Every time you go through your home, every time you are in an Area of Focus, take time to open and examine each drawer, cupboard, and closet.
Maintain what you have already accomplished by putting each area back in order any time you find anything out of place.
Continue to release things you realize you do not need or use. Remember, to earn a place in your home an item must be useful or beautiful, preferably both.
Be aware of what you have and where it is stored. Yesterday as I was going through the storage in my office I found a recipe I had been looking for and thought was lost forever. When I was severely disorganized I continually bought new items because I could not locate what I already had.
Each time you go through your home you will get better at releasing things you do not need, especially those things that have value but are taking up valuable space. Some people are paying for storage units to keep junk. If you don’t need it, if you don’t use it, if it makes you miserable, get rid of it—donate it, give it to someone who wants it and will use it, or throw it away.
We have been refreshing our home. The chairs, bedspread, drapes, and accessories from our bedroom have moved down the hall to the guest room. This is the last sharing of pictures from our room before. Even when a room is lovely, it needs to be refreshed from time to time.
Dusting is a dreaded task for many people, so make it fun. Put on music. Grab a duster that you can have fun with. Chicken feather dusters are NO fun! They only move the dust around. Ostrich feather dusters are incredible. They capture dust so you can go outside and release it to the world. Lambswool and Swiffer dusters work, too.
Declutter for 15 to 30 Minutes
Walk in God’s Love
Today I am Talking with the MOPS Group
This morning it is my turn to talk with the MOPS group. I know it will be good because the enemy has been attacking—my voice. I know this is no surprise to God and He will provide all I need to share with this beautiful group of young women. I only have 20-30 minutes so I need to be focused.
As usual, my husband and because of him, our home, come first. Our home is in order as I write this. I will not, will not, will not go out the door to tell other people about organization and leave a major mess at home. The laundry is running, the dishes are in the dishwasher, our home is in good general order.
I have reserved time for my Quiet Time. I found Kay Arthur’s Precept broadcasts on GEB TV. I set my DVR to record the broadcast. I can now take quiet moments to study the Bible with a woman I respect and admire. So I enjoyed a cup of tea and time in Philippians with Kay, this morning. I pray immediately whenever I hear of a need but I take time to pray each morning.
I gathered a few things from my home to help me in sharing some methods I have used oruse for getting and keeping my home in order.
This morning I am going to share on how to do a quick whole house declutter using banker’s boxes.
Banker’s boxes are white cardboard boxes available in office supply stores. A 10 pack is $19.99 at Staples; a pack of 6 is $14.79 at Office Max. I found some at Walmart, too.
Before you begin to go through your home, make the first box and ACTION box. Go through your box and gather the items you know you need to take action on. Make an appointment with yourself for that evening to go through that first box and deal with what needs to be taken care of. Label this box ACTION and put it in your chair.
Begin near your front door. Gather all clutter. (Not things that are regularly in use.)
Put all the clutter in the box and label the box with the place that the clutter is from. (Front entry; Dining Room table; Corner near chair in bedroom)
Have a place for the boxes. And gather the boxes in one place.
Make a point of going through the boxes until you have dealt with all the stuff in each box.
The categories are
To keep (put away where it belongs or will belong—make a decision)
To donate or give away (give it to someone who needs and WANTS it)
Return to owner
Put away the keep items
Put the donate items in your car for a trip to your favorite charity that accepts consignements.
Take the trash to the trash can
Put the return items in a basket for delivery to friends and family—put a time to do this on your calendar in the next few days.
For Paper Clutter
Helen Buttigieg—a professional organizer uses the RAFT method for papers.
R Is read
A is act—bills and other items that need to be acted on
F is file
T is Toss
That RAFT can keep your paperwork afloat. (Grin)
Purging your family’s clothes
The closet: I bought a package of brightly colored stickers at Target for less than $2. I am putting a sticker on each of my husband’s hangers. When he wears something it will go back on a hanger that I have removed the sticker from. I am putting a note on my calendar for the end of March. At that time I will go through his seasonal clothes (winter) and remove any clothes he has not worn. I will repeat the process in July for summer clothing. Our closet has enough space to store all our clothing. If I was changing clothes around seasonally, I would put stickers on his summer clothes as I put them in the closet.
Keep a box in your child’s closet and when you notice something no longer fits it can go in the box to be sent on to someone who needs it or passed down to the next child in line.
The drawers: You can share with your husband what you are doing and put stickers on the tags of each item in the drawer. Tell your husband to remove the sticker as he wears his clothes. Clothes that still have stickers after about 4 to 6 weeks should be set free.
These are the two strategies I will share today with the MOPS group. I will share bits of other strategies I use but many of them are taking Apples of Gold this winter. I do the mentor’s segment on hospitality and share then on how I keep my home in order so I am free to offer hospitality.
Walking Through Colossians: Colossians 1:114—Paul and Timothy to the Colossians—Greeting and Prayer