Do you ever have the feeling, even when your house is clean, that it feels cluttered? You’re not alone. There are several common organizing mistakes that make your home feel cluttered. Do you know what they are so you can fix them?
When you make your fridge your home memo board, you risk allowing clutter. Instead, use a magnet board for invitations, announcements and your child’s art work. You will love the look and feel of a clean fridge front!
Do You Have Too Many Piles?
Piles can take over a home. It’s true that an “organized” pile looks better than a messy one, but even a nice pile is still clutter. Implement a filing system for all the paper that comes into your home. Make room in your closets for “extra” clothes. Keep the kitchen counters clear. Everything in your home needs an assigned place that isn’t a pile!
Don’t Make Mistakes with Pictures
Pictures remind us of good memories, and help make a house a home. But be aware that you can have too many pictures. Limit your pictures to a gallery wall, plus a few framed pictures in each room. Switch out the pictures inside the frames every few months or so to keep them up to date. A great organizing trick is to store the photos that aren’t being displayed in the frame behind the photo that is.
Mistakes in the Entry
Your entry way is the first thing that people see in your home. It’s also where your family comes and goes, so don’t let it become a catch-all. Have a place for everything. Train your family to put things where they go. Start with a shoe basket for shoes. Have a place for coats and jackets. A console table with a tray for keys is also helpful, along with a spot to lay the mail until you can sort it.
Organizing Mistakes for Shelves
Shelves are so helpful for storage and decorating purposes. But if you aren’t careful, they can also cause clutter. The key for shelves is that less is more. Too much on a shelf distracts from the stuff that’s most important. If you struggle with arranging shelves, call a sister or friend who is good at it to get a second opinion.
Drawers Need Organization Too!
Drawers tend to be messy, simply because it is so easy to throw things in and shut them quick. Even if you’re the only one who sees it–it’s still clutter. It makes you feel so much better and in control when even drawers are organized and things have a place. So set a goal to clean out your drawers.
Closet Organizing Mistakes
Closets are similar to drawers. Don’t neglect them. Make sure that everything has a place. Organize your clothes. Get rid of stuff that doesn’t fit or is wearing out. Donate what you can’t keep. A clean closet starts your day off right!