Walking Through September – Give Your Best

Good Morning, Lovelies!

Today is Monday, September 18, 2017. The Area of Focus is The Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet. Each Monday is Launch Your Week Day

  • Put Your home in order after the Weekend
  • Clean Your Toilets
  • Check Your Bathroom for any Needed Supplies

I am rereading a book by Priscilla Shirer The Resolution for Women that came out after the movie Courageous at the prompting of the movie’s originators, Steven and Alex Kendrick. Priscilla Shirer is a thoughtful and intelligent woman who also played one of the leads in War Room. All that to say that I am inspired and reminded of who I am as a woman in Christ. This morning listened to the book on Audible as I prepared to get up. Priscilla was talking about giving the best of yourself. She mentioned a friend who counseled her that she could not do a thousand things to the glory of God well. There are times and seasons in our lives with their own opportunities and limitations. You have relationships with God and people that need nurture. The things in our lives are there to sustain us and others. Do not let the stuff and busyness of life take over your life. My takeaway was:

Invest your best

But

Narrow your focus

You are the only one who can fulfill some roles in relationship to others. Don’t let those relationships suffer. In the will of God, there will be other seasons for you to enjoy. Enjoy the season you are in.

Sharing and resharing my Bedroom, Attached Bath, and Closet Cleaning Checklist. These Checklists came from 3 x 5 cards I had in each room in an inconspicuous place to remind first me, then later my children, what needed to be done in that room for it to be clean and orderly.

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 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)

 

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.

Have the best day ever!

Love, love, love,

Mary

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Walking through September–9/17/17 – The Shape of the Week and Children’s Room Cleaning Checklist

img_0812Good Morning, Lovelies!

I had a free day yesterday so I spent it decluttering, putting in order, and cleaning my bedroom. I saved cleaning the carpet for next Thursday and cleaning the windows and blinds for Tuesday. Granted, while a little out of order and in need of dusting there wasn’t even a boxful of stuff to get rid of d my waste basket was not full but I did make myself remove everything from each drawer and replace it. I found a key I thought was missing and put away items that thought they had found a new home on my desk or dresser. I am about to let go of some shoes I do not wear, not there yet though.

Today is Sunday, Sunday is a day of rest and planning. I will look at my calendar and make sure I have everything in order since Liam is now with me regularly. Thursday evening we have Apples of Gold orientation for the Fall session and I need to bring food. Maybe raspberry white chocolate scones?

There are rooms not on the cycle like my guest rooms, laundry area, and crafting closets. I have had little time for crafting since Roy’s health began to fail and I need to decide whether to use it or lose it. Remember, our homes are not storage facilities. We do not need to store what we do not use other than seasonal items like Christmas décor and out of season clothing.

You may have rooms that are not on the cycle and as you bring your home into order, begin to take time renewing and refreshing those rooms. Letting go is good—whether it is stuff that has occupied space in your home or forgiving an offense someone has committed against you. Holding on can be a form of slavery. As to forgiving an offense, forgiveness is not saying that what someone did is not wrong, did not hurt, or does not matter. Forgiveness is a choice and it frees you. Forgiveness is letting go and entrusting the person and the situation to God. What are you hanging on to? Whether it is unneeded, unused, unwanted stuff that you can’t bear to get rid of because it has value, or offenses people have uncaringly or unknowingly committed against you, even if they are not sorry, it’s time to let go. Freedom awaits!

Tomorrow, we continue with our Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet as the Area of Focus.

Monday is Launch Your Week Day

  • Put your home in good general order after the weekend.
  • Clean your toilets.
  • Check your bathroom(s) for any needed supplies and add them to your shopping list. I hate to run out of toilet paper. I keep a pack hidden away so that no one can use the last roll and then announce there is none.

Day One of the Whole Life Challenge I met all seven goals! Yay, me!

Have a beautiful day!

Love, love, love,

Mary

EXTRA! A Cleaning Checklist for Your Child’s Room

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 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)

 


 

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.

Walking through September-A New Area of Focus and an overview of each day

Good morning, Lovelies!

Today is Friday, September 15, 2017. The Area of Focus moves to our Bedroom, Attached Bathroom, and Closet from today until the 21st –next Thursday.

Friday is Wrap Up the Week Day—Each Friday we:

  • Put our home in order for the weekend
  • Clean out our car
  • Clean out our purse, backpack, computer bag, diaper bag, or whatever goes out the door with us

So we do the basics—

The Complete Basics in Under 20 Minutes

Your Bedroom-Under 7 minutes each day:

v  Make your bed either before or after your morning shower. (2 minutes)

v  Pick up and put away any clothes, shoes, or jewelry (4 minutes)

v  Straighten your surfaces (night stand and dresser) (under 1 minute)

 

Your Bathroom- Under 2 minutes each day

v  Wipe out the sink (30 seconds)

I keep a stack of white washcloths under the sink and use them to wipe out the sink and wipe down the counters at least once a day

v  Wipe off the toilet seat and rim (20 seconds)

v  Swish the toilet bowl with a toilet brush (20 seconds)

v  Polish the mirror and faucet (20 seconds)

v  Keep a squeegee in the shower and squeegee the surfaces immediately after your shower or use a shower spray (20 seconds)

 

Your Kitchen – Under 5 minutes each day

While the coffee is brewing:

v  Wipe down the sink (30 seconds)

v  Wipe off the stove (30 seconds)

v  Wipe down the counters (1 minute)

v  Sweep or Swiffer the floor (2 minutes)

 

Your Gathering Areas—7 minutes each day

v  Use a small vacuum like a Shark Rocket to pick up crumbs (2 minutes) (If you don’t have a small vacuum use a whisk broom and  small dust pan)

v  Straighten pillows on the couch and chairs and fold throws (2 minutes)

v  Spot clean end tables, coffee table and entertainment center – wipe off any fingerprints or other marks. (1 minute)

v  Put away CD’s and DVD’s. Straighten books and magazines. Discard newspapers (2 minutes)

 

Then we do our task for the day. Don’t make it a career, just get it done

And finally, we spend 15 to 30 minutes (or more if you have it) in our Area of Focus getting rid of stuff we don’t want, need, or use (decluttering), putting things in order (organizing), and cleaning. Deep  cleaning is hard to do in an area that is out of order. You can’t organize clutter, you must get rid of that stuff. So get rid of the trash, broken items,  and things we no longer use so there is space for what we do. Then, as you go put what you do need and want in order. Then clean. I do wipe down shelves and wipe out drawers before I return items to that area but cleaning will be so much easier when your room including the hidden areas are in order. Declutter. Organize. Clean.

Love, love, love,

Mary

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 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)

Overview of 9/15/17 to 9/22/17- Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet and the Front Porch, Entry and Dining Room

Overview for September 15th to September 22nd, 2017 Areas of Focus—Master Bedroom, Attached Bathroom, and Closet (15th to the 21st).

Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room (22nd to the 28th)

The  Area of Focus from Friday September 15th to Friday the 22nd is the Master Bedroom with its attached bathroom and closet.

The very basic daily 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 only 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

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

Thursday

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

 

Understanding Areas of Focus:

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 Area of Focus per day each 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.

 

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).

Love, love, love,

Mary

Walking Through September-9/14/17-The Area of Focus is the Kitchen, Thursday is Floor Day. Tomorrow the Area of Focus Becomes the Bedroom

Good Morning, Lovelies!

Today is Thursday, September 14, 2017 in our walk through September. This is the last day in the Kitchen. Thursday is Floor Day.

What can you do in your kitchen to make it cleaner, more functional, more free of clutter?

Thursday is Floor Day—sweep or vacuum your floors, and mop your hard floors. In the kitchen do an extra thorough job of cleaning your floor.

Tomorrow the Area of Focus becomes your bedroom, bathroom, and closet.

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 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)

 

Love, love, love,

MaryDSCN0055

Walking through September-Desk Day, the Kitchen, Whole Life Challenge, and Clicklist

Good Morning, Lovelies,

As we walk through September day by day, today is Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Our Area of Focus today and tomorrow is the kitchen. Beginning on Friday our Bedroom, Attached or En Suite Bathroom and Closet becomes our Area of Focus from the 15th to Thursday the 21st.

Wednesday is Desk Day. I find that when I am away from home my Desk really suffers when I get home. I open mail immediately to make sure nothing that needs immediate attention is overlooked. Everything goes on my desk and my desk does not look as I would like it to look. I will be sorting through my basket, putting papers in order, and dealing with related issues.

On Saturday, I will begin the Whole Life Challenge. (September 16 to November 10) It involves nutrition, exercise, sleep, drinking water, journaling and accepting challenges related to enriching our lives. I have begun to get ready for the challenge by drinking more water (body weight divided by three = oz. per day), beginning to prepare for sleep earlier with personal grooming, soft music, no computer, and turning off all light and the television.

There is a clock app on my iPhone. It has a bedtime component that I had not noticed. If I tell it when I need to wake up and the number of hours of sleep I want to have (7.5 to 9), it tells me what time I need to go to sleep and allows me to be reminded of when to begin to prepare to go to sleep. I love it.

I also have checked my kitchen to get rid of temptation. The challenge has three levels of nutrition challenges:

Kickstart (easy peasy)

Lifestyle (reasonable)

Performance (tough)

I am doing Lifestyle which is close to regular Whole 30. Performance is Whole 30 on steroids.

I used Kroger Clicklist to do my shopping for the week to stay out of the store and avoid temptation. When I do go into a grocery store I will be going into the produce and meat departments and avoiding everything else but the cleaning and plastic aisles. I like clicklist because I can shop and compare from home, pay a $4.95 and have them load the groceries in my car.  To this point I have been satisfied with the produce and meat they have selected. You can use coupons and they will make substitutions at no additional charge if the item is not available. You can accept or reject the substitutions.

I have also begun to try to increase my water intake. They suggest instead of just sipping all day to drink a full glass of water first thing in the morning. I measured how much water my water bottle holds and I am ready to be mindful.

Each day we are to check off each area for points and we earn rewards like days off and other things I am not sure of yet. I know I will be sharing here also.

Well time to fix breakfast. I am a little late because we dropped my son’s car off at the dealership this morning. Have a glorious day and keep going. A little at a time will get you there.

Love, love, love,

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Keep your counters clear and your dishes done. Empty your dishwasher as soon as the cycle is over and put dirty dishes inside instead of leaving them in the sink.

Mary

Walking through September-9/12/17 The Kitchen, Dusting and Life Stuff

Good morning, Lovelies,

It is Tuesday, September 12, 2017. The Area of Focus is The Kitchen.  Today is Duster Dance Day! Whatever work you do, make it as fun as you can for yourself and your mini-assistants.

So today Dust and spend between 15 and 30 minutes (more if you REALLY want to!) in the kitchen—get rid of excess (declutter), put in order (organize), and clean. In the kitchen this time is beyond the time you spend in meal preparation and cleanup.

Do

make your bed,

 pick up after yourself and gently remind others to pick up after themselves,

keep the dishes done

do one or more loads of laundry if needed

take out the trash

These daily tasks can be shared and/or delegated. Families are teams that work together.

Much of the time we look at all that needs to be done and immediately feel defeated. Do the next small thing. And then do another small thing. Consistent, persistent effort will bring fruit and change. When things slide backward, get up and push forward again.

I have mentioned Charlie, the man I have been dating for the past several months. We have mutually agreed that we are no longer seeing each other. I have a lot of peace. I had been praying and it seems that God has other plans for each of us. I wish him well. I really am fine! I sense God leading me into a new season in my life. Pray that I will clearly know and understand what it is.

Do you want me to share the Cleaning Checklist each day for the Area of Focus or is posting it when the Area changes and at the beginning of a new week enough? What works for you?

Have a glorious day looking for the best in every person and every situation.

Love, love, love,

Mary

 

 

Walking Through September, Monday is Launch Your Week Day. The Area of Focus is the Kitchen

Good Morning, Lovelies!

It is Monday, September 11, 2017. Another day to remember the selfless service of our military and first responders—Police, Fire, EMT’s and medical personnel that all step up in any and all emergencies. It is also a day to remember that our country has enemies and we need to guard the freedom that so many have struggled, and given life and limb for. Never forget!

The Area of Focus through Thursday is the Kitchen. As you work in your kitchen try to keep the front 2/3 of your counters clear of appliances that are not in use and décor. Reserve this space as a work surface. Clutter can get in the way of food preparation. Remember the C for your kitchen is cooking not clutter.

Each Monday, clean your toilets. I put toilet bowl cleaner in my toilet while I take care of my skin and hair and let it work. Then I brush and flush the toilets. In the bathrooms other than my en suite, I put bowl cleaner in the toilets, straighten anything that needs straightening in the room, then brush and flush. Also take a moment to check your bathroom to see what you will be needing—paper, personal care, or cleaning products and add these items to your shopping list.

Also on Mondays, take an opportunity on Monday to put your home back into good general order after the weekend.

Tomorrow—Tuesday is Duster Dance Day and the Area of Focus is the Kitchen through Thursday.

I was in Milford, Ohio from Wednesday through Sunday, for a Women’s Leadership Conference from Greater Impact Ministries (greaterimpact.org) I learned more about myself in one session than I have from any other source. I also learned how to deal with discouragement when I am in the pit. I did not meet a woman that I did not love, love, love. Last year I was there just as a participant, this year I was there as Staff as a Mentor and Admin on the Strength and Dignity Online course. This ministry is incredible because it is made up of incredible women.

I wanted to mention that I heard a woman on TV say in relation to one of recent disasters that she was told she had 10 minutes to evacuate, and what can you grab in 10 minutes. Take time to make a list now of what you would want to take if there is a disaster—fire, flood, hurricane, or whatever. Don’t forget medications, documents, and items like diapers and formula that might be hard to find in an emergency situation. I keep my important papers in a lockbox by my front door. I can grab the folders and go in an emergency. After making the list, post it or keep it somewhere where you will be able to access it when your brain freezes when chaos erupts and you have to leave quickly. Prioritize.

Love, love, love,

Mary

Walking Through September-9/7/2017–Thursday is Floor Day, Last Day in Gathering Spaces. Tomorrow the Kitchen

Good Morning, Lovelies!

It is Thursday the 7th of September. The 7th is the last day with the Gathering Areas as the Area of Focus. Thursday is Floor Day

On Floor Day, sweep, vacuum and/or mop all your hard floors. Vacuum the carpets in the traffic areas in your home. In the Area of Focus for this week—The Gathering Spaces—do a thorough job of vacuuming.

Vacuum the:

Ceiling fan

Drapes

Upholstered furniture including under the cushions

Under, behind, and around all furniture.

And of course, all rugs and carpets.

As you finish in your Gathering Spaces for the month consider what each area is used for. I have a tray that can be used on the ottoman for cups of tea or glasses of ice water but usually it sits on the table behind the couch. Have a place for your remotes to live. Mine are still occasionally misplaced but I know where they are supposed to be and so does everyone else.

In the Gathering Spaces, I like to have plenty of blankets and throws. It is nice to have something to throw over your lap or shoulders if you feel cold while watching TV or reading. Picture early morning with a steaming mug of tea (or coffee), the fire place lending a glow to the room and beginning your day, setting your heart by reading your Bible with a shawl around your shoulders. It doesn’t have to be a picture, it can be real. Start thinking of what you want in your life and then set the stage for your life and the lives of each member of your family in your home.

Tomorrow is Friday the 8th and we will move on to the Kitchen. Finish in the Gathering Areas today and use the Kitchen Cleaning Checklist to decide on a plan to work through the tasks over the next several days.

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)

I am richly enjoying Boot Camp. I wish so much all of you could be with me. In one evening with Nina, and Debbie, and all the other precious friend and incredible women at Greater Impact Ministries (greaterimpact.org) I became aware of what it means to be in the moment. We are numbing ourselves with media and living distracted lives. I know of more than a few changes I can make to live my life savoring the beauty God has placed us among and appreciating the people in my life in a completely different way.

The transparency and openness in the way they share is inspiring to say the very least. Nina and Debbie have both been corporate trainers and bring these skills to us. We are actually learning some of the skills that hostage negotiators use to adapt for use in our homes.

Well, sweet friends, it’s time for me to start my day. I pray that you will be blessed in all ways and that you will be alive to the life God has given you as He has given you all thing richly to enjoy. I pray that you find joy in the moment even in the midst oIMG_0001f pain and loss. Live joyfully and love deeply.

Love, love, love,

Mary

Walking Through September–September 6, 2017 The Gathering Areas and Desk Day

Hello, Lovelies!

It is Tuesday afternoon but I will be on an airplane on my way to Ohio in the morning so I am posting now.

Walking through September

Wednesday, September 6, 2017—Wednesday is Desk Day. Take time to put your paperwork in order and take care of personal and family business.

I keep an Action File

In that Action File are files labeled:

To Do

To Pay

To Read

To File

I also have a Current File for papers that I have taken action on but have not fully resolved.

As I open my mail each day next to the wastebasket, I put papers that I need to keep and act on in the appropriate folder in The Action File,

On Wednesday I check the files and make sure that everything is up to date.

I have 12 files labeled with the months of the year. At the end of the month, I go through the papers in that months file and toss any unneeded receipts and bills. I then place the file at the back of this section of my Action File after putting the papers (receipts, bills) in a manila envelope. I keep the papers by quarter: Jan/Feb/Mar; Apr/May/Jun; Jul/Aug/Sep; and Oct/Nov/Dec.

I also have Tax Files labeled by category:

Income

Interest

Taxes

Medical

Charitable

Any papers that I will need to support my tax return go into the appropriate file. In this way, when it is time to prepare my tax return the papers are already in the right place and I do not have to search for them. I have auto ship on Turbo Tax. As soon as I have received the W2’s from everyone I am ready to go.

Today (Wednesday) and Thursday are the last two days in the Gathering Room. Wo1hat tasks do you need to do to make those rooms a functional and pleasant place to be? You may not have to do everything on the cleaning but you do have to decide what you will do and when.

My Cleaning Checklist for the Gathering Spaces

(Living Room/Family Room/TV Room/Den)

  • 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
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    File Box for My ACTION FILES

    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)

 

Have a lovely day and pray for me for safe travels and a safe family at home.

 

Love, love, love,

Mary