What Organizing Is and Is Not

no, no and no


Warning: this blog is a little brutal and a little too honest. So read it with a grain of salt. Have a good laugh. Everyone makes these common mistakes. I’m hoping one of these will resonate with you and help you think of approaching your organizing projects differently. After I discuss the “no no’s” of organizing, I’ll give you a classic recipe of what organizing is.

  1. Organizing is Not sweeping up the clutter on the dining room table and kitchen counter tops before company comes over or when you’re just tired of looking at it all. This is just the “bag and stash” method. Eventually, I’m the one sorting through those bags, boxes and bins years later when they are long forgotten in the back of the laundry room.
  2. Organizing is Not delaying decision making. If you find yourself unable or not wanting to make a decision on items, this could be the culprit to your clutter woes. Decision making is key to getting organized and keeping an organized space. If you can decide to toss items, where things go and how you will use and access them, you are ten steps ahead of your neighbors.
  3. Organizing is Not buying more bins to get it all organized. Products don’t organize us. Sorting, discarding, containerizing and creating systems is the key. The whole process works together.
  4. Organizing is Not renting a storage unit and placing everything you want out of your home into storage.
  5. Organizing is Not adding shelves to every possible wall space and storage space you own to “fit it all.” Instead of making your basement or garage look like a warehouse, let go of things first, then buy the amount of shelving you need.

So what is organizing, you ask?

Well, that’s simple. A famous organizer in New York named Julie Morgenstern authored the book Organizing from the Inside Out several years ago, and it still holds true today. She broke down what the organizing process looks like and gave it the acronym S.P.A.C.E. I don’t follow this formula perfectly in every situation, but it gives us a good basis and a place to start.

S – Sort — This is organizing 101. You must learn how to sort like items.

P – Purge –— Everyone knows they should purge but everyone loves to hang onto their stuff. Learning to let things go is easy for some but hard for others.

A – Assign a Home — This is when a system is developed and implemented.

C – Containerize — Products, bins, closets, cabinets or dresser drawers—anything that holds our stuff is considered a container.

E – Equalize — This is where you work out the wrinkles and kinks in the system. Daily life goes on and you adjust where necessary to perfect the system.

Are you guilty of any of the organizing “no no’s” ?  What are you going to do about it?


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4 Responses to What Organizing Is and Is Not

  1. I have to admit that one thing that hinders me to keep being organized is that I can hardly let go of the things I have even if I don’t use it anymore. I have this thinking that it might be useful to me one day. This is such one bad habit I should change.

  2. Kendra says:

    Such a great and informative post. Thanks for sharing this to us and keep posting.

  3. Levon from Mental Health 101

    it becomes very difficult to move forward you don’t have the ability to let go of old things, because of this your areas can become very crowded cluttered.

  4. Dianne says:

    You really give great and kinda funny post here about organizing. Thanks for the formula. Gonna follow it.

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