I have 5 children and despite my best efforts I have never been able to get my house in order. I have two boys ages 14 and 4, and three girls ages 1, 8 and 13. I do the best I can to create a structured environment for them, but I know until I get this home completely organized it will never happen. We all have too many clothes and I've raised them to be sentimental so we all also have a lot of papers (drawings, notes, etc) that we have a hard time parting with. The children also have entirely too many toys but I can't make them get rid of them. The laundry is exhausting, I try to catch it up but it never happens..then I get frustrated and it piles back up again. Right now you can't walk in my room, the oldest girls room, or the oldest boy. I have just this week cleaned the youngest two's room or it would be the same way. I don't feel like a hoarder because my house is not as bad as those you see on tv. I have begun to wonder if I have a milder form of it. My husband has diabetes and I know he would like to live in a cleaner home. He was mortified when the ems had to climb over piles of clothes to get to him when he had a diabetic seizure and I had to call the ambulance. I would do anything to have someone who knew what they were talking about to come in and help me organize my large family's things. I wish my children could have friends come over and stay. I mostly want to be able to teach them better so their homes will be nice and neat.
Any advice, links, and help appreciated.