Family Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

Cleaning Checklist for Your Family 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)
  • D= Daily W= Weekly M= Monthly S=Seasonally EOM= Every Other MonthDSCN0054

The Area of Focus from Sunday, March 15th to Saturday, March 21st is Your Bedroom, Closet, and Bathroom–Cleaning Checklist

Master Bedroom Checklist

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

  • DSCN0055Is 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:

  • IMG_0075Are 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

  • DSCN0054Wash 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)

The Area of Focus from the 22nd to the 28th is The Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room.

Since February has only 28 days, give your bathroom some attention over the week. The Cleaning Checklists for these areas:

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

01d95270dcb6b1bea78df6088b7c8b22ff4bcd393bFront 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

  • The Hall Tree in Our Entry
    The 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)

Hall tree open

Dining Room Cleaning Checklist

  • The Dining Room
    The Dining Room

    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 Bath

  • DSCN0035Wash 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)

The Area of Focus from February 15th to 21st–The Master Bedroom, Closet and En Suite Bathroom

Master Bedroom Checklist

DSCN0056Work from Top to Bottom and around the room in whichever direction you want.

  • 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:

  • IMG_0075Are 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)
  • DSCN0054Clean 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)

April 13th to April 19th, 2014—Routines, Bible Readings, Kitchen, Master Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet

April 13th  to April 19th, 2014—Routines, Bible Readings, Kitchen, Master Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet

Sunday is Planning Day—Coordinate Your Schedule and Calendar with Your Family

Having a plan of action will save you so much grief

Bible Readings:         IMG_0371      

Monday— Deuteronomy 16-17                 Psalm 77

Tuesday— Deuteronomy 18-19                Psalm 78

Wednesday—Deuteronomy 20-21           Psalm 79

Thursday—Deuteronomy 22-23              Psalm 80

Friday—Deuteronomy 24-25                    Psalm 81

Saturday—Deuteronomy 26-27              Psalm 82

  • Don’t just read. Pay attention. Underline. Ask questions and look for the answers

Area of Focus: The Kitchen—Tuesday, April 8th to Monday, April 14th

Up NextWeek: Tuesday, April 15th to Monday, April 21st—The Master Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet

Daily Focus:

Monday—

Launch Your Week

  • Put Your Home in Order after the Weekend
  • Clean the Toilets
  • Check Your Bathrooms for any Needed Supplies—Personal Care, Cleaning, or Paper Products

Tuesday—         

Duster Dance Day—Dusting is not at the top of most people’s lists of favorite tasks. Make it fun. Put on some lively music. Get the right tools and dance that dust right out the door. This is a fun task to share with your kidlets.

Wednesday—  

Desk Day

  • Pay Your Bills
  • Bring Personal and Family Business Up to Date
  • File

Thursday—        

Floor Day—

  • Clean All Hard Floors—Hardwood, Laminate, Tile, or Linoleum

Friday—

Wrap Up Your Week Day

  • Clean Out Your Car
  • Clean Out Your Purse, Backpack, Diaper Bag, Computer Game or Whatever You Carry with You When You Leave the House
  • Vacuum the Traffic Areas in Your Home—Give Special Attention  to Your Bedroom

Saturday—        

  • Family Fun Day—Work or Play Together as a Family and Make It Fun!

Daily in Your Kitchen:

Daily in Your Kitchen—About 4 minutes each day Under 5 minutes each day

While the coffee is brewing:

  • Wipe down the sink (30 seconds)
  • Wipe off the stove (30 seconds)
  • Wipe down the counters (1 minute)
  • Sweep or Swiffer the floor (2 minutes)

 Complete Activity Chart—Kitchen

My fridge
My fridge

Spread the tasks over the week:

 

Food Preparation and Clean Up        
Plan Menus W      
Make Grocery List W      
Clean Dishwasher Door W      
Defrost D      
Prepare Food D or W      
Wash Dishes D      
Load Dishwasher D      
Unload Dishwasher D      
Wash Pots And Pans D      
         
         
Kitchen        
Clean Sink D      
Polish Faucet D      
Sweep Floor D      
Wash Countertops D      
Empty Garbage D      
Sanitize Cutting Board W      
Wash Floor W      
Shake Rugs EOD      
Wash Rugs M      
Wash Windows M      
         
Clean Small Appliances        
Toaster M      
Can Opener M      
Other As Needed      
Clean Under Sink M      
Clean Light Fixtures M      
Clean Telephone M      
Wipe Down Woodwork M      
Wash Canister/

Decorative Items

S      
Wash Woodwork S      
Wash/Dry Clean Curtains Y      
Clean Cupboards/Drawers M      
Empty And Wipe Out Cabinets/Drawers S      
Clean Cabinet  Doors M      
Range/Oven        
Scour Drip Pans And Rims M      
Clean Under Drip Pans M      
Clean Range Hood M      
Clean Knobs/Clock Face M      
Clean Oven Inside And Outside M      
Clean Microwave Inside And Out M      
Wash Range Hood Filter In Dishwasher M      
         
Refrigerator/Freezer        
Defrost Freezer Y      
Clean Inside/Outside/

Top Of Refrigerator

M      
Clean Inside/Outside/

Top Of Freezer

M      
Clean Drip Pan EOM      
Dump Anything Dead M      
Clean The Seals Of The Refrigerator And Freezer M      
Vacuum Refrigerator Coils S      
 

 

Each Day in Your Bedroom and Bathroom:

Your Bedroom–Under 7 minutes each day:

  • Make your bed either before or after your morning shower. (2 minutes)
  • Pick up and put away any clothes, shoes, or jewelry (4 minutes)
  • Straighten your surfaces (night stand and dresser) (under 1 minute)

 

Your Bathroom–Under 2 minutes each day

  • 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. Develop the habit of wiping out the sink after every use and it will stay clean.
  • Wipe off the toilet seat and rim (20 seconds)
  • Swish the toilet bowl with a toilet brush (20 seconds)
  • Polish the mirror and faucet (20 seconds)
  • Keep a squeegee in the shower and squeegee the surfaces immediately after your shower or use a shower spray (20 seconds)

 

Complete Activity List—Your Bedroom, Closet and Bathroom

Master Bedroom        
Make Bed D      
Change Sheets W      
Vacuum W      
Dust W      
Dust Picture Frames W      
Polish Furniture M      
Clean Mirror M      
Clean Cobwebs M      
Wash Mattress Pad And Bedding EOM      
Clean Under Bed EOM      
Clean Windows EOM      
Turn Mattress S      
Clean Closets/Drawers S      
         
         
Master Bath        
Clean Sink D      
Clean Tub After Each Bath D      
Clean Mirror W      
Clean Toilet W      
 
Polish Countertop W      
Wash Floors W      
Wash Rugs M      
Clean And Organize Cabinets And Drawers M      
Clean Brushes/Combs M      
Clean Cobwebs M      
Wipe Down Woodwork M      
Clean Shower Stall M      
Wash Shower Curtain M      
Wash Windows EOM      
Clean Out Medicine Cabinet S      
Vacuum Bathroom Fan Grill S      
         
         
         
Master Closet        
Polish Shoes W   Only the shoes you wear  
Check For Clothes Needing Repair/Cleaning M      
Purge Closet Of Unneeded/Unwanted Clothes M      
Remove Seasonal Clothes S      
Organize Closet S      
         
         
Bedroom 2        
Make Bed D      
Change Sheets W      
Vacuum W      
Dust W      
Dust Picture Frames W      
Polish Furniture M      
Clean Mirror M      
Clean Cobwebs M      
Wash Mattress Pad And Bedding EOM      
Clean Under Bed EOM      
Clean Windows EOM      
Turn Mattress S      
Clean Closets/Drawers S      
         
         
Bedroom 3        
Make Bed D      
Change Sheets W      
Vacuum W      
Dust W      
Dust Picture Frames W      
Polish Furniture M      
Clean Mirror M      
Clean Cobwebs M      
Wash Mattress Pad And Bedding EOM      
Clean Under Bed EOM      
Clean Windows EOM      
Turn Mattress S      
Clean Closets/Drawers S      

 

In Your Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet IMG_0421

  • Your bed is the largest flat surface in your bedroom. Making your bed instantly makes your room look better
  • Mattresses, pillows, bedspreads, quilts, and blankets are harder to wash than sheets and pillowcases. That is why we have sheets. The sheet and pillowcase essentially wrap the blanket and the pillow so they do not need to be cleaned as often. Take time to make your bed including hospital corners and it will stay made if you straighten it each day. How often you change the sheets depends on how clean the bodies that sleep in it are. In the heat of the summer you will need to change sheets more often than in the winter. If you shower or bathe before bed you will not need to change the sheets as often.
  • Wiping down the mirror, sink, and tub will help keep the bathroom clean. I have discovered Norwex products. The star of the line is the Enviro cloth that has silver incorporated into the microfibers. Silver is a natural disinfectant. These cloths clean and sanitize surfaces in an amazingly short amount of time without chemicals.
  • Put your clothes where they belong, either in the hamper or in the closet. The clothes and your room will both look better.
  • Get a valet hook and choose your clothes the night before. You can then make sure they are clean, have all buttons, and zippers, and are wrinkle free. You can also make sure you have the appropriate underwear, shoes and accessories.
  • Just a reminder—everything in your closet should fit, be clean, wrinkle free, and in good repair. If you can’t wear it, it doesn’t belong in your closet.

Hugs,

Mary

Thursday, January 30, 2014–Routines, Decluttering, and Walking Through Ephesians: We are supposed to WHAT to each other?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bible Reading: Exodus 5-6; Psalm 26

Area of Focus: The Family Bathroom(s) Thursday and Friday

Thursday is Floor Day
Thursday is Floor Day

Thursday is Floor Day—Ever Thursday Clean Your Hard Floors

Give Special Attention to the Floors in Your Area of Focus

Declutter for 15 to 30 Minutes Each Day

Snowed In!

We along with most of the South are having a snow event. So yesterday I began a marathon whole house declutter. I can do this because I have been doing it for thirty years and everything is in pretty good order. Do not do marathons when you are first beginning to declutter because you will crash and burn—at least I did many times before I learned to:

  • Do a little at a time (15 to 30 minutes) Any more than that and you lose focus and become less effective.
  • Put away, throw away and place the donated items together either in the car or ready to go out the door.
  • Without fail, when I am decluttering I will notice that I am about to run out of something. I add these items to my shopping list
  • I find things that are bigger projects—I break them down into smaller steps and add them to my To Do list and calendar
  • If you do not put things that need to be done on your To Do list and calendar, they will remain hazy things in the back of your mind that you need to do someday. Schedule them. Do them. If it needs to be done, get it done.

I was able to go through my entire downstairs—entry, dining room, coat closet, powder room, living room, and kitchen. I left Roy’s desk area to him. I have already decluttered it and he needs to deal with his own papers.

One small way of loving my husband--Each morning after I fix a cup of coffee, I set up Roy's cup of coffee
One small way of loving my husband–Each morning after I fix a cup of coffee, I set up Roy’s cup of coffee

In the kitchen, I am choosing to make The Daniel Plan—not a diet but a lifestyle—part of my life. In the kitchen, I removed most items with

  • MSG (monosodium glutamate)
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Hydrogenated and Partially Hydrogenated Oils

I am hoping to woo Roy into this eating plan but I did not remove the catsup and tartar sauce, both contain high fructose corn syrup, and his favorite marinade that contains MSG. Roy is an adult and I want the Lord to rule and reign in his life, not me.

This morning I have already gone through my bathroom, the rugs, and towels are in the washer. I released my hot rollers that I have not used in years (but what if I want to use them sometime? If I have not used them in a couple of years, I can live without them.) I tossed some cosmetics and medications that are out of date. I brought the trash down with me when I came downstairs. Everything I remove gives me added space. There are items on my watch list—things I maybe should get rid of but I’m just not there yet. If I don’t use them soon, out they go.

Yesterday, the downstairs; today the upstairs (and probably tomorrow, too, along with errands that have emerged as I decluttered, organized, and cleaned—the dry cleaners, Target for a baby gift and a few other items, and I managed to leave my datebook at a friend’s house so I need to retrieve it.)

Three big mistakes people make when they try to get organized are

  • They try to do too much too quickly and become total shrews. Then they crash and burn and they lose all their progress.
  • They don’t do enough consistently and never get any lasting result.
  • They don’t maintain their progress.

Be consistent. Make that daily appointment with yourself and be faithful. If you can only do five minutes at a time, do five minutes—two or three or four times a day.

Focus on one small area at a time.

Maintain, maintain, maintain—every hour of every day.

Walking Through Ephesians: Ephesians 5:21

IMG_0351Today just one verse before we get into something that is a real bugaboo for some.

What are we told to do as we begin to talk about relationships?

Ephesians 5:21Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

The world had made submission something God never designed it to be. The concept of submission grows out of love and is an attitude of mutual support and protection. We are not to be all out for ourselves—our desires, our wants, our preferences, but we are in love to defer to others– to unbelievers an example of strength and service; to believers an example of Christ – like love. We demonstrate love and respect to others by our attitude and actions.

Tomorrow: Husband and Wife—in life and love together to honor Christ

Hugs,

Mary

Friday, January 31, 2014

Area of Focus: The Family Bathroom(s)

Friday is your last day for the month so make those bathrooms shine!

The shower organizer in our bathroom. Note the brass squeegee. Keeping the soap scum from building up in your shower will save time and effort.
The shower organizer in our bathroom. Note the brass squeegee. Keeping the soap scum from building up in your shower will save time and effort.

Each 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 when you leave your home.
  • Vacuum the traffic areas in your home. Give special attention to your Area of Focus: use the nozzle of your vacuum cleaner to remove dust from curtains, cobwebs from corners, and dirt from any of its hiding places.

Declutter for 15 to 30 Minutes Each Day.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014–Daniel Plan Lifestyle Changes to Be Fit to Serve; Walking Through Ephesians: Ephesians 5:15-20 Living in the Power of the Spirit

 

 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bible Reading: Exodus 3-4; Psalm 25

Area of Focus: Wednesday through Friday: The Family Bathroom(s)

My DeskEach Wednesday is Desk Day

Bring your personal and family business up to date:

  • Are there any bills to pay?
  • Are there any calls to make? Cards to send? Emails to respond to? Notes to write?
  • Is there any filing to do? Remember to put papers away so you can locate papers you need when you need them?
  • Do not file papers you will never need again for any reason.

Declutter for 15 to 30 minutes each day.

 

The Daniel Plan—Lifestyle Changes for a Temple Fit to Serve

I am facilitating two classes of the Daniel Plan and have been asked to begin a third in a few weeks. The Daniel Plan is focusing on God and in community with friends making changes in what we eat and how we move to be able to fulfill God’s plan for your life.

  • As I learn I am making small changes. I stopped drinking anything with sweetener (sugar or artificial) and am focusing on green teas and water. Sugared drinks include juice, sports drinks, and anything artificially sweetened, as well as drinks sweetened with sugar.
  • I am working at cleaning out my pantry and my fridge and eliminating anything that includes:
    • High Fructose Corn Syrup
    • MSG—(increases your appetite)
    • Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats
    • I have purchased a new blender/food processor. First I bought a Nutribullet but then I found the Ninja 1500 Food Processing System on sale and I had a 30% off coupon and a little Kohl’s cash so it brought it down to half its list price and about $40.00 less than I would have paid online at the lowest (overstock.com)
    • I plan to focus on including more fresh vegetables and fruit in my eating plan.
    • This is NOT a diet but many people lose substantial amounts of weight (100 lbs. + ) The focus is on being healthy and fit for service.
    • I also have learned that sitting for 3 + hours at a time is as deadly as smoking 1 ½ packs of cigarettes a day. The Plan gives simple moves that you can do at your desk throughout your day that will help you avoid that danger and increase your metabolism.
    • Be prepared to hear more on how this is going. I lead a fairly healthy lifestyle but I am learning about many changes I can make.

 

Walking Through Ephesians: Ephesians 5:15-20—Living by the Spirit’s Power

IMG_0351How are we to live?

  • 15So be careful how you live.
  • Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 
  • 16Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 
  • 17Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. 
  • 18Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life.
  • Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. 
  • 20And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Don’t forget to pray and ask the Lord how you can make each of these a part of your life. This is life in the Spirit’s power. If we attempt to do it under our own steam, we will either become proud or discouraged.

Hugs,

Mary

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bible Reading: Exodus 5-6; Psalm 26

Area of Focus: The Family Bathroom(s) Thursday and Friday

The shower organizer in our bathroom. Note the brass squeegee. Keeping the soap scum from building up in your shower will save time and effort.
The shower organizer in our bathroom. Note the brass squeegee. Keeping the soap scum from building up in your shower will save time and effort.

Thursday is Floor Day—Ever Thursday Clean Your Hard Floors

Give Special Attention to the Floors in Your Area of Focus

Declutter for 15 to 30 Minutes Each Day

Monday, May 13, 2013 Launch Your Week and What Do I Do About a Stubborn Ring Around the Potty?

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My Mother’s Day gift from one of my beautiful daughters.

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Our current Area of Focus (Zone) is our Kitchen—

  • How do your appliances look?
  • Do you maintain them and keep them clean inside and out?

What we appreciate and care for well serves us better. It may not be the stove, refrigerator, microwave, or dishwasher of your dreams but if you keep it clean and in good condition you will be able to make better use of it. My stove hood microwave is several years old but looks new because I clean it regularly. The same is true of my other appliances.

Years ago my stove was dying a slow death and I could not afford to replace it. We priced new coils for the stove top and a new element for the oven. The cost wasn’t that bad! New coils, new element and a good cleaning later my stove was almost like new and worked well for several years more.  Appreciate and take care of what you have.

  • Are the coils on your fridge free of dust?

Your fridge will work much better if you keep the coils free of dust. Take off the guard at the bottom and vacuum underneath your fridge.

Today in your kitchen give your appliances some love. If any appliance is not working well, what does it need to function better?

Each Monday clean your toilets and check your bathroom for needed supplies—personal, paper, and cleaning. Add anything you are about to run out of to your shopping list. Do not wait until you have used the last roll, the last drop, or the last squeeze before you add it to your list.

Ring Around the Toilet

Reply to a member’s question: What is the best way to get rid of ring around the potty? I’ve tried comet, soft scrub, CLR, and a pumice stone! It looks dirty but I scrub-a-dub it regularly!

  • First, turn off the water to your toilet (behind the toilet) and flush to remove the water from your toilet.
  • DO NOT FLUSH THE PAPER TOWELS I AM GOING TO TELL YOU TO USE.
  • Line your toilet with paper towels.
  • Saturate paper towels with vinegar or CLR or some other acidic cleaning product. The paper towels should be in contact with the ring around the potty.
  • Let stand for about an hour. Check to see if the ring is gone or loosened.
  • You may need to use the pumice if there is any ring left.
  • Don’t forget to dampen the pumice or it will scratch the porcelain.
  • Remove paper towels to a bucket and dispose.
  • Turn water back on and flush! Ta Da — no more toilet ring.

Whenever you have flat cola whatever the brand (Pepsi, Coca Cola, Generic) dump your flat cola in the toilet and allow to stand for around an hour and flush. Makes you think about what we drink, doesn’t it?

Preview of the Week—

In the Kitchen—Monday and Tuesday—What needs to be done to finish up in the kitchen? Tomorrow is Duster Dance Day—we will give our cabinets a little extra love.

Wednesday, May 15th-Tuesday, May 21) Our Bedroom, En Suite Bathroom, and Closet

Rhythm of Each Week

Monday—Clean Toilets and Check Bathroom Supplies

Tuesday—Duster Dance Day

Wednesday—Desk Day

Thursday—Floor Day

Friday—Wrap Up the Week—Clean Out Your Purse, Clean Out Your Car, Vacuum Traffic Areas

Saturday—Family Fun Day

Sunday—The Day of Rest God has given us as a reminder of our relationship with Him. Sunday is like a wedding ring on our week. Worship and spend time with family and friends. Change your pace.

Launch a Great Week!

Hugs,

Mary

A Little Grammar—

Regardless means “without regard to” Irregarless is not a word. It would mean without regard to without regard to—redundant!!

Monday, April 29, 2013—Bathrooms and Gearing Up for May

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Every Monday—Clean ALL your toilets and check your  bathroom supplies—paper, personal, and cleaning—add things you are about to run out of to your shopping list for your next errand day.

  • Do not wait until you are out of anything to add it to your shopping list

 

Our area of focus today and tomorrow is our Bathrooms.

Cleaning Your Bath and Keeping it Clean

The goal of bathroom cleaning is to keep the surfaces clean and sanitary.

Each day:

  • 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. Develop the habit of wiping out the sink after every use and it will stay clean.
  • Wipe off the toilet seat and rim (20 seconds)
  • Swish the toilet bowl with a toilet brush (20 seconds)
  • Polish the mirror and faucet (20 seconds)
  • Keep a squeegee in the shower and squeegee the surfaces immediately after your shower or use a shower spray (20 seconds)
  • Dump the trash.

Total Time=2 minutes a day!

Make it a habit to leave the bathroom clean each time you use it. If you are keeping the bathroom clean by cleaning the sink, mirror, toilet and tub as they are used, a little more cleaning will keep it sparkling weekly.

Monthly—give the toilet a more thorough cleaning, use bathroom cleaner on the sink, tub, and other surfaces and then use a steam mop, Swiffer, or mop and a bucket of all-purpose cleaner to clean the floors.

  • Clean towels used on clean bodies and hung up to dry after each use will only need to be changed once or twice a week.
  • Make the bathroom a clutter free zone. Keep the area spa-like by limiting what is on the counter tops.
  • Dispose of out of date medications and cosmetics regularly.
  • Each month as you go through your home, take care to let go of everything in your bath that you do not use.

 

Wednesday is May 1st!  We will be focusing on our Living Room/Family Room areas.  Concentrating on one area at a time builds energy and anticipation. I am eager to begin again on Wednesday  to spend time making my Living Room and Family a welcoming and pleasant place for my husband and our family and friends when they visit.

My grandson 12 year old, Brayden, spent Saturday night with us. He announced to me Sunday morning that he had made the bed this morning. Usually I ask him to help me make the bed he sleeps in. I was so delighted that he took the initiative and made the bed today without any prompting from me! My sweetheart boy is growing up!

Keep starting over. You only fail when you quit trying

  • Every seven days start over on an area of my home.
  • Every time I am not as kind as I could be, I try again.
  • When I eat the wrong thing when I am trying to lose weight, I start over again immediately, instead of giving up and waiting for the next Monday.  
  • Sometimes I mess up over and over and over again but I will not quit.
  • I am still learning to try to keep my tongue when I have nothing nice to say. It’s a challenge to remain gracious when I am tempted to respond in kind when others are less than gracious to me.
  • I know with decluttering, caring for my home, and a host of other things, including the way I treat others, the more I practice, the better I get. As Winston Churchill said, “Never give up! Never, never, never, never give up.” (Unless you are doing the wrong thing 3;-)

 

A Preview of the Week

  • Tomorrow is Duster Dance Day, and the last day in our Bathroom(s). I’ll share information on Cosmetic Shelf Life—no your makeup does not last forever!
  • Wednesday is Desk Day and our first day in the Living Room/Family Room.
  • Thursday is Floor Day—continue with the Living Room/Family Room.
  • Friday is Wrap up the Week: Clean out your purse. Clean out your car. Vacuum the traffic areas. In your area of focus, vacuum thoroughly—around, under and behind.
  • A little effort each day turns Saturday from a work day to Family Fun Day
  • Sunday is the wedding ring God has placed on our week. A reminder of our relationship with Him. Set Sunday apart to worship God, and spend time with God. He wired us and knows we need a day of rest and a change of pace.

 Hugs,

Mary