I recently looked on Facebook and saw a post from a company looking for consultants to sell organizing items. Curiosity got the best of me, so I clicked.
It was what I expected, all the gadgets you can dream of that promise to get you organized.
The problem? Most, if all, the products in the world will not get you organized and some will only add more clutter to your life.
Be wary of items that promise to “fix you.” I go into a lot of homes where they have the latest and the greatest, but are still unorganized. I was recently contacted by someone who had gone to Lowes/Home Depot and spent $500 on things to get their pantry and kitchen organized. I told them not to take any price tags off and keep all receipts until I could come see exactly what they had purchased. Just as I had thought, what they purchased was not going to help them. They had purchased sectional wire shelving, which never works. It doesn’t create more space.
What was really needed was a totally different design. We were able to take the $500 they had spent on gadgets and have a totally new system installed that not only is more functional now, but will be more functional in years to come, simply because of the adjustable shelving. Adjustable shelving gives you flexibility to change with the seasons in life.
There was one other step in the process of getting the above pantry organized that no gadget can solve. The entire pantry needed to be purged. Within the pantry was expired food that wasn’t doing anybody any good. It simply needed to be put in the garbage. The mistake people make when organizing is to organize everything they have, rather than go through and purge what they don’t want, don’t need, or are never going to use………..even if it is expensive or a gift. Purging is always the first step. Afterwards, assess what you have left and come up with a game plan on how to get it organized. The problem most people make is buying the containers, shelving, etc. before purging. That is backwards. You simply don’t want to organize everything that currently creates clutter.
I am convinced that getting organized costs very little money. There are inexpensive ways to make things neat and tidy in your home. If you are constantly being told you need to spend money on getting things organized, there may be a problem. I wish I had a dollar for every stack of containers that are empty AFTER I organize someone. You would be astonished.
My best advice? Be wary of items that promise to get you organized. It’s just not true.
The other piece of the puzzle here is to remember that getting organized is an ongoing process. Things are always coming into the house and therefore you have to ensure things are also going out of the house. You can’t just organize once and expect it to last. Set up new systems that will help you stay organized, but moving ahead you have to remain disciplined enough to put things back where they belong.
Learning new habits is key to staying organized. Next time we’ll begin to explore what some of those key habits are. In the meantime…pick a closet or a room and start purging!
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Kim has successfully helped create time and space for hundreds of people in Southwest Georgia. In 2005 she started Organize 4U with a vision to help individuals live clutter-free and productive lives. She organizes areas in the home, including pantries, attics, storage buildings and garages. Kim also custom designs and installs closet systems that enhance storage capacity. Her expertise also includes office space and systems. For organizational tips, find her on Facebook at Organize 4U. And you’ll find lots of great organizational info, including before and after shots, on her website Organize4U.org.
Latest posts by Kim Pittman (see all)
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