Resurrection Sunday, April 20, 2014 to Saturday, April 26, 2014

Jesus and  Thomas--Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.
Jesus and Thomas–Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.

Sunday is usually Planning Day—Coordinate Your Schedule and Calendar with Your Family

**Take time  on Saturday, April 19, 2014 to coordinate this next week’s activities. Enjoy the holiday (holy day) remembering that we are crucified with Christ and raised to new life with Him through His resurrection.

Bible Readings:               

Monday— Deuteronomy 28-29                 Psalm 83

Tuesday— Deuteronomy 30-31                 Psalm 84

Wednesday—Deuteronomy 32-33          Psalm 85

Thursday—Deuteronomy 34-Joshua 1   Psalm86

Friday—Joshua 2-3                                          Psalm 87

Saturday—Joshua 4-5                                   Psalm 88

IMG_0421Area of Focus: The Master Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet –April 21st Finish up in Your Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet

I love flowers in my entry
I love flowers in my entry

Tuesday, April 22nd to Monday, April 28th : The Entry, The Front Porch, and The Dining Room

 Next Week: Tuesday April 29th and Wednesday April 30th—Your Family Bathrooms

 DAILY FOCUS:

Monday—Launch Your Week

  • Put Your Home in Order after the Weekend
  • Clean the Toilets
  • Check Your Bathrooms for any Needed Supplies—Personal Care, Cleaning, or Paper Products

Tuesday—Duster Dance Day—Remember to make it fun! Turn on the music and get everyone dancing the dust out the door.

Wednesday—Desk Day

  • Pay Your Bills
  • Bring Personal and Family Business Up to Date
  • File

Thursday—Floor Day

  • Clean All Hard Floors—Hardwood, Laminate, Tile, or Linoleum

Friday—Wrap Up Your Week Day

  • Clean Out Your Car
  • Clean Out Your Purse, Backpack, Diaper Bag, Computer Game or Whatever You Carry with You When You Leave the House
  • Vacuum the Traffic Areas in Your Home—Give Special Attention  to Your Bathroom, Bedroom, and Closet

Saturday—Family Fun Day

  • Work or Play Together as a Family and Make It Fun!

Two Simple Principles—Do It Now and Pick It Up, Don’t Pass It Up!

One of the first books I read about home organization way back when I desperately decided to get organized was Side Tracked Home Executives: From Pigpen to Paradise by Pam Young and Peggy Jones. It is still in print and you can get it on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Sidetracked-Home-Executives-TM-Paradise/dp/0446677671/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397916301&sr=1-1&keywords=sidetracked+home+executives The book is hilarious. First of all, I felt great because they were worse than I was (and that was bad) but they also told about how they moved from “Pigpen to Paradise”

I was strongly influenced by them and a well-known home organizer, Flylady, was too.

Pick up after yourself and GENTLY encourage others to do the same.

Do it now! I am not sure if this came from the same place. When you’ve been doing things for more than thirty years it becomes thoroughly you. When you see something that needs to be done, do it and do it quickly. In the beginning you will need to use some discretion because everything needs to be done! As time goes by learn to:

  • hang up your coat in the closet instead of leaving it on a chair,
  • to put trash directly into the trash can instead of leaving it wherever it falls
  • to put your clothes where they belong after you take them off (hamper or away),
  • to put groceries and other items away when you bring them into your home,
  • to bring trash into your house with you when you leave your car and put it in the trash can,
  • to put items that need to go upstairs on the steps and then take them upstairs when you make your next trip up those stairs,

    A stair step basket is useful  to hold the things that need to travel upstairs in your home.
    A stair step basket is useful to hold the things that need to travel upstairs in your home.
  • to make your bed when you get out of it,
  • to put away your makeup as you apply it,
  • put away the ingredients you are using as you cook,
  • to fill the sink with soapy water when you begin to cook and wash pots, pans, bowls and utensils as you cook.

I hardly feel like I clean my home anymore because these actions have become habits

There are so many little thing you can do as you go throughout your day to make caring for your home easier. Demonstrating productive behavior in front of your family with a kind and good attitude goes a long way toward their developing productive habits. If mom doesn’t do it, why should they?

Head off the Clutter in Your Bedroom before It Starts:

Keep Your Dressers and Nightstand Clear of Clutter

  • Keep a Basket or Bowl on Your Dresser for When You Empty Your Pockets
  • Regularly declutter your nightstand. Keep only those things you use regularly.
  • Make Sure Your Have a Waste Basket Conveniently Located and Empty It Often
  • Don’t use your chair as a dumping ground for your clothes. Hang them up or put them in the hamper.
  • Get a Valet Hook and hang your clothes, jewelry, and accessories out the night before. Make sure your clothes are clean and in good repair.
  • Go through your clothes regularly and get rid of the things that are past their prime, don’t fit, or flatter.
  • I love the organizers we have in our underwear drawers.
    The organizer I use in my underwear drawer
    The organizer I use in my underwear drawer
    The organizer I use in my underwear drawer with my underwear in it.
    The organizer I use in my underwear drawer with my underwear in it.

    My husband's sock drawer--Rolling instead of turning pairs of socks into themselves saves the elastic at the top of the socks and keeps them together
    My husband’s sock drawer Rolling instead of turning pairs of socks into themselves saves the elastic at the top of the socks and keeps them together

 

Again, a little at a time. You will get it done.

Hugs,

Mary

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