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#31 of 36 Old 03-12-2005, 01:37 PM - Thread Starter
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It is a wonderful thing that if you house is trashed, it can be rescued in a half hour. My DH says we are 20 minutes away from company always.

It takes me 5 minutes every night to tidy up our playroom/toystore. I did the same thing. I also move the merchandise every few weeks- moving stuff out and out of sight and putting new things there that we also out of sight for a while. We also just moved everything around- shelf on a different wall etc and DD has spent hours there busy w playing. Its so easy to do with this system of a different crate for each toy- I pick a few up and put away and put others in its place. It takes a total of 30 seconds.

Its a good thing this system is in place since we plan on selling our house this year to move on to a bigger space. Of course with our organization now, we will be very spread out in our new place.

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Thought I'd check in (thanks for the PM) and give an update. I started doing 2 things earlier this year 1) Folding my towels and 2) Making my bed. And like Flylady and the kitchen sink, it has made a difference in my attitude. Kind of like, my DD deserves to grow up in a house where people respect themselves enough to make their beds and fold up the towels. I used to just cram the towels onto bar, but now I take just a few seconds to fold them neatly. I think I've succeeded in putting the energy into my house. My DH will make the bed on his own and I NEVER said anything. He has also voluntarily stared cleaning our shared office/sewing room, which has never looked better. He still have every bank statement, paycheck and quarterly investment statement for the last 25 years, but they are a little neater now in labeled envelopes!

I have the spiritual house cleaning book, but it hasn't been nearly as useful as the Feng Shui book Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life. We still have a long way to go, but we are starting to see some progress!

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Thanks for all the advice. We didn't get the house on the market in 2 weeks, but it is near ready now.

I decided to invite some friends over to stay the weekend of Easter, and that alone has motivated me to do something about this. The worst part has always been the play room, and it is finally looking great. I have the crib for sale on our local garage sale yahoogroups, and hope that will be gone soon. Once it is, the playroom will be done.

Unfortunately, I am a terrible pack rat when it comes to important papers and documents. So I started going through all that too and now I am so happy that I have really got it to a managable amount, only the most important papers.

I have made runs to Goodwill several times, or given things away on our Freecycle list in our city. That feels good.

I had to fill in some holes that were made by the kids swinging on the towel holders in the bathroom, and sanded that. It is ready for painting, and will look so much better.

My son's room is finally under control, and so is our laundry.

I think what is left now I will just store in the attic in rubbermaid bins.


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Originally Posted by Ellien C
I have the spiritual house cleaning book, but it hasn't been nearly as useful as the Feng Shui book Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life.
What is it that you do and don't like about these two books? When I look on Amazon, it looks like I'd like the opposite one, so was wondering what made the other more useful for you.

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Hi everyone,

I'm prompted to post here by a thread in TAO where a family is living in squalor. No squalor here, but plenty of clutter in this tiny 1 BR cottage where I do my schoolwork, DH has his home eBay business (selling records, books, Cds, etc.) and where us nerds have Tons of books (in bookcases, with only about 4 piles on the floor and on our night tables). What we need to improve (no kids yet, thank God! from a clutter POV...)

Bedroom: laundry never put away but piled high in computer chair and in my under-bed drawer
books piled high on night tables

Kitchen: my desk piled with papers from school, bills, etc. and several file boxes of papers, and a drawer full of them; the area around my desk cluttered with stuff

Livingroom: books and records on the floor, table, couch, etc. We hardly ever eat at the table.

I'm mainly bothered by the trouble my paper clutter causes in terms of bills not paid on time and school papers lost or mishandled, and by the fact that Dh keeps saying that it'll be fine once our house is bigger, which is true, but I don't want it to become an excuse for letting it be cluttered now.

ETA: And a bigger house, although I'd have a real desk with drawers and all and it would help, would NOT solve my paper issues. That has to come from me.

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