“My house was clean. Then the kids woke up. The end.”

the kids woke up the end

I love these snarky memes.  One would never know upon waking the house was straightened the night before.  I have photos to prove it and they aren’t Photo-shopped.  My bright-eyed bushy-tailed 2 and 5-year-olds are mini-tornadoes that can transform any orderly space into a disaster area.  But hey, they’re kids and I’m thrilled they have imaginations to use during play.  We have umpteen opportunities to clean up throughout the day.  Of course, it would be nice to have the room organized for more than five minutes during their waking hours.

Today is Friday and this place looking picture-perfect before Shabbos.


You can see it’s not yet picture-perfect.  My buffet and dining room table are hot-spots that continually get covered up and cluttered.  The bags under the table are giveaway items waiting to be re-homed and picked up.  The reusable bags on the floor are from Thursday night’s shopping.   The dishes are from yesterday because my peak energy time is morning, not night when I’m drained of energy an everything takes twice as long to do.

My preferred method to tidy up is called ROUND ROBIN.  I will spend 5-15 minutes on each area and move on to the next.  Flylady encourages setting a timer in order to keep focused. I enjoy having upbeat music on in the background to get my cleaning momentum going.  Little by little everything will get straightened up.

*Note:  none of this is clutter.  Everything has a place.  It just didn’t get put there yet.



Will it stay this way?  In the photos, yes.  In real life, no.  Check back in a short while and it will probably look more like the BEFORE not the AFTER, but not as bad.

cleaning house in the snow

Now back to prepping for Shabbos with a few Pesach related tasks squeezed in between.  Thanks for reading and good Shabbos

Karen, TKK (The Klutter Koach)


Published by Karen Furman

Hi. I’m Karen Furman, a home organizer and decluttering professional. Organizing is something I’ve been doing since 1st grade when used to straighten everyone’s desks. Fast forward a few decades later, I turned my passion for organizing into a business. Philosophy = Your home should be organized so you know where things are, to the degree that you feel relaxed and not stressed in your space. Method = A combination of Marie Kondo + FlyLady + my own style. YOU make the decisions. YOU decide what to keep and not to keep. I help provide clarity. Attitude = Positive, enthusiastic, non-judgmental

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