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Organizing for the New Year

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The start of a new year comes with so many promises and opportunities. In the midst of putting away Holiday decorations, it is also a perfect opportunity to get the home organized, in the process. As a self-proclaimed, OCD person, I love being organized, sometimes to a fault, I guess.
The hardest part of keeping a home neat and organized is the picking up or throwing away of no longer needed/used items away. But with a little planning, it can become second nature and the home can be reflect order.
Over the years, things can accumulate making the process a little more difficult and time consuming, but in no way impossible.
It’s best to break the job of becoming organized into smaller and more manageable tasks to avoid becoming discouraged and giving up, altogether. The best way I’ve found to do this is listed below:
1. Start with one room at a time, making the job smaller and more manageable. For example, start in the kitchen or bathroom. Get three boxes, one for trash, another for donating to charity, and yet another for perhaps a yard sale. Start at the top and work from left to right, discarding no longer used or needed items into the right box.
2. Spend a few minutes each day designated to working on the project.
3. Before February rolls around, your home could be an organized paradise, but if you’ve been in your home for any length of time, there could be a lot to go through, and of course more time will be needed. I would suggest patience in the process. It took years to accumulate; it may take some time to get it organized.
4. The best way to stay organized is to pick up as you go, i.e., tossing out junk mail immediately or when something new comes in, try getting rid of something else to keep clutter at bay.
These are things that my husband and I live by.
The Word of God offers some exhortation in this:
“Let all things be done decently and in order.” I Corinthians 14:40 (KJV)
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” I Corinthians 10:31 (KJV)
“And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” Genesis 2:15 (KJV)
The Lord has entrusted our homes to us, and whether they be great or small, how we care for them reflects our obedience to dress and keep the “gardens” he has placed in our care.
Organization can reach out beyond our homes and into our families and careers. Of course, there should always be time for spontaneity.
Happy organizing and Happy New Year!

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