Have you ever found a new way to organize an area in your home that ultimately didn’t work? Though it can be a little frustrating once you realize it, learning what works and doesn’t work is part of the fun. Think of it like this, you were able to purge every time you started a new process AND you learned a little about you and your family in the process.
I know I have made some organizing mistakes. Actually, I have made more than five organizing mistakes. Though, today I am only going to share five.
5 Organizing Mistakes I Have Made (and how you can avoid them)
Making a process too complicated
Many years ago I had an organizing system for my bathroom, it made sense to me (at the time). And apparently, it still makes sense to people because I have seen the system on Pinterest. Well, I used the system for years not realizing it made more of a mess than not.
See, if there are a lot of steps to any process I have to follow then more often than not I am not going to follow it. How about you? Do you tend to have that same thought process? I want the easiest way to do something. A system that will save me time and still look good. And, that was not the case with that organizing system. Since then, I have found one that works so much better when it comes to organizing under the bathroom sinks and I love it. If you are looking for different ideas to reorganize under your sink, here is the way I organize under our sinks. I have found it so much easier to use this drawer system, which I ordered off of amazon (affiliate link).
My suggestion: find an organizing system that works for you that doesn’t require a lot of steps.
Just last week I was going through the bathroom cabinets, purging what was no longer used or necessary. I knew I had been collecting dental floss from the dentist, but I never realized it had gotten as bad as it was. I had a whole ziploc bag full of brand new dental floss. It isn’t the kind we use, but I didn’t want it to go to waste, so I took it up to the local food pantry (they were very grateful).
Then, there are things that are more significant than dental floss that seems to pull on your heart strings when you try to get rid of them. Those sentimental things are very difficult to get rid of. Which is another organizing mistake I was very bad at making.
My suggestion: Try to limit the sentimental things you keep.
I once was the absolute worst at this, I would put things in a tote (that wasn’t clear), then tell myself I would remember everything that was in that tote. Don’t get me wrong, I have a good memory. But, really, what was I thinking? I can’t begin to tell you the importance of labeling things. My favorite organizing tool is, in fact, my label maker (affiliate link).
My suggestion: This is something I cannot stress enough, get a label maker!
Shopping for containers before I organized
Making the area pretty with decorative containers is so much fun, do you agree? I have a tendency to buy containers, too many containers. So many that when I buy too many we have to either return them or hold on to them until I find another area to use them. I wonder how many people have a tote full of organizing containers.
My suggestion: Don’t get too excited too fast. Wait to buy the containers AFTER you know exactly what you need.
Changing things too often
To me, it is fun trying new ways to organize. I love to experiment new ways to see which way works best for my family. The downfall to trying new ways of organizing is not giving the current system enough time to know if it will work in our home or not then I ultimately I just move on to the next one. That is where the mistakes start to come in, not giving a new system enough time.
My suggestion: Give each system a month or two before you move on to another one.
There you have it, 5 mistakes I admit to making when it comes to organizing. I am guilty of making a system too complicated, saving things, not labeling, shopping for containers before I organized a space, and not giving a system long enough to see if it was going to work in our house.
If you have any organizing mistakes that you have made, I would love for you to share in the comments below.