Overview for May 29th to June 5th, 2017-Your Family Bathrooms, and The Gathering Areas

Oliving-room-couchverview for the Week of May 29-June 5, 2017

The Area of Focus from  Monday and to Wednesday is the Family Bathroom(s)

The Area of Focus from Thursday  the 1st to Wednesday the 7th is the Gathering Areas – the Living Room, Family Room, TV Room, Den or Great Room.

Daily Tasks

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

Sunday

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

Understanding Areas of Focus:

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

Cleaning Checklist for Your Family Bath

  • Wash Area Rug—also toilet seat cover, and shower curtain. (M)
  • Clean sink—Wipe 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)

 

My Cleaning Checklist for the Living Room/Family 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)

The Basic in Under 20 Minutes a Day-The Kitchen

The Basics in Under 20 Minutes—The Kitchen

Your Kitchen – Under 5 minutes each day

While the coffee is brewing:

  • Wipe down the sink (30 seconds)
  • Wipe off the stove (30 seconds)
  • Wipe down the counters (1 minute)
  • Sweep or Swiffer the floor (2 minutes

 

These things work in your daily life

  • When you prepare meals, start by filling the sink with soapy water and wash your pots, pans, and utensils as you go.
  • Empty the dishwasher as soon as you can after you have run it through the cycle. Put dishes directly into the dishwasher as you use them. After you have developed this habit, teach it gently and civilly to your family.
  • At the end of your day, take the trash out if the trashcan is full. Trash cans often add an unwanted aroma to the air.

The Basics in Under 20 Minutes a Day-The Bathroom

The second area in doing the basics in under 20 minutes a day is the bathroom.

Your Bathroom- Under 2 minutes each day

  • 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
  • Wipe off the toilet seat and rim (20 seconds)
  • Swish the toilet bowl with a toilet brush (20 seconds)
  • Polish the mirror and faucet (20 seconds)
  • Keep a squeegee in the shower and squeegee the surfaces immediately after your shower or use a shower spray (20 seconds)

The Basics in Less than 20 Minutes a Day–Today, the Bedroom

For the next several days I am going to share small elements of The Basics in Under 20 Minutes. We routinely overestimate the amount of time we need to do routine tasks. Let’s give this a try (Nothing works if you don’t do it)
 
Your Bedroom-Under 7 minutes each day:
 Make your bed either before or after your morning shower. (2 minutes)
 Pick up and put away any clothes, shoes, or jewelry (4 minutes)
 Straighten your surfaces (night stand and dresser) (under 1 minute)

15 Minutes at a Time

Yesterday, because I am continually doing too much and getting in the way of my recovery from surgery, I determined that I would do 15 minutes on my feet, 15 minutes off my feet, using a timer.
This morning my first 15 minutes were my Happy Hour (aka Quiet Time)
My second 15 minutes-driven by the timer- I put my Front Porch, Entry, Dining Room, Living Room, and much of my Kitchen in order. Resisting the urge to “do one more thing” when the timer went off I left a greasy stove and a messy high chair, I will return to that shortly in my next 15 minutes.
Boundaries, like the timer, move you forward, when you use them. The timer helps me focus on my work and I get much more done that if I act as if I have all day.
My last 15 minutes have been spent taking care of my online presence and now it is time to head back to that greasy stove. I learn from my mess-ups (or at least I try) 😉
More later,
Mary marypaitsel-august-29-2016

Overview for Monday, May 22nd to Sunday, May 28th, 2017–The Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room

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A stair step basket is useful to hold the things that need to travel upstairs in your home.

Overview for Monday, May 22, to Sunday, May 28, 2017 Areas of Focus—Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room

Each day’s 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 as I can when I am in survival mode. When I cannot keep up in these areas I feel I am falling behind—and sometimes we all fall behind. Do what you can as you can.

Each Day’s Mission for Each Week

Sunday

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

o    Make sure all family activities are on the calendar and that you have what you need for each activity—rides, clothes, food, money

o    Limit activities to preserve family time especially meals together—there is such a thing as too busy

 

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—Make sure to enlist the help of your mini-assistant(s)

Wednesday

  • Desk Day—

o    Deal with paperwork

o    Pay bills

o    Make sure your phone calls and correspondence are up to date

Thursday

  • Floor Day—

o    Sweep or vacuum floors

o    Mop floors

o    Give special attention to your Areas of Focus

Friday

  • Wrap up the Week Day

o    Clean out your car

o    Clean out your purse, diaper bag, backpack, computer bag, or whatever you carry when you leave the house

o    Put your home in order for the weekend

Saturday—Family Fun or Family Work Day

  • Spend time together as a family
  • Work or play but make it fun
  • When you have a family work day, end the day with a fun activity—a family movie or game night, ice cream-go out together or make sundaes at home, collect fireflies, laugh together

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 zone per day week

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 burned 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

Today is Friday

Today is Friday. Each Friday I try to
Clean out my car’
Clean out my purse
Get my home ready for the weekend.
 
The Area of Focus from the 15th to the 21st is my bedroom, bathroom, and closet. I will give a little attention to these areas today.
 
These are the Areas where I will Focus today.
It is so easy to become overwhelmed by all we have to do. By limiting the amount of work ahead of us for the day our lives are the slightest bit less overwhelming.
 
I am frustrated by having limited energy but I will not make that an excuse. I will work as I can and rest along the way. I do not like feeling less than well but I will do what I can as I can. I can always find reason why I will not be successful. I will look for ways to be productive and successful while walking in love, joy, and peace.
Love, love, love,
Mary DSCN0055

Update on my Active Life

The past few years have been so challenging(I thought life was supposed to become simpler as we became older!!!) Roy’s illness and then death with all the details to deal with and missing him, Liam (our youngest grand) was born. My son and his family (and two dogs) have been living with me. My daughter separated and divorced and then became engaged to the man of her dreams – the wedding is next month. Her apartment lease ran out and the apartment complex wanted to raise her already substantial rent so while she is building a new home with her husband to be she and her two boys (16 and 14) moved in with me so I have gone from a household of two to seven and two dogs. This past week Roger’s Kendall and baby Liam have moved home with one dog to her mom’s home-hopefully temporarily. I had a complete hysterectomy 4 weeks ago after coming back from visiting my daughter in Utah’s family over their Spring Break and caring for two of my favorite boys in the world while mom and dad had a work related fun trip.

The great news is I am not going crazy. I have peace in the middle of the storm. I am challenged. I have not been able to interact with my family and care for my home as I would have wanted for the past several weeks.
I had made a commitment several months ago to speak this past weekend on the topic: Roadmap to a Peaceful Home. The Father has been teaching me that while it is great to have your home in order that the peace needs to come to you from Him and that peace needs to be in you even in the middle of storms.
I have peace. I have joy. I have power. I have love, and it all comes from my Father in heaven.
I have to confess that while I prepare, know what I want to say, work from a basic outline and I pray and ask others for prayer, I always feel like a failure after I speak. I have to trust God that I had the right words for the women there.
I do not have it all together. I live a real life with challenges but I always believe that in any challenge I have not yet seen the end of the story. That God is good and has a plan for me and you. I am grateful and excited in the challenges in my life. I know while all things may not be good God will use them for good in my life and the lives of the people around me because I love God and I am called according to His purpose.
I have hit the 4th week since my surgery so I will begin to attack in small increments the disaster area my home has become over the past seven weeks while I have been away and then under doctor’s orders to not lift, twist, push, pull, bend, or do much of anything. I plan to use my timer and work 15 minutes at a time and rest when I know I need to rest.
I am ready to be back writing on this page and my real life challenges will show up.
I am my Father’s daughter–the King of all kings. I can do all things He wants me to do. I am complete in Christ. I am who God says I am and not who the enemy says.
Have a Sonshiney day,
Love, love, love,
Marymarypaitsel-august-29-2016

Overview Monday, May 15 to Sunday 21, 2017- Your Bedroom, Closet and Attached Bathroom

verview for May 15 to May 21, 2017 Areas of Focus—Master Bedroom, En Suite Bathroom, and Closet (15th to the 21st).

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

The  Area of Focus from Monday the 15th  to Sunday the 21th 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 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

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

 

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 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.

 

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

Mary

Overview for Monday, May 8, 2017 to Sunday, May 14, 2017–The Kitchen

The Area of Focus is The Kitchen

Daily Must Do’s

·         Beds made

·         Laundry

·         Trash Collected

·         Nutritious Meals Prepared

·         Dishes Done

Each Day during the 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 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

 

 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?

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)

 

Have a wonderful Sonshiney Day,

Mary