Some people seem to be born organized, like Doug, who folds his dirty laundry before putting it in the hamper, rotates his clean socks and underwear to ensure even wear, and tears every piece of trash into four pieces before stacking it neatly in the bottom of the trash can!
Other people, like Jennifer, are not so naturally endowed. When I was growing up, my mother would have found it impossible to imagine that anyone whose closet and drawers looked like mine would ever be able to keep an orderly home. But visitors who admire my tidy closets, drawers, pantry, or garage today assume I’ve always been neat-nik. Little do they know that they’d have needed a tetanus shot just to peek under my bed thirty years ago.
My point is this – organization is definitely something that can be learned. I acquired it out of sheer necessity, as big families cannot afford to be disorganized. You know the frustration you feel when you are ready to walk out the door and realize the baby has misplaced his shoes? Well, multiply the hassle of tracking them down by twelve or thirteen, and you’ll see what I mean.
Through the years, we’ve developed systems of doing things that keep our lives and home running smoothly. Click on the topics at left to read some of the ideas that have worked best for us. We hope they may help you make your home into the peaceful haven of rest that God intends for it to be.
We’ll be adding to this section as time permits, so check back later for more hints. If there is an organizational challenge you’d particularly like to see addressed, send us an email. We’ll try to address it here.