Organizing mistakes can hold you back from creating the home you want. If you’ve tried to get organized in the past but aren’t seeing the results you want, check if one of these mistakes is to blame.
Organizing your home has a massive impact on your health, happiness and energy.
It will help you:
- stop drowning in your stuff
- find what you need when you need it
- walk into your home and breathe a sigh of relief (instead a rush of anxiety)
Yet even with the best of intentions, you’re bound to make mistakes along the way. And that’s okay!
Luckily, you can learn and do better.
The following are super common organizing mistakes that I see with my clients. Keep reading and notice if you are guilty of any of them too!
Organizing Mistake #1 - Not Decluttering First
Clearing clutter is the most essential step of getting organized.
No matter how hard you try, unless you purge your home of the unneeded items lurking in your closets and cupboards, you’ll never get ahead.
Clearing clutter creates physical space and makes decisions much easier.
You’ll be amazed at the difference in upkeep needed in your home once you finally let go of your clutter.
Always start with this step, never skip it.
Organizing Mistake #2 - Thinking Bins & Baskets Will Solve Everything
Take a quick scan on popular Instagram organizing accounts and what do you see?
Rows upon rows of acrylic bins and neatly stacked baskets.
They’re beautiful to look at – but will they solve all of your organizing issues?
Unless your baskets have a super focused purpose, they’ll just become catchalls for your clutter. This is how the cycle continues.
Working with clients I’ve seen their excess bins and baskets become an added source of clutter!
I understand the desire for a quick fix – and baskets seem like the answer to all of your organizing challenges.
But any organizing product must be a part of a bigger system that includes clearing clutter and changing your daily habits.
Organizing Mistake #3 - Creating Over-Complicated Systems
Next to baskets, everyone seems to want better “systems.”
However, too many systems will over-complicate your home and life.
Simplify instead by asking yourself “how can I make this easy?”
This question alone helps sharpen your own intuition on your path to getting organized.
You Can Learn From Your Mistakes
Don’t get caught up in your past organizing mistakes.
Every day is a new chance to learn and do better! And being kind to yourself as you grow on this path is essential to sticking to it for the long term.