Oooh, did I hear a collective murmur of happiness? After all, isn’t buying organizing supplies the best way to Get Organized? If only it were that easy.
Buying more “stuff” without a clear idea of how these items will make your office or home more efficient and functional just doesn’t work. You just end up with more things. I always advise my organizing clients to wait to purchase anything until we determine what they’ll need for the space they’re using.
I try to reuse what they have on hand, such as a filing cabinet or drawer organizers. Then I give them a trial solution, like using a shoe box as an “inbox” for mail for a week or so, just to see how it feels. If it doesn’t work, then we’ll try another technique. If they’re happy, then they have carte blanche buy whatever type of inbox they like.
But every once in a while, I make some exceptions. You can’t go wrong with my favorite car trash bag, which costs less than $6 and comes with a 25-year warranty (have you ever heard of a trash bag needing a 25-year warranty?). It hangs from the back of a front seat so the driver and kids can reach it easily. It’s easy to use and about as attractive as a trash bag can be. And when you open your car windows, it doesn’t blow around like a jellyfish in an ocean current the way a plastic grocery store does.
What organizing “essentials” do you wish you’d never bought? And which ones make your life better?