Simplifying A to Z: U – Upkeep

Posted by SimplifyMe on October 9, 2017 in Organizing |

U – Upkeep


While organizing is the crucial first step, upkeep is just as important. No one wants to spend time and money organizing a space just to have it go back to its original chaotic state! Systems (ahem, and following those systems) are the key to upkeep! When organizing any space make sure to:


  • Keep ‘like’ things together in categories
  • Find a space that will fit each category
  • Pick your space based on how you function in the room
  • Purge until the items fit into their designated space
  • Label spaces if you think you (or someone else) might have a hard time remembering where things go


For upkeep of your organized space, make sure to:


  • Assign homes to all new things that come into the space
  • Continue to purge old things as new one’s come in
  • Put things back into their designated space…every time
  • Put things back on a regular schedule of upkeep (daily/weekly/monthly)
  • Reorganize if the system you’ve chosen is too difficult to maintain


It’s not enough to simply make a space organized. The organizational system must be created with the people who will be in charge of upkeep, in mind. This is why I like to organize a home/office with its people, so I know how they function in their space and what they are and are not willing to do to maintain it.  Organization is only half the battle. Upkeep is other half.



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