I am an organized person, I like a house to be neat, clean and put together. I can’t stand toys lying around or food in the sink. It just irritates me to no end. Don’t even ask me how I feel when I come home to a bed unmade. My husband thinks I am a little OCD and my response is, “Well you have a clean house don’t you?”

But, like many parents, it takes a lot of time and effort to keep a house clean. After a long day at work and coming home to cook, who really feels like organizing a closet? Well, this weekend I took the challenge of starting to enlist my husband and toddler to pick up the pace and pick up a broom!.

It was nap time on a Saturday in our house and a light bulb went off in my head and I thought, “Why am I doing this all alone?”. I said, “Amen to that” and quickly told my husband that I am heading to Lowes when our daughter wakes, taking her with me and going to organize our messy coat closet! No more 40 pairs of dress shoes laying all around the house (my husband’s believe it or not!). We are going to pretend that Martha Stewart lives here and is teaching this family a lesson on team work! He quickly laughed and said, “Sure, you buy the stuff and I will help.” “OK, it’s a deal!”

When our daughter woke, I quickly placed her in the car and we were off to Lowes. I purchased containers, large and small and shelf liners to help with the shoe scratching prevention.

After less than an hour, our coat closet turned into this:

It houses all our shoes, gloves, hats, scarves, dog leash and much more. I love it and so does the family.

The moral of the story here is, enlist the troops to help you clean and organize the house, it’s a fun activity to do, teaches your children a good lesson and gets the husband to appreciate just exactly what you do each day. They were great sports about it and just for that, I made some brownies for them after dinner.

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