How to Maintain Home Organization

So you've successfully organized your home, but what can you do to make it stay that way? Here are ways to perpetuate efficiency and good feelings in your organized home.


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    Feel Good. Make sure you feel good after you organize or re-organize your home. Associating good feelings with the organizing process will make maintenance easier.
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    Put things back in their home. You've established homes for everything in your house. So when you're done using something, put it back where it came from.
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    Regular, Light Maintenance. Take 15 to 30 minutes at the end of the day to do a general sweep of your home, making sure that surfaces are clutter free and things are in their proper place. Better 15 minutes a day, than 4-5 hours straight on some later date.
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    Be aware. As you do your 15-minute sweeps, keep in mind what organization systems are working for you and which ones aren't. Keep these in mind for action steps, later.
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    Re-Organize. When you notice clutter building up in one area constantly or an organization system (filing, storing, etc) doesn't work quite how you'd hoped, schedule a time to re-think and implement a new system of organization.
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    If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Don't spend time on systems that are working just find. If your closet works for you, let it be.
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    Take time to appreciate your home. Sometimes we take it for granted. If you really love your environment, you'll be more inclined to care for it. It might seem obvious, but a lot of times we forget what we have in our lives.
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    Reward yourself every once in a while for maintaining your well-organized home. You can't let organizing be all chores and drudgery. You do well to take care of it, so you deserve a reward.


  • Anything worth doing is worth doing wrong - at first. Don't stress about getting the perfect organizing system on your first try. Just make sure it works for you. Life changes. You change. So what works for you now, may not work for you 2 years from now. Go with the flow - change your organization systems to work for you.
  • Creativity can make up for a lack of funds. I've seen the designers of "Design on a Dime" do better jobs than designers with bigger budgets on other shows. If you limit your budget and use your creativity, you can create organization solutions that go beyond what you could buy. Look around, find inspiration, be creative - and on top of it, save money.
  • Investing in containers, shelf racks, key racks, and the like may seem like an expense at first, but the value they provide will more than pay themselves in convenience. If stress took money away from you, these organization tools would be saving you a lot of money.
  • Sometimes it's not "what" the object is, but "how" you use it that could determine how you organize. If you bake, you may want to keep baking sheets, measuring cups, and mixing bowls all together - so they're all together when it's time to bake. This would be much more convenient than organizing measuring cups with other utensils, mixing bowls with other bowls, and baking sheets with the pots and pans. Keep this in mind when re-organizing.


  • Don't over-work yourself. Make sure to distinguish "maintaining" from "re-organizing". Don't take on a big project when you should be doing simple maintenance. If something requires more work, schedule a specific time to do it later, so you can be prepared to focus all your attention on the issue.

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