I’m going to share something that is pretty raw. Something I really don’t like people to see…at least not like this. These are photos of our house just a few weeks ago.
WARNING: These photos are scary.
These were taken all on the same day with my iPhone as I was explaining to my husband (who was at work) that life here at home had taken a huge step backward and I wasn’t sure how to fix it.
I was feeling like I had gone back in time about 8 years when I had only littles and my life felt very chaotic. Our move to this house in February, followed by several speaking engagements, followed by morning sickness had created a household that was barely functioning.
The kids’ rooms were always a mess. Laundry was never under control. The homeschool closet (shown above) was a colossal mess. And then the basement flooded…
I couldn’t even begin to concern myself with what was down there when what was upstairs was nowhere near where it should be.
And who did I think I was, standing before a crowd of homeschool moms, telling them how to have a well-ordered household?!
I found myself at a place where I was completely incapacitated by the sheer volume of things that NEEDED to be accomplished, and I was begging God for an answer…a place to begin and get back to the way of life I knew I needed to have in order make our home run well.
The very next day, Mystie Winckler contacted me about her new ecourse, Simplified Organization. I knew she had some things in the works, but I had no idea how much I was going to need exactly what she was working on.
Simplified Organization has been a breath of fresh air in our home. It is a go-at-your-own-pace online course, so there is no pressure to have A, B, and C done by Friday, and the information is not going to disappear if you don’t get it done by Friday. Mystie is even quite candid about the fact that some of these “habits” will take years to fully flesh out, and rather than that being a negative thing, she teaches you to see the process and system of ordering your household as the goal, rather than some arbitrary “by-September-I’ll-have-an-organized-home” goal.
And everything is from a solid Christian perspective. This isn’t about digging deeper within yourself…it’s about reaching out to the Lord and working with His plan for your life here on earth.
I’ve gone through 3 of the learning modules already, and I am so excited by the progress I’ve seen that I have to force myself to shut the computer down at night and go to bed! I have finally learned to use my Google Calendar to its fullest capacity (and I’ve shared it with my oldest two children so they are “in the know” about what is going on around here). I am learning to immediately get things out of the labyrinth of my brain and onto paper so that I don’t have to try to recall everything. (This is going to be a steep learning curve!) I have the beginnings of a command center. I am finally working on a laundry system for this house, and I am seeing real progress as opposed to hamster-wheel days, weeks, and months.
Today, is the official launch of Simplified Organization. The price of membership and access to all the videos, audios, articles, and step-by-step instruction is $99.
So, if you are feeling overwhelmed by the state of your household, if you need some prodding and purpose to get back on track, if you need a place to begin and the focus to continue, this online course may very well be the answer for you in the way that it was for our household!
The tasks have not interfered with our homeschooling. The lessons are all in bite-sized pieces so I don’t feel like I have to carve out huge sections of time to work through the course. The encouragement and Biblical advice has given me a whole new perspective on where I am right now.
I am absolutely thrilled that Mystie followed the Lord’s leading and went to the effort to create this course to help other homemakers and mommies learn to love what must be done in our homes.