Yes, stores like The Container Store are fantastic – but they aren’t magically going to organize your home!
It seems like every retail store is interested in helping you to get organized! From giant box retailers to smaller specialty stores, they want to sell you some sort of organizing product. The stores seem to have the idea that if you buy the product, it will magically make you organized! Well that sounds great, but there is no magic pill or product. If there was, I think someone would already be selling it!
When a client first calls me inquiring about organizing services, many times they will say, “I have every organizing product that is out there, but I am still not organized and don’t know why!” I know why! A product is not going to solve the reason why you became disorganized to begin with. Even though there are many wonderful organizing products available, you still need to figure out the cause of your disorganization.
Before you buy a new organizing product, think about why you became disorganized in the first place:
- Have I always been disorganized?
- Did I have a lifestyle change that seem to attribute to my disorganization? (a divorce, birth of a child, death of a love one, a relocation, etc. All these things can cause disruption and disorganization in your life.)
- Do you give yourself enough time to work on organizing?
- Has your space changed?
- Moved to a smaller home?
- Have you had new additions to your family?
- Has your time been eaten up by other things? (Children, pets, taken care of parents, work, volunteer work)
Think about your lifestyle and what has contributed to your disorganization. Now you need to…nope, not buy products! Declutter!
It is amazing that a person needs a smaller amount of storage bins or containers once he or she lets go of unwanted and unneeded items. Many clients will call me and say they have purchased several organizing bins so I can help them get organized! I always suggest to keep the receipt because he or she may need to make a return, once we have decluttered!
Organizing products are really wonderful tools. I enjoy them myself! BUT, to be truly organized, you need to reevaluate your space and needs and then declutter. You will have a much clearer picture of what organizing products will best service your life now that you have organized your space!
Need some help getting started decluttering? Be sure to check out my earlier blog posts on decluttering space in your home in 15 minutes a day!