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#1 of 7 Old 02-05-2005, 07:18 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I have a great residential cleaning company. I do a great job and my employees do a great job. Why doesn't my house reflect that? I go into other people's homes and mutter about how much stuff they have, why can't they get rid of some of this stuff... Yet my 5yr old's room is popping at the seams with toys. My dh desk is so cluttered that I hyperventilate just thinking about it. And don't get me started on my kitchen. How is it that I can organize everyone else's life, but can't get through the first layer of mine? I started the Flylady last year and dropped out after about a month. I manage alittle here and there, but just how important is it to have a decluttered, clean all the time home!? I am constantly trying to convince myself to just hire someone to help me, but given my job, would it seem strange?

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can you look at your house as a client for week?
This is funy, though. I saw a car that said clutter busters on it, and the back seat was all cluttery!!!
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Isn't there a saying about the shoemaker's kids going barefoot?
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Isn't there a saying about the shoemaker's kids going barefoot?
:LOL
I was just thinking of a mechanic I knew whose own car was a breaking down junker. It seems natural that after organizing/cleaning all day that part of your mind might be a tad tired.
Does your DH or DS mind the clutter? Could you call a family meeting and ask for suggestions?

I'm not a naturally organized person, it is a lifelong journey here at our house so I don't know what to suggest.

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Don't feel bad... I AM naturally organized and part of my JOB was organizing and streamlining--and my house is currently a CATASTROPHE!!!

FlyLady's book is FAR, FAR, FAR more laid back and helpful. It's called Sink Reflections. Also, the book "Organizing from the Inside Out" (I think by Julie Morganstern) is very insightful on getting things in order in a manner that's easy to maintain.

I learned alot from the FlyLady book (although the site and e-mail were a trauma and I dropped out almost immediately). The biggest help: BABY STEPS (which is NOT the feeling you get from the e-mails!) and zones. I highly recommend the book. It will make you feel better and likely inspire you.

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Isn't there a saying about the shoemaker's kids going barefoot?
Yep, "the cobbler's children have no shoes" is the old saying
I definitely agree w/ checking out FLYLady and also looking at your home from the perspective of you being the client. Treat your home as you would a client's and get your family involved in learning some ways to help out.

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I liked "Confessions of an Organized Homemaker" - Deniece Schofield.
It was a my library but is pretty old so I don't know if it can be bought anymore.
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