About the Book
While other guides present quaint or complicated methods, this guide is practical, easy to use, and delves into the heart as well as closets. Suitable as an all-in-one family management guide for the thoughtful woman, who is looking for direction and a deeper walk with God.
The author began a triple bottom line business using the organizational concepts in this book: financially responsible, caring for the environment through green practices such as re-purposing items, and being a good citizen of the world by giving to those in need and helping women in developing countries.
Follow this guide to achieve a well run home and explore suggestions to help you discover your next step.
It Worked For Me — It Can Work for You
Have you ever noticed that feeling disorganized usually goes along with a sense of aimlessness in life? I was at that sticky place in my life. I kept thinking, “If I could only get the house organized again, that would help me figure out the next step.” It worked. And I discovered how spiritual truth was related to areas of my home. How did I get stuck?
After my husband and I began a family, we felt a strong desire to homeschool our children. We jumped in and learned everything we could. Once we began, I gave it my all and we embraced the lifestyle. Seven years later, our youngest was born. When he was ten years old, he decided he wanted to attend school since he was lonely. His older siblings were moved out by then, which was also a difficult transition for me.
I flopped around for a while furthering my education and working, hoping to find a place I fit. Nothing seemed right. After two years, I seriously considered starting my own business, but what? I decided to get my house into shape. Bit by bit, as I organized my own home to reflect our life changes, a bright ribbon appeared, connecting each portion of my life. Suddenly, a plan became obvious. I wondered if this strategy could work for others?
There are many guides on organizing available, but organizing one’s home and life works best when we do the hard work of relating our inner homes to our outer: untangling the past, accepting the present, learning new systems, and going into the future confident that we are on the right path.
I recommend working through the book while you work through your home and heart. Every chapter has suggestions gained from twenty years of organizing in workplaces, within volunteer roles, my own home, and homes of others. At
the end of each chapter you’ll find a Heart Check section to help you examine life as related to areas in the home, a Prayer, and finally a Resources & Actions section.
While I recommend books throughout, most should be available through public libraries or as ebooks; alternatively, you could search similar topics on the Web. The Bible readings are available online at Bible Gateway. Keep a notebook handy as journaling will help you personalize the process. For simplicity, throughout the book I refer to children as either he or she, though sections may apply to both. I’ve also chosen to use Canadian spelling and hope it
will not be distracting.
Inside each of us is a desire to do meaningful work. God designed each of us for specific work yet at times we lose our way. When we get stuck, we should do our best to get up, shake off hopelessness, and do the work in front of us. There we will find meaning in the menial and hope for the future.
Are you up for the challenge of organizing your home? Are you tired of your life and ready for change?
My prayer for you–
Please meet (dear reader) and help her through this journey. I thank You that You see her, and know all the hurts, joys and disappointments shebs been through. Wrap Your arms around her and draw her close to you. Give her Your
strength and bring her to a time of healing, refreshing, and new beginnings. You designed her with a special purpose in mind. I know and trust that as she is faithful to You, You will reveal Yourself and Your purpose to her.
resources & actions
Read Psalm 139
Mediate on the psalm and journal your thoughts and feelings.
About the Author
Dee Bentley is a life-long writer and organizer. Her love of story began with picture books, and she’s written her way through personal struggles and into many periodicals, including Alberta newspapers, national magazines, and North America wide journals. She was a freelance writer/columnist for two decades, and has recently been published in a literary magazine in short story and poetry. Her first picture book is due to be released fall 2017. She grew up in southern Ontario, but has made Alberta her home for over 30 years, loving the mountains, the northern forest, the badlands, the cities, and all the great coffee spots.
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