Updated: Sep 14
Growing up I didn't give much thought to there being more than one way to do anything. I took whatever method that I was taught as the way it was done. As I grew into adulthood, and information became much more accessible thanks to the internet and life experience, my eyes were opened to new ways to do a lot of things.
Here are some outdated ideas about organizing that you may still be holding on to. Let me help you debunk the myths and open your eyes to new possibilities.
There is Only One Method to Getting an Organized Home
For some reason, it took me longer than it should to realized that home organizing, like many other tasks, could be done in many different ways. I have organized many homes and almost every person has a realization at one point in the process that the systems that they have set up previously was done without much thought. They simply set their home up similar to the way that their childhood home was.
Take a moment to look at some of the spaces in your home. What made you choose to set them up as you did? After some consideration, is there a more practical way to set that space up that fits your needs?
People That Are Able to Stay Organized Are Crazy
I have heard it more times than I can count. "I am just not an organized person." or "those people who can stay organized are crazy" While I understand how one could come to feel these things when they are struggling to get your home organized, both are far from the truth.
People who are good at staying organized are simply those who have figured out and implemented the right systems for themselves and their families.
And on the flip side, those who feel that they are not an organized person just haven't found their own organizing style and implemented a method that is fitting for their lifestyle. Cas from Clutterbug has amazing quiz that helps anyone discover their organizing style. I get all of my clients as a professional organizer to take the quiz before I begin planning their space to ensure that I am setting up the right systems. If you would like to discover your organizing style, check out the quiz here.
An Organized Home is Tidy All of the Time
I am here to tell you that nobody's home is tidy all of the time. At any given moment at least 1 space in my home is not picked up as it should be. We are all human and we all actually live in our homes.
The difference between an organized home and an unorganized home is the effort that is required to reset a space. If everything in a space has a home and is accounted for, it is much easier to get it back to tidy. If you have too many things, no idea where any of it belongs then getting tidy is nearly impossible.
Organizing Your Home is Expensive
Organizing has become very popular recently and Pinterest and Instagram have created this extravagant idea of what being organized actually looks like. While the spaces we see online are beautiful I can promise you that most of the systems you see are not practical to maintain unless you have a lot of extra time on your hands or money to pay someone else to maintain it.
Instead of focusing on making your space "pretty" it is more productive to first make the space function for you and your family. Most of the time, you have everything that you need in your home already to set up effective systems.
Once you know that a system works, you can then elevate the beauty of the space with new matching containers and fancy labels.
My House is a Lost Cause. I Will Never Get Organized.
Noone is a lost cause in organizing and it doesn't all have to happen at once. Clearing the clutter that you have accumulated can be overwhelming, especially when you are trying to go at it alone, with no guidance.
If you are unsure where to start and feeling like the task at hand is impossible you can read this article that I have written specifically with you in mind.
I hope that I have helped you see that home organization is not a one size fits all sort of process. If you are looking to join a community of people who are on their own journeys to getting their life realigned and organized for good, I invite you to our private Facebook Group, Getting Life Realigned and Organized.