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Three Organizing Pitfalls to Avoid
Three Organizing Pitfalls to Avoid

Even the most organized person can fall victim to a variety of organizing pitfalls. These are often mindsets that keep us from reaching our goals and making our lives a little easier. Here are three organizing pitfalls that I see a lot.


All Setup, No Maintenance


The actual process of getting organized can overwhelming and tedious but when your closet is organized or your kitchen counters are cleaned off, you feel great. There, you are done! You are all organized, right? Wrong. Installing a new closet system or rearranging your pantry is just the first half of the process. The second half is maintaining the systems you just put in place. So this might mean that once a month you tidy your closet shelves or every six months you check the expiration dates of your canned foods. As humans we love systems and tidiness but we aren’t always very great at keeping them that way. Knowing that you will need to do some maintenance from time to time will help keep your newly organized space looking great and functioning the way you need them to.




Many people with cluttered homes actually hamstring themselves with a sense of perfectionism. They want everything to be just so or to look like that picture in a magazine and if they can’t make it that way, they just quit. Often we put completely unrealistic expectations on ourselves and in the end make ourselves so overwhelmed that we just quit.  To avoid this pitfall, it’s important to adopt a new philosophy. One I like is “let good be good enough.” Let it be good enough that all of your clothes are hung up in the closet. Don’t worry about having matching hangers. Nobody is perfect nor are our actions, so in the words of Elsa “let it go.”


Do It The Right Way


I’ll just say it straight out, there is no right or wrong way to get and stay organized. Again that sense of perfectionism makes us think that if XYZ works so well for our neighbor, it has to work for me. No! Every person, every family, every household, every lifestyle is different. You have to figure out what works the best for you and your situation. Also realize that as your life and priorities change, your organizational systems will need to change as well. The chore chart that worked perfectly with your toddlers may not be as effective now that the kids are teenagers. Just because your boss uses her iPhone to keep her calendar does not mean you should ditch your it-works-well-for-me paper planner. Ways to organize are as unique as the individual using them.


Avoiding these pitfalls may be difficult but tackle them one at a time and give yourself time to adjust to new habits and mindsets. And if you are really having a hard time, ask from help from a trusted friend or think about hiring a Professional Organizer. You can find one near you at napo.net


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Andi Willis is a Home and Photo Organizing Expert and the owner of Good Life Organizing based in Perry, GA.  She is a Professional Organizer who loves to help people find creative solutions to organize their homes and simplify their lives. Andi can help you get past the clutter and get on with your life! 


Find Andi at Good Life Organizing, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. You can also contact her by email or (478) 550-1969. Check out her guest blog and videos on The Decluttered Home. You can find her ebooks exclusively on Amazon.

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