This Week:

The Area of Focus is:

Monday through Thursday (17th-21st ) Your Bedroom, Bath, and Closet

Friday – Thursday (22nd-28th) Front Porch, Entry, and Dining RoomIMG_0013

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
  • 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 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 weight 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.

Laundry Area
Laundry Area

Laundry

Whenever laundry is part of your routine (almost every day!) start out by collecting a full but not jammed to the top load.  An overloaded washer and dryer means the clothes do not get clean and there are tons of wrinkles.  Set your timer for the length of the load if your washer doesn’t have a buzzer you can hear.

  • Today your bathroom rugs and toilet seat covers go into to the washer and dryer.  I think I’ve told you that I realized the men in my life’s aim was less than perfect because there was still an odor in my clean bathroom. It was the toilet seat cover!  It really NEEDS to be washed with some regularity.
  • If it’s Monday, we’re cleaning all the toilets and checking personal care and bathroom supplies.
  • This counts as your decluttering for the day: Clean your linen closet.  Don’t just pull everything out.  If you have counter space nearby, sort and  place each item as you take it out.  Toss everything that is out of date and in poor condition. Give away anything you will never use.
  • Sort and fold your all towels  in the same way.  There is no one way to fold things but chose one way and fold all your towels that way. It takes less space and looks nicer.
  • I assemble my sets of sheets into neatly folded bundles so that I don’t have to look for the top sheet, bottom sheet and pillowcases that match when I am changing the sheets. It is nice to have three sets of sheets per bed. One on, one in the wash, one in reserve. Two will do. One is subsistence.
  • My children had baskets for their personal toiletries when they were at home.  They pulled out their basket when they were in the bathroom and it held their skin care, hair care and cosmetics.  It was easy to replace these items in the basket and we didn’t have four different shampoos, conditioner and every other product else lined up by the sink and on the edge of the tub.
  • After everything is out of the linen closet and sorted, replace everything neatly.  Do not get distracted. Do not leave the room for any amount of time to do other things. Work quickly and remember you can fine tune everything later. Pefection is the enemy of progress. Group like items together. Put opened items in front of the same type of item that is unopened. Use it or lose it. Use the good towels and sheets.
  • When you are finished empty the trash, put away things that belong in other rooms, and if you have anything for the thrift store or your favorite charity take it to your car and put it in the trunk to drop off the next time you are headed in that direction.

Hugs,

Mary P

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