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What is your biggest organizational stumbling block?

Moms View Message Board: Get Organized: What is your biggest organizational stumbling block?
By Barbara on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 11:32 am:

Today mine is my kids! LOL

No honestly what is the thing that keeps you from having a neat house

Here are my biggest three things
1. Books and papers--homeschooling requires a lot of books we have close to 3000 and i am getting ready to order 300 more...
2. My dh (d is for disorderly) if he can't see it he can't find it thus he insist on leaving everything out...the books he is reading can't be on a shelve they have to be in a stack next to the bed, chair or where ever he was reading it!
3. small house+large family= stuffed closets I need two more walk in me I am down to the bear minimum but I really need the girls to all have their own closet...ah well I can dream!

By Dana on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 12:39 pm:

FILING! I have papers papers papers. And boxes boxes boxes of stuff to find a home/make a home for.

By Kym on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 12:43 pm:

Litterally Blocks, my children have so many legos and wooden blocks and always something going with them, and my dh is just as bad, we have about 5 different structures up right now in various rooms, and now dd and dh are building a roller coaster with Kenex on my blanket chest, how do they presume I will get extra blankets out when needed. Oh and MY problem is filing, I keep all my work papers right on my organized desk,lol, I know what each stack has in it:) but it would be nice not to look at it all the time!

By Melanie on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 04:04 pm:

Cookbooks!! I just don't know where to put them all anymore! (Of course, it would help if I would stop buying them, but I just can't resist!!! :) )

By Conni on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 05:04 pm:


By Jujubee9752 on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 05:25 pm:

I'm with conni, me :)
Also, I guess papers. We seem to keep every piece of paper that comes in this house. And DH, he hangs onto everything. "You never know when I might need this..." And this could be a totally crushed lamp with no cord and a busted switch. He'd still insist he could use it for parts :)

By Feonad on Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 03:29 pm:

Let see.

pots and pans
everything in my kitchen

By Bubbels on Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 05:21 pm:

PAPER is my major problem. And also, believe it or not, my purse! Does anyone else use their purse for a filing cabinet? I have to clean it out every now & then, but then it doesn't take long for it to become filled again.

As for my paper problem, my filing cabinets are difficult to get to, so I'm always behind on filing all of our household papers away, & I have a hard time throwing out any of my DK's school papers. I know that my oldest DD (now 22) had a ball looking through her "box" a while back that contained alot of her old school papers. But I'm realizing I'm going to have to pick & choose & pitch alot.

What I'm learning from reading this book is that you need to organize your home to fit YOU. I didn't know what she meant at first, but now I'm starting to see it. For instance, take Barbara's DH, for example. He likes to keep his reading material out & near the bed. The author would recommend that Barbara buy a small bookshelf & locate it right next to his side of the bed.

She said that instead of trying for Better Homes & Garden style, it's best to set up your home to fit YOU comfortably. It may not be appealing to the eye to see a bookshelf next to the bed, but if it provides an EASY way for Barbara's DH to keep his books NEATLY, rather than stacked on the floor & nightstand, it's more likely he will be able to maintain the neatness.

From what I've read so far, it's clear I need to rearrange my office, get rid of one of the desks, position the filing cabinet right next to my desk with nothing hindering me from opening the drawers all of the way easily. That'll be the only way I'll ever keep up with the filing. Oh, & also put the trash can within arm's reach & USE it!

I'm really started to get enthused about this organizing thing! :)

By Barbara on Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 06:12 pm:

LOL Bubbles I have that book and I read it too trouble is I can't get Dh to read it! He has a book case next to his bed nd his chair and where are the books? stacked up in front of them LOL what does she says about DHs?

By Bubbels on Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 07:36 pm:

I haven't gone very far, but I think she says there's a section on how to get your family motivated to cooperate later on in the book. We'll see!

(P.S. I can't believe how stubborn men can be sometimes.)

By Karen55 on Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 07:42 pm:

I was going to ditto Conni's response until I read yours Pam. My purse holds EVERYthing gets too heavy to hang on my shoulder sometimes, especially now that I have my mom's wallet and bills in there with mine!

By Feonad on Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 07:54 pm:


I told my husband

That it requires alot of emotion work and thinking for me to decide to throw something out. You know you are getting rid of something you spent money on.

It also is insulting when dh takes stuff out of garbage after I spent the day filling the garbage up.

It feels like dh doesn't even think I can throw garbage out.

Anyway, hopefully dh got the picture.

By Suz_Chix on Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 09:05 pm:

my dh takes things out of the garbage after I throw it away also.We could always burn the stuff?Just kidding.

By Catherin on Wednesday, February 6, 2002 - 12:55 pm:

Hey Suz that sounds like my husband. He did that when we were moving little does he know that when I unpacked I *forgot* to take it out of the box and I was the one to take the boxes to the garbage *OOPS!* *weg*

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