Our mom she’s so house-proud: Organizing your house

I need to know, are you house-proud?

Even if your house is not the perfect place you dream of, do you dream of it?  Are you always striving for a prettier place to spend your family time?

There must be a lot of people out there dreaming about a house without clutter because Pottery Barn is making a mint.  Because when you are selling your house, you gotta stage that business!  People don’t want to see your mess, your clutter.  People want to envision themselves living in the house and in order for them to fork over hundreds of thousands of (pretend) dollars to achieve this goal, they can’t be staring at your To Do list in the form of laundry, broken appliances and stuff to sell on eBay.  A huge part of buying a new home has got to be the chance to start with a clean palate.  Less stuff.

Am I right?  Or am I just obsessed with minimalist living?  I’m prepared for either answer.  Promise.

Nothing gives me more pleasure around my house than making it look neater.  It could always be neater.  And because this is so important to me, most of the time my house does look good.  So, I’m wondering what percentage of the population don’t make it a priority because it isn’t that important.  What percentage of you have visions of grandeur in the housewares aisle and buy a cart of Target-ness only to come home and find it looks not-really-as-perfect-as-you-were-hoping/bad?  And then what percentage of the population could give a twinkie whether or not the cabinets even close as long as they have food and a comfy couch?

Do tell!

Professional organizing is all the rage right now and sure, it makes me giggly because it’s my favorite thing to do—organize your stuff.  But, I want to help people feel better–to really help you.  So, if you have the system in place, the limits set, can you keep it up?  Is it really important to you?  Maybe it’s important to your partner.  Maybe it’s important to your mother-in-law.  What is your story?


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