I am determined that Everything Will Have a Place. I love order, I crave order, I need order to function.
I am also determined to clean as I go. I didn't do spring or fall cleaning and am paying for it. I just need the house to be clean and orderly to enable our family to function at our fast pace a little more efficiently.
We have lived in our "new" house five years and I feel like I really haven't moved in. I still haven't found everything, and I don't feel like there is logical order in the house. I dream that I will create such order, that my hubby and kids will "find" things on their own and put them away where they found them. Remember that lofty high school graduation theme, "If You Can Dream It, You Can Achieve It?" I'm still dreaming, but the achieving part is a little elusive.
Starting in the kitchen on Saturday, I thought it would take just a morning. Two days later, I am still working.
I am rearranging cupboards for efficiency. I am throwing out things. I am donating things to the thrift store. I am putting things away in other parts of the house. I am cleaning cupboards inside and out.
Moving in when you have already moved in is challenging, but I am determined to win.
I don't want just a place for the useful things, but also for the decorative things. Some things haven't been unpacked for several moves. They need to be used, put back into storage carefully labeled, or properly disposed of.
I finally cleaned the top of my fridge. Early in my marriage, it didn't even occur to me that the top of the fridge had to be cleaned. After all, I never saw it. I am only 5 feet 2 inches tall.
Then, we had company. A six foot tall man named Al. He saw the top of my fridge and got the giggles. He looked way down on me and realized why the top of my fridge was furry. Then, he felt bad because he laughed at me. For the past 20 years, when I have cleaned the top of my fridge, I have thought of Al. I was SO thankful he said something!
Sunday was Think of Al Day. I cleaned the top of my fridge. Al is married to the wise woman, Connie, who has been a godly Titus 2 woman in my life.
I removed some vintage coffee tins and added the two vintage picnic baskets. One holds baby/toddler paraphenalia (cups, dishes, bibs, silverware) that grandchildren and young visitors will need. It isn't a daily need, so they had to be away but accessible. The other basket is waiting for inspiration.
The "baby drawer" in the kitchen became the holding place for the toaster, the electric knife and the blender, which were all cleverly hidden in separate places throughout the house.
I dug out some of my favorite graniteware and cast iron items for a display on my buffet.
My cherished vintage tins were pulled from the garage and given a place in the dining room.
My antique lanterns were placed on top of the hutch with my quirky birds from my dear Indian friend, Krupa.
Monday begins another school day, but a continuation of my passion to clean and organize. I will tackle Rebekah's school area while she is doing school. I will sort through magazines while she is quietly waiting. I will continue this week and next until I am happy that we are running efficiently.
I crave order because it is my nature.
I also crave order because it is my Father's nature.
1 Corinthians 14:40, "Let all things be done decently and in order."
As I try to make my home subject to me, it is a reminder of the same battle we have with our flesh, trying to make it subject to our spirit.
We need to be orderly in our marriage. We need to be orderly in the church. We need to be orderly in our homes. That means, we follow the Lord's order that He has established in the Bible.
Just as we bring order to our homes by creating a space for everything, we bring order to our spiritual lives by creating a space for everything.
We need a space in our day to read our Bibles. We need a space in our day to pray. We need a space in our day to encourage our family members. Make your own list for your own life. What do you need to create space for?
We see our physical needs easily and can clean, craft and organize our way into peaceful, functioning order. As we're working on physical order in our lives, let's ask the Lord to give us eyes to see what needs order in our spiritual lives as well.
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