To help me remember things I need to take out the door with me I use a magnetic bull nose clip on my metal front door. I need this "in your face" reminder or I may forget!
To help me remember things I need to take out the door with me I use a magnetic bull nose clip on my metal front door. I need this “in your face” reminder or I may forget!

 

Each Tuesday—The Dreaded Dusting! You all know I have changed it into Duster Dance Day! Take what you dread and make it fun. Put on music and go to it! It will be over before you know it. 

Have you checked your furnace filters? If your home seems really dusty, they may be caked with dust. For a long time I did not even know there were furnace filters. You may have to go on a hunt for them. We have a dual zone system so we have two filters. About once a month replace them or at least check to see how much dust they have collected. When we were realllly financially tight I would vacuum them. We have a lifetime (permanent) filter in one location and an allergen filter in the other. I am on a search for a permanent filter for that system. The permanent filter was $17.98 at Lowes. The Allergan was $15.27.  When your filters are dirty it hampers air flow and makes your heating/cooling  system  more expensive to run.

I did a search on Amazon for furnace filters and here are the results: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_8?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=furnace+filters&sprefix=furnace+%2Caps%2C200 

The prices vary widely from just over a dollar per filter to much more based on size, quality, and effectiveness. People with sensitivity to dust and allergens can breathe more easily and have fewer breathing problems with a better air filter.

Last day with the Entry, Front Porch, and Dining Room as the area of focus (Zone).  What can you do today to make those areas clutter free, more orderly, cleaner, and more welcoming? Remember you will be back next month and in between you will maintain. Because it is Duster Dance Day give your furniture some attention. There are furniture polishes and furniture cleaners. The wax or oil in the polishes feed and seal your furniture. If you use a water base cleaner on wood dry it immediately.  Wood absorbs water and swells if it is not sealed. 

Tomorrow we begin to have the luxury of three days with our bathroom as our area of focus.

Here is my Bathroom Cleaning Checklist so you can develop your plan of attack:

D=Daily   W=Weekly   M=Monthly   S=Seasonally    EO=Every Other

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)

You will want to accomplish the monthly tasks over the next three days and possibly some of the seasonal tasks like cleaning the window treatments.

We talked about getting out the door for school, work, activities, and other events last week.  Do not just look at the starting time for any activity. Plan to arrive early (10-15 minutes) and then if you are late you may still be on time!

Get yourself dressed first. I was a jeans and tee shirt girl into my 30’s and could not figure out why people did not take me seriously or appreciate my intelligence and wisdom 3;-)  One day I looked in the mirror.  The uber casual girl looking back at me did not convey wisdom or intelligence—she looked sloppy. So I took a shower, fixed my hair, and put on a touch of makeup. I looked at my clothes and tried a little more pulled together look. Most of us have some decent clothes – we are saving them for something. I began to buy the best clothes I could at the best prices.

Stop saving your best for the public—many who do not know or care about you. Start giving your best to God, your big and little sweeties, and yourself. You want respect? Start respecting yourself. Start caring for yourself. Do not wear dirty clothes with holes in them. It was hard the first time I got rid of undies with holes in them. It has gotten much easier. Fix it or fling it, sugar.

A pair of pricey Brighton flats I found for $19.95! Cute, fun, and functional.
A pair of pricey Brighton flats I found for $19.95! Cute, fun, and functional.

The sad postscript to changing the way I cared for myself and dressed was my children’s reaction—“Where are you going, Mommy?”  If I looked nice I must be going somewhere! How sad! 

The happy postscript is over the past 30 years since that time I am free to head out the door both when something fun presents itself or an emergency arises. I may not always look wonderful but most all the time I look decent. My husband and friends caught on to the difference in my appearance and treated me just a tad better. I liked me better, too. God always liked me but maybe I made Him smile and say, “Finally, that girl sees herself a little more as I do—beautiful!”

Hugs,

Mary

Just a little grammar:

There are eight parts of speech. The way a word is used determines its part of speech.

  1. Noun—a word used to identify a person, place, or thing
  2. Pronoun—a word used in place of a noun
  3. Adjective—a word used to describe  a noun or pronoun

Article— most commonly used adjectives –a, an, the

  1. Verb—an action word
  2. Adverb—a word used to describe a verb, adjective or another adverb
  3. Preposition—a word that shows a relationship of a noun or pronoun to another word in the sentence.
  4. Conjunction—joins words or groups of words—and, or, but, for, yet
  5. Interjections—an exclamatory word that expresses emotion. Ouch!

A word may be used as different parts of speech depending on how it is used.

I love compliments. I compliment you on your achievement.

Tomorrow—a little on nouns.

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