Overview for April 22nd to April 28th-The Front Porch, The Entry and The Dining Room

Overview for Saturday, April 22nd to Friday, April 28th,  2017 The Areas of Focus are Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room

Do these tasks if you can even if you are in survival mode.

Daily 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

Daily Tasks for Each Week

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

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

 

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 Focus Area  each day

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).

 

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

Mary

Overview for April 17th to April 23rd– Your Bedroom, Closet, and Bathroom. Your Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room

Overview for April 17 to April 23, 2017 Areas of Focus—Master Bedroom, En Suite Bathroom, and Closet (Monday to Friday). Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room (Saturday to Friday the 28th)

The  Area of Focus from Saturday April15th  to Friday , April the 21st  is the Master Bedroom with its attached bathroom and closet.

Make it your goal:

  • Beds Made
  • Clothes Put Away
  • 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

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—pay bills, deal with any current business, and file

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

Focusing on Your 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 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

From Quiet Time to Happy Hour

I have renamed my Quiet Time as my Happy Hour. It may not be an hour, and it does not include adult beverages but I am aware of my need to be happy in the Lord before I begin my day. I cannot give others what I do not have myself. I want to walk in my Father’s love, joy, peace, and power. I need to spend the first moments of my day focusing on the goodness and greatness of God and His great love for me and you. I need to align myself with Him and let go of anything in me that is not of Him. It is not just a spiritual discipline. It is my great joy to spend time with my Father. If you are not in joyful relationship with Him, what is your understanding of Him? He is love. He is good. He is magnificent. He is great beyond all greatness. And He loves you more than anyone else loves you. He seems you perfect and complete and wants you to see yourself through His eyes. He wamarypaitsel-august-29-2016nts to fill you with His love so you can love others with His love.

Overview Monday, April 10th to Resurrection Sunday, April 16, 2017 with Kitchen, Child Bedroom, and Your Bedroom, Bathroom, and EnSuite Bathroom Cleaning Checklists

Overview for Monday, April 10th to Resurrection Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Area of Focus from Friday, April 8th  to Thursday, April 14th is The Kitchen

The Area of Focus from Friday, April 15th to Thursday, April 21st is Your Bedroom, Your Closet, and Your EnSuite Bathroom

Daily Must Do’s

  • Beds made
  • Laundry
  • Trash Collected
  • Nutritious Meals Prepared
  • Dishes Done

Each Day during the Week:

Sunday

  • Worship as a family

Coordinate activities with your family and plan your week together—Make sure all appointments are on the central calendar. Who is taking and picking up children to activities and events? Are we responsible for refreshments for any activities? What clothes are needed for any activities—uniforms, clothes for choral, band, or orchestra concerts?

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 any current personal and family business, pay bills, and either file papers you need of dispose of papers you do not.

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. Wrap up a family work day with a family treat

When you finish decluttering, go back to the beginning and start over again. Each time you will be able to release a little more stuff and make your home more a place of refuge and beauty for yourself and your family. Stuff is less important that having a pleasant and pretty place to live.

How do Areas of Focus work?

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. Sunday is a day for worship, family, friends, and coordinating the next week’s activities with family and rest.

Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

Start high and work your way down, choose a direction and work around the area.

  • 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 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 baseboards clean? (M)
  • Are your countertops clean and sanitized? (D)
  • Are the dishes done and put away (D) Is the dishwasher empty?(D)
  • Clean and sanitize sink(s)
  • Are your floors swept? (D)
  • Do your floors need to be mopped? (W or as needed)

 

Master Bedroom Checklist

The Room

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Looking forward to sleeping in my own bed!
  • Is your bed made? (D)
  • Are there cobwebs that need to be removed?(M)
  • Are there any burned 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)
  • Are 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)

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  • Clean cobwebs (M)
  • Clean window treatments (M or S)
  • Wash windows (M)
  • Vacuum fan grill (S)
  • 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. Cover shower floor to prevent getting wax on the shower floor. 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 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 RoomIMG_0001

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 I change sheets, it’s nice to have someone work with me. Changing sheets is a great way to work with your children.

Have a Week Filled with Love, Hugs, and Smiles,

Mary

Heart Change

I have recently read a book that has changed me and my life.

Throughout my life—

                At times I have felt rejected

                At times I have felt I was never good enough, that I was basically a failure

                At times I have felt that I needed to be perfect to be loved

                At times I have felt fearful, concerned about what others thought of me, and sought to please others

                At times I have felt judged and condemned and have been judgmental and condemning as a result

                At times I have felt unloved, dishonored, or disrespected.

I did not really remember or possibly even know who I am.

I did not really know my Heavenly Father . I relied on knowing a lot about Him.

This book was a great awakening for me—today it’s called a paradigm shift (grin)

I have been set free and I am learning how to fly. I am knowing the Father, my Father in a new way. I am more in love with Him and my Savior/brother/friend Yeshua than ever before and I am more reliant on the Holy Spirit. I am learning to love them better and because of this, to love myself and others better—seeing with new eyes and understanding with a deeper heart.

I have always wanted to do what I do to help others and I still do. I have always loved others  but now I have lost the sense of pressure and am coming into more peace, joy, and strength, not in and of myself, but from the Father. I am more aware of Christ dwelling in me and see Him more clearly in you.

So often as wives and moms, we go from frazzle to frazzle. Feeling frustrated, impatient, unvalued, and running on empty. We rush into our day and fall into bed hours later wondering where the day went. We want to be loving to our family but so often we just snap back at them out of fatigue and a tank empty of love. It doesn’t have to be this way.

I have always tried to be diligent about having a Quiet Time. Now I am simply seeking to start my day happy in the Lord—filled with His peace, His joy, His power, and His love. Where my tank may run dry, my Father is a never ending source of all I need and I am complete in Him. If I will take what time it takes to come to this place I will be more able to be peace, joy, and love in the middle of each situation in my day. I am learning that I am loved by the Father and sustained by the Son who experienced more rejection in His 33 years than I have in my almost 68. I am complete in Him and that means complete. As I line up with the Father I am less concerned about being dishonored. I am less angry. I am less frustrated. I have more joy and peace, I am better able to love God, myself and others. I can see through the Father’s eyes. I see others who are loved by the Father who may be blind to that love and I feel freed to give His love to them.

I am finding myself a little at a loss for words (despite what I have written to this point) I am floored by our amazing God and am trusting Him in a completely new way as I go through changes. You have been so good to have patience with me as I walked through Roy’s illness, death, and dealing with the loss. I ask for just a little more. I love you.

Mary

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Overview April 3 to April 9-Gathering Areas and Kitchen

Note: I am in Utah taking care of my grands for Spring Break

Overview for April 3 to 9

The Area of Focus from Monday to Friday is the Gathering Areas—the Living Room, Family Room, TV Room, Den or Great Room.

The Area of Focus from Friday the 8th  to Thursday the 14th is The Kitchen

Do you have a daily routine? When do you choose to do the things you must do each day? What are the things you consider must do’s each day?

  • Beds made
  • Laundry
  • Trash Collected
  • Nutritious Meals Prepared
  • Dishes Done

 

Daily Tasks

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

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

 

When you finish decluttering, go back to the beginning and start over again. Each time you will be able to release a little more stuff and make your home more a place of refuge and beauty for yourself and your family. Stuff is less important that having a pleasant and pretty place to live.

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

Mary

 

 

Understanding Zones:

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

 

My Cleaning Checklist for the Gathering Areas—

Living  Room/Family Room/Great 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 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)

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)
  • Clean and sanitize sink(s)
  • 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)

 

Have a Week Filled with Love, Hugs, and Smiles,

Mary

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