Some Thoughts On Order

From RealSimple.com

(Modified Post from July 21, 2011)

I am not a very organized person.  Those of you who know me well can vouch for that.  Remember my closet?  That post was written over four years ago, and it’s still one of the posts people mention most to me…probably because of the shock and horror of just how horrible my closet was.  Hoarders, here I come!


I did, however, have a very organized “ribbon drawer” in college, that my roommates still make fun of me for, but that’s about as organized as I get.

I walk into other homes that seem totally pulled together, with everything in place and I swoon.  How I long for an organized, put together home!  No piles, no eyesores, just order and peace.   

With all the moves we’ve had recently, each time we pack up, I’m sick over how much random junk we have half packed boxes in the attic, stacks of papers, unopened mail, and piles and piles of random stuff with no home.  Each move I say to myself, “THIS time will be different.  This time, I’m going to be organized from the start…”  A girl can dream, right? 

So with our recent move, I’ve been praying and asking what God thinks about being organized.  Does it matter to Him?

As far as I can tell, there’s no verse that says, “Thou shalt have a home as perfect and orderly as Martha Stewart.”  Thank God for that!  But as I’ve been thinking and praying, I’ve come to the conclusion that living an orderly life is one way we can glorify God.

When I was working on the Faithful Beginnings School Readiness Guide (more on that here), there was one kindergarten readiness milestone that said, “Can your child take responsibility for personal items and materials at home, school, and other places.”  The scriptural truth that we paired with it was that “God puts things in place” and included Psalm 8:3:

“I often think of the heavens your hands have made, and the moon and stars you put in place.” 

That has really stuck with me.  Our God sets things in place.  Just look at His creation He didn’t pile things up and throw them around, and He didn’t leave anything unfinished.  His creation is perfect and everything has a place the land, the water, stars, sun, and moon; God knew where everything belonged.

1 Corinthians 14:40 says, “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.”  The perfection and order of His creation is just one of the ways we see that.  Jump further down the New Testament to Ephesians and we see chapter 5, verse 1, urging us to “Follow God’s example.” 

Don’t get me wrong, there are MUCH bigger ways we need to follow God’s example than having an organized home such as love, forgiveness, and serving, but I think we can also imitate God by being women who put things in place, are responsible for the things entrusted to us, and pursuers of peace in all aspects of life including our homes, offices, cars —and anything else that can be easily cluttered up.

I’m not trying to add another thing to the cumbersome “Christian to-do list” we can feel pressure to stay on top of: read your Bible, love your neighbor, don’t be jealous, go to church, keep your home organized…

But for me, one who really struggles with being orderly, clean, and on top of things, I’m hoping that as I continue to pray through this, this new perspective will help me see a bigger value in having a clean house beyond, wanting to try to appear “perfect” to those around me through a pretty, organized house…but that’s an entirely different post for an entirely different day…one I’ll get to as soon as I finish alphabetizing my spices! 

I still don’t know much, but a great resource on staying clean and organized is Nester’s series, 31 Days To A Less Messy Nest.

Those of you who are naturally clean and organized, have any tips??  I need all the help I can get!

Here’s a great tip from Josie:
Goal: having discipline to get things done, but also being able to let it go, because it’s not the most important thing! 

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