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A Place for Everything
Task: Pick up items around the house
Matt. 6:19-20 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 2 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
The saying ‘a place for everything, and everything in its place’ can sound a bit cliché.
The reality of having a place for everything can really make a difference in your daily home life, or your work world. Some people have items placed in various areas. Needing to access or find a particular item can be a time consuming, use up physical and mental energy, and cause frustration.
In working with one client recently, we had sorted through her clothing, reorganized the ‘keep’ clothing, and removed the donate items. When she went to get ready for an appointment, she was surprised at how quickly she was able to access, decide, and get dressed. It had usually taken her 30 minutes to find what to wear. It only took her 10 minutes, which left her some time to make further preparations before her appointment. Through this experience, she found out the importance of having a home for everything. She can now see the value in it. One analogy that I use is – think of the cutlery drawer. If you want a bowl of cereal, you know where the spoons are.
With having a home for everything, you also want to think about boundaries. Just like the cutlery drawer, only a certain amount of the ‘like’ item will fit into the space. If there are more than fits into the space, review and edit out the items that are not being used. Remember, we use 20% of our stuff 80% of the time. So most of what is being kept in a space is most likely not being used. It is easy to retrieve an item from its home, but it is also important to have the habit of putting an item back in its home when you’re finished using it. For example, when you’re finished using the spoon, and other dishes; clean them and put them back in their home for the next time.
‘A Place for Everything’ – not so cliché.
Written by: Susan Macaulay, Clarity Over Clutter