Don’t Make Product Part of the Problem

Products are only part of the solution.

Have you ever started an organizing project at the store?  “I KNOW this box is going to be the answer to my prayers…” you might have told yourself.  Now, before I go any further, let me just say that I have no issue with products (as you can tell by now), but for most, they are not the place to start.

If you are embarking on an organizing project, consider that when you go through your belongings, it’s important to sort – get rid of what you don’t need, keep what you do.  Once that process is complete, you have a way better idea of what will stay and how it should be housed.  Sure, research and an occasional field trip is great – just don’t go crazy and clean out the store, bringing it all home, finding it doesn’t fit or isn’t quite what you need, and have that stuff that was supposed to help become more clutter you don’t need, that you have to sort through, decided if you want to keep it, what you’ll do with it……  get the point?

So hey, sort first, then go and buy those cute containers at Storables or russell+hazel.  You’ll  save yourself some money, aggravation and time in the end!

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4 thoughts on “Don’t Make Product Part of the Problem”

  1. I always tell my clients to MEASURE FIRST, BUY SECOND! There’s nothing worse than coming home with something that is just a scant inch too short or too long!

    But I think you are right, many people feel they will get organized by proxy. If they buy this widget or that organizing book, just by HAVING it, they will magically become organized.

    PURGE first, SORT second, CONTAINERIZE third ORGANIZE last.

    Anxiety over their situation causes people to try and reverse this order and it just doesn’t work that way.

    thanks for your great idea!


  2. Hi Jessica,
    So true! I love the Purge, Sort, Containerize, Organize – that’s the process! I guess there is a little part in all of us that is looking for the magic pill to slenderize, beautify and organize us – but honestly – I think it’s the work that gets us where we want to be. 🙂

  3. <p>Right on Sisters! I always say, first you gotta know what you need! I start with sorting and then edit as we go.</p>
    <p>I find clients are less likely to let go till they realize they have 65 pairs of jeans! Then I get them to set a limit on the quantity or the space (e.g., 1 drawer, 1 foot of closet space, etc.) Then pic their favorites till they reach their quota.</p>
    <p>When people look at things one at a time, they often want to keep everything! : )</p>

  4. Ok, this is me. I admit it. I love an organized home but I am more obsessed with the containers than actually doing the work. So I often start my projects in the store, wandering around just as you said buying all the nifty containers. The containers come home and sit there looking oh-so-pretty, but empty. :-0 Eesh. This is not always the case, but more often than I’d like to admit. As with most things in life, you have to do the work to get the results! Containers don’t solve problems. Thanks for sharing all your great ideas! You’ll probably see a blog on my site soon referencing your ideas. You’ve inspired me!
    Keep up the good work, Brandie!

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