imageEach Tuesday take time to dust your home. If you have an ostrich feather duster or something similar—not a chicken feather duster which belongs only in the trash—it should take minutes to dust your home. In your AREA OF FOCUS—this week the Living Room and Family Room –take time to polish the furniture, to dust behind and in harder to reach areas. Let your little ones dust the furniture legs and baseboards.

If dust is accumulating more quickly than you would expect—check your furnace filters. They may need to be changed. Generally depending on your unique circumstances they need to be changed every four to six weeks. My thermostat has a reminder for time to change the filters.

I talk to myself—when I am working in my home. This morning when I went up to move the clothes from the washer to the dryer and to fold a load I reminded myself that I needed to bring down a roll of paper towels. I talked to myself as I sorted the clothes to determine how many loads I needed to separate the clothes into by color and weight. Talking to myself helps me to keep focused on the tasks. My Aunt Mary always said she couldn’t think of a nicer person to talk to than herself.

I relaxed and let my grands and my adult children mess up our home as they visited, but each morning I have taken time to

Michael and Nicholas
Michael and Nicholas

put everything back in order. People need to see the baseline for order in your home. For me order is necessary for function. If everything is out of place in my kitchen, if I can’t find my clothes, shoes, or jewelry because they don’t have a specific place, everything I do takes much longer. I need to know where my keys are, where my purse is when I am at home—it makes it easier for me to get what I need to do done. I try not to obsess but my home is more peaceful when it is orderly—I believe this is true for anyone.

Pray for us as we prepare to say goodbye to my daughter and her family this evening. It’s always difficult.

Love and Hugs,

Mary

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