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
De-cluttering my Flat and Life: A Forever Deepening Amazingness

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. ‘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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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?

  17. ‘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.

    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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

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

  21. 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.

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