Do you feel that organizing your home can seem like an overwhelming and endless task? We get it - it can be! Before you jump into your next project, let's cover the top five mistakes of organizing your home.
1. Not Labeling | Listen, I know we all love the stunning Instagram-worthy vinyl labels, but if you are holding back from labeling because you have to have them, create something temporary for the time-being! Grab some Post-It Notes, tape, a label maker, something! You spent time and care in decluttering, sorting, and organizing - those labels help you and your system stay in-check.
2. Filling Space | One of the key aspects of organizing is scaling back the stuff that is cluttering our lives. Remind yourself that you do not need to fill the space just because you have the space. As time goes by, you may begin to notice when and what you need to scale back on. For example, when I first organized my master bathroom closet - I had bottles and bottles of vitamins being apart of a box subscription. Over time, I have used them up, paired down the vitamins I "needed", and just made more space in my linen closet and life. Break free from filling your life with just extra stuff!
3. Style Over Function | Truth be told, I love organizing and styling a closet or pantry that is worthy to showing off to friends and family, but over style should always be function. Does the placement of bins and categories fit with your routine? If you organize your closet by color, do you feel that you could maintain that? Start with function, then style, and test out your system for a week. Allow your organizing system to be flexible with your life.
4. Going at it Alone | This may sound a little crazy, but have you ever considered having your significant other or kids help in the process? By getting your family involved, whether it be sorting through their items together or introducing them to the new system, organizing together will cut down on "where is my _____?" or avoiding the future frustration of the family just tossing whatever in a bin. Be patient, have fun, and begin to build an appreciation of organizing.
5. Not Scheduling Maintenance | Here's the secret to staying organized...you have be consistent in putting away your items and book time to do maintenance regularly. Sorting and labeling help you know where to find your items and creates a home for them, however life get busy and it is easy to begin tossing items in random places or bulking up on items