If you’re anything like me (and I bet you are), you know that the key to a stress-free, functional home that is the envy of all of your friends is to start with a good foundation. And that foundation needs to be clutter-free and organized! I seriously can’t stress this enough! So for your home organization efforts to pay off, let’s chat about five mistakes people often make, and how to avoid them.
Home Organization Mistake #1: Keeping Too Much Stuff
I could be a broken record on this! In fact, I probably was in last week’s post. Keeping too much stuff that we don’t need takes up too much precious space, waists our time, stresses us out, doesn’t leave room for what’s really important, and is downright embarrassing.
Now to make room for the super-fancy old fashioned glasses for my bar, which I had been drooling over for months, I had to buckle down and get rid of some of the twelve martini glasses I had. It was a wedding-registry mistake and honestly, I never have more than four people over at a time. I didn’t need twelve martini glasses. So I said goodbye to them.
Home Organization Mistake #2: Decluttering a Little at a Time
Now this is a very popular method of purging your home of unwanted fluff, but let me tell you, it’s all wrong.
Don’t declutter a cabinet a week. Don’t throw away an unwanted tchotchke a day.
You are wasting time! You need to get this done, like now!
Your decluttering efforts should be done in large sprints at a time. All the clothes, all the paperwork, all the craft materials, all the books, ALL THE THINGS!
If you decide to throw away a piece of trash at a time, or just tackle one drawer, you will never finish. You’ll find something else to do, the organizational system will never be put in to place. And you will be sad. Very sad.
The solution is to pick a category of items and completely purge that zone in one day, and if you can’t do that, maximum, one week. Here are some examples of categories:
DVDs, CDs, etc.
The list goes on, so start purging!
And if you join me for my 5 Days to Less Clutter Challenge, I’ll be walking you through one category so you see how it all works- and it’s going to feel so good! We’re talking bags of trash out of the house in less than a week!
Home Organization Mistake #3: Bagging Up Clutter and Not Getting Rid of It Immediately
I’ve never really understood this concept. Bag up what you don’t like, and then if you don’t want everything that you bagged up after a set period of time, then throw the bag away.
Really? I’m so busy that I would probably forget about the bag all together and it would stay in my garage as relocated clutter.
And I don’t need some home organization guru granting me permission to toss the junk after a month.
The solution to this one is easy- toss the trash immediately or set up a donation pickup.
Deciding what you want to keep and what you need to get rid of shouldn’t take you a month of debating. Just get rid of it now!
Home Organization Mistake #4: Not Putting an Organizational System in Place Once the Clutter is Out
So the clutter is gone- now what?
If you don’t decide where to put everything in a logical manner, it won’t be organized and easy to find/use.
Figure out where to put the papers, put clothes away in a way that works for you, create zones for your kitchen (such as baking, grilling, prep) if you have a lot of cooking products.
Everything should have a place in your home.
Home Organization Mistake #5: Not Labeling Your Things Once They’re Organized
Last one! Once you only have what you love or find useful and it has a place, label it- especially if it’s not in a clear container.
If you decided to put all of your baking ingredients into chic little canisters- label them.
If you put different holiday décor into different bins- label them.
If you filed away paperwork into different file folders- label them.
This is just an added touch to make everything super easy to find and put away. And once everything is easy to find and put away, you have a truly functional home organization system that will save you time and cut down on stress.
Once you have a home organization system in place that works for your family and eliminates all the junk, you’re all set and can then start painting, decorating, and getting that house that is oh-so you and decluttered to boot!
But you don’t have to go it alone! Join me for the 5 Days to Less Clutter Challenge and we’ll get this done together! I’ll walk you through the purging, organizing, and labeling goodness that is going to get your home working like a well-oiled machine!