Don’t let these common misconceptions derail your decluttering efforts.
Having trouble staying organized at home? We hate to break it to you, but it might be you (not your stuff) that’s the problem. We asked professional organizers to reveal common decluttering missteps they often see tripping up people’s best intentions.
1. “If I’m not organized, I must be doing everything wrong.”
“When I’m working with a client, I always start by looking for what’s going right,” says Jeni Aron (aka the Clutter Cowgirl). “People often already have systems in place, but don’t realize it.”
Jeni says this could be as obvious as using your closet’s hangers, or owning a hook for your keys. Noticing how you already operate in your home is a good way to start tweaking how you keep organized. “Organizing doesn’t have to be an orchestra of scientific systems.” says Jeni.
2. “The solution to decluttering is buying lots of bins and boxes.”