Organising my Home – Choosing Order over Complexity

I have always loved watching nature documentaries as it never ceases to amaze me how innately in tune animals live with the land, the weather and with one another.  Recently I watched a documentary of a lion hunt where the level of coordination and organisation between the lions inspired me to look at my own orderliness, or as it happened, lack thereof.

In the documentary, three lions teamed up to hunt down a zebra drinking at a water hole. They organised themselves into a triangular arrangement, surrounding the zebra, and waited. For many hours the lions shifted their positions subtly and methodically, communicating with each other silently.

They appeared to be very well ordered and disciplined in how they worked as a group.

Eventually, when the timing was just right, one of the lions pounced and they got their dinner. It seemed to me their success depended on their ability to carry out the hunt with a high degree of order and precision. Without that, there was no guarantee of success, therefore no food, and therefore no more lions.

I decided to ponder on the level of order and structure I have had throughout my life.

I realised that growing up, my bedroom was always a mess. I had a chair in the corner that became a dumping pile for clothes not clean enough to return to the cupboard, but not yet dirty enough to put in the laundry. My wardrobe was also a mess, stuffed with clothes and shoes. Nothing was neat and tidy; I had no discipline in putting things where they should go.

I still seemed to know where everything was though, so I prided myself on living in organised chaos. But honestly, I felt quite messy, muddled and busy whenever I was in my room. I actually did love having a tidy room, when everything fitted into my drawers and cupboards, and I loved being able to see straight away where everything was.

Fortunately, every few months I was ordered by my parents to clean up my room. We always argued about it, but in the end I would spend half a day tidying it up.

I remember how wonderful and refreshing a tidy, orderly room felt, and I too felt open and clear in my thinking.

In those moments, I knew that the bravado at living with ‘organised chaos’ was rubbish and my parents knew I knew it too! I eventually felt grateful for being given the opportunity to feel how lovely tidiness, organisation and order are, instead of mess, chaos and clutter.

So what else happens when I am living an ordered life?

  • My life flows
  • My emotions feel stable and in balance
  • There is less that can surprise me (surprises take away my steadiness)
  • I am truly comforted because my surroundings support me
  • I feel no anxiety – the more organised and ready I am, the more equipped I feel to handle what life brings.

As an adult now with my own house, I know what it feels like when I clean out the linen cupboard, pantry, shoe rack, cutlery draw, shed, desk, or weed the garden. It feels amazing, and I feel 12 feet tall!

I have discovered that it is actually not hard to keep it this way, it just takes commitment and discipline to live like this, founded simply upon feeling how lovely it feels to be in a tidy and organised home.

I have come to realise that I am disturbed by disharmony, just like the lions, and that I like organising my home, choosing order over complexity.

I continue to be inspired and grateful to Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine for reminding me how to live simply with order in my life.

By Suzanne Anderssen, Brisbane

Further Reading:
Clearing Out the Clutter – The Room at the Back of the House
Simplicity
De-cluttering my Flat and Life: A Forever Deepening Amazingness

912 thoughts on “Organising my Home – Choosing Order over Complexity

  1. I agree it is not hard to live with order in your life. I find that once I introduce order in an area of my life it shouts at me to keep to that standard and I cannot bear to leave things in a lesser state, because I know when I return to them, they will have a negative impact on me.

  2. It used to be a bit chicken and egg for me in relation to having things in order for I would feel terrible if they were out of order and also sometimes they would get out of order because I felt terrible. These days generally I feel quite solid and great and things stay in order. If things to start to stray and go into disarray that is a good wakeup call that there is something I need to look at in my life as I must have strayed!

  3. The way we care for our space can support us to feel more ourselves and more able to connect to the lovely stillness from within. So it is worthwhile to take the time to constantly keep our space, clean, clear, tidy and organised because I find the quality of our space reflects to us how we are truly feeling inside and it can be either confirming or confronting.

  4. “I have discovered that it is actually not hard to keep it this way, it just takes commitment and discipline to live like this” – this is very true. It is just in that moment of absence we let that slip just a little bit and that’s enough for the rest follows.

  5. I love nothing more than walking into a home that is clear and organised, one that is not done by control but by love for order and clarity. The support this offer ourselves and others is enormous.

    1. Same here Kim and I notice the difference when I walk into a space that has been cared for with love. My body immediately registers this and I love the quality this offers and this supports me to be more myself.

    2. That’s a great point Kim and Chan because as always it all comes back to energy. You can have a so called perfect room that feels sterile, controlled and loveless and perhaps one that is not quite so perfect but you can feel the love.

      1. Also we are all different so some people might like a spotless desk with no papers or clutter on it and that is order for them, whereas others might have all sorts of papers on their desk but they know where everything is and there is an order to it for them.

    1. I know what you mean Willem and I realised that it is only hard work if we make it a chore but when we put love and care into keeping our space simple, clean and organised it can be very enjoyable fun and easy. I have started cleaning my house with more love and care, and I find I actually really love cleaning and organising.

  6. One of the worst things for me with a lack of organisation in the home is feeling unsupported when I need something (often under a time pressure), and I can’t find it easily. It feels so very self caring and self loving to have things organised so I am supported in whatever situation presents.

  7. I agree Suzanne, I love the feeling when my home is ordered and de-cluttered, you feel lighter, more spacious and have more energy to move forward.

  8. The simplest way to keep order is to maintain it daily; and also if I do it well in some area of my life I can apply that same design to other areas of my life. It is a way of ordering everything into a way that is working.

  9. I love simplicity, and I love lots of space and light in my home and surroundings. Briefly I was in a house the other day which was full of clutter and I felt uncomfortable, just feeling the space constricted and thus appreciating that I have invested much time in decluttering and letting go of so much that I did not need.

  10. If we have difficulty with making decisions, the best remedy is to open our cupboards and start cleaning and clearing. In bringing more order, more space is created, which results in more clarity, thus making it easier to make decisions. It all makes sense

  11. You can clearly see from your blog Suzanne that true order is so super simple and so super supportive that it is a complete choice and creation to live with the complexity of messiness and the orderedness of dis-order in our lives.

  12. Chaos is a source of identification and individualization. After all, one person’s chaos is different from another person’s. It is like lions marking their territory. The creation of a chaos takes a lot of effort and managing it too. Chaos requires a body that makes as if chaos were not there, a body that learns to numb itself, that is why it can never provide the foundations you need to truly support you in life

  13. ‘ I know what it feels like when I clean out the linen cupboard, pantry, shoe rack, cutlery draw, shed, desk, or weed the garden. It feels amazing, and I feel 12 feet tall!’ So True Suzanne – totally powerful.

  14. We too are innately attuned to the divine order of the universe and its natural flow. Our every part of our body is made up of universal components, and our Soul the spark of God. It is only that we resist surrendering to being moved by the impulse of our divine Will, as when we do we discover there is a greater freedom to be and express all that we naturally are and are intrinsically connected to.

  15. Interesting that you knew how wonderful the tidy, ordered room felt and yet rebelled against keeping it that way. Interesting to observe why we do that and what it is we get out of the mess or issues we create?

  16. It seems that lions had order, precision and discipline as you said because if any had been tempted to jump earlier the result might have been quite different. Beautiful to feel the value of all these qualities.

  17. I find order definitely keeps things simple on many levels. It is easy to feel the flow in my day when I have established a natural order to things.

  18. Pride comes before the fall just ask the Zebra. So organised life needs to eliminate anything that keeps us from being blinded to the truth of what goes on around us, and then everything is understood towards a true purpose, which develops awareness.

  19. I love harmony and order to the extent that I feel decidedly unsettled if they are not present, ‘I have come to realise that I am disturbed by disharmony, just like the lions, and that I like organising my home, choosing order over complexity.’

  20. If only we weren´t blinding ourselves from seeing the order that is consistently at work we happily would obey to it as it is pure harmony and grace. But obviously we want something else instead and complexity and complication are providing it.

  21. Choosing order is choosing simplicity and vice versa. I should remind myself more often of this very simple and relevant truth, especially when the seeming complexity of life tends to overwhelm me because I buy into it and or create it. So back to basics first before dealing with life.

  22. Interesting though that when we choose order we simply say yes to what naturally is. Only when we disturb the order we experience complication and complexity as we create a version or flow of life that otherwise wouldn´t exist in the first place. Thus choosing order means tune in again and live with the flow of life.

  23. Nature certainly is one of our best teachers. This blog had me thinking of so many animals and the precision they use when constructing their homes. Birds travel far and wide to make their nest exactly as they want it. Humans can also travel far and wide bringing together the things they want to have in their homes, so it definitely feels loving to have the order that supports us to feel at ease in our bodies because of the way we choose to care for our belongings. Mess is definitely a signpost that we are out of kilter with ourselves in some way.

  24. It is amazing how we can override what we love the feel of, have you ever wondered why do we fight this, what really is at play here? ‘I actually did love having a tidy room, when everything fitted into my drawers and cupboards, and I loved being able to see straight away where everything was.’ I love order too.

  25. Order is one of my favourite words. I love it, so when things in my home are out of order, it really does unsettle me. Recently I have spent time ordering my computer files and emails. That was a job I had not considered before a friend mentioned that she had done hers. Now when I sit at my computer there is a different feel. Definitely lighter.

  26. There’s nothing like an organised home or a clean home for that matter, but what I have come to understand and appreciate more these days is the energy in which we clean our homes is paramount to how spacious it feels. I have felt in the past that even though a space may be cleared and tidy it can still feel cold and lifeless (best way to describe it), whereas when we lovingly clean and appreciate the space and ourselves, the space feels so different and inviting.

    1. I so agree with what you have shared, Julie. I often find myself humming or singing to the rhythm of the vacuum, washing machine or dishwasher. The time seems to fly as I complete whatever cleaning I am doing and afterwards the room/house seems to hold a greater warmth and sparkle whenever I enter it.

  27. It took me a long time to acknowledge how much I love and appreciate a clean and ordered space, so much so that now the tiniest bit of disregard I give to something I know needs attending to is felt and it is not long and I simply have to deal with what is there to be done.

  28. The care and order I bring to my home absolutely reflects in my everyday. The sense of completeness and order it brings Grace to all I do in my day.

  29. The relationship between how we live and move in our lives is a great reflector of what is within and when we have order and clear space in our external life there is order and space that emanates within us also.

  30. Before I came across Universal Medicine, I would have never connected the dots and understood that the order in my house is reflecting my body and that it has an affect on my health, as well as my thoughts and my emotions.

  31. Such a beautiful sharing Suzanne on the power and simplicity that order brings to our homes and life, living any other way creates complication and delay and we can feel quite heavy and drained with this.

  32. I notice how supported I feel when I know where everything is and it’s well organised, when it’s disorganised I feel quite anxious and it’s draining trying to find what I need. Keeping things organised, simple and tidy is definitely another way we can express our love for ourselves and others.

  33. The same goes for work. Order around us, support us to be more clear, more focussed and take better decision. The often hated clean desk policy does make sense. Though even the people policing it hardly appreciate how deep it goes.

  34. The quality and order we live in is a direct reflection of the quality and order we have established in ourselves.

  35. Beautiful how you have used the reflection of nature to organise your home, when we have order we have a natural flow, which supports us throughout the day.

  36. When I allow my surroundings to become untidy or messy, I know there is something within me that I need to address and often I find this to be an area of disregard I have lived with in the past, or am continuing to live with now. Once I address the disregard I feel lighter and more willing to tidy up and bring order to my living space. My commitment now is to tidy up after myself as I go along…still a work in progress!

    1. Same here Fiona. And also when we feel that a task like cleaning the decks or clearing cobwebs from the outside of the house can have such a huge effect.

  37. ‘I feel no anxiety – the more organised and ready I am, the more equipped I feel to handle what life brings.’ I love this link between feeling anxiety when our environment is disordered. I’d never wanted to consider how I create my own anxiousness and stress by living in organised chaos but how ridiculous is that – of course I do, I just don’t want to see it.

  38. You have really got me considering just how important order is in our lives, I wouldn’t say I’m messy but I also would not say that my whole life is in order – I’m feeling an experiment coming on – exactly how much does order effect our lives?

  39. I used to pride myself on organised chaos…I identified with it, claiming that when things were orderly I could never find anything. Yep, I’ve since realised that that’s a load of rubbish…and the dis-order I was living in just helped me to maintain a level of anxiousness that allowed me to always be on the go and never ever feel the need to stop. Well…naturally that all came crashing down eventually. I’m so grateful for finally realising that there is another way to do life!

  40. If we go from organised chaos to then clearing out, tidying and organising, it is not hard to keep it this way mainly because the room or our house always feels amazing when we bring harmony to it.

  41. It does take commitment and discipline to live like this but as you have discovered, totally worth it. It’s funny how sometimes we don’t realize how disturbed we are by disharmony until we bring the harmony back.

  42. This is ringing so true for me. Even when people stay, during and after, I love going round my house tidying and supporting the order to remain. I feel so much clearer too. Keeping things tidy limits chaos and really is so supportive.

  43. Order allows a consistency and precision that is very supportive not only for our daily lives but for the world around us.

  44. I agree Suzanne it is not hard to keep order once you have established it. It is only a matter of completing every task and returning things to their rightful place.

  45. If we are honest we are all disturbed by disharmony, but when we are living in chaos and unorganised, this is what we have chosen, so we over-ride that feeling to the extent that we become blind to the disorder in our homes, as it becomes the normal.

  46. I remember how wonderful and refreshing a tidy, orderly room felt, and I too felt open and clear in my thinking. They do say, ‘clear out the clutter in your house, clear out the clutter in your head’! I can feel how supportive it is for my day ahead with a foundation of a clean, organised and ordered house. It is super supportive.

    1. I can also remember how much I loved having my bedroom re-arranged when I was a young girl. There were only so many ways my bed and furniture could be moved but it always brought a big smile to my face.

  47. It takes a lot of energy to create disorder in a world that is based on order and harmony. There is a character in the Peanuts comic strip which featured the famous ‘snoopy’ who was called Linus. Linus was often pictured with a dust cloud above his head. This always represented to me the chaos and disorder that he lived in that then travelled around with him everywhere he went. It always spoke to me of the fact that everything we choose is being carried around with us, even if it can’t be seen.

    1. ‘It takes a lot of energy to create disorder in a world that is based on order and harmony.’ I have never looked at the disorder I live with like that but of course as it’s a constant fight against what is true.

  48. Thank you Suzanne for sharing the joy and expansiveness that comes from choosing to live in order over the distraction, complexity and constrictions that come from living in dis-order. I too have come to realise that there is a natural order to life and we are inescapably part of this. So we choose to live in accordance to this rhythm, there is far greater freedom to explore a deeper in connection to ourselves and live the ‘more’ of who we are.

  49. Life really does flow Suzanne when we organise our homes. I have not been great at this in the past but am improving through the inspiration of Universal Medicine and Serge and now your sharing. I agree that not being organised can cause anxiety when we can’t find something or feel disorganised in our thinking.

  50. ‘I feel no anxiety – the more organised and ready I am, the more equipped I feel to handle what life brings.’ Recognising just how much constant low level anxiety affected my life has made a massive difference to the quality of my life and my commitment to organising my home really supports me with this.

  51. I spent many years living in organised chaos as a distraction from feeling the pain of separation from myself and others. I am gradually bringing more and more order to my home and loving how supportive it feels.

  52. True order feels amazing, like a gift from heaven. I know when I have spent time ordering my rooms, offices and all spaces, the energy and space feels amazing. For me its really about bringing the discipline to keeping it in order all of the time, something I am working on.

  53. Suzanne this article really resonates with me. When I tidy up and sort the accumulated disorder that I leave around to be dealt with later I always feel a clarity and freedom within me as it inspires me to take equal responsibility for any issues I have left hanging around.

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