3 Habits that Make Organizing Difficult

Are you guilty of these common mistakes?

Photography: Rene Mejia (Main Photo)

Keeping the home clean and organized has always been a challenge for most of us. Aside from finding time to do a quick cleaning or just dealing with your full closet, we may be guilty of common organizing mistakes too!

Here are common habits that may be causing more clutter and how you can solve them at home:

Not returning items to their proper places

Having a specific box for your items and knowing where you placed that box will make it easier for you to locate the things you need. However, if you don't return items to their proper places, it may cause clutter! Do you have a habit of leaving things on top of a cabinet or in the living room?

Solution: Always remind everyone to return their things properly. There's no harm in having an unwritten rule at home about keeping the space neat! Avoid leaving things wherever you last sat or spent time.

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Filling your space with items that you no longer need or use

We’re all guilty of this. A piece with sentimental value or a chair that you plan to reupholster—keeping these items in the storage room will only leave you with lesser space to keep your functioning items organized. 

Solution: Segregate your items into piles: keep, throw, and recycle. If there are items that can still be recycled or repurposed, keep them. Just be sure to work on these projects ASAP so it won't gather dust in your garage. If there are pieces in good condition but you will no longer use it at home, consider donating it to charity or giving it to your relatives—they may have a specific purpose for it.

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Delaying your cleaning schedule

It's the weekend and you just want to sleep and watch your favorite TV show. Why would you want to clean your room when you can simply relax? Keep in mind that delaying your cleaning schedule can result to more items to sort and more clutter to organize!

Solution: Have a fixed cleaning schedule so you won't feel overwhelmed. Cleaning and organizing do not need to take the whole day! A few hours can help you clean one area of the house. Do not do everything at once—you deserve some rest, too!

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