Good Morning, Lovely!

Wednesday, January 18, 2016

Wednesday is Desk Day

The tasks for each day should only take a short time because you are giving them attention each week. Do not make them a career. Plunge in and get them done.

For Desk Day if you have

  • opened your mail next to the wastebasket each day and
  • immediately discarded junk mail, envelopes, and anything you do not need to reference again
  • sorted the rest of your mail into your To Do, To Pay, To Read, and To File files

each Wednesday you check each file and take action. You will also check your Current File to give attention to anything that is in process.

I have files labeled with each month of the year. I put all receipts and paid bills in the file for its month.  At the end of the month I  go through and discard any receipts I will not need for returns or other purposes.

Have you set up tax files for 2017? As you receive paperwork for things that are tax deductible like receipts from charities for donations; receipts from your doctor, dentist, pharmacy and other medical expenses; statements of income, interest and dividends  received; mortgage interest statements; and receipts for taxes paid, such as personal property taxes. By putting them into the back of your file by category there is no searching or sorting each year when it is time to prepare and file your taxes. I also take pictures of most of my charitable donations to help me remember specifically what I have donated.

The Area of Focus this from the 15th to the 21st is your bedroom, en suite bathroom, and closet.  Each month dig a little deeper, clear a little more clutter.  In between   remember to maintain. Each morning I make my bed and put away anything—clothes, shoes, jewelry, books, papers—that has been left out. Your bedroom is your sanctuary. It should be clean, clutter free and welcoming.

Here again is the Cleaning Checklist for your child. First, set the example and then encourage them to keep their room clean and orderly. It’s not just about cleaning—it’s about having a space that works where you can find what you need when you need it.

Checklist for Your Child and Your Child’s Room

Before Bedtime:

  • Put away shoes and clothes
  • Put away toys
  • Lay out clothes for tomorrow

In the morning:

  • Put away pajamas
  • Make Bed

Each week:

  • Dust
  • Vacuum
  • Change sheets

Seasonally:

  • Work with mom to go through outgrown clothes
  • Work with mom to deep clean

Even when I change sheets, it’s nice to have someone work with me. Changing sheets is a great way to work with your children.

 When our children were growing up and I was homeschooling—one day each week I would check their closets (Tuesdays) and check their dresser drawers (Thursday). In that way things did not have as much opportunity to go pear shaped. Toys, books, and papers should be picked up each day—sometimes more than once. Don’t let things get beyond your child’s ability to handle.

Yesterday was a catch up day on my quest to declutter, deep clean and put my home in order. I spent a week in my bedroom and still want to cull out more papers. I rarely throw out notes from sermons, bible studies, or other events I have attended or participated in over the years. I will probably never read them again so I need to go through and toss some of these things I have valued over the years. I will keep my journals/prayer journals.

Have a Wednesday full of hugs, smiles, and love,

Mary

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