• If one look at your kitchen makes you want to cry, take a deep breath and start chipping away at that project one thing at a time.
• Make your goal one cupboard or one drawer or just the cabinet under the sink. Then make sure you really do the job. Schedule it on your calendar and follow through.
• Give yourself plenty of time – projects always seem to take longer then we think they will. Double what you think it will take to ensure success.
• Set lots of little goals to keep you motivated and reward yourself along the way.

#7 Creating too many categories.
• In the search to get organized you can get carried away with adding sections to your calendar so instead of just the calendar, there is a to do list, calls to make, short term goals, long term goals and notes. Make it easy to use!
• Keep your system simple. Starting with a simple system is the best way to go. You can always make things more complicated.
• Convenience plays a huge role in getting organized. If your system requires too many steps, too many files to look through or too many stacked up containers to open it won’t work. You’ll end up taking shortcuts, saying “I’ll just put it here for now.” And that’s when the piles start.
• Whatever system you choose, it’s important to label everything clearly.

#8 Getting distracted.
• You’re sorting papers in the kitchen, but you notice some toys on the counter, so you put them away. When you do, you find the toys all mixed up so you start sorting things there which is great but what happened to the papers in the kitchen you were working on?
• Force yourself to stay in the room you’re working on. Set up a sorting or distribution basket or box to put items you find that must be distributed to different parts of the house.
• Don’t leave the room until you’re done with the project at hand. Focusing on what you are doing will help you get done quicker.

#9 Not sticking with it.
• Nothing stays organized; you have to keep it organized. Clutter comes with a clutter back guarantee!
• Keep clutter from piling up in the first place. Force yourself to go through your piles.
• Go through the mail right away – junk mail in the recycling, bills in the “to be paid” folder – deal with them twice a month – magazines placed in your reading basket.
• Remember that maintaining a system takes less time than starting from scratch.
• Whenever you see something out of place, put it where it belongs right away.
• Remember it is easier to do a little all the time than trying to do it all in a short amount of time.

#10 Doing it for the wrong reasons.
• Do you want tidy kitchen cabinets because you’ll work more efficiently and be a great cook or because some rule says they ought to be organized?
• If kitchen clutter isn’t hampering your efficiency, let it alone.
• Spend your time dealing with things that will make a difference to you even if it is a small change. Sometimes a small change can make a big difference.
• For example, if you are storing something because that is where you stored it when you were growing up, maybe it’s time to find a more convenient place for it. If you only use your holiday cookware once a year, store it in another place other than the convenient kitchen cupboards.

I hope you may have recognized a mistake you’ve made in the past and I want you to know you are not alone in making a mistake. We all do it one time or another. The main thing is to learn from your mistakes. I hope that the information here will help you avoid organizing mistakes in the future. Please email me with any questions you have on an organizing mistake you need help with now.



  1. Howdy! This article could not be written any better!
    Looking tthrough this post reminds me oof myy previous roommate!
    He constantly kept preaching about this. I most certainly will forward this
    article to him. Fairly certain he’ll have a great read. Thanks for sharing!

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