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4 Organizing Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making

Clean doesn't always mean organized after all!


From researching household hacks to trying the KonMari method, we're always looking for ways to get our space looking pristine. However, there are times when our attempt to revamp our organizing systems cause more chaos than order. To make sure you're taking the right steps in improving your home, we've rounded up four common organizing mistakes and how to avoid them: 

1. Trying to squeeze every book you own on your shelves. 

When it comes to displaying paperbacks, try to refrain from packing your bookcase to the brim. Consider picking out the ones that are still in mint condition and leaving the ones that got wet on vacation kept in storage.

READ: 5 Creative Ways To Decorate With Books  

2. Having a pretty but inaccessible closet. 

We all aim to have a neat and tidy wardrobe, but sometimes, we tend to forget to keep items we use regularly within reach in trying to achieve the aesthetic we want. Try storing your most-used items at eye level, less-used items below, and least-used items on the topmost shelf.

READ: 5 Ways To Turn Your Closet Into A Happy Place  

3. Getting used to having a messy refrigerator. 

We're all guilty of putting off the task of cleaning the fridge, especially if you can easily conceal the mess just by closing the door. Take an hour or two off your weekend to take out the expired products hiding at the back of products you just bought.

4. Relying on storage bins to hide the mess. 

While having sufficient storage is a perk most homes could use, having a room to keep eyesores in builds up the clutter. Try to go through each storage bin in your home and pare down the contents to the essentials. A friendly tip: If you don't see yourself using it in the next three months, it's time to let it go.

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