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Getting organized: the first step is admitting you have a problem

Monday, August 20, 2012 Leave a Comment

I don't know about you, but my summer has gone something like this: I can spend the entire lovely, warm summer day, going from one room to the next, picking up one mess after another. The aftermath of an elaborate battle with the army men is scattered in the dining room. The couch cushions are piled into a fort in the family room. As soon as I get the breakfast dishes put away, the counter is filled with snacks. Tiny LEGO parts are all over the entire house, just waiting for me to step on them in my bare feet. There are toy boxes in every room of the house crammed with toys and crayons and puzzles and LEGOs and books. The attic playroom is such a disaster zone, my kids avoid it entirely - which means toys are just scattered throughout the entire house.

And it's not just my kids.

My desk is piled with last weeks mail, catalogues, bills to be paid, school supply lists, To Do lists and grocery lists. The important pile is in the butlers pantry, where I glance at it every day but haven't touched it all summer.


The pantry is a disaster zone.

The mud room is strewn with shoes and sunscreen and towels and towels swim bags.

It's all so overwhelming, I don't know where to begin.

What I need is some organization.

So I called Meighan at Simply Put: Organizing Solutions for your Home and said: Help!

I have to admit, I felt a little foolish asking for help when I'm a stay-at-home mom ("What do you do all day? "). It seems like I should have the time to whip the house into one big ship-shape, organized system.

As I planned my meeting with Meighan (sort of like picking up the house for the house cleaners), I recalled moving into this big, empty house from our loft, where we were forced to keep clutter to a minimum, where the entire space was functionally arranged  and everything had its space. I recall thinking, "How will we ever fill this house?"

Five years later, it's crammed to overflowing with stuff. I'm embarrassed that we let the clutter build up like this.

Next up: how the meeting went...


  • Bambino by the Bay said:  

    The clutter really does seem to pile up- and before we know it, the house is full blown chaos!! I can't wait to see what you are going to do!