3 Organizing Assumptions You Should Avoid

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3 Organizing Assumptions You Should AvoidHave you ever heard of the phrase, “When you assume, you make an ‘a**’ out of ‘u’ and ‘me’?”

This can be applied to any subject, organization included!

In this post I cover three organizing assumptions you’ll probably want to try to avoid, or at least try to minimize over the course of your daily affairs.

“Everyone will understand my organizing methods.”

Your system of color-coded manila folders may make perfect sense to you, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will make sense to someone else.

Just because something is organized in a particular manner (for all intents and purposes, it could be a wonderfully organized system), doesn’t mean it is easily accessible or understandable by others.

How to handle it: Put yourself in the other person’s shoes and keep things simple.

Remember, someone else is approaching your organizing system from an entirely different viewpoint.

Be prepared to explain your system in simple terms.

What does it do? What problem does it solve? What’s the single most important thing someone else should know about the system?

“There will always be storage space for something…somewhere.”

You can always stuff more clothes, magazines, and craft materials into your bedroom, living room, basement, or attic, but at what cost to your quality of life? Constantly tripping over items in your home and muttering under your breath in annoyance is no way to live comfortably. As much as there are great storage tips and tricks, a room, house, or an apartment can only hold a finite amount of things.

How to handle it: Practice the one-in-one out rule. Instead of trying to make new purchases “fit” in your home with everything else you own, regularly remove those items you no longer use, are broken, worn out, or no longer want or need. For example, the next time you buy a new pair of shoes, get rid of an old pair you no longer wear.

“Everything has to be in better order before I can really start to organize things.”

Fortunately, you can start anywhere when it comes to being more organized. You don’t have to wait for a particular time of day, season or circumstance; you can just simply begin! All it takes is your commitment to get started, right here, right now.

How to handle it: Shift your attention to focus on a single goal. If you want to become better organized at home, don’t try to organize all of your belongings in one day. Choose a small project to work on, say cleaning out that drawer of kitchen utensils you don’t use, or cleaning out your wallet. Little steps lead to great things.

How about you? Do you make any assumptions when it comes to becoming more organized? Have you improved on these assumptions in any way, shape or form? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 3 Smart Steps to Organizing Your Home, by clicking here.
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