The 5 Most Common Mistakes Professional Organizers See
From shopping bags stuffed with old papers to medicine cabinets brimming with half-used creams, here are the roadblocks professional organizers run into most often—plus, easy fixes you can make.
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Mistake #3: Keeping that $45 face cream, even though you hate the way it smells.
Pro organizers are used to seeing abandoned, barely-used or half-full bottles of moisturizer, sunscreen and facial serum in bathroom cabinets, and it's typically not because clients have simply forgotten about them. Andrew Mellen
, an organization expert, speaker and the author of Unstuff Your Life
, says the people he works with frequently tell him they spent so much money on a product, that even though they don't like it, they feel guilty throwing it away. Clutter isn't the only reason to toss products you're not using, though: many of the products actually expire way sooner than you might think
. If you've already opened, say, a tube of anti-aging cream with retinol, it's only good for a year.