8 Organizing Mistakes to Avoid

Posted on June 5th, 2015 by

Finding an effective way to organize your home can be challenging. Many of us have tried to organize our spaces, but ultimately failed because the project became too complicated or overwhelming. Here at CMA Flooring in Carrollton, TX, we have learned some of the best ways to correct common organization mistakes. Avoiding the following mistakes will help you get your home in order.

1. Not planning how to use your space

There are infinite ways to organize a space, so diving straight into an organization project can be daunting. An approachable way to start organizing your space is to first try to visualize what you would like the end product to look like. Once you have a vision in mind arranging your belongings will be much simpler.

2. Shopping before planning

When starting to organize your home, it can be tempting to pile a shopping cart high with organizational products without first deciding what kinds of storage would be most useful. Introducing new items into the mix can actually make organizing even more complicated. So, before you purchase any new storage or organizational products, figure out what new products—if any—will be more useful.

3. Forgetting to downsize

It can be difficult to let go of your belongings, even if you haven’t used them in a long time. Sometimes your things can have sentimental value that is hard to lose, but if you want to get organized, you must accept throwing away some of your belongings. Go through your home and find the items that you haven’t used or worn in more than six months. After you’ve gathered the items you don’t need, you can either give them away or donate them.

4. Overestimating the power of storage/organizational products

There are thousands of storage and organizational products promising to instantaneously streamline your belongings. Unfortunately, these products are not magical. To really get your home organized, you can’t rely exclusively on these products, which usually end up simply creating clutter. Instead, make sure you plan a new way to organize your space and downsize your belongings.

5. Never making a maintenance plan

You can spend weeks getting everything organized exactly how you like it, but because your house isn’t a museum, your belongings will invariably be moved. To ensure that all your work wasn’t for naught, create a weekly maintenance plan that will ensure your belongings to their rightful spots.

6. Excluding the rest of the household

If you follow the steps above, your house will be on its way to becoming a pristine and organized home, but if your kids, spouse, or roommate aren’t in on the project, your efforts may be in vain. To avoid having your space become disorganized again, make sure that you get the rest of your household involved with your organizational and maintenance plan.

7. Avoiding labels

Labels can be tedious to make, but they are worth the effort. Particularly if you invested money in storage containers, labels can make your life much easier. Instead of needing to dig through unlabeled containers for one, elusive item, labels will let you know exactly where all of your things are.

If you’re looking to continue making improvements on your home this summer, contact us at CMA Flooring to learn more about updating your floors, cabinets, or our granite countertops. Give us a call at (972) 418-6606 to speak with one of our design experts.