God is soooooo good! Just had to stand at my sinkful of dishes and sing “My God is an Awesome God”. I’ve been a chronically disorganized person my whole life. Ask my mom, or my 5th grade teacher who called my backpack a peddler’s pack. Sorry Miss Edwards. Part of it is lack of discipline and part is being highly distractable. “Squirrel!”
Where was I? Oh yeah, taming the beast. So lacking discipline and focus you can imagine what my house might look like with 10 people living in roughly 2000 square feet, 24/7, 365. Actually you probably can’t. No one was ever allowed in without at least 3 weeks notice except family. There was often about 30 cubic feet of dirty laundry piled in the hall waiting to be done, and another 20 cubic feet on the couch/living room floor, waiting to be folded and put away. The laundry beast was about 75% of the clutter and mess in our house. Notice I say “was.”
Praise the Lord the beast is tamed. It’s taken 24 days of hard work and putting on new habits like new clothes to tame it, but God, the kids and I have done it. Today marks the 1st day I have had, not one stitch of clothing in my living room, since we moved here 3 yrs ago. Not one. We went under couches, behind couches, in couches. We went through and matched or discarded 3 laundry baskets full of unmatched socks. No one needs that many socks. We could have put socks on the feet of a whole orphanage. We pared it down to 10 pairs each. With our new system/discipline of doing the laundry every day, we don’t need any more.
Every morning this month we’ve started with devotions and prayer about our day. We’ve asked God to direct us through our day, and help us accomplish what He wanted us to get done that day. We’ve had a couple of off days due to illness, but even then, basics got done. We’ve been disciplined in other areas as well.
We’ve set up a morning routine…and stuck to it! That routine includes making beds and bringing dirty laundry downstairs so it doesn’t pile up in their rooms…me feeling good because the hampers are empty. We still have a long way to go decluttering before I’ll want surprise visitors, but I have confidence (for the 1st time) that we will get there before long. Rome wasn’t built in a day. We didn’t get in this mess in a day, and it will take some time to get out. But with God’s help we can do anything. God and I make a pretty good team 🙂
Unless you’re like me, and have lived in a chronic mess as long as you can remember, you have no idea how good this feels. (BTW, my mom’s a neat freak. I didn’t get this from her.) I feel like a huge weight has been taken off me. 17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things[a] have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 HCSB This caterpillar is ready to fly.
Now that the laundry is done, the rest of this week will be spent paring down the rest of our clothes and giving away what we don’t need. Because now that it’s not sitting in the hamper, we’re finding we’re short on dresser space. 😉 So here’s to all the messy warriors laboring in the trenches…it can be done…you can do it…13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phillipians 4:13 KJV Not some…all! Ask for strength DAILY and you shall receive. Give your day to the Lord and he will establish the work of your hands. (from Prov. 16:3)