Home Life Blog: 6 Organizing Mistakes People Make

January 6, 2016

6 Organizing Mistakes People Make

Getting organized can be a lot harder than you think.  Sure it seems easy to buy a bunch of bins and boxes to put all your stuff in, but organizing is so much more than that.  

Here are six common mistakes that people make while trying to get organized (Me being one of them) and how you can avoid them to make your organizing process a lot easier.

1.  They buy organizational items before organizing. 

Why is this so bad?  Because you are jumping the gun.  If you have not tried to clean the space then how do you know what you will need to organize it?  

Sometimes you don't even have to purchase bins and other organizing materials.  You will be surprised what you can make with just a simple box or can to help store stuff in.  

This should be one of the last things you do when organizing.

2.  They skip decluttering.

Getting rid of the stuff you don't need is very important.  Believe me when I say that you will have less stuff to organize if you declutter first.  It could keep you from feeling overwhelmed and give you an extra boost to follow through with your organizing process. 

If you're having problems deciding where to start then read my post 40+ Things To Throw Out In The New Year.  It has lots of easy things you can get rid of now.  

You might also like reading 5 Ways To Kickstart Your Decluttering Process.  It has a few ideas to encourage you to get started. 

3.  They don't make a plan.

This is the number one rule!  Making a plan before starting any organizing project is key.  Frustration and chaos will kick in if you do not have a plan to follow.  

Sit down with a pen and paper and decide what spaces you want to tackle, when you want to finish each space and what to do with the items you are getting rid of.  

Make sure to check with your local donation center for the days they take donations and if they pickup.  This will insure you get the items you don't want to keep out of the house and make room for more organizing.

Don't forget to include other family members in the planning process too.  The more people on board, the faster everything will get done.

4.  They try to get it all done in one day.

This is one of the reasons you should have a plan. Sure it seems easy in your head, but seeing it on paper will make you think otherwise.  

Set realistic goals with enough time to easily get things done.  It's better to finish early than to stress over not having enough time to meet your deadline. 

Also, remember that life happens.  If you do end up missing your goals, then just reset them.  If you don't have too much time in the day, maybe set aside 10-30 minutes each day for decluttering or organizing.  Any little bit adds up.  

Never loose sight of the ultimate goal to have a clutter free organized home.

5.  They don't think about functionality.

Sure all those perfectly organized Pinterest pictures are lovely, but organizing is not a beauty contest.  Decide what organization YOU need.  What works for one person might not work for you.

Organize the things you use most often in a place that is accessible so everything is easy to find and put back.

6.  They don't check back and reevaluate their organization process.

Organizing is an ongoing process.  Life evolves and our organizing process sometimes needs to evolve with it.  

Take every 3-6 months to check back and decide what is working and what needs some tweaking. If you find something is not working before that time, then fix it right away.  Start from step one and work your way back down.

Organizing Steps In Order.

Here are the organizing steps you should take listed in order so you can follow through with them the right way.

1)  Make a plan

2)  Set realistic goals
3)  Declutter
4)  Organize for functionality
5)  Buy storage containers (If needed)
6)  Reevaluate and tweak

If you follow these steps not only will everything be organized, but it will stay organized.  

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  1. This is great information. I'm really wanting to get more organized this year, but it is quite a bit daunting with all the stuff to go through and get rid of.

    1. It really can be. I've been trying to help my parents get rid of their stuff for about a year now. We have had about two garage sales between all the donating and tossing of things. I think we're going to have one more in a few months. It's a lot of work, but the results make it all worth it.

  2. Great post and I agree with all of your points! I've bought organizing bins before and didn't even end up needing them!

    1. Thank you Lisa! Using what's on hand first is the best way to go when organizing. =)

  3. great tips! and I do it backwards all the time but since I never finish, I do check back - to try to clean up more so not sure that counts! This year I will follow your steps!!

    1. I'm glad to help! I know with these steps you will be able to get it done! :)

  4. I am not going to deny that I probably have done all 6 of these mistakes! As soon as I get my mess in order I feel like another mess happens! Thank you for linking up at the Tips and Tricks Link Party! I cannot wait to see what you bring back next week!

    1. Thank you Gabby! I can't wait to link up again next week! =)

  5. Guilty. Thanks for sharing on LFEO, look for your post on this week's party !!

    1. Thank you so much Amanda! I'm so excited to be up on that list this week! Thank you again and have a wonderful weekend.

  6. I tried to use Pinterest to organize my pantry. Major fail! This time, I'm doing what works.

    1. Good idea! I think the pantry is hard to copy. Everyone has a different idea of what should be in there or what foods should be stocked up. I know we have way more can foods than most people. Doing it the way that works for you is best!


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