Who said, “a place for everything and everything in its place”?
Apparently nobody knows for certain who coined this phrase of organizing wisdom. I like to think it was Mrs. Isabella Beeton, the woman who wrote Beeton’s Book of Household Management. If you need any tips about running a household with servants have a quick read. Just looking at her picture I can imagine her whipping any household into shape.
Why do I think Isabella Beeton said it?
Just so you know I didn’t make this up out of thin air, I actually did an internet search. I think that’s the equivalent of scientifically rigorous research nowadays.
I discovered that according to The Phrase Finder, “this proverb is variously associated with Samuel Smiles, Mrs Isabella Beeton and Benjamin Franklin.The Oxford Book of Quotations dates it from the 17th century.”
Does it really matter who said it?
In spite of who said this, it’s solid organizing wisdom.
- Find a place for everything you own
- Put everything you own in its place
Before you know it, you’ll be living up to Mrs. Isabella Beeton’s standards. You may even be able to let the servants go.
With calm, cool thoughts,
~ Maggie ~