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Maybe Mother Was Right

Dear Jo the Clutterbuster:

Sometimes I feel like my life consists of picking up, cleaning up and following up after everyone in my family. I remember that the house In which I grew up  was always neat and tidy. How did my Mom do it?

Other than hiring a maid, what can I do to get others to help tame the clutter chaos?


Fed up

Dear Up:

There always is nostalgia for the past. However, many of us grew up with fewer possessions, less personal space and less extra-curricular activities. Summers lasted forever. We played in the streets until dark. We walked to school and after school, played with friends at their homes. There may have been only one parent working.

It's easy to get caught up in the shoulds of life - memories of how we grew up, images from magazine that make us wonder: What's wrong with me? Why is my home so chaotic?

In honor of Mother's Day, take a break, make yourself a cup of tea print out the following list and post it on the refrigerator, and remember - maybe Mother (Father) was Right.

Ten Rules to Keep Life Easy

If you open it, close it.

If you take it out, put it back where you found it.

Everything in its place and a place for everything.

Reduce, reuse, recycle.

Less is more.

If you don't want it, use it, wear it, like it, appreciate it, then give it to someone who will.

It is better to give than receive.

If you make a mess, clean it up.

Allot 15 minutes after doing any task to put things away.

Always wear underwear, in case you are in an accident.

Give your Mother a hug whenever you see her. (Your Dad, too)