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04 September 2012 @ 12:41 am
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Before they can begin to change, Messies must release the grandiose attitude that they can handle multitudes of things, projects, opportunities, etc. 
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The solution is goal orientation rather than task orientation. We should never lose sight of our overall goal, which in this case is a beautiful and orderlyhouse. When we see our work in terms of this goal, individual tasks become a means to an end. Read more at location 276

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Why put the toothpaste away if you are going to get it out again in a few hours? Why make the bed just to unmake it that evening? Is it practical to wash a few dishes? Why not wait till you have a whole sink full and do them all at once? These ideas are practical, but they delay your reaching your goal-a beautiful house. Read more at location 282

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The trouble is that ifwe are disorganized at home, we can lose our chance to do something about the problems we consider more important.Read more at location 292

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we've long since left childhood. We can backup, look squarely at the problem as it exists today, and take a new and mature running leap at getting our houses in order.Read more at location 301

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Always remember-you don't have to aim for perfection. You just want to be a successful, average housekeeper. Read more at location 314

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Now apply this idea of visual sensitivity to housekeeping. Cleanies are visually alert. They want to see clear, clean, uncluttered lines. If they finish a cup of coffee and don't want another one, the cup is gone, swooped up to the kitchen and sometimes washed, rinsed, and put away in order to maintain the clean lines of orderliness.Read more at location 365

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Being perfectionists, we want to make preparation for any possible need that maybe known to man or beast, real or imagined (and we have great imaginations). Nobody can foretell the future. Anything might be needed in the future.Read more at location 398

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The only thing we know for sure is that ifwe or anybody else needed something and we had not saved it (gasp!), we would feel really, really, REALLY bad. In order to avoid that possibility, we keep it. Read more at location 404

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The things we keep to define ourselves mock us on a daily basis because we are just too cluttered and too disorganized to do any of the good things they stand for. Read more at location 414

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Half of our organizational problems would be solved if we had half the stuff we do. Read more at location 456

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In her national bestselling books on simplicity oflife, Elaine St.James suggests we disentangle ourselves from a number of the modern "efficiency" devices that were supposed to improve our lives but end up complicating them. In her book Simplify Your Life,Read more at location 482

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Twenty percent of the tasks will result in 80 percent of the accomplishments while the other 80 percent of the tasks will result in only 20 percent of the accomplishments.Read more at location 488

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Find the important 20 percent and concentrate on those tasks. The onlywayto identify the 20 percent is by taking quiet, private time at the beginning of the day to review, reflect upon, and prioritize your schedule. Read more at location 490

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Remember, the 80/20 rule tells us that if we make a 20 percent change in the right areas, we can expect an 80 percent change in our lives. Read more at location 494

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The objects we want to keep are our pasts frozen in solid form. Read more at location 511

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We mix ourselves in some fashion with our belongings because we do not observe personal boundaries as much as others. Read more at location 511

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Fear of hurting our belongings. We assign them some kind of personification (similar to the way men name their cars, etc.) and want them to find a good home. Read more at location 514

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Fear of boredom. The daily struggle with clutter offers a certain excitement and adrenaline rush we would miss if the drama of the problem were gone. We fear serenity.Read more at location 517

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Failure is seldom caused by a major catastrophe. It is a series of little failures. Success is the same. Read more at location 526                       

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Messiness is a disease of self-neglect.Read more at location 531

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Somewhere along the line we have got to catch a vision of the beautywe can build into our lives. We need to feel passionately the love of the environment we can create. Read more at location 544

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Don't tell yourself that intelligent people don't need these kinds of mental props. A lot of us who are very intelligent are smart enough to know that these things will make our lives better. Read more at location 556

Note: Like setting a buzzer when cooking so food doesn't burn. Edit

At first order, beauty, and harmony in life and home seem uncomfortable. After we adjust to it, serenity feels wonderful! But it does take time to adjust. Be willing to experience serenity. Use meditation, devotional and inspirational reading, and tapesRead more at location 559

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Don't be satisfied with just whatever comes your way. You are too important, your life is too important, to go that route.  Honor the fact ofyour significance.Read more at location 582

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Carmen uses "little minutes." She never cleans cabinets. When the cabinets are nearly empty, she wipes them out.Read more at location 615

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Cleanies are very visually oriented and want the house to look pleasant. Read more at location 626

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Housework is really the privilege of managing your home. • Cleaning your room is actually treating yourself with dignity. • Organizing is relieving the stress of chaos. Read more at location 647

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The hardest part is keeping one's goal in view when the going gets tough and the end is not in sight. That's why it is so important to write it down. If it is written, you have made a stronger commitment. If you have not written your goal yet, you can write it in the margin of this book. If you have written it on paper, store it in this book so you'll know where to locate it. Read more at location 720

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