Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Simplify Your Home

I've been an 'organizer' for as long as I can remember.  As a child I wanted things to be neat and orderly.  I'd spend hours organizing things, labeling drawers and cleaning out containers.

My Mom loved my help and has, to this day, expressed appreciation for my skills in that area.

Well, as I've raised my own children and lived in various places and homes, I've realized that the BEST and most important thing any of us can do is to SIMPLIFY the amount of work.

This means that when a child outgrows clothes, toys, books etc. we pass them along to someone else who can then use them.

It also means that we get rid of as much clutter as possible.  We do that by reducing the amount of mail that comes into the home (call and cancel unwanted magazines etc.), find places for things and put them there.  Hang up shelves or racks for book bags and coats.  Get a laundry basket for each bedroom and a garbage container.  Teach children to put their things away.

This is a quick nutshell version of possible ways to simplify - but…it's a good way to start thinking of ways to make things more efficient in the home.

But, the easiest way to start to simplify our homes and lives is to get rid of stuff that we no longer need or use.  If there are 'emotional' attachments - try to figure out why and then ask for help from above.

We're not to set our hearts upon anything in the world.  They are given us for our convenience and comfort but not to rely upon or depend upon.  We are to rely upon the Lord only.

If we have things to save for preparedness, food storage, camping etc, we are to keep those.  We can ask the Lord to guide us to know what those are.

As we seek to simplify our lives - it will free up both our physical and emotional energy for greater purposes.

Clutter can take over and overwhelm us and….trap us into thinking that we are not 'free'.


  1. Thanks for this post; I really need to go through my house and simplify.
    Blessings for these timely thoughts!.

    1. It's a continual thing, isn't it? Sort of like our lives; we have to keep 'de-junking' from time to time. :) Bless you!


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