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 only way to keep your space organized without effort is to never, ever enter that room again. However, if you're like me, then you want to actually use the room and your possessions. So what do you need to keep the organization you've established? — A Maintenance Habit —
Before you jump into that project, let’s make sure you have set yourself up for success and completion. You can do this by reviewing the Six Stages of Getting Organized. These six stages apply to most any organizing project, whether you’re clearing that spare storage room (aka guest bedroom) to create an office, or decluttering the living room, organizing the kitchen shelves, cleaning out the garage, or tackling that pile of papers.
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.