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Organizing Your Home

How many times have you needed something and spent an hour looking for it?
It has happened to all of us and then we vow that we are going to organize our home, once and for all. The only problem is that it never happens.. We get overwhelmed just by looking at the mess we have. All I want to read about is a few easy steps to get me motivated enough to start and to tell me how to go about it!
This was me a few years ago; I was a mom of four that had very little time to be picking up after the kids, so how was I going to find time to organize!
I read all of the articles that were on the net and in the magazines, but none of them pertained to my lifestyle and I could not follow those routines, I had too many other things that needed to be done. So, I set about making my own schedule that would work for moms.
First of all, toys are NOT dirt! They can sit around the house and give the kids something to do while I am attacking my project. It took me a while to get used to this one. Every time that I would pass through the living room, I was constantly picking something up and putting it away, just to find it back again on my next trip through.
Second, you cannot organize if you do not get the junk out of the way. At my house, there was a lot of junk! Stuff that I hadn't used in years, things in the bathroom that were outdated and hard as rocks and pieces of papers with notes on that dated back to the dinosaur age. Gosh was it heaven when all of that stuff went in the garbage! I even found some things that I had been looking for.
Third, now that all of the junk was gone, I also found some extra space on the shelves and in the closets. Space that I really needed, so that I did not have to iron everything before I got dressed every day.
Well, that was the beginning of my organizing routine. The kids survived without mom in the room all of the time and when I took a break, they did too. Our milk and cookie breaks were something that we all looked forward to.
I learned a valuable lesson that day. If you do organizing, one-step at a time, the job is a lot easier, the kids can handle it and you can actually 'see' an improvement.
Jan Hayner is a Professional Organizer and creator of <a href="http://www.organizingandcleaning.com/">www.organizingandcleaning.com</a>; she offers tips, hints and shortcuts to everyday problems with organizing your home, work, family and life. She offers articles, checklists and monthly newsletter on Home Organizing and Household Cleaning Hints, tips and shortcuts.  Tips for men, women, seniors and kids.

posted on: 4/10/2009 10:00:00 AM by Jan Hayner
category: Homes

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Jan Hayner is a Professional Organizer and the creator of www.organizingandcleaning.com filled with tips and hints on home organizing and house cleaning shortcuts. After years and years of making mistakes and wasting money she has used her own experiences to help take the stress out of life. There are so many shortcuts to cleaning and organizing, that when you apply them, you will have time for the fun things in life!

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