“Everything has a place, and I love making sure I put everything in its place.”
My Nana has a way of inserting great wisdom into ordinary conversation. Last weekend we visited my grandparents in their beautiful, cozy and very tidy home. She made this statement in passing, but I was struck by the wisdom it held!
Everything has a place, and I love making sure I put everything in its place.
What’s the secret to a tidy home? I think the answer lies in the two actions Nana mentioned:
#1 Give everything a place
Depending on the size of your home and the amount of possessions in it, this might take a while. Work through all the piles, clear out the junk drawer and every other storage space in your house (drawers, closets, cabinets and counter tops).
I am not a minimalist and have spent a good part of the last five years organizing our home. Now that I have functioning organization systems, I just have to work new items into those spaces. Any time I bring in something new – whether it’s a large grocery haul, new home decor or anything else – I assign it a place.
And by the way, having a bigger house doesn’t mean you’ll have less clutter. Most of us tend to fill up whatever space we have!
#2 Make the choice to put things back in their place
Organization systems don’t work if you don’t use them! It might seem easier to toss your clothes on the chair instead of hanging them up in the closet, but that won’t yield a tidy home.
Putting things back in their place requires a character trait that isn’t easy or popular: discipline. Proverbs 25:28 illustrates this perfectly – “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.”
Just as discipline has rewards, laziness has consequences!
I hope this encourages you that having a tidy home is possible! It just requires giving everything a place and choosing to return things to their places!