Confessions of A Former (Hopefully!) Messaholic

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Hello, my name is Elizabeth, and I am a messy, unorganized messaholic.

They say admitting it is the first step, so there you have it.

Y’all over the past few days, I’ve had an epiphany: For years, I have been living in a state of mess and disorder.  Sometimes, that might apply to my actual life, but today I’m talking about it from a more practical standpoint–dishes on the sink, clothes on the floor, overflowing trashcans, and the piles…oh my goodness, the piles!

I always just shrugged it off as, “this is who I am”…a part of me will always be a little messy and disorganized.

But who says it has to be that way?!

Friday, I was reading a book by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson called Desperate.  In it, Sarah Mae writes:

“We all feel more alive when we tend to our domains, when we choose to give life to the areas we inhabit…we just need to be willing to take time to craft life.” 

I don’t know what it was about that sentence, but I’m telling you, it really struck a chord in my heart.

What kind of life am I giving to my domain?!

On Friday, the answer would have been messy, disorganized, chaos.

I have friends who do this SO well.  Everything in their home is so purposeful and intentional.  Their home is a place to bring people in and love them so well.  Their homes ooze beauty and life.

It’s easy to come up with all kinds of excuses for why we don’t tend to our domains…

“Oh, it’s only me living here, I don’t need to go through a lot of effort to create beauty…”

“I’m just renting, I don’t really care how the house looks…”

“I don’t have the budget to make my house beautiful….”

“I don’t have time to take care of my house…”

I don’t care who you are, or where you live, when our “domain” is clean, orderly, and peaceful, we just feel better about life.  We just do.  The perpetual haze we’ve been living in is lifted and we see, think, and live SO much more clearly.

Recently, my eyes have been open to the fact that my taking care of my home is a way to love myself, love my family, love our friends, and honor the place that God has given us to live–no matter what that may look like at the time.  (Have I mentioned we bounce around a lot?)

I want my home to be a place where people can stop in, and rather than racing around, shutting every door and closet so they don’t see piles and messes, I can invite them in, get them a drink and invite them to stay a while.

Believe me, I have a LONG way to go, but I think admitting it is the first step.

Right now, we’re starting with basic things like keeping the countertops clean, making the beds, hanging up towels, and putting away laundry in drawers instead of back in the basket…baby steps, y’all.

But our hope and prayer is that this becomes a lifestyle that we can gradually build upon.

So, that’s what we’re working on right now in the Williams family.  We’re resolving to change our behavior and cultivate a home that’s orderly, beautiful, peaceful, life giving, and inviting.

I’m done making excuses.

Want to join me?!  I’d love some fellow sojourners!    

Need some inspiration?  Check out my Pinterest boards Simplify & Dwell.

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