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

De-cluttering a Hot Spot

“A hot spot is an area, when left unattended will gradually take over. My favorite analogy is of a hot spot in a forest fire, if left alone it will eventually get out of hand and burn up the whole forest.  This is what happens in our homes. If left unattended, the hot spot will grow and take over the whole room as well as making the house look awful.”—The FlyLady The buffet in my house is a classic hot spot.  Even though our items have a designated home, things inevitably end up on it.  It drives me crazy.  Today I … Continue reading De-cluttering a Hot Spot

How to Speed Clean Before Shabbos

OK, it’s Thursday night again.  It’s almost Shabbos.  I want the house to look worthy of the angels who are accompanying my husband home from shul on Friday night.  What must I do first?  Second?  Stressing or panicking will not accomplish anything.  Not productive.  Must be productive.  My method is based on Flylady’s room rescue and hot spot fire drill protocols.  Ready?  Here you go: Grab a laundry basket.  In each room, toss in everything that isn’t put away or belongs somewhere else. Go to the next room with another basket.  Repeat step #1. Repeat steps #1 and #2 for … Continue reading How to Speed Clean Before Shabbos

De-clutter De-clutter De-clutter

Just in case you were not sure of the topic of this post, it is on the topic of de-cluttering. Both in ‘real life’ as well as in cyberspace via Facebook groups, I hear people discuss how desperate they are to get organized.  I hear so many women bemoaning how difficult it is to keep the house straightened.  It does not matter if they work from home, work out of the home, or are SAHMs. Everyone has the same complaint. The solution is NOT to run to Ikea or Target and buy some organizer product.  Why? You cannot organize clutter.  You … Continue reading De-clutter De-clutter De-clutter