By Apartment Therapy
(Originally published 4.11.12 - JL)
We asked Washington DC’s organizing and de-cluttering guru Nicole Anzia of Neatnik for some words of organizing wisdom. Instead of giving us additional organizing and decluttering tips and strategies, Nicole though it would most helpful to tell us what NOT to do when trying to harness chaos in our homes.
Some of this advice is hardly new or shocking. But Nicole says these five missteps are the most common in her line of WORK —and most likely to derail even the best efforts to conquer clutter. Here’s what she had to say:
1. Organize First; Buy Second. : Do not go out and buy a ton of storage pieces and supplies before you sort through your home. All of those pretty bins, boxes and baskets at The Container Store are very enticing, but they won’t do you any good unless they fit the space (on the shelf, under the bed, in the CLOSET ); hold what you need them to hold, and function properly for your particular space. I recommend cleaning out first, assessing what containers you REALLY need, and then buying a few bins to start. You can always add later, but you don’t want a bunch of empty containers cluttering up your home while you figure out where you might use them.
2. Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew. : Do not set aside an ENTIRE day to organize your WHOLE house. Very few people have the energy and/or focus to spend 8 hours organizing. You’ll likely become frustrated and less efficient as the day progresses. It’s much better to spend a few hours—2 or 3—on one project or space. This way you’ll feel motivated to do more, not burned out by the process.
BY LORIE MARRERO
Mistake 1: Not thinking through a project before starting
When people decide to organize a pantry or a closet, they often jump right in to the project without first thinking about the functions of the space or planning out a system for maintaining it. Take just a few moments to think about how the space got this way, what habits created the disorganization, who will be using the area, and what you’re trying to accomplish before you dig in.
Mistake 2: Forgetting about prevention
March 21, 2014
The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6.
One of the great things about the new house that we moved into in December is all of the drawer space in the kitchen. The drawers are deep, there’s lots of them, and it gives us have plenty of room to store the things that I need in the kitchen. The question was…. how to go about organizing my kitchen drawers in such a way that kept them nice and neat and made things easy to find? I think I came up with a few ways to do just that! Below you’ll find 5 tips for organizing kitchen drawers.
#1 Get Rid of the Clutter!
First things first….. if you have so many things stuffed into your kitchen drawers that you can hardly close them, then it’s time to clear out the clutter! Empty your drawers and decide what items you really use all of the time and which ones are duplicates. Chances are- you’ve collected one too many spatulas, wooden spoons, or other odds and ends. And you probably aren’t even sure why you’re still keeping them! Now is the time to edit what you own, and donate the things that you’re no longer using.
#2 Create Containers for Like Items
By Chrissy Halton
May 20, 2014
We’ve all been there. Having the best intentions in the world to be on time for something, and yet, somehow, we find ourselves sitting in traffic in our car, with the sat nav telling us there are 15 minutes of the journey still to go – and we are already 5 minutes late…..
How can this have happened AGAIN!
The method we tend to try first…
Some of the more common ways that have probably been tried before are to try and trick yourself into changing time itself i.e. doing one of two things:-
1. Set your watch 10 minutes later than it actually is.
2. Write down the start times of appointments 10 minutes earlier than they actually are.
Both of these seem great ways to go about being earlier to things – or at least on time – but
By Shandra Ward
An organized home is a neat home. If that isn’t a saying, it really should be. When everything is in its place, not only is it easy to find what you need when you need it, but your home looks kept, polished, and well put-together. Why do you think you run to straighten everything up before guests come over?
Do you have a lot of things and don’t know where to put them? Here are some simple tips that will allow you to give some organization to your home and make it look as sleek and stylish as possible.
Make Use of Baskets
Baskets are your best friends when it comes to organizing your home. They come in so many different shapes and sizes, making them perfect for storing a wide range of items, and also adding a bit of a design element to your space.
You can use baskets to store toys in, stash hats and gloves, or stow toiletries. When things get messy, baskets can be used for just about anything you can think of. Pick baskets that easily hold the items they are intended to and that work with the design of your space.