All the best laid plans to keep things orderly can fall asunder, and it can be seriously de-motivating when it's apparent just how far things have slipped. The Unclutterer blog has sage suggestions on dealing with the let-down and starting over again.
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Broken down into thoughts on perspective, motivation and better maintenance, Erin Doland explains how things go wrong, and why you should spend less time beating yourself up over it:
Being organized takes practice. You wouldn't play a musical instrument or a sport like a professional if you hadn't put in hundreds of thousands of hours practicing, so don't expect professional organizing results without years of practice.
Determine why you want to be organized. As I've written in the past, if you don't know why you want to be organized and clutter free, you're going to struggle with every attempt you make to be an unclutterer.
We'll all fail over and over again at keeping things perfectly precise. It's getting back into it that makes the effort worth it. If you have advice on fixing up the failures and getting back on track, tell us in the comments.