Confession: My Messy Little Secret…

… is I live in organized chaos, and I don’t even want to know the psychological or psychiatric reasons for those, like me, that are very neat, clean, and organized on the surface… But just below the facade resides very messy drawers, cabinets, closets.. They look, well, like this…

As I remember, my parents were very neat and organized. My grandparents were too. So what happened to me? And if there are some spiritual implications about this malady, please don’t even tell me… although, what comes to mind is Jesus telling the religious Jews of His day that they were like, “white-washed cups, clean on the outside but dirty on the inside.” Ouch! That stings.

Am I clean on the outside and dirty on the inside?

You know the television series, “How Dirty is Your House?” I watched it a few times, and it was so horrifying at how dirty people let their homes get. Sometimes I wanted to gag… I mean some trash needs to be disposed. Well, I wouldn’t qualify, because my house is clean and straightened and orderly on top. I scrub the toilets and sinks. I dust and mop the floors. In fact, it looks perfect on the surface when you walk in.

I love decorating and putting a lot of energy into it. In fact, whenever I move, I unpack the accessories and pictures first and scatter them around. I hang the pictures before unpacking the boxes. I guess you could say I am more of an accessory person than the nuts and bolts kind that spends time straightening. It is just so easy to “do it later” whenever that is and concentrate on the lovely details of creating or writing or reading…

But if television producers were to start show called, “How Messy are Your Drawers?” Then I would surely qualify. The TV cameras could come into my house and horrify audiences around the world at my messy drawers–I can hear people now,

“Oh the clothes that need to folded.”

“And the boxes that need to straightened.”

“And look at all that tupperware just scattered around.”

Anyway, I am endeavoring to turn over a new leaf. A new beginning is around the corner–2010–the New Year. And it would be great to start off with straightened drawers and orderly cabinets. It would be even better to KEEP THEM THAT WAY!

So there you have it, my messy, little secret… Confession is so good for the soul…

13 Comments Add yours

  1. Nancy says:

    I so relate, Bonnie. This, too, is my New Year’s resolution…..again!

  2. Susan says:

    Ahhhh … the real world.

  3. Ron says:

    Oh, you’ve just exposed what every visitor to anyone’s home wants to see. The inside of their medicine cabinets when they go to the restroom. C.S. Lewis said, “We read to know we are not alone.” Stepping down from his high level, I say, “We sneak peaks to know everyone is just like us.”

  4. Tara says:

    LOL! I loved this, Bonnie. Hey, I prefer to think of myself as an “internal organizer” as opposed to an “external organizer”….that’s why I can have perfectly organized files on my computer, but papers scattered all around my computer desk. At least, it sounds like a good excuse to me!

  5. Jerri says:

    Oh wow. You’re braver than I am! My drawers and cabinets are a bit disorganized, too, especially in my bedroom. It helps to have an Jewish Israeli housemate who loves to organize and clean. My kitchen would be in a lot worse condition without her!

  6. Bonnie says:

    Jerri, you are blessed to have some help!

    Tara, I thought you already knew I am like this. The difference between us is that my computer files are in disarray too. The concept is so overwhelming to me.

    Ron, Your quote–the take off on Lewis’ quote was brilliant!

    Susan and Nancy, I guess we all have a little of this in us…

    Thanks all for stopping by leaving comments.


  7. Diana Terry says:

    Bonnie I am an organized freak and people won’t like you or love you any better if you get organized. LOL It will only make you feel better…maybe?? I have opened my cabinet door to get a cup for a guest to pour them a cup of coffee and they will make comments like….OMG!!!! Your dishes….they are all in order….how do you stand it….LOL How do you do that, especially with kids?? (they may be that way at your house but wait till they get their own place…FREEDOM!! LOL) Well what can I say, except we are all our own person and unique in how God designed us each to be able to live in total disaray or total organization and BTW I am learning after 57 years to fly by the seat of my pants in my old age……….. I always had to have a list and a plan for everything. Well, there is a God after all…..and He does heal in all areas…… LOL I have made so many people miserable around me over the years without meaning too by being a neat freck and organizer….so my resolution is what it was last year. More FREEDOM!!! More PEACE!!! It is o.k. if everything is not in its place, it is o.k. if everything is not in its place, it is o.k. LOL and knowing He loves me no matter what kind of mess I am….LOL So see we all have issues….LOL

    Love you Bonnie,
    I enjoy your blog so much!!!! Hugs!!!!

  8. Carol Cantrell says:

    Bonnie…you inspire me always. I LOVE all you posts. But, in regard to messy drawers I say “So what!” The beauty of your soul shines through for us and that’s all that matters…

  9. Judy says:

    I can completely relate! Can’t tell you how much I organize my chaos! ha!

  10. Frank says:

    Honestly…I read a few years ago how a person with ADD organized his desk. I tried it and it worked! 😐 Break your area into many small parts and simply organize a new part daily. I don’t take any medication but find that helpful. :}

  11. Jeanine says:

    You mean organized chaos isn’t normal?

  12. Marcia says:

    You are brave! I might tell but never show and hope people who peak never have access . 🙂

  13. David Katz says:

    I wouldn’t worry about it . . .

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