Organizing From the Inside Out | Part II
Julie Morgenstern defines her organizational system as "organizing from the inside out" (which also happens to be the name of her book on the subject). When most people who are organizationally challenged reach a tipping point and decide they must do something to fix the situation, their knee-jerk reaction is to dive into it by organizing from the outside in.
Morgenstern defines organizing from the outside in as: "to just dive in and do whatever we can to gain control quickly." Organizing from the outside in means you have lots of fancy storage containers and office supplies and hearing helpful tips on the subject, but that you haven't truly gotten to the source of the issue.
I will say, I think it's extremely difficult to sit down and analyze why you're messy and disorganized, while your space is messy and disorganized. I'm no expert, but I think it'd be helpful to "dive in" and clean your space one last time and then begin analyzing from the inside out.