Posts from 2016

and make music to your name

Happy Thanksgiving

 “It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD; I sing for joy at the works of your hands.”     Psalm 92

Giving thanks is at the heart of scripture.  The Old Testament is filled with verses referencing the call to give thanks:

“Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done”.       1 Chronicles 16:8

The New Testament strengthens the Old Testament terminology…

…”always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”.        Ephesians 5:20

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A Wellness Home

A Wellness HomeIt is safe to say that the vast majority of people understand that “junk” food is aptly named. A diet consisting heavily on fast and processed foods leads to poor health.  We also know this industry laces these items with additive chemicals so that we continually crave these foods. Detoxing is now a multi-million-dollar business.

So let’s think for just a few minutes how this correlates with the “junk” or “clutter” in our homes.  When clutter overtakes an area in our homes, it often leads to an unhealthy physical atmosphere which spills over and negatively affects our family relationships. When clutter abounds, dust builds up because cleaning becomes almost impossible. I have seen bathrooms where there is so much clutter build-up that the shower is unusable, and at the same time, the mold and mildew build-up goes unchecked because it can’t be seen. 

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Shine

"Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

(4) But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge."

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Seeking God’s Order in Your Life Part 2

In my previous blog, it was stated that our world is obsessed with new media exposures highlighting the function and dysfunctions of life either well- organized or the extreme hoarding cases on TV, and given the myriad of organizing books out there, I’m always left wondering why anyone would have a hard time figuring out how to get organized.  There are a million and one reasons why people can’t deal with the overload in their lives, be it stuff, activities, or the mental perception of time; as my clients put it, “cluttered brains equal cluttered rooms.” So let me raise the question: Is clutter really a faith issue? Does God have anything to tell us how to finally–once and for all–deal with our internal and external clutter? 

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Seeking God’s Order for Your Life

Remember 9/11? Before that infamous day I used to spend a lot of time explaining to people what it is that I do, as a certified professional organizer. I would get questions like, what group do I organize, or am I part of some labor union? Needless to say in 2016 I do a lot less explaining. Immediately after 9/11, a deluge of media began to take notice of this industry.  Our society decided that since we could no longer control outside forces, we could at least find comfort in our own environments. TV shows like “Clean Sweep” and “Mission Organization” began educating the public that the world needs professional organizers. Pick up any women’s magazine, and on the front cover “ Get Organized” is sure to attract attention.

Getting organized is multifaceted. Our society understands the need for productivity and goal-oriented tasks to help reach a higher level of productivity and efficiency. With multitasking mania and time tyranny, we are no better off today than we were in 2001 when it comes to obtaining that higher level of organized bliss.

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Have you ever wondered if a butterfly remembers being a caterpillar

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will”.

Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Have you ever wondered if a butterfly remembers being a caterpillar? Actually, the thought never occurred to me until I heard the question posed on a NPR game show one Saturday. I’ve heard that the butterfly is symbolic of “Freedom in Christ”, so this question held me in great suspense. The caterpillar to butterfly process (metamorphosis) is one that I use often use with my clients to illustrate this scripture verse as they begin to let go of old habits and take up newly organized structures and systems. It seemed that the college study researched at Georgetown University, actually revealed that butterflies do indeed remember learned behavior as a caterpillar. For more on this study, visithttp://www.livescience.com/2349-butterflies-remember-caterpillar-days.html  This got me thinking how this study parallels our personal struggles. We understand that change is hard, and even the metamorphosis process for the caterpillar is no exception. The chrysalis experience truly is a life or death struggle and I have witnessed the internalized strongholds that grip my clients. It seems that the darkest is just before a breakthrough.

Sometimes they are victorious, other times it seems they take 3 steps backwards before they go forward. Change is hard. And while the butterfly does remember its former lessons, the butterfly doesn’t seem to let it hinder the new life that awaits. While my clients will not forget memories or pain associated with some objects, they can morph into a butterfly so that the chains of the past do not keep them from soaring into a bright future.

In Matthew Henry commentaries on the whole Bible:

“This is called the transforming of us; it is like putting on a new shape and figure.Metamorphousthe —Be you metamorphosed. The transfiguration of Christ is expressed by this word (MT 17:2) when he put on a heavenly glory, which made his face to shine like the sun; and the same word is used (2 Corr. 3:18), where we are said to be changed into the same image from glory to glory. This transformation is here pressed as a duty; not that we can work such a change ourselves: we could as soon make a new world as make a new heart by any power of our own; it is God’s work, (Eze11:19,36:26-27). But be you transformed,that is, "use the means which God hath appointed and ordained for it.’’ It is God that turns us, and then we are turned; but we must frame our doings to turn,(Hos. 5:4)

This word “transform” in the Roman’s scripture verse actually means a metamorphosis. That means we are not a better person or a better model of the same person, but a new creature when we allow Christ to be he head over our life and listen to and only to Him. Have you ever studied how a caterpillar actually morphs? It would seem that during the 2-3 week dark period inside the chrysalis, the caterpillar actually turns into a goopy soupy substance before it begins to reform. Yes, it demolishes any recognizable aspect of the multi-legged creature. It becomes new…literally.

This truth means that we are not limited to being a slightly better version of ourselves, nor should this be our goal, but that total transformation is possible and reachable. Keep in mind we do not will the transforming process, anymore than a caterpillar can will itself to become a butterfly. It is God’s will to work into us this amazing process, and then we build on and to continue this process with our actions and newly formed lifestyle. As a Christian professional organizer, I understand that my job is not merely alphabetizing the spice rack. Organization means embracing a renewed lifestyle, one that brings serenity to spaces and in our spirit man.

Transformation is not just a better model of the old, but a new life with new possibilities.

Eileen Koff CPO

The Rejoicing of the Lord

The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing”. ~Zephaniah 3:17

This past month, the Lord has been pouring into me His truths about love. It is with upmost importance to understand that God IS love.  He does not have love, which can denote that he can have more or less love for someone depending upon His mood, but that this is the very core of who God is.  God IS love.  

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The connection between love and giving

February month is the “ Love” month. With velvet red hearts, trappings of roses and cupid’s arrows, it’s so easy to get caught up in our world’s expression of love. Many client’s achieve a true breakthrough in their declutter process comes when clients can visualize giving away their excess to a good charity. Their ability to discard is greatly improved when they feel that their “treasures” will continue to be used in a meaningful way. However, more than giving to those with great need, giving comes from a grateful heart. The act of giving is connected to the feeling of love…. 

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THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE: BIGGER THAN YOU THINK

"Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God".

Matthew Chapter 19, Verse 24. It is one of the most iconic scriptures of the New Testament, and one I've used often to illustrate the impossibility of finding peace and order if you're unwilling to unburden yourself of encumbering worldly possessions.

Translation: You can't get organized if you aren't willing to throw stuff away. This is a difficult truth for many to accept, especially those who have acquired a lifetime of material goods. The more stuff someone has, the more unwilling they generally are to get rid of it, and the harder it is for them to achieve the peaceful life they seek.

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