Where Does It Belong?

God is the Creator of order. Scientists spend careers looking at the wonders of His organization and design. When we reflect a small amount of that orderliness in our lives, we are reflecting His character in a beautiful way.

The old adage, “An ounce of prevention…” applies here. It takes time to set yourself up for success in any area, but the time you save down the road is greater. If you have your linen closet set up so that everything has a place and (most) everything is in its place, in the long run you save hours of searching and folding and unfolding and snapping in frustration and searching all over the house. If your kitchen is ordered so that you can easily use it, you will not avoid hospitality because of the nightmare that you have every time you prepare a meal.

All that to say, putting things where they belong is crucial in avoiding chaos in life and home.

  • Set up a habit of only ever putting the car keys in one of two places saves headaches and frustrating searches. It takes self-discipline to set up the habit, but it pays off over and over and over.
  • If tools go back on the assigned shelf after they are used, they are ready for use again. A project won’t require search time just to get started.
  • Groceries are put away in the right cupboard, not just wherever they fit. It will be a lot easier to know what is there and what needs to be re-stocked.
  • Bills placed in the stack or cubby to be paid are much more likely to be paid then those scattered all over the house and car. Your credit record and utility providers will be happy, and your bank account will not have to suffer from those pesky late fees.

Again, this idea is something that has to be built into a habit. It’s hard, but it’s worth it once you put in the work. Set yourself up for smooth success. Put things where they belong.


Christmas Decorations

What to do with ALL THAT STUFF?

Decorations do help make this holiday season a beautiful and special time to celebrate and remember. They can also be an expression of creativity that blesses our Creator, the maker, and all the viewers.

But they add up. More boxes are needed to store them. The closet door has trouble closing in January. Sound familiar?

So…back to our question: What can be done with all the decorations?

Consider where they are stored. If you have a place that is out of the way, hidden until opened once a year, and a manageable size, you are helping yourself a great deal. Tripping over the cascade of ornaments in July doesn’t make anyone happy. For many years, all my decorations were stored in an antique chest that served as an end table year-round. I opened it twice a year, once to decorate and once to store again. The rest of the time it was a great table.

Is the size of the storage space reasonable for your purposes? Think about what is important to you when decorating for the holidays. Do you have more than is serving your goal? There is a difference between finding a space to put stuff and deciding how much space you would like to assign for certain things. Look at the purpose and then find the place.

Reflect on what is stored. Again, think about your goal with decorating and pass on what you do not use and doesn’t meet your purpose. Just like clothes, you don’t need to save a wreath for 10 years after you start using one that suits you better — or just in case you ever might want to display it. Be intentional about your stuff, just like you carefully spend your time and energy.

Have a plan for how stuff is stored. Use the closet tips we’ve talked about before. Label, label, label. Know what you have. Contain stuff. Fix it before you pack it up; you won’t want to do repairs when you are ready to decorate. Put it up so it’s easy to take down when you want it.

May you have a merry and beautiful Christmas! And more organized storage for next year…