put house in order
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Related to put house in order: put one's house in order
put one's house in order
Fig. to put one's business or personal affairs into good order. (As if one were cleaning one's house. See also put one's own house in order.) There was some trouble in the department office and the manager was told to put his house in order. Every now and then, I have to put my house in order. Then life becomes more manageable.
put your (own) house in orderalso get your (own) house in order
to solve your own problems You should put your own house in order before you start giving me advice.Related vocabulary: have your ducks in a row
Usage notes: usually said about someone who has many problems but criticizes others for not taking care of their problems