Getting Your Household Organized

Household organizingA moms’ job isn’t easy. It is more than changing diapers, cleaning bottles, and carpooling kids.  It is training, guiding, reassuring your child, and loving them unconditionally.  You may have read in Proverbs 22:6, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”  (NIV) Or possibly, “The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang.”  Every step of the way, we teach our children about trust, peace, love, joy, faithfulness, goodness, gentleness and self-control. We do this by setting the example in the household.

When it comes to organizing, parents and in particular, moms, have this responsibility. If we care for our belongings and teach our child to do the same, they will learn to respect and appreciate what they have. We can train them to pick up their toys, clothes, straighten up their beds, put away what they got out to use.  Yes, it takes discipline on our part to make the extra effort to set the example.  It also takes patience because the child may not do it exactly as we would like it to be.  If you are looking for perfection, don’t.  None of us are perfect.  We may need to lower our expectations, at times.

We should also examine our personal habits that inhibit our being organized. Are we one looking for instant gratification?  Do we watch the Home Shopping channel and QVC network?  We need to practice self-control so that our children will understand that one doesn’t just “write a check” as my toddler used to say. I could write a check but one, the money wasn’t necessarily there, and two, it wasn’t something that was needed in our household.

If getting your household organized has gotten out of control, begin by having a loving talk with the family telling them that there needs to be a change. Start small and build from there.  Reward your child with something they enjoy like reading an extra book before bed time or credits that go toward a special treat at the end of the week. Older children can take on more responsibility. Hold back some privileges for awhile such as the smart phone until they understand you are taking this seriously. Finally, stick with the program.  Like I said, a mom’s job isn’t easy.

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