Tuesday, October 22nd to Monday, October 28th—The Front Porch, Entry and Dining Room
The Daily Tasks
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 panic.
In My Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet—
- Keep a stack of white washcloths under my bathroom sink and wipe down the sink, counters, and mirror, each time you use your bathroom. (My husband has picked up this habit, too!)
- Hang up my clothes and put my shoes, and accessories away after I wear them.
- Make the bed as soon as no one is in it. Cats, dogs, and other critters don’t count.
- Remember this is your sanctuary. Don’t use it as a storage area or home for items on their way out of your home. It should be one of the loveliest if not the loveliest room in your home.
- Everything in your closet should fit, be clean, and in good repair. Wrinkle-free is usually nice, too.
- Scrub your way out of your shower or tub. Soap is soap. Wipe down the walls and floor of your shower/tub while you are in there. Use a shower spray to prevent build-up of soap scum.
Daily Shower Spray
- This cleaner is a two to one mixture of All Purpose Cleaner and isopropyl alcohol.
- To make a gallon put 8 ounces of all-purpose cleaner into a gallon container (bucket, milk jug).
- (My favorite is Mrs. Meyers. They are animal and kid friendly and have wonderful scents but are a little pricey. Choose an All Purpose cleaner that has a nice scent because this is what your bathroom will smell like.)
- Add the alcohol -16 ounces and then add water to fill up to a gallon.
- Pour into spray bottle(s)
- Begin with a clean shower to have the best effect. Spray on daily after your shower.
Daily use should prevent water deposits and soap scum from accumulating.