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4 Organizing Mistakes to Avoid

Get things done minus the fuss!

Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions

Dealing with clutter is never easy. Sometimes, just the sight of mess and the things that we need to organize can make us feel overwhelmed—prompting us to move the scheduled cleaning day to a later date.

Since we need to rid the house of clutter, it pays to know a couple of helpful tips. Finish your chores efficiently by taking note of these common organizing mistakes.

Organizing the entire home all at once

You can’t finish organizing your entire space in just one day! Start with one area first before proceeding to the next. You may start in your bedroom then move on to the living area and kitchen. Follow a schedule! You may even work on the different areas per day. Doing this helps you thoroughly clean the areas without feeling too exhausted afterwards.

Not having a fixed schedule

Don’t just organize your space just when you feel like it. It’s best to schedule a day for cleaninglike twice a month or every weekend. This will make it easier for you to sort your stuff and dispose of items that you no longer need or use.

Not maximizing storage space

Living in a small space will encourage you to add only the pieces that you need. Curating your items will give you more space to work with. You should also prioritize storage options. “Try to incorporate as much storage space as you can from the start to avoid clutter in the future. Opt for concealed cabinets and furniture with storage like ottomans," shares interior designer Carmen Lim-Regala.

Click here for more organizing tips from design professionals.

Keeping things that you no longer use or need

Once you're done cleaning your closet, what do you do with the items that you no longer need? If you will just transfer them into another storage container or put them in the storage room, it defeats the purpose of your decluttering. Discard items that are beyond repair such as broken furniture and old clothes that cannot be mended. Also, see which items can be donated.

When is the best time to declutter? Click here for tips.

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