Common Mistakes Homeowners Make When Eliminating Clutter
Have you ever tried embarking on a home organizing project, and later finding yourself — after all your hard work! — back at square one? Don’t worry; you are not alone. While eliminating clutter may seem pretty simple at first, unless you plan ahead you may end up just wasting time. The key is in knowing what are the defeating approaches to managing clutter — and steering way clear from them!
To help you avoid getting trapped into clutter limbo, below are three of the most common mistakes people make when organizing their home.
Buying containers and system tools prematurely.
Many people associate decluttering with putting things in various holding containers, so as to put order to the chaos. On principle, this is correct, as de-cluttering is really about creating a system and putting things in their proper places. What most people don’t know, however, is that buying the wrong type or size of containers can end up adding more to, instead of eliminating, clutter and can waste money.
Organizing your home shouldn’t start with going to the store and checking out which boxes look pretty, or which cabinets seem to have a lot of storage space. Creating a system requires planning. You have to take into account the size of the room you’re organizing, the nature and amount of the stuff you need to store and which system makes the most sense. If you get overexcited, you may end up with bulky underused boxes, too small drawers the contents of which overflows, or more pails and baskets that you will use! Remember, it’s better to take time when managing clutter rather than making impulsive decisions and purchases.
Forgetting the importance of accessibility.
There are occasions, however, when a homeowner is successful in creating a system that minimizes chaos in a room. Everything is properly sorted; all items stashed away neatly in presentable containers — the eyesores are gone. The end result is a room that looks bright, breezy and livable.
The problem: everything is stored is such a way that it’s difficult to get stuff when you need it!
When organizing, don’t arrange things as if you plan on going for a decade-long vacation. You still have to live in your home and require access to the things. If getting a pair of pliers would require you to first pull 5 heavy boxes from under the bed, then you need to re-think your strategy. A better organized home is supposed to make life easier — not more harder!
Failing to get tough.
Without question, the hardest part of decluttering a home is saying goodbye to things that have sentimental value. In most cases, clutter accumulates because of the emotional attachment people have with possessions. The lampshade you got for Christmas may be ugly, but because it’s a certified antique you can’t bear to see it go. Your late mother’s collection of dollhouses may be taking too much space, but since it was her pride and joy, you feel disloyal selling it. It is often sentiment, not practicability, which determines the things people own.
If you want to be successful at organizing your home, make a decision to be tough on yourself. Crush the self-defeating thoughts and emotions— and let common sense take over. It will be torturous at first, and you’ll feel guilty during the first few days, but it will end up liberating you in the long run. As many successful home organizers would testify, getting rid of clutter is a therapeutic experience.