Household Organization Advice Needed – Please!
I was organized. I promise things have a place in my home and more likely than not they are in that place. It’s just my husband and I at home so keeping up with the chores is usually not a big deal. I’m not a meal planner but after years of marriage and cooking for a family of five I can create a meal out of what we have at home. I love the nightly exercise in creativity. When my kids were young they used to ask if we were having a recipe or an invention for dinner. Most nights, even with young children, we had invention.
Then it happened…a family emergency. My daughter, her husband and their three little girls needed to temporarily move in with us. There are plenty of bedrooms and beds in my house, but storage for extra clothes and toys is apparently lacking. My house sounds like a chorus of little girl laughter and I love that. But, my house looks like a freight train just ran through it. I’m not so sure I’m thrilled about that part, but the most important thing is to maintain the melody of little girl laughter.
The organization systems I’ve counted on aren’t working. Life is like that I guess. Just when you think you have it figured out, life throws you a curve ball – a new baby, a new job, or something that seems simple like the start of your child’s soccer season.
Two days ago we got a call from a realtor (did I mention that through all of this our house is for sale?) to ask if he could show our house in a couple of hours. My son-in-law and I whipped into action to pick things up. There are very creative hiding places when you need to ditch “stuff” in a hurry…the back of the downstairs closet, the clothes dryer, the laundry hamper and even the back of the car. The house looked great when the realtor got here and it looked great when we all came back home after the showing. And within minutes every “hidden object” was back in full sight. The girls needed their toys and their blankets from home, the baby needed a clean diaper, and it was time to get those sparkly counters messy with that night’s invention.
Are you generally an organized person? Which parts of your day are the most hectic? Where could you use some new strategies? Do you have organizational advice for others? Do you have any household organizational advice for me? Please!
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