imageAreas of Focus

Monday the 14th—Kitchen

Tuesday 15th –Monday 21st—The Master Bedroom, Closet, and Bath

The Daily Tasks

Each Monday

  • Pull your home back together after the weekend
  • Clean all your toilets
  • Check your bathrooms for any needed supplies—personal, paper, and cleaning and add them to your shopping list

Each Tuesday—Duster Dance Day—Draft any little helpers in your home to help you. Grab some fun dusters, and put on some happy music and dance that dust right out of your home.

Each Wednesday

  • Pay your bills—programming your bills into your bank’s Bill Pay may be free, save time, and get your payments to your creditors on time.  I keep track of Direct Deposits and payments in Quicken. My bills are currently paid through November. Because of the current uncertainty with the government shutdown, I made sure that I had overdraft protection on our checking account.  That way I could program in my bills without fear of having checks bouncing from here to Texas.image
  • Take care of any personal and family business—Cards to send? Phone calls to make? Emails or letters to send?
  • File any papers you need in a way that you will be able to locate them, if needed. Don’t clutter your life with papers you will never look at again. Toss them!

Each Thursday—Clean hard floors—wood, laminate, tile, or linoleum. I like the Shark Duo Sonic Floor Cleaner. The carpet stain remover that comes with it is nothing short of incredible. I will still occasionally get down on my hands and knees to wash my floors but nowhere near as often.

Each Friday—Wrap up your week—

  • Clean out your car—don’t forget to take in trash and personal belongings each time you arrive home but Friday is the day you give your car some extra TLC
  • Clean out your purse, backpack, diaper bag, tote, or computer case.  I straighten the contents of my purse regularly but Friday is the day . I make sure everything is in order and I am not carrying a lot of stuff I don’t need.
  • Vacuum the traffic areas in your home.

Saturday is Family Fun Day –whether you work or play together, make it fun. Create memories.

Sunday is the ring on your week that signifies your love relationship with the Lord—take time to worship. Then plan your week with your husband and children. Anticipate the needs of each day ahead of time—for activities, games, concerts. Will food be needed? Special clothes or uniforms? Write it down now and work out the details calmly instead in a last minute frenetic freak.

Today, the last day this month in the Kitchen I plan to clean out the refrigerator, and clean out the under the sink cabinet. We mounted a light bulb that operates on a battery in the under the sink black hole to light those corners that cleaning products disappear into to hide.

Again, Use It Or Lose It.

Make a point to use up what you have when you buy a new product. I recently switched to Mary Kay. I used my new MK products for a few weeks to see if I did like them. Then I made myself go back and use up the product I already had. Old products do not improve with age. As I run out of each product, I begin to use the MK product I gifted myself with this summer. Whatever you have, use it or lose it.

  • Toss opened products that have been around for years—I had to force myself to toss old lipsticks and glosses that I had opened but not used in ages.
  • Pass good items—whether they are cleaning products, clothes, or other items that you will never use—on to someone who will. Give them to a friend, donate them to a Thrift Shop, or consign them.
  • Think—is there some other way I can use this? I distributed lotions I had been keeping in my bathroom, throughout my home. I have lotion near where I put on my shoes so I can moisturize my feet. I have lotion near every sink in my home. I keep lotion in a well capped container in my purse.

Trying to Change In Your Own Strength

God promises to continue the work He has begun in you. Have you allowed Him to begin work in you? I was a self-improvement junkie for years. I knew I wanted to be different. I am shy, shy, shy. I wanted to be the confident, gracious woman many of my friends seem to be.  It was not until I began to take my focus off myself and put my focus on Jesus that I began to see lasting change.

  • Accept the fact that God loves you just as you are. He will not love you more if you do better. He will not love you less if you do worse. He loves you unconditionally.
  • If you allow Him, He will gently work in you to make you the woman He knows you can be.
  • Find satisfaction and contentment where you are.
  • Ask God to change you, not anyone else, you. You are one person you can cooperate with God in changing. If no one else changes, that will make all the difference in your life.
  • I take encouragement that if God can change me, he can change others. Accept others as they are, where they are but pray for God’s work in their lives. Still, love and respect them unconditionally.
  • Do not worry about the actions or inaction of others. That is God’s concern. He is at work in all of us.

Prayer Journaling

I highly suggest prayer journaling. This is not the same as keeping a diary. It is writing your prayers to God. As you empty your heart onto paper, you will discover a lot about what is on your heart, what your hopes, and dreams are, what your concerns are for others and yourself. Find a journal and start writing or get a box and paper and begin to keep a prayer box. When you have a concern, write it out  as a letter to God and tuck it in your prayer box.

Hugs,

Mary

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