Specialty of the House

For the homeless wanderer

A place for everything
everything in its place

(English Proverb)

This phrase is usually explained as 'things should be kept in order'.
But is this phrase really nothing more than a notion that everything should have a place to be stored in and be tidily returned to when not in use?
Is it nothing more than a notion of homely tidiness?

For me personally, this phrase reminisces the fact that everything and everyone has a place of its own. And that, even though, we often feel out of place and things look to be in utter chaos, everyone and everything is still exactly in the place he, she or it is suppose to be at that moment in time.
This does not mean, however, that everyone and everything is already in the place where they eventually belong. Before that happens we most likely have to learn a few more things and shed a few more bad habits, which is exactly why we are where we are at the moment.
But this place and its lessons can sometimes get too tough for me. And sometimes I can feel like the ugly duckling that will never find a home. It is at those times that this phrase so gently reminds me there is a place, also for me.

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