Life After Clutter: A Mindset Shift

As a professional organizer, I never wanted to simply organize living spaces, but my desire has always been to inspire and empower people all over the world to Live on Purpose and in Divine Order! 2023 is rapidly approaching and Order Your Steps will be expanding our enterprise and enhancing our service portfolio. 

Our mission will be to enable you to…

  • Realize your true purpose in life
  • Create an atmosphere of peace, harmony, and grace
  • Be what you were created and called to be

 So please stay tuned, as we continue to prepare for this journey. 

We have Embarked on a Major Project…

In actuality, this organizing project started several years ago, when I met Ms. C. for the first time. However, she just wasn’t ready to face this HUGE undertaking, so it was postponed. In the meantime, she decided not to live in the house. But, it was May of this year that Ms. C. gave me a call and the project began. It is the largest project, that I’ve had in my 10 years as a professional organizer.

As I explain to all my clients, we have to break the elephant into bite size pieces and I will hand the pieces to you one bite at a time. So I begin with “presorting”, which gives me the opportunity to sort through the elephant size mounds of stuff and then hand a bite off to the client to purge through and make decisions on what to keep and what has to go.

We have a rather long way to go, but we have made a LOT of progress! The pics below are of the two rooms on the first floor. The “living room” is literally FULL of donations. By the way, did I mention that she’s an ex-teacher? May I say that teachers have a heart like no other for their students, but that also means that they hold on to a LOT of stuff, just in case they might need it!!

Well, next week, we are going to venture upstairs, so we will keep you posted as we go…

The Pyschology of Clutter…

“We can reclaim our peace of mind by understanding why we are cluttering up our life, and then take the appropriate steps to de-clutter, and return balance and harmony to our space.”

Many of you may be scrambling to go back to the office a few days a week, yet you must still maintain your virtual office. So remember, whatever space you are in… Clutter is something we’ll always have to deal with, but it can be controlled. We should seek to create space that makes us feel at ease…

Spring Cleaning in the Winter?

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Spring is ONLY 35 days away and if it appears that I am in hurry to see Spring…. I AM!  😀  

However, in my neck of the woods, winter will probably linger.  It “snowed” on Sunday and the sun’s out today, but who knows what’s in the forecast for the rest of the week.  It is always during this time of the year that I recall the  final preparations for my wedding day.  My wedding anniversary is March 10, and the Thursday before, almost thirty-eight years ago… It SNOWED, no REALLY, snowed!  But by my wedding day, the snow was practically all gone and the sun was shining.  GO FIGURE!!  

Winter gives the earth a deep cleansing and kills the germs in the air… BUT Spring is a season of rebirth, rejuvenation, resurrection and regrowth.  March 20th will be here before we know, so why not start preparing for our period of renewal and Order right now.

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We have 35 days and counting to get ready. I would suggest that we map out a “Spring’s Comin” plan.  

  • Days 1 thru 15 Assess your space and determine three (3) major areas that require spring cleaning first and allot ample time to complete.  Assign small tasks to complete over time.  Write down the plan and post it.  
  • Days 16 thru 30Find two (2) small areas that need to be organized (yes, there is a difference between clean & organize…).  Then let the sort & purge process begin.
  • Days 31 thru 35 Get the family to participate.  Review the plan with them and get their support & buy-in (even under duress :-D)…. and absolutely, have a BIG party when it’s done.  

Have fun with it!

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Faith versus Feelings

Although, I have new blog for my more inspirational posts, I thought that it would be a good idea to share this one with you. If you’d prefer to listen to this blog post, please click the link to our podcast I pray that you enjoy!

It was 6:30 am on last Wednesday morning and I’m wondering what to share with you this week… but I’m on the verge of tears, because I’m in my feeling AGAIN! I’ve been in a real “interesting” place for the last few weeks, but I don’t want to get to far ahead of myself. So I decided to get up and get a cup of coffee. As I was standing in the kitchen, I heard the scripture, “The race is not given to the swift... ” So I went to my Bible app and found Ecclesiastes 9:11, which says this in the New Living Translation:

I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.

Then the Holy Spirit said, “When you are being prepared for what you need, not necessarily for what you want, the battle between your faith and your feelings will begin!” and I started to chuckle, because the Holy Spirit is always listening!?

So let’s talk a little about where I’ve been for the last few weeks. I’m self-employed and business has been rather slow recently. It’s not unusual for my business to fluctuate, but it’s during these times that I tend to get a little restless (can any of you relate?). Unfortunately, when I get restless, I have a lot of time to get in my feelings. I go into that “what if” headspace and although I’m always bombarded by the Word of God… in time, my feelings will take me back into the hole of uncertainty and doubt. Why does the Lord have to constantly remind of His Faithfulness? Every time I’ve been in this place, He’s brought me out. We have been blessed beyond measure during this season. So why am I still fighting my feelings… so that I can strengthen my faith. OMG! I actually heard that as I was writing it.

King David said it this way…

Why am I discouraged?
    Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
    I will praise him again—
    my Savior and my God!

Psalms 42:5

You may want to take a moment to read all of Psalms 42 and 43. David uses this verse in both, but in somewhat different perspectives. But just know that… with each battle we face, our faith gets stronger and stronger!

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So I guess I’ m just going to have to stop crying and keep working…

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

Philippians 2:13



Back to School Tips for your College Students

We must be mindful of challenges that face our young adults who are returning to college campuses all over the country.

Here are a few tips that I hope will be helpful…

General Campus Tips During COVID-19: When you go out, take a mask (face covering), disinfectant wipes, tissues, and hand sanitizer with you. Avoid large groups of people.

Living Arrangements During COVID-19: When possible, ask for a single dorm room or if you live in an apartment, request a single bedroom. Consider using a personal tote to keep all your personal belongings separate. Avoid sharing with dorm mates or roommates but if you must, disinfect all surfaces, including doorknobs, light switches, drawer and utility handles before and after using.

Dining During COVID-19: Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or use alcohol-based sanitizer before and after eating.Do not share food, drink or utensils. Eat grab and go (prepared) food items when you can.

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Back to School Tips

Now that most of our children are back in the classroom after over a year, I’m sure that there’s been a lot of hustle and bustle over the past few weeks. So, I thought that I should allow some time for the dust to settle and then share a few tips that might help you to fine-tune your daily routine and make managing the home a little easier.

First and foremost, I pray for your strength and patience!

Then, I’d like to make a few suggestions. Start preparing as early as you can.  I would suggest that the day/night before we do the following …

  • Lay out the clothes, shoes, socks, mask, etc.  Leave nothing to chance.  🙂
  • Prepare the lunch (or secure the lunch money) and the book bag (don’t forget the hand santizer).
  • For the girls, comb the hair and tie it up.
  • Bath time and Prayer.
  • Remember, patience!

Then, as time allows, unwind with a cup of tea or coffee and prepare for the next day.

Make a to-do list, to include what happens after school, i.e. family time, dinner, homework, etc.  Set the clock 30 min. early to allow a little extra time to snooze and time to make sure the kids get out of bed, because you may have to ask more than once.  Then…. a new day begins!

  • Breakfast… VERY IMPORTANT!  We all need energy to get through our day.  Our children need nutrition to stay focused.
  • Wash, dress and get ready.
  • PRAY for your kids.
  • PRAY for your patience with them!  They may have a rough day ahead too.  Reading, Writing and ‘rithmetic can be taxing on the brain.

This day will end and another one begins.  It’s called Life!  Routines take practice. Things will not always go as planned, but you do need a plan.  We can seek peace in the midst of our chaos OR we can have chaos in the midst of our chaos. Don’t forget to take DEEP breaths often. Try to keep the house in Order as best we can.   Take each day as it comes and be the best that we can be.  We must embrace our children, no matter how old they are.  Know that they were entrusted to us and even when they are doing somersaults on our very last nerve, they are ours and we love them more than words can describe! All of our steps are Ordered.  

I wish you all SHALOM (Peace)in your hearts and in your homes!!

Introducing “Holy Ghost Downloads”!

I am SUPER, SUPER excited to share with all of you my new blog, entitled “Holy Ghost Downloads”! But before I start I want to give an ENORMOUS SHOUT OUT to Cindy Knoke! Please take a moment to take a look at all of the AMAZING photography on her blog. I believe that Cindy has been on WordPress as long as I have and she has always been one of my biggest encourager. She has consistently “LIKED” all of my posts, which many times kept me motivated to continue blogging.

Cindy, Thank You!

As I eluded to earlier, I’ve been on WordPress almost 10 years. I started my blog, Finding Order in Chaos when I started my business, Order Your Steps LLC. If you have followed me any length of time, you know that Order Your Steps has been much more of a ministry to me than a business. Therefore, I’ve given you not only organizing tips, but there have been numerous spiritually inspired messages, which I believe have been sent directly from the Holy Spirit, that I have been compelled to share, thus the birth of “Holy Ghost Downloads”.

In the midst of this pandemic, my mantra has been “Moving Forward by Faith”, we can’t look back, we must look ahead. We have endured so much for the past two years. Many of us are hurting, heavy-hearted and feeling a tad hopeless, however, I truly believe that the Holy Spirit is speaking to us in so many ways in the midst of our most difficult times. Therefore, rather you’re here at Finding Order in Chaos with tips to help you to bring Order to your space -or- over at Holy Ghost Downloads where I hope that you will take a moment or two to listen to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to bring Order to our minds and hearts…

It’s a New Day, Every Day!
My prayer is that you will find inspiration, encourgagement and hope!

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

John 14:26 KJV