The Challenge: The Husband’s Closet!

Have you struggled to organize your husband’s closet? Then Watch & Be AMAZED!!

OK! … Allow me to explain :-/ !  As I stated, I’ve been married for a long time and during the early years of our marriage, I was very diligent in organizing my husband’s closet.  I would hang up all his clothes and make sure that all the shirts & jackets were facing in the same direction.  I would separate the dress pants from the jeans and make sure that all his shoes were lined up properly.

THEN…..  Within a week, the closet would be in complete disarray and out of order!!!  But guess what!?!?, the organizer in me, YES! would organize it again!  I thought that my husband didn’t truly understand how important an organized closet was and after he tried it for a little while, he would realize how much easier his life would be?!?!?!

WELL …. after years of frustration, trying to make it work, I admitted defeat!

SO… This video was meant to help many of you, who are still trying to make it work and organize the husband’s closet.  Take the advice of an expert, you do have some choices:

  • Continue to nag and insist that one day, he will realize that he should really organize his closet; get rid of all the old clothes that he will never fit in again and toss those items that are tattered and torn… Trust me, I know!
  • Continue to organize it yourself and be frustrated to no end, because “he just doesn’t get it!”
  • OR…. resign yourself to the idea that he doesn’t really want his closet organized, save yourself all the frustration and close the door!!

I hope that this video/post has helped someone out there.  At times, you just have to pick your battles and this may be one that’s not worth fighting!!!!!!

If you still need to talk about it, just give me a call! 😀

“Diving Right In” – Phase III (Maintain)

The maintenance process is very simple, in theory.  There is a place for everything, and return everything to its place.  This must become an unconscious habit (is that possible?).  Now this may be a difficult task, especially for children, but try to keep it fun.  Create a reward system for the children and the adults (my creative juices are flowing).   When the toys are put back in the toy box or the tools are not left in the laundry room, or the high heel shoes are not under the couch in the family room…. you are well on your way to Order out of Chaos.

Again, this is an on-going process, but everyone must participate.  Set aside some “organize time” at the end of the day (10-15 min.).  Everyone puts away 5-items. When you are done…..

Rewards!!

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 Popcorn & a movie

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Gold Stars …

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Thanks Nate & Deb for sharing!! 

Congratulations on the new house! 

It sounds like you already have a plan to make it a home….

MARCH’ing Toward Order!

 I was in the hair salon on Wednesday and I picked up “O” magazine and across the front cover was “De-clutter Your Life”!  Now it is my understanding that Oprah often has articles regarding de-cluttering. 

My point here is that De-cluttering  & Organizing is about more than just making your stuff look neat and tidy.  What I am finding is that if a person is “disorganized”, there are a couple of factors that may be involved and they are:

  1. The person is in denial and truly don’t realize that they are disorganized.
  2. They “think” that they are comfortable where they are.  “It may look a mess, but I know where everything is.” 

Clutter / Disorder / Chaos affects so many different aspects of your life.  Therefore, when you de-clutter, it should be life-changing, no matter how small.  There should be a sense of release, a breath of fresh air…  This process should NOT be Creepy or Stressful!   

No matter who is coaching you along the Road toward Order, the key to being Organized is for us to go through everything in a specific area, i.e. drawer, desk, closet, etc.;  sort, purge and organize (put in an efficient arrangement).  Whatever arrangement or system you come up with, it just needs to work for you and you need to be able to maintain it.  It is not set in concrete, your system should continue to evolve, especially as things change, i.e. new pair of shoes, new piece of furniture, new job, new baby, new house, etc. 

You just have to establish some order to the chaos!

This process applies even if you are “organized”, yes, men and women.  Your closet may be neat and color-coordinated, but you still may have clothes that are FOUR sizes ago (positive or negative on the weight scales).  I spoke to a client the other day, (and you may have even said it once or twice yourself), “I know that I can’t wear “it”, but I’m hoping to get back into “it” one day”.   That’s good, but for now, let’s “it” go and reward yourself with a newit” when the day comes.

As we MARCH Toward Order this month, Iwant you to think of “marching” as steppin’ efficiently and with energy & excitement.  I know it sounds a little weird, but I am not looking for precision, every step will not be exact.   But we will have a planned outcome and follow a steady course to get to our destination….