To Anyone Who Lives Here

by Maxi

Do you look at the house, apartment, garage or office and think: It’s too much; I don’t even know where to start? Or you resent the fact that you didn’t create the mess in the first place? And not only that, if you do get it cleaned it won’t stay that way?

Here’s what I know. If you’re someone who needs neatness and your place is a mess … this interferes with your happiness. It makes you cranky. You CAN change this. Post this note on fridge—make it big.

To Anyone who lives here:                                                                Note on fridge

  • If you use it – put it away
  • If you drop it – pick it up
  • If you get it dirty – clean it
  • If you sleep on it – make it up(best you can)
  • If you wore it – put it in hamper
  • Etc, etc, etc
  • All agree on consequences for breaking rules

At the first opportunity:

  • Talk to others in home about your goal
  • Gather cleaning supplies and empty box
  • Start in one room – pick up an item – toss it or keep it
  • Once something goes in box – no take backs
  • Clean the item and find it a place
  • Do not start another project until this room is finished
  • It may take time but you will finish – make it your mission

The greatest achievement you will receive from this venture is not your sparking clean surroundings … it’s that sense of accomplishment that wells up in your heart. Oh yea, those tossed items, donate them or have a garage sale.

Almost forgot—this also applies if you’re single—note and all.

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

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About Maxi

Hi … I'm Maxi, a retiree with an addiction. I have quit: raising kids, cleaning house, cooking, doing laundry—there is no end the list—everything is done on "have to." The addiction? Writing to my last breath. blessings ~ maxi
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