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For years, I have struggled to create and keep up a clutter-free, organized home. I have spent years frustrated because I will get a few rooms exactly like I want them, but the rest of the house is out of control. Then, while I’m working on those rooms, the rooms I originally had organized and uncluttered go back to their original state. It is a maddening process, and it doesn’t work.
I have prayed about this because it’s important to me to have a home that is welcoming to visitors and a neat, organized haven for my family. I need a clean, organized space to work in. (I get distracted by clutter and chaos, so I try to keep things clean and straightened up, or I can’t write!) My prayers are being answered, as family and friends help me carry out a plan we call Operation Order.
We’re using principles outlined in a couple of books: Sidetracked Home Executives™: From Pigpen to Paradise by Pam Young and Peggy Jones and 5 Days to a Clutter-Free House: Quick, Easy Ways to Clear Up Your Space by Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims. We’re not following these books to the letter, but we’re using the ideas to create a system that works for us. With homeschooling, therapy appointments, specialist appointments, volunteer projects, and other activities, we don’t have entire days/weeks to devote to cleaning out, organizing, and deep cleaning every room of the house. We’re taking baby steps.
So far, we have done the entire den and school room and are working on the girls’ rooms. We’re doing a pretty good job of maintaining the den and school room, but the girls’ rooms are definitely a challenge. I think as we finish cleaning out and show them how to keep everything organized, that will get easier. (We’re thinking of graphic organizers for Princess Roo. Any other suggestions that might help her?)
I’ll post updates here periodically as we continue this process, but if you’re in the same boat, be encouraged. You can get your house the way you want it to be. All you need to do is create a good plan that works for you (the best plan is the one you’ll actually do), make time to work your plan, and recruit some help, if you can get it!
What are your best tips for making and keeping your home the haven you want it to be?
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