Efficacious Organizing

organize

verb: arrange into a structured whole; order

Yes! I want to arrange my life into order, efficaciously.  Simply put, I just want to feel successful in a clean house.  I want my cupboards freshened and my dishes organized.  I want my pantry full of beautiful cans and jars and bags and boxes.  I want my closets full of laundered and ironed clothes hung according to color.  I want my shoes and bags pristine and organized.  If my home is organized, my life will be organized.  I will be in control!  I sound like a robot.

The sad thing is I have wanted this for as long as I can remember!  Every January I clean out cupboards and closets; I move things around.  Why every year do I want to do it again?  Do I think there is a better way?  Do I think that last year I failed horrible at my task?  Do I think everyone else does it better?  Do I have something to prove?  Really?  We are talking about organizing!

 Life and order in the same sentence  is an oxymoron.  Part of the definition of life is “continual change”.  Pretty challenging to have order while changing.  And that, my friend, is the hat trick.  Look like you are a structured whole, when in reality you are a disjointed metamorphosis.   Still, I refuse to believe that I can’t have clean closets and evolve into a more mature, graceful, respected human woman at the same time.  It’s the end of January, for cryin’ out loud!  I have had yet another New Year’s to get my stuff organized!

I think organization comes from discipline, as so many things do.  Being organized and disciplined helps us to transform and evolve and even understand ourselves better.  I kind of like that about myself…wanting to be a structured whole.  In an orderly organized way.

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

the courage to change the things I can, and

the wisdom to know the difference.”

Reinhold Niebuhr

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