Tuesday is Duster Dance Day–The Area of Focus–The Welcoming Area–The Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Rooms

My stair step basket collects the items that need to go upstairs. Each time I go upstairs I automatically check the basket, take anything in the basket upstairs and put it away.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Hello, Lovely!
Tuesday is Duster Dance Day! Yesterday I noticed some dust when I had company. They asked if I was going to go grab a duster! Nope! Tuesday is Duster Dance Day and I will get it then but if I just can’t bear it, I can grab a duster when my friends and family are not here. That is one of the graces of doing a little work each day—having an assigned task—when the work is complete you can stop. If you care to continue decluttering beyond the amount of time you have committed to do each day—you can!
It is actually early Monday morning, I am preparing this for tomorrow. Each day I am committed to:
• Make my bed
• Brush my teeth, clean my face and moisturize, and fix my hair
• Get dressed
• Move the clothes from the washer to the dryer, fold the clothes in the dryer, and put another load in the washer.
• If for some unknown reason, I did not do the before bedtime walk through of my home, I do it first thing in the morning.
• My task for the day—Monday—clean the toilets
• Quiet Time
• Blog
• 15 minutes in the area I am decluttering—just now the front guest bedroom which is staying a guest room but is also becoming my office—I am getting my desk and computer out of my bedroom.
It is before 7 am and I now have the day free to do special projects in my home, take part in activities outside my home, or, like today, play with my grandson.
In the course of the day, I will prepare meals, and pick up after myself.
The Area of Focus this week is the Welcoming Areas—The Front Porch, The Entry, and The Dining Room.
Watch for little add-ons on the page. I am trying to keep each day’s regular post short for your convenience.
Love, love, love,
Mary

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Skin Care and Makeup–Cosmetic Shelf Life

Skin Care and Makeup

One of my lovely, intelligent friends recently commented that she was saving the pricey skin care line she had purchased for special occasions—don’t do that! Skin care has a cumulative effect. It is important that you use it daily as directed by its maker. Use up what you have and buy your new product when you are down to a few days product. I occasionally have to make myself gather similar product and use up what I have before I buy new product. Use it or lose it, friends! If you will never use something—return it, pass it on to someone who will use it, or toss it.

I use a cleanser, sometimes a toner, moisturizer, an eye cream, and a neck cream. My favorite skin care line is Exuviance or Rodan and Fields—both pricey. Alternately, I use Olay’s Regenerist.

For daily makeup I use a BB or CC cream, cream blush, and mascara

For out and around I add an eyebrow cream in a tube similar to mascara, brush it on, and then use an eyebrow brush to blend it in.

I use a very thin line of eyeliner

I also use a bronzer on my temples, nose, and along my jaw line

For evenings out I use eye shadow, and shimmer

I use lip gloss or chapstick routinely. When I want more color I use lipstick and then go over it with lip gloss.

I try to have a manicure every few weeks and a pedicure every 4 to 6 weeks. I also like to have my eyebrows waxed about once a month and tweeze any brow hairs that appear in the wrong places in between waxings. I keep a small flash light in my drawer in the bathroom and check for rogue hairs on my chin, neck, and upper lip.

I have my hair cut and colored every 6 weeks. I do not use a solid color but hat highlights and lowlights to my natural color.

I spend minimum time and moderate money on my personal care but it makes me feel more pulled together and ready to get to work or to life each day.

Cosmetic Shelf List

Cosmetics have not been required to carry an expiration date but they do spoil and/or lose their effectiveness over time.  At the really bad end of the spectrum they may cause infection or skin irritation. Creams, gels, lotions or other water-based cosmetics are more likely than powders to foster moisture-loving bacteria. Whenever any cosmetic product is opened and exposed to air and light it begins to degrade. To extend your cosmetic’s shelf life, keep tightly capped and store containers away from heat and sunlight. For safety sake, follow the “toss by” tips below.  

  • Mascara—Use within 3 months. Do not add water or pump the wand into the tube. That can introduce microbes that make mascara spoil faster and irritate eyes. I know it is no longer good when it becomes clumpy; brush does not evenly transfer mascara onto lashes
  • Lipstick—Good for 1-2 years. I know it is no longer good when oils in formula turn rancid; color fades; oil droplets form; once-shiny lipstick looks dull or matte
  • Foundation – Bottle. Use within 3-6 months. Wide-mouthed jars can expose more product to air, making it break down more rapidly. It is no longer good when ingredients begin to settle or separate; texture thins or thickens; odor seems off.
  • Foundation – Pressed Powder—Good for 1+ years. It is no longer good when glaze forms on top; odor seems off.
  • Foundation – Loose Powder—Good for 1+ years. It is no longer good when odor seems off.
  • Powder, Eye Shadow, and Blush—Good for 1+ years. It is no longer good when glaze forms on top; powder cracks or crumbles.
  • Eye & Lip Pencils—Good for 1+ years. Sharpen eye pencils weekly  to prevent bacteria from being transferred to your eye area. It is no longer good when product dries or crumbles.

Your nose is a beautifully designed safety feature. If food or cosmetics or any product that you eat or touch smells off, it’s a good rule of thumb to not put it on your skin or in your mouth.IMG_0010

Monday=Launch Your Week–New Area of Focus–The Welcoming Areas

Monday, January 22, 2018

Hello, Lovely

Each Monday, Launch Your Week by

  • Putting your home in order after the weekend
  • Cleaning your toilets
  • Checking your bathroom(s) for any needed supplies—paper, personal care, and cleaning

On Monday the Area of Focus is The Welcoming Areas—Your Front Porch, Your Entry, and the Dining Room.

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)

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.)

Have a day filled with joy!

Love, love, love,

Mary

How Do I Defrost Meat Quickly and Safely?

How Do I Defrost Frozen Meat Quickly?

To safely defrost small pieces of meat such as chicken parts, steaks, or chops, you can use these defrosting methods:

In the Microwave:  Most microwaves have a defrost settings but microwave defrosting needs to be watched carefully so that you don’t begin to cook the meat, making it stringy and tough. Know the weight of your meat and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for defrosting. It usually takes less than 10 minutes to defrost most pieces of meat. Place the thinner pieces of meat in the center of the microwave where it is less likely to cook.

Defrosting in the Sink or a Bowl of Water: Usually this technique takes between 15 and 30 minutes. DO NOT use HOT water—this will encourage the growth of bacteria and begin to cook the outside of the meat. Fill the clean sink or large bowl with cold water. Place the meat in a sealable bag, fully submerging it. As the water warms, replace it with cold water until the meat is thawed. As pieces thaw enough to separate, separate them to speed defrosting. Check regularly until the meat is fully thawed.

Large pieces of meat should be defrosted in the refrigerator over a day or a few (think small roast to large turkey)

Friday=Wrap Up Your Week Day–Clean out your car. Clean out your purse.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Hello, Lovely!

Friday is Wrap Up the Week Day!

  • Clean out your car and let’s not skip the glove compartment and trunk. What is hiding in those places.
  • Clean out your purse, backpack, diaper bag, computer bag, tote, or whatever goes out the door with you when you leave your home. When your children come home from school today sit down together in the middle of the family room floor with a trash can in the center and clean out their backpacks together. Make sure everything is cleaned out and ready for Monday. Review their papers and folder. Keep some keepers for display. Look at any graded papers, encourage, and toss what will never again be needed. Make sure they have pencils, pens, tissues, lunch money, signatures, or whatever else they might need. Make note of any assignments and projects they have due on Monday. Then the cleared out and ready for next week can go to the place you have prepared for them to be ready to go out the door on Monday. See if this practice might make a difference. You are teaching them to be orderly and prepared. Prepare Friday for less stress Monday morning.

This is the last weekday with Your Bedroom, Attached Bathroom, and Closet as your Area of Focus. I am sitting in my orderly, clean bedroom, listening to music as I type this. The surfaces are clear. It is so peaceful. What can you do to make your bedroom a place of peace and beauty for the peaceful, beautiful woman you are and are becoming?

Saturday is Family Fun Day—Work or Play as a Family and Make It Fun!

Sunday is for Worship (Worth-ship) a day to focus on the surpassing greatness of our Lord and God. Sunday is for Family and Friends – a day of rest, respite, and restoration.

Sunday is for coordinating the upcoming week and the weeks to come—getting the practices, games, meetings, and events on your family calendar—and making sure you have what you need for each of these events.

On Monday the Area of Focus becomes what I think of as The Welcoming Areas—Your Front Porch, Your Entry, and the Dining Room. I spend more time with my friends in the Dining Room with teacups or mugs, and a teapot in between, than I do in my Living Room.

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)

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.)

 

Remember, steady, calm, persistent effort will accomplish more than occasional chaotic, frenetic activity.

Love, love, love,

Mary

Thursday=Floor Day – A made bed is so nice!

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Hello, Lovely!
I am working my way through my guest bedroom – my bedroom no longer needs the attention it once did. The first thing I do when I am working in a bedroom is make the bed as nicely as I can and make it as pretty as I can within reason. Your bed is the largest flat surface in your bedroom. When it is nicely made, even if the rest of the room is in chaos, it is an oasis. As I worked in the guest rooms I stripped the beds and washed the sheets and blankets. I iron pillow cases, it’s just me. A freshly ironed pillow case is so nice. I put the bottom sheet on the bed as quickly as it come out of the dryer and then it is wrinkle free. I iron or use wrinkle release spray on the top of the top sheet so that it lies flat. I use hospital corners so the bottom of the sheets and blankets stay tucked in. When I get in bed in the evening, I just naturally thank God for such a pleasant place to rest—it is so nice.
I have been keeping the laundry going while I am working upstairs and I am encouraged by the progress both with the laundry and in the guest room. There are bookcases in the guest room that I am purging and it is painful. I love books and the longer you hang on to them, the harder it becomes to let things go.
I bought my own internet modem/router and installed it today. I feel so accomplished. I am not a techie—I am a 68 -year-old woman. Yay, me!! As soon as the roads are clear and dry I will trek to UPS and send Comcast’s modem back to them. This will save me $11 a month. The modem was around $88 so I will recover my investment in about 8 months.
Thursday is floor day. Sweep and mop or vacuum your floors. Do an extra special terrific job in your Area of Focus—Your Bedroom, Attached Bath, and Closet. Around, under, and behind furniture, vacuum your drapes, and get the dust your duster couldn’t swoosh out with your vacuum cleaner.
Remember as you declutter, organize, and clean that this is for you. Your life is better when you are not living in the middle of clutter in an orderly and clean home. It is also so much easier to clean a low/no clutter home. When I first began to be organized, I though I must be doing something wrong because I was not working as hard but I was getting more done. Stick with it. It is hard in the beginning but it gets easier.
Tomorrow (Friday) is Wrap Up your week day. I will be taking my car to the local car wash—weather permitting. On Fridays we also clean out our purses, diaper bags, totes, computer bag, or backpack—whatever goes out the door with us when we leave home.
Have a thoroughly lovely day!
Love, love, love,
MaryIMG_0421

Wednesday=Desk Day – Each Day List 1 to 3 Things You Want to Accomplish

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hello, Lovely!

Wednesday is Desk Day—This is the day each week when you make sure your bills are paid, your mail for the past week has been dealt with, and you have checked on the progress concerning any ongoing issues you have with any personal or family business. I try to deal with everything as it comes it into our home but having a day each week when you check to make sure that bills, correspondence, and mail are up to date is important and will save you misery and money.

The Area of Focus is your Bedroom, Closet, and Attached Bathroom. Every time you go through each area of your home it gets easier, faster, and you see your home becoming a more pleasant place to be. Don’t forget to maintain as you move through your home so you are not starting over each month. If your bed is made, your clothes and other personal items put away, your furniture dusted on Tuesdays, as well as your floors vacuumed on Thursdays, your bedroom will stay orderly and be the sanctuary you need.

Don’t forget to write down one to three things you want to accomplish each day. It will help you keep moving forward and cause you to be more productive. Each Sunday I list the things I hope to accomplish during the week. Each evening I list what I hope to accomplish the next day. I review my list each morning and check things off the list as they are done. Checking things done off my list gives me a feeling of accomplishment instead of wondering at the end of the day if I have gotten anything done. It is part of living intentionally.

Have a wonderful day and if you are in one of the areas affected by the snow—stay warm and make a memorable day. In any case, make any day a memorable day. That makes for a memorable life.

Love, love, love,

Mary

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Tuesday=Duster Dance Day – Area of Focus – Your Bedroom, Closet, and Attached Bathroom

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hello, Lovely!

Today is Tuesday—Duster Dance Day—you know the drill—

·         Put on happy, energetic music

·         Grab your effective duster—an effective duster is one that actually gathers dust instead of just spreading it around.

·         Enlist the aid of any mini-assistants you may have—make sure they have an effective duster and put them to work on baseboards and furniture legs.

·         When you are finished take your duster(s) outside and release the gathered dust back into the outside world. Shake! Shake! Shake!

The Area of Focus from the 15th to the 21st is the Bedroom including the closet and any attached baths.

Spend whatever time you can allow to work in these rooms over the rest of the week. Every moth it gets a little easier as you deal with clutter, put things in order, clean the room, and make it lovely, welcoming, and your sanctuary.

I used one of my favorite dusting hacks today (Monday) to dust the ceiling fans in my home. I took a pillow case and put each blade of each fan into it –one at a time, gathering the dust into the pillow case. I am always amazed at how much dust I collect when I do this.

As an alternative to using a paint brush on your lamp shades you can also use a clothes roller.

Wednesday is Desk Day! Are you almost ready to face those 2017 taxes? Do you have your supporting documents together? Whether you expect good or bad news on your taxes this year, do them early and you will be prepared—you will either have longer to factor any payment you need into your budget or you will be able to get an early and fast refund before the rush happens in April. Tax Day this year is April 17th!

Love, love, love,

Mary

Monday = Launch Your Week — The Area of Focus is Your Bedroom

IMG_0425Can you tell I lead Precept? Next to my chair are my colored pencils, Bibles, and notebook.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Hello, Lovely!

Monday is Launch Your Week Day –

  • Clean your toilets
  • Check your bathrooms for any needed supplies
  • Put your home in order after the weekend.

The Area of Focus is Your Bedroom, Closet and Attached Bathroom

When I was growing up we cleaned the whole house at one time. The housework was not done until it was all done –at one time. What I began to see as I read various authors was the idea of assigning tasks to a day. When your daily tasks are done, the housework is done for the day—without guilt! Of course, continue to maintain what is done and prepare and cleanup for meals but you have permission to play with your children, read a book, take a class, pursue a hobby, or whatever you choose to do.

Work expands to fill the amount of time we allow for it. Let’s jump in, get it done, and have a life.

This is not about working more, or working harder. It’s about getting the most done in a limited amount of time and having an increasingly pleasant place to live—clutter free, orderly, clean, and beautiful!

Love, love, love,

Mary

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 ruffles? The Mattress pads? (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.

 

 

 

Friday = Wrap Up Your Week–Weekend Overview-A of F = Kitchen

Friday, January 12, 2018

Hello, Lovely,

Friday is Wrap Up the Week Day—Wrap Up your week by

  • Cleaning out your purse, backpack, diaper bag, computer bag, tote, or whatever you take with you when you go out the door.
  • Clean out your car—Have you checked your trunk lately?
  • Put your home in order for the weekend

 

Today is the last weekday with your Kitchen as the Area of Focus. On Monday the Focus shifts to you Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet.

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 ruffles? The Mattress pads? (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.

Saturday is Family Fun Day—work or play together as a family. If you are working, remain patient and make it fun. Family time should be instructive, fun, pleasant, and build relationships within your family. If you are working, have some small reward at the end of the day like a family movie night’ making personal pizzas together for dinner, making sundaes, or having a family game night.

Sunday is first of all for worship, recognizing the unsurpassable worth of our good God and Father. It’s not about what you get out of it, it’s all about Him. You are making a statement before your family about your priorities in life. If the One who lovingly created you for Himself is not your top priority, your life will not be what it otherwise would be. I discovered that when I loved God best I loved other people from my husband, to my children, to anyone and everyone else I encounter, better.

Sunday is also Planning Day when the family coordinates the upcoming activities on the calendar. It saves finding out at 6 pm on Tuesday evening that your child has to be at the school at 6:30, in a white shirt and black slacks with a bow tie, for the orchestra concert or that you are responsible for refreshments for Thursday soccer practice (on the way to soccer practice). Make sure you get all upcoming dates on your calendar when the info comes into your home. Put the dates on your calendar and the information sheets in your home management notebook.

Monday will be Launch Your Week Day –

  • Clean your toilets
  • Check your bathrooms for any needed supplies
  • Put your home in order after the weekend.

Have a wonderful day and a fabulous weekend!

Love, love, love,

Mary