The Organized Home

My husband has always wanted me to be an über organized wife and homemaker. I have tried over the years to live up to this desire of his. But it’s always been a challenge to be consistent. I start off well but then busy-ness gets in the way or the kids and household help don’t cooperate with my “systems” for orderliness. Stacks of paper get taller, toys and books end up on wrong shelves, junk accumulates, expiry dates get ignored, and frustration levels increase because people can’t locate what they are looking for.  

I am not blaming others. At the end of the day, managing the home falls under my watch. And the key for me is to turn my attention towards home making, which is difficult to do when I am everywhere else but in the home. 

There were a few things I could no longer stand as 2016 came to a close, namely the pantry, refrigerator, storage room, homeschool room, linen closet and guest room closet. I am not as OC as Edric may be, but we share a similar distaste for stuff that uselessly occupies space. We periodically give away items or participate in garage sales. And very often, we simply throw away useless clutter. Why, for example, do we have to keep used gift bags and broken fly swatters? We had a bunch of these in the pantry for no good reason. 

Edric actually finds closet-cleaning cathartic. When he has the privilege of free time, I will often see him standing in front of his clothes or shoes assessing which articles need to be taken out. Moments later he will emerge with a pile of things to give away. And then he will rearrange every shelf and drawer and feel like a new man afterwards. 

Towards the end of the year, our kids joined a rummage sale in our village and they diligently helped me sort through their toys, clothes, shoes, and books until we blocked our hallway with an uncountable number of things to load into our van and sell at ridiculously cheap prices. How did we accumulate this much stuff?! We aren’t even the hoarding type of family. 

There is always going to be something in our closets that we can part with or give away, and it’s good for our kids to learn this early on so they don’t develop unhealthy attachments to material possessions. 

Over the last two weeks, four other areas were decluttered, too. I solicited the help of the kids to fix the homeschool room. Edric employed them to assist with the storage room. I took command of the pantry and refrigerator. Tiana provided some assistance to me for these areas as well.


There is something about straight rows, books in cascading order, lose items in bins, and structure that make you feel like a better person. Like you actually have it together as a homemaker. This sounds like the confession of a desperate housewife but I am totally serious. Order allows me to think clearly and be more efficient as a wife and mom, heck, as a human being, period.

It used to bug me that Edric pressured me to improve in the area of organization. But I am so glad God gave me a husband who sets the bar high when it comes to order. He’s been a good example to me. His email inbox is clean. (Mine has like 4,000 unread messages…I know. It’s ridiculous. This will be next month’s project.) His computer files are categorized very sensibly. He has a place for every thing he owns and a packing process whenever he travels. He “spreadsheets” whatever he can, even the kids and me, so he can create goals and intentional plans to reach those goals with us. His week revolves around predictable schedules and he uses a rating system to evaluate what commitments he needs to prioritize or calendar. 

Now, I look at these habits of his and think, What a guy! I am in good hands. I need to be more like this!

At the very least, I have to do my part to create a home where Edric feels relaxed and happy to return to everyday because everything is in order. Granted, we have five kids so “everything in order” might be shooting for the stars, but it’s my role to try my best anyway. 

This is where I am at so far… 

Dirty kitchen pantry:

Kitchen pantry: 


Refrigerator:


Homeschool Room:


I still have to fix my closet, the linen closet, finish my 1-month meal and grocery plan and home management plan, and do some repairs and renovations around the house. Still a long way to go…

Organization, I am learning as a home-manager-in-progress, is not a one time event. It’s a daily commitment to…

1. Have a place for everything and return things to their proper place.

2. Teach my kids and household help to follow systems so everyone is involved in keeping the home organized (beyond just neat or clean).

3. Stick to a reasonable schedule so I am not rushed or too busy to stay organized.

4. Model to my kids the character of orderliness and the value of decluttering.

5.  Be a good steward. God has entrusted to me time, relationships, the home we live in, and the belongings we have. If I am not organized, these aspects of my life will be compromised. So I need to do my best to be faithful. Not perfect or obsessive, but faithful. 

Happy organizing! 1 Corinthians 14:40 encourages, “But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.”

Comments

  1. Tina Roxas says:

    Hi Joy,
    You inpire me in so many ways and I was surprised and happy to read upur blog tonight. I can totally relate to you because just like you, I too, have an organized husband who tries so hard to rub his being organize on me. I’m a working mom with two teenage girls and no househelp. Imagine how can I get organized! Thanks to your blog, I realized I still have a chance! God bless you, Joy!

  2. Hello, Ms. Joy. This is so inspiring. Thank you for the tips. More power to you:)

  3. shiela marie gulla says:

    Ma’am Joy,
    Your blog is very inspiring. I have just followed your page recently and I find it so interesting and helpful. I am looking forward to read all your blogs so it will inspire me to change things for better improvement. It may take time but I am positive that I can do it one a time..with your thoughts as inspiration and God’s grace as guidance Thank You Ms. Joy for being a blessing to everyone. God bless you more and your family

  4. Hi, Ms. Joy.
    This is very timely. 🙂 Thank you for continually updating your blog. I am deeply inspired every time I read your posts.

  5. Can totally relate.. you can try to search up Mari Kondo Method or Alejandra Costello. They are both good and I learn a lot from them. Although I’m still a work in progress but these methods can help everyone…

    Cheers to you!

  6. Hi Joy, thank you! Very inspiring & keep it up.God bless!

  7. Hi Joy! What a coincidence that I just read about the Mari Kondo method and now your blog mentioned about organizing. Looks like I will try the Mari Kondo method this weekend as I badly need to declutter and discard unneeded stuff to start the year right and to clear my mind.

  8. Thank you Joy for this. This is one of my major goals this year also, to declutter and organize the stuff in our house.

  9. This is a good reminder for me to start working on organizing my stuff! Thanks Joy! 😊

  10. Wow! 1-month meal and grocery plan?! That would be totally awesome! Please share how to do this! Please Ms. Joy!

  11. Your family is great because of you and your husband’s relationship!! Team work!
    Check out Learn Do Become. It’s a also a husband and wife program. Super inspiring!

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