Today I want to talk about a hot topic among bloggers, Pinterest-ers, and homemakers: organizing. You may often read about people who have their whole entire home organized so that every single shoe and hair pin have a place to go. While that is commendable, how realistic is that? It is my goal to share real, doable tips and tricks to help your homemaking, so that’s why I am sharing three easy ways to organize your home.
Organizing is something I like to think I am good at. I enjoy it, and having everything in a place means I can find whatever I need, whenever I need it. In my opinion, a well organized home is a sign of respect for your family and God.
Yep, you read that right.
Let me explain: being the keeper of our home is a wonderful gift from God and it is what He intended us to do (I am not saying that women should not work outside the home, but the priority MUST be on serving God and her family. Homemaking is one of the ways we can serve.). One aspect of homemaking is keeping the house tidy, and neat, and organization can help with that. If we do not make an effort to keep our possessions in order, it is like we telling God we aren’t grateful for them. Having a disheveled, disorganized, and cluttered home could also going to cause our families stress and frustration, so we are not serving them by not keeping our home in order.
I don’t want to make any other homemakers feel inferior because of their homemaking habits, or style; I hope to encourage you to work towards being the best homemaker you can be with the help of God (side note: if you are looking for a place to connect with real homemakers I suggest you join our Facebook group). You CAN improve on your domestic skills, you CAN get your home in order, you CAN create a peaceful atmosphere for your family! Let’s begin that journey by focuses on a few small, but effective ways to organize your home.
1 | Organize by Color
Personally, I like to have my clothes sorted by color. It makes it easier to find that red cardigan or brown skirt since I know exactly where it should be. It also looks neater, and can help you determine if there are duplicate items that can be donated (who really needs five black shirts anyways?!). I also like to sort my knitting yarn by color, for the same reason. Most of my clothes are hanging up, so it is easy to color sort them, but you can also do this with dresser drawers.
2 | Use Baskets or Bins to Organize Small Items
I am rather fond of organizing my vanity drawers so that everything fits into a box, bin, basket, or other container. All my hair pins, brooches, earrings, and other accessories are all grouped by item and stored in various vessels, which makes everything easier to find. This organizational system also helps to motivate me to pick up my things and put them away, sine I know exactly where they need to go. I also use container to organize my craft supplies, stationary, kitchen utensils, winter accessories, seasonal shoes, vegetable seeds, charging cables, gift cards, and more. Yep, it is safe to say that I really like container organizing! I use large containers for grouping things like ALL my craft supplies, but then within that container I have a smaller one for paper, another for paints and brushes, and so on. My craft items all stay together this way, but they don’t get all mixed up.
3 | Focus on One Area at a Time
The idea of organizing your entire home can seem overwhelming, especially if you have a lot of things or a larger home. But here’s a secret: you don’t have to do it all. Homemaking is not a race or a contest. God is pleased as long as you try your best!
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24
Instead of trying to organize everything in a couple days, spend time working on one room or area at a time. Start somewhere small to ease yourself into it, maybe in the bathroom or kitchen. Or start even smaller and tackle it one drawer at a time. Do as much or as little as you are comfortable with, and stop only when you are ready. If you are feeling discouraged about homemaking, or are unmotivated, I encourage you to give this post a read.
I want to remind us all of the words in Matthew 6:20-21 which say
“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
The possessions we have should not be our only treasures. All those things will not last, and in the grand scheme of things, they are not all that important. While we should be good stewards of the things God has given us, we should be obsessed with them. Feeling good about your home and serving God through homemaking are desirable but we must be sure that our material goods do not become idols. If you feel that your possessions may be held in an idolatry way, pray and ask God to help you remember that HE is the One who deserves first place in our lives.
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