Maintenance is less of a struggle when you use these 3 strategies. The "routine" aspect of maintenance seems boring. You'd rather be doing something fun like playing, or reading, or planning, or...almost anything else. You think putting things back where you got them would take too much time away from your fun. But what you don't take into account is that delayed maintenance doesn't just add up, it multiplies the time you'll have to spend later.
The reason that many organizing attempts don't work is that the maintenance required for upkeep is beyond what we are willing to do. Sure you can beat yourself up and say you should do this or that, but I say go with your natural tendencies or at least don't actively work against them.
2017 was a bit of a wild ride for me. You may have noticed that I missed a month here and there and wasn't consistent at any time. I wandered off my path repeatedly, or rather, the path disappeared and I was trying to break trail through brambles and swamps, over and over again.