A special welcome to those of you visiting after reading my devotion on why I need to hang up my robe. If you didn't read it, please hop on over to Proverbs 31 and give it a glance.
In the devotion, I address an annoying tendency within me to not finish a task. Instead of putting clothes in a drawer, I leave them on top of the dresser. I've not made my bed some days because I'll just be getting in it again that evening anyway. Of course, I should just leave my pj's on the bed so they are handy. Right? Can you relate?
There are so many things that we rationalize not finishing. The problem is we develop habits of not finishing things. Small things lead to big things, then we wonder why we can't get anything done, as if it's someone else's fault. Kind of a vicious circle.
I believe this is actually a simple problem to address. I'm sure there are deep rooted issues for some, but for most, we can start to address this issue by simply hanging up our bathrobes every day. It's a habit. It becomes normal. Pretty soon, it starts to bother you that things are put up, and so you want to put things in their right places.
Then, you realize that you don't have a "right" place for something (which is why it's always on the dining room table), and you push through to figure it out.
In the devotion, I promised to list some of the common things women deal with on a daily basis that cause clutter - in our homes, offices and minds. Maybe if you pick one thing, you'll start to develop some finishing habits as well.
Here's what I have to tell myself to put away:
Magazines - buy cheap magazine holders and store them by year. Better yet, cut what you want out of them, file those items and recycle the rest by giving away or recycling.
Books - if you don't have room in your bookcase, either buy a new one or give books away.
Remote controls - Get a basket or box for them.
Mail - create a bill center, recycling center, and shredding center
Food - put away as soon as you have used it (don't wait til you are done cooking to clean up)
Clothes - buy more hangers, another dresser or have a yard sale to get rid of what you really don't want
What do you struggle with? What do you NOT know what to with so it gets left on your counter, bed, dresser, top of the refrigerator?
Leave a post with either your biggest struggle, or something annoying that you just can't figure out. From those posts, I'll pick a winner for a lovely key hook (so you know where to place those) and my book, "work @ home" where I share some tips on being organized.
I've also started a new blog called "Her Organized Life." It's not really up and running yet, but I couldn't miss this chance to let you know about it. I'm actually on vacation now and am working on a posts to start next week when I return. Hop over just to see what it looks like, then come back in a week to start getting simple organizing tips - many based on what you share today.
Here's one things I know for sure, even if you never pick up your bathrobe again, God still loves you and has a plan for your life. So don't feel down about it. But if this post inspires you to hang it up, then that's icing (or gravy) depending on where you live.
In His Love,