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Design choices that actually make it
HARDER to stay organized


When you’re renovating or moving into a new home, here are 10 great tips to avoid if you want to have a better chance to get and stay organized.

Design choices to avoid: Shelves that are too deep or too shallow. If you’re custom building or buying shelving, measure the depth of your favorite bin or basket that will permanently live there. Or the depth/height of the books you’ll be storing.

Deep lower kitchen cabinets where items will get lost. Now is the time to invest in pull out drawers so you can find what you are storing in the lower kitchen cabinets without having to get on your hands and knees and stick your head in to find occasionally used items you are storing there!

Pedestal sinks might have the look you like but are impractical in not having any under sink closed storage like a sink with a vanity and/or drawers.

Open shelves in the kitchen could cause issues with dust, brackets that get in the way and non-adjustable shelves. And you might get tired of looking at your dishes if your look changes.

Glass cabinet doors require only the nicest looking items to be placed there to avoid a messy look which might not always be the items you want to access regularly.

Children’s furniture with fixed shelves won’t allow you to re-configure the storage as they get older and taller and storage needs change.

Too many appliances on the countertop steal valuable space for everyday meal prep so store occasionally used large appliances elsewhere.

Accessories and dècor items in high traffic areas will cause areas to look like clutter when mail and keys and other necessary items should be solely living on surfaces to encourage your flow when entering and leaving your home.

Nightstands and desk with open backs don’t allow for computer cords, chargers, lamp or clock cords to be hidden.

Pocket or bifold doors don’t allow great organizing items such as an over the door shoe pocket organizer or an over the door hooks for scarves or purses or light jackets or ability to mount a hook for your robe or pj’s.

Source: 
RealSimple.com/home-organizing .


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