1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.
How peaceful it is when our homes are in order. That is, things are in their
place and the environment around us is clean and organized. I don’t know
about you, but when my home is in that state, I feel a sense of peace. Now I
realize we live in our homes and our daily lives are busy so keeping the home
in this state all the time is unreasonable and unrealistic. We can all take a
deep breath and say our homes are messy the majority of the time.
However, I believe that because God is a God of peace, not confusion, he can
guide us on how to be better organized. How frustrating is it when you are
looking for something, and you can’t find it! Or you miss a deadline on
paperwork for your child because you misplaced the paper.
I have put together some helpful tips that I have learned (still learning) to
incorporate to help life go smoother, and I can feel that I am more organized
and on top of things. Doing these things has helped me to then maximize the
time I do have and keeps me from procrastinating.
1. Make a list. When you have a lot of things to accomplish it is very helpful
to have a list to keep you focused on what the priority things are that need to
be done. Many times, we start off doing one task and then begin doing
another one that is not on the list. Keep your focus and stick to the list.
2. Complete a task. As you go through your list, finish one before moving to
the other. This way you don’t have incomplete tasks hanging over your head.
3. When there is paperwork to be done, do it right away. I know when my
kids come home from school with a paper that needs to be signed or filled out,
it is in all our best interests if I fill it out right away. I stop what I am doing and
get that done so that there is no chance of missing out on something or
getting penalized for being late. Once filled out, have your child put it in their
4. Use the calendar and reminders on your phone. Having a quick
resource for what is on your calendar is important to have on your phone. It
also serves to remind you of upcoming events so that you don’t forget
5. Take a few minutes out of every day to organize something. It could be
the glove compartment of your car or a drawer in your kitchen. These
moments are refreshing, and it always feels good to clean out things that you
don’t need or want.
These are just a few tips to getting you started on improving your organization
for 2018. Ask the Lord to provide you with strategy in how to best establish
order in your life and home. Seek him, and it will fall into place as you listen to
Psalm 37:23 The steps of a man are established by the LORD when he
delights in his way.