One of my household mantras is “an organized life requires maintenance.” I’ve found that taking a few minutes here and there to straighten a previously organized space goes a long way to keeping things organized. (This is actually the fourth principle of home organization that I shared over on MattandShari.com)
I noticed over the weekend that the drawer holding my kitchen linens (dish towels, dish cloths, aprons) had gotten a little messy. I set my phone timer for 5 minutes and tackled the drawer. I refolded all the linens and removed a few things that didn’t belong there. I was done with more than a minute to spare!
I found a cloth napkin that belongs in a basket with the other napkins, and I decided to put the cookie cutters in a ziploc bag and store them in a different cupboard.
What area of your home needs a 5 minute transformation? Of course I don’t recommend this method for crazy messy places like your junk drawer. If you’ve recently organized a space, take 5 minutes to straighten it back to order. It will keep things from getting out of hand!