I am a person that craves order and I consider myself a pretty organized person. So when spring-cleaning time comes around, I’m excited. Spring cleaning gives us all an opportunity to go through our homes to clean out the things we no longer use. Then bring out all the treasures we packed away getting ready for winter. Recently, spring-cleaning took on an entirely new meaning when I was introduced to the concept of tidying.
Tidying My Home
When we moved to New England from Georgia and had to downsize, I realized we had too much stuff. I had become so good at organizing, that it was causing me to hold on to more things than I needed. Then one day while on the phone with one of my best friends talking about how I needed to get rid of some more stuff, she told me about a book called “Spark Joy” by Marie Kondo that she had just read. So that day I went to the library to borrow it. Then, after reading only the first few chapters, I ordered a copy of my own.
This book helped me to not only get rid of a lot of stuff, but also helped change how I viewed my possessions. Don’t worry there will be a post or two about this book and my experience while using it to tidy up my home ?. While tidying up my home, I also became intrigued by the actual term tidying. I wondered how it could potentially apply to other areas of my life.
According to Merriam-Webster, tidying means to be neat and orderly in appearance or habits; to be well ordered and cared for. Now that my hubby, Eric, and I had gone through our home and started on a journey to make our home neat and orderly, we are well on our way to a tidy home.
Tidying My Life
Yet, when I took a closer look at the definition, I realized that tidying is not just about our stuff. There are areas of our lives that could probably use a little tidying as well. Some areas and habits that may lack order.
As we strive to have orderly and well-kept homes, why not have the same apply to our lives? If God is a God of order, and we seek to be Christ-like, shouldn’t our lives as well as our homes have order? When I took an honest look at different areas in my life, I saw how much they lacked order. Having a tidy house is great, but if within it my life is a mess what good is that?
So our flavor of the month is tidying. In the midst of all our spring-cleaning, we will focus a little less on our stuff and little more on different areas of our lives that may need some tidying.
Are you with me? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this month’s flavor in the comments!