Why Staying Organized Is So Hard

Why is staying organized so hard? Read on to find out.

Why Staying Organized Is So Hard

How many times have you experienced this scenario?

You finally find the time and motivation to work on one of the spaces in your house that you’ve been meaning to get organized forever. You take a weekend, throw away a bunch of stuff, buy some cute bins to corral the items you want to keep, and maybe even share the before and after photos on social media where your friends “ooh” and “aah” over your transformation.

Yippee! You did it!

But then the next day, you notice that your newly organized space has a few “extras.” Your kids have left a few toys on the side table. Your significant other’s shoes are sitting by the chair. So okay sure, your family has made their mark on the space, but it’s still looking good! You live there, after all. It’s not going to look perfect all the time, right?

But over the coming days the clutter continues to creep in little by little, and in not much time at all, the space is looking a lot closer to that “before” picture you shared rather than the “after.”

You’re left frustrated, wondering how you could’ve spent so much time and effort, just for it all to become undone so quickly. And that stressful feeling that you were trying to get rid of when you organized your space? That’s back too. 

So what gives?! Why in the world is it so hard to get our spaces organized and keep them that way?!

Well, can I tell you a secret? We can buy all the cute bins we want, but if we don’t change our habits, our rooms will never stay organized.

My “Aha” Moment

As a naturally scatterbrained person, I always wondered how people kept homes that seemed to be generally neat and tidy all the time when mine was always a train wreck. And the answer is that they have developed healthy organizing habits.

They always have an eye out for things that are out of place and straighten them automatically without even thinking about it. They finish their projects to completion instead of having bits and pieces of them laying around everywhere. They put things back where they go the first time rather than just dumping them in a pile to deal with “later.”

Organized Office Closet Before and After

As I started picking up on these organizing habits and working to instill them in our own home and life, I quickly realized that this was the piece we had been missing. Yes, I needed to work on organizing our rooms, but we also needed to re-train ourselves to improve our habits in order to keep them that way. 

Over the past several years as I’ve worked at organizing our spaces and revamping our routines, I’ve learned that even though I’m naturally scatterbrained, organization isn’t something that I either “have” or “don’t have” once and for all. Organization is a set of skills and habits that can be learned and honed over time. 

And since we’ve been able to work on them, our house is no longer that cluttered train wreck that it used to be. We’re now able to keep our spaces organized and tidy most of the time, which has lowered our stress levels and has made our house the peaceful, calm, and welcoming haven we wanted it to be. 

And I figured that if I– a scatterbrained girl with a tendency to leave a trail of projects behind me wherever I went– could learn how to transform our home in that way, others certainly could too!

Thanks so much for following along! Have a wonderful day!


  1. at home with Ashley says:

    Such a great course idea Abby!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Thanks so much, Ashley! Have a great weekend! <3

      ~Abby =)

  2. Jaclyn Lorimer says:

    You’re so right! Great systems don’t work unless you get in the habit of using them!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Yes! It’s key! 🙂

      Have a great weekend, Jaclyn! <3

      ~Abby =)

  3. Awesome read. keep it up!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Thanks for reading, Natasha! Have a great weekend!

      ~Abby =)

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