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The past couple of weeks I've been helping my mom recover from knee surgery. During that time, I've had the chance to read Organize His Way by Eileen Koff. I've been fascinated at how similar my mother's knee surgery parallels that of lives lived in the pain of clutter. Let me explain.
My mother lives with us, and for the past seven years living day to day, the gradual increase of her pain, and decline of her mobility was so subtle to me that I didn't realize she was dealing with extreme discomfort. I don't think she realized it either. It was much simpler to accommodate the pain than get rid of it (or so we thought). This means we would drop her off at the door, or my son would walk slowly with her giving her his arm for support. She'd go to the doctor every six months to receive an injection to help manage the pain, and take supplements daily to get by.
It wasn't until we went to Boston last October that I really noticed a difference in her mobility, and it took seeing through the eyes of my sister to really grasp the change. In the town where my sister lives, you can walk everywhere. When we arrived, we were in the peak of the fall colors, and my sister kept wanting my mom to walk to see the beautiful red, orange, and yellow trees. They were truly spectacular. I kept thinking to myself, "Mom doesn't just walk like that anymore." But my sister didn't know that, and my mom is so sweet, she wanted to see the trees. Each night I'd rub her knees down with the biofreeze I brought for my aching neck, and she seemed to be doing well.
We even went to Niagara Falls, and she toured the majestic beauty like a champ. As I headed home, I realized that she was extremely limited by her pain, and she was waiting for me to give her permission to have knee surgery. That sounds crazy, I know, but she lives with us, and she would hate to be a burden on us, so she deals with the pain instead of asking for help.
When the surgeon came out to report on her successful surgery, he let me know that the knee was worse than he thought. It was bone on bone, and it had been that way for a long time. Why in the world did my mother live in that kind of pain for so long? I think it was because she feared the pain of the surgery more than the pain of continuing living in the chronic pain of a arthritic knee.
Doesn't that sound familiar? We live with chronic messes in our lives, and we avoid surgery because we think that the pain will be too much to bear. I'm happy to say that my mother was wrong. The pain has been minimal, and the recovery in the scope of time is a fraction of the time that she has spent managing the pain.
It Starts In the Heart
Eileen challenges us to think about what would it be like if we considered the clutter in our homes as a faith issue. We live our lives as if we are the masters of things we amass, yet if those very treasures are keeping us from God's best, they are mastering us.
In Organize His Way, Eileen starts with the heart and mind. Changed thinking leads to changed living. She does a beautiful job of walking you through scripture that points to lies we have believed about ourselves and our possessions.
While the goal is organization, Eileen doesn't define that as pristine HGTV perfection. She keeps a beautiful balance between the two. Her heart is to shed light on the debilitating power of clutter both in your home and in your mind. Clutter breeds isolation, distraction, confusion, and over-complication. This is not the full life that God intended for his children. In order to find peace, we must humble ourselves, and release the shame and fear we feel for living lives outside of His best.
Just as my mother overcame her fear and submitted her knee pain to a surgeon to do is work, we too must overcome our own fears and submit ourselves to the Great Surgeon to bring healing to our lives.
The Benefits of the Organize His Way Workbook
I love that this is not just a how to book for getting your home in order, but a sweet shepherd walking you through scripture to renew your mind before offering practical tips for implementation. There is no condemnation, just hope.
As you read through each chapter, you pause along the way to reflect, respond, and pray about the concepts discussed. While she gets you started right away, the tasks are realistic and manageable. There is great comfort in knowing that Eileen knows that this process isn't easy or overly simplistic. She paints a realistic picture and then slowly equips you with tools to organize His way.
About the Author:
Eileen Koff, CPO is the founder and president of To The Next Level, a certified professional organizing business based on Long Island, NY, and the 2013 NAPO-LLA award winner for “Best Green Service”. Ever since her teenage years, Eileen has taken great joy in helping people organize and simplify their surroundings. Well into her career as a professional organizer, she has added author and speaker to her credit as she fulfills her passion for speaking and teaching on the joys of leading an orderly life. Her obsession lies in witnessing the transforming power of God’s Word in the lives of those she serves. Eileen lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of over 35 years, having raised three sons who are now off on their own.
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