Previously, we uncovered two reasons why you may be hitting roadblocks when it comes to home organization. I mentioned that there are 11 common hindrances to getting organized. Today, we will uncover a third common hindrance. 

Hindrance #3: Your System is Too Complicated to Keep Up

What exactly does this mean? Simply stated, it means you already have some sort of system of organization, but it is so complex that you fail to follow through. Some common complaints you might say are…

-I have color codes and numbers for each category of items.

-I have multiple smaller containers and boxes inside larger containers.

-I have six different drawers for my files.

In short, you have overcomplicated your organization process. An example of this might be creating a separate folder for every piece of paperwork that comes in, although those papers fall into the same category. A far simpler method would be to create a simple file system for each category of papers. 

To explain further, let’s look at the topic of car insurance. If you took every sheet of paper related to your car insurance and filed it in separate folders, you could have as many as ten to fifteen different folders, especially if you insure multiple vehicles.

You might have a folder for statements, a folder for claims, a folder for coverages, a folder for proof of insurance, a folder for each vehicle, and on the list goes. It would be far simpler to have one folder for car insurance instead of multiple folders because it creates such a complex and confusing system. 

The goal is to actually file those important papers as they come in, but if you system is complex, you likely won’t follow through. You don’t want to create more work for yourself if you don’t have to. The goal of organization is to be able to access what you need quickly and efficiently. 

Now, let’s determine HOW you can overcome this hindrance. First, evaluate an area of your home where this is happening frequently. You will likely be able to identify it by looking for piles and determining what is in those piles.

Next, you SIMPLIFY your system. Get rid of unnecessary steps. Returning items to their “home” should involve only 1-2 steps. If it involves multiple steps, zippers, drawers, cupboards, boxes with lids, etc. it simply won’t do. Create a simple, manageable system that will encourage you to follow through.

Happy Organizing!

Stay tuned for the next post where we’ll tackle another common hindrance to organization. Read part 4 in this series here.

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My How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom list can be found here.

My How to Deep Clean Your Kids’ Rooms list can be found here.

My How to Deep Clean Your Living Room list can be found here.

My How to Deep Clean Your Bedroom list can be found here.

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Also, you can get the complete digital printable copy of the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series Calendar and Checklists here. The printable digital download is delivered to your email. It includes 25 pages of printable calendar pages and checklists to help you declutter every room in your home. You can sign up here.