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Volume II, Number 14                                 Sept. 16, 2002 ______________________________________________________

Table of Contents

  • Back-to-HOME-School: Organization (Part 3 of 4)
  •      1. Get Motivated
  •      2. Plan Your Attack
  •      3. Start with Clutter
  •      4. Prevent Clutter
  •      5. Free Resources
  • Useful Link: How Stuff Works
  • Sunny Side Up (Humorous Anecdote)


         We are still getting Back-to-HOME-School. . ..

         Each of us desires our home to be a peaceful place in the midst of this world's turmoil. Organization can be a key that opens the door to that dream.

         Of course, putting the Lord first in all that we do is the most important prerequisite to a life of peace.

         Seek ye first the kingdom of God
              and His righteousness;
         And all these things shall be added unto you.
              Matthew 6:33

         In this issue we offer specific and do-able suggestions for organizing your life. You do not have to get it all done today. Just choose one or two areas and work on them until they become habits; then add a little more each month until you meet your goal.

         You might notice that I have assumed that everyone else has the same need that I have -- to be more organized. If you are not one of us and are already well organized, please look around and find someone you can encourage by your help and prayer; it probably won't be hard to find someone!

         May the Lord bless you as you work to make your home more peaceful for the good of your family and for His glory.

    Sue Welch
    for Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian Welch
    The Teaching Home is a home-school family business produced in our home since 1980.

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    Organization: A Key to a Peaceful Life
    by Cindy Short and Sue Welch, editors

    Get Motivated:
    Review the Benefits of Organization

         In a peaceful, organized home, relationships can flourish, learning can blossom, and children can grow in all dimensions of their personalities, unhampered by the distractions and stress of disorganization.

         Organization and planning help the home-school family to keep their lives and belongings in order and to maintain their priorities in both education and family living.

         Organization is a paradox of limitation and freedom. It consists of imposing limits on our behavior, our time, our belongings, and our lives. Yet it is an essential tool for achieving freedom, peace, and plenty.

         Human nature tends to throw off constraints, and then we do what we feel like moment by moment. The result is chaos in our home environment.

         Personal victory in the area of organization will bring many benefits to our families:

    1. Health that comes from well-planned meals, time for exercise and rest, and a clean, safe environment.

    2. Possessions that are in good repair and easy to find when needed, saving the time, money, and stress of looking for things or buying duplicates of unfound items.

    3. A home that is a haven from the world for our families, friends, and guests.

    4. Time to do the best and most important things in life.

    5. A calm, peaceful environment for efficient work and study.

    6. Relaxation that is well-earned and guilt-free each evening after the day's work and each Sunday after the week.

    7. The ability to practice hospitality and to open the door and say "Come on in!" to unexpected visitors.

    (Organization is continued below.)

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    Organization (Continued)

    Plan Your Attack

    How do you get from chaos and clutter to order? Try the following steps, one by one.

    1. Pray & Praise
         The first step is to pray that the Holy Spirit will show you the areas of your life that need to be changed as you daily read God's Word and seek His direction. Cast your care upon the Lord and don't forget to praise and thank Him for all your blessings.

    2. Read & Research
         Read through the suggestions in this newsletter. They were gathered from many people and sources. The recommended websites within this article contain much more information and encouragement to help you along.

    3. Plan & Set Goals
         Set life goals, yearly goals, quarterly goals, and family goals which you periodically re-evaluate together with your husband. These will help you prioritize your time and effort, enabling you to do what is most important to your family first.

    4. Enlist the Help of Family & Friends
         Ask your family and friends to support you in prayer if you are struggling to become more organized.
         Also, training your child to help with chores will benefit him in the future and be a practical and valuable help to you now.

    5. Start Slow & Steady
         Clutter and disorganization can only be effectively overcome gradually. It takes time to establish new habits and routines. If you set your eye on the goal and make slow and steady progress each day and week, you will be delighted to see a real difference in your home and life sooner than you might expect.

    (Organization is continued below.)

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    Organization (Continued)

    Start with Clutter

         Save yourself time and effort by eliminating the clutter in your home.
    * Why organize clutter that shouldn't be there in the first
    * You don't want to spend so much time dealing with your
         stuff -- buying it, finding it, organizing it, and
         cleaning it -- that you don't have enough time to spend
         with your family.
    * It is much easier to clean a clutter-free room.

    Schedule Regular Times To Declutter
         The consistency of even small efforts -- just 15 minutes to 1 hour a day -- will pay off immensely. Or you could schedule 2 - 4 hours once or twice a week.
         You can go through your house in any order: from "public" living areas to storage, more cluttered rooms first or last, or perhaps a different room for each day of the week.

    The Four-Box Method
         This method is recommended by many experts.

    1. Get three boxes and a trash can and label them:
    * Put Away
    * Give Away (You may want a separate box
         for things you want to sell.)
    * Storage
    * Trash

    2. As you go through the items in your current work zone, force yourself to make a decision about each item you pick up and place it in the correct box.

    3. At the end of your appointed time (marked by a timer), appropriately dispose of box contents:
    * Relocate Put-Away items.
    * Place Give-Away items in car to take to donation center.
    * Put storage items, as well as items for your summer yard
         sale, in clearly labeled boxes in your storage area.
    * Throw away the rest quickly without a second thought.

    (Organization is continued below.)

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    Organization (Continued)

    Prevent Clutter

         To prevent clutter from growing back, try one or all of the following suggestions.

    1. Hold Your Ground
         After a particular area (as small as one counter top) has been cleared, do a daily clutter check to make sure no clutter is permitted to return.

    2. Find a Place for Everything
         Every item needs a home and all your family needs to know where that home is.
         Keep eliminating stuff until everything fits in the space you have available, rather than wishing for something you do not have -- more space for more stuff!

    3. Build Good Habits
         Work hard on the habit of returning items to their homes and dealing with clutter the "Four Box" way.

    4. "One Comes In, One Goes Out" Rule
         When you buy a new item, a like item must be discarded, recycled or donated. This keeps the sheer number of items below the clutter point. It can also save money as you consider if you really need or want to buy a new item badly enough to release one you already have.

    5. Don't Buy It
         It is more cost effective to rent some items or to borrow them from your public, church, or home-school library. This is another way to keep down the amount of things in your home.

    (Organization is continued below.)

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    Organization (Continued)

    Free Resources

         These two website contain a wealth of free, practical, and encouraging information.

    Organized Home.Com
         Many pages of free information about how to organize, declutter, simplify, and clean you home including:
    * Clutter and Personality Type - to help you lick your
         clutter plus clutterbusting articles.
    * Guide to menus and meal planning including a complete guide to once-a-month cooking with recipes, equipment guide, and tips.
    * Cleaning tips, lessons, strategies, and charts.
    * Much more!
         Are you living in CHAOS (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome)? When told to "Just do the next thing," do you look around overwhelmed and ask, "What is the next thing"?
         The FlyLady takes you by the hand and gently leads you step by baby step through her housecleaning and organizing program.
         When you join FlyLady (free), you will receive daily e-mails that will help you set up routines, get rid of your clutter, and put your home and life in order. FlyLady's approach has worked for thousands.

    (Organization will be continued in the next newsletter and will include: Clean & Maintain Your Home, Organize Your Home School, and Take Control of Your Time.)

    Useful Link: How Stuff Works

         How Stuff Works offers in-depth, colorfully illustrated articles that explain the world from the inside out in a clear, easy-to-read and understand manner.

         With more than 2,500 articles and 2,000 graphics, this eclectic encyclopedia covers 15 searchable categories including automotive, body & health, computers, electronics, money, science & technology, and transportation. Many links to other sites are offered for more information.

         It is worthwhile, on your first visit, to take the new visitor's tour of the website (in pop-up window). You can sign up for a free newsletter (archives available) and get advertising-free site access with faster downloads for $12/year.

         Your child could learn a great deal from this website while satisfying his natural curiosity in a fascinating way! Just remember to be your child's safety net on the internet. Although there should be no objectionable material or links, there is no substitute to being in the room with him when he is on the internet.

         Thanks to Nancy L. in Oklahoma for recommending this site. You are also invited to send your suggestions.

    Sunny Side Up: So What's Our Excuse?
         While driving with our daughters, Hannah, 5, and Sarah, 4, a song we were listening to talks about "Stand up, stand up for Jesus!" The girls sang along loudly in the back seat.
         After the song finished, I asked, "So, girls, would you want to stand up for Jesus too?"
         Hannah answered, "I can't, Mom."
         I wondered, "Why not, Hannah?"
         She answered, "Mom, I can't stand up for Jesus because my seatbelt is on."
         Submitted by Binky S., Jersey City, N.J.
    You are invited to send a humorous anecdote too.

    God Loves You.

         Because we were separated from God by sin, Jesus Christ died in our place, then rose to life again. If we trust Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, He will give us eternal life.

         "For by grace you have been saved through faith;
    and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

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