Learning how to get organized is easier than you may think because once you get systems in place it's actually a low maintenance task. But it is a task that must be done on a continuous basis. Otherwise, things can quickly get out of hand. Making homes for things is important, just as important as making sure everything makes it back into its home.
For example, if you use a pair of scissors which belong in a designated drawer, but leave them on your desk instead, those scissors will end up buried under paperwork or anything else that lands there. Then when attempting to tidy your desk it's likely the scissors will end up in a drawer never to be seen again. Or worse, fall out of the pile causing injury. However, if you would have taken the 60 seconds to put them back in their spot, next time you needed them they would be there waiting. (Injury Free)
This simple 60 secs of forethought prevents the all to common tearing apart of the home or unnecessary additional purchase of already owned items. Proverb time, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
I'm just as guilty as the next guy when it comes to not putting things away. My bad habit involves my shoes. I've been known to leave them all over the house. There's a place for shoes, but they never seem to end up there. If I don’t run around at least once a week to do my low maintenance task of gathering all the shoes, things quickly get out of control. Putting them where they belong prevents many from getting lost, chewed, or forgotten.
I have learned to be better about making sure shoes are left closer to where they belong saving me a lot of precious time and headaches. Is it as easy as it sounds? Not at first, but when you see how much time and sanity you save by not having to search for your belongings, it becomes a beneficial habit. Creating a low maintenance (not a No maintenance) organizing plan will put you on the right path to getting and staying organized.
(Come to the Low Maintenance Side of Life Luke)