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)
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The Area of Focus for This Week is the Kitchen

The Area of Focus for next  Week is the Kitchen (March 8th to 14th). Spread the tasks over the week.

Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

  • DSCN0037Are there any cobwebs? (M)
  • Are the light fixtures and ceiling fan clean? (M)
  • Are the windows and window treatments clean? (M)
  • Is your refrigerator clean —inside and outside? (M) Are there fingerprints? (as needed) Are you using leftovers? (D) Do any items need to be tossed?(M)
  • Is your freezer clean? (M) Are there any foods that need to be used before they go out of date? (M)
  • Is your microwave clean inside and out? (M or as needed)
  • Are your stove top and oven clean?(M or as needed)
  • Are your drip pans or grates clean? Do they need to be replaced? (M)
  • Is the stove hood and filter clean? (M)
  • Are canisters and decorative items clean? (M)
  • Are there fingerprints or other marks on walls, window sills and woodwork?(M)
  • Are doors and door frames free of marks?(M)
  • Are baseboards clean? (M)
  • Are cabinet fronts clean? (M)
  • Do your cabinets need to be put in order? (M)
  • Is your under sink cabinet clean and in order? (M)
  • Are your countertops clean and sanitized? (D)
  • Is your sink clean and sanitized? (D)
  • Are your floors swept? (D)
  • Do your floors need to be mopped? (W or as needed)
  • Are the dishes done and put away (D) Is the dishwasher empty?(D)

 

The Rhythm of This Week for Me

IMG_0003I  am so excited to begin this week. You dread it? It doesn’t have to be that way. I delight in my God. I delight in my relationships. I delight in this day. Intentionally. This does not mean that everything in my life is the way I want it—it isn’t. I believe God is at work in my life and in the lives of others and that nothing that happens in my life is without purpose. I believe that God will use my challenges in my life and the lives of others for good.

This is the day that the Lord has made I will rejoice (take joy and delight) in it.  Psalm 118:24

It is 5:28. I am dressed. I have had part of my Quiet Time. I have put the ingredients in my bread maker for the first rising, and here I am ready to share my life, my heart, and my mind with you.

We are in the middle of refreshing our home with fresh paint throughout our home, new light fixtures, towel bars, and mirrors in the bathrooms. Roy is painting the interior of our home a creamy yellow. It is getting sunshiny in here even on a cloudy day. I am going before and behind him making sure each area is in order, and taking pictures off the wall and clearing surfaces in the areas he is about to paint. This is a challenging purge for me because I have been purging for over 30 years now and I pretty much like everything in my home.

One special project this week is settled into Wednesday because Thursday is our trash pickup day. I need to clean out the refrigerator and freezer. The freezer was left open over night by person unknown over a month ago and most everything thawed. I am going to have to do a close my eyes and pitch for some items. I do not want to use fish and meat that has thawed and refrozen so out it goes. I tried some of the ice cream products and the texture had changed so out those things go, too. PAIN!!

imageThe Weekly Plan is always in effect if I am home.

Monday—Kick off the week, clean toilets, and check for needed supplies of any kind in the bathrooms

Tuesday—Duster Dance Day

Wednesday—Desk Day

Thursday—Floor Day (sweep and mop hardwood, tile or linoleum floors)

Friday—Wrap Up the Week—clean out the car, clean out my purse, and vacuum traffic areas.

Saturday—Family Fun Day—we work or play together as a family

Sunday—Worship and Plan—First we worship—intentionally show our honor to God by sharing a time of worship with our church family, and being a part of a Life Group and studying God’s word together.

If I do the basics each day and pickup after us everything does not descend into chaos.

My fridge
My fridge

In the Areas of Focus (aka Zones) Today is the 13th today and tomorrow would be in the kitchen but my kitchen is clean. There are a couple of things I have left in the kitchen:

  • Clean the ceiling fan
  • Go through the freezer compartment of my refrigerator

I will do these two things today and tomorrow.

On Wednesday I have an appointment to get my car serviced so I will run most all my errands that day along with cleaning out the fridge and freezer. Group your tasks so you can save time and gas. When I run errands, I plan my route so I can avoid backtracking.

Beginning on Wednesday until the following Tuesday (15th-21st) the regular Area of Focus is the Master Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet. This area is orderly and ready for paint so my next area to go through is my office. Again, this is hard because I want every book and piece of paper I own but I still need to review each thing and some will go to new homes like the waste basket or thrift shop.

Our favorite thrift shop is the ROC Thrift Shop in Chester. My daughter called me Saturday morning and I dropped everything to go looking for some chairs for her new office at work. We found two chairs for her to paint and reupholster. After she painted one of them she discovered when she reupholstered it that it was made by the Murphy Chair Company in the 1800’s and it was worth (before the paint) around $200. We found it for about $17.00 at the ROC! We also found some art work that ended up being her father’s and my gift to her for her promotion–an early Picasso reproduction, a watercolor from the 1940’s and some lovely matted scissor work. If you know what you are looking for or you are just on a treasure hunt you can find really neat things at a thrift store. Just make sure you really need it or you may be donating it back to them. The store gives discounts to senior and military on Mondays. So . . . On the way to pick up Brayden I  am going back to see if a light fixture she fell in love with is still there and get it for her for Christmas.

Roast Turkey and StuffingSpeaking of Christmas—the holidays are on the way so why not begin to add a grocery item to each shopping trip to ease the pain of buying everything for your holiday meals at one time. Also, be alert for unique things your family really wants and start buying them, wrapping them, and stashing them in the attic.

We went to Joanne’s together and found the fabric and batting for reupholstering the seats of the chairs and had lunch at the Olive Garden together. What a nice time with one of my lovely daughters!

Shortly after I got home she messaged me the picture of the painted and upholstered chairs. They are darling!

The kitchen, powder room, and dining room are done. These rooms have been painted and put back in order. The curtains are washed, the storage areas are in order. I will dust again after Roy finishes painting down here probably on Thursday afternoon. Roy is taping a room and repairing walls one day and cutting in and rolling the walls the next so it is basically a room every two days. We are taking Sundays off—God designed us for a rhythm of work and rest. Rest is needed for us to function. We cannot run full tilt all the time. Honor God’s plan by taking rest on Sunday and making little oases of rest for yourself and your family throughout your day each day of the week.

Remember, declutter and organize your home one foot at a time and then maintain. Work around each area dealing with each item as you come to it—keep, belongs somewhere else in your home, donate or give away, return to rightful owner, or throw it away if none of the other categories apply. Each time you go through your home you get better at this. You are not going for sterile—the goal is to create a warm and welcoming environment—first  for yourself and your family, and –then for the people that God brings through the doors of your home.

Tonight for dinner we are having Italian sausage with peppers and onions.

This week I want to talk about some things we need in the kitchen so we can actually cook and bake. So check back in tomorrow.

Hugs,

Mary

Friday—Part Deux—Cleaning, Decluttering and Organizing Are Marathon Tasks, Not Sprints

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  • Keep a steady pace and focus.
  • Use a timer to help you stay focused.
  • Take out only what you can put back in a few minutes. Declutter and organize your home a foot at a time.
  • Do not buy organizers until you know you need them and are ready to use them or they will become part of the clutter.
  • Put the room in general order
    • Remove laundry, dishes, and trash and take them to where they go
    • Go through each small area at a time dealing with stuff as you come to it. Work by the foot—sometimes by the inch.
  • Maintain what you have done. Now that my car, family bath, movie storage unit, closet and drawers are in order, I will take extra care to keep them that way.

Hugs again,

Mary

Making a Difference in the Garage

Making a Difference in Your Garage

Our Home

***** Before deep cleaning in the garage, set off an insect bomb—especially one that is good for spiders. Brown recluse, black widow, and other spider bites can do major damage to your body and they like the dark, undisturbed areas of closets and storage area for their homes.

The garage is my husband’s domain and I try not to mess with his systems. BUT

  1. There are some principles that apply no matter what area you are dealing with and the first is to remove anything that doesn’t belong in that area beginning with laundry, dishes, and trash. Somehow I do find dirty clothes especially socks in the garage. Dishes also migrate to the garage and I know that some stainless flatware is hiding in the cushions of the chairs and couches in Roy’s kingdom. Trash is a given anywhere. So—remove dishes, laundry, and trash as a first step.
  2. Our garage is the one area of our home afflicted with the “for now” syndrome. There are things that are left in the garage on the way out of the house or on the way into the house.
    • Gather up the things that you have been meaning to return to friends and family, or take to your favorite donation site and make sure they get the rest of the way there.
    • Do a treasure hunt for things that belong in the house and got trapped in the garage on the way in. Rescue them and return them to their rightful homes.
  3. If you are removing the things that do not belong in the garage and avoiding repeating the practice—you will make major headway in the garage. In other words—take it all the way in and put it away or take it all the way out. This includes not leaving it in your car but taking it to the charity drop off or returned to its owner.

It’s important to honor the spaces that principally belong to another person in your home—that principally being your husband. His organizing and storage systems may not be yours. Roy’s systems are not mine. I do not have to have my way in everything. In honoring his space, I am honoring him. Different isn’t always wrong. Sometimes it’s just different.

I try to be available when Roy does want my assistance in the garage. I try to check my attitude at the door and help. I am very good with sweeping, dusting, and cleaning surfaces. I also like to gather like items and store them together. If he is the one who is going to locate items he uses—he can decide how and where they are stored.

Garages are great places for sealables like storage bins with tops and plastic bags. Items stored in these containers have a better chance at survival. Don’t forget to label because you will not remember which of the identical containers hold what. Also, you may not be the person who is trying to locate an item and the labels will keep them from having to dig through a series of containers.

Garages (and attics) are terrible places for things that cannot handle extremes of heat, cold and dampness. That would be pictures, documents, candles, and anything that is valuable to you.

If you do have an organizing idea you’d like to put in place in the garage—run it by him. Men need unconditional respect like they need oxygen. Kind of like we need unconditional love.

Hugs,

Mary

Resurrection Sunday–April 20th to Saturday, April 26th–Routines, Area of Focus and Pick It Up, Don’t Pass It Up

Resurrection Sunday, April 20, 2014 to Saturday, April 26, 2014

Jesus and  Thomas--Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.
Jesus and Thomas–Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.

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

**Take time  on Saturday, April 19, 2014 to coordinate this next week’s activities. Enjoy the holiday (holy day) remembering that we are crucified with Christ and raised to new life with Him through His resurrection.

Bible Readings:               

Monday— Deuteronomy 28-29                 Psalm 83

Tuesday— Deuteronomy 30-31                 Psalm 84

Wednesday—Deuteronomy 32-33          Psalm 85

Thursday—Deuteronomy 34-Joshua 1   Psalm86

Friday—Joshua 2-3                                          Psalm 87

Saturday—Joshua 4-5                                   Psalm 88

IMG_0421Area of Focus: The Master Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet –April 21st Finish up in Your Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet

I love flowers in my entry
I love flowers in my entry

Tuesday, April 22nd to Monday, April 28th : The Entry, The Front Porch, and The Dining Room

 Next Week: Tuesday April 29th and Wednesday April 30th—Your Family Bathrooms

 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—Remember to make it fun! Turn on the music and get everyone dancing the dust out the door.

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 Bathroom, Bedroom, and Closet

Saturday—Family Fun Day

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

Two Simple Principles—Do It Now and Pick It Up, Don’t Pass It Up!

One of the first books I read about home organization way back when I desperately decided to get organized was Side Tracked Home Executives: From Pigpen to Paradise by Pam Young and Peggy Jones. It is still in print and you can get it on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Sidetracked-Home-Executives-TM-Paradise/dp/0446677671/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397916301&sr=1-1&keywords=sidetracked+home+executives The book is hilarious. First of all, I felt great because they were worse than I was (and that was bad) but they also told about how they moved from “Pigpen to Paradise”

I was strongly influenced by them and a well-known home organizer, Flylady, was too.

Pick up after yourself and GENTLY encourage others to do the same.

Do it now! I am not sure if this came from the same place. When you’ve been doing things for more than thirty years it becomes thoroughly you. When you see something that needs to be done, do it and do it quickly. In the beginning you will need to use some discretion because everything needs to be done! As time goes by learn to:

  • hang up your coat in the closet instead of leaving it on a chair,
  • to put trash directly into the trash can instead of leaving it wherever it falls
  • to put your clothes where they belong after you take them off (hamper or away),
  • to put groceries and other items away when you bring them into your home,
  • to bring trash into your house with you when you leave your car and put it in the trash can,
  • to put items that need to go upstairs on the steps and then take them upstairs when you make your next trip up those stairs,

    A stair step basket is useful  to hold the things that need to travel upstairs in your home.
    A stair step basket is useful to hold the things that need to travel upstairs in your home.
  • to make your bed when you get out of it,
  • to put away your makeup as you apply it,
  • put away the ingredients you are using as you cook,
  • to fill the sink with soapy water when you begin to cook and wash pots, pans, bowls and utensils as you cook.

I hardly feel like I clean my home anymore because these actions have become habits

There are so many little thing you can do as you go throughout your day to make caring for your home easier. Demonstrating productive behavior in front of your family with a kind and good attitude goes a long way toward their developing productive habits. If mom doesn’t do it, why should they?

Head off the Clutter in Your Bedroom before It Starts:

Keep Your Dressers and Nightstand Clear of Clutter

  • Keep a Basket or Bowl on Your Dresser for When You Empty Your Pockets
  • Regularly declutter your nightstand. Keep only those things you use regularly.
  • Make Sure Your Have a Waste Basket Conveniently Located and Empty It Often
  • Don’t use your chair as a dumping ground for your clothes. Hang them up or put them in the hamper.
  • Get a Valet Hook and hang your clothes, jewelry, and accessories out the night before. Make sure your clothes are clean and in good repair.
  • Go through your clothes regularly and get rid of the things that are past their prime, don’t fit, or flatter.
  • I love the organizers we have in our underwear drawers.
    The organizer I use in my underwear drawer
    The organizer I use in my underwear drawer
    The organizer I use in my underwear drawer with my underwear in it.
    The organizer I use in my underwear drawer with my underwear in it.

    My husband's sock drawer--Rolling instead of turning pairs of socks into themselves saves the elastic at the top of the socks and keeps them together
    My husband’s sock drawer Rolling instead of turning pairs of socks into themselves saves the elastic at the top of the socks and keeps them together

 

Again, a little at a time. You will get it done.

Hugs,

Mary

Sunday, March 13 to Saturday, March 29, 2014–Bible Readings, Routines, and Tasks

Sunday, March 23, 2014 to Saturday, March 29, 2014

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

Bible Readings:               

Monday— Numbers 16-17                          Psalm 59

Tuesday— Numbers 18-19                          Psalm 60

Wednesday—Numbers 20-21                    Psalm 61

Thursday—Numbers 22-23                         Psalm 62

Friday—Numbers 24-25                               Psalm 63

Saturday—Numbers 26-27                          Psalm 64

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

Area of Focus: The Entry, The Front Porch, and The Dining Room –March 23rd to March 28th

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Up Next Week: The Family Bath—March 29th to March 31st

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The Living Room/Family Room—Tuesday, April 1st to Monday, April 7th

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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

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 Bathroom, Bedroom, and Closet

Saturday—         Family Fun Day

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

Declutter for 15 to 30 minutes

Walk in God’s Love

Daily on Your Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room—

  • Take a couple of minutes each day keep your front porch, entry and dining room in order

Distribute these tasks over the week:

Porch
Sweep W
Remove Cobwebs W
Declutter Porch M
Stain/ Paint Y
Deck
Sweep Deck W
Remove Cobwebs W
Declutter Deck M
Entry
Clean Floors W
Dust/Polish Furniture Dust-WPolish-M
Check Drawers And Storage For Clutter M
Clean Baseboards M
Clean Mirrors M
Clean Ornaments M
Clean Switch Plates M
Check for Cobwebs M
Clean Woodwork M
Dust Lamp Shades M
Dust Or Clean Light Fixtures M
Clean Window Treatments EOM
Clean Windows EOM
Entry Closet
Straighten/ Purge Closet
Wipe Down Woodwork
Dining Room
Clean Floors W
Polish Furniture Dust-WPolish-M
Check For Cobwebs M
Check Drawers And Storage For Clutter M
Clean Window Treatments EOM
Clean Windows EOM
Clean Baseboards M
Clean Mirrors M
Clean Ornaments M
Clean Switch Plates M
Clean Woodwork M
Dust Lamp Shades M
Dust Or Clean Light Fixtures/Ceiling Fan M
Remove Fingerprints And Marks From Wall M

 

 

Remember, most tasks take less than 10 minutes, some under 5. Don’t be overwhelmed.

Again, a little at a time. You will get it done.

Hugs,

Mary

Wednesday through Saturday: Area of Focus; Bible Readings; Daily Tasks; Making the Kitchen Work; Kitchen Activity Chart

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 to Saturday, March 15, 2014

Bible Readings:                               Wednesday—Leviticus 23-24                     Psalm 50

Thursday—Leviticus 25-26                         Psalm 51

Friday—Leviticus  27; Numbers 1            Psalm 52

Saturday—Numbers 2-3                               Psalm 53

Area of Focus: The Kitchen—March 8th to 14th

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Up Next Week: Your Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet—March 15th to 21st

Daily Focus:        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

Saturday—Family Fun Day

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

Making Your Kitchen Work

  • I like the risers for the pantry shelves so that you can easily see what is on the shelves
  • I like the air tight container for dry goods in your kitchen
  • Don’t keep the eggs and dairy products in the door of the fridge. They will spoil more quickly.
  • Keep the front 2/3rds of your counters clear for food preparation
  • Fill the sink with soapy water when you  begin food preparation and clean up as you go. Put away ingredients as you use them. Put trash directly into the trash can. When you are finished, the clean-up will be done, too.
  • Put dirty dishes directly into the dishwasher. Empty the dishwasher after the cycle is finished and run the dishwasher when it is full.
  • Keep your sink clean and empty.
  • Keep flat surfaces clear of clutter and papers.
  • Clean up drips and splashes as you go—in the fridge, on the counter, on the floor, as well as in your cupboards.

Kitchen Activity Chart

These are the tasks with frequency that are done in the kitchen. D=Daily, W=Weekly, M=Monthly, S=Seasonally, Y= Yearly, EO=Every Other.

Most of these tasks take only a few minutes so don’t be overwhelmed.

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 W
Clean The Seals Of The Refrigerator And Freezer M
Vacuum Refrigerator Coils S
 

Again, a little at a time. You will get it done.

Hugs,

Mary

3/7/14—Routines, The Basics in Under 20 Minutes a Day; Wrapping Up Philippians

 

Friday, March 07, 2014

Bible Reading: Leviticus 17-18; Psalm 47

Area of Focus: March 1-7—The Living Room/Family Room

March 8-14—The Kitchenimage

Friday is Wrap Up the Week Day:

  • Clean Out Your Car
  • Clean Out Your Purse Diaper Bag, Computer Case, Tote or Whatever You Carry When You Are Out and Around
  • Vacuum the Traffic Areas in Your Home
  • Thoroughly Vacuum Your Area of Focus—The Living Room/Family Room

 Declutter for 15 to 30 Minutes

Walk in God’s Love

 

Roy has an early doctor’s appointment this morning so this is a rerun but one of my favorites.

The Basics in Under 20 Minutes a Day

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)

 Your Kitchen –- 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)

Your Living Room—7 minutes each day

  • Use a dustbuster to pick up crumbs (2 minutes) (If you don’t have a dustbuster use a whisk broom and  small dust pan)
  • Straighten pillows on the couch and chairs and fold throws (2 minutes)
  • Spot clean end tables, coffee table and entertainment center – wipe off any fingerprints or other marks. (1 minute)
  • Put away CD’s and DVD’s. Straighten books and magazines. Discard newspapers (2 minutes)

Make a tote or totes for each area with any cleaning supplies you will need for your quick cleaning. (Just for fun–in my upstairs all my cleaning and laundry supplies are lavender scented. Downstairs I use lemon scented cleaning supplies. Homes can be more appealing when you take into consideration the five senses: Sight, sound, smell, taste and touch.)

Cleaning principles:

  • Clean from the clean area into the dirtier area to avoid spreading the dirt around.
  • Work from the top to bottom to knock dust down.
  • Vacuum after you dust.

In the morning:

  • Quiet time
  • Breakfast
  • Vitamins/Medications
  • Exercise – a regular short routine is better than a longer  routine you never do

Make laundry and dishes a priority

  • Laundry-I start a load of laundry first thing each morning and make a point of getting it into the dryer and then folded and into the drawers.
  • Dishwasher–Make a point of not leaving clean dishes in the dishwasher.  Unload the dishwasher as soon as the dishes can be handled.  Work to get your family to put their dishes directly into the dishwasher instead of leaving them on the counter or in the sink.  Start a load as soon as it is fairly full.

At the end of the day

  •  Gather and Empty Trash
  • Lay Out  Tomorrow’s Clothes
  • Before Bedtime Walk Through
  • Involve your family.   You are not doing your children a favor if they are not learning to be good helpers and increasingly more able to take care of their clothes, toys and other possessions. Their clothes should be laid out the night before and putting their rooms and toys in order before bedtime should be a regular part of their routine.

Wrapping Up Philippians: Philippians 4:10-23 Paul’s Thanks for Their Gifts

How is gratitude expressed in Paul’s life?

  • image10How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me.
  • 11Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.
  • 12I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.
  • 13For I can do everything through Christ,who gives me strength.
  •  14Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty.
  • 15As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this. 16Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once. 17I don’t say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness.
  • 18At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus.

How does Paul describe their gifts?

  • They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God. 19And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

Paul closes his letter to the Philippians. Note what he says

  • 20Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen.
  • 21Give my greetings to each of God’s holy people—
    • all who belong to Christ Jesus.
  • The brothers who are with me send you their greetings.
  • 22And all the rest of God’s people send you greetings, too, especially those in Caesar’s household.
  • 23May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Next—Galatians

Hugs,

Mary

3/5/14–Routines; Update; In My Office; Walking Through Philippians–Reaching Toward the Goal

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Bible Reading: Leviticus 13-14; Psalm 45

 Area of Focus: March 1-7—The Living Room/Family Room

Each Wednesday is Desk DayMy Desk

  • Pay Bills
  • Take Care of Any Personal and Family Business—are there any issues that need to be dealt with? Notes to write? Cards to send? Calls to make?
  • File: Put away any papers you may need to reference in a way that you can locate them when needed.

Declutter Each Day for 15 to 20 minutes.

Walk in God’s Love

Update—Well life continues to be adventurous. Yesterday, Roy walked out of the bathroom with the front of his shirt soaked with blood. After a few seconds of panic, I remembered that I had rolls of gauze, gauze pads, and a LARGE Ace bandage in the upstairs bathroom. I put the gauze pad over his incision  and wrapped his torso with gauze. Then I wrapped his abdomen with the Ace bandage and called his doctor’s nurse. When I didn’t hear back within an hour I called the HCA nurse consultation line and found that I had done the right thing. We are keeping watch on his incision until he sees his doctor on Friday, watching for any sign of infection. (Spreading redness, heat, and seepage)

This morning I also have two of my grandsons here who did not get to enjoy the snow days because they are sick. Amy assures me they are not infectious but two extra patients and their dog are stretching me a little more. I do feel better about having Brayden here with Roy when I make a run to the grocery store. I have had sweet friends bringing dinner, soup and stew but we are out of so much just now.

  • I have been keeping the beds made, dishes and laundry done, as well as everything picked up as much as I can. I had planned to continue to work on my office as I can but having the boys here is extending the amount of time it takes to go through everything.

On the Office Reorganization

Just before Roy went into the hospital, I had ordered Sterlite Flip Top Shoe Boxes

http://www.amazon.com/Sterilite-Large-Flip-Top-Storage/dp/B005KBKSZQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394025992&sr=8-1&keywords=sterlite+flip+top+storage+box

These boxes are the right size to hold so many different things. In my laundry area I moved my tools into a box. I have moved all my office supplies into boxes, as well as my greeting cards. I ordered 6 for $16.62, then 12 more. I know I will be using this handy size throughout my home.

I am labeling the boxes using the Brother PC Connectable Label Maker. I can make large labels. This label maker sells for $99.99 at office supplies but $49.29 on Amazon. Don’t forget to order label cartridges because the package only contains a sample cartridge. I ordered black on white 1”. There is a wide variety of label cartridges in different colors and sizes available.

http://www.amazon.com/Brother-Connectable-Labeling-System-PT2730/dp/B0047T7JMW/ref=sr_1_9?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1394026413&sr=1-9&keywords=brother+label+maker

The large labels help quickly identify what’s in the boxes.

My final project for these boxes will be to use them as shoe boxes in my closet. Right now the shoes are in their original boxes. I have lots of uses for them before I get to my closet which is just fine for now.

Tomorrow (Thursday) is Floor Day

Walking through Philippians—Philippians 3:12-21—Pressing toward the Goal

What is Paul’s attitude? What is he doing?image

  • 12I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection.
  • But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.
  • 13No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,
  • but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,
  • 14I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Who is determines Truth?

  • 15Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you.

What does Paul ask of us?

  • 16But we must hold on to the progress we have already made.
  • 17Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine,
  • and learn from those who follow our example.

How do some show that they are enemies of the cross? What is potentially their end?

  • 18For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ.
  • 19They are headed for destruction.

Who is their god? What is their attitude?

  • Their god is their appetite,
  • they brag about shameful things,
  • and they think only about this life here on earth.

As believers, who are we?

  • 20But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives.
  • And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.

What will our Lord Jesus Christ do?

  • 21He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.

Tomorrow—Words of Encouragement—some of my favorite verses from Philippians

Hugs,

 Mary