It’s called Organizing Time! Last fall Dad asked that we begin, as a family, to spend one hour every Saturday morning organizing various areas of the house like the garage, basement, and attic. That one hour on Saturday is the equivalent of nine man hours since we all work together. You’ll often find us in groups: Dad, Joseph, and John in the garage, Sarah, Anna, and Jesse in the basement, Mom and Mary either in the garage or basement, and Christopher where needed!
Although we’ve been gone over two months already this year, we’ve still accomplished a huge amount. Those working in the basement usually don’t lack for something to do, since there is constant attention needed to reorganizing the ministry things, unpacking from trips, and organizing shelves. In the garage, there was much sorting/categorizing to do (even including gathering some unused items from our house building project, which netted a very nice return at Home Depot!). A project Mom worked on this past Saturday was organizing our paint shelves in the basement. One Saturday some of the boys sorted scrap lumber that had been pushed aside into the corner of the basement. When our city offered a free “dump day,” the boys loaded scrap metal from our bus remodel project and took it to the dump. Another project has been to organize the storm shelter, which tended to be a “catch all” for items (you can tell we’ve not actually had to use it as a storm shelter yet!).
Maybe this will encourage you as a family to see what just one hour once a week can net for your home!
“In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury” (Proverbs 14:23).