(Hello, ladies! Before I get started here, I wanted to let you know that I accidently published Monday’s post for a few seconds instead of saving it as a draft yesterday. You might have seen it. I am not able to comment on it until it publishes on Monday. Come Monday morning, the newest Modest Monday post will be available for viewing. I’ve challenged myself to post as much as I can in October, since September was such a bust. Kind of my version of “Blogtober,” I guess. Thanks for stopping by!)
Right now my house is kind of a mess. I guess it comes with the territory, since we brought lots of things over from the cabin once it sold.
And so, organization is on my mind! As much as I like the concept of minimalism, right now, I am not that girl. I am way too sentimental for that.
However, I have learned how to purge throughout the years, and I’m doing my best to learn my best about organization. I’m one of those creative types, and organization doesn’t come easily to me.
But that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t do it! No, I should do what I can to learn this skill, even if difficult, because it will bless my family. It’s easy to excuse bad habits because the good habit doesn’t come easy to us, isn’t it ladies?
I have gotten better. Since we moved into this house so slowly, I was able to purchase a bunch of matching storage bins to carefully pack away sentimental items and seasonal decor as we moved them. I now have a neat stack of storage containers in our basement. It’s beautiful, I tell you.
I can throw away a broken blender, no problem. Old baby items? Not so much.
So after staring at the mound of Moses’ newborn things and home decor from the cabin sitting in my bedroom floor for a week, I decided to take action.
We bought two more storage containers. Problem solved with Moses’ old things and small home decor items.
Now what to do with the bigger wall pieces that I hope to hang in our basement when it’s finished one day, Lord willing?
After thinking about it, I decided to simply hang them on basement studs. They are out of the way, and mama doesn’t have to worry about broken glass!
I’ve cleared six of the eight boxes which have been sitting in our kitchen. Most likely, I will get to the last two boxes today. We have a new refrigerator coming this afternoon, and I hope the kitchen will be nice and clean beforehand!
Below are small little baby steps I’m taking to become a better organizer. Perhaps something will speak to you. But believe me when I say I’m no expert.
1. First of all, it is helpful to decide to be the best version of ourselves we can be today. While I’m not a great organizer, I can ask God to help me be a little more organized today. Then tomorrow, I can build on that. Little by little, we will have acquired a new skill.
2. Don’t be afraid to toss what is broken, or donate what you do not use. Over the years, I have learned to do this. While I do keep extras like plates and bowls which will inevitably break, I try to throw away irreparable items as soon as possible. I also keep a good stack of blankets on hand, to replace ones that are worn.
3. If your home really needs a good tidy, challenge yourself toss or donate a given number of items each day. This has definitely helped me in the past. When my house is super messy, and everything does not fit into a place, I’ll find 5-10 items daily to get rid of. It’s pretty easy, and makes a big impact.
4. Plan it out, and attack a small area each day. On Monday, organize one drawer. On Tuesday, work through one closet. Before long, it will all be done, and you will have avoided burnout.
Our Father will help us and bring us joy while we take care of our homes, ladies. Even while organizing! Let’s bring our burdens to Him and ask Him to straighten our paths.
Trust in Adonai with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 TLV