Walking Through September-Welcome, Fall! New Area of Focus – Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room

Good Morning, Lovelies!

It’s the first day of Fall. Today I am trekking up to the attic for a little Fall décor for my home.

Today is Friday, September 22, 2017. This is the first day with our Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room as our Area of Focus.

Each Friday is Wrap Up Your Week Day.

  • Put your home in order for the weekend.
  • Clean out your car—my son let my grandson have a donut in his car seat in my car! Today I am grabbing my hand held vacuum and getting the crumbs off and out. I am taking a white cloth and my Spot Shot and a tooth brush out with me so I have all the tools I need to remedy the situation.

I try to take trash and stuff out of my car each time I get home but some things may slip by unnoticed. This is the time to deal with it. When you stop to refuel your car there is usually a large trash can. That is also an opportunity to get rid of any trash in your car.

  • Clean out whatever bags you carry with you when you go out the door—purse, backpack, diaper bag, computer bag, or tote. You just never know what you will find in a pocket or in the bottom of the bag. Check every pocket, and compartment.

Cleaning Checklists for the Areas of Focus from September 22 to September 28:

Focus on one area of your home for six days. (Sunday is a day of rest) 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.)

 

Saturday is Family Fun Day—Do you have a plan for some family time working or playing together?

Make it fun. Time doesn’t have to be miserable to be productive. You are building lives and relationships.

Love, love, love,

Mary

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What do you think of elements of the old format? Should I bring any back?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Bible Reading: Exodus 39-40; Psalm 38

Area of Focus: Master Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet

Thursday is Floor Day—Clean Your Hard Floors and don’t forget the baseboards

Declutter for 15 to 30 minutes

Walk in God’s love toward everyone, even your enemies

Make an Appointment

As you plan your week, plan the things you want to be part of your week.

Do you want to exercise? Morning, afternoon, or evening? How many days a week? Monday, Wednesday, and Friday? Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday?

The routines I share with you each day can be tucked into time pockets in your day. When?

Make appointments with yourself, and keep them.

Most activities from housework, to exercise, to taking care of bills and paperwork, can be done in 15 minutes or less. If we don’t have an hour, we assume we don’t have time. Fifteen minutes of exercise in the morning or when you get home from work or even short (5 minutes an hour) exercise breaks at your desk will make a big difference when done faithfully over time.

The same is true of your home. You can even declare commercial time on television as family quick pickups. When commercials come on your family can scatter to different tasks—gather the laundry, gather the trash, move clothes from the washer to the dryer and bring back a load to fold, during the next commercial break everyone takes their laundry to their room and puts it away.

Your family can also scatter to different rooms—bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, living room and do a five minute pickup.

Laugh and make it fun.

Take care to not overschedule. If you do not have time to take care of yourself and your family, it may not be that you have too much to do but that you are doing too much. Examine your priorities and make time for Quiet Time, worshipping with your family, intentional time with your husband and children, and what needs to be done before what you think you should be doing or what you want to do. I believe in planning down time to read a book, have lunch with friends and a date night but unless you are intentional in your planning you will not have time to enjoy your family and your life.

 

 

Welcome to a Walk through Philippians: Philippians 1:1-11—Paul Opens His Letter to the Philippians and Shares His Love and Prayers for Them

Paul wrote this letter on joy while in prison.

Who wrote this letter?

  • 1This letter is from Paul and Timothy,

o   slaves of Christ Jesus.

Who was the letter written to?

  • I am writing to all of God’s holy people in Philippi

o   who belong to Christ Jesus,

o   including the eldersa and deacons.

How are the people greeted?

  • 2May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you

o   grace

o   and peace.

What does Paul express about the people that he has written the letter to?

  • 3Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.
  • 4Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy,
  • 5for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now.

What is Paul certain of?

  • 6And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished

When will the work be finished?

  • on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

How does Paul feel about the Philippians?

  • 7So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you,
  • for you have a special place in my heart.
  • You share with me the special favor of God,

o   both in my imprisonment

o   and in defending and confirming the truth of the Good News.

  • 8God knows how much I love you
  • and long for you
  • with the tender compassion of Christ Jesus.

How does Paul pray for the Philippians?

  • 9I pray that your love will overflow more and more,
  • and that you will keep on growing

o   in knowledge

o   and understanding.

Why?

  • 10For I want you to understand what really matters,
  • so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.
  • 11May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation

o   —the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—

  • for this will bring much glory and praise to God.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Bible Reading: Leviticus 1-2; Psalm 39

Area of Focus: Master Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet

September 22nd -28th: Dining Room, Entry, and Front Porch

 Friday is Wrap Up the Week Day

  • Clean out your car
  • Clean out your purse, backpack, diaper bag, computer case, or whatever you carry with you as you go out your door.
  • Vacuum the traffic areas. Give special attention to your Area of Focus.
  • Declutter for 15 to 30 minutes
  • Walk in God’s love toward everyone, even your enemies

Love, love, love,

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Mary

An updated old post-Walking through September

Today I am cheating a littleBasket on Bed and updating a post from 2014. The format is slightly different. Let me know what you thing about the differences:

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Bible Reading: Exodus 37-38; Psalm 37

Area of Focus: Master Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet

Each Wednesday is Desk Day

  • Catch up on personal and family business by paying bills, sending notes, cards, letters and emails, and making any needed phone calls
  • File–Store only those papers you will need in a way that you will be able to locate them when needed.

Declutter for 15 to 30 minutes

Walk in God’s love toward everyone, even your enemies

Organizing the Different Types of Paper in Your Home and Craft Supplies

Today I am going to buy two sweater organizers for the different types of paper that I have—both as office supplies (computer papers, notebook paper, 3×5 and 4×6 cards) and craft papers for card making and scrapbooking. Notebooks of various kinds can also be stored in the sweater organizer. I store my purses in a sweater organizer in my closet.

Each type of paper can rest in a separate compartment.

For craft supplies, clear plastic shoe boxes are a good solution. I am hunting for a jumbo label maker to label the shoe boxes with their contents (glue, pencils, scissors, punches, crafting tools)

Hugs,

Mary

 

Thursday, September 20, 2017

Bible Reading: Exodus  39-40; Psalm 38

Area of Focus: Master Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet

Thursday is Floor Day—Clean Your Hard Floors and don’t forget the baseboards

Declutter for 15 to 30 minutes

Walk in God’s love toward everyone, even your enemies

Walking Through September – Give Your Best

Good Morning, Lovelies!

Today is Monday, September 18, 2017. The Area of Focus is The Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet. Each Monday is Launch Your Week Day

  • Put Your home in order after the Weekend
  • Clean Your Toilets
  • Check Your Bathroom for any Needed Supplies

I am rereading a book by Priscilla Shirer The Resolution for Women that came out after the movie Courageous at the prompting of the movie’s originators, Steven and Alex Kendrick. Priscilla Shirer is a thoughtful and intelligent woman who also played one of the leads in War Room. All that to say that I am inspired and reminded of who I am as a woman in Christ. This morning listened to the book on Audible as I prepared to get up. Priscilla was talking about giving the best of yourself. She mentioned a friend who counseled her that she could not do a thousand things to the glory of God well. There are times and seasons in our lives with their own opportunities and limitations. You have relationships with God and people that need nurture. The things in our lives are there to sustain us and others. Do not let the stuff and busyness of life take over your life. My takeaway was:

Invest your best

But

Narrow your focus

You are the only one who can fulfill some roles in relationship to others. Don’t let those relationships suffer. In the will of God, there will be other seasons for you to enjoy. Enjoy the season you are in.

Sharing and resharing my Bedroom, Attached Bath, and Closet Cleaning Checklist. These Checklists came from 3 x 5 cards I had in each room in an inconspicuous place to remind first me, then later my children, what needed to be done in that room for it to be clean and orderly.

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.

Have the best day ever!

Love, love, love,

Mary

Walking through September–9/17/17 – The Shape of the Week and Children’s Room Cleaning Checklist

img_0812Good Morning, Lovelies!

I had a free day yesterday so I spent it decluttering, putting in order, and cleaning my bedroom. I saved cleaning the carpet for next Thursday and cleaning the windows and blinds for Tuesday. Granted, while a little out of order and in need of dusting there wasn’t even a boxful of stuff to get rid of d my waste basket was not full but I did make myself remove everything from each drawer and replace it. I found a key I thought was missing and put away items that thought they had found a new home on my desk or dresser. I am about to let go of some shoes I do not wear, not there yet though.

Today is Sunday, Sunday is a day of rest and planning. I will look at my calendar and make sure I have everything in order since Liam is now with me regularly. Thursday evening we have Apples of Gold orientation for the Fall session and I need to bring food. Maybe raspberry white chocolate scones?

There are rooms not on the cycle like my guest rooms, laundry area, and crafting closets. I have had little time for crafting since Roy’s health began to fail and I need to decide whether to use it or lose it. Remember, our homes are not storage facilities. We do not need to store what we do not use other than seasonal items like Christmas décor and out of season clothing.

You may have rooms that are not on the cycle and as you bring your home into order, begin to take time renewing and refreshing those rooms. Letting go is good—whether it is stuff that has occupied space in your home or forgiving an offense someone has committed against you. Holding on can be a form of slavery. As to forgiving an offense, forgiveness is not saying that what someone did is not wrong, did not hurt, or does not matter. Forgiveness is a choice and it frees you. Forgiveness is letting go and entrusting the person and the situation to God. What are you hanging on to? Whether it is unneeded, unused, unwanted stuff that you can’t bear to get rid of because it has value, or offenses people have uncaringly or unknowingly committed against you, even if they are not sorry, it’s time to let go. Freedom awaits!

Tomorrow, we continue with our Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet as the Area of Focus.

Monday is Launch Your Week Day

  • Put your home in good general order after the weekend.
  • Clean your toilets.
  • Check your bathroom(s) for any needed supplies and add them to your shopping list. I hate to run out of toilet paper. I keep a pack hidden away so that no one can use the last roll and then announce there is none.

Day One of the Whole Life Challenge I met all seven goals! Yay, me!

Have a beautiful day!

Love, love, love,

Mary

EXTRA! A Cleaning Checklist for Your Child’s Room

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.

Walking through September-A New Area of Focus and an overview of each day

Good morning, Lovelies!

Today is Friday, September 15, 2017. The Area of Focus moves to our Bedroom, Attached Bathroom, and Closet from today until the 21st –next Thursday.

Friday is Wrap Up the Week Day—Each Friday we:

  • Put our home in order for the weekend
  • Clean out our car
  • Clean out our purse, backpack, computer bag, diaper bag, or whatever goes out the door with us

So we do the basics—

The Complete Basics in Under 20 Minutes

Your Bedroom-Under 7 minutes each day:

v  Make your bed either before or after your morning shower. (2 minutes)

v  Pick up and put away any clothes, shoes, or jewelry (4 minutes)

v  Straighten your surfaces (night stand and dresser) (under 1 minute)

 

Your Bathroom- Under 2 minutes each day

v  Wipe out the sink (30 seconds)

I keep a stack of white washcloths under the sink and use them to wipe out the sink and wipe down the counters at least once a day

v  Wipe off the toilet seat and rim (20 seconds)

v  Swish the toilet bowl with a toilet brush (20 seconds)

v  Polish the mirror and faucet (20 seconds)

v  Keep a squeegee in the shower and squeegee the surfaces immediately after your shower or use a shower spray (20 seconds)

 

Your Kitchen – Under 5 minutes each day

While the coffee is brewing:

v  Wipe down the sink (30 seconds)

v  Wipe off the stove (30 seconds)

v  Wipe down the counters (1 minute)

v  Sweep or Swiffer the floor (2 minutes)

 

Your Gathering Areas—7 minutes each day

v  Use a small vacuum like a Shark Rocket to pick up crumbs (2 minutes) (If you don’t have a small vacuum use a whisk broom and  small dust pan)

v  Straighten pillows on the couch and chairs and fold throws (2 minutes)

v  Spot clean end tables, coffee table and entertainment center – wipe off any fingerprints or other marks. (1 minute)

v  Put away CD’s and DVD’s. Straighten books and magazines. Discard newspapers (2 minutes)

 

Then we do our task for the day. Don’t make it a career, just get it done

And finally, we spend 15 to 30 minutes (or more if you have it) in our Area of Focus getting rid of stuff we don’t want, need, or use (decluttering), putting things in order (organizing), and cleaning. Deep  cleaning is hard to do in an area that is out of order. You can’t organize clutter, you must get rid of that stuff. So get rid of the trash, broken items,  and things we no longer use so there is space for what we do. Then, as you go put what you do need and want in order. Then clean. I do wipe down shelves and wipe out drawers before I return items to that area but cleaning will be so much easier when your room including the hidden areas are in order. Declutter. Organize. Clean.

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 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)

Overview of 9/15/17 to 9/22/17- Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet and the Front Porch, Entry and Dining Room

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

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

The  Area of Focus from Friday September 15th to Friday the 22nd 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

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

 

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

 

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 Area of Focus per day each week

Master Bedroom Checklist 15th to the 21st

  • 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)

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 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 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).

Love, love, love,

Mary

Walking Through September-9/14/17-The Area of Focus is the Kitchen, Thursday is Floor Day. Tomorrow the Area of Focus Becomes the Bedroom

Good Morning, Lovelies!

Today is Thursday, September 14, 2017 in our walk through September. This is the last day in the Kitchen. Thursday is Floor Day.

What can you do in your kitchen to make it cleaner, more functional, more free of clutter?

Thursday is Floor Day—sweep or vacuum your floors, and mop your hard floors. In the kitchen do an extra thorough job of cleaning your floor.

Tomorrow the Area of Focus becomes your 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 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)

 

Love, love, love,

MaryDSCN0055

Walking through September-Desk Day, the Kitchen, Whole Life Challenge, and Clicklist

Good Morning, Lovelies,

As we walk through September day by day, today is Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Our Area of Focus today and tomorrow is the kitchen. Beginning on Friday our Bedroom, Attached or En Suite Bathroom and Closet becomes our Area of Focus from the 15th to Thursday the 21st.

Wednesday is Desk Day. I find that when I am away from home my Desk really suffers when I get home. I open mail immediately to make sure nothing that needs immediate attention is overlooked. Everything goes on my desk and my desk does not look as I would like it to look. I will be sorting through my basket, putting papers in order, and dealing with related issues.

On Saturday, I will begin the Whole Life Challenge. (September 16 to November 10) It involves nutrition, exercise, sleep, drinking water, journaling and accepting challenges related to enriching our lives. I have begun to get ready for the challenge by drinking more water (body weight divided by three = oz. per day), beginning to prepare for sleep earlier with personal grooming, soft music, no computer, and turning off all light and the television.

There is a clock app on my iPhone. It has a bedtime component that I had not noticed. If I tell it when I need to wake up and the number of hours of sleep I want to have (7.5 to 9), it tells me what time I need to go to sleep and allows me to be reminded of when to begin to prepare to go to sleep. I love it.

I also have checked my kitchen to get rid of temptation. The challenge has three levels of nutrition challenges:

Kickstart (easy peasy)

Lifestyle (reasonable)

Performance (tough)

I am doing Lifestyle which is close to regular Whole 30. Performance is Whole 30 on steroids.

I used Kroger Clicklist to do my shopping for the week to stay out of the store and avoid temptation. When I do go into a grocery store I will be going into the produce and meat departments and avoiding everything else but the cleaning and plastic aisles. I like clicklist because I can shop and compare from home, pay a $4.95 and have them load the groceries in my car.  To this point I have been satisfied with the produce and meat they have selected. You can use coupons and they will make substitutions at no additional charge if the item is not available. You can accept or reject the substitutions.

I have also begun to try to increase my water intake. They suggest instead of just sipping all day to drink a full glass of water first thing in the morning. I measured how much water my water bottle holds and I am ready to be mindful.

Each day we are to check off each area for points and we earn rewards like days off and other things I am not sure of yet. I know I will be sharing here also.

Well time to fix breakfast. I am a little late because we dropped my son’s car off at the dealership this morning. Have a glorious day and keep going. A little at a time will get you there.

Love, love, love,

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Keep your counters clear and your dishes done. Empty your dishwasher as soon as the cycle is over and put dirty dishes inside instead of leaving them in the sink.

Mary

Walking through September-9/12/17 The Kitchen, Dusting and Life Stuff

Good morning, Lovelies,

It is Tuesday, September 12, 2017. The Area of Focus is The Kitchen.  Today is Duster Dance Day! Whatever work you do, make it as fun as you can for yourself and your mini-assistants.

So today Dust and spend between 15 and 30 minutes (more if you REALLY want to!) in the kitchen—get rid of excess (declutter), put in order (organize), and clean. In the kitchen this time is beyond the time you spend in meal preparation and cleanup.

Do

make your bed,

 pick up after yourself and gently remind others to pick up after themselves,

keep the dishes done

do one or more loads of laundry if needed

take out the trash

These daily tasks can be shared and/or delegated. Families are teams that work together.

Much of the time we look at all that needs to be done and immediately feel defeated. Do the next small thing. And then do another small thing. Consistent, persistent effort will bring fruit and change. When things slide backward, get up and push forward again.

I have mentioned Charlie, the man I have been dating for the past several months. We have mutually agreed that we are no longer seeing each other. I have a lot of peace. I had been praying and it seems that God has other plans for each of us. I wish him well. I really am fine! I sense God leading me into a new season in my life. Pray that I will clearly know and understand what it is.

Do you want me to share the Cleaning Checklist each day for the Area of Focus or is posting it when the Area changes and at the beginning of a new week enough? What works for you?

Have a glorious day looking for the best in every person and every situation.

Love, love, love,

Mary