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Last week I introduced the "Mount Vernon Method" of gaining order in your home.   This method comes from author Sandra Felton.  It's a method of maintenance learned from the cleaning crew of "the" Mount Vernon, ala George Washington. 

To recap from last week:  You should begin at the front door with any furniture that has drawers, nooks, or crannies and begin de-junking.  Continue to de-junking around the inside of the periphery of the house.  Be willing to take a risk that you may want what you discard later.  Keep in mind that you may feel temporary pain as you throw things out, but also realize that it definitely causes pain to keep the junk.   The "throwing out pain" is mild compared to the trauma of living helplessly with all the clutter which finds its way in our house.
You'll enjoy the exhilarating feeling of freedom which comes once the decision to take control of the house has been made and you actually do it by beginning to throw things out.  With the Mount Vernon Method you are not worrying about cleaning walls, drapes, and upholstery as you go.  You are organizing each spot.
Then, when you've done enough for one day, stop, and wait until tomorrow.  Don't overdo.  This is a marathon, not a sprint.  Don't wear yourself out.  Pace yourself.  Take a day off each week so you will look forward to a break.  When you get over a particularly big hurdle, reward yourself.  Make a list of several daily items you plan to do each day.  There will probably be from 3 to 7 things on your list.  Each day do these before you begin the Mount Vernon Method.
Before you know it you'll find real control developing.  At that point you can begin to break a big sigh of relief.

posted on: 7/5/2011 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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