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According to Sandra Felton, well-known former messie, there's a lot to be learned from cleanies. Some years ago in her desperate search for help, she was told by a cleanie the "Mount Vernon Method" of home organization.  This cleanie was very impressed with the maintenance of Mount Vernon, so much so that she made a point of talking with the woman in charge of housekeeping. 

Upon asking the housekeeper about the method they used she learned that she directs her cleaners to start at the front door and work to the next, doing everything that needs to be done in each room so rooms are left clean and organized.  They dust and wax from the time they come to work early in the day until it is time for the public to arrive. 
A few minutes before opening time the workers collect their boxes of cleaning supplies and leave.  The next day they begin where they left off and keep on going from room to room until it is time to leave again.  Well, it's easy to clean Mount Vernon – George isn't there to mess it up! 
This method is not for dusting and polishing.  Instead it's basically a method for organizing, though you may want to clean some as you organize. 
To begin, go to the front door.  Start with the first piece of furniture you come to which has a nook, cranny, or drawer.  From there you should go around the inside periphery of house cleaning out these kinds of places. 
This cleaning consists of throwing away all the junk you have accumulated in that drawer.  Toss it in the throw-away-box…and be serious about it.  Do not keep the pen that only works half the time and the year-old calendar, yes, even though it has nice pictures on it.  Your freedom from clutter is the goal and it is more important than these items.

posted on: 6/28/2011 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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