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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tidy Tuesday - the spouse

Rare is the couple who have the same organizational style.  For this post, I'm going to assume that it is your spouse who is more organizationally challenged...don't ask me why :)  What can you do about it?

This is one of those awkward situations where you are going to have to compromise.  And you know what a compromise means...neither one of you is satisfied with the outcome.  I think it's logical to expect that certain areas of the house remain clean and neat.  That includes the living room, kitchen and bathrooms.  Those are your public spaces where you entertain guests and everyone gathers.  Your bedroom is shared space so that's one room where you'll have to compromise.  And, certain areas are your domain and certain areas are his.  Those should remain off limits to anyone.  Even though it's tempting to want to clean up his office, he won't appreciate it.  Trust me on that one!

It's easy to look at your husband's stuff and think that he should get rid of much of it.  After all, you don't have any connection with it.  To you it may all look like trash.  But, put yourself in his shoes for a minute.  He might be feeling the same way about YOUR stuff.  Hey!  But your stuff is useful and has meaning, and you're going to use it someday and ...  You see where I'm going here?

Some organizing books say that if you keep things clean and set a good example for your husband, he will notice how nice everything looks and will immediately want to change his habits and clean up after himself.  Wishful thinking!!!  Don't count on that happening!  The best you can do here is not make it a major issue and do your part to see that your stuff doesn't get out of control either.

I was going to include a picture of my husband's office but some things are best left private  :)


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