I was talking to a sweet friend this week-end about her parents living with her (temporarily). One of the things she mentioned is that it has really helped her children. Her parents are from a different era – one where diligence and hard work were honored and expected. And her mom is a tremendously organized person. So, when her children clean, she asks them if the cleaning is done to what Grandma would do.
I LOVED THAT!!
As many of you know, Olga Organized is NOT my name. We tend to be a Pile Family. We have school stuff in piles (because we use it every day as we school year round), we have clothes in piles, we have books in piles. Part of it is that there are 9 pack rats in my family, part of it is that we have no closets, part of it is that no one wants to go to our cellar to store things! *shudder*
But organization is something that is always hard for me. I LOVE an organized home (as my friend and I were discussing, it is very peaceful), but it is hard for me to get us from Point A to Point Q (we live a long way from Organized Alley). And most of my children are as deficient in this as I am. The problem is they don’t really care. BUT since I do, this is going to be our goal for this summer. I will be better training the younger ones (mostly boys) to do an EXCELLENT job with cleaning!
This week we’ll be working on the Boys’ Room: declutter, clean, simplify and organize.
They have grown out of a lot of things in their room. They just don’t have the heart to admit it and to let go of it. I, on the other hand, can be RUTHLESS! If I could get 1 dresser that was large enough, we could get rid of the tiny one we have (plus the Yaffa blocks, which Elizabeth wants for her photography stuff), we’d have room enough for their clothes. The fact that they have the only working closet in the house will open that up for the girls to share.
I would love to hear your encouragement for cleaning and organizing so I can help my children “clean like Grandma would like it”.
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