Every Friday is Wrap Up the Week Day:
- Clean Out Your Car
- Clean Out Your Purse, Backpack, or Briefcase
- Vacuum the Traffic Areas in Your Home
The idea is to have a time each week to deal with the regular tasks of life—Weekly Tasks—
- Monday—Clean your toilets and check the personal, paper, and cleaning products you may need
- Tuesday—Duster Dance Day—Dust the flat surfaces in your home and polish the furniture in your area of focus.
- Wednesday—Deal with paperwork including paying bills, taking action on items in your action file or in box and filing papers you are finished with –some in the wastebasket and some where you can access them when needed.
- Thursday—Floor Day—Mop your floors. Give special attention any hard floors in your area of focus.
- Friday—Wrap Up the Week Day (as above)
- Saturday—Family Fun Day—Work or play together and make it fun
- Sunday—The wedding ring God has given us for our week to remind us of our relationship with Him. A day for worship and rest. Prepare ahead of time for Sunday so that it will be a time of rest. I make my bed and do the dishes on Sunday but I do not shop, do laundry, or any work projects.
The Areas of Focus work with your weekly tasks. Focus on one room or area each week throughout the month.
First seven days(1st-7th)—Living Room/Family Room
Second seven days (8th-14th)—Kitchen
Third seven days (15th-21st)—Master Bedroom, En Suite Bath, and Closet
Fourth seven days (22nd-28th)—Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room
To the end of the month (29th-30th 0r 31st )—Family Bathroom(s)
Each day your Area of Focus gets 15 to 30 minutes. Set your timer and do it—declutter, organize, and clean. As you get rid of clutter and do the daily and weekly tasks regularly it gets to the point where most of the time you do not feel like you are doing housework.
Choose a day each week for errands and grocery shopping. If you work you may have to divide your errands over a few days but it saves time and money to have a designated time.
- Did you know that after the first thirty minutes in the grocery store the amount you spend goes up astronomically? Shop with a list and be focused.
Since I have mentioned the Areas of Focus (Zones) and Weekly Tasks, let’s run over The Daily Tasks:
- Make your bed
- Run at least one load of laundry from hamper to washer to dryer to folded and put away
- Wipe down your bathroom counter including the mirror if you have spattered toothpaste on it—I keep a stack of white washcloths under the bathroom sink and use one each day to wipe off the counters and wipe out the sink.
- Empty your dishwasher as soon as it has run and put dirty dishes directly into the dishwasher. Run it after dinner. If you are the dishwasher put a basin under the sink, rinse dishes as they are used and put them into the basin. After dinner, fill the basin with soapy water, wash the dishes, dry the dishes and put them away. Whenever you begin to prepare food, fill the sink with soapy water and wash your cooking bowls, utensils, pots and pans as you go.
- Wipe off your kitchen counters
- Pick up after yourself
- Lay out your clothes (and your kidlets clothes) the night before.
- Do a before bedtime walk through to make sure your home is in good general order.
- As you walk through your home collect the trash and put it out in the garbage can.
- Go to sleep in less chaos.
These are the routines of life—I know I do not work as hard as you and my home is clean and relatively orderly. I am free to respond to opportunities or emergencies.
Take time each week to think through your work to mentally prepare for the challenges of each day (plan). Each evening review the next day’s appointments and tasks. Each morning wake up with purpose. Focus and work deliberately. Work expands to fill the amount of time allotted for it. Most tasks do not take anywhere near as long as we think they will if we focus. Using a timer helps us focus. I don’t know about you but I would rather get my tasks done and deal with my challenges and have time for myself, my family, and my friends.
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail