Have you ever worked your butt off to organize a space and then turned around and it’s a mess again? Why is that? Was your organizing faulty? Probably not. A major factor leading to the meltdown of organization is a failure to be relentless about putting things away ALL THE TIME.
This sounds so simple. Why is it so hard for so many people? When you take an item from its home, the place where it belongs, make sure to return it to its home when you’re done with it. That habit alone separates the person who can stay organized from those who can’t.
If you don’t have this habit, or if you’re inconsistent with this habit, the first step is to get conscious of when you’re just dropping things where they don’t belong. Watch yourself and notice when you don’t put things away. What are the circumstances? Usually people think they don’t have time to do it. If you have created convenient homes for everything, putting things away takes only seconds. Just do it.
If you haven’t created homes for everything and can’t seem to create that initial order yourself, get help from a respectful friend or professional organizer to set up your space with convenient homes for everything. Then commit to putting things away every day for 30 days. At the end of that time you’ll have developed an invaluable habit and you’ll have a space that is still organized!
© 2012 Clutter Clearing Community | Debbie Bowie
“Author, Organizing Expert and Feng Shui Practitioner Debbie Bowie, is a leading authority on clutter clearing to attract more of what you want in your life. If you’re ready to finally clear the clutter from your life and move your life forward, get your FREE TIP SHEET, “Feng Shui Tips for Instant Success” at http://www.clutterclearingcommunity.com.