Put Your Home Back into Order for the Weekend. Clean your purse. Clean your car.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Hello, Lovely,

I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

Friday is Wrap Up Your Week Day.

Make sure your purses and cars are in order and put your home in order for the weekend. Each of these tasks is meant to be done quickly. Don’t make a career of it. Just get it done.

The Areas of Focus until Tuesday are:

D= Daily, W=Weekly, M=Monthly, S=Seasonally, EOM=Every Other Month

Front Porch Cleaning Checklist (21-28)

·         Remove clutter. Put away unneeded items (M)

·         Clean light fixtures and replace any burnt out bulbs. (M)

·         Remove spider webs. (M)

·         Wipe down bannisters and light fixtures. (M)

·         Sweep walkway and porch. (as needed)

·         Get rid of dead plants. (ASAP) Deadhead live plants (D)

·         Do any shrubs need to be pruned back? (S)

·         Do any plants need repotting? (S)

·         Does your doorbell work? Does it need to be replaced or a new battery? (M)

Foyer Cleaning Checklist (21-28)

·         Clean cobwebs. (M)

·         Clean light fixtures and replace any burnt out bulbs. (M)

·         Wipe down window sills and front door.  (M)

·         Remove fingerprints and marks from door, door frames, switch plates, and walls. (M)

·         Clean window treatments and windows. (M)

·         Polish furniture. (M) Dust. (W)

·         Dust baseboards. (M)

·         Declutter, organize, or straighten coat closet. (M)

·         Sweep, vacuum, or mop the floor. (W)

·         What can you do to personalize your entry and make it more functional and welcoming? (M)

Dining Room Cleaning Checklist (21-28)

·         Clean cobwebs. (M)

·         Clean light fixtures and replace any burnt out bulbs. (M)

·         Wipe down window sills and front door.  (M)

·         Remove fingerprints and marks from door, door frames, switch plates, and walls. (M)

·         Clean window treatments and windows. (M)

·         Declutter, organize or straighten china cabinet and buffet. (M)

·         Clear top of dining table. (as needed)

·         Dust chair including bottom and legs. (M)

·         Polish China cabinetfurniture. (M) Dust. (W)

·         Dust baseboards. (M)

·         Declutter, organize, or straighten coat closet. (M)

·         Sweep, vacuum, or mop the floor. (W)

·         What can you do to personalize your dining room? (Centerpiece, table cloth, decorative touches).

Have a day full of love, hugs, and smiles,

Mary

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The Plan–an Overview

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Hello, Lovely!

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! Can you believe it? I am so grateful to so many things. I have a wonderful family, a special person in my life, wonderful friends, a good life on so many levels, opportunities for ministry, and I am so blessed to be allowed into your life. I thank God for all of that and I thank God for you.

Each Wednesday

  • Take care of any personal/family business. Are there any emails, cards, or notes you need to send? Are there any phone calls you need to make?
  • Pay Bills
  • File

The Areas of Focus from the 22nd to the 28th is Your Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room. Get these areas ready to welcome friends and family. Always have your home ready to welcome your people—your home should be their safe space—a place where they can grow with love and grace.

Here’s an overview, a review of the plan:

BASIC PLAN

Care for yourself, your family, and your home intentionally.

Each Day:

Plan a morning afternoon, and evening routine.

I use my evening routine to start my day the night before—

  • lay out clothes for everyone in the family beginning with yourself,
  • put items near the front door (keys, purse, backpacks) for everyone headed out of the house,
  • set the table for breakfast and put out whatever does not need to be refrigerated,
  • put the house in good general order, including making sure dishes, laundry, and trash are collected and put where they belong.

In the morning:

  • Get up, brush your teeth, clean and moisturize your face, and get dressed.
  • Have your Quiet Time with God.
  • Do your basic home maintenance (daily tasks) and declutter.
  • What’s for dinner? Do you need to get anything out of the freezer to thaw? What can you do to begin to prepare dinner?

In the afternoon—

We get ready to welcome the people home who have been out of the house—healthy snack for children who school outside the home, a pleasant re-entry for dad. Plan some down time for your husband before addressing any concerns. Greet him when he walks in the door. Not just “Oh! Old What’s- His Name is here!” Give him a hug and kiss and ask how his day was. Save unloading until later. In the same way, welcome your children home. Give them some down time before home work and family tasks.

Life can be pleasant.

 

WEEKLY TASKS

Each week:

  • Sunday is for worship and planning.
  • Monday is Launch the Week Day—pick up the house after the weekend and clean the toilets. While working in the bathroom—note what paper, cleaning, and personal products are needed and write the items on your shopping list.
  • Tuesday is Duster Dance Day—put on some happy music, grab your duster and go room by room. Take the duster outside and liberate the dust back into the atmosphere.
  • Wednesday is Desk Day—pay bills, review family business and do what you can to bring it up to date (make calls, send an email, write a note), file (filing is simply putting away papers you will need in the future in a way that you can easily find them, if you will never need that piece of paper again, file it in the waste basket)
  • Thursday is Floor Day—sweep, then mop your hard floors. Vacuum the traffic areas of your home. (The other areas—around, behind and under-are done in the week’s focus room)
  • Friday is Wrap up the Week Day—clean out your purse, backpack, computer bag, diaper bag, or whatever you carry with you when you go out the door; clean out your car; and put your home in order for the weekend.
  • Saturday is Family Fun Day—Play or work playfully as a family. If you work, plan a reward for when the work is finished.

AREAS OF FOCUS

Each seven days of the month focus on one area

Days 1-7                                                               The Gathering Spaces )Living Room/Great Room/Den)

Days 8-14                                                             The Kitchen

Days 15-21                                                          The Bedroom, Closet, and En Suite Bath

Days 22-28                                                          The Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room

Day 29 to the End of the Month                                 Family Bath

This work is spread out over the 5-6 days in each area. Sunday IS a day of rest. In each room start high and work downward. First look for cobwebs in the corners and dust the ceiling fan, then make sure the windows, blinds, and curtains are clean and dust free. Next work your way around each room dealing with each area as you come to it. Finally, on Friday you vacuum.

Choose the amount of time you will give to begin at your front door and declutter your way through your home. When you have gone all the way through your home, go back to the front door and start over. The first time may take a year or more. I can basically do it now—after 30 some years of decluttering—in a few days. Do not expect this in the beginning. (5-30 minutes each day: 5 minutes will give you 25 to 30 minutes of decluttering a week, 10 minutes will give you 50-60 minutes a week, 15 minutes will give you 75-90 minutes a week, 30 minutes will give you 2 ½ to 3 hours a week.) Don’t give up. You will get it done!

Love, love, love,

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Tuesday is Duster Dance Day

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Each Tuesday is Duster Dance Day—if a task is not fun, make it fun. Some of my friends hate dusting. For me it is time to dance—happy music on, fun duster (ostrich feather) in my hands—I am going for it!

Today is the last day with the Kitchen as our Area of Focus. Get your kitchen ready for Thanksgiving or if you are not cooking just put it in good general order.

From the 22nd to the 28th our Area of Focus is our Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room. Let’s make sure that they are all areas that say welcome—to our family as well as our friends. Love your family by giving them a joyful and pleasant place to live.

Well, yesterday I put the upstairs in order and had time to work ahead on my front porch by changing my wreath to my Christmas wreath and changing the floral pillows for fuzzy black and white more wintery pillows.

I have hung my seasonal wreaths on the stairway to the attic so that I can easily find them and change them as the seasons change.

I have reached the point where I can spend a few minutes a day restoring my attic to order. It is overwhelming so I will stay fresh by limiting the amount of time I work there. When you are overwhelmed you tend to make poor decisions. I am promising myself to make only a few at a time. This reduces the pressure. The area was a mess before I realized it was a mess so taking time to put it in order slowly instead of doing a marathon will not harm anyone or anything.

As you work, it is important to maintain what you have already accomplished. When I open a closet or drawer and something is out of place, I simply and quickly put it back where it belongs. If you find something regularly migrates to another place you can either change the place where it is stored or you can buy a duplicate item for that place. Store items close to the place where they are used.

Well, today has its own adventures. I will be brave. I will smile and go on. I will have a good day. I hope you do, too.

Love, love, love,

Mary

 

Love and Respect

As I was looking for a document in my computer, I found this from 2013. Please let me share it with you.

Yesterday morning during my quiet time I saw Jeremiah 1:5:

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” (NLT)

I turned to my devotional for the day and read:

I have carried you since you were born; I have taken care of you from your birth. Even when you are old, I will be the same. Even when your hair has turned gray, I will take care of you. I made you, and will take care of you.  (Isaiah 46:3-4—New Century Version)

I see a thread of God’s care and intent for me, for each of us in those Scriptures.

He made me.

                marypaitsel-august-29-2016He knows me.

                                He has set me apart.

                                                He has appointed tasks for me.

                                                                He has carried me.

                                                                                He cares for me.

It’s clear to me that I am to be less concerned with what others think of me and more trusting that my God knows me, has a purpose for me, carries and cares for me. If I am authentically His, I can be, will be, more authentically me. I don’t have to worry about the impression I make on others. I only need to focus on Him. His word tells me how to relate to the others in my life and does not change with each new trend that comes down the road. Where should my standard and focus be?

My God has regard for me. He cares for me. Having been shown regard, respect by the God of all there is, should I not then imitate my Abba, my Papa, and show respect for others from those not yet born to those who are old and ill, to those who are disabled physically or mentally?

God’s regard for us models an attitude that is able to transform all of society beginning with our homes. I stand guilty of not modeling this respect to my parents, brothers, and sisters, to my husband, to my children, and yes, even my grandchildren.

It’s all too often so easy to let that smirk cross our face, to roll our eyes, to grumble under our breath, to yell at others instead of going to them, looking in their eyes and agreeing or disagreeing with them with civility and decency.

This lack of respect has penetrated every layer of society. This lack of respect has penetrated every relationship from our relationship with God to the relationship with our civil authorities to our relationships with family, friends, and definitely anyone we disagree with or who disagrees with us.

Our behavior toward other people should be first of all governed by our relationship with God.  His word tells us to pray for our enemies, to submit to one another, to build each other up, to love one another. Our behavior toward others should depend more on our character than on their character. We are all too often reactive—someone yells at us, we yell at them; someone treats us badly, we treat them badly; someone gets in our way, we go over top of them.  Our respect and love should be motivated by our love for God and the standard of His word.

I often use the picture of being a thermostat instead of a thermometer. The thermometer only measures, only responds to the temperature. A thermostat sets the temperature. I can only govern myself in the strength God gives me but I can govern myself in the strength God gives me and you can, too. Let’s hold up and live a godly standard. Let’s make a difference by being different.

Hugs,

 Mary

Monday–Dump Your Memory

Monday, November 20, 2017

Good Morning, Lovely,

Each Monday we start off our week by:

Cleaning our toilets (Whoopee!)

While we are in the bathroom(s)cleaning our toilet(s), check to see if any personal, paper, or cleaning supplies are needed and add them to your shopping list.

Putting our homes back in order after the weekend.

The Area of Focus today and tomorrow is your Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet. What can you do in each of these areas to make them

·         Less cluttered

·         More orderly (organized)

·         Cleaner ?

The Area of Focus from Wednesday the 22nd to Tuesday the 28th is your Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room.

Thanksgiving is Thursday so take time each day to prepare instead of running yourself into the ground on Wednesday and Thursday.

I shared a Five Week Plan to prepare for Christmas. Spread the tasks over each week so that you can enjoy Christmas with your family. This is intended to be a time of joy, not stress.

I have goals and plans for each day but as life happens I do not always accomplish what I want to accomplish. Last week I was able to declutter my entry, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, and living room in a morning. That is because I have been doing this since 1980. It gets easier and faster each time.

This morning I walked through those areas quickly and found nothing else I wanted to get rid of. I did find a few items for the trash and today is trash day. One Wednesday, my first day with my porch, entry, and dining room as Areas of Focus, I will transition my porch to winter with different pillows and Christmas décor on my table.

When I finish this post in a few minutes, I am going to do a memory dump and again for the umpteenth time I will write down everything I can think of that I feel I should do, must do. Then I will make a decision on whether or not I really need to, want to do them. My next goal is to go through my upstairs in preparation for working in the attic. This weekend I hope to bring all my Christmas décor downstairs to decide what I want to keep. I would like to take what I will not use to the thrift shop so someone else can enjoy them this Christmas.

Every time you declutter it gets faster and easier. The garage and attic are different because other people, who shall remain nameless, have been stashing things and tossing things in those areas. There is also stuff that belonged to Roy that I need to go through. This is a major challenge for me but I will keep working toward it until I get it done.

So now, sweet friends, I am going to plunge in and work in whatever time I have available to me this week. Never quit, never give up. I get discouraged but I will not let discouragement rule my life. Keep at it, until you get it done. When family and life get what you have accomplished undone, keep going. It will get better.

Love, love, love,

MP900382968Mary

Pickled Shrimp

An elegant and tasty appetizer for you to take to holiday gatherings–Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year. Shrimp is not kosher so do not take to Hanukkah gatherings.

    • Ingredients:
      • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds  fresh or frozen shrimp in shell
      • 1/2 cup celery tops
      • 1/4 cup mixed pickling spices 
      • 1 Tablespoon salt
      • *****************
      • 2 cups red, yellow or white onions (I used red)
      • 7 or 8 bay leaves
      • ****************
    • Pickling Marinade:
      • 1 1/2 cups salad oil
      • 3/4 cup white vinegar
      • 3 Tablespoons capers and juice
      • 2 1/2 teaspoons celery seed
      • 1 1/2 teasooons salt
      • Few drops bottled hot pepper sauce
    • Cover shrimp with boiling water; add celery tops, pickling spices, and salt. Cover and simmer for about 5 minutes. Drain. Alternate shrimp, onions, and bay leaves in a shallow dish.
    • Combine remaining ingredients for pickling marinade. Mix well. Pour over shrimp. Cover and chill for about 24 hours, spooning marinade over shrimp occasionally. Drain. Remove bay leaves. Serve shrimp and onions slices on a relish tray or however you choose. (Pickled shrimp will keep at least a week in refrigerator.) 6 Servings.

Wednesday is Desk Day. Today is the first day with your Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet as the Focus. Thoughts on mail.

Basket on Bed

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Hello, Lovely!

Each Wednesday is Desk Day

  • Pay Bills
  • Take Care of Any Personal and Family Business—are there any issues that need to be dealt with? Notes to write? Cards to send? Calls to make?
  • File: Put away only papers you may need to reference in a way that you can locate them when needed.

Today is the first day with the Area of Focus as The Bedroom, Attached Bathroom, and Closet.

Understanding Areas of Focus:

Focus on one area of your home for six days. Do your basics and spend 15 to 30 minutes decluttering or cleaning in your zone per day week

Key:  D= Daily W= Weekly M= Monthly S=Seasonally EOM= Every Other Month

Bedroom Checklist

  • Is your bed made? (D)
  • Are there cobwebs that need to be removed? (M)
  • Are there any burnt out bulbs in the light fixtures? (M)
  • Do the light fixtures need to be cleaned? (M)
  • Are the ceiling fans clean? (M)
  • Are the windows and window treatments clean? (M)
  • Is the woodwork and walls free of fingerprints and marks? (M)
  • Are the sheets clean? (W)The duvet? The dust ruffles? The Mattress pads? (M)
  • Are the surfaces (night tables, dressers, tables) free of clutter? (D)
  • Does the furniture need to be polished? (M) Dusted? (W)
  • Are your drawers and cabinets in order? (M)
  • What’s under the bed? (M)

 

The Closet:

  • Are the shelves in order? (M)
  • Are the hanging clothes in order, clean, in good repair? (M)
  • Are the shoes in order? (M)
  • Are there items stored in your closet that should/could be stored elsewhere like the attic? (M)
  • Does the floor need to be dust mopped or vacuumed? Does the carpet need to be shampooed or spot cleaned? (M)


 

Cleaning Checklist for Your Bath

  • Wash Area Rug—also toilet seat cover, and shower curtain. (M)
  • Clean sink—I wipe mine out after each use (D)
  • Polish faucets (D)
  • Clean toilet (every Monday) (W)
  • Clean tub after every use. Clean and wax shower. – (Use car polish. DO NOT GET POLISH ON THE SHOWER FLOOR) (M/S)
  • Clean shower door—Lemon juice works. You can even slice a lemon and apply directly to the glass. It will cut soap scum and smell fresh, too. (M)
  • Clean mirror (W)
  • Polish countertop (W)
  • Clean cobwebs (M)
  • Clean window treatments (M or S)
  • Wash windows (M)
  • Vacuum fan grill (S)
  • Clean grout (M or EOM)
  • Wipe down woodwork, cabinets, baseboards, doors, door and window frames (M)
  • Clean blinds (M/S)
  • Clean out medicine cabinet (S)
  • Clean and organize cabinets and drawers (M)
  • Clean brushes and combs (M)
  • Clean scale (M)
  • Wash floors (Every Thursday)
  • Empty trash. (as needed)

 


 

Checklist for Your Child and Your Child’s Room

Before Bedtime:

  • Put away shoes and clothes
  • Put away toys
  • Lay out clothes for tomorrow

In the morning:

  • Put away pajamas
  • Make Bed

Each week:

  • Dust
  • Vacuum
  • Change sheets

Seasonally:

  • Work with mom to go through outgrown clothes
  • Work with mom to deep clean

Even when changing sheets, it’s nice to have someone work with you. Changing sheets is a great way to work with your children.

Some thoughts on handling your mail:

  • Sort and open it when you bring it into your home.

Junk mail—sort it directly into your trash can. Shred the credit applications or tear your name and address off them and toss them.

Old mail—if you have not opened mail in over 3 months you may not need to open it. If you have been stacking mail instead of opening it begin to deal with it today.  Then work backward.  Use the Simple File system. Make Files labeled To Pay, To Do, To Read, To File.

  • To Pay—Bills
  • To Do—Documents that request information or require action. Information on upcoming events and invitations (Note: put important dates on your calendar before placing in this file.
  • To Read—materials you want to read: magazines, newsletter, information on topics of interest
  • To File—documents you want to keep for tax and other purposes

Newspapers—Use it or lose it. If you subscribe to a newspaper read it that day and recycle. If you do not read it the day you receive it, just recycle, and cancel when your subscription is over. News is available on TV, online, and on the radio as we travel.

Coupons—Many people get the paper for the coupons.  Until you get your paper clutter under control give your coupons to someone who will use them. Also, there are apps now that will allow you to clip and store coupons on your smart phone. Couponing is a subject of its own. Until you have your home in order wait on the couponing. Then develop that shopping skill.

Magazines—If you read them, enjoy them. If you do not read them, cancel your subscription. I have a magazine basket in my living room, when a new issue arrives I get rid of an old issue. I do keep two issues. I donate most of my magazines to my local library or leave them in waiting rooms for others to enjoy, I remove the mailing label.

Keeping paper you do not need makes it more difficult to find the papers you do need.

Love, love, love,

Mary

Tuesday is Duster Dance Day! What do I do with papers and books from homeschooling or projects?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Good Morning, Lovely!

Tuesday is Duster Dance Day—Grab your effective duster, put on some happy music (Good Morning by Mandisa?) and dance that dust right out the door! This is a fun task to involve your mini assistant in doing.

An effective duster is a duster that captures dust and does not spread it around. I love my ostrich feather duster. Microfiber dusters, Swiffers, lambs’ wool, and treated cloths all work. Chicken feather dusters belong nowhere but in the trash.

Today is the last day with the Kitchen as the Area of Focus. Tomorrow our focus shifts to our Bedroom.

As you go through your home you will gradually be able to dig deeper and deeper. In the beginning, you will be getting rid of clutter, put in general order, and do surface cleaning. As you go on you will be able to identify solutions for storing the things you need to, want to keep. We are often drowning in a sea of stuff we neither really want nor need. Do not buy organizers until you have identified the need. Those organizers can become part of the clutter. It is significantly easier to clean a clutter free and orderly area.

One of the people I highly value in my life has the challenge of being a very prolific person who teaches, homeschools, blogs, and does a number of other things.

Her challenge is the books, and papers she uses in the course of her life.

First of all, the things she no longer needs should be released—given away, donated, or even tossed. There are other homeschool families that would appreciate the materials for subject matter that has already been covered. I donated my homeschool materials and resources to an inner city organization for use in working with the children in their after school program.

One of my favorite tools is my three-hole punch. The papers that are needed to be referred to can be placed in notebooks by subject. This keeps the papers from being lost or damaged and keeps them readily available. When you are finished with a notebook, it can be repurposed. I use notebooks for all my activities and interests. If you have only a couple of pieces of paper it can be kept in your general notebook but if the papers grow in number AND ARE NEEDED, you can dedicate a notebook to that activity, interest, or project.

Another solution is an idea wall. You can make this as elaborate or simple as you want. You can also use the cardboard trifold displays that our children use for science fairs or other school projects, if you do not have wall space for an idea wall. There are bulletin boards of different sized or you can buy cork squares for your wall. These areas need to be maintained or they become cluttered, too. Having a place where you can view your ideas while working on a project. I like to use sticky notes because they can be moved around as you work through your ideas and plans.

Remember, keep only what you refer to on a continuing basis. When you have completed a project you can dismantle and discard or store your clearly labeled resources in a smaller space. Keeping papers you do not need makes it more difficult to find those you need.

Tomorrow is Desk Day—the day for dealing with bills, paperwork, cards to be sent, notes to be written, calls to be made.

What are your greatest challenges? How can we solve them together?

Have a joy filled day!

Love, love, love,

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One of my favorite dusters is a paintbrush! It’s great for lampshades and getting into cracks and crevices. Make sure the bristles are soft

Mary

Welcome to Another Week–The Kitchen and Your Bedroom

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Today’s graphic is a few years old. I still love these canisters.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Good Morning, Lovely!

Each Monday is Launch Your Week Day!

  • Put your home back into good general order after the weekend
  • Clean your toilets
  • While you are in the bathroom cleaning the toilet, check to see if you need any personal, paper, or cleaning supplies.

Today and tomorrow, our Area of Focus is The Kitchen.

Wednesday the Area of Focus becomes Your Bedroom, Ensuite (attached) Bathroom, and Closet

As hardworking women, dividing the never-ending work of taking care of your home, allows you to maximize your efforts. Caring for your home in small increments gives you time for yourself, your husband, your children, and life. Be consistent and persistent and you will get it done.

Remember to model respect in your home to every member including yourself, your husband, and your children. This respect is modeled in your attitude, your words, and your actions. Beware of subtle disrespectful behaviors like rolling your eyes, and giving your attention to your electronics instead of the people around you. Be careful of how you speak of family members especially with friends and in front of other family members. Teach your children to love each other and work together. Remember you can be a thermostat or a thermometer. A thermometer simply responds to and measures the temperature. A thermostat determines the temperature.

Love, love, love,

Mary

Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

  • Are there any cobwebs? (M)
  • Are the light fixtures and ceiling fan clean? (M)
  • Are the windows and window treatments clean? (M)
  • Is your refrigerator clean —inside and outside? (M) Are there fingerprints? (as needed) Are you using leftovers? (D) Do any items need to be tossed? (M)
  • Is your freezer clean? (M) Are there any foods that need to be used before they go out of date? (M)
  • Is your microwave clean inside and out? (M or as needed)
  • Are your stove top and oven clean? (M or as needed)
  • Are your drip pans or grates clean? Do they need to be replaced? (M)
  • Is the stove hood and filter clean? (M)
  • Are canisters and decorative items clean? (M)
  • Are there fingerprints or other marks on walls, window sills and woodwork? (M)
  • Are doors and door frames free of marks? (M)
  • Are baseboards clean? (M)
  • Are cabinet fronts clean? (M)
  • Do your cabinets need to be put in order? (M)
  • Is your under-sink cabinet clean and in order? (M)
  • Are your countertops clean and sanitized? (D)
  • Is your sink clean and sanitized? (D)
  • Are your floors swept? (D)
  • Do your floors need to be mopped? (W or as needed)
  • Are the dishes done and put away (D) Is the dishwasher empty? (D)

Bedroom Checklist

  • Is your bed made? (D)
  • Are there cobwebs that need to be removed? (M)
  • Are there any burnt out bulbs in the light fixtures? (M)
  • Do the light fixtures need to be cleaned? (M)
  • Are the ceiling fans clean? (M)
  • Are the windows and window treatments clean? (M)
  • Is the woodwork and walls free of fingerprints and marks? (M)
  • Are the sheets clean? (W)The duvet? The dust ruffles? The Mattress pads? (M)
  • Are the surfaces (night tables, dressers, tables) free of clutter? (D)
  • Does the furniture need to be polished? (M) Dusted? (W)
  • Are your drawers and cabinets in order? (M)
  • What’s under the bed? (M)

 

The Closet:

  • Are the shelves in order? (M)
  • Are the hanging clothes in order, clean, in good repair? (M)
  • Are the shoes in order? (M)
  • Are there items stored in your closet that should/could be stored elsewhere like the attic? (M)
  • Does the floor need to be dust mopped or vacuumed? Does the carpet need to be shampooed or spot cleaned? (M)

 

Cleaning Checklist for Your Bath

  • Wash Area Rug—also toilet seat cover, and shower curtain. (M)
  • Clean sink—I wipe mine out after each use (D)
  • Polish faucets (D)
  • Clean toilet (every Monday) (W)
  • Clean tub after every use. Clean and wax shower. – (Use car polish. DO NOT GET POLISH ON THE SHOWER FLOOR) (M/S)
  • Clean shower door—Lemon juice works. You can even slice a lemon and apply directly to the glass. It will cut soap scum and smell fresh, too. (M)
  • Clean mirror (W)
  • Polish countertop (W)
  • Clean cobwebs (M)
  • Clean window treatments (M or S)
  • Wash windows (M)
  • Vacuum fan grill (S)
  • Clean grout (M or EOM)
  • Wipe down woodwork, cabinets, baseboards, doors, door and window frames (M)
  • Clean blinds (M/S)
  • Clean out medicine cabinet (S)
  • Clean and organize cabinets and drawers (M)
  • Clean brushes and combs (M)
  • Clean scale (M)
  • Wash floors (Every Thursday)
  • Empty trash. (as needed)

 


 

Checklist for Your Child and Your Child’s Room

Before Bedtime:

  • Put away shoes and clothes
  • Put away toys
  • Lay out clothes for tomorrow

In the morning:

  • Put away pajamas
  • Make Bed

Each week:

  • Dust
  • Vacuum
  • Change sheets

Seasonally:

  • Work with mom to go through outgrown clothes
  • Work with mom to deep clean

Even when changing sheets, it’s nice to have someone work with you. Changing sheets is a great way to work with your children.