set (one's) (own) house in order

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set (one's) (own) house in order

To put into order or resolve one's own personal problems or business affairs. The president and his administration sorely need to set their house in order, or they may not live to see a second term in office. Jim should go about setting his own house in order before he starts criticizing how I live my life!
See also: house, order, set
References in classic literature ?
In heaven, I replied, there is laid up a pattern of it, methinks, which he who desires may behold, and beholding, may set his own house in order.