When I was a newly married woman, I had thoughts about how there needed to be “a place for everything and everything in its place.” But I didn’t understand how deep this guiding principle goes in the plan of our Heavenly Father. I didn’t know that it would be a key to home and family organization.
Now I understand that this principle helps us gather and organize our time, belongings, and resources so that we become better masters of these gifts. When you understand this, for example, you know how to make a room neat, tidy and well-organized, and if you learn how to maintain that order, the room can serve as a tool to help you function more efficiently to achieve your mission on earth.
But there are other guiding principles as well.
One of these principles is faith in Jesus Christ. Another is love. A third is flexibility. Patience is a fourth. A fifth is simplicity. Patience and simplicity are combined in the principle that “by small and simple things are great things brought to pass” (Alma 37:6). Another is perspective. And even another is gratitude! These are higher principles, in that they help us have peace when chaos enters our life, which it always will. Life brings change and interruption to our orderly plans. It disorders our well-organized spaces. Messes happen. So these principles help us in the decision-making processes to help us know how to act when disruption occurs.
Take, for example, marriage. Adding a second person into your life is a huge disruption to what you thought was your nicely organized schedule, your beautifully organized space, and your carefully designed budget. Suddenly the one you adore doesn’t agree with you on how you should organize your cupboard or make the bed or handle a toothpaste tube. He might go to bed later or sleep in longer. The arrival of a new baby brings the greatest changes to our lives! Husbands and babies are the best disruptors in the world! They teach us the weightier matters of the law. We begin to have to make changes to our schedule. We have to rearrange our time, our space, our finances, and our focus and our energies. And this is all right and good.
I have made perhaps hundreds of thousands of changes over the years to adapt my plan to the Lord’s plan, to my husband’s plan, to my children’s plans. And my husband and children have had to adapt to mine. It is an ebb and a flow.
Standing Anchored to Your Foundation
Before we feel entirely distraught that there is no stable foundation under our feet, we come back to the “the arock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your bfoundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty cstorm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall” (Helaman 5:12). If we are centered on and anchored in Christ, then when the earthquake knocks down our physical homes, or an injury or illness destroys our schedule, or a beautiful new baby graces our homes, we don’t have to completely fall apart (even if we feel like it for a while!). We can exercise our faith that He is holding onto us and that things will get back to a routine and that we can travel this rough, rocky section of our personal trail through life on earth.
To read about specific ways that I have tried to apply the principles of a time and a place for everything, click on the following links:
A Blank Fridge Door (Home and family organization; Job chart, menu plan, bucket list)