ORDER – Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
This page is designed to help you cultivate order right now. Stop by anytime for tips and inspirational reading on the topic. If you want to read all of the order posts go here or return home to see which topic we are studying this week.
**Please note this page is currently under construction . The JOY Resource Page is a good example of how all the pages will ultimately be arranged.
If you have ideas and/or input regarding what you would like to see here or in any of the pages please do let me know!
Also, If you are an artist, blogger, writer, lover of life who has something that would contribute to one or more of the Bliss Virtues and you would like to share your craft and point of view as a guest of this blog please let me know. I am eager to make Bliss Habits a sharing and collaborative space for all Blissful pursuits!
Here are concrete things that you too can try, if you want to encourage some more ORDER. However, because as Earl Nightingale says, “you become what you think about,” even if you only follow along, and never take on any of the bliss initiatives, I expect some positive results. During Order week will be exploring and encouraging ORDER this way:
- Study – Poke around the internet, read “The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized * Manage Your Time * Eliminate Clutter and Experience Order * Keep Your Family First” by Karen Ehman, and try reading the parts of Ben Franklin’s Autobiography that apply. Both books include a time management aspect of ORDER so I will be considering the “let each part of your business have its time” part of my ORDER definition.
- Field work – Pick one thing (a junk drawer, closet, or desk) or one place (the garage, office, kitchen) that would bring you the most pleasure to have organized and bring that thing to order. If you succeed in getting one thing the way you like it start on the next!
- Bliss work – This one is good for everyone no matter how organized you already are or aspire to be. Each day I will be giving at least one thing away. Less is more and we have way too much stuff. It is a great feeling when one frees themselves from the burden of their stuff and then to know that someone else could benefit makes the whole process highly addictive! If you like how this feels you may even want to consider the 29 day Giving Challenge.
Cami Walker, founder of the wonderful 29 day Giving Challenge said this about giving things away “I want to notice what happens in my life if I focus my energy on giving … What space will it create in my life for new and unexpected things to occur? What shifts will I see in my thinking and behavior as a result? What impact will my gifts have on others? These are just a few of the questions I’m curious about. Who knows what will unfold. Nothing is planned. I don’t know what I’ll give away each day. I just begin the day and when I feel moved to give something, I do. This really goes against my control freak nature, but taking contrary action is sometimes needed to create change. Part of me initially wanted to plot out the… days and line up the things I’m giving in my hallway so I have the illusion of knowing what to expect. But collapsing into that old, manipulative way of being would defeat the purpose of the experiment.”
- Get in the mood for order – This is a really fun one. To figure out just what is important to me I am going to leaf through magazines like REAL SIMPLE, PARENTING, OPRAH and figure out what organizational tools I want to use and activities I want on our family calendar. I will be creating a new vision board (see photo of the one currently hanging in our house – which helped us with finding the house we would later buy!) to foster the new organized way into existence.