And yet, all too often, when we tackle those piles of paper and heaps of clothes, we end up with a bigger mess than before. How does it happen?
The thing is, there's an art and science to organizing that most mere mortals (Marie Kondo acolytes aside) aren't born knowing. As a result, many of us end up bungling the organization operation big-time.
So take note of these all-too-common mistakes that you're bound to make while organizing your home—and learn from the experts how to do it better.
Mistake No. 1: Buying storage bins before cracking open a drawer or closet
Before you head to The Container Store to load up on all those nifty new bins and baskets, make certain you know what you need. Measure shelves, closets, and under beds so you know whether the bins and baskets you're buying will actuallyfit. And if you want to skip the store altogether, you probably can, saysMim King, a professional organizer.
"Most people have enough boxes and bags to do the job, so save your money to spend on just the containers that'll be visible," she urges.
You can't just take the plunge and hope to emerge at the other end with an organized house. Take a pen, pad, and a few moments to jot down exactly what areas need to be organized, saysJuan Carlos Daetz, an organizing pro at Max Warehouse.
"Next, estimate how much time each area will take, and then write that down, too," he says.This way, when you have an extra hour (or even just 10 minutes), you can pick a spot to work on.
Not a morning person? If that's the case (and yes, we feel your pain), donot plan to organize the pantry at 7 a.m. And if the weather is simply glorious out, there's no way you'll want to hole up in the garage. Another timing mistake: waiting for a big block of it to miraculously appear out of thin air.
"It's rare that you'll have a huge chunk of time to devote to organizing," points outJamie Novak, author of "Keep This Toss That." Instead, work in increments, chipping away at a large project or finishing a few small ones.
Mistake No. 4: Getting sidetracked searching for supplies
"When you finally find that pocket of time, you want to get to work, instead of hunting for enough garbage bags," Novak says. So make sure to keep all the supplies you'll need well-stocked, such as cleaners, sprays, and every kind of bag, including those for recycling. If everything's in place, you won't have to run out for something and end up getting sidetracked altogether.
Mistake No. 5: Making things neat instead of organizing them
Piles of papers that are neatly stacked on the kitchen counter are not organized, says Daetz. And stashing things in a drawer to clean off the dining table serves only to create a junk drawer.
"To be truly organized, your stuff needs a home," he points out. If you find something on the floor or counter, you should know exactly where it goes.
Mistake No. 6: Rearranging items instead of organizing them
Many homeowners make the mistake of moving things around within the same room, by shuffling or grouping in a new way, reports Daetz.
"This happens when your things don't have a proper storage spot," he notes. The fix: Get into the habit of finding a place for new items the minute you bring them home. You might also adopt the "one in, one out" plan, too, especially when it comes to clothing, books, and magazines.
Mistake No. 7: Stashing everything rather than purging
You can't organize unless you purge. Go ahead, read that sentence again. Accept it.
"Look at the stuff you've collected, and really think about how much you use it and love it," Daetz advises. If you haven't used it in ages, it doesn't fit, or it's expired (ewww!), place it in a bin to toss or donate.
"And if you can't decide on an item, put it in storage temporarily," he adds. After a few months if you don't miss it, out it goes.
Mistake No. 8: Doing it alone
"It's all in the mind—and then in the wrist," says King, referring to that all-important toss into the trash can. But getting to the "wrist" part can be a hurdle for some people.
"Most homeowners need the OK to toss things out, so get a friend or hire a professional organizer to help," she says. Plus it's no fun sorting Legos and photos all by yourself.
Author:Darik Steinbach Phone: 952-239-4290 Dated: May 24th 2017 Views: 74 About Darik: I have been selling residential real estate in Minneapolis full time for 10+ years.
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