Baby Steps to an Organized Life
Have you ever been in a church service or Bible study, and you know the minister/Bible teacher’s topic was speaking directly to you? You know you have to keep your eyes down, so as not to make eye contact with the leader and be called out as the “what not to do” example for the topic being discussed? (Knowing, in your heart of hearts, that the leader had no clue this topic was speaking to you so heavily.) Well, I’ve experienced this just today.
Tuesday is Bible Study day at my church. Today’s topic was organization and simplifying our lives. As I did the lesson, I knew God was saying, “Listen to Me. Listen to what I have to say to you in this area.” Now, my house won’t be in a magazine for the “cleanest house of the year” but neither will it be on the next episode of Hoarders. My house is cluttered, but I can walk through it without tripping on toys, shoes, and laundry baskets (at least today). Recently, because of this lesson and other circumstances in my life, I’ve frequently focused on decluttering and keeping my home a little neater. I’ve implemented small changes which make my days run much smoother. For instance, I began unloading the dishwasher in the morning while I get my sons breakfast and make coffee for Philip and me. Just that one task makes me feel like I accomplished something. I’ve also started setting a timer for a quick pick up of the living room before Philip comes home. Ryan thinks it’s a game and helps with the pick up too. These are tips that may be habits for many of you. For me, it’s been a conscious effort to get organized and make my home the peaceful space my family needs.
What are some tips you use to keep your home organized? Have you read any books on organization/simplifying your life that you would recommend?