Susan Walko is a professional organizer who stays up at night dreaming of the best way to help others live an organized life. In her blog posts, she tries to stay short and sweet, but don't let that fool you. She has a depth of knowledge that has helped many on their path to downsizing to a clutter free existence. Check her out at www.organiz-er.com.
As a professional organizer, I am also a teacher. Often the class I am teaching is how to efficiently run your household. If you think of it like a business, you need a "department" for each of the major parts of running the household. And each department needs a manager.
On a most basic level someone needs to be responsible for the following departments. It does not have to be the same person.
Teacher (if children)
Once you have designated a manager for each department, each person should OWN his/her job and just do it!
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When one person is moving in to the house of another, the
person who owns the house often has a hard time making way for the one moving
Before considering the logistics, we need to consider the
circumstances of why one person is resistant.
After getting past the basic emotional issues, one can begin
the logistics. This doesn’t mean emotional issues won’t be or shouldn’t be
addressed. It just means that the decisions has been made openly by both
The person already living in the house has to understand
that the person moving in will bring things. On a most basic level, they will
have clothing and personal items. Additionally if other items are desired there
will be negotiation so the person entering the space can feel welcomed yet the
person already there won’t feel pushed out.
This means the person already in the space must be willing
to purge to make room for the new items entering the space. In the case of
non-personal belongings, a negotiation must occur.
When a person is moving into a home already occupied by
others they need:
1.Their own space/bedroom
2.A place for their items in the bathroom
3.A place in the kitchen
4.To learn the routine of the others including the
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