Posted December 6, 2012

Help! I am a rather disorganized individual. I’ve tried systems for keeping organized, but it seems like the best thing for me to do is just make new habits (vs. card systems, daily checklists, etc.). I know this can be done because I’ve trained myself to wash a dish after I use it, and also to straighten my office before I leave work. These are about the only organized things I do.

Is there anything you all have learned about keeping things clean, especially as it relates to laundry and general clutter? What happens is that my areas (storage, car, bedroom- I still live with my parents) get horribly messy. This happens in part because I am generally late and “don’t have time” to take care of stuff. Also because I start projects, leave them out, and don’t finish them. I’ll do a huge clean-up once every few months, and then I can’t find what I need because it is all put away.

Are there any systems or habits that could be helpful? Preferably ones that could be a lifestyle change and not just a “quick fix” or “monster clean” when things get too bad to handle.



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  1. Maggie May

    I am TOTALLY in the same boat as you! The only thing that I have done that has worked for me was to put index cards on the items in my room that get the most messy. On the cards are written things like, “Don’t even THINK of putting something on me…” or, “WHAT do you think you are DOING?” and, “No. Nothing here.” Seeing that you said card systems don’t work for you, this might not help, but it worked for me. (I am still quite messy. Probably ’cause I removed the cards. 🙂

    # December 7, 2012

  2. girl29

    Have you ever heard of 31 days to clean? Google it! Hopefully it will help you. It is a book about cleaning from a biblical perspective. Good luck! By the way, I need help in this area of my life as well, so if you have any success let me know! Good luck!

    # January 2, 2013

    • blackwhitedenim

      No I haven’t! Definitely going to look into that.

      # January 9, 2013

  3. 1butterflykisses

    I am not sure how much this will help you; but what I do when I am done with something, or have to leave, I put everything I was working with away(or as much as I can granted the time that I have). Also, when I am done wearing something or getting ready for bed, I try (if I am not too tired) to remember to either hang it/them up or put it/them in my dresser. If I have dirty laundry, I put it in the laundry basket A.S.A.P., or as close to my door as I can to remember to put in the basket later. These little things do help me to keep things less messy, though i do still have to organize sometimes. 🙂 Maybe on one of your days off you could take a moment of your day to tidy and put things away. That way, it is less for you to do later.

    # January 4, 2013

  4. beth

    I have some of the same problems. I want to be super organized, but then I don’t put my stuff away. There are whole websites devoted to organization. Check out I Heart Organization and A Bowl Full of Lemons.
    What has worked best for me is going through one item at a time and organizing everything having to do with that part of my life. Don’t do everything at once- just do your purse and keep it up. Then in a couple weeks, do something else like one drawer in your dresser- and practice maintaining it. It won’t be overwhelming to just learn to maintain one thing at a time and once the habit is developed you won’t notice it.
    When organizing something, make sure that it is done in a way that it is easy to maintain. If things are packed too closely together- it will be difficult or impossible to maintain.

    # March 1, 2013