The Siren Song of Organizational Products

Clients often say to me, "I bought all these great organizing tools, so I don't understand why I'm not organized." 

It's not you, it's them.

People are often lured in by the siren song of the organizational product.  "Buy me and everything will fall into place."

Well...it doesn't exactly work that way.   Often what happens is the product is *almost* what is needed, but since it's only *almost* then it becomes just as frustrating for my client as nothing at all.  Of course, since the product isn't being used, it only adds to the clutter instead of mitigating it.  

For this very specific reason, purchasing organizational items is the last thing we do before reinstalling the room.  All of my clients things have been purged, sorted and grouped and I know exactly what we're working with and how to make it best work for my client.  This makes sure we purchase only what we need, and nothing we don't. 

On a related note - many organizational items are one size fits most and I find that they often don't meet the exact needs of my client.  This is where I start getting creative to customize pieces we can find or repurpose things that aren't particularly meant for organization, but will do the job beautifully.  Always keep an eye open for interesting things not in the organizing section of stores.  You may come across the perfect solution!

So remember - sort and purge, THEN purchase products because reversing the order could leave you stuck with things you don't need and can't use.  If that doesn't work, you can always seek the help of a professional.