Today I tackled the boy's room. Whew! Too often "clean your room" means dumping all their treasures in their closet. Today I told them to pull everything out and dump their treasure boxes out on the floor and sort through everything.
Do all boys have collections of string, whittled sticks, and painted rocks?
Halfway through I was ready to despair. It looked far worse than before. But we kept at it and now their room looks wonderful.
Will it stay that way for more than two days?
I love the tips on organizing that you all have been sharing in the comments. Jonna sent such as sweet email that I asked if I could share it with all of you. I loved her perspective on seeking the Lord in our organizing. She graciously agreed so here is Jonna's organizing tips.
am a busy homeschool Mom - I know you are busy - so here are a few
hints that have helped me - I SOOOOO pray for help with this area of
my life - I sometimes feel like I am "drowning" in my
"stuff"/their stuff at our home. We have 7 children -
5 still are at home.
has been such a struggle for MANY years - just ask my husband Mike:-)
There were times in years past my own big "clean-up"
consisted of taking the mail and other papers for many weeks and then
putting it into paper garbage bags until I could find time to sort it
all (which then never happened). Mike one time smiled,
saying that he had taken some of these bags to the
dump that sat around for months. When he saw my shocked expression,
he said "Be truthful - have you missed a single thing in them?"
:-) Had to admit I had not!!
tip someone gave, was to sort your mail every day right near
your garbage can or recycling paper spot and only keep what you
absolutely need. If it is a "rare" (which they are
anymore:-)!!) personal letter, jot the date r'cd on the back so
you can then see how really long it takes you to answer it:-)
get the book Organized Simplicity by
Tsh Oxenreider. The
author is a believer so even though the book was published for a
secular audience you will at least see that theme understated within
the book. Cheap on eBay or Amazon. If
you get through Amazon, be sure to use their SMILE.amazon.com link -
1/2% of any purchase can go to Christian ministries, like Voice of
the Martyrs etc.
yourself in sorting ANYTHING/purchasing anything - does
this simplify or complicate my life?
any new/used book - be ready to get rid of one in exchange or even
two if brave - same goes for any clothing piece, knick knacks, -
before every single purchase, since it's all God's money anyway (I
just got given this VERY challenging thought by another believer).
Even praying before grocery shopping, that you might find more on
sale to help stretch the money etc.
am always SOOOO touched by my cello teacher's home - so simply,
sparsely furnished with a few tasteful wall hangings. Such a
peaceful feeling it resonates. I long for this even in a busy
household with three boys ages 14, 11, and 8 still in it:-)
yourself - if I had a year to live, which of this "stuff" I own would I really want to keep/use?
what things you might be hesitant to part with (unsure) and give
yourself a week to decide. If they have value, make them a project -
sell them on eBay if you are able to do this, and give all the money
away to someone poor - there are SOOO many worthwhile projects at
Gospel For Asia or CAM - even a $1.00 buys tracts. I am amazed how God
gave this idea to me to help me part with my "stuff", and
how he has blessed these feeble efforts to turn this "stuff"
into something tangible for Christians in other countries.
good read is The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn, also Road to
Reality by K.P. Yohannan – the man from India who started Gospel
for Asia. My free time is SOOO limited I cannot read many
books, so I only will recommend those which I feel are 100% worth
your time. I hope you will be blessed by these three books. They help
underscore from a Christian perspective about living more simply and
will leave you with a poem I just read by Ruth Bell Graham:
them go -
things that have
through the years.
they be only things,
may but impede the ship
down when it should go
the butterfly eludes