Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Top Organizing Mistakes

(marble cheese plate on radiator)
(candle holders, magnetic spice tins, misc smalls as chic storage in the medicine cabinet)

Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when trying to organize:

  • having no overall plan or idea for the space in question
  • over thinking a decision; make immediate decisions first, when you're unsure of something keep it to the side until the answer reveals itself

  • buying storage products before editing; many times clients need few or no new products to complete a project, either they've edited out enough so their existing storage pieces are now adequate and/or we figure a way to reuse and repurpose existing pieces in a new way
  • buying storage without having a specific purpose for it
  • not taking measurements of the area, closet, and/or shelf you're buying something for

  • not seeing beyond what something is; I ask clients who edit on their own between sessions to keep things on the side they want to get rid of so I can show them new uses for things like using a small plate or dish for soap and sponges in kitchen, using boxes in drawers as dividers...
  • editing blind; having no overall plan gives you no guidelines to help decide whether to keep something or not

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