Good Housekeeping
Updated: June 15, 2012 9:35 AM
10 Biggest Organizing Mistakes

Are you trying to get organized but still mired in a mess? Lorie Marrero, bestselling author of The Clutter Diet and spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International is here to help. Her expert advice will help you avoid 10 common decluttering mistakes and finally get organized for good



Mistake 1: Not thinking through a project before starting (© Paul Viant)
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  • Mistake 1: Not thinking through a project before starting (© Paul Viant)
  • Mistake 2: Forgetting about prevention (© RunPhoto)
  • Mistake 3: Buying organizing products before you know what you need (© RunPhoto)
  • Mistake 4: Thinking a product will fix a problem (© Harrison Eastwood)
  • Mistake 5: Not having a disposal plan (© Tetra Images)
  • Mistake 6: Allowing undesignated space (© Tom Merton)
  • Mistake 7: Putting things somewhere "for now" (© iStock)
  • Mistake 8: Keeping things because they seem useful (© Emily Shur)
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Mistake 1: Not thinking through a project before starting
When people decide to organize a pantry or a closet, they often jump right in to the project without first thinking about the functions of the space or planning out a system for maintaining it. Take just a few moments to think about how the space got this way, what habits created the disorganization, who will be using the area, and what you're trying to accomplish before you dig in.

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