It’s a moment I’ve experienced over and over again in my 5 years of organizing professionally. I’ll arrive at a client’s house and see a pile of boxes, bins, baskets and/or containers piled near the room that is next on our org attack list. I’ll look at the client, they’ll look at me and quickly look down, muttering “but they looked so cute/so functional/so perfect”. Every. Single. Time.
Trust me, I get it. It’s sometimes even hard for me to see some darling box and not think “Oh I could use that. I don’t know exactly where just yet, but I will for sure use it!”.
So why am I being a fun killer? Organizing, like a lot of things, follows a systematic path to success. You focus on the area, you decide what needs to stay and what needs to go. Then you step back and think about how you want those items organized based on how you will use them…do you need a filing cabinet? Pullout drawers? Shelves? A cupboard? Should the box be see-thru? Does it need a lid? What material should it be made of? Will it need to be labeled? And that’s just a sample of the questions you should be asking yourself! (or better yet, asking me!)
Remember those clients who put the box in front of the horse? 90% of the time we ended up returning most, if not all, of those pre-purchases.
The bottom line friends, is that the fun shopping part for those container goodies should come AFTER most of the hard work is done. Find those things that compliment your finished “after” space not your “before, work in progress” space. Trust me, those squeal worthy containers will still be there when you are better prepared to get them.