First let me welcome any new readers who read my devotion this morning though Proverbs 31.
It always amazes me to read the stories in the Old Testament about the creation of the Temple. The Bible includes such glorious details about its construction and beauty. One thing that isn't mentioned is the daily upkeep of such a holy place. But I'm pretty confident the priests kept their scrolls filled with the Holy Scripture in beautiful order!
Those passages in Scripture affirm my desire to have a beautiful and ordered home. I don't have a designer home, so my goal is to make the best of what God has given me. As I face a daily battle of bringing order to the happy chaos of a family of seven, I find I have a reaccuring problem: piles of stuff!
All kinds of stuff. And the stuff changes all the time. On my kitchen counter it's school stuff, church stuff, coupons, bills, mail, letters, photos people have given me, and so on. Then there's the pile of stuff on my desk that accumulates.
One day I decided the piles were going away. So here's my tip when your pile (or my new one) is so high you've forgotten what's on the bottom:
1) Clear your kitchen counter or dining room table. Even a stretch of floor will work.
2) Go through your stack item by item, and lay each item side by side on the counter, table or floor.
3) Address each item individually, and force yourself to make a decision about where it belongs.
4) If you need to make a purchase to create a final storage place for the item in question, (e.g. photo storage box, more file folders) then start a shopping list. (Read my post about "Organizing Short Term Information" for some ideas)
I find that a huge pile overwhelms me, but I can deal with one item at a time. Happy pile busting!
In His Love,