When cleaning out a closet, drawer, or room, my friend Alice Osborne taught me to examine each item carefully and ask:
- Do I love it?
- Do I use it?
- Do I need it?
- Do I have room for it?
Wow! Answers to these questions eliminate a lot of stuff. She taught me to have three containers handy—one for trash, one for charity, and another for relocation to another room. A rarely used item should not take up prime real estate on the most accessible shelf. Minimize. Simplify. Organize. There is a feeling of power knowing where everything is located in my house—to put my finger on a needed item in an instant, rather than rifling through piles. Maybe this is odd, but I like ample space between clothes hanging in my closet. When I buy something new, I make myself eliminate an item rarely worn. While walking through my house, I ask myself the above questions, touching every item of décor and furnishings. I believe that everything taking up space should fulfill a meaningful purpose. I’m striving for this, but am not perfect. I believe that order is more than management of temporal things. It’s governed by a spiritual principle as when the Lord commanded, “Set in order your houses: keep slothfulness and uncleanness far from you” (D&C 90:18). I’m sure this means spiritual order as well as physical. I’ve got work to do. I’m heading for a particular closet right now!
- Can you share an organizational tip?
- How is spiritual order manifested?