For many this quiet time between Christmas and New Year has been set aside for tackling an organising project.  And for many more, getting organised is a New Years resolution.  There are several things that can turn good intentions into a failed attempt.  Here are the most common mistakes people make.

  1. Underestimate the time it takes to work through a project
  2. Buy the storage solutions at the start of a project
  3. Have unclear goals for the space or the project
  4. Have unrealistic expectations from the space
  5. Let the unwanted stuff hang around
  6. Stop before the project is done
  7. Listen to well-intentioned but ill-informed advice

Look out for future posts on how to avoid making these mistakes.

Related Posts:

How to Avoid Organising Mistake #1

How to Avoid Organising Mistake #2

How to Avoid Organising Mistake #3

How to Avoid Organising Mistake #4

How to Avoid Organising Mistake #5

How to Avoid Organising Mistake #6

How to Avoid Organising Mistake #7

11 Comments
  1. Larna Pittiglio 8 years ago

    I am currently working through lots of boxes of old office paperwork… have unpacked about 20 boxes and it has already taken 2 days and I have about 6 boxes to go… have been shredding and it is very liberating. I feel a weight has been lifted off my shoulders….

    However, I have already made mistake no 1… it is going to take another day to finish the last boxes… and that is without sorting the stuff i am actually keeping.

    I almost made mistake No 2 but stopped myself…. so get a tick on that one! I will be purchasing required storage solutions when I have finished the tossing out and am ready to start organising the bits I am keeping.

    I will look forward to your future posts about avoiding these mistakes… as I want to keep the momentum going and be organised by mid January… and want to make sure I avoid mistake No 6 on your list!

    Can’t wait!

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  9. These are great tips, not just for DIYers, but for new organizers who may be so keen to get started that they don’t ask the client enough questions!

  10. Angela Author

    Very true, Janet. It’s all about the client and their needs.

  11. Janet Barclay | Organized Assistant 6 years ago

    Good summary of some of the reasons projects can fail. #1, #3, #6 and #7 can apply equally to projects other than organizing too!

    P.S. LOVE your new website!

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