Thursday, January 23, 2014

Bible Reading: Genesis 43-44; Psalm 20

Area of Focus: The Entry, Dining Room and Front Porch

Each Thursday is Floor Day:  Clean Your Hard Floors

Wood, laminate, tile, linoleum

Declutter each day for 15 to 30 minutes

IMG_0194Walking Through Ephesians: Ephesians 3:14-21

Another Prayer by Paul —Paul’s Prayer for Spiritual Growth

How does Paul pray?

  • 14When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.
  • 16I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.

What will be the result?

  • 17Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him.
  • Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.

How does Paul continue with his prayer?

  • 18And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
  • 19May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.
  • Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

How does Paul end this prayer?

20Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

**Amen does not mean “over and out” Amen means “so be it”

Identify the Function

Keys and OutGoing Mail Live Here
Keys and OutGoing Mail Live Here

Identify the function of each room of your home—For example:

  • Bedroom—sleep, relax, dress
  • Family Room—watch television, play games, visit
  • Kitchen—cook, eat, homework, visit

Then within each area, identify the function of each area, especially storage area:

  • Entertainment Center: components, DVD’s, CD’s,
  • Desk: paperwork, office supplies

Where a particular item is needed to fulfill a function, identify it:

  • A key rack near the door –my husband knows that his keys are either in his pocket or on the key rack. If someone walks in and drops keys on a table, I hang them on the key rack.
  • A valet case on your dresser to hold your wallet and other personal items at night.

You should be able to ask yourself where you would be able to find something and then find it there.

Try to keep like items with like. Keep same or similar items in a single area.

The sweater organizer holds my purses.
The sweater organizer holds my purses.

Store items close to where they are used. It will be easier to both locate them and put them away.

Duplicate items if they are used in different areas. Example: A pair of scissors, stapler, tape dispenser, and other office supplies in each desk.

Set up kits in central areas for first aid, emergency repairs to clothing, shoe shine, homework, arts and crafts.

Do not stuff too many items in a small area, Clothing should be able to remain wrinkle free and ready to wear in the dresser drawers.

Label. If you do not the labels to be seen, place the label on the inside edge of the drawer.

For small children use pictures instead of words to label drawers or storage areas. Pictures can also be placed on shoe boxes for children or adults, toy bins, Christmas decorations, use your imagination.

Hugs,

Mary

Friday, January 24, 2014

Bible Reading: Genesis 45-46; Psalm 21

Area of Focus through Tuesday: The Entry, Front Porch and Dining Room

Each Friday: Wrap Up Your Week

  • Clean out your purse, backpack, diaper bag, computer bag or whatever you carry with you when you leave your home
  • Clean out your car—try to remember to remove trash and other items whenever you arrive home but each Friday bring your car back into order
  • Vacuum the traffic areas of your home—give special attention to your area of focus but make quick work of the other areas of your home

Declutter for 15 to 30 minutes each day. Decluttering for 15 to 30 minutes five days a week= 1 ¼ to 2 ½ hours each week. An additional 15 to 30 minutes on Saturday = 1 ½ to 3 hours per week.

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