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Are you naturally organized? I’m guessing if you are reading this post, you may not be. You may struggle with the idea of keeping a tidy home. Is it worthwhile? Is it important? Or maybe you feel like you shouldn’t bother with keeping your home clean and organized because there are so many other important things that need to be done instead.
Even if organization doesn’t come naturally, I believe that there are six reasons you can benefit greatly from keeping your home in order.
Why Keep a Tidy Home
To Save Time
How much time do you spend looking for misplaced items around your home? If it’s much time at all, you need to be using this time to do something more productive with your life.
Imagine being able to access anything that you need in the moment, easily and immediately.
When you keep a tidy home, each of your possessions has a place they belong, which means they are easy to find (and easy to put away).
Keeping a tidy home also makes cleaning much faster and easier. Sometimes the idea of having to pick up before you clean is enough to ensure that neither happens. If your home is already tidy, the next step of cleaning comes naturally.
Having a tidy home makes it easier to operate in. As mentioned above, you can find things faster. In addition to saving time, it also provides peace of mind.
You may not realize it if you have come accustomed to living in a cluttered home, but it does weigh on you and create stress and anxiety.
If you think about it, a messy home serves as a constant visual reminder of things that need to be done. It silently nags at you all day long while you try to ignore it. You may have gotten good at ignoring it, but doing so still takes energy, and it’s draining.
When your home is clean and tidy, spending time in it can be restful and rejuvenating.
Lead By Example
This is one of my most substantial reasons for keeping a tidy home. I simply want my kids to know how to take good care of their stuff.
Obviously, they are going to do what they want when they become adults and move out, but it is essential to do our part in giving them the skills necessary to be good stewards of their belongings.
Organization comes naturally for some and not so much for others. But it IS a skill that can be taught. Do your kids a favor and make sure they leave the nest with this one under their belt regardless of how difficult it may be to teach them.
Things are always easier to learn and pick up on when you are younger. Your mind is a bit more malleable, and the stakes are much lower.
When we fail at teaching our kids the skill of tidiness, we are setting them up for a hard road later in life. They will have a much more difficult time taking care of their own home and managing life in general. Should they decide that they want to learn to be more organized, they will struggle to do so.
We have the opportunity to prevent this in its entirety by teaching them to establish good habits now. It may take more effort on our part, but as parents, that is our job.
Teaching kids to participate in keeping the house tidy also models the idea of a solid family unit. They learn to contribute and the importance of responsibility. They even end up learning a large variety of housekeeping skills along the way.
Avoid Distraction & Inspire Creativity
A cluttered house often results in a cluttered mind. It is difficult to be present and live “in the moment” when your mind is cluttered. Don’t let your messy home compete for your attention and make it difficult to focus on other things.
A clean and tidy home allows for mental clarity and the opportunity for creativity.
Are you someone who often has great ideas while in the shower? The reason for this is because it may be one of the few parts of your day that your mind is given a break. Nothing is demanding your attention in the moment, and it gives your brain an opportunity to unleash its creativity.
Even if you don’t regularly keep a tidy home, most of us will generally do at least some picking up and cleaning before we have guests over.
If you keep your home tidy on a consistent basis, you won’t ever have to worry about day long cleaning sprints before the company arrives. Nor will you ever be stressed by the condition of your home when someone shows up unexpectedly.
Do make sure that your heart is in the right place though. Keeping a tidy home is not meant to be done to impress our guests. Nor would I ever suggest that you turn down the opportunity to serve someone in your home because of its less than perfect condition.
Keeping a tidy home for the purpose of hospitality is so that our guests feel comfortable and welcome in our house. So that they are not distracted by clutter or dirt, and that they can relax and feel rejuvenated when they leave.
This also gives us the opportunity to completely focus on our company and serving them.
Stewardship & An Act of Worship
Before digging into this last reason for tidiness, I want to specify that this is not meant to condemn anyone who struggles in this area. God does not think any less of you based on the condition of your home. He also understands that we go through seasons in life where cleaning house might just not fit on the list of priorities. Be sure to give yourself grace in reading this last section.
I do believe that God does care about the condition of our home, and in wanting what is best for you, would be pleased with you having a tidy house.
One reason for this is that we are told to be good stewards of what we have been gifted and to use our gifts to serve others. As mentioned above, keeping a cluttered home can be distracting and stressful, which can impede on you, your family, and your guests operating at your best.
Our God is also orderly in all that He is and does. In efforts to learn more about Him, follow Him, and do our best to imitate Him, it only makes sense to do so with order.
Lastly, not only does the condition of our home affect what goes on inside of us, but it is also a reflection of what is happening on the inside. A cluttered house can be the result of a mind that lacks order and self-control.
If you have been making excuses for a messy home, I encourage you to consider doing something about it. It may take some time to go from where you are now to tidy, but once you get there, you will realize that the benefits are well worth it.
If you need help with some ideas on how to keep your home tidy, check out 5 Steps to Keeping a Tidy Home. Or, if you are ready to jump right in, consider joining the Take Back Your House Challenge – my 6-part challenge that lasts 3 weeks and will help you gain some traction around your home.
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