I Used to Be So Organized Book Study – Week 7

2
Dec
2013

 

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Week Seven Reading Assignment:

Read Chapters 20, 21

I will be posting my thoughts on Chapter 20 on Tuesday and Chapter 21 on Wednesday.   Oh, and for those who have been so patiently waiting –  I will be sharing my miracle story about our dog Riley on Thursday.  You won’t want to miss it, even if you are not a dog lover – grab some tissues because it is an amazing story – really!  (If you are new here you can read this post I wrote 3 years ago about our dog and our heartbreaking battle).

We will be talking about one more area in the home for staying on top of organizing as well as truly grasping the reality of what it means to be organized and have grace with ourselves.  I do not want anyone to leave this study feeling even more discourage then when they came.

This study and the 7 weeks we’ve shared together are a journey….a path to get you back on track with a few strategies to impact some change.  I hope you’ve taken a few ideas and started to implement them and as you grow those into habits, then take a hold of a few more and venture forward.  Growing is a process ladies.

Here is the bible verse for this week.  

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

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What a fun and relaxing call we will have tonight – you will love wrapping up our study with a conversation to inspire you to make your home a place of peace and refreshment.  Myra is who I want to be when I grow up – seriously!  She is crafty, an adorable decorator, cooks wonderful down-home recipes and loves to share it all.

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.

Also, a quick note – if you are doing any online shopping I would greatly appreciate you using my amazon affiliate link, which is always shown below in my posts.  I do not accept paid advertising on my site and will only ever share products or resources that I would pay for myself.  Each time you order an item and use my amazon link, I earn a small percentage of the purchase price, but it doesn’t not cost you anymore.  It is one way I can keep my site going and offer free products, resources and especially this online study.  My biggest FREE resource will be released shortly and you will love it!

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Closets and Storage Spaces

28
Nov
2013

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Chapter Nineteen:

A few key sentences that got my attention:

“Storage spaces are the foundation of home organization.

“We delay making decisions about things when we don’t’ have the space to store them.  So, we stack boxes on the floor of a closet, pile bags on top of each other, or throw things in bins.  It’s easier.”

“It can be painful to release things you’ve loved, but you will be lighter in spirit afterward.”

“The problem most of us have is too much stored in too little space.”

The big one for me:

“When I find it hard to part with a skirt I once loved, there’s an image I bring to my mind.  It motivates me to make the right decision.  The image is of a single mother who is trying to get a job.  She knows she needs to provide for her daughter, but she doesn’t have anything nice to ear, nor the money to run to the mall and pick up a cute outfit.  She needs something.  Then I look at the lovely skirt I no longer wear.  That skirt can either hang in my closet gathering dust, or it can help a sister I haven’t met.

I honestly do not have that much trouble going through my closet and getting rid of clothes.  This has not always been the case though.  I used to have a lot more clothes than I do now, but you know, my life is simpler if I have less.   It is the same for my kids too – a few basic items are better than a ton of many items.  Less to wash, less to put away and less to find somewhere to store them!

I like Glynnis’ suggestions to store items that you are not using in that season, somewhere else.  I have a bin that is up high in my closet for out of season clothing, it helps free up space and brings about an ordered look to my closet.  Which lowers my anxiety!

Removing what you are not wearing is a key strategy to keeping things in order.  If I haven’t worn something in a year -bye bye!  It is gone, period.  It is a good rule to have.

I do not have a linen closet in my entire house! Seriously, not anywhere.  I use the space below my bathroom sink to store towels and one cabinet that we installed above our toilet in a bathroom to keep spare sheets.  Not much space, but it works.  I think by having less space we accumulate less stuff – amazing how that happens.

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

  • Do you need to work in your linen closet or hall closet first?
  • Do you feel you have too many items of clothing?  What could you donate or take to a consignment shop in the next week?
  • Are you in a habit of putting away items in the closet in an orderly fashion, or is keeping a closet organized a challenge for you?

For those in the US – enjoy your day with family – Happy Thanksgiving!  Say a prayer for me as I will be flying back home tonight after leaving my dog with his new family.  I am sure I will be quite the mess – a blubbering mom on a 6 hour flight!

Functional Living Areas

27
Nov
2013

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Chapter Eighteen:

A few key sentences that got my attention:

“Sensory adaptation is to blame for numbing us visually to things in our home as well.  It’s a God-given gift to adapt to our surroundings.

To maximize organization and increase effectiveness of the general living areas, we may need to define their purposes.”

“You see, the goal or organization isn’t to have a pristine home, it’s to free you to live the life you want and to obey God’s calling for you and your family.  With that in mind, consider each general room in your home.  Ask yourself two questions:

1. What does my family currently do in this room?

2.  What do I wish my family could do in this room?

“Ask God to give you a vision for your home and living spaces.”

The big one for me:

“Creating a comfortable, welcoming home is a priority goal for me.  It’s not about interior design or having a floor you can eat off of; it’s more about the heart of the hostess and stress-free places to gather.  I f your heart longs for a home where family and friends breathe a sigh of relief upon entering, then consider starting your organizing with your common areas.”

I have lived in my home now for a little over 6 years and you know what, little has changed since I moved in after my husband and I got married.  We’ve talked and talked about the things we would like to change and it seems that when we get ready to start changing things, something happens which prevents us.  Whether it is a budget constraint, something consuming our time, or just a turn in lack of interest.   My home still looks much like the bachelor pad that it was when my husband was single!

This chapter was a good wake up call for me to truly consider what I want my home to say and share when people come in.  I loved how Glynnis suggested that you pray and ask God to show you the vision for your home, I have never done that.  I think He can direct us in ways that will provide way more value than we just try to ‘wing it’.  

I know we have just a bit more stuff than we need, geez, I think everyone does!  But even still, I can place things better and find ways to brighten up my space without spending thousands of dollars and over consuming to make my home feel “homey”.  My challenge to myself is to go through my rooms and consider if something truly has a purpose or it is a space consumer.  Things in my home need to have personal value, not just a decorative touch.

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

  • Do you feel you have a vision for your home?
  • What one tip that Glynnis shared really stuck out to you?
  • Is your entryway a welcoming spot?
  • What do you think someone feels when they enter your home now?  What would you like them to feel?

Beautiful Bedrooms and Baths

26
Nov
2013

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Chapter Seventeen:

A few key sentences that got my attention:

“Search your house for treasures you can incorporate in new ways.

The answer to your clutter problem is somewhere in here.  You probably know what it is, but you are avoiding it because of the domino effect.”

“Perhaps the answer lies in solving one problem, while allowing another to sit until you can address it.”

“Making sure the house is clean and organized is my calling in our family.”

The big one for me:

“More than making them functional, your private rooms, above all others, should be havens.  They should be retreats from the world, places of rest and beauty

I loved this chapter – it was full of such practical advice, tips and strategies to combat the ‘unorganized’ private spaces in our homes.  I really liked how Glynnis looked at the symptoms of certain problems, like “the closet being too full”  or “there aren’t enough hangars” and really took it another step to determine what the real problem was.  We avoid things like the plague!

You have some tips and tricks that you can add to your list of things to conquer in the weeks to come or perhaps you are set to determine to deal with some of these issues this week – good for you!  Remember, you won’t be able to do everything as we talk about it, but keeping a project notebook is a great way to go back and access the information.

One area that really spoke to me and I wanted to highlight here was about caring for your spouses, or others people’s stuff in your home, especially if they are messier than you.  I shared this on the conference call with Nikki, but I love what Glynnis shares here with regard to dealing with her husband and him leaving his stuff all over:

There were three options:  1) continue to nag uselessly; 2) leave the clothes where they were and hope he eventually picked them up; or 3) consider it a loving act of service to clean up after him.  Occasionally I get it right, and that was one of those times.  I chose option three.  Beginning that day, I picked up my husband’s clothes.

I began doing this with my husband, but also a few other people in my family.  It is great to teach skills and I do feel you must teach your children how to handle their things, but there is also a time to just clean up and do it yourself and bless them, instead of creating a nagging environment that does no one any good.  (There, that is my public service announcement for today!)

Make sure you hop over and listen to the call we had with Jane DeLaney last night – it was great!  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.

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

  • Is your bedroom a place that could be a haven if you were able to prioritize making it so?
  • Do you have one family member which in particular drives you crazy because they do not pick up after themselves?
  • Can you apply Ephesians 6:7-8 in your home and have peace in your heart?
  • If you had 15 minutes to do one task in either you bedroom or bathroom today, what would that task be?

I Used to Be So Organized Book Study – Week 6

25
Nov
2013

 

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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.  

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

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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!!