Organizing can be an overwhelming task. Everyone's got tips on how to make it easier, but what about tips on what not to do? Apartment Therapy tells you what the biggest organizing mistakes are and how to avoid them.
Beginner's mistake? Going to the Container Store with your credit card out and grabbing a bunch of containers that when you get them home either don't fit your belongings or are far too numerous for what you need. Instead, go through your stuff first and determine what containers are necessary and what sizes they should be, then buy just a few to begin with. You can always get more if necessary, and in the meantime you won't have to find a home for empty containers.
Organize in small increments. Rather than trying to get your entire house in shape in one day, organize one room or area at a time, and only spend two to three hours on it. That way you will be more motivated and you won't risk burnout.
Once you've separated all your stuff into keep, toss, and donate piles, go ahead and get the toss and donate stuff out of your house. Don't let the newly purged items suffer in the purgatory of your garage or your car. Make plans to get your cast-offs to their new homes and do it right away.
Once everything is organized, resist the temptation to go back to your old ways. You've created a new system and now you need to follow through by using it. Otherwise you'll find yourself overwhelmed by the mess again in a month. Or less.
Finally, you don't live in a catalog. If your space is neat, clean and you can find everything, it works for you and it is a good system. Don't try to live up to an impossible standard, enjoy your space and recognize that you're human. Now get to work on a clutter-free apartment!