I totally get it. It’s really difficult to maintain order when no single person is accountable for it, which is why I like to post when I see things out of order (as well as correcting what I see as best I can in the moment) to help set expectations.
Without a clear “owner” of the space folks rely on other cues to figure out how much effort they should put into maintaining it, the “culture” so to speak. It’s only natural to minimize the time you spend cleaning up a space when you suspect that others don’t care as much as you (this is not my philosophy, but it’s understandable). I think we also use context cues to decide what is acceptable, so a cluttered space will inevitably pick up more clutter.
Sounds like I’m super organized right? I’m terrible at organization, my garage looks like a bomb went off inside it, but I do want organization. If I were good and efficient at organizing, I would be more than willing to spend the time organizing the makerspace, but I get lost in details and am very inefficient. I’d be more than willing to help someone who is good at organizing stuff with the busy work but I suck at actually getting it done.
I know it’s a cliche but “a place for everything and everything in its place”. Biggest problem in my personal garage and the makerspace is that there isn’t “a place for everything” (and clearly labeled!) right now, so it’s easy for lots of stuff to be out of place.
I know my posts are grouchy but read it as “I’m irritated at the circumstance”, not mad at the people. I assume folks have every intention of doing the right thing but get distracted, time constrained, or simply forget. The trouble is that sometimes this may pose a risk to health and safety.