Friday, March 07, 2014

Bible Reading: Leviticus 17-18; Psalm 47

Area of Focus: March 1-7—The Living Room/Family Room

March 8-14—The Kitchenimage

Friday is Wrap Up the Week Day:

  • Clean Out Your Car
  • Clean Out Your Purse Diaper Bag, Computer Case, Tote or Whatever You Carry When You Are Out and Around
  • Vacuum the Traffic Areas in Your Home
  • Thoroughly Vacuum Your Area of Focus—The Living Room/Family Room

 Declutter for 15 to 30 Minutes

Walk in God’s Love


Roy has an early doctor’s appointment this morning so this is a rerun but one of my favorites.

The Basics in Under 20 Minutes a Day

Your Bedroom–Under 7 minutes each day:

  •  Make your bed either before or after your morning shower. (2 minutes)
  • Pick up and put away any clothes, shoes, or jewelry (4 minutes)
  • Straighten your surfaces (night stand and dresser) (under 1 minute)

Your Bathroom–Under 2 minutes each day

  • Wipe out the sink (30 seconds) I keep a stack of white washcloths under the sink and use them to wipe out the sink and wipe down the counters at least once a day. Develop the habit of wiping out the sink after every use and it will stay clean.
  • Wipe off the toilet seat and rim (20 seconds)
  • Swish the toilet bowl with a toilet brush (20 seconds)
  • Polish the mirror and faucet (20 seconds)
  • Keep a squeegee in the shower and squeegee the surfaces immediately after your shower or use a shower spray (20 seconds)

 Your Kitchen –- Under 5 minutes each day

While the coffee is brewing:

  • Wipe down the sink (30 seconds)
  • Wipe off the stove (30 seconds)
  • Wipe down the counters (1 minute)
  • Sweep or Swiffer the floor (2 minutes)

Your Living Room—7 minutes each day

  • Use a dustbuster to pick up crumbs (2 minutes) (If you don’t have a dustbuster use a whisk broom and  small dust pan)
  • Straighten pillows on the couch and chairs and fold throws (2 minutes)
  • Spot clean end tables, coffee table and entertainment center – wipe off any fingerprints or other marks. (1 minute)
  • Put away CD’s and DVD’s. Straighten books and magazines. Discard newspapers (2 minutes)

Make a tote or totes for each area with any cleaning supplies you will need for your quick cleaning. (Just for fun–in my upstairs all my cleaning and laundry supplies are lavender scented. Downstairs I use lemon scented cleaning supplies. Homes can be more appealing when you take into consideration the five senses: Sight, sound, smell, taste and touch.)

Cleaning principles:

  • Clean from the clean area into the dirtier area to avoid spreading the dirt around.
  • Work from the top to bottom to knock dust down.
  • Vacuum after you dust.

In the morning:

  • Quiet time
  • Breakfast
  • Vitamins/Medications
  • Exercise – a regular short routine is better than a longer  routine you never do

Make laundry and dishes a priority

  • Laundry-I start a load of laundry first thing each morning and make a point of getting it into the dryer and then folded and into the drawers.
  • Dishwasher–Make a point of not leaving clean dishes in the dishwasher.  Unload the dishwasher as soon as the dishes can be handled.  Work to get your family to put their dishes directly into the dishwasher instead of leaving them on the counter or in the sink.  Start a load as soon as it is fairly full.

At the end of the day

  •  Gather and Empty Trash
  • Lay Out  Tomorrow’s Clothes
  • Before Bedtime Walk Through
  • Involve your family.   You are not doing your children a favor if they are not learning to be good helpers and increasingly more able to take care of their clothes, toys and other possessions. Their clothes should be laid out the night before and putting their rooms and toys in order before bedtime should be a regular part of their routine.

Wrapping Up Philippians: Philippians 4:10-23 Paul’s Thanks for Their Gifts

How is gratitude expressed in Paul’s life?

  • image10How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me.
  • 11Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.
  • 12I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.
  • 13For I can do everything through Christ,who gives me strength.
  •  14Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty.
  • 15As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this. 16Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once. 17I don’t say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness.
  • 18At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus.

How does Paul describe their gifts?

  • They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God. 19And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

Paul closes his letter to the Philippians. Note what he says

  • 20Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen.
  • 21Give my greetings to each of God’s holy people—
    • all who belong to Christ Jesus.
  • The brothers who are with me send you their greetings.
  • 22And all the rest of God’s people send you greetings, too, especially those in Caesar’s household.
  • 23May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.





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