Monday, March 3, 2014
Bible Reading: Leviticus 9-10; Psalm 43
Declutter for 15 to 30 Minutes
Walk in God’s Love
Each Monday Launch Your Week by Picking Up around the House to Bring it Back into Order After the Weekend and Clean All Your Toilets
Check Your Bathroom(s) to Make Sure You Are Aware of Anything You Will Need to Buy – Paper, Personal, or Cleaning Products
Area of Focus: Your Living Room and Family Room
Get ready for a major declutter in your Living Room/Family Room
- Spend 15 to 30 minutes each day going through a small area in these areas this week.
- Pick a place to begin and work your way around or out.
- Either start at the door and work your way around the room either to the right or left.
- OR begin in the far corner of the room and work your way out of the room.
- Deal with each drawer, shelf, cabinet, or surface as you come to it.
- Remove everything from one small area at a time. Replace only what you decide to keep in that area.
- Keep like items or items used for the same purpose together.
- You must decide where you will keep each item. If every drawer is a miscellaneous drawer you will continue to have cluttered, messy drawers.
- You can find drawer dividers to corral small items at Walmart, Target, Dollar Tree and specialty stores as well as online.
- Don’t over organize. Don’t buy organizers until you have identified a need for them. Organizers can become part of the clutter.
- Each item is either a Keep, Put Away Someplace Else, Donate, or Toss. Things that belong to others can be put in a basket near your door to deliver to its rightful owner on your next errand day.
Cleaning Your Living Room/Family Room
I will post the Living Room/Family Room Cleaning Checklist Again separately but here is the pattern
- Start high and work your way down.
- Are there any cobwebs in your corners or on your walls?
- Do you have ceiling fans that need attention?
- Don’t forget to dust your window treatments and curtains as well as your blinds and window sills.
- Dust the surfaces in your living room. Again, start high and work your way down. The answer to “Do I dust or vacuum first?” is –Dust first.
- Check the storage areas (shelves, drawers, and cabinets) in these rooms and put them into order.
- Vacuum thoroughly—behind, under and around.
- When you clean under the cushions of your couch use care. You may encounter sharp objects. I can honestly say you never know what you will find there.
- Finally, take out the trash. Stand back and look around to enjoy the work you’ve accomplished.
- Maintain, maintain, maintain.
- Keep a basket for quick pickups. Empty the basket soon to keep it from becoming a catch all.
Walking Through Philippians: Philippians 2:19-30 Paul Commends Timothy and Epaphroditis
Paul Commends Timothy
- 19If the Lord Jesus is willing, I hope to send Timothy to you soon for a visit.
- Then he can cheer me up by telling me how you are getting along.
How does Paul speak of Timothy?
- 20I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare.
- 21All the others care only for themselves
- and not for what matters to Jesus Christ.
- 22But you know how Timothy has proved himself.
- Like a son with his father, he has served with me in preaching the Good News.
What more does Paul say about his plans?
- 23I hope to send him to you just as soon as I find out what is going to happen to me here.
- 24And I have confidence from the Lord that I myself will come to see you soon.
- Paul Commends Epaphroditus
What are Paul’s plans for Epaphroditis?
- 25Meanwhile, I thought I should send Epaphroditus back to you.
How does Paul speak of Epaphroditis?
- He is a true brother,
- and fellow soldier.
- And he was your messenger to help me in my need.
Why is Paul sending Epaphorditis back to them?
- 26I am sending him because he has been longing to see you,
- and he was very distressed that you heard he was ill.
- 27And he certainly was ill; in fact, he almost died.
- But God had mercy on him—and also on me, so that I would not have one sorrow after another.
- 28So I am all the more anxious to send him back to you, for I know you will be glad to see him,
- and then I will not be so worried about you.
How does Paul instruct the Philippians to treat Epaphroditis?
- 29Welcome him with Christian love
- and with great joy,
- and give him the honor that people like him deserve.
Why does Epaphroditis deserve honor?
- 30For he risked his life for the work of Christ,
- and he was at the point of death while doing for me what you couldn’t do from far away.
Tomorrow—The Surpassing Value of Knowing Christ.
Cleaning Ceiling Fans
Take an old pillow case (I think cotton works best) and slip it over each blade of the fan. Slide your hands over the blade to collect the dust into the pillow case. Finish by dusting the main housing with your ostrich feather, lamb’s wool, of Swiffer duster. Occasionally remove the light shades and wash. If the bowls are extremely dirty, run them through your dishwasher