I don’t really like housework. I love organizing and having an organized home. It wasn’t until I learnt that, the more stuff we have, the more I’d have to clean. The more I’d have to clean, and the more difficult it was to keep the house organized. Because I don’t love cleaning, the easiest thing to do was to clear out the junk, and try and take a more minimalist approach to organizing our living spaces. Clearing out the excess stuff wasn’t so difficult. I do however still have a lot of that stuff packed up in boxes, waiting for me to decide what to do with it all. I’m lucky, I have the space to store the boxes. Make sure to call back soon though please, because I’m going to start tackling those boxes. Some of it I plan to sell on Ebay, and Gumtree.com, the rest I’ll donate to charity. The rest of our house, other than those boxes, is definitely on the minimalist side.
So recently when a friend of mine was asking for some organizing advice, I told here she should try out a home organization course, that I’d seen online.
Your now organized, congratulations. That’ s what the online organizing course told my friend, who paid the $99.00 subscription. It was a six month course that saw here delve into the deepest, darkest, recesses of every nook and cranny in her house.
She fought with her husband over moving his remote control air planes out of her newly organized garage. They didn’t look nice, while she was parking her car, was her argument. The planes would be better housed in his garden shed (which she left untouched due to a grass allergy.) Her daughter had to move her friends photo’s off the fridge, as it was made a magnet free zone. Her son was no longer allowed to put his sports bag and guitar by the front door the night before them being needed. Organized immediately into the back seat of the car, wasn’t even an option. The boot or forget it, was how I remember it being explained. Not so bad really, except he is only seven. More and more home organizing rules, have turned this girlfriend into a organized house jail warden. Now there’s getting your house organized and getting your HOUSE ORGANIZED.
No room for perfection when it comes to getting your house organized
With her house no longer feeling like a home. It was her who came to me with the actual complaint. “The house feels cold she said. I’ve organized it exactly as my how to organize your home wizard taught me. The problem now is that I’ve become an organizing perfectionist and my husband can’t bring his golf clubs into the house without me frowning, I think he’s nearly ready for a divorce. The kids are tip toeing around, because I keep scolding them every time they leave something out of it’s dedicated home“.
I went to explain to her that a house is not a home if the family can’t enjoy it. You need to make your home a comfy nurtured space, that gets untidy and then by the use of routines and habits, gets tidied up again. I didn’t get time. She started back up again.
The home is uncluttered and possessions are organized
“Once your home has been uncluttered. Once your possessions are organized into their own homes. Remember a place for everything and everything in it’s place. Then your home will be orgainzed and you will be the queen of home organization. The family will follow and all will be happy in your newly organized home“.
Wrong! That’s not where it ends, I told her. You don’t want to be a perfectionist. There is no happy home that always looks like the pages of a display home in a magazine. You need to make your house a home, and that includes a place for every ones things, that are being used and who live in your home. You have to let the house get messy and then you clean it up again. But to really make your house a home, here are the finishing touches your going to need to add”. I went on to explain to her many other things I have learned about perfectionists and over bossy wives and mothers” All is well again in her home, and these are the idea’s we came up with to make a home comfy. 45S9KJJKRFUG
Don’t keep the plastic on your formal lounge, use it or lose it!
Elements like color on your walls or the color of that soft mohair blanket, that feels so wonderful on a cold stormy night, thrown over your lap, as you sit and watch, in surround sound your favourite movie of all times, with your family.
The smell outside the bathroom window of the Jasmine or Gardenia bush, in the summertime.
The smell of fresh cut roses when you enter your bedroom or your front door.
The sounds of your favourite music, echoes through your halls as you bop along each morning, doing your morning chores, having organized them into a morning routine.
The taste of a fabulous Sunday lamb roast, melting in your mouth as you and your family crowd around the dining room table.
The warmth and love you feel for your family as they say, “no mum you sit, we’ll wash up the dishes”, after your family meal.
The warmth you feel from the crackling fire on a blistery cold winters day or the coolness you feel on a hot summer day, as you stand under your spotlessly clean shower, enjoying the cold water splashing across your back.
Clean crisp sheets, as you hop into your bed after a hard day at work.
The kiss on your cheek from your little boy or girl as you finish reading their favourite story for the third time that night.
Turning your house into a home, will show you how to hone your senses and make every part of your home a place that is truly comfy. A place that maybe very well organized, but most importantly, a place where the family feels comfortable, safe and loved.
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