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Do you have a spot in your home where you store items that you intend to organize “later”?

  • Perhaps it’s your kitchen counter.
  • Perhaps it’s an office space.
  • Or the dreaded garage…

How do you handle the buildup?

Two extremes:

Procrastinating Pile Builders

Oh everyone has a catch all pile. I will get to it eventually… when the time is right.”

As time goes on, you tend to avoid that part of your home as the collection of “catch-all” items expands. Your children, partner, or roommate may occasionally crack a joke or say something rude. You know they have their own problems, though! Everything would be fine if you just had more time. “I’m just so busy, there is no time to sort things now, I have to wait till it is convenient.”

Overstructured Uptight Analyzers

Or perhaps you are among those who make jokes or snarky remarks about or to the “Procrastinating Pile Builders.” You follow the adage

a place for everything and everything in its place.”

You have a complex storage system that you continually modify. Yes, you have a hard time getting rid of anything but you know where everything is. The efforts of your children and your friends to go on planned or impromptu outings have long since been abandoned. Regardless of the fact that labeling everything takes an inordinate amount of time, you do not believe you can function without analyzing and organizing everything.

Do these tendencies go beyond physical items?

The majority of us combine elements of both strategies. But does our sorting method extend beyond the documents and possessions in our homes?

What about the rooms inside our minds?
What about our feelings, and physical or social health?

Do we put things off until a more convenient time, or do we hyperfocus and analyze frequently?


I look forward to regular weekly phone calls with a few friends. These discussions give us pause to consider why we do what we do. My friend mentioned a recurring issue at work last week. That rings true for me. Some situations alternate between being on the front and back burners. I was interested to see how she was approaching the recently raised problem.

Then an idea popped into my mind. “What do you think it would be like if we could delegate a specific period of the day, leaving the rest of the time free to think about other things?”

Yes, she replied. I could set a timer for five to fifteen minutes, jot down some ideas, and then leave it until the same time the following day.

Then we chuckled because we recognized the familiar input from God in our conversation. I thought of an issue I could dedicate a specific time to as well. Together we said, “let’s wait on the Lord to see what else He wants to show us.”

What do You have for us Lord?

At some point, we need to realize that only You can help us find the sweet spot between the two extremes.

Isaiah 30:15 This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it. NLT

Because You are Lord, I will set aside time each day to come to You, relax, and listen to You with assurance.

Your Turn

  1. Lord, do You have something better for me to organize my cognitive, emotional, physical, and social well-being?
  2. Is there a reasonable strategy I can follow on a daily basis to stop putting things off or attempting to solve the problem on my own?

Dancing, sorting, waiting with joy,