Decluttering and organizing are so great! You make room in your closets, drawers, and cabinets; you get rid of lots of junk; and you may even make money by selling items. You find things you forgot you had. And you feel so VIRTUOUS!
Do you hear a “but” coming? Well, you are perceptive because there is one, and it is this: You must keep on top of it. You will need to reorganize from time to time, otherwise things will snowball out of control. There is no such thing as a one-time fix.
I’ll bet that you think organizers’ homes are totally neat and organized, right? Not necessarily. Personally, there are times when I get lax about my organization, and there’s always room for improvement. I am regularly organizing and purging.
Just recently I panicked because I couldn’t find an important set of papers, all because my filing wasn’t up to date and these papers were not in a place where I’d ordinarily look for them. I found them, but not without tearing my hair out. And if you were to look in my kitchen at any given time, you might just find dishes in the sink when the dishwasher is right there!
When life is running smoothly and we are on top of things, it’s easy to keep stuff neat and in its proper place. It’s when we get busy and are running from task to task that organizing starts to fall behind. Sometimes we simply lose our motivation or run out of energy for a period of time. It happens!
And that’s OK! We all have times when we need to start again. But if you built a good system, things come back together rather quickly. The key is to not let it get too far out of control; don’t wait too long.
Here are some easy tips to help you keep on top of your organization:
In closing, don’t let a setback make you feel bad, but also don’t let your whole organizing system fall apart. Jump back on the horse as quickly as possible. And use the tips above to help you keep things under control, even in busy times.