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A stair step basket is useful to hold the things that need to travel upstairs in your home.

Overview for Monday, May 22, to Sunday, May 28, 2017 Areas of Focus—Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room

Each day’s very basic tasks are:

  • Dishes done and put away.
  • Laundry done and put away
  • Trash collected and taken out
  • Rooms put in good general order

I do these tasks as I can when I am in survival mode. When I cannot keep up in these areas I feel I am falling behind—and sometimes we all fall behind. Do what you can as you can.

Each Day’s Mission for Each Week

Sunday

  • Worship as a family
  • Coordinate activities with your family and plan your week together

o    Make sure all family activities are on the calendar and that you have what you need for each activity—rides, clothes, food, money

o    Limit activities to preserve family time especially meals together—there is such a thing as too busy

 

Monday

  • Put your home in order after the weekend
  • Clean your toilets
  • Check storage for any needed items—toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, cleaning products

Tuesday

  • Duster Dance Day—put on happy music and swoosh that dust right out of your home—Make sure to enlist the help of your mini-assistant(s)

Wednesday

  • Desk Day—

o    Deal with paperwork

o    Pay bills

o    Make sure your phone calls and correspondence are up to date

Thursday

  • Floor Day—

o    Sweep or vacuum floors

o    Mop floors

o    Give special attention to your Areas of Focus

Friday

  • Wrap up the Week Day

o    Clean out your car

o    Clean out your purse, diaper bag, backpack, computer bag, or whatever you carry when you leave the house

o    Put your home in order for the weekend

Saturday—Family Fun or Family Work Day

  • Spend time together as a family
  • Work or play but make it fun
  • When you have a family work day, end the day with a fun activity—a family movie or game night, ice cream-go out together or make sundaes at home, collect fireflies, laugh together

Understanding Areas of Focus:

Focus on one area of your home for six days. Do your basics and spend 15 to 30 minutes decluttering, organizing, or cleaning in your zone per day week

Work from Top to Bottom and around the room in whichever direction you want.

Front Porch Cleaning Checklist

  • Remove clutter. Put away unneeded items (M)
  • Clean light fixtures and replace any burnt out bulbs. (M)
  • Remove spider webs. (M)
  • Wipe down bannisters and light fixtures. (M)
  • Sweep walkway and porch. (as needed)
  • Get rid of dead plants. (ASAP) Deadhead live plants (D)
  • Do any shrubs need to be pruned back? (S)
  • Do any plants need repotting? (S)
  • Does your doorbell work? Does it need to be replaced or a new battery? (M)

Foyer Cleaning Checklist

  • Clean cobwebs. (M)
  • Clean light fixtures and replace any burnt out bulbs. (M)
  • Wipe down window sills and front door. (M)
  • Remove fingerprints and marks from door, door frames, switch plates, and walls. (M)
  • Clean window treatments and windows. (M)
  • Polish furniture. (M) Dust. (W)
  • Dust baseboards. (M)
  • Declutter, organize, or straighten coat closet. (M)
  • Sweep, vacuum, or mop the floor. (W)
  • What can you do to personalize your entry and make it more functional and welcoming? (M)

 

Dining Room Cleaning Checklist

  • Clean cobwebs. (M)
  • Clean light fixtures and replace any burned out bulbs. (M)
  • Wipe down window sills and front door. (M)
  • Remove fingerprints and marks from door, door frames, switch plates, and walls. (M)
  • Clean window treatments and windows. (M)
  • Declutter, organize or straighten china cabinet and buffet. (M)
  • Clear top of dining table. (as needed)
  • Dust chair including bottom and legs. (M)
  • Polish furniture. (M) Dust. (W)
  • Dust baseboards. (M)
  • Declutter, organize, or straighten coat closet. (M)
  • Sweep, vacuum, or mop the floor. (W)
  • What can you do to personalize your dining room? (Centerpiece, table cloth, decorative touches).

 

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

Mary

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