The Three P’s: Prioritize, Purge, and Preserve

This summer I have been busy cleaning and nesting for our new arrival. I don’t like to clean, but I love to organize. When I was young, I used to have organization parties with my friends. If HGTV existed during that time, I would have started my own organization company. As a child and grandchild of pack rats, I am terribly afraid of developing this disease. Thus, a friend introduced me to Preserving Sanity’s system of the three P’s: prioritize, purge, and preserve. This method works wonderfully to keep my home from overflooding with unnecessary objects. The steps below briefly outlines my application of the system.

Step One: Prioritize

After narrowing in on a section to organize, assess the inhabitants. What do you need? Have you used it or thought about it in the last few months? Does it serve a useful purpose? I like to think about if the object brings me joy, but also if it is something I would buy NOW. Some things used to be okay, but perhaps have now lost their luster. This prioritization process leads to the second P of purge.

Step Two: Purge

Place all items not needed in a bag to donate, sell, or give away. I get a thrill itemizing items using the app ItsDeductible and seeing my tax rebate increase. One of the great things about his app is that it easily links with your TurboTax account saving a lot of time inputting items later on during tax season.  Additionally, I have a bag in my home set aside specifically for items to donate. Once it is full, the items inside are itemized and donated. Another useful hint is to recycle any unneeded papers. It’s amazing how many papers one accumulates over time and how little is actually needed.

Step Three: Preserve

Now that the area is clear of non-essential items, place the essential items back into the space using organization systems or re-purposing containers you already have. File papers in a file cabinet and organize magazines in a magazine rack. Move items to other rooms that better fit their use and group like items together so they are easier to find.

That’s it! Now you have a cleaner, more organized living space that allows you to more fully focus on what truly matters in life. 

Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. (Colossians 3:2)



16110893_1269672823082560_5872062369215021056_n1“The Bible speaks again and again of the goodness and beauty of creation, which is called to glorify God.” – Pope John Paul II, 1990 World Day of Peace Message, no. 14

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of my favorite places to visit. The museum has multiple rooms which entertain and delight visitors. With so many activities to enjoy at OMSI, my son J is content to stay all morning. We are fortunate to have a President Membership which allows us free access for our family and guests, free OMNIMAX and Planetarium tickets, and free passes for 21-and-over date nights to OMSI After Dark events. J and I visit for play dates on a weekly basis. He enjoys the air pressured ballroom, flying paper airplanes, throwing balls into the black hole pit, digging in the Watershed Lab, admiring the animals in the Life Science Lab, and the continuously rotating special exhibits.The children’s room is an enclosed area that contains bolting toddlers within a limited space. However, there is plenty to entertain and delight them: a sand pit, water play area, creative art table, simulation grocery store, and more. There is even a small infant area for pre-walkers to explore complete with musical instruments, a tropical fish tank, and ball pit. In addition to enjoying these benefits, OMSI has a reciprocal relationship with other ASTC museums through their Travel Passport Program which allows for free entry to any of their museums within the 50 states. I highly recommend any parent with young children to purchase an OMSI membership and reap these, and many other, benefits. Teaching your child a love for science is a tremendous gift. Through seeing the beauty in creation, we share in God’s love and recognize that God is in us and in nature.  

Portlandia: The Mother of the City

Let everything that has breath give praise to the Lord. Hallelujah! (Psalms 150:6)

Portlandia. The “Mother of the City”. The dominate female symbol that has guided Portland throughout the decades. She loves the weird and unusual, and welcomes her children from all four corners of the earth. Her right hand extends to embrace those below while her left hand triumphantly grasps a trident. The beloved mother with a hit television show. Using his own mother as a muse, Ronald Talney’s accompanying poem mentions Portlandia’s breath giving life to the communities and neighborhoods of the “City of Roses”. Much as God’s breath gave life to Adam, and our own mother’s breath gave life to us, may her image serve as a reminder that God continues to breathe life into Portland. The Holy Spirit is alive here. Let us pray that we open our hearts to see its works and follow the breath of life home.