I had the same problem too. But I don't have that problem anymore. I've begun to understand the basics of getting organized, and more importantly, staying organized.
Last June I undertook a fairly large project. I decided to makeover my garage. The project took a few weekends with some help from my son but when it was complete I was very excited with the results. The garage looked great and I felt great about the accomplishment. However, I feel even better about it today than I did then.
It's been six months and the garage is STILL ORGANIZED!
The trick to keeping it organized was planning on the front end about how the space was going to be utilized and by whom, clearing the clutter that didn't belong, and most importantly, taking 5 minutes every once in a while to pick up a few items the kids leave laying around. I would list those three things as the most important aspects of getting and staying organized.
I hope these photos give you a little inspiration going into 2009. Remember, you can get and stay organized too.