Today is Wednesday the Twenty First Day of January 2015—Desk Day—the day to bring your paperwork up to date.

Today is Wednesday the Twenty First Day of January 2015—Desk Day—the day to bring your paperwork up to date.

My Desk
My Desk

Each Wednesday bring your desk into order. Check those little areas where you stow papers you do not want to not forget to take care and then never check.

  • Action File
  • Folders
  • Wall Pockets
  • Any Other Places You Stow Items
My File Box for My ACTION FILES
My File Box for My ACTION FILES

Each Wednesday

  • Are there any bills to pay?
  • Are there any issues you need to make a phone call, send a letter or email about?
  • Is your filing up to date? Filing is simply putting papers that you will need again in order so you can retrieve them when they are needed. If you will never need a piece of paper again, throw it out, don’t file it.

Today is the last day with your bedroom, bathroom, and closet as your Area of Focus BUT the One Small Area challenges continue to be in your bedroom.

When you begin to become tired and less focused and decisions become difficult, finish only what needs to be done and come back to it tomorrow. If you go on organizing when you are not focused and you are tired, you will make poor decisions and you will need to do the work of decluttering and organizing again.

Tomorrow the Area of Focus moves to the Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room.

Here are the Cleaning Checklists for those areas:

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

Front Porch Cleaning Checklist

  • Remove clutter. Put away unneeded items (M)01d95270dcb6b1bea78df6088b7c8b22ff4bcd393b
  • 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)
  • What do you do to keep your front porch fresh and inviting?
Keys and OutGoing Mail Live Here
Keys and OutGoing Mail Live Here

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)DSCN0038
  • Clean light fixtures and replace any burnt out bulbs. (M)
  • Wipe down window sills and front door. (M)
  • Remove fingerprints and marks from doors, 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).

Tomorrow is Thursday Floor Day. While you give a little more attention to the flooring in your Area of Focus, the other areas are not given slipshod attention but don’t make cleaning the floors a career. Sweep or vacuum and then mop. Just get it done.  Like on Duster Dance Day, some  happy music makes it a little more fun.

Love and Hugs,

Mary

Today is Wednesday the 7th Day of January 2015— Desk Day, Action Files, and How Do I Change?

Area of Focus: Last Day in Your Living Room/Family Room. Tomorrow through the 14th is The Kitchen

My Desk
My Desk

Wednesday is Desk Day

Each Wednesday:

  • Take care of any personal/family business. Are there any emails, cards, or notes you need to send? Are there any phone calls you need to make?
  • Pay Bills
  • File—Filing is simply storing any papers you will actually need in a way so that you can locate them when you need them. If you will never again need a piece of paper, toss it.

Do you have an Action File?

An ACTION FILE is a place for you to handle the papers that come into your home. The basic categories are:

My File Box for My ACTION FILES
My File Box for My ACTION FILES

To Do

(Enter on your calendar when the papers come into your home)

  • To Pay

(Prepare to pay on Desk Day)

  • To Read
  • (Anything you want to take time to read, I have a basket for my magazines but anything I want to take time to read goes in here. Make it a durable material so you can grab it and take it with you anywhere you will be waiting)
  • To File

(File on Desk Day)

I also have a file for each month of the year where I put receipts for that month. At this moment I have an envelope in the drawer next to my chair labeled Christmas—all our Christmas receipts will go into that envelope but every receipt I may need goes into the monthly folder. Unless you are tracking fast food spending you probably don’t need fast food receipts, consider which ones to keep. You do want to keep any receipt for something you may want or need to return in the future.

Each January I set up my tax files for the years with the categories:

  • Income
  • Taxes/Mortgage
  • Medical
  • Charitable
  • Miscellaneous

Each time a piece of paper comes into my home that I will need to file taxes it goes directly into the appropriate file.

If the papers in your home are out of control, get a white box and collect all the papers throughout your home. Then take at least a few minutes each day to go through the box and sort the papers into your Action File, permanent file cabinet, or trash can. If you notice papers that need immediate attention as you are collecting papers keep them separate and take care of them ASAP.

Do not collect papers in a grocery bag. Someone may mistake it for trash and toss it.

Begin immediately to open your mail next to the trash can and sort into you Action File or the Trash. My calendar is very near the trash can so I can make note of any activities on our calendar. I attach invitations to the calendar with a paperclip. You may want to keep invitations in the To Do File.

How Can I Change?

First of all my basic formula for change is Romans 12:2: Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

The Lord is my Transformer. I expose myself daily to the Word of God and allow God’s word to change me. I read the Bible, Study the Bible, Meditate on the Bible, and Memorize the Bible.

While  now commonly attributed toTony Robbins it was Henry Ford that said:

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

  • In order to see change in your life you cannot not just quit doing something. The habit or behavior has to be replaced by a different behavior.
  • Instead of leaving my clothes on the floor I have a hook or a place in my closet for the clothes. In order to quit biting my nails I begin to take care of my hands and nails.
  • Instead of leaving dishes in the sink or on the counter I empty my dishwasher after the cycle is run and put dirty dishes directly into the dishwasher.
  • Instead of being consistently late I plan to leave my home earlier to get to activities and appointments. This may mean that I get up earlier, make sure my keys and the items I need to take with me are near the door, that I lay out my clothes the night before, that I make sure my children are on track to leave 15 to 30 minutes earlier than they are accustomed to leaving.
  • Instead of paying bills late I set up a system for paying bills that for me uses the bank’s bill pay. I use Quicken to keep track of all our transactions and update it daily. It only takes minutes.
  • I make sure my car is full of fuel and never let it get lower than ¼ tank.

In other words, I examine the areas in my life that are not working and I am intentional in planning positive actions and attitudes to replace the actions and attitudes that are not working for me.

What are the negative habits, actions, and behaviors that you have and how are you dealing with them?

Today’s One Small Area is Your Desk—take time to go through your desk and put it into order.

Do you have a shredder? You may need to put one on your shopping list for when you have the funds and start shredding any papers with personal information before you dispose of them. Until then, make sure you rip into teeny tiny pieces any papers that have personal information like account numbers, social security number, passwords, or anything you don’t want shared with the world.

Tomorrow is Floor Day—the last two Thursdays were holidays. Do your floors need special attention?

Love and Hugs,

Mary

Wednesday the Fourth Day of November –Desk Day and an Action File

Today is Wednesday the fifth day of November 2014.

IMG_0001Your Area of Focus is Your Living Room. Take 15 minutes to bring an area in your Living Room into order.

Wednesday is Desk Day so take time to deal with any family business.

  • Are there any calls to be made?
  • Are there any letters or emails to answer?
  • Are there any bills to be paid?
  • After you are finished dealing with any papers either file them in the filing cabinet or file them in the waste basket. If you do not have a reason to ever refer to that piece of paper again, throw it out.

While Wednesday is Desk Day take time each day to deal with your mail. I open my mail near the wastebasket and toss anything I do not need. Use an Action File for mail that needs your attention:

  • To Doimage
  • To Pay
  • To Read
  • To File

Mark any events on your calendar whenever mail with dates of upcoming events that affect you. Shred any credit card offers or any piece of mail with personal information on it or at least rip it into teeny tiny pieces.

When your children bring calendars or other time-sensitive  papers home in their backpack—get those dates on your calendar.

While there is a specific time each week for dusting, vacuuming, cleaning out your car, cleaning out your purse, do not wait for that day to keep up with these tasks. Maintain your work. Don’t clean and organize an area and then walk away and let it go to seed. Use the day you regularly complete a task to make sure the work is up to date but then keep it orderly.

Hugs,

Mary P