Organizing your home is a very personal thing. It takes time, thought and energy. It does, however, make your life simpler and your family benefits tremendously when you take the time to organize yourself and your home. Now, here is the other important thing, really the most important thing. God is a God of order. We see it in how he created the world. If it is important to God then it is important to us as believers.
I am not a naturally organized person. I am more of the creative type, fly by the seat of my pants and see where things fall. It only took me a month into motherhood to see that my former practices were not going to fly anymore. So, 26 years ago, after the birth of my first child, I set out to organize myself and my family. I don’t always get it right but I have learned what works and what doesn’t work and I have organized my home the frugal way. Using what I have on hand, collecting free boxes and occasionally picking up a basket or two at the thrift store or garage sale.
We are approaching things a bit differently than most “organize your home” programs because the first thing we are going to do is NOT get rid of our things and declutter. We are going to start by giving thanks to God for the things he has provided us with and prayerfully approach our possessions with the knowledge that God has given them to us. We are going to talk about taking care of what God has provided us with. Now, don’t get too excited, we are going to be giving things away with two purposes in mind. To make our home a functional mission field and to bless others.
Let’s get another thing out of the way. Frugal living can be beautiful! Approaching the organization of your household from a money saving perspective does NOT mean you have to live in an ugly home. I would challenge each one of you to put on your creative thinking cap (yes, even you who is thinking right now that you don’t have a creative bone in your body) and approach organizing your home as an opportunity to create a beautiful life!
Let’s get started…
glass jars all sizes
boxes especially paper boxes with lids and shoeboxes
frugal, creative mentality
I try to get all my organizing supplies for FREE by asking local shops for boxes, garbage picking or asking my husband to pick up paper boxes at work. I save canning jars and glass jars formerly holding food. If you are really talented you can look around town for FREE wood pallets and build yourself some storage bins. I like for things to look visually appealing so I usually spray paint my boxes. I get the spraypaint on sale or clearance throughout the year. The best value is at Lowe’s. I get their brand spraypaint on sale and it lasts forever.
Thank God for the possessions he has provided you with and start gathering supplies.
What are your organization “must haves”?
Janelle Esker is the grateful wife of Michael and homeschooling mother of six amazing children. She lives with her family, 4 cats, 1 dog, 3 ducks and 12 chickens in scenic Ohio. Janelle received her B.A. in Education from Ohio Northern University. She is the author of CHOSEN: One Family’s Journey with Autism.