MP900382968Our Main Focus in December is Christmas–Do your routines, keep your home in order but mostly focus on your family and friends. This Week’s Area of Focus-(below) is the Kitchen

The Daily Tasks                

Each Monday

  • Pull your home back together after the weekend
  • Clean all your toilets
  • Check your bathrooms for any needed supplies—personal, paper, and cleaning and add them to your shopping list

Each Tuesday—Duster Dance Day—Draft any little helpers in your home to help you. Grab some fun dusters, and put on some happy music and dance that dust right out of your home.

Each Wednesday

  • Pay your bills—programming your bills into your bank’s Bill Pay may be free, save time, and get your payments to your creditors on time.  I keep track of Direct Deposits and payments in Quicken. My bills are currently paid through December.
  • Take care of any personal and family business—Cards to send? Phone calls to make? Emails or letters to send?
  • File any papers you need in a way that you will be able to locate them, if needed. Don’t clutter your life with papers you will never look at again. Toss them!

Each Thursday—Clean hard floors—wood, laminate, tile, or linoleum.

Each Friday—Wrap up your week—

  • Clean out your car—don’t forget to take in trash and personal belongings each time you arrive home but Friday is the day you give your car some extra TLC
  • Clean out your purse, backpack, diaper bag, tote, or computer case.  I straighten the contents of my purse regularly but Friday is the day . I make sure everything is in order and I am not carrying a lot of stuff I don’t need.
  • Vacuum the traffic areas in your home.

Saturday is Family Fun Day –whether you work or play together, make it fun. Create memories.

Sunday is the ring on your week that signifies your love relationship with the Lord—take time to worship. Then plan your week with your husband and children. Anticipate the needs of each day ahead of time—for activities, games, concerts. Will food be needed? Special clothes or uniforms? Write it down now and work out the details calmly instead in a last minute panic.

Our Pantry
Our Pantry

This week’s zone, the kitchen, can include your decluttering for the day. My suggestion: the pantry or the cabinet where you keep your food.
Have a clear flat surface (counter, kitchen table) to sort the food items onto. Sort as you take out, sorting has to do with the way your brain
works. I try to keep my shelves almost like a supermarket shelf with like items together and the same items behind each other.
Check expiration dates as you take the items out. Make sure you use the items nearing expiration and toss the things past date. My first time I did this I found cereal boxes wAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAy past date and I had to close my eyes and pitch it into the trash.
Don’t make this a huge day long job. Race the clock and get it done as quickly as possible.
Once this is done, keep it up. One of the first ladies who taught me a lot about organizing told me that organized people rarely cleaned closets, cabinets, or drawers because whenever she opened a closet, cabinet or drawer she quickly put everything back into place when there was only one or two things out of place.
In the beginning, the amount of stuff I ended up throwing out really curbed my shopping habits. We need to keep basics in our cabinets so we can come up with meals in emerging situations — can’t get to the grocery store, unexpected company, fill in the blank. This can save you on meals out or picked up.
Again, take everything out, sort as you do, get rid of out of date  products, put about to expire items in front so you can use them up now, wipe off the shelves and put things back in an order that makes sense to you and your family.

Cleaning the old food out of your refrigerator will only take a couple of minutes if you start with an empty dishwasher and empty the containers quickly into the garbage disposal or trash. Wipe down the inside of the refrigerator with baking soda and water.

These jobs may seem large but they can take half an hour or less if you focus and work with a plan, I promise.

How Can I Have More Time for Myself and My Family?

The answer to “How can I have more time for myself and my family” is by using zones, developing routines and chasing the time-stealers out of your life.
We need to plan our days to make good use of our time. On a simple level let’s look at ironing. If you drag out the ironing board in the morning to iron your blouse just before work, the time you spend dragging out the ironing board, waiting for the iron to heat up and then putting it away (no it is not a decor item to be left in place unless you have the floor space in a laundry room) is just as much for one item as for several. You multiply your efforts by doing all your ironing regularly at one time. Multiplying your efforts saves you time.
I don’t like to iron, in fact, I don’t absolutely love cleaning toilets, doing dishes and any number of other things but I like living in a clean, pretty and orderly home.


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