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Clean Your Toilets

Check Supplies in Your Bathroom (Toilet Paper, Personal Care, and Cleaning Products)

Do a Quick Pick Up in Your Home

Make Your Bed

Do a Load of Laundry from Hamper to Put Away

Declutter for 15 to 30 Minutes

 

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    Have you mapped out your week? Do you know what your commitments are for the week?
  • What clothes, food, or other items are needed for your commitments?
  • Have you coordinated your week with your husband and children?

Today and tomorrow decluttering and focused cleaning are in our Living Room/Family Room. On Wednesday we will begin a week of focus on our Kitchen (8th to the 14th)

Look at your Living and Family Rooms:

  • Are there too many pieces of furniture, too many pictures, or too many collectibles?

Even the nicest of these things lose impact when there are too many items for the space. Leave room in your home to breathe.

  • One in, one out. Once you have enough, display the most recent or highlight your favorites and change out what you have on display from time to time.

One challenge in Living and Family Rooms is toys. When my grandchildren were here regularly I had a LARGE basket. We went through it regularly so no critters (spider, bugs, or other creepy crawly things) could move in and get comfortable. We could pick up quickly by tossing all the blocks, cars, and trucks, and other toys into the basket. I would drape a quilt over the basket so my Living Room looked like a Living Room.  All the toys in the Living Room had to fit comfortably into that basket. We could swap toys out with toys from other areas of our home. We don’t have to add and add and add until stuff takes over. Limit what you allow in your home or in any area of your home.

imageStick with 15 to 30 minutes of decluttering at a time. We lose focus on any task—decluttering, cleaning, organizing, or even studying after 15 to 20 minutes. You will be more productive if you:

  • Set a timer for 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Focus on one small area, study one subject, or clean one room until the timer goes off.
  • Take a 15 minute break each hour, have a cup of tea, plan the tasks you will focus on for the next hour.
  • If you are a mom or grandmom, with children at home give them 15 minutes of undivided attention each hour. Look them in the eye and listen to them. Read to them. Play with them.
  • Go back to work when your break is over.
  • If you do not finish the task, return to it—15 minutes at a time—until you are done.

Homes do not fill with clutter overnight.  Teach yourself to deal with stuff quickly as it comes through the door to your home. Many times when I arrive home I do not feel like putting the things away. I am always glad I did when I sit down 10 minutes later. Just as with cleaning up after a gathering of friends or family never takes as long as I think it will, it only takes a few minutes to put things where they belong.

 

Do you start your day off by reading your Bible with attention?

I have been reading and studying the Bible regularly for over 30 years and still find something fresh each day. The Bible doesn’t just change you, it transforms you.

Hugs,

Mary

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