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5 Tips to Maintaining Home Organization

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Now that we’ve completed our Home Organization Challenge, the trick is to not let your home back-slide to where it was before.  You didn’t put all that hard work into your home for nothing.  Am I right?   Maintaining your Home Organization doesn’t have to be difficult, but it does require a plan, so I thought I would offer up 5 Tips for Maintaining your Home Organization.  Having a plan helps you to maintain your space the way you intended when you first started with the challenge a few weeks back.

Maintaining your Organization

  1. Be consistent about your maintenance – Keep unnecessary clutter to a minimum.  Always be on the lookout in your home for those items you no longer need.  Haven’t worn that blouse in more than a year?  Donate it.  Has your diet changed?  Purge the pantry.  Did your DVD player die, and you don’t intend to replace it?  Get rid of all those movies.  Don’t keep things you no longer need love, want, or need, and it will make tidying your space that much easier.
Consistency is key to Maintaining Home Organization
  • Do a deeper dive 1 room per day – Check for items that don’t belong in that space.  Gather them up and return them to their proper home.  Dirty dishes?  Put them in the dishwasher.  Junk mail?  Shred it.  Shoes by the front door?  Put them in the proper room.  Trash can overflowing?  Dump it.  If you take just a few minutes each day to go through one room, and keep consistent, you’ll never have too much to do.

You can also follow this simple guide for maintaining your home organization:

  • Daily – Keep zones intact
  • Weekly – Replenish/ light clean
  • Monthly – Deep clean/ purge (food)
  • Seasonally – Transitions
  • Schedule donation drop offs – Don’t keep items piled up.  Once your donation bin has reached capacity, it’s time to put it in your car and add “Drop off Donations” to your To Do List.  Whether you drop off monthly, quarterly, or annually is completely determined by how much you declutter along the way.
Plan your Donation Drop Offs

More thoughts…

  • Make a list – Have a hard time remembering everything that needs to be done?  Make a list.  Don’t waste energy trying to remember everything.  You won’t.  And eventually, something will slip through the cracks.  So, make a list of things that need to be done and cross them off as you go.  You’ll feel accomplished when you see items being checked off and tasks being completed.
  • Reward yourself – If you have achieved your goal and maintained your home organization, it’s a good idea to reward yourself.  In fact, I highly recommend it!  Stick to your maintenance plan and then reward yourself with something fun when the time is right.  You’ll be glad you did.
Reward Yourself for Maintaining your Home Organization

Final Thoughts

To help you out a bit more, I created this handy-dandy Master Home Organization Checklist that you are welcome to download and use for Maintaining your Home Organization.  It guides you through tasks that you can do daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly/seasonally, and annually, so you never forget a thing.

Here’s to maintaining your home organization and RESETTING your life!


Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money, and improving your overall quality of life.” – CHRISTINA SCALISE

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Home Organization Maintenance is not “One and Done”