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The shower organizer in our bathroom. Note the brass squeegee. Keeping the soap scum from building up in your shower will save time and effort.
The shower organizer in our bathroom. Note the brass squeegee. Keeping the soap scum from building up in your shower will save time and effort.

Every Thursday—Mop your hard floors. Sweep or vacuum first or you will simply be gluing the dirt to the floor. Give special attention to the floors in your bathroom(s)
Your Area of Focus today and tomorrow is your bathrooms.
Distribute the tasks from the Bathroom Cleaning Checklist over the next couple of days
Key: D=Daily, W=Weekly, M=Monthly, S=Seasonally, EO =Every other
• 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)

It was a long day yesterday traveling back from Utah. I am safely home and my husband did a great job of surviving without me. We went directly from the airport to my daughter’s home for one of our grandson’s birthday party with the family.
Today, we will have two of our older grandsons with us but I am also unpacking, and hoping to touch base with a few friends—I missed a couple of close friends birthdays and a friend’s surgery. I want to catch up.
Do you know how to catch up? When the house needs to be pulled together quickly I do a few simple things.
• First walk through the house and collect any dirty laundry. Sort the laundry and get a load started. If you need to, set a timer for the time the washer will finish the first load.
• Walk through the house and collect any dirty dishes. Load your dishwasher and get it running.
• Walk through the house and collect all the trash.
• Then, beginning at your front door, put each room in order. This is not a deep cleaning. If you can write your name in the dust or there are spatters on a mirror, then clean them but if they are alright let it go for now.
• Keep the laundry running as each load finishes—from sorted to washer to dryer to folded and put away.
• Gather paper clutter into a box and make a point of going through it ASAP.
• Put away dishes as they are done. Allow pots and pans to air dry after you wash and rinse them but then put them away and wipe down the counters and surfaces.
• Sweep or vacuum the traffic areas in each room. Spot clean the floors unless they must be mopped.
• If you have small children at home, keep them near and enlist their help to sort laundry, dust, and pick up. Give them some toys or activities to entertain them and keep talking to them to make them aware of your presence and attention.
A quick clean-up is basically bringing everything back into order. This is not a deep cleaning but will make a major difference in your home in a relatively short period of time.
Thank you so much for your prayers as I traveled. I was less a white knuckle flyer and I had God breezes throughout the day.
I read Humble Orthodoxy by Joshua Harris as I traveled. I highly recommend it.
Love and Hugs,
Mary

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