When you make up your mind to eliminate clutter, the last thing you want to do is make more work for yourself by increasing the project’s difficulty without realizing it. While that might seem unlikely, our professional organizers explain that there are certain missteps clients make repeatedly. To save you from making those same errors, we made this list today:
Mistake #1: Buying Storage Bins before Organizing
When you’re enthusiastic about a project, you’re thinking ahead, and that’s great! Be careful, though, not to get ahead of yourself.
If you go out and get storage containers before starting the decluttering process, you’re doing things backwards. It’s a common thing our organizers see, and here’s why it’s a misstep.
If you buy storage items first, you will likely get more than you need. That is because there will be substantially fewer things to organize after decluttering is done than before that. Whether you donate, sell, or toss things is up to you, but what matters here is that you will have fewer things in the end.
You’ll also have a better idea of the sizes and shapes of storage containers to purchase when you see the keep pile after organizing is done. So, make the process easier for yourself by getting bins and baskets after finishing the decluttering process.
Mistake #2: Sorting the Entire House
While you might want to clear away the clutter from every room and closet, it’s best not to tackle the whole house at once. Doing that risks becoming an overwhelming task, and you might end up watching Netflix on the couch to avoid such a stressful task ahead.
Instead, or organizers suggest breaking the decluttering project into small, bite-size chunks. These baby steps are ones that you can do in a few hours or less, such as a bookcase, part of a large closet, or half of the garage.
Taking this approach will help you clear the clutter with less stress and a better sense of clarity. Plus, you will feel empowered with each step you take! Be sure to take stock of what you accomplish each week to maintain motivation.
Mistake #3: Avoid Picture Perfect
After looking at magazines and websites of home interiors, it’s easy to feel deflated about what you see in your own space. After all, those glossy magazine pages and website photos are designed for aesthetic value rather than being livable spaces for individuals or families.
While those rooms might look amazing, they’re likely not functional. And a big reason for your decluttering project is likely to get more usefulness out of your home.
So, our professionals encourage you to weed out possessions you don’t need and think of how to use spaces in new ways to make things easier to find and lower stress at home. If you’re not sure where to start, reach out to us for pointers, virtually or in-person, and we can help you form an approach that works in your unique home.