A Tribute to my Mom

Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Special | 14 comments

Amanda vs. the Professional Organizer will be back next week.


My mom taught me how to be a Professional Organizer before the profession even existed. She is one of the most organized people I know. She has a routine for everything. At the age of 88, she still keeps many of her life-long habits. Those routines are what kept her sane with six kids and a husband who traveled constantly.

Because of her habit of regularly “turning out” every drawer and closet in the house I learned to love organizing. I love the process of making order out of chaos. She taught me how to use what was available to make “organizing products.” Her routines taught me about time management and setting priorities.

My mother is British. She met my dad during World War II when he was stationed in England. She spent her childhood moving often and went to boarding school at the age of 11. The constant moving served her well when she became a US Air Force spouse. Six children were born in six different places. Her daily habits and routines kept her in place when all of us were sick or one of us had to be trundled off to the emergency room. She would often cling to the phrase she heard after a night in the air-raid shelter during the London Blitz, “Keep Calm and Carry On.” You must, of course, say that with a proper English accent for it to be effective.

Mom is a teacher who dearly loves teaching children how to read. She taught all six of us to love reading. She taught us about God and how to treat people. She taught us by example how to stay married “till death do us part.” In December my parents will celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary. The best advice she ever gave me was, “Marriage is impossible, just get on with it.” That, also, must be said with the proper accent.

My mother taught me how to live a good life. Thanks Mom, I love you.


In the next post: Amanda may be right about something.



Copyright© 2012 Elizabeth Tawney Gross, Organizing For Everyday, LLC

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