Don’t Make These 5 Organizing Mistakes

Today I thought I’d post about some of the common organizing mistakes I see when working with a client. After reading this post, my hope is that you don’t make these 5 organizing mistakes as well.

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The mistakes aren’t terribly bad, and with a little tweaking, fixing them can totally change the way you function in your home.

  1. One of the most common mistakes I see is cluttering up your refrigerator with pictures, magnets and small pieces of paper. When you have too many items on your fridge, it creates visual clutter. Most people hang items on their fridge to look at or to remember something. The problem is that you really don’t notice any of it because there is so much to look at. To those that must have something on the fridge, I usually suggest hanging either a magnetic calendar OR hanging pictures on the fridge in an orderly way. Then your eye will be drawn to it. Paring down items on the fridge will also help your kitchen appear to be more organized.
  2. Another common organizing mistake I see is not storing items where they will be used. This is something that can be fixed quickly. The next time you use something, take note if you have to walk farther than 3 feet to put it away. Trust me, if you have to go too far, you probably won’t put it back and it will become clutter. This can happen in every room-kitchens, bathrooms, garages, kid’s rooms, and family rooms. Just thinking about where you use an item can help you find a better place to store it, which in turn will allow you to return it and reduce clutter in your home.
  3. Not having a system for papers is another common organizing mistake I see. This one is huge! If you don’t have a place for papers, mail, children’s artwork, bills, insurance documents, magazines, etc. (I think you get the idea 😉 ) they end up wherever they end up. Getting a hold of your paper and creating some type of system will turn your life around! For mail, create an in/out system. Trash junk mail immediately and file the rest. If it’s something that needs your attention shortly, place it in the “in” box. Some type of filing cabinet is a must. You can create folders for anything you desire: bills to be paid, graded school papers, kid’s artwork, bank statements, etc. When you receive those types of documents, file them immediately. Then you will always know where they are.
  4. Another organizing mistake is not using containers to contain items in drawers. Whether you have a junk drawer or makeup drawer, you need some type of container to organize the items. You can use the acrylic organizers you see at Target, Walmart and The Container Store or little dishes, utensil organizers, or small baskets. Anything goes really. Just find a way to separate things so they will be easier to find when you need them. No more rummaging through the drawer looking for that screwdriver! There are drawers all over your house that can be containerized. Think kitchen junk drawers, office desk drawers, utensil drawers, baking drawers, jewelry, makeup…I could go on and on.
  5. This is a funny one. Oversimplifying. I have actually had a few clients that decided to organize their homes and ended up putting everything away. Nothing was on the walls, kitchen counters, end tables, coffee tables, etc. They were actually calling me in for decorating services because they felt their home needed a “homey” touch. I explained to them that organizing does not mean clearing everything away, it simply means keeping things orderly. I advised them to bring out the items in the kitchen that they use everyday and place interesting decorative objects on the tables and walls.  We brought out blankets and draped them over the sofas and moved a few plants around. Just by doing these simple things, their homes lit up and had a “lived in” feel. Being organized does not mean boring! 🙂

Hopefully you were able to envision your space and habits while reading this to see if you are guilty of making any of these organizing mistakes. As you can see, they are not horrible, just ones that require a little advanced planning and resilience to stick to the plan of keeping it organized.

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17 thoughts on “Don’t Make These 5 Organizing Mistakes

  1. Crystal says:

    Not using containers to contain drawers. I couldn’t have said it better myself! Drawers get so messy when you just throw things in them and don’t have a system. Great post!

    • SimpLeighOrganized says:

      Hi Crystal! I’m glad you liked the post. It’s funny how we toss random things into those drawers and never think of them again! Containers will definitely help keep things organized. Thanks so much for commenting! 🙂

  2. samantha ramos says:

    Oh I hate papers. That is a big source of clutter at our house. I never know why they have to send my son home from school with every little paper. Thanks for the tips and for joining the Family Joy link party!

    • SimpLeighOrganized says:

      Hi Samantha, I know what you mean about the school papers. It’s funny because when they enter middle school, you get nothing and have no idea what is going on at their school! It’s either all or nothing! 🙂 Thanks for commenting.

  3. Kelly @RaisingSamuels says:

    Great post! That is too funny that people put things away to avoid the clutter! My husband and I are clutter freaks, and it gets to a point and we are like okay, things need to get donated or go to yard sale. I like being in a clean space. I can’t function when I’m not because then I start cleaning it lol! Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week 🙂

  4. EasyPeasy Living says:

    I have also found that some people confuse being organized with being tidy. Organized homes are not always spotless, but they can get that way quicker because everything has a place. Conversely, “tidy” homes may have everything put away out of sight while lacking any underlying organizational structure.

  5. Organizational Specialist says:

    Love the point of oversimplification! So true! I also find that clients want the “perfect” organizational systems. And if they can’t figure out what perfect is, they become paralyzed and don’t do anything at all. Great post!

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