A. Ah, those pesky TV shows-everyone is thin and
gorgeous, and it's a snap to get completely organized in 23
Know this: it's only TV! Life is not like that,
sometimes because spouses, kids and pets don't cooperate.
I tell my clients to have 3 zones: yours, the other's, and
For example, the kitchen, living room, etc.
are common areas, and everyone needs to pitch in for
tidiness. Sit down and negotiate the guidelines, ie, does
the throw have to be folded and hung neatly, or can it be
tossed on the corner of the couch in a heap?
other containers will help organize your stuff, like
magazines, the TV clicker, mail, etc. Whatever you do,
don't clean up for everyone else or you'll end up being the
Instead, discuss and negotiate, as often as
necessary until you're all relatively satisfied.
In some areas, like the bathroom, you can split space, like
cabinets, into yours and his (or hers). You each get to do
what you want in your respective zones.
bedrooms and other areas where you can designate specific
areas to be one person's.
Remember, this process takes patience and practice, so keep
at it until it's right.
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