Each Thursday sweep and mop your hard floors—hardwood, tile, or linoleum.

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The Living Room

This week our Area of Focus is our Living Room/Family Room

How is the area around your television looking? Do you have DVD’s scattered outside their cases? Is there an order to this area or is everything just random? Often we think videos are lost when

The Dining Room
The Dining Room

they are simply in the wrong case or loose among a bunch of junk. DVD’s get scratched if they are used as drink holders or left to little hands. If there are fingerprint and sticky stuff on your DVD’s wash and dry them  they will play much better.

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The Kitchen

Remember that every drawer, shelf, closet, of cabinet should not be a miscellaneous area. Decide what goes where based on how often and where you use it. If you store something away fromDSCN0035where you use it, it will continually travel back to that area. Use high shelves and less convenient places for things that are not often used. Keep the areas that are easy to reach for things you use regularly. In the beginning you may want to label your drawers and shelves. If you cannot afford a labeler get together with some friends and buy one to share.

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Our Bathroom

Well yesterday following the very welcome visit of my daughter and son-in-law and their two boys my home was a disaster area. Every room needed attention. I shared my plan with you and it worked so well. While I would rather be sitting here in a slightly messier home with my grands and their parents asleep upstairs, I am blessed to be sitting in a clean and orderly home with laundry done, tablecloths, napkins and other things ironed and put away and oven cleaned. When you have a plan and work it you get so much more done.

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Our Bedroom

As I got to tasks I wanted my husband or son to do I wrote it down and they did them. As I got to tasks that I did not want to take the time to tackle I wrote it down on a separate sheetDSCN0055 for myself and actually got a few things crossed off that list after I had finished the rest of the house. The last load of laundry came out of the dryer this morning so I have a few more things to iron. I have some items to take to the thrift store and others that my daughter forgot that I need to either take with me if I go to Utah for Christmas or mail in the next few days. Today I have a fun day planned with friends to make dried wreaths at a lovely local plant nursery. Tomorrow I will go to the dry cleaners, the bank, and the thrift store to drop off donations. I got a lovely blue nightgown from one of my daughters when we celebrated Christmas last weekend so my older blue nightgown which is still in good condition but has seen better days will be donated.

My plan for my Christmas cards this year is to send them as I receive cards from friends and relations. I have my Madonna and Child stamp. I always choose the religious themed stamps so the post office will know that there is a demand for them and continue to have one that features Jesus each year.

Remember as you are around your little ones you are teaching them your values—what is and isn’t appropriate and acceptable. The way you speak, if you use the magic words like please and thank you with them, the way you speak about others, if you act with integrity, how you work, if you cheat—whatever you do—little ones are watching and listening. Give them the legacy of a mom with grace, dignity, and integrity. Don’t expect them to listen to someone with a potty mouth and not have a potty mouth. They may end up being better than you are but if you aren’t teaching them each day don’t be surprised if they don’t meet the standards you think you have for yourself.

If you don’t make your bed, they probably won’t make theirs. If you leave your clothes on the floor or a chair, their clothes will be on the floor. If you don’t pick up after yourself, don’t expect them to pick up after themselves. If you watch entertainment that has no values, where everyone sleeps with everyone else and sex is a casual thing—they will think that is the way things are done. Some of us grew up without considering our values. The great thing is we can change and decide to be better than we have been. This is a new day. New lives are built one decision, one minute, one hour, one day at a time. We have continual choices—if we always do what we’ve always done, we will get what we’ve always gotten. I think it was Albert Einstein who said that the definition of insanity was to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results. You are either a part of the problem or a part of the solution. I want to be a part of making things better not worse. I hope you do, too.

Tomorrow we wrap up the week by:

Cleaning out our purses, diaper bags, totes, computer bag or whatever we take with us when we leave our house.

Clean out the car

Vacuum the traffic areas in your home.

Because I don’t do housework on the weekends tomorrow will be my last day in my Living Room/Family Room. The next Area of Focus is the Kitchen from the 8th to the 14th of the month.

Love and Hugs,

Mary

Gossip is talking about people and situations where you are not a part of the situation or a part of the solution.

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