Sunday, January 3, 2010

A House of Order...

is peace of mind. I don't know if this really constitutes a "roof top shout" but it's something I've been working on lately. I've found that the mess really starts to drive me crazy after a while and I tend to get angry more often and the spirit tends to leave our home. So my motto for our family this year is "I will clean up after myself." This for me is basically a challenge to change the way we think as a family so we can keep our house more in order. It's all those little things like putting your dishes in the dish washer rather than the sink, putting the scissors away after you use them rather than leaving them on the counter even if you think you might need them again sometime, and putting dirty clothes in the laundry basket rather than on the floor 10 feet away. All these little things seem to add up and then the house is a mess. To kick off our motto we had a family home evening where we talked about a house of order. We put shapes in order and we put blocks away in the correct bins and at the end of the day our family room looked like the last picture, not perfect, but much better. Of course creating order means there has to exist some sort of order in the first place so I have been striving the give everything in our home a "place." I organized our kids art supplies in one closet. I had Brian put up more shelves in the office closet so I could organize my sewing and scrapbooking supplies as well as the office supplies. I bought a tv cabinet to hid our tv cords and provide some more toy storage space. I'm not saying my house is spotless or that this process doesn't take a lot of time and money, but I think it will be well worth it in the long run if we can keep it up. Only time will tell!...please don't judge me next time you come over a still are finding toys on the floor:)


  1. I like it! I think the TV cabinet was a great idea. I think this is a great direction to go...I like order. As a young mother, I guess my comprimise was to put the house in order at least once a day. I'm not sure if you remember, but it used to go something like this. What's the plan for the day? Get the house picked up...then we can go (do whatever). I know the Paulsens use to do it at the end of the day. After dinner, was the time when everyone pitched in and cleaned up the dishes and picked up the house. That way things were in order for the night and you woke up to an orderly house. Always a challenge, even for me now.

  2. You have inspired me to do housework every day this week. It felt good. Mom

  3. Today I cleaned my fridge, it needed it. It looks beautiful. Mom