So the day and hour has arrived. You have blocked off time to tackle the organizing project that has been on your to do list for months. I’m glad you are ready to dive in and start making headway on the clutter. To help you avoid getting sidetracked, stumped or giving up, below is a list of the most common organizing mistakes people make.
- Don’t buy organizing products and more bins before the project. First declutter and then go shopping for only what you need.
- One can have good intentions but no follow through. It’s easier to make one trip to a donation place instead of thinking you will sell things on Craig’s List, take things to consignment, or ship clothes to your sister’s kids in a different state. All three of those are great ideas but take time. Assume you won’t have the time to do those, take the easier solution, and just donate the stuff.
- Moving the clutter to the basement, off-site storage or attic or garage is not the solution. That’s just avoidance of making a decision and shifting clutter. Make a decision to use or store the item correctly, otherwise get rid of it.
- Avoid getting too detailed from the start. Do not start with a stack of papers or bins with a million little items. Tackle the easy decisions first and then get down to the details.
- Don’t blame others for the clutter. Take responsibility and start making decisions. Organizing is 99% decision making.
- Setting aside smaller projects within the larger project is not the answer. Commit to going through everything and anything. A box of photos and paper would be the only exception. Otherwise, nothing should be off limits.
- Getting caught up on the cost or value of items will derail you fast. The money was spent when you purchased the item. Instead of feeling guilty and trying to get a few bucks out of the item, commit to making smarter purchases moving forward. Focus on only a few high ticket items if you must.
- Don’t expect to have all the answers right from the beginning. Solutions and new ideas usually surface as you’re emptying bins, filling donation bags, and seeing your space in a new light. As you get further into the process you will know what you need to purchase or what problem still needs to be addressed.
Good luck and if you get stuck don’t forget the Ten Reasons to Hire a Professional Organizer!
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