Maintenance Is Needed To Stay Organized

November 13, 2012 by  

Once Organized Is Not Forever Organized

It feels SO good to have a space organized doesn’t it? But how long is it before that once organized space is a total mess again? Organizing requires maintenance. Your system has to be functional and easy to use in order to make it easy to stay organized.

The more steps it takes to organize, the less likely it will to stay organized – in my opinion.  That is one of the reasons I like open organizational systems. Cubbies, containers that don’t always have lids on them, so that they are easily accessed.

Today was reorganizing the shed and the garage.

shed maintenance

Maintenance of a once organized area.

  1. Take everything out of the space (if possible)
  2. Clean the space
  3. Decide what stays and what goes – which shouldn’t be as large of a task as it was orginally
  4. Place everything back in the space and place it where it goes. Keep “like with like”

This should go much faster than the original organization of the space because there should already be a system in place.  There should be designated areas for the items already established, it’s now just a matter of placing the items back in those spaces.

This is a project that the whole family can help with.  I think that when the family helps to clean out an area like this, they are more likely to put things back where they belong for two reasons. One because they know where they belong and also because they take pride in keeping it looking nice.

shed maintenance

See my original shed organization posts.

1) Shed Storage – Tool and Loft Storage

2) Garden Shed – Make an area inside your shed for your garden area

3) Shed – Making systems inside to increase storage

4) Shed Plans – How to increase storage

It feels good to have the shed back to it’s original organized state.

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4 Responses to “Maintenance Is Needed To Stay Organized”
  1. Damian says:

    Keeping up with a space is among the most difficult aspects to organizing. I consider myself and my family to fairly well organized but I’m still amazed at how fast a room can become cluttered.

  2. Sandy says:

    Oh.. don’t I know! I’m with you on that one Damian. It can get frustrating when your organizing systems aren’t appreciated by all in the family. lol

  3. Joan Cook says:

    Agreed. I can desire to be organized but my son gets into the garage and within a day it is like a bomb went off. I would like it to be nice but I’m picking my battles at this point.

  4. Sandy says:

    lol.. I know how that goes. With my 20 year old still at home while going to college… I just keep his bedroom door closed. I do much better to not even look – because I get all crazy like. :)

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