clutter-desk-574x430So, in Monday’s post, I admitted that I can sometimes get a bit disorganized when it comes to planning ahead. In my defense, I must state that I’m a busy working wife and mother living in a household with a teen-aged athlete, a hormonal special needs daughter, and a nine-year-old. Plenty of demands and distractions to juggle! And I actually have my act together way more often than not. Whew!

That brings me to this week’s character trait of orderliness. Arranging myself and my surroundings to achieve the greatest efficiency. A systematic arrangement. Observant of or governed by a system or method.

I’ve tried to establish certain routines with my kids and husband. When you come in the door, there’s  spot for keys, backpacks, coats, and lunchboxes. That way in tomorrow morning’s out-the-door rush, everything’s right where you can grab it. I sort the mail immediately, slip the bills into my bookwork folder, then toss the rest into the recycling cart. One master family calendar on the kitchen counter with a smaller white board of this week’s stuff on the fridge. Virtual post-it notes on my laptop screen and a to-do list on my new iPad mini (with all of the apps I need to manage email, social networking, and blogs on the go).

Yet, I still have a long way to go in this area. In fact, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to de-clutter areas of the house … and hopefully sell off some of the extra junk to make a few extra bucks. I cleared out old files around my desk and had a clean slate to work with. Then, life got busy and the next cleaning project got pushed off a week, and then another. I carried something back to my desk to handle later … and it’s now at the bottom of a pile. Three months into the year, the other four people living in the house have been contributing more to the clutter and less to the orderliness.

As Paul said, “Let all things be done decently and in order.” (1 Corinthians 14:40 NKJV) So, I’m renewing my resolution to de-clutter and create an efficient, tidy environment for my family and work. Then maybe I won’t feel the need to escape to the library quite so often!

What about you? Are you more of a cluttered or orderly person? What makes you tend that direction? What routines help you stay more organized? Any recommended technology apps to help?

Character Matters – Orderliness
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