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Guess who's coming to *my* house Tuesday?

post #1 of 33
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A professional organizer! She's just starting her biz but I hear she's good and she's cheap! dd is a little tornado and I cant keep up with cleaning her messes. I cant even take a 15 min shower without ending up with a couple hours of housework. Its very frustrating! So, I did some hunting and found a bunch of plain white modular cabinet style shelves for cheap and got them, I can afford the organizer for 1 day which is really all you need when you don't have dd around to undo what you just did. I'm installing magnetic locks on everything and dd will be forced to clean up her mess before I will get her something else to do. Some may think it sounds mean but I've lived in a disaster area for 3 years because I have no help and a child who causes nothing but chaos. I'm not a neat freak by any means but I would like to be able to open my front door without being horrified that the person will see my house.

Anyway, I'm excited my house is finally going to get in order!
post #2 of 33
I am so jelouse. you have to take before and after pictures!!!
post #3 of 33
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: You mean let people see how bad this place is?? no way!
post #4 of 33
I'm so jealous, too!!
How did you find her? I've been toying with the idea, but don't think DH would go for it..
Do they help you clean or just kind of point out what you should do in certain areas? I'm clueless about this! :

Let us know how it goes! I would LOVE to see before/after photos, too :LOL
post #5 of 33
That will be great! I wish I were more organized. YOu will have to share her secrets (and pics!!)
post #6 of 33
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Originally Posted by mama2babybeans
I'm so jealous, too!!
How did you find her? I've been toying with the idea, but don't think DH would go for it..
Do they help you clean or just kind of point out what you should do in certain areas? I'm clueless about this! :

Let us know how it goes! I would LOVE to see before/after photos, too :LOL

A newspaper did a story on her and I ended up calling the reporter to get her phone number because I couldn't find a listing any where. She's charging $20 an hour which is actually a bit cheaper then some of the maids around here. I set aside $100 and what ever she gets done in 5 hours I'll be happy with. I can get a ton done in that time if dd is not home bugging me and I'm slow at cleaning. I live in a small 550 sq ft 1 bedroom apt that I share with dd. My priority is the living room (aka my bedroom since I gave dd the bedroom) and the kitchen and pantry. I think its doable. I don't mind spending an hour a day cleaning but right now its hopeless because of dd. I can spending several hours cleaning and it makes no difference because she goes behind me and undoes everything : Hopefully things will seriously improve with everything being locked up. Today I will be putting the cabinets together and yes she is the one the does the work. I'll take pic's after I at least put away the laundry and make the bed
post #7 of 33
You mean your 5 yo dd still creates tornadoes behind her?! I thought I was nearing the end of that phase...mine are 18 months and 3 1/2 yo. Oh jeepers! I will look 20 years older before this is over :LOL
post #8 of 33
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We were just getting started at that age!
post #9 of 33
Don't tell me that
post #10 of 33
You are having an organizer come
post #11 of 33
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lol, sorry but its true. The older she has gotten the more distructive she has gotten and the lazier she's gotten : At one point she acted like the floor was a trash can! She would just throw wrappers on the floor and stuff. It took drastic measures to stop that crap. Since she throught the floor was a trash can I decided that since we take out trash for the trash man to pick up then EVERYTHING she left on the floor including toys was meant to be trash and acted accordingly. This was after weeks of trying to get her to stop. The floor was spotless every night for weeks after that Now its not so effective so now i'm just locking everything up but first we gotta get it cleaned up! I swear my back is going to kill me tomorrow from putting these cabinets together!

I got 6 of these stackable cabinets from Target on sale for $25 each

Then I got this huge thing for storing larger items like my flour tins she loves to use to climb on to get to high places.
post #12 of 33
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Man~ Putting these shelves together is hard work! I've got 5 more to go still and i'm already hurting! But i'm not willing to pay someone $20hr to do it for me. Want to save that money for cleaning!
post #13 of 33
I'm jealous of your organizing woman. Keep us posted as to whether it was worth it or not
post #14 of 33
Just bumping this in hopes of hearing the gory details. :LOL
post #15 of 33
Yes, I am interested as well! I had soem clients who used an organizer and it really changed their (VERY MESSY) lives!
post #16 of 33
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post #17 of 33
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She just left, she was here for 10 hours, $200 total and worth every penny! We did the entire house! We litterally filled an entire dumpster to overflowing! : I still have work to do but OMG, this I can handle. I'll post pic's this weekend once I finish

I did have a surprising moment, my pantry is spread out over the entire house and we found 6 jars of Mayo! (unopened of course) :LOL I found I had no idea what I really had in there :
post #18 of 33
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oh god... someone call a Dr! I hurt! I'm really gonna be in pain tomorrow! I haven't worked this hard in years! 10 hours of intense cleaning and hauling up and down 2 flights of stairs... OWIE!!!!!!!!! I'm already feeling stiff and sore!
post #19 of 33
:LOL

This is an exciting thread.

So tell us more details, when you can sit of course!

What did you find most helpful?

What suprised you more than anything other than mayo? /laugh


Sherra
post #20 of 33
I wanna know what was in that dumpster?? Do I need to get your address?? Oh grief, no wonder my house is a disaster :LOL
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