An organized home is such a blessing. Organization is
an ongoing process and I believe is usually a continuing
'work in progress' in our lives. I don't think anyone could
say, "Well now my life is all organized and I am done!".
Because our homes are in constant use and life is always
changing from month to month and season to season, the way
we organize our lives has to accommodate this. We may find
that what worked great at one time now is not working
anymore. Maybe you have more children or maybe you changes
something in your home or what you thought would work great
in theory does not work great in practice. But whatever the
reason that is part of the process.
I get inspired by reading about organizing and this in
turn helps me to look around at my house and better evaluate
where I can make improvements. Of course there may be areas
that work just fine and don't need any improvement. I find
the way I handle laundry and toys, at this point to be very
organized and not in need of change. But on the other hand
I have been struggling with my laundry room for some time.
When you can walk into a room and find it simple to function
in and things flow smoothly then you know you have had
success in that room. Unfortunately that has not been the
case with my laundry room. It also serves as my pantry and
has shelves for cleaning supplies and it is also where I
store my vacuum, mops and brooms. In one corner have large
5-gallon buckets stacked on the floor for my beans and
grains. I am thinking that I basically have too many things
going on in there! I am still reading and trying to come up
with a better plan for that room.
There is one big obstacle that can get in the way of
organizing a room. It is clutter. If you look at a room
and feel a sense of being overwhelmed by the task of
organizing it then you may want to start by de-cluttering
the room first. Throw out unused items and toss or file
away papers, and put other items in their proper place.
If they don't have a proper place yet then simply put them in
a laundry basket and come back to them as part of the
organizing job. It also helps to clean the room as you de-
clutter. Dust table tops, vacuum or mop floors, wipe down
walls, etc. This way when you are done organizing, the room
will be in beautiful shape!
As I am organizing the room I will often calculate how
many storage containers or organizing type items I need to
buy. I try and only go out and buy what I need after I have
actually done the work of separating and getting rid of
unwanted items and generally have a good idea how much needs
to be stored or organized better. This helps my budget so I
don't buy more and spend more than needed.
The time you spend organizing your home will be a
blessing to your family and all who come to your home. It
is worth the time and effort you spend to make your life
flow smoothly. This in turn makes daily maintenance easier
and helps to free up time for other important home and
Crystal Miller is a mother of 8 children and enjoys her God given role as
wife, homemaker and mother! She has a homemaking and
country living web site called The Family Homestead
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