This article was written by Lisa Sitwell and published by Home of Grace
Making your home a house of order can help you with your sobriety. In 1 Peter 5:8 you learn “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” Keeping your home in order will help you stay sober through more self-control and will help you to be vigilant. There are many areas of your home to focus on to help create an orderly house.
Your home can be a refuge from that which would derail you from your sobriety. This starts the second you walk into your home. It can be so easy to walk in the entryway and drop everything. Having an orderly home can help you be conscious of your decisions. To help keep the entryway organized you can add a storage piece. You can add hooks to make it easier to hang coats and other items rather than throwing them on the floor. Bring in other storage options for shoes and other accessories.
As All Organized points out, focusing on functionality in the kitchen makes it so much easier to keep kitchen spaces more orderly. Store kitchen items based on how frequently you use them and by their function. This will make it easier to keep things in the right place, making it easier to keep the kitchen orderly. Small tasks like keeping your kitchen orderly can help to build your willpower which can help you avoid temptation and keep your sobriety. Remove anything that increases temptation.
Decluttering is an important step in keeping your bathroom orderly. Next, find a place for everything you need. If there isn’t much storage space already, utilize bins, shelves, or door organizers to find a place to keep all your essential bathroom items. You can organize drawers by using dividers to place like items near each other or to separate them by person. You could utilize the back of your cabinet doors as storage by hanging containers on them. According to Clean and Scentsible, keeping the counters free from clutter is one of the best ways to keep everything neat and tidy. Instead of storing things on the counter, utilize your storage space to keep them clear.
You can make your bedroom a haven by creating order. Remove any triggers from your room so it can be a safe space. Add pictures or reminders that help you feel peace and reflect on what is important in your sobriety. You can utilize under-the-bed storage to keep clothes or other items from cluttering your room. Declutter your closet and implement a storage or organization strategy to help keep it organized.
Clothes can get piled up in the laundry room, creating chaos. A little organization can go a long way to keep this orderly and keep you on track. Don’t make your laundry room more than it needs to be by using it for things other than laundry. Find a place to store and sort the clothes you need to wash. This could be in rooms or in the laundry room if you have space. Find a place for folding. Implement a system to wash, dry, and fold your clothes and make it a routine. This is the easiest way you can keep the laundry from piling up. Doing a little bit at a time can help to keep it simple and prevent long hours of doing multiple loads.
The focus of your garage should be to keep it functional. A functional garage has many functions. What the garage can be used for can depend on how much space you have. You may have a vehicle, tools, hoses, recycling, or other toys like bicycles stored in your garage. You can make this space functional by organizing these in the space. Organize the tools together based on type. You can install different shelves or use storage bins to keep them in place. You can use stackable shelves with labels to help organize your recycling.
A home office is a very easy room to clutter. This is where bills, mail, file folders, magazines, and many more items can pile up. This room can be a productive space if you can keep it orderly. Take small steps to declutter and start to organize. Set up a filing system to help file bills and other important documents. Keep a system in place for keeping documents filed away and throwing away or shredding documents that are no longer needed. Organize wires and cables from your computer and router to get them out of the way.
The most important thing with keeping an orderly home, and your sobriety is that you be vigilant. It takes consistent action each day to keep you on the right track. The beauty is you don’t need intensity of action to maintain your orderly and sober home.