How I Came to Know Yeshua

I shared how I came to Christ in another group and wanted to share it here also: This is my story: I grew up Catholic. This is not a criticism of a particular denomination-I was religious but I did not have a genuine relationship with Yeshua. Being a particular denomination may or may not mean you have a relationship with God. In 1969 I dated a Baptist boy and he told me about salvation in Jesus Christ. That sounded good to me, if I accepted Christ as my savior I would not go to hell, so I bought in to Jesus Christ as fire insurance. For years I played the game of “Look the other way, God, I am going to do what I want because I know you will forgive me.” I hurt others and I hurt myself. I married, had a lovely daughter, divorced, and remarried and had two more lovely daughters but I was still the god of my own life. When my second marriage began to fall apart and my life was pretty much in shambles the moment came. I was standing at my kitchen sink on October 1, 1979 and I said, “I don’t even know if you are real, God, but if you can change me and change my marriage, you have me.” From that moment on things began to change. I fell in love with the Bible, it became rich and full to me. I found friends who were believers and we grew in life together. Have I had struggles and disappointments? Oh. yes, but it was not with flesh and blood but with the powers against God and people and organizations were simply acting under the enemies direction pretty much unknowingly. I remember at one time hearing Yeshua’s voice asking if I wanted to quit, to give up, to walk away from my faith, and then I heard Peter’s words in my heart, “Where would we go, Lord, You alone have the words of life. I may fail Yeshua but He will never fail me and I love Him. My life, my successes, my failures are His and I am His to do with as He likes. When I am offended, hurt, dishonored, broken, I can give it as a sacrifice to Him and take the next breath, make the next step. He is life and love to me. And that’s my story.

Overview for July 22nd to July 31st, 2017 – The Front Porch, Entry, Dining Room, and Bathrooms

Overview for July 22nd to July 31st, 2017 Areas of Focus—Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room (22nd to the 28th)

Bathrooms—(29th to 31st)

The very basic  daily 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 only these tasks when I am in survival mode. When I cannot keep up in these areas I feel I am falling behind.

 Daily Tasks for Each Week

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

Wednesday

Desk Day—deal with paperwork

Thursday

·         Floor Day—sweep or vacuum then mop hard floors. Vacuum traffic areas

Friday

·         Put your home in order for the weekend

·         Clean out your car

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

Saturday

Family Fun Day—work or play together as a family

 

Sunday

·         Worship as a family

·         Coordinate activities with your family and plan your week 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

D= Daily, W=Weekly, M=Monthly, S=Seasonally, EOM=Every Other Month

Front Porch Cleaning ChecklistIMG_0008

·         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 ChecklistThe Hall Tree in Our Entry

·         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

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Keep those flat surfaces clear or put lovely things on them to discourage the dumping of stuff there.

·         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)

·         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).

Cleaning Checklist for Your Powder Room and Family BathDSCN0035

·         Wash Area Rug, toilet seat cover and shower curtain. (M) Wash towels. (W)

·         Clean sink (W) Wipe out after each use

·         Polish faucet. (D)

·         Clean toilet. (W-Monday)

·         Clean tub after each use. Clean and wax shower. (Use car polish. DO NOT GET POLISH ON THE SHOWER FLOOR.)

·         Clean shower door. (Lemon juice works! You also can slice a lemon and apply directly to the glass. It will cut soap scum and smell fresh, too. (M)

·         Clean mirror. (W)

·         Polish countertop. (W) 

·         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 or S)

·         Clean out medicine cabinet. (M)

·         Clean and organize cabinets and drawers, (M)

·         Clean brushes and combs. (M)

·         Clean scale. (M)

·         Polish furniture. (M) Dust. (W)

·         Dust baseboards. (M)

·         Declutter, organize, or straighten coat closet. (M)

·         Sweep, vacuum, or mop the floor. (W—Thursday)

·         Empty trash (D or as needed)

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

Mary

Reporting In–Getting Ready to Leave for Michigan

Good Morning, Lovelies!
Yesterday I mowed all the lawns–front, side, and back. This morning I am taking a walk around the house with the weedeater to trim a few areas I haven’t gotten to yet. I have begged my son to make sure my plants are watered regularly and my sweet neighbor, Pam, is on back up duty. My home is the view from her front porch so she is motivated. 😉
Today is Wednesday-Desk Day-and I will be going through all my paperwork to make sure nothing needs attention for the next two weeks.
I will be packing and putting what I can in the car so tomorrow at 4 am my son can drive me to the airport for a 6 am takeoff and I will see at least some of my sisters by around 10 am. I am so excited.
I am also excited that my youngest sister, Lori, has asked me to help organize her kitchen and is willing to let me share the process. Yay!
I am posting the Overview for the remainder of the month. Knowing what you want to get done and when is almost half the challenge.
I am also posting the August Calendar.
Yesterday I made cards with friends and tonight is Bonco. I have been part of the Bonco group for almost 25 years. Friends are the spice of life and I have some really great friends.
Have a great day and keep me and my travels in your prayers.
Love, love, love,
Mary0197e482576163bab1ff70da65430b19aeaea059cc

Reporting In-A Review and I am now fascinated with yard tools

Good Morning, Lovelies!
 
Quick review!
If you focus on one area of your home each week of the month it becomes easier to declutter, put in order (organize) and clean each area.
The 1st to the 7th–The Gathering Areas-Living Room, TV Room, Family Room or Den
The 8th to the 14th–The Kitchen
The 15th to the 21st–Your Bedroom, Closet, and Attached (EnSuite)Bathroom
The 22nd to the 28th–The Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room
The 29th to the End of the Month — The Family Bath(s)
 
Also if you will designate a day a week for different tasks it also makes the work easier
 
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
Wednesday
Desk Day—deal with paperwork
Thursday
• Floor Day—sweep or vacuum then mop hard floors. Vacuum traffic areas
Friday
• Put your home in order for the weekend
• Clean out your car
• Clean out your purse, diaper bag, computer bag, backpack or whatever you carry with you when you leave the house
Saturday
Family Fun Day—work or play together as a family
 
Sunday
• Worship as a family
• Coordinate activities with your family and plan your week together
 
Add in a few tasks as part of a daily routine and your home will stay clean and orderly and you will make progress
 
In the morning:
 Quiet time
 Breakfast
 Vitamins/Medications
 Exercise – a regular short routine is better than a longer routine you never do
 
Make laundry and dishes a priority
 Laundry-I start a load of laundry first thing each morning and make a point of getting it into the dryer and then folded and into the drawers.
 Dishwasher- make a point of not leaving clean dishes in the dishwasher. Unload the dishwasher as soon as the dishes can be handled. Work to get your family to put their dishes directly into the dishwasher instead of leaving them on the counter or in the sink. Start a load as soon as it is fairly full.
At the end of the day
 Gather and Empty Trash
 Lay Out Tomorrow’s Clothes
 Before Bedtime Walk Through
 Involve your family. You are not doing your children a favor if they are not learning to be good helpers and increasing more able to take care of their clothes, toys and other possessions. Their clothes should be laid out the night before and putting their rooms and toys in order before bedtime should be a regular part of their routine.
 
Reporting In
I learned to use a leaf blower yesterday! It is great! it cleared the grass off the driveway and sidewalk with little effort in a very short time. I love it!
I am learning to use tools to take care of the yard. It is harder than it looks. Roy made it look easy. I will get better. Zig Ziglar said, “Anything is worth doing poorly, until you can do it well.”
Today I will mow the lawn for the last time before my trip. I then have a monthly gathering that I have missed for the past few months because of surgery and wedding. We get together at a friends home and make cards. It is so much fun and great to get together with other ladies.
While I am out I will take care of a couple of errands. Tuesday is a regular errand day but if I look at my week and notice I will be away from home on a different day I can adjust my schedule. For example, on Thursdays Fall through Spring the women’s ministry at my church has Bible Study. On Fridays, there is also a study with a group of old friends. I will help however I can on Thursdays and take time for study with friends on Fridays. I can run errands either or both Friday and Thursday and so what I can at home on Tuesdays.
Yesterday I found out that one of my friends needs to furnish a home. It was great to let go of things that I was keeping that were surplus but not excess. They are good things. I could use them but I did not need them. It was a pleasure to let go. I will be looking for additional things in my home in the weeks to come that may make her life easier. Who can you help? Many of those items may have eventually gone to the Thrift Shop but if someone has a need, let go.
Tomorrow, my Desk Day, I will make sure that all of my personal business for the next couple of weeks is taken care of. I will pack and put my suitcases into the car so I can be up on Thursday at 3:45 am to be at the airport by 4:30 for a 6 am flight. Ugh!! But my sisters will be at the other end 🙂 And I will make sure my home is in good general order so my family will find it easy to keep my home in order.
The garage is now on hold until I get back from Michigan.
I will post as I am able but my priority is spending time with my family.
Love, love, love,
Mary

Reporting In – A New Week and More To Do

Good Morning, Lovelies!This week I am so excited to be flying to Michigan to spend time with my sisters and Stepmom and to go to my 50 year Class Reunion! I will miss being with my family in Virginia and continuing my work in the yard and the garage but that work will wait. 

I put mulch in one of my flower beds on Friday to see how it would look-Preen shredded mulch with a herbicide to keep the weeds down. It can not be used in areas where plants you will eat are planted. Today I hope to get to Lowe’s to get around 10 more bags and spread the mulch before I leave for Michigan.

I also hope to keep working in the garage but my priority is making sure everything inside my home is up to date so hopefully my son will find it easy to maintain while I am gone.

I have not completely been following my regular routine inside my home – just doing the floors and dusting as needed while I worked outside and in the garage. I always do a walk through in the morning and evening and take care of anything that needs attention.

One funny thing, I have been wearing old shoes while working in the yard and ended up having to wash them regularly or having gras covered shoes sitting outside next to my front door. I have the cutest red paisley rubber boots–after weeks of working outside it dawned on me–that is what those boots were designed for!! Now my red paisley boots will be on my feet each morning when I go outside to work. 
I had started to do a little writing each week on Aging Gracefully. I was ready to do a video on eyebrows and thought that I needed help from my grandsons. Well somehow they said yes but we never got around to it so when I get back I will be brave and attempt to do some videos myself. TA DAH!

So today–

a little more weed eating that is harder than it looks

get some more mulch and spread it

put the inside of the house in order

get ready to pack for Michigan–clothes clean
Love. love, love,

Mary

Overview for July 17 to 22, 2017-The Bedroom with Attached Bath and Closet, The Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room

Overview for July 15 to July 22nd, 2017 Areas of Focus—Master Bedroom, En Suite Bathroom, and Closet (15th to the 21st).

Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room (22nd to the 28th)

The  Area of Focus from Monday the 17th  to Friday the 21th is the Master Bedroom with its attached bathroom and closet.

The very basic  daily 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 only these tasks when I am in survival mode. When I cannot keep up in these areas I feel I am falling behind.

Daily Tasks for Each Week

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

Wednesday

Desk Day—deal with paperwork

Thursday

  • Floor Day—sweep or vacuum then mop hard floors. Vacuum traffic areas

Friday

  • Put your home in order for the weekend
  • Clean out your car
  • Clean out your purse, diaper bag, computer bag, backpack or whatever you carry with you when you leave the house

Saturday

Family Fun Day—work or play together as a family

Sunday

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

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  • Is your bed made? (D)
  • Are there cobwebs that need to be removed?(M)
  • Are there any burnt out bulbs in the light fixtures?(M)
  • Do the light fixtures need to be cleaned?(M)
  • Are the ceiling fans clean?(M)
  • Are the windows and window treatments clean?(M)
  • Is the woodwork and walls free of fingerprints and marks?(M)
  • Are the sheets clean? (W)The duvet? The dust ruffle? The Mattress pad?(M)
  • Are the surfaces (night tables, dressers, tables) free of clutter?(D)
  • Does the furniture need to be polished?(M) Dusted?(W)
  • Are your drawers and cabinets in order?(M)
  • What’s under the bed?(M)

The Closet:

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I actually had fun adding closet dividers to my closet
  • Are the shelves in order?(M)
  • Are the hanging clothes in order, clean, in good repair?(M)
  • Are the shoes in order?(M)
  • Are there items stored in your closet that should/could be stored elsewhere like the attic?(M)
  • Does the floor need to be dust mopped or vacuumed? Does the carpet need to be shampooed or spot cleaned?(M)

 

Cleaning Checklist for Your Bath

  • Wash Area Rug—also toilet seat cover, and shower curtain. (M)
  • Clean sink—I wipe mine out after each use (D)
  • Polish faucets (D)
  • Clean toilet (every Monday) (W)
  • Clean tub after every use. Clean and wax shower. (Use car polish. DO NOT GET POLISH ON THE SHOWER FLOOR) (M/S)
  • Clean shower door—Lemon juice works. You can even slice a lemon and apply directly to the glass. It will cut soap scum and smell fresh, too. (M)
  • Clean mirror (W)
  • Polish countertop (W)
  • Clean cobwebs (M)
  • Clean window treatments (M or S)
  • Wash windows (M)
  • Vacuum fan grill (S)
  • Clean grout (M or EOM)
  • Wipe down woodwork, cabinets, baseboards, doors, door and window frames (M)
  • Clean blinds (M/S)
  • Clean out medicine cabinet (S)
  • Clean and organize cabinets and drawers (M)
  • Clean brushes and combs (M)
  • Clean scale (M)
  • Wash floors (Every Thursday)
  • Empty trash. (as needed)

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

D= Daily, W=Weekly, M=Monthly, S=Seasonally, EOM=Every Other Month

Front Porch Cleaning ChecklistIMG_1385

  • 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)image

·         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

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My China Cabinet

·         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)

·         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

Creating a Cleaning Checklist

Creating a Cleaning Checklist

How do I create a cleaning checklist? The answer is simple—walk into each room and look around. Write down every task that needs to be done. Post a card with those tasks in a convenient but inconspicuous place in each room.

First look high:

  • Cobwebs collect in the corners.
  • Dust settles on ceiling fans
  • Light fixtures get dirty

How often do you believe your ceiling fans need to be dusted? How often do you need to check corners for cobwebs? How often do light fixtures need to be cleaned? For me most of these tasks would be scheduled monthly. If you notice they do not need to be cleaned monthly how about every other month?

Next, look around:

  • Dust settles on every surface
  • Wood furniture needs to be feed
  • Clutter needs to be dealt with
  • Crumbs and other stuff finds its way onto upholstered furniture

How often do you need to polish your furniture? How often do you need to wipe down your blinds? How often will you deal with clutter? Daily, weekly, monthly, seasonally?

Now, look down

  • Floors and baseboards, need to be swept, vacuumed, and mopped
  • Carpets need to be vacuumed and occasionally cleaned

Do you have plants that require care?

What is the purpose of each room? What takes place there?

Make note of every task that needs to take place in a room

Make a decision about how often each task needs to take place to keep you home clean and functional.

When I started I made a 3 x 5 card for each room and posted it on the corner of a mirror or on the back of a door. This also helped when I asked one of my mini assistants (aka children) to help clean a room. They could check the card to see what  tasks were required to put a room into order and to clean. Gradually these cards evolved into sheets that I keep in my household notebook in page protectors.

I am attaching a full list of my cleaning checklists. Modify them for your personal use.

Under documents on My Heart’s at Home I also have a complete list of activities. I compared lists from a variety of sources and put on my thinking cap to make a list of everything I/we do in a year.  These sheets can also help develop a cleaning checklist for each year.

What works for me may or may not work for you but I offer this as a starting place

Understanding Areas of Focus:

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

Key:  D= Daily W= Weekly M= Monthly S=Seasonally EOM= Every Other Month

Front Porch Cleaning Checklist

  • Get rid of clutter. Put away unneeded items. (M)
  • Clean light fixtures and replace any burnt out light bulbs. (M)
  • Remove spider webs (M)
  • Wipe down banisters and light fixtures. (M)
  • Wipe down porch furniture. (M)
  • Sweep porch and walkway. (As needed)
  • Get rid of dead plants. (M) Deadhead live plans (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)

Entrance Cleaning Checklist

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

My Cleaning Checklist for the Gathering Spaces

(Living Room/Family Room/TV Room/Den)

  • Have you cleaned cobwebs? (M)
  • Have you cleaned the light fixtures? (M)
  • Have you cleaned windows? (M)
  • Have you cleaned the window treatments? (EOM)
  • Have you cleaned any marks and fingerprints from walls and woodwork? (M)
  • Have you cleaned decorative items? (M)
  • Have you cleaned out the fireplace? (as needed or seasonally)
  • Have you cleaned out the end tables? (M)
  • Have you straightened the bookcases/entertainment center?(M)
  • Have you dusted the lamp shades? (M)
  • Have you polished the furniture? (M) Have you dusted? (W)
  • Have you culled out dated magazines and catalogs from magazine basket or rack? (M)
  • Have you cleaned the phone(s)?(M)
  • Have you vacuumed the traffic areas? (W)
  • Have you vacuumed under, around and behind furniture and drapes? (M)
  • Have you shampooed the carpets? (S)

Dining Room Cleaning Checklist

  • Clean cobwebs (M)
  • Clean light fixtures and replace any burnt out light bulbs. (M)
  • Wipe down window sills and front door (M)
  • Remove handprints and marks from doors, door frames, walls and switch plates (M)
  • Clean window treatments and windows. (M)
  • Clean and straighten china cabinet and buffet. (M)
  • Clean top of dining table (As Needed)
  • Dust chairs including bottoms and legs (M)
  • Polish furniture (M) Dust Weekly
  • Dust baseboards (M)
  • Sweep, vacuum, or mop the floor (move chairs and vacuum under table)(W)
  • What can you do to personalize your dining room? (Centerpiece, table cloth, decorative touches.)

Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

  • Are there any cobwebs? (M)
  • Are the light fixtures and ceiling fan clean? (M)
  • Are the windows and window treatments clean? (M)
  • Is your refrigerator clean —inside and outside? (M) Are there fingerprints? (as needed) Are you using leftovers? (D) Do any items need to be tossed?(M)
  • Is your freezer clean? (M) Are there any foods that need to be used before they go out of date? (M)
  • Is your microwave clean inside and out? (M or as needed)
  • Are your stove top and oven clean?(M or as needed)
  • Are your drip pans or grates clean? Do they need to be replaced? (M)
  • Is the stove hood and filter clean? (M)
  • Are canisters and decorative items clean? (M)
  • Are there fingerprints or other marks on walls, window sills and woodwork?(M)
  • Are doors and door frames free of marks?(M)
  • Are baseboards clean? (M)
  • Are cabinet fronts clean? (M)
  • Do your cabinets need to be put in order? (M)
  • Is your under sink cabinet clean and in order? (M)
  • Are your countertops clean and sanitized? (D)
  • Is your sink clean and sanitized? (D)
  • Are your floors swept? (D)
  • Do your floors need to be mopped? (W or as needed)
  • Are the dishes done and put away (D) Is the dishwasher empty?(D)

Master Bedroom Checklist

  • Is your bed made? (D)
  • Are there cobwebs that need to be removed?(M)
  • Are there any burnt out bulbs in the light fixtures?(M)
  • Do the light fixtures need to be cleaned?(M)
  • Are the ceiling fans clean?(M)
  • Are the windows and window treatments clean?(M)
  • Is the woodwork and walls free of fingerprints and marks?(M)
  • Are the sheets clean? (W)The duvet? The dust ruffle? The Mattress pad?(M)
  • Are the surfaces (night tables, dressers, tables) free of clutter?(D)
  • Does the furniture need to be polished?(M) Dusted?(W)
  • Are your drawers and cabinets in order?(M)
  • What’s under the bed?(M)

The Closet:

  • Are the shelves in order?(M)
  • Are the hanging clothes in order, clean, in good repair?(M)
  • Are the shoes in order?(M)
  • Are there items stored in your closet that should/could be stored elsewhere like the attic?(M)
  • Does the floor need to be dust mopped or vacuumed? Does the carpet need to be shampooed or spot cleaned?(M) 

Cleaning Checklist for Your Bath

  • Wash Area Rug—also toilet seat cover, and shower curtain. (M)
  • Clean sink—I wipe mine out after each use (D)
  • Polish faucets (D)
  • Clean toilet (every Monday) (W)
  • Clean tub after every use. Clean and wax shower. -(Use car polish. DO NOT GET POLISH ON THE SHOWER FLOOR) (M/S)
  • Clean shower door—Lemon juice works. You can even slice a lemon and apply directly to the glass. It will cut soap scum and smell fresh, too. (M)
  • Clean mirror (W)
  • Polish countertop (W)
  • Clean cobwebs (M)
  • Clean window treatments (M or S)
  • Wash windows (M)
  • Vacuum fan grill (S)
  • Clean grout (M or EOM)
  • Wipe down woodwork, cabinets, baseboards, doors, door and window frames (M)
  • Clean blinds (M/S)
  • Clean out medicine cabinet (S)
  • Clean and organize cabinets and drawers (M)
  • Clean brushes and combs (M)
  • Clean scale (M)
  • Wash floors (Every Thursday)
  • Empty trash. (as needed)

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 changing sheets, it’s nice to have someone work with you. Changing sheets is a great way to work with your children.

Cleaning Checklist for Your Family Bath

  • Wash Area Rug—also toilet seat cover, and shower curtain. (M)
  • Clean sink—Wipe out after each use (D)
  • Polish faucets (D)
  • Clean toilet (every Monday) (W)
  • Clean tub after every use. Clean and wax shower. (Use car polish. DO NOT GET POLISH ON THE SHOWER FLOOR) (M/S)
  • Clean shower door—Lemon juice works. You can even slice a lemon and apply directly to the glass. It will cut soap scum and smell fresh, too. (M)
  • Clean mirror (W)
  • Polish countertop (W)
  • Clean cobwebs (M)
  • Clean window treatments (M or S)
  • Wash windows (M)
  • Vacuum fan grill (S)
  • Clean grout (M or EOM)
  • Wipe down woodwork, cabinets, baseboards, doors, door and window frames (M)
  • Clean blinds (M/S)
  • Clean out medicine cabinet (S)
  • Clean and organize cabinets and drawers (M)
  • Clean brushes and combs (M)
  • Clean scale (M)
  • Wash floors (Every Thursday)
  • Empty trash. (as needed)

Laundry Room/Area Cleaning Checklist

  • Have you cleaned the cobwebs? (M)
  • Have you cleaned the light fixtures? (M)
  • Clean woodwork and marks on wall
  • Have you wiped down woodwork and removed marks on walls?(M)
  • Have you cleaned windows and window treatment?(M)
  • Have you check laundry supplies—detergent, stain treatment, fabric softener? (W before shopping)
  • Have you wiped down washer, dryer and any sinks or countertops?(M)
  • Have you cleaned the lint filter? (After each load)
  • Have you checked behind washer and dryer for escaped clothing/linens?(S)
  • Have you put away clothes? (Whenever you do laundry)
  • Have you set time to do mending and ironing? (W)
  • Have you emptied the trash can? (W or as needed)
  • Have you mopped the floor? (W or as needed)

Office Cleaning Checklist

  • Have you cleaned the cobwebs? (M)
  • Have you cleaned the light fixtures and dusted lamp shades?(M) My favorite tool to clean lamp shades and small spaces is a paint brush
  • Have you wiped down woodwork and removed marks on walls?(M)
  • Have you cleaned windows and window treatment?(M)
  • Have you cleared desk surface?(D)
  • Have you checked office supplies? (M)
  • Have you toss any pens and pencils that don’t work? (S)
  • Have you straightened desk drawers and storage areas?(As needed)
  • Have you cleaned the computer?(M)
  • Have you designated a place for bills? Go through bills and pay. (W)
  • Have you dusted (W) or polished the furniture? (M)
  • Have you emptied the trash? (W or as needed)
  • Have you thoroughly vacuum floors? (M) Have you vacuumed traffic areas? (W)
  • Have you gone through your filing cabinets? (S)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reporting In – From Hard Labor to New Delight?

Good Morning, Lovelies,
I always left the yardwork to Roy because he enjoyed it. When I first started working a few minutes at a time on a few feet at a time it was hard work for me. It is still hard work, but great exercise, and I find myself going beyond a few minutes each morning. I still barely know what I am doing but hopefully I can keep my yard and my home from falling into total disrepair.

I had hired a friend of my grandson’s who is like a family member to work in the yard for me but after removing debris from the pond area life occupied him and the debris remained around the pond– a tangle of hoses, grasses, statuary, and other debris.

Yesterday morning I went out with a rake, lawnmower, and a wheelbarrow and put the pond area back in order. I still need to find someone who knows about small decorative ponds to help me learn how to maintain the pond. I am leaving now to go to Lowe’s to get an inexpensive weedeater.

Pictures later of the small amount of progress I made yesterday in the garage.
Love, love, love,
Mary

Reporting In – Shifting Plans

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This is still waiting for me this morning. Disclaimer: I did clear off the top of the freezer
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This is still waiting for me this morning. Disclaimer: I did clear off the top of the freezer

img_1408Good Morning, Lovelies!
Yesterday I had a clear plan. I jumped in and got started. I was working in the yard bright and early and got the front lawn cut. Then, my first shift of the day. The weed eater would not work. One task still on my list. I did clean up the lawn mower. Yay me!

I planned to work in the garage and began by clearing off the top of the freezer. My daughter in love (now separated from my son) was to pick up the baby for an appointment only to realize the appointment is next week. I then had the care of my little sweetie until 1:30. Shift two–I fed and changed Liam, and then worked in the craft closet in the room where Liam was playing. When I am taking care of my grandchildren but not actively playing with them I keep an ongoing conversation going. The attention seems to work.
My son was just scheduled for half a day yesterday so after he got home I went to get a mani/pedi in preparation for my trip home to Michigan next week. So one thing is off my list.

Today I hope to do what I had planned to do yesterday–work on the freezer and refrigerator in the garage. I know that I will not have everything I want to do done before I leave next week. I will do what I can and pick up where I left off when I get back. This is a marathon, not a sprint. I also hope to get some lawn/pond debris out of the back yard. I must remember to wear gloves.

Bottom line — things often don’t go as planned. I am not sitting down and giving up. I will shift plans, do what I can, and tomorrow I will do more. I only fail when I quit.
Love, love, love,
Mary

Reporting In – One Small Step

Good Morning, Lovelies!Yesterday, I shared some pictures of my early efforts in the garage but nothing can really give you the effect of one tiny area of the garage decluttered, clean, and orderly! It encourages me and I had to show the three people who were in my home in the hours following. I also mowed the side and back yard.

In a few minutes I will be putting on my jeans, socks, and boots, and going out to mow the front yard and then attempt to do some weed eating.

Then into the garage and my goal is to work in the freezer and fridge at the bottom of the stairs including clearing off the top of the refrigerator and freezer. I will be taking care of Liam for a little while today so I will need to find time for a shower before spending time with him. 

I know what is for dinner – sausage and peppers

I need to put away some clean dishes before working on the yard

My bed is made, my teeth are brushed, I will be wearing the right clothes for the job.

I am going to reward myself with a mani/pedi, hopefully this afternoon. I definitely need to do something about my nails before I leave next week for my 50 year class reunion and a visit with my sisters and step-mom. 
Plan your work. Work your plan.

Love, love, love,

Mary

The next small area. Disclaimer: The Bud Light flag is not mine