Things My Mother Taught Me About Being Organized

I have noticed that the things my mother used to say when I was a child that drove me crazy, are actually very wise and useful tools. Like when I would ask how many days there were in May and she would start chanting “30 days has September,  April, June, and November…” Or when it was Saturday and I would ask if I could go out and play and she would say something like “You know it’s Saturday. Is your room clean?” I tried saying “yes” when the truth was “no”.  I thought she was a genius to look under my bed and in the closet, and now I realize that I could have shown genius by hiding my stuff in the linen closet or my brother’s room. Because I was too busy rolling my eyes I didn’t realize that she was shaping me into a professional organizer. The popular little ditty about the months taught me that there is usually a tool out there to organize just about anything, including how many days there are in a given month. Our Saturday morning cleaning ritual taught me to get the tasks you dread over with before they ruin your day by being on your mind. And I wouldn’t dream of hiding my stuff in the linen closet because I will never find it again. I learned to maintain my organized room during the week so that I didn’t blow a whole Saturday cleaning my room.

Lastly, I learned recently that when you age all bets are off. Everything takes longer, nothing is simple, and sometimes you need help. Too much stuff, too much change, and too much going on all make being organized harder.

This Mother’s Day my gift to her is this post and all the free organizing services she can stand.  Granted, she would probably say that I am only giving her this gift because I have run out of organizing products to give her and that she has already had all the free organizing services from me that she can stand!

My mother taught me so many things that helped shaped me into a professional organizer. This Mother’s Day, remember your mother or someone who mothered you. Find a way to teach someone something wonderful that your mother taught you. Thank you mom for teaching me how to organize so I can now help you. You truly paid it forward.


8 Responses

  1. How true . . . we often only realize the wisdom of our parents once we either move out of their house, or become a parent ourselves.

  2. I guess that’s why I subscribe to the “clean desk club.” Never leaving my office at the end of the day until everything is back in it’s place.

    I now use my Saturday mornings at baseball or hockey games with my kids!

  3. I agree completely, but you know, some of the “organization” is in the genes! When you have multiple kids you realize that they can have the same parents, be told/taught the same things, held to the same standards and alas, their personalities either like the organizing or don’t! I have 3 daughters who are very organized and usually neat and one in the middle who can’t manage it for all the money in the world. So for all the mothers out there, if your child tunred out a slob, you probably did the best you could–don’t sweat it. I’m sure they have other redeeming qualities!

  4. Those words I dreaded to hear as a child come out of my mouth very often…………can’t wait for the day my child will write about how what I said helped him, as you just did about your mom!

    • Like everyone else I learned my lessons the hard way.
      If only I paid more attention to the wisdom of my parents it would have made the rest of my life easier.
      I must say now as result of listening to my children I no longer save things I will probably never need or use
      but send them directlty to the trash barrell.
      Thanks to my parents & my children my life is now much more organized.

  5. Congrats on your first blog post!

    I am hoping my sons grow up and are thankful for all the organizing ‘wisdom’ share with them.

  6. I have found that the most successful people tend to be very organized individuals. Successful individuals who are not organized, usually have the good sense to hire organized people to assist them, which allows them to be successful. Good organizational skills, make you effecient which leads to self confidence which in turn leads to other people having confidence in you.

  7. Karen,
    Thank you so much for the walk down memory lane and for the reminder to think about our mothers lessons. I have recommended your organizing talents to others before, but your blog helped me to see why your business is such a success.

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