Saturday, July 14, 2018


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Contents of New Ideas for Today
1. Message of the Day - "THE NEED TO BE NEEDED"
2. Did You Know?
3. Habit of the Day
4. Family Reminder of the Day
5. Quote of the Day
6. Question of the Day
7. From the Trenches - IT CAN BE DONE!
8. More Info
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1. Message of the Day - Helping Others


Everybody wants to be needed to some extent. We feel a sense of satisfaction when we can support and help others. It is one of the satisfactions of motherhood. Helping others
connects us to them. It is a relationship builder. But things can go overboard in this
area. Sometimes clutter and disorganization are the result of a poor approach to this
legitimate desire.

- Clutter - Because we want to provide for others we keep things for distribution. Those
who do that run the risk of having piles of dormant "stuff" sitting around the house awaiting distribution. We store discarded clothing awaiting "just the right person" instead of ushering it speedily down to the nearest local charity. We keep piles of cutouts of newspaper articles with important information that needs to be disseminated to interested individuals. We salvage strange and unique items that are irreplaceable. We save them from being lost to posterity. All of these things are kept just in case  somebody may have a use for them in the future. Because we want to be able to meet their needs, we accumulate clutter.

- Keeper of Knowledge - Family members who live in a messy house often can't find what they need. This opens the door for Mom Super Helper to fly to the rescue.

"Where is the hammer, honey?"
"Mom, where are my socks?"
"Don't we have a measuring cup around here somewhere?"

And the reply to these kinds of questions many times a day is,

"Just a minute, I'll get it for you", or "I'll help you find it".

Mom may not know exactly where it is but she has more of an idea than the hapless family trying to live in all this confusion. So mom is the hero. She may become exhausted and exasperated with their demands from time to time. But deep down, she is pleased to be indispensable. The family deserves better than being forced to be dependent for help. Become essential and vital to the family dynamics by setting up an
organized house where things needed are consistently in a logical place where everybody can function as capable individuals. Teach them where to find -- and to return -- items they need. Encourage habits of order. That is a much higher level of helpfulness than using clutter as an excuse to help.

2. Did You Know?

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3. Habit of the Day - CLEAN AS YOU GO

Keep short accounts on putting things up as you work. As you cook, wash and dry your pots, pans, etc. or put them in the dishwasher as you go.

As you do a project, keep your tools and pieces corralled and put them away immediately.

When you clean, return cleaning products and tools immediately. Otherwise you will leave more mess behind than you clean up.

4. Family Reminder of the Day

In our family, we pay attention to maintaining beauty.

In our family, we push our chairs up to the table when we leave.

5. Quote of the Day

There is no defeat except in no longer trying.
There is no defeat save within,
no really insurmountable barrier,
save our own inherent weakness of purpose.

Elbert Hubbard

6. Question of the Day

Does your disorganization affect anybody other than yourself? Family, friends, coworkers, others?

Tell us by posting on Friends-of-The-Organizer-Lady.

7. From the Trenches - IT CAN BE DONE!

Dear MA,
Thank you, thank you, thank you! It was over a hundred degrees outside today when our church group had planned to have our monthly picnic. We are a group of young parents with small children; most are under age 4. It was just too hot for small children to be outside so I volunteered our house to over 20 people! We had about 30 minutes before the guests arrived to clean up the dog messes and wash a few dishes, but the rest of the house was clean and presentable! It felt so good when my best friend said "I would never be able to volunteer my house like that". I know that a few months ago I would have said the same.

Thank you MA for everything! I do so appreciate the daily reminders and inspiration. I have a 3 year old and a 4 month old, so it's been a little difficult, but I am proof today that it can be done!


8. More Info

This is a simple program. We stick with the basics as they are presented in these messages. Keep reading. Keep adding one part of the program at a time.

Repetition is important.
Forward to friends if desired but not to other sites.
Read this whole posting or only what you can take in today, then delete it.

Don't forget the daily reminders!!!
The daily Reminders and How-To's are found on our website at
"How to Begin"
9. Extra Help

Got a messy room that never gets better?
John said, I’ve had the messiest room for the last year.  In one session my room is no longer messy. It’s more organized than it’s ever been.


Please memorize this slogan and post it on your wall.

The secret to success is making very small, yet very consistent, changes.

Or to make it short; Baby steps, baby steps in the right direction.

106 © Sandra Felton 2010

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of Sandra Felton, founder of Messies Anonymous.

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