Getting & Staying Organized

I posted something short earlier, but God’s been nudging me to come back and invite you to be part of something He’s laid on my heart.

  • If you knew that having more order in your home would bring more order to your world – freeing up your time, emotions, thougths and spiritual gifts to do what God’s called you to do – would you make it a priority?

 

  • If you knew it was actually possible, would you take some small steps towards getting and staying organized?

 

After posting confessions of my cluttered counter tops, closets and cabinets, I worked for a few hours on the mess in my nest. And, I feel like I’ve lost 10 mental pounds! The feeling of freedom that followed my progress is amazing. I promise to post photos later this week of my “before and after.”

Today God reminded me of 1 Corinthians 14:33, “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.” In the context of this verse, Paul is talking about order in the church. But in the context of our lives this truth also applies.

Order is part of God’s character and peace is the promised fruit of His spirit.

Our longing for order and peace is woven into our souls because we are created in God’s likeness. Our spirits long for a lack of confusion. The Holy Spirit has been showing me since last week that this is a big deal. We care about our homes and want to be good managers of our piles and files. As I read your challenges and honestly assessed how I’ve been feeling about mine, I sensed that our messes are not only piling up – they are weighing us down. Consider this:

  • When you see your organizationally challenged areas, do you feel a sense of peace or defeat? Do you get all irritated inside?

 

  • Does your life start to feel out of control when you think about what you need to do to get organized but feel like you have no time to do it?

 

Can I encourage you to give yourself the gift of bringing a little order to your world. A little peace to your heart and home. I want to gather some girlfriends to encourage and pray for each other this week, and commit together to tackle one of our organizational challenges. Will you join me?

And because we all need some incentive, I’m giving away another copy of Karen’s book The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized”, and some organizational pretties!

If you want to join in this quest, click on the word “Comments” at the end of this post and tell me what one area will you give an hour or so to this week. Your commitment will qualify you for the give-away. And will you pray for the person who leaves a comment right before yours? I’ll leave the first one. Then for a second chance to win, click here and get the encouragement you need to finish what you start.

On Friday, I have another P31 friend and author who is writing a book called, “I Used to Be So Organized” who is going to stop by to encourage, pray for and help us with some very practical ideas! And I’m working on having my before & after photos up then, too.

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About Renee

Renee Swope is a Word-lover, story-teller, heart-encourager and grace-needer. She's also a wife, mom, friend, daughter and author of A Confident Heart, a Retailers Choice Award winning book that became a best-seller and has been published in six languages, with over 150,000 copies sold. Renee is speaks around the country at women's events and and serves on the writing team for DaySpring’s inCourage blog. For twenty years, Renee served in leadership at Proverbs 31 Ministries and as former co-host of the ministry's radio program, “Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee.

Comments

  1. I'm committing to going through one last pile of papers that were on my counter top, and to tackling the chaos under my bathroom sink. I haven't even shown you all that mess but I promise, I will. 🙂

    Can't wait to pray for the rest of you!

  2. I'm in. Since your first post about organization I've really been taking a look at how disorganized my whole life is. I'm going to commit to making an organizational plan. I'm going to start by making a list of household chores that each person is responsible for each day/week.

  3. I'm praying for you Renee as you tackle the mess in your nest. I am committing to the 'collection' I have in my master bathroom cabinet. Thank you for all of your encouragement! Pam

  4. An hour to the unfinished basement will be my goal this week! Trying to establish a craft corner down there, but not sure how to make it baby safe so we can use it with her awake.

  5. Oh, I'm so happy. Will you all take before photos, too? I am so excited about doing this together! Maybe we'll be able to share ideas, suggestions or organization tips we discover along the way. And maybe my guest poster/author friend will put us in her book :-).

    Two are better than one, and a chord of three strands can't be broken. God will be our 3rd strand!

  6. I am committing to working on finding some way to organize and sort all of my craft "stuff" that does not have its own assigned place. Since I am only a couple of weeks out from knee replacement I am not sure I will actually get the plan put into action but I atleast want to get a plan down so when I am able I'll be ready to dive right in.

  7. I am committing to working on finding some way to organize and sort all of my craft "stuff" that does not have its own assigned place. Since I am only a couple of weeks out from knee replacement I am not sure I will actually get the plan put into action but I atleast want to get a plan down so when I am able I'll be ready to dive right in.

  8. Renee have you been hiding in my closet :-)? This post is exactly what I have been feeling! I have really been trying to get organized this year. I committed to taking 1 room a month to clean out & deep clean. So far it has gone ok but, I am beginning to lose steam and get frustrated. I have been focusing on my kids rooms lately and can't seem to make an improvement before they mess it up again. After reading your post I am going to focus on "my space". Once I take care of the chaos & piles of stuff in my bedroom then maybe I will be able to breathe again. My husband may appreciate it as well :-).

    Thanks for the encouragement & focus that I needed.

    Mary

  9. Oh my. After having a rough first five months with my sweet, now-happy son, the whole house is a wreck. But, the kitchen has finally become more manageable and the living room can be easily straightened if I just take 5 minutes each day to do so.

    The worst areas of the house right now are the office and our bedroom. I commit to an hour this week to work on one of those (whichever one I can get to!).

    My "happy clean place" in the house, where it is NOT allowed to get cluttered is the mantel above the fireplace. Such a small place, I know. But if everything else is a wreck, I can put blinders on and just look at that for a minute.

    One piece of advice I've heard several places is that if it takes less than 30 seconds to accomplish a cleaning task, do it right then. When I follow that, the kitchen and common areas definitely stay cleaner and straightened.

    Thank you for this post. I look forward to the guest post at the end of the week.

    As of the time of writing this, Mary is the person before me, so I'm praying for you and your "deep clean" and of straightened your room, Mary!

  10. I'm going to work on putting away my two-year-old daughter's new birthday toys and clothes that she recently received. I'm also going to write thank you notes for the items so that I can throw the cards away.

    I also want to work on teaching my daughter how to clean up after herself. I pray that God can help me become organized and disciplined so that my daughter won't be a messy like me!

  11. I am going to tackle paper clutter. It is the one that haunts me the most.

  12. I will work on my office and bedroom. Those two rooms are always the last to get organized. I've decided to actually purge these areas. I feel trapped by all the "STUFF". I have been feeling God's gentle nudging to tackle these areas, so that my mind will be open to his plans for my life.
    Thank you for encouraging us!

  13. I am committed to going through my dining area/ home office. I have piles of stuff(bills, flyers, remnants of an Avon business) lying around. I really struggle with letting go of things( material things and people). I am always afraid that I will need it/them later in life. I really feel that this book my not only help me to get my office area organized but possible to organize some other areas in my life
    Melissa @
    rensim11@yahoo.com

  14. Just about every room in our home needs some de-cluttering. I know that I would feel a sense of accomplishment and peace if things were organized. The area I will work on this week is the book case that is filled with school papers and a box of papers that need to be shredded. Thanks for the encouragement, Renee!

  15. Why can't a person ever keep the kitchen and/or kitchen table clean? It's amazing how much "stuff" a family collects: junk mail, craft items, toys, etc. That is my goal – cleaning up my kitchen and cabinets and keeping them organized!!

  16. Today is my "pile of papers" day! I am sorting, filing and organizing. This is supposed to be my year of "organizing". All 3 of my children are in school full time for the first time and I have vowed make organizing/sorting and being a better homemaker my priority. I would LOVE to win Karen's book and I have appreciated your blog so much!! Peace. Erin

  17. My bedroom is worse than a teenagers. I have small closets and don't have room for everything. I am short on time and so stuff ends up everywhere. I spend a lot of time looking for things. Pray for me.

    dora

  18. I' going to organize my bedside table which doubles as a desk, bookshelf, snack area, you name it and it is probably on that table!!

  19. Renee, you nailed it…my clutter is always hanging over my head. I am committing to going through the pile on my kitchen counter that has bills, receipts, and a ton of other things in it.

  20. Wow – this has been speaking to my heart since last week. A family crisis and ongoing stress at work have left me feeling very overwhelmed. As i am off work for the week, i determined that if I could just get things at home organized, it would help my stress levels. so, i am committing to cleaning out the storage room in the basement, so we can actually get to the shelves!

  21. We 'simplified' our decor and lifestyle a few years ago and love having less to care for, clean, sort, etc. 🙂 However, would appreciate your prayers as my parents moved to a retirement home this summer from a house on our farm ….. and the thought of sorting through the remainder of their things has been enough to keep me from starting the process!

    Thanks for the encouraging post, Renee. Praying for you and all the others who have commented.
    Sharon from Ontario Canada.

  22. I love what I call God winks…just spent this morning before work filing the stack of paid bills and assorted other paperwork, that had been piling up on my kitchen table for close to three months now. Can't believe how much better I feel knowing that I won't have that to look at tonight when I walk through the door. Thank you for the blessing and encouragement of your blog.

  23. I've not had the time today to load my "afer" photos as I had promised so I'll post those tomorrow. It takes a bunch of time to load photos on blogger, doesn't it? They will be so fitting with what my friend is going to share with us tomorrow on organizing paper. And it's all going to motivate us to keep going.

    As I read through your comments today, I am praying again for each of you. I am so proud of you for taking time to do this. I want your hearts to be encouraged and united as one.

    This matters to God because we matter to God. He wants our best. Let's allow the guiding and wisdom of His spirit to establish our steps that lead to PEACE as we organize our messes and file our piles. Hugs and cheers. Don't give up!!

  24. I will work on my home desk to tame the mess that is on it. I am also praying for you, Renee, as you are the last one to leave a comment. ; )
    Angela
    mom2ccj@yahoo.com

  25. I'm committing to going through my piles of papers.

  26. Just before cooking dinner I went in to my bathroom. When I opened the drawer where I keep my makeup- I was a little overwhelmed. I took abouyt forty-five minutes going through cosmetic bags and throwing old makeup away. Just that little bit of organization makes me feel better about going back into my bathroom. I need to tackle an area in my den where I have books, papers and cards sitting around.

  27. Thank you so much for your authenticity in showing us that you too struggle with this.
    Today I was becoming overwhelmed by areas in our home and it was making me feel out of sorts. The enemy was sure doing a number on me. It just so happens that I have already started to do some things to get organized before reading your post. I am committing to organizing our family room and master bedroom.

    Guess what I found in my organization time? A little devo on cleaning out your closet. Guess He really means it is TIME He has begun a new work in me and I need to be obedient.

    Hugs n prayers for you all!!

  28. I'm going to tackle the closet and seasonal clothing sorting dilemma in the room my two daughters share. I'm sure it will take me more than just an hour but that would be a good start:) Thanks for the challenge!

  29. Hi ladies! I'm tackling my closet this week. I had already decided to do that so ya'll hold me accountable!! Next week's challenge is the piles of paper in my office.

    Renee, yes! Disorganization makes me feel all of those ways. This is a good word!!

    I'm praying for you all.

  30. This is something I've been struggling with too. I've decided to tackle one area at a time, starting with my son's bookshelf of toys in the dining room and working my way around the house. Thanks for the inspiration.

  31. I am committing to clean out my office closet. Why is it so hard to ask for help? I was going to post last night and changed my mind. 10 minutes later I am looking for my son's SS card and spent the next hour not finding it. Thanks for praying. Going back in to look some more.

  32. I need to commit to getting through all my paperwork and get bills in order and cleaning off my kitchen table. My kitchen table seems to be the place where everything goes when we walk in the door. Everynight before dinner, I need to push things out of the way so we can sit down to eat. I really need to get these 2 things tackled. thank you for the support.

  33. Marla, it will be easy to remember your mess, because that's mine, too. If my kitchen tabe is cleaned off, it's migrated to the dining room or desk – any flat spot will do. I know what I'd like to accomplish, but I don't know where to begin. And it seems like such a BIG project.

  34. Thanks Renee for such a great post. I need to commit to organizing our home so I can feel more at peace. This week I am going to work on the pile on my diningroom table and filing away the paperwork where it belongs.

    I am praying for all of you ladies.

    Have a great week.

    Deb V

  35. This is my 1st time visiting here, & How timely for me. Do you know that feeling? ….when the task is so overwhelming that you do nothing. That has been my thoughts lately.. My "stuff" is over-taking my life.
    You are motivating me to do something. I will start in my fabric room… & go from there.
    Thanks for the push : ) & the reminder that God really does want me to live in/with His Peace.

  36. Found you through Lisa Smith. I will participate since I need to organize my house and my life.
    Although every room in the house needs help, I am going to start with my bedroom. A pile of papers have multiplied and taken over one corner. I am working a half day at work tomorrow and will dedicate the remainder of the day to FINALLY getting the piles cleaned up and put away before they multiply again.

  37. I hopped over from Lisa Smith's page too… and FOR ONCE… I have a FINISHED product, my office just got the final touches and it is now organized and ready!! (Never mind about the closet.. that's coming too…):) The final touch was the window treatment and I wanted a white wood shutter on either side, to frame the window without curtains. I went to our huge flea market in Texas and bought 2 white wood shutters, BRAND NEW… this dealer had a load of rejects from Home Depot or one of those big stores, and they were ONE DOLLAR each!! They fit perfectly, and I am happy!! (Lowe's had already told me they would have to custom order the size – over $200)…

    Yes. I agree with you. Our lives are freed up when there is less clutter to contend with. God loves order, in my heart, and in my office!

    Great word here today Renee!

    Blessings!

    Sonja

  38. Oh Renee what a tough subject for me. I have committed 8 hours on Saturday at work with my boss to get my filing caught up, but I will also commit an hour this weekend to get my laundry (all clean) put away. I'm great at getting it washed, dried and folded, but more often than not, it sits in the basket or on my bedroom floor and I just get dressed out of that. To compound that, I have a 9 year old daughter whose clothes are in the same pile. My piles of papers on my kitchen counter would require another commitment, and this is part of my life that I have been praying about and trying to get cleaned up. Please pray for my continued transformation. Praises to Sonja on cleaning up your office! Mine will hopefully be like that soon! God Bless. Julie

  39. I'm praying for you, Sonja! 🙂
    Mine would be organizing my craft room. We just moved/down-sized and I've worked hard to keep all the rooms and areas as clutter-free as possible–it's awesome!!
    I do have a dedicated craft space. I love to make cards of encouragement to send scripture or prayers to people who need a pick-me-up. BUT, I need my space to be super-functional, where I can quickly make something AND quickly put it away. I'd love it to be pretty and a nice place to be, too, and possibly even a spot where my friends can come "work," too! It's the last space in the new house that's not organized. It comes last, of course, because it's "mine," not a common area.

  40. Julie, I'll pray for you, too!!! 🙂 I sell decorative file folders in my Etsy shop….not that you need to buy mine, but it does seem to help to have something pretty to keep paper corralled! 🙂
    http://www.proudgrits11.etsy.com

  41. I am committing to clearing my desk this week, so I can actually see my desk. Joining in prayer

  42. To my many piles of paper work , receipts & mail that needs to filed extremely bad.

  43. thank you for your encouragement and prayers! i commit to clearing-out my kids outgrown clothes from their drawers~which will make room for the stuff that actually fits!
    in Him, diana

  44. My desk is my culprit!!! I have 2 and one has files AND piles all over it!!! This is just the incentive I needed, thanks Renee!

  45. I am committing to the clothes pile in my room. It is a pile of all 7members of the family. I have sooo many hours and so many spaces. lol I would love to pitch it and start over but the money would be too much. LOL Praying for all that are undertaking this commitment and for the anonymous person who posted before me. 🙂

  46. I am committing to organizing all of our important documents. We have a two year old & four month old & I am embarrass to say I don't have all of our important paper work together, ie. Insurance, bills, will, etc.

  47. I am committing to cleaning up the piles in my room. We look like we sleep in a storage unit. Problem is there is no office in my home, no space, so a corner of my bedroom is the place I use, but it is a mess of boxes and papers and stuff! I teach and this is my storage unit! Not good! I wanted to do it today, planned to do it, then took my daughter to the doctor, got her medicine at the pharmacy and ran out of steam… But I will get at it! Mary B.

  48. I am committing to the paper clutter on my counter and (eek) desk. I'd like to commit to dealing with the basement but…I think the papers will take an hour if I do it "right". Praying for Team Tyndale, that you get your important papers all organized!
    -peace

  49. I'm committing to organizing my kids clothes for the fall, with four kids it's almost a full time job to go through all of their clothes and figure out what fits and doesn't fit anymore, pack it up and bring out what clothes they are now ready to wear.
    I am really in need of help in the area of organizing. I try my best, we live in a three bedroom home and with six people there is only so much space, so it is key to be super organized in order for the house to run smoothly!
    Blessings to you, and thank you for the encouragement!

  50. I will get the pile of children's clothes that have been piled in my bedroom for months ready for the consignment sale. Caron – scaa@bellsouth.net

  51. Getting rid of the stacks and piles around my house has been my goal for months now. I have made progress, but not enough. Thank you for your words of encouragement. Yes, I will continue to tackle these areas, and I will pray for the person who commented before me. God bless all of us!!

  52. Renee,
    I became disabled in 1993 and in searching for a 'drug' to fill the void of loneliness and grief, I turned to playing games on the internet. So, in short, my computer desk area is a collison course for snacks, pens, meds, phone, papers galore and junk. Somehow my desk looks just like the inside of my brain, crazy and confused, overwhelmed and depressed. I want to clear the clutter and dust the mounds of crumbs and crap, so I can breathe easier. Isn't funny how what surrounds us usually defines us?

  53. I am committing to the pile of papers that has been living on the end of my kitchen table WAY too long! And I will be praying for Sherry, too!

  54. mmm … wow, I have struggled with clutter for quite a while and am certain that it would be so freeing for myself and my children to rid ourselves of 90% of all the 'stuff' we have. Papers are my nemesis. I know it clutters my mind, which of course takes our minds off of God … which is exactly opposite of what we desire. I can assure you that my cell group and all the people from our church family who have helped us to move all the 'stuff' twice now would happily agree that we would gladly welcome tips to help with getting anything essential filed … and dumping all the rest. I also want to help my children learn the value of sharing with others – and of giving away much of what we have – simplifying, living on less – and sacrificial giving. I know God wants this for us. Very, very, very interested in checking out your book!

  55. I am praying for all those before me. Ladies, I would love to say that there is only one area of my nest, but it seems that since I have started raising my Grandchildren my whole nest is a mess. The more I look at the mess around me the more I see the mess on the inside. I am committing to one room at a time, one hour at a time, one day at a time. Beginning with my desk, and moving on from there. Thank You so much for the encouraging words.

  56. My mess has taken me captive for way too long! I am ready to be free of the stress that has become a member of my home. I owe it to my husband, daughter, and myself to become a filer and not a piler. I actully have been working on it this week. Sad the number of hours that I have had to waste trying to get things in order, if I had only been more organized I could have used them to play with my daughter. The stress is creeping in my marriage. I am committing to spend at least one hour per day (or whatever it takes) until all of the things are filed, shredded, or trashed!

  57. I have several areas that need work but right now I'm going to focus on the desk and shelves around it. I have already cleaned my closet so I feel pretty good about that but it is so hard to remain motivated and "stuff" seems to multiply!! I want to be FREE of stuff!!

  58. Thank you for the motivation and encouragement of this challenge. In my hour, I will tackle the home office/desk I share with my husband. This is where I usually do my devotions/bible time. I just know that with the absence of all the piles of papers and other clutter I will be less distracted and more focused on spending time with my Lord. My husband will also be blessed by this task as he will have more space to actually use "his desk" he so graciously offered to share with me.

  59. My craft area. It's exploded and I need to get it under control. Also want to make a chore list so the rest of the family can help out by taking care of their personal areas.

  60. I am going to start in my bedroom. That room seems to be the "catch all" and it is past out of control. I feel like my bedroom should be sacred but instead I get heavy when I walk through that door. I am overwhelmed and really don't know where to start but I am ready to get it under control!

  61. I am committing to my bedroom. We had a kitchen fire about three and a half weeks ago. Alot of damage, mostly smoke. We lost alot of furniture and clothes. So with washing many times to salvage what I could, my room has been a catch-all. I was de-cluttering before the fire, now it has been a have to get rid of stuff. It has been hard with all the stuff I have held onto through the years.BUT WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!! I will keep everyone involved in organizing in my prayers. Thanks so much for all the encouragement you have already given us.

  62. Oh my gosh. Have you been reading my diary?! I feel like God just plucked me up and put you right in my path today. I was convicted by my messy house today when my teen said he was just bummed because of how messy the house was. I was just feeling bad…then I found this "accidentally!" I've never even been to this site before! GO GOD!!!!! He is SO good to mind even the tiny details….the ones that drag me down. 🙁 So tonight I start. I will be boxing up the piles of "I Want To Scrap This" papers and pictures and putting them into one large tub to be organized as I scrap, one handful at a time. In between running a ministry for pregnant, homeless women, subbing so we can pay the electric bill and being enslaved as a band parent (lol), I have let these areas slide. I didn't realize how much it was affecting my family til today. And then God provided the answer thru you. THANK you from the bottom of my heart for listening and following His call to you. Count me in!!

  63. I will spend time on my guest/sewing room. I am almost finished after several years of taking care of my Mom before she died in Feb. and not having time to be the organized and sane person I use to be. Dear Lord, please be with the person who posted before me…..encourage her and guide her in the area of her need. In Your sweet name, I pray, Amen.

  64. P.S. RaeRae, I'm praying for your home to become a home again after such a devasting event. I'm so glad you're ok. I'm so sorry you had to go thru that. I pray God would return to you ten times, but in an orderly fashion(!), what you may have lost.

  65. How TIMELY! What a blessing for me to read this today….we're facing a huge challenge as we prepare to move and leave our old nest. I'm committing atleast an hour tomorrow morning to my kitchen — dishes, cleaning cabinets, cleaning the fridge and mopping ALL need to be done. Eek!

    Thanks for the much needed encouragement Renee and my prayer buddies.

  66. I'm committing to going through the clutter in my bedroom, mostly the dresser and desk. I am feeling extremely weighed down with the disorganization of our home since we moved, so I am definitely hoping for a sense of peace!

  67. Hmmm . . . where to start? I would say the two least organized areas in my house are the kids' homework area, and my office. Neither one has really been touched in about 6 months- ugh! Definitely going to give each one an hour this week, but I'm afraid that will only scratch the surface.

  68. I'm committing to cleaning off the piles that accumulate on my desk and the floor of my office for one hour first thing tomorrow morning!

    Praying…for each of us to be encouraging to the other and be freed from all this mess.

  69. I am committing to get things off the kitchen counter (our office is in the kitchen) and organized into a cupboard above or our file cabinet.

  70. My desk. My work space is getting smaller and smaller. And we won't mention the area around my desk. 🙁

  71. Oh my – I was definitely led here! Thank you, Renee, for your honesty! I have baskets, folders, accordian folders, binders, file cabinets, etc. You name it, I have bought it in my quest to get organized. I commit to spend an hour in my kitchen organizing all the piles of papers/junk on the counter, tables & in the infamous junk drawer!

  72. It almost seems like you've been reading my mental journal. We spent a week in a condo this summer and I felt such indescribable peace and joy with the simplicity of our daily routine. I really felt that God was calling me to clean out my excess stuff at home. I went at it full speed. The master closet as well as the linen closet in the master bath are well organized. But then I made the mistake of taking on two organizational projects at once, got overwhelmed and haven't had the heart to go at it again. This was exactly the encouragement I needed to get started again. In fact, I think I'll go spend in hour in my worst spot right now. The laundry room is the dumping ground for everyone as they come and go from the house. It is also the storage space for my crafting supplies. OK, prayer first and then action. Thank you, Renee!

  73. I am committed to getting my kitchen organized. I started on it yesterday and got a few drawers & cupboards organized, got rid of expired canned goods, got all the dishes done, the floor scrubbed & the table cleaned off. I still have several more cupboards to clean out & organize. I am committed to seeing this project through until it's completed.

  74. laundry
    and clutter
    and walking in the door and droping EVERYTHING in a pile two feet from the door, in the corner between the door and the little alley kitchen – whew small houses make it hard to find places for things!

  75. I will organize my stack of bills and create a system to no longer have late payments. The clutter has put a financial and stressful burden on the family

  76. the "mail center" (which is currently the "everything that doesn't have a place center") is my area to tackle!

  77. I am in too. I will tackle the bathroom closet that is packed to the gills with 'stuff'! Thanks for the encouragement to go forward!! I also commit to pray for the one above!! 🙂 🙂

  78. …the linen closet. This whole thing has weighed on my for a number of years at this point. I want my home to be a haven for those I love, especially my husband and it is not. Not like what you see on tv – but still TOO MUCH STUFF.

  79. hehe Jenn, looks like we are tackling the same closet, I didn't read your comment til after I posted mine, definitely praying for you.

  80. How "funny"/divine you posted this!!! One of my dear friends blessed me today with the gift of her time (an early birthday present). My home office/disaster area was absolutely horrible, and we worked from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. until it was DONE! We only stopped to eat lunch, and amazingly, the room looks incredible!!! I only have 3 boxes of things to put away (that don't belong in the office), and I will have a HUGE chunk of my house organized! Praise the Lord for my friend, who was so willing to give me her time!!!

  81. Laura VanderMeer says:

    I'm also committing to going through the pile of papers on my counter top, as well as all of my kid's school papers that tend to turn up on my kitchen table. This is an issue I've dealt with for a long time. I've organized certain areas of my life, but get overwhelmed when thinking of organizing every area. This is awesome that we can come together and support each other through this!

  82. Oh choices choices! Where do I begin? I am going to commit to master bedroom and bath room. For some reason these two rooms seem to catch all the leftover "stuff".

  83. It's funny I stumbled across you on the Proverbs 31 fb feed tonight. We are in the midst of building a new home and are renting a small one that lately has been more of a stopping point than a home. The clutter from dropping and running from one place to another has taken it's toll. I was actually thankful for the rain today so that I could work on some of my piles. You are right about disorder breeding a lack of peace. I am hoping to make some more progress tomorrow and plan to clean off and organize a table in our basement that is pile with scrapbook supplies (that I never have time for). I got a good deal on a rolling storage case for them this spring and still have not "gotten around" to storing it all. Wish me luck… hoping to move in about a month and I want to learn to keep a clutter free home so that it can be a place of peace for all of us and a welcome retreat for friends and family.

  84. I feel overwhelmed and a sense of failure every time I go in our playroom/homeschool room, especially since it should be our homeschool room. I'd love the encouragement and prayers of support to keep "chugging away" at getting the room organized in a way that we can maintain it. My prayers for any of you who also struggle with areas that need organizing!

  85. Carla ^, I prayed for you!

    I'll commit to my desk area. I moved it to the living room area thinking I would keep it neat since it would be in a more visible area. Nope…didn't happen.

  86. I'd love to have my dining room table back. It has become my desk, table, mail bin…need I go on.

    I made huge progress this summer, but since college is back in session; I have lost my muscle.

  87. Our master bedroom is our "catch-all" room when people come over. I want to get a handle on that room first so I have the encouragement to tackle the really big mess…our home office. It is truly a fire hazard with papers all over.
    Praying for that peace!

  88. I am committing to cleaning off the "hot spots" in our den where all of the piles grow!!

  89. Again….here's my email address

    brendaschiesser at gmail.com

    I don't know why it's not on there.

    Brenda

  90. oh I need this soooooo much. I recently ended a pregnancy with a C-section & then the death of my baby girl :0(. You can probably imagine that between pregnancy, C-section & everything else my house has gotten so cluttered & just out of control & it stresses me out so much but I am too overwhelmed to even know where to start. This book sounds like just what I need. My goal this week is to spend an hour just trying to get something, ANYTHING, caught up.

  91. If you could see the laundry, the papers, and so forth surrounding me right now – you would know the commitment I desire, but am overwhelmed. I organized my pantry and now go stand and look at and feel at peace. I would love that in my home.

    Nicole's post was right before mine. I am already praying for her and the peace she seeks after such a blow. I do not even want to imagine what she is going through. I pray she is surrounded in love, peace, and hope.

    In His hands,
    Cindy Q

  92. Well it's the end of the week and I just got home from travel….so the hour I will spend is on putting things away and washing clothes….

    I agree heartily with your statement about freeing up time/energy/space with less clutter….I am working on trying to SIMPLIFY my life so that I have time to do what is important…Time is such a precious commodity its a shame to waste it on "stuff"….

    God bless you!

  93. I appreciate your message on "Getting & Staying Organized". I definitely know that material stuff can and does weigh me down. It hinders me from being able to really moving forward like I want and need to do for myself and for God. I plan on cleaning and organizing my car as much as possible. I have a lot of clutter in there right now. However, it's not as much as it was previously which is definitely good. At least, I have made some progress. I just want and need to make even more though. Thanks for the encouragement!

  94. This is an amazing answer to prayer. There are so many great "getting organized" tips on the cover of just about any magazine. However, they fail to mention what you did. It is such a distraction on our walk with the Lord and service to others. I feel like I've been stuck in a rut for years. My pastor says a rut is just a grave with the ends kicked out. I'm climbing out! I keep setting goals, and never seem to move past the finish line. It isn't just the mess, it's what's causing the mess too. I could use a good strong dose of self discipline. I also could use a little managerial training. Some days I just don't know how to hold it all together with 5 kids. Now, my husband and I are expecting again, and I don't want to continue on the same cycle. I want to figure it out so I can be a good witness…wife and mother. Being disorganized is aweful. I'm committing to a few hours. I don't know where I'll work, but I'm committing to stay with the same task, and not get distracted and move on to another before the one I'm working on is done.

  95. Anonymous says:

    Count me in. I'm committed to finishing de-cluttering my garage, and my kitchen counters towering with papers just begging to be recycled, etc.

    Praying for my fellow sisters united in our struggles!

  96. Incoming mail and going thru it in detail. I have let some pile up into disorder. Paper sorting would be mine.

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