Why is staying organized harder than getting organized? Looking for some tips to help you stay organized after you get organized? We got you covered!
In my opinion, getting organized is easier (and more fun!) than staying organized. I love to peruse Pinterest looking for ways to re-do my linen closet, medicine cabinet, or junk drawer. All the neat, organized “after” pictures complete with cute bins and baskets make me feel as if my days will be more pleasant and calmer if I can only make my spaces look the same. So, I get to work, clearing out a closet and putting everything back in a new, tidy way. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always stay that way because staying organized is much more difficult than getting organized.
There are three main reasons why you might not be able to stay organized.
Are You Following Through?
The simplest answer is, you probably aren’t following through. Just because you have a place for everything, doesn’t mean you are putting everything back in its place. That’s my problem most of the time when an area in my home just doesn’t seem to stay in order. I truly enjoy the process of organizing, but do not enjoy the continual process of keeping things organized. So, in order to keep the space as nice as it was the day I organized it, I need to force myself to put everything back, just the way it was. It’s worth the few minutes to put things back in their spot. Otherwise, the neat and tidy area will just go back to being disorganized and cluttered.
So, if you think this might be the reason you can’t stay organized, devise a plan to help you follow through. Remind yourself that it will save you time in the long run. Take the time now to fold your laundry and put your clothes neatly in your drawer, put your scarfs in that cool new scarf hanger you treated yourself to, and wrap up the cord of your vacuum. By taking small measures now, your space will stay organized and you won’t need to re-do the whole thing in a few months.
The System isn’t Working
If you are following through and putting every little thing back in its place and the area still seems to get messy, it might be that the system you are using isn’t quite right. Think about how you are using the space and see if you can figure out what isn’t working. Here are some examples below to help you get started.
Is your junk drawer continuing to overflow, even after an overhaul and new bins? If so, it’s possible that the drawer simply isn’t large enough to accommodate what you keep in there. Try a bigger drawer or move some items to a different location.
Are your kids constantly losing shoes? Maybe the shoe system needs to be more simple. Instead of keeping some shoes in their room and some by the door, keep them all in one place. Or, maybe they can’t find them because they are all mixed together in one bin. Give each child their own bin by the door for their own shoes.
Don’t be afraid to change up the system if it isn’t working. Try to make it simpler and easier for you and all your family to put things away.
There’s Too Much Clutter
If you are following through and the system seems to be working and you still can’t stay organized, it’s very possible that you have too much stuff. You might just be moving clutter around. Take a look around you at the space that you just won’t stay organized. Is it filled with things you don’t use and don’t really need? Go back through the area and see what you can get rid of. If you aren’t sure where to start, here’s a checklist to help you get started: Ulitmate Decluttering Checklist.
Staying organized is harder than getting organized, but it’s not impossible. If you have an area that you just can’t seem to keep tidy, don’t give up. Reassess and keep trying!