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The Organizing Gene - Part 1

The Organizing Gene. Did you inherit it? Part 1

Task: Help an aging parent with a project

1 Peter 4:10 "Each one should use whatever gifts he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms."

It would be so convenient if all parents and children were born with the “organizing gene”. The reality is, only 10% of humans are born with the innate ability to create systems and maintain them. Luckily, if done correctly, organizing skills can be taught. Here are some key rules of engagement for an adult child to teach their parent how to organize.

Rules of Engagement: Children Organizing Their Parent where child has the ‘organizing gene”/parent does not

  • Organize only after you have your parent's blessing to do so. Remember, the belongings and space are theirs, not yours!
  • Ask questions before jumping in. Ask which systems are working and what areas or systems are frustrating. How would your parent like their space to look like and function?
  • Respect your parent's values. Hold back your criticism and judgment, and try to organize per their value system.
  • Be sensitive to physical limitations. Many people can only organize for a few hours at a time since there is so much mental energy required to make decisions. Also, take into consideration that there is a lot of physical exertion when organizing--moving, standing, bending, and lifting. Be certain to take breaks and stay hydrated and nourished.
  • Have fun! It can be fun to go through things together and hear stories of where things came from. Decide ahead of time what your goals are so you can help one another stay on track.

The Lord gave each of unique gifts to share with the world. Remember to show grace and mercy to those who can never seem to get organized; they have different God-given gifts that you do not possess.

Submitted by: Angela Cody,  Major Organizers

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