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Author: reader99 Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 37183  
Subject: Re: Falling Back Date: 3/24/2001 10:39 AM
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I have been with my new roommate now since Nov.
She is a packrat and also seems to have an allergic reaction to picking up after herself.
I knew about her habits going into this situation with her but something else is coming up that I hadn't planned on.

I am also now beginning to become a packrat and leave stuff laying where I last used it.
HELP!!
How can I stop this backward slide just when I had started to get really good at keeping things simple and organized??


I wonder if your roommate would agree to let you put her stuff in her room, maybe in a designated box or crate. If you did a quick pick-up each morning andevening, I doubt it would take more than 5 minutes a time to put her stuff away. Then you have the clear visual field that helps you keep your own stuff picked up.

It's natural to want HER to do her own work, but I have found it is more likely to actually WORK, for the one who cares about something to be the one to do it. Trying to teach an adult something she doesn't see a need to learn is an endless problem with no good solution.

I used to do something like this when I had young kids. Each one had a "lost and found" crate in the livingroom bookcase. I'd put their stuff in there and every so often ask them to take theri crate to their room and put stuff away.



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