“How Do I Organize My Spouse?”

Question: How do I organize my spouse?

Answer:  You don’t.

This is a question I get a lot!  It’s difficult when taking on a project in the home or office when your spouse is less than lukewarm to the idea.  How do you get them on board?

Here’s an honest suggestion:  You work on yourself. I imagine you are looking at the screen now with a puzzled look on your face.  Not the answer you were expecting?  You’re not alone.

Organizing is a personal choice.

Organizing is a funny thing – it’s very personal.  You might think that sorting through your stuff and figuring out where it all goes wouldn’t make people uncomfortable – but for many it does (even if it doesn’t bother you). If you’ve decided you want to take on an organizing project in your home office, go for it!  But realize that you are doing it for yourself.  Get your spouse (and/or children) on board by politely requesting that they use the system you put in place.  Take small steps and don’t expect everyone to change because you are on fire about it.  It’s really like anything else in life… take small steps and you’ll make positive changes.  Just remember, it’s a personal choice.

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4 thoughts on ““How Do I Organize My Spouse?””

  1. beautifully said, Brandie! I couldn’t agree with you more. Many many people play out their marital power struggles using clutter as their weapon. It never works.

    Clutter is shouting. Clutter is a tantrum. Clutter is childish.

    When you want to ‘make’ someone clean up their stuff, ask yourself what do YOU need to clean up your life?

    As you said, once you do, magic happens!

    keep on speaking it, girl! We’re all listening!

    warmly,

    jessica

  2. I LOVE what you say here.

    I had someone want to book me to come organize his wife! I said, “um, no thanks, SHE must want to get organized”. It took about 3 – 4 months before she phoned me 🙂

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