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I Used to Be So Organized Book Study – Week 6





Week Six Reading Assignment:

Read Chapters 17, 18, 19

I will be posting my thoughts on Chapter 17 on Tuesday,  Chapter 18 on Wednesday, and Chapter 19 on Thursday.  

If you will keep me and my family in your prayers, I will be traveling this week – my story with our dog continues.  I am flying him across the country to his new home.  I promise, you will be so thrilled when you read the entire story and I cannot wait to share it with you.  If you are tender hearted at all, I know it will tug your heart strings BIG TIME!

Here is the bible verse for this week.  


Also, for those who signed up for the “Getting Real – Conversations that Spark Change” Conference Calls, we have a call tonight!  


Get ready to hear from Jane DeLaney, the creator and founder of eMeals.   You can listen in live to the call tonight, or refer to the recordings page you have access to and download the file to listen to on your own time!

If you didn’t purchase it before now – don’t worry, you can run over and get it now  and the rest of the series too.

What has been your biggest ‘take-away’ so far from the study?  Only one more week to go ladies!!

The Heart of the Home



Chapter Fifteen:

A few key sentences that got my attention:

“An organized kitchen helps me focus on what’s important, instead of being mentally drained by a mess.”
…I’m discouraged from starting anything….. It just takes too much mental energy for me to overcome clutter.”
“Not only does clutter drain energy from me, but there is no room for anything beautiful when there’s stuff all over my counters.” 


The big one for me:


“Allow yourself to envision your ideal purpose for your kitchen”

I think one of the areas that I can actually keep somewhat clean and organized is my kitchen, but I know this is an area which can be very stressful for most families.  I am fortunate that I have a large space in our kitchen and it also has an eating area and it is connected to a family room.  I love the open space and ability to have everyone in the room while I am cooking or preparing other things in the kitchen.

But it does create a ‘larger’ space for junk to congregate too, especially with my older kids.  They come in and drop their backpacks, papers, computers, phones, etc.  You get it!  My goal I guess it to come up with a plan to show them where they can put their items without clogging up my nice island.  In fact, we just put in a new counter top, and I love to see the counter top – so coming up with a drawer, or area for them is better than for me to continuing nagging them!

I am pretty good with organizing food and keeping a pantry that is fairly easy to navigate.  Is that a struggle for you?

Don’t get overwhelmed with all the tasks that Glynnis lists in this chapter to cover.  You can take one or two this week and add a few for the next few weeks, allowing time to sort through areas that are a concern for you.  I do love her tips:

Invest in a few really good kitchen items, and you will find you need less – so true!

Using a basket on the counter for odd and end items to help them find a place.

Keeping a permanent marker to date food – this one is a MUST for me, I freeze a lot of leftover items and my worst nightmare is opening the freezer and finding stuff that doe snot have a label.  I have no idea what it is and it will then likely be left unused.

Consider these questions, answer them in your journal, comment here or you can leave your comment on the private Facebook page.  

  • What is your vision for your kitchen?
  • Can you provide a place for your family members to place things and then gently train them to use those spaces?
  • Does simplifying your kitchen with less spark an interest?  How can you take away some of the items that may have been bought with a sense of providing an ‘easier’ way to do things, but ultimately just took up space and time cleaning up?
  • Can you take some time this week to clear out a pantry, cupboard or other area which has been haunting you? 

I Used to Be So Organized Book Study – Week 5




Week Five Reading Assignment:

Read Chapters 14, 15, 16

I will be posting my thoughts on Chapter 14 on Tuesday,  Chapter 15 on Wednesday, and Chapter 16 on Thursday.  

I want to say a big thank you for those who have carried the conversation on the private Facebook page during the week.  I was just a bit overwhelmed and trying to prioritize my family during this emergency situation with our dog.  I will let you in on a secret…… after a horrible week of crying, no sleep, a poor puppy who was exhausted from 10 seizures and a frustrated mom pleading for her dogs life, a family has stepped up to re-home Riley and try to help him.  It is an amazing story and I will be posting the entire string of events when this study ends.

I thought there was no hope…..we were going to have to put our beloved dog down and out of the midst of my doubt and hopelessness…..a wonderful woman came to tell me she felt lead to care for a special needs dog and Riley’s story spoke to her….she chose him.  Okay, stay tuned for the whole story!

Here is the bible verse for this week.  


I have to admit, I have not been good at the memory verse during this study.  I went 100% with week one, and then it was lost by the wayside.  This week I will prioritize this verse and memorizing it…..I am so glad I can draw on the verse I memorized from week one anytime – most importantly during the stressful time.

I noticed many are behind and feeling guilty about not being caught up.  Please….this study may have an outline, but if it doesn’t work for you, that is okay…..I will agree to keep the Facebook page open past the end of the study, as it seems that many will be looking for support and encouragement to finish the race.  Do not sweat this stuff – this is suppose to help you all, not stress you out!  This book will hopefully be one you reference for many months and even years to come.

Stay strong ladies and encourage each other – you are doing great!


I Used to Be So Organized Reading Plan



You have all made me smile as you share your excitement for getting started on the “I Used to Be So Organized” book study!  Whether you are truly disorganized, somewhat disorganized or think you still have it pretty much going on good, this study will be refreshing indeed!

Hopefully you’ve gotten the word already about the study and ordered or picked up a copy of the book, “I Used to Be SO Organized,” by Glynnis Whitwer.  If not, hurry and grab a copy!  But if you think you won’t get a copy before next Monday, no worries, you can read the first two chapters online, so you won’t fall behind!

Each Monday for the next seven weeks I will post the week’s reading assignment on the blog, as well as a memory verse focus for the week and some homework suggestions.  You will be reading three chapters a week.  At the time I post the reading assignment, I will give you some questions to consider as you read.  I am hoping that you can read the chapters listed for the week’s reading prior to reading the post that correlates to the chapter reading, but do what you can, this is not legalistic! [Read more…]

I Used to Be So Organized Online Book Study


A few months ago I went to the Proverbs 31 conference, SheSpeaks back in Charlotte, NC.  I had an amazing experience and also met a lot of other talented writers, bloggers and speakers.  God uses all of our stories for His glory!

I was deeply motivated when I attended a workshop on creating online book/bible studies.  I felt that this was one of the next steps for me to take in my journey as a writer, coach and blogger.  So, I am stepping out in obedience and offering my first online book study.

During this conference I was also able to attend several workshops offered by Glynnis Whitwer and felt an connection with her as a person, writer and then even more so when I picked up her latest book, I Used to Be So Organized and began reading it.  I felt that it was a book I could use as a refresher, but I also felt that this book was a perfect fit for my wonderful community of moms.  

Life is always throwing curveballs at us, our seasons of motherhood change and we can often feel overwhelmed and frustrated with our lack on being able to control things.  Well, Glynnis covers the frustrations that many of us feel when we just can’t get a handle on our lives.  We carry guilt, over this fact that we ‘used’ to have it together, but for some reason, life now seems a bit overwhelming, we are met with one challenge after another and often distracted from managing our homes in a chaos free fashion. 

Combining spiritual encouragement and practical application I Used to Be So Organized presents a balanced approach to finding order and peace for today’s overwhelmed woman.

So this is the first book that I will be offering as a study.  It contains 23 chapters (don’t freak out!!) but each chapter is short and easy enough to read while waiting in the car pool line or while at swim lessons.  It is a great easy to read guide.


So my crazy idea involves:

  • Reading the book together – breaking it down into 7 weeks bite size pieces
  • Each Monday I will be posting the week’s reading and suggested assignments
  • I will be posting on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – my own thoughts, implementation ideas and how it worked in hopes that my suggestions may help another mom – all useful content relevant to the study. There will be homework and study ideas, memory verse suggestions, discussion questions, video messages (yep I hope to do a short video in there!!)
  • We will create discussion in the comments section of the blog, and I will be actively engaged in responding
  • We will be sharing and creating conversation on Facebook – both on my Facebook page, but I plan to open a closed group page for more in depth conversation and idea sharing/support.  Participating in the Facebook option is just that, an option not a requirement – I will refer to them in my posts, but  they are supplements and free options for more interaction.
  • You can give yourself a reminder to check my blog daily or sign up to receive my blog via email.  I suggest email. That way the study will always come to you, and you don’t have to remember to come to it. It is up to you to check for the weekly assignments. If you have ANY problems understanding how to do this, just ask.  (There is no certain time of day that you have to check my blog–check it at your convenience. That’s the beauty of an online study!)
  • The study is FREE for you to participate, but you must have your own copy of I Used to Be So Organized in order to participate in this Online Study.  I will be using the book, referencing it and you will be lost otherwise.  You can pick the book up locally or order it online at amazon – here is the link to the paperback copy – here is the kindle version.  If you purchase using this link I get a small *bonus* from amazon as my thank you for referring you.  I appreciate it when you use this link, it helps me keep doing what I am doing for FREE.
  • Other items that will be helpful for this study:  a Bible, a notebook, pen or pencil, and highlighter.

A side note, you will get out of this study exactly what you put in to it. I am your encourager, leader, coach – but I cannot do any of this work for you.  I encourage you to start thinking now when you will set aside the time to fully participate in this study, make it a priority.  

If you are in need of a change, make this your time to succeed!  Bad habits are hard to break, so let’s go in together to create some good habits and get peace back into your home, life and family!  I know you won’t regret it!

BONUS Options for You

Options are just that–options! Good–but not required.

1.  “Getting Real – Conversations that Spark Change”  – Conference Calls~ I will be posting more information on this option later next week, with the line-up of guests and topics that we will cover.  Look for 3-4 calls over the 7 weeks, lasting 45 minutes and encouraging you with real information and solutions – this will be a paid add-on.  (pssst….one of the calls will be with Glynnis too!  I will share more next week!)

2.  Private Facebook page IDEA  – I would like to open a private facebook page for those who want to keep conversations private and in the comfort of those only participating in the study.  This will be where I post the majority of the content as I do not want to bog down the regular Facebook page feed with information for those not doing the study.  Please leave a comment below if this is an option you would like.  If I do not get feedback I will use the existing Confident Mom Facebook page rather than beginning another page.    I heard from you all – here is the link to the private facebook page – please ask to be added and join in on the fun!   

3. Pinterest – Love Pinterest!  I have a page created where I will be posting the weekly verses, resource images and other relevant content.  You will want to follow my I Used to Be So Organized Online Study Board if you are on Pinterest!  

I will be posting the reading schedule next week with additional information – but for now, if you are thinking of joining us – go grab your book!

What do you think?  Are you in, leave me a comment!