Several years ago I started a January project of going through every drawer and every closet in the house. I’ve thrown out, given away, and found a lot of stuff. After several years of this mentally deranged undertaking, I have, at the least, a much better idea where things are when I need them.
Some of you are probably thinking I’m weird to enjoy this. Maybe I am. I know my organizing-orderly tendencies can drive other people crazy at times. Blame it on my DNA.
So . . . I thought I would share some organization ideas with you over the next few days as we countdown to year 2011.
Now before you start thinking I’m very wise (along with being very weird), let me tell you that what I’ve learned has come from others. I’ve picked up tips from articles and books that endeavor to teach me how to organize my space, my time, my life. Is that even possible? It’s a work in progress for sure. Some of it has sunk in and actually works for me. Maybe it will work for you. I will share it, and you can be the judge.
File it – don’t pile it. One of the best pieces of advice I ever took hold of is to do something with what I have in my hand. It is so easy to lay it down while planning to put it away later. Before you know it, there are piles of things to put away later. Whether it is the daily mail, the clean laundry, or something you picked up from the living room, put it where it belongs instead of laying it down to do later.
Creat a system for your papers. Yes, I know we are trying to go paperless in our society. But I still have a lot of it coming in to the house. Don’t let it accumulate on the kitchen counter. Have a bill file, a hold file, a to-do-later file, a read file, or make up your own categories that will work for you and your family. After you’ve put it in a file, make a note in your planner or calendar to go through your files on a regular basis. You will feel better knowing your stuff has a rightful place to be. And your kitchen counter will not become the land of the lost papers.
Make up your bed. This is what we tell the kids, right? It will make the entire bedroom look neater, and you’ll feel better about going in there. The simpler your coverlet and pillows are to spread and fluff, the quicker this job will be.
Break big projects into smaller ones. You’ve heard this one before, I know. Don’t let giant projects overwhelm you. Take bite-size pieces. Instead of planning to organize the entire house (such as weirdos like me do :)), plan to go through your dresser drawers; or organize the kitchen cabinets; or clean out the freezer or the refrigerator. Accomplishing a smaller project will boost your morale and make it easier to tackle the next project.
Now the tricky part of this post: How do I take this subject and make a spiritual application to it?
There is a verse in 1 Peter 4:9 that I think applies as I make the effort to maintain order in my home.
Welcome people into your home and don’t grumble about it. (Contemporary English Version)
If there is reasonable order in my home, I am free to extend a spur-of-the-moment invitation. You just never know when someone needs a welcoming place to sit and refresh and be encouraged. Your home could be that place to a weary traveler.
P.S. Be sure to click on the five at the top. It’s just fun to watch the countdown.
More to come in the next few days. I would like to hear your organizational tips. I’m always ready to try something that works for someone else. Leave a comment.