Are You Sabotaging Yourself with Humor?

We're celebrating Too Much on Her Plate Week from November 14-November 21, 2011. In honor of you, I've asked some of my favorite experts to donate gifts and giveaways designed to help you take charge of overwhelm, overload, and overeating AND help you create more ease, joy, and success in your life. Today's guest post is by Lorie Marerro. To claim her free gift and choose from almost 20 others, go to between November 14-21, 2011.

When our Clutter Diet® members win our monthly Success Stories contest, they get some cool prizes, such as $100 from Rubbermaid and a 30-minute phone consultation. They send us photos to enter, and recently I saw a couple of them with these cute kitschy kitchen signs, some of which were really funny.
BUT… I don't want those signs to be there! They are negative messages masquerading as humor– messages that continue to sustain someone's identity as an unorganized, messy person who doesn't have it all together. We are always talking about how important it is to reinforce positive messages when you are trying to change! 
Thoughts become words which become beliefs… I mean, I understand making a joke, but when you're really serious about making changes in your life, maybe these are not the jokes you should have around you every day.
Here are some examples of these funny signs I have collected on the internet. You can laugh for a second, but then consider the message that lingers:
  • I’m creative; you can’t expect me to be neat too! (MESSAGE: Creative people can't be organized.)
  • I clean house every other day…. Today is the other day! (MESSAGE: I don't keep a clean house.)
  • If you write in the dust, please don’t date it! (MESSAGE: I am not going to clean for a long time.)
  • I would cook dinner but I can’t find the can opener! (MESSAGE: I don't have it together to even cook a meal.)
  • My house was clean last week, too bad you missed it! (MESSAGE: I am not going to clean again for a while.)
  • A clean house is the sign of a wasted life. (MESSAGE: Cleaning and organizing is not a worthwhile activity.) 
  • Dull women have immaculate houses. (MESSAGE: If I get things organized, I won't be an interesting person anymore.)
I vote for having this sign instead, from a great catalog called Femail Creations:

Lorie Marrero is a bestselling author and creator of, an innovative program allowing anyone to get expert organizing help at an affordable price. She is the spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International and a sought-after media expert. Lorie writes weekly as the organizing expert for Good Housekeeping's Home Style blog. Click here to learn more.

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