Monday, October 19, 2009

The most important organising step EVER

I've been posting some tiny little organising projects that I've done in my home over the last couple of weeks.

I had a few (very polite :)) comments and emails about how people couldn't see much difference in the two pictures, which actually warmed my heart.

Because it means my house IS still running like a well-oiled machine, despite the madness that is the twins!

So I thought I'd write about the most important organising step ever - maintenance.

This is how you know if you have a problem with maintenance:

  • you can get a place looking nice and orderly but within days (or weeks) it's a big mess again
  • your space is organised but you can't remember what's actually in there so your stuff starts piling up in other areas
  • you're too scared to use the organised space in case it gets messy again
  • etc
  • etc

Coming back to the posts, actual organising of a space should really only happen once, maybe twice a year, or if circumstances change. Like when we had to convert our guest bedroom to the twins' bedroom. (Now I actually think they need their own bedrooms but that's another story altogether!)

But maintenance of a space happens all the time.

And it should happen more often the more people use the space.

Something like my bookshelf is only used by me so really shouldn't get that disorganised if I'm disciplined enough to keep putting books back where they belong.

And therefore only 5 books were decluttered :)

But a space like my Tupperware cupboard gets small tweaks of about 10 - 20 seconds a time a couple of times a week because 5 people use that space regularly.

Do you see the difference?

I said all that to say this: your system hasn't failed if you have to constantly make small tweaks to your organising.

This week's organising challenge
  1. Choose one or two already organised areas in your home (a drawer, surface space, shelf, etc.) and go maintain.
  2. It shouldn't take you more than 10 minutes each.

Which areas are you going to work on?

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Quasi Serendipita said...

It's "yes" to all three of those questions for me when I think about my craft supplies I will have a go at sorting it out at the weekend!

HDMac said...

I am working on a major area right now. My office space. I need to get it right.... I am taking one area daily and if it is a small area I come back a second time with a 15 minute timer. I tend to get bogged down and distracted when I organize larger areas.... and I would RATHER BE SEWING!!! lol