Matthew 25:34-40 Do you see Yeshua?

Matthew 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
37“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
40“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

Notice, the King (Yeshua) did not say that it is as if you were doing it to Me. Yeshua said you ARE doing it to me.
What you do to others — your husband, your children, your friends and even your enemies- you are doing it to Jesus/Yeshua/the Father.
Today as you go throughout your day, see with different eyes the people you encounter-that terrible driver who is aggravating you, the person who makes your coffee, the challenging person at the other end of the telephone call, your husband, your children, and even see those politically aggravating people you see on TV. See them as Jesus. How would you speak to Him? How would you speak about Him? As you share the love of the Father with others-you are sharing the Father. As you see and love others as Christ, you are loving yourself. Christ is in you. No you are not Christ but He is in you and with you and these are His words-the directions He gives. Go and be Yeshua’s love in the world today. Don’t try, just beimage

Overview -March 22nd to 28th and beyond.

Good Morning, Lovely!
Plan Your Work. Work Your Plan.
Overview from March 25th to March 28th
Do you have a evening, morning, and afternoon routine? Consider what needs to be done to start your day the night before, start the day strong, and finish well. Write it down. Follow it. Tweak as necessary.

Each day—

• Make your bed
• Dishes done and put away.
• Laundry done and put away
• Trash collected and taken out
• Rooms put in good general order
Each week—
Wednesday
• Desk Day—deal with paperwork
Thursday
• Floor Day—sweep or vacuum then mop hard floors. Vacuum traffic areas
Friday
• Put your home in order for the weekend
• Clean out your car
• Clean out your purse, diaper bag, computer bag, backpack or whatever you carry with you when you leave the house
Saturday
Family Fun Day—work or play together as a family
 
Sunday
• Worship as a family
• Coordinate activities with your family and plan your week together
 
Monday
• Put your home in order after the weekend
• Clean your toilets
• Check storage for any needed items—toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, cleaning products
Tuesday
• Duster Dance Day—put on happy music and swoosh that dust right out of your home
Areas of Focus—Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room
D= Daily, W=Weekly, M=Monthly, S=Seasonally, EOM=Every Other Month
 
Front Porch Cleaning Checklist
• 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)
Entry Cleaning Checklist
• 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

• 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 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 dining room? (Centerpiece, table cloth, decorative touches).
March 29th to March 31st–Your Powder Room and Family Bath(s)
Cleaning Checklist for Your Powder Room and Family Bath
 
• Wash Area Rug, toilet seat cover and shower curtain. (M) Wash towels. (W)
• Clean sink (W) Wipe out after each use
• Polish faucet. (D)
• Clean toilet. (W-Monday)
• Clean tub after each use. Clean and wax shower. (Use car polish. DO NOT GET POLISH ON THE SHOWER FLOOR.)
• Clean shower door. (Lemon juice works! You also can 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 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 or S)
• Clean out medicine cabinet. (M)
• Clean and organize cabinets and drawers, (M)
• Clean brushes and combs. (M)
• Clean scale. (M)
• Polish furniture. (M) Dust. (W)
• Dust baseboards. (M)
• Declutter, organize, or straighten coat closet. (M)
• Sweep, vacuum, or mop the floor. (W—Thursday)
• Empty trash (D or as needed)
 
Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Know the Father, and live and love in Christ. You are well loved as the daughter of the Father. You are complete in Christ.
 
Colossians 1:27 For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.
 
Have a great week full of love, hugs, and smiles,
Mary

Being Happy in the Lord

Hello, Lovely,

I have always been a person who wants to be productive. I have wanted to share how I learned to work smarter, not harder. I always made it a priority to get this blog done. I took some time off when Roy died but for much of the past more than 10 years I have been faithful to post regularly. I would say I was almost driven to post early in the day every day.

A few weeks ago, I came across a devotional by Ted Dekker. In the past, I thought he was a little dark, at least a little too dark for me. The Forgotten Way, his 21 day devotional and study guide is the most incredible book, after the Bible, I have ever read. It is transformational. It is about how we see the Father, Yeshua, the Spirit, ourselves, others, this world and the next.  https://theforgottenway.com/welcome

I have always tried to have a Quiet Time first thing in the morning. As I have read the devotional and the study guide, I have kept them on my bed. I reach for them first thing in the morning. Instead of feeling like I need to have a Quiet Time, I am eager each morning to become  happy in the Lord, and this is transforming my attitude toward my relationships and activities of the day. As I delight in the Lord, I find delight throughout the day. I relate to people differently  and I see Yeshua in them. While I still have an awesome regard for my Father in heaven, I am not afraid of Him because I see His boundless love for me. I also see His boundless love for you.  

So I am encouraging you to get up in time to spend time becoming happy in the Lord before you begin your day, and encounter other people. I highly recommend the book and study guide as well as the MP3 audio materials.

Part of what God is doing in me has me spending less time on the computer. I believe the love He has given me makes my presence here part of my calling. I believe as He renews me  I am trusting my Father to make me better than I have been and able to bring you more of value.

I am handling the increased activity in my home, better and better, and with more love, peace, and joy. Delighting in the Lord, is helping me to delight in all of life. I am enjoying caring for my family, cooking, and even cleaning. He is giving me beauty for ashes, and the oil of joy for mourning.  (Isaiah 61:3)

I will be posting here regularly but it is important that the electronics in our home remain tools and not consume my  life or yours. If I am here, it is because I first took the time to be happy in the Lord and my home is in order. I am learning to be instead of do and have what I do bloom out of who I am in Christ.

Have a day filled with love, hugs, and smiles,

Mary

My Life Reminds Me

Roy’s death and having 6 additional temporary residents in my home is taking me back in my mind to when I first began to let go of clutter and to develop systems to deal with different areas in my life–home and family, finances, paperwork, and even faith.

One of the things I have remembered is that when I first began to get my home in order the basics were totally out of control—piles and piles of laundry and mending; sink and every flat surface covered in dirty dishes, pots and pans; every room out of order. Everything seemed so hopeless that I put it off and – surprise!!!- it did not get any better.

So I:

·         Gathered all the laundry from all the  rooms in the house

·         I sorted the laundry and started a load. And kept the laundry moving

·         I checked all the rooms for dirty dishes and sorted the dishes by type–first, glasses, then, flatware, then plates, bowls, and mugs, and finally pots and pans. With the laundry running, I loaded the dishwasher. There were more dirty dishes than space in the dishwasher so I washed what would not fit in the dishwasher and allowed those dishes and pots and pans to dry on the counters.

·         I got a trash bag and gathered as much trash as I could from each room

·         Then I put each room in as much order as I could.

It is harder to clean a cluttered and disorganized house. I began to read all I could about organizing. I still read but I soon realized that the best solution was action. So I started next to my front door and began to work my way through my home—a little at a time—room by room.

This is simplistic: I had small children and a husband so there were meals to prepare, and children to love and keep occupied. I had to work before they got up in the morning and after they went to bed at night. I also found that if I would first spend some time reading or playing with my children they were usually happy to play for a while, while I worked.  As with me recently, I had to give up other activities for me today I have to spend less time on the computer both posting and playing games. In those days, I got a really long phone cord so when I talked with my friends I would be able to work, and I turned off the television. I quit watching the soaps and game shows and gave my time to my home and family.

As you work you will find that as your home becomes cleaner, less cluttered, and more orderly you will be able to see dirt and disorder you couldn’t see before. Don’t be discouraged. You will get there, when you get there. Don’t get bogged down with what you have to do. Appreciate what is improving.

Caring for your home is a way of loving yourself and your family. You are providing a pleasant and nurturing place for the people God has given you to love. In the process don’t become such a shrew that you are continually upset with the people in your home for living there and making messes.

When you have awakened to the situation in your home and begun to make changes, don’t expect your family to catch on by osmosis. You need to first live those changes in front of them—make your bed, hang up your clothes, and pick up after yourself. When I first started to wipe out my bathroom sink after I used it I was shocked when I realized that Roy had begun to do the same. Some mature people may actually learn from your example but if they don’t, remain loving and begin gently and with wisdom to teach and tell them how things work:

·         Dishes go into the empty dishwasher

·         Dirty clothes go into the laundry

·         Trash goes into the waste baskets

·         We put away what we take out

·         And we do all things with love

Do I fall short, even now after almost 40 years of trying to learn? YES! I mess up but I don’t give up. Each day I get up and try to do my best and if I fail, I don’t beat myself up. I just try to work a little smarter and to be faithful.

If you cannot be loving and have a clean house—have a less clean house. Your family is more important than your stuff. I just know that if you do work smart, you can have both.

Have a sweet day,

Much love,

Mary

Progress?

Well having 6 people in the house with me has been an adjustment. I am keeping my dishes and laundry done, gathering trash constantly, and keeping rooms generally in good order. Staying on top of those tasks has kept me from spending as much time on the computer. BUT I am becoming more effective again and hope to be here more often now. I will never ask you to do what I cannot do myself.
I made a couple of BIG mistakes that I knew better than to do:
I went to the grocery store without a list and hungry. I spent about 10 x’s as much.
I went right to work shredding papers and going through files. My mood was not as good and I was not as productive. There’s something about getting dressed, including shoes, that says it is time to be productive.
Live and learn.
I went right to work shredding papers and going through files. My mood was not as good and I was not as productive. There’s something about getting dressed, including shoes, that says it is time to be productive.
God is working in me, shifting my attitude about Him, myself and other people. The devotional I am reading is part of that shift. I highly recommend The Forgotten Way by Ted Dekker.

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The Forgotten Way of Yeshua for Power and Peace in This Life
theforgottenway.com

Overview March 15th to March 22nd-The Master Bedroom, EnSuite Bathroom, Closet and The Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room

Overview for March 15 to March 24, 2017 Areas of Focus—Master Bedroom, En Suite Bathroom, and Closet (15th to the 21st). Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room (22nd to the 28th)

The  Area of Focus from Wednesday the 15th  to Wednesday the 21th is the Master Bedroom with its attached bathroom and closet.

The very basic tasks are:

  • Dishes done and put away.
  • Laundry done and put away
  • Trash collected and taken out
  • Rooms put in good general order

I do these tasks when I am in survival mode. When I cannot keep up in these areas I feel I am falling behind.

Daily Tasks for Each Week

Thursday

  • Floor Day—sweep or vacuum then mop hard floors. Vacuum traffic areas

Friday

  • Put your home in order for the weekend
  • Clean out your car
  • Clean out your purse, diaper bag, computer bag, backpack or whatever you carry with you when you leave the house

Saturday

Family Fun Day—work or play together as a family

 

Sunday

  • Worship as a family
  • Coordinate activities with your family and plan your week together

 

Monday

  • Put your home in order after the weekend
  • Clean your toilets
  • Check storage for any needed items—toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, cleaning products

Tuesday

  • Duster Dance Day—put on happy music and swoosh that dust right out of your home

Wednesday

  • Desk Day—deal with paperwork

Understanding Zones:

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

Master Bedroom Checklist 15th to the 21st

  • 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 ruffle? The Mattress pad?(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)

Work from Top to Bottom and around the room in whichever direction you want.

Front Porch Cleaning Checklist

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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 dining room? (Centerpiece, table cloth, decorative touches).

 

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

Mary

What’s the Difference?

The difference in my home came when I determined that:

I will make my bed and make it nicely so I would come to a pretty, pleasant, and restful bed instead of a tangle of sheets and blankets.

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 I will put away clothes after I have worn them. I will not leave them on the chair. I will put dirty clothes in the laundry and will hang clean clothes in a section of my closet reserved for clothes that are clean enough to wear again.

I will release an article of clothing each time I buy a new article of clothing.

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I actually had fun adding closet dividers to my closet

I will go through my closet regularly and release anything that does not fit or is not in good repair. Nothing in my closet is dirty, torn, or stained except for clothes I use for painting or dirty work.

In the bathroom:

I will wipe out the sink and wipe off the counter after each use.

I will use daily shower spray after each shower.

I will use up product or get rid of it by passing it on to someone who will use it or throwing it out instead of accumulating partial containers of product and medications I will never use. I will check expiration dates and toss any medication or cosmetic  that is out of date.

I will close the shower curtain to allow it to dry instead of becoming a moldy mess.

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I will regularly gather the dirty dishes, wash them, allow them to dry, and put them away. (My goal is to keep the dishes in the dining room and kitchen but other family members do take them to their rooms. I have spoken with them but they do not always listen.—They are adults, I think.) I will empty the dishwasher when the cycle has run and put dirty dishes directly into the dishwasher.

I will keep my kitchen counters clear and reserve the front 2/3rds as a workspace, free of clutter.image

I will regularly gather the trash and not allow the trashcans in my home to overflow.

I will pick up after myself. I will put away items that are not in use.

I will leave each room at least as good as, if not better than it was when I entered it.

I will keep the entry and front porch welcoming and orderly.

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I will dust and mop regularly.

I will deal with mail and paperwork as quickly as possible. I will make sure I have stamps available.

I will have points in time each week to deal with tasks:

Monday—toilets

Tuesday—dusting

Wednesday—paperwork

Thursday—floors

Friday—car and purse.

Whenever I see anything out of place in my home, I will return it to its home.

I will do everything decently and in order.

Plan may be a four letter word but it simply means to think ahead. Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.

I am a cozy minimalist. I want my home to only contain what is useful and beautiful but I do not want it to be stark or barren.

Most of all I want to love God first and love others well because of my love and honor for God. I want to represent God well in my attitude, actions, words, and appearance.

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Today we are visiting the Gardens at Thanksgving Point. One of my favorite places on earth. The boys have “Field Guides” for all the areas of Thanksgiving Point. We are going to explore the gardens, feed the koi in the Koi Pond, whisper secrets in the Secret Garden, find the Latin and English names for a flower, visit the Monet Pond, and the largest manmade waterfall in the world. The pictures I share of statues are all located in a part of the Garden.

Overview for the Week of February 26 to March 4, 2017

Good Morning, Lovely!

Overview for the week of Sunday, February 26, to Tuesday, January 31, 2017 and Wednesday, February 1, 2017 through Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Area of Focus— Sunday, February 26th to Tuesday, February 28th The Dining Room, Entry, and Front Porch and The Family Bathroom(s)

Wednesday, March 1st , to Tuesday, March 7th –The Gathering Spaces—Living Room, Family Room, Den, Great Room, TV Room—

  • Declutter
  • Put in order/make these rooms more functional (Organize)
  • Clean
  • Make this room more pleasant to be in

Follow a pattern –when cleaning start high and work your way down. Choose a direction to work around each area.

Daily Tasks

Sunday

  • Worship as a family
  • Coordinate activities with your family and plan your week together

 

Monday

  • Put your home in order after the weekend
  • Clean your toilets
  • Check storage for any needed items—toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, cleaning products

Tuesday

  • Duster Dance Day—put on happy music and swoosh that dust right out of your home

Wednesday

  • Desk Day—deal with paperwork

Thursday

  • Floor Day—sweep or vacuum then mop hard floors. Vacuum traffic areas

Friday

  • Put your home in order for the weekend
  • Clean out your car
  • Clean out your purse, diaper bag, computer bag, backpack or whatever you carry with you when you leave the house

Saturday

  • Family fun day—work or play together as a family

Special project—2017 Whole House Declutter—continue to work your way through your home. Take your time and quit when you hit the wall—get to the point where you are not making good decisions.

Have a Sunday filled with love, hugs, and smiles,

Mary

 

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

 

Front Porch Cleaning Checklist

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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 dining room? (Centerpiece, table cloth, decorative touches).

Cleaning Checklist for Your Powder Room and Family Bath

  • Wash Area Rug, toilet seat cover and shower curtain. (M) Wash towels. (W)
  • Clean sink (W) Wipe out after each use
  • Polish faucet. (D)
  • Clean toilet. (W-Monday)
  • Clean tub after each use. Clean and wax shower. (Use car polish. DO NOT GET POLISH ON THE SHOWER FLOOR.)
  • Clean shower door. (Lemon juice works! You also can 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 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 or S)
  • Clean out medicine cabinet. (M)
  • Clean and organize cabinets and drawers, (M)
  • Clean brushes and combs. (M)
  • Clean scale. (M)
  • Polish furniture. (M) Dust. (W)
  • Dust baseboards. (M)
  • Declutter, organize, or straighten coat closet. (M)
  • Sweep, vacuum, or mop the floor. (W—Thursday)
  • Empty trash (D or as needed)

Cleaning Checklist for the Gathering Areas

Living Room/Family Room/Den/TV Room/Great Room

  • Have you cleaned cobwebs? (M)
  • Have you cleaned the light fixtures? (M)
  • Have you cleaned windows?. (M)
  • Have you cleaned the window treatments? (EOM)
  • Have you cleaned any marks and fingerprints from walls and woodwork? (M)
  • Have you cleaned decorative items? (M)
  • Have you cleaned out the fireplace? (as needed or seasonally)
  • Have you cleaned out the end tables? (M)
  • Have you straightened the bookcases /entertainment center?(M)
  • Have you dusted the lamp shades? (M)
  • Have you polished the furniture? (M) Have you dusted? (W)
  • Have you culled out dated magazines and catalogs from magazine basket or rack? (M)
  • Have you cleaned the phone(s)?(M)
  • Have you vacuumed the traffic areas? (W)
  • Have you vacuumed under, around and behind furniture and drapes? (M)
  • Have you shampooed the carpets? (S)

 

So What’s Going on at My House or Why Haven’t I Been Online Very Much This Past Week

1. I have a trigger finger that I will be seeing the doctor for tomorrow morning. It is very painful and makes it challenging to keyboard.

2. My daughter and her two sons moved in a week ago over the weekend. I helped her a little in cleaning her apartment but mostly I have been trying to incorporate another household in my home. Major moving box overload!

3. Last Monday my older grandson came down with the flu and I took him to the doctor, and tried to make sure he had a little extra TLC

4. I had two major doctor appointments—my first annual physical in two years and tests for the surgery I was supposed to have the beginning of March. They can’t work me into the schedule for surgery until after I get back from Utah so surgery is scheduled for April 17th unless there is a cancellation in the next week. The results of my physical were excellent and the tests from my GYN appointment the week before were great, too. The surgery is for a prolapse which is something that often happens to ladies who have had children and are aging. I am aged but healthy, and blessed.

5. The baby got the flu on Wednesday—incidentally, everyone is recovering well and I (Bless the Lord!) have not gotten the flu.

6. Yesterday was Roy’s birthday. We had a bittersweet day. I am at peace with his death but I miss his presence.

I have been a little busy and keyboarding is a challenge because of the problem with my finger but I am not gone or even on pause.

There are now 7 people living in my home and I appreciate the reminder of the challenges that many of you have. Tomorrow, an appointment with a hand surgeon and hopefully he will do the procedure immediately so I can be more productive.

Have a wonderful day,

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