Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house; even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God.
I started thinking about my word for 2011 a couple of months ago. I had a couple of ideas I was chewing on (seek and be) but one day, as I was reading scripture I came across the verse (above) in the Doctrine & Covenants and the words, “organize yourselves” resonated in a big way. I’ve read this verse many times–it was even marked, but this time, it struck me and I immediately knew this needed to be my focus for 2011.
I’m no graphic designer, but I made me a little “logo” to represent this focus.
As you know I’m emerging from a year-long experience in learning how to S-L-O-W down (slow was my word last year.) As I’ve attempted to remove things from my schedule, my plate and my life I’ve noticed that I can replace that “productivity” high with a deeper sense of satisfaction that comes from applying my creativity to the problems and processes that surround me at home. I’ve always tried to be organized and I’ve always enjoyed organization projects, but I’m now learning that organizing for me is a really healthy thing — it results in a useful vitality that I need to feel, especially when I don’t have energy for lots of other projects.
We’ve been in our home 5 years this July. My family dynamic is very different today than it was five years ago. My children have grown, my work has changed and my health and capacity require evolving routines. I’m anxious to look at how we’re currently using the spaces in our home to discover if things need to be tweaked or refined or in some cases changed altogether. I also want to examine the way we approach (or in some cases ignore) less tangible things–like finances, personal records and paperwork, family time and planning of events like parties and vacations. And let’s be honest, I want to finish unpacking–yes, there are two or three boxes that I haven’t opened in five years! There are also things that I unpacked and “temporarily” stashed that are taking on a feeling of permanence (ha!)
I definitely want to be prepared with those things that are needful.
I want a house that is a refuge from the craziness of the world.
I want a house that my family wants to come home to.
I want a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order and a house of God.
My word this year is organize.
I don’t have a really specific plan, but I have started a list of projects. I’ve also finished my first project, which I will share later this week. I have had to resist the urge to commit myself to a particular expectation (ie. 52 projects) or schedule for these projects–this is super hard for me, but nonetheless important for my slower pace. I am registered for Ali’s One Little Word class and community and will be working on my January assignment today!
I’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas, successes and personal challenges with getting and staying organized. If you have books that you’ve read that you found to be helpful, share them with me–please!