January 10, 2010 at 7:54 am #449984
My 1st husband threatened to build me a house WITHOUT ANY FLAT SURFACES for exactly that reason, however husband #2 is a lot more reasonable and I, through his kindly love and support have almost achieved Jade’s model! The key word is ALMOST!
http://www.flylady.net here I come.
DebJanuary 10, 2010 at 9:32 am #449985
On the subject of clutter any of the Perth Guys ‘n Gals remember the Shenton Park hardware shop*. ( now it’s an up-market art gallery) so much clutter..a real treasure trove of goodies but the owner could always find what you wanted.
* corner of Railway Rd.. Nicholson RdFebruary 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm #449986
Mine is one of my kitchen benches that is so conveniently close to the garage door entrance (that we use the most).
My tip would be, if I was to fix it for myself:
1. have a paper bin right there, so any junk mail and opened envelopes can go straight in for recycling
2. have a hook or a bowl for keys
3. have a pinboard or container for storing bills
4. have a calendar to write bill due dates and any other important dates straight away
5. have a shopping list / notepad and pen
I think that’s about it! figure else what else gets stored there and give it a home somewhere that is easily accessible 🙂
I have all those things there! So I don’t even have an excuse 😆 I should be organised – goodness knows what else we put on there that collects clutter so much!
It’s comforting to know I’m not alone, though. I’m trying to work on cleaning it up once a week and seeing if I can manage that for a month or two – then we’ll work on daily!!March 23, 2010 at 5:39 am #449987
Just thought I’d update this – I’ve been making it a priority lately to try and keep the table clear, and it seems to be working. YAY!
The secret? I’ve had more time!! Not only are the children in daycare another day per week (long story, but it’s a happy ending :tup: ) but they are getting older, and it makes a real difference that they can play together a lot more without needing quite so much supervision. So I have the time to actually clean and organise my house! It’s amazing. Imagine what will happen when they go to school?!! I’ll have to start work, or something 😆March 23, 2010 at 9:12 am #449988
my house. and my car 😆
but in defence, we don’t have any storage, have just moved and are doing up the rooms one by one. the kitchen is almost ready to be installed (and how ridiculous that the benchtops could be coming from anywhere in the world! we have a laminex factory right here but it only does particle board :tongue: )
so once it is in, the kitchen will be neat and tidy. for a day 😆March 23, 2010 at 9:50 am #449989
” A clean desk and a cluttered mind” is a saying I live by,
I also suffer from C.H.A.O.S and I am so pleased that I now have a name for it. 😉March 23, 2010 at 11:08 am #449990
Ours is the kitchen table also we both put papers on it,letters for the other to open etc.
There is also a desk near the front door I put my handbag and cooler bag on I carry to work plus any papers relating to work if they make it in on from the car.
So the floor of the car is starting to get a pile going also.:@
Another spot for me is my dressing table where papers from other various surfaces have made it up there but not actually into the file.I did clean it up yesterday and the amount of pay-slips I had sitting there was amazing.
So flat surfaces are really a hazzard arent they.:|
Though I do feel better about myself after visiting my friend you cant even see the top of her kitchen table.March 23, 2010 at 11:50 am #449991
:shy: My brain…March 23, 2010 at 9:29 pm #449992
My Clutter Magnet is currently at work, but he comes home occasionally, often with a ute full of stuff which might be useful one day.
Unfortunately it didn’t help taking up distance education for the 5 year old, for one thing she has a ton of fascinating craft materials and stuff to do thing with, probably close to a hundred new books, all of which need to be returned when finished, paintings and glueing projects drying here there and everywhere, flash cards, more word cards for games, and at the moment a single desk to try and keep it all under control. Need to build or buy bookshelves for the playroom to move the study stuff into there, but cant get to a shop to buy same, or even planks for a besser block version.March 24, 2010 at 3:06 am #449993
…often with a ute full of stuff which might be useful one day.
Yes, I live with one of those too. :uhoh:March 24, 2010 at 7:56 am #449994
My clutter magnet is getting married in September!March 24, 2010 at 8:59 am #449995
My desk, and the printer sitting on my desk, I need to remove clutter to print, which in itself isn’t a bad idea, it reduces the amount of printing I do :D.
The top of the filing cabinet next to my desk, my sewing tables and my kitchen benches…everywhere else stays tidy…
I do a de-clutter in these areas about once every 3 weeks, only way to keep it under control…
Lizzy 😀March 24, 2010 at 9:26 am #449996
End of kitchen bench near phone
On top of drier near laundry tub (buttons, pins, paper etc from washing machine and pockets etc plus mending and things needing to be cleaned like toys get stacked there)
Really any horizontal surface that has any spare space usually ends up with ‘stuff’ on it :@
Lolly I found how to declutter my brain! I write everything important down in a notebook and the really essential things go into my diary and therefore I can check it out whenever I want easily by looking at the book I do not need to keep it in my head – ahhhh – so much better:DMarch 24, 2010 at 11:38 am #449997
There is another one -my bedroom. I have tried to get DH used to walking through the front door and going straight to the room, to put down his car keys, wallet, mobile phone, briefcase etc. There is a shelf for them in the bedroom.
I pick them up from the chest of drawers, the bedside table, the floor etc and put them away -sometimes!
It sort of works -at least the number of times we have to look for them is decreasing!:tup:March 24, 2010 at 10:02 pm #449998
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