Feb 22 2011
God likes things organized. Just read in Exodus 36-40 and see the details He gives for the furnishings in the Tabernacle and the arrangement of the furniture. As always, He is our example. If He wants His House organized, our homes should be organized. But I’m aware that with all you have to do, the house sometimes becomes low on your list of priorities. However, getting organized will save time in the long run, and having a clutter-free home will have a calming affect on your children.
Accomplishing this comes very easy for some people, but others find it more difficult. We can claim some of God’s promises that apply here:
Philip. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
1 Thes. 5:24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
Ask God to help you ‘watch over carefully all that goes on throughout your household ‘(Proverbs 31:27)
Don’t beat yourself up if your gift is not organization - but don’t be afraid to ask for help from those who do have that gift - it’s all part of ‘bearing one another’s burdens’(Galatians 6:2). Some people really enjoy organizing and would be delighted to help. If that’s not you, you have different gifts that you can share. In fact, some people may tend to be so organized that they will need to learn from you how to sometimes leave the broom and go build a memory!
Read 1 Corinthians 12 to see how the Body of Christ is to work.
The Christian Stay at Home Moms blog offers a book to help in organizing.
Involving Your Children in the Process
Deuteronomy 6 tells us to teach as we go. You can make cleaning and organizing a teaching opportunity as you talk about how God was specific about organizing His house and we should do the same.
Give them age-appropriate jobs to do so they can feel a sense of accomplishment:
(Galatians 6:4 Let everyone be sure that he is doing his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work well done and won’t need to compare himself with someone else.) Lead them to memorize this scripture.
Be like Mary Poppins and ‘find the fun in every job to be done’. Make a game out of cleaning – for example pretend that a bomb will go off if the job isn’t completed by a certain time; or pretend that the president or Jesus is coming for a visit. I like to lead children in a chant of (1 Cor. 3:9) – ‘we work together; we work together’ as we clean up.
Make a game of it:
And please don’t forget to ask for help if needed