organize pitfallsHow many times have you set a goal to organize your home?

Have you browsed “organize” on Pinterest lately? I bet you’ve seen an idyllic image of a perfectly organized closets. We see it everywhere, from blogs to TV segments: The message to “organize now” is everywhere.

Getting organized is a good thing, right? For the most part, yes, but sometimes we end up doing more harm than good in our quest for perfection.

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For example-do you have a junk drawer? Putting things in bins or drawers only to hide them away isn’t helpful. These issues should be sorted through rather than hidden-out of sight, out of mind.

How many times have you gone out and bought something, like cuphooks for example, only to find an entire box in the back of your junk drawer weeks later?

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Another example of organizing gone wrong is spending too much  money on fancy organizing systems, only to overwhelm yourself in the end because they’re just too complicated.

You store stuff very neatly in boxes, but then you can’t remember what you put in which box.  All the boxes look the same.

So maybe you resort to labeling the boxes but then the labels don’t mean anything to you weeks later.  You have to go through the entire box to see what you put in it.

In the end you lose track of what you have even though it seems to be in plain sight.  Yes, your rhinestone belt that goes with your little black dress is in there somewhere, you just can’t remember where and you don’t have the time or the interest to go through every box to figure out where that belt is.  Sound familiar?

Is there a way to organize that is helpful?

  • Good organization happens when your systems are simple enough to keep your things well organized, easily seen and sorted out without much work from you.
  • Good organization is when you have a capacity limit which prevents you from buying more and more of a type of item than you need. For example-do you have 5 pairs of jeans that fill one shelf in your closet?  Would it be a tight squeeze to get any more on that shelf? Good that will encourage you to not buy more or if you do buy another pair, you will be forced to let a different pair go make room for them.

 I find this really works great for shoes.  There are only so many spaces on my shoe storage shelf.  Once the slots are full, I have all the shoes I need.  If I buy another pair, one has to go to make room for it.

  • Good organization is when you can make decisions easily because items are grouped the way you use them and unrelated items are not cluttering your view – ex. all of your work clothes are on hangers – all of your casual clothes are in drawers ; all of your work shoes are together on one shelf, all of your sneakers and weekend wear shoes are in a different location

What have you tried in the past to organize your stuff?  What worked for you?  What didn’t?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.

P.S.  If you really want to organize in a way that sticks for the long term, check out my course Finally a Clutter-Free Home.  You will learn a simple way to organize that filters what you have in such a way that it is easy to toss lots of stuff and only store neatly what you really want to keep.  It has made a huge difference in my home.


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