Monday the 27th Day of April 2015—Launch Your Week, Clean Your Toilets Area of Focus= Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room

My China Cabinet
My China Cabinet

Each Monday take a few quick moments to put your home back in order after the weekend. Trash into the trash can, dishes into the dishwasher, laundry moving through your washer to the dryer to folded and put away. Beds made. Quickly with the aid of your young assistants (aka kids) put things back where they belong. When things begin to go pear shaped call a quick pickup throughout your home before they are too far gone.

Each Monday

  • Clean Your Toilets
  • Check Your Bathrooms for Any Needed Supplies—paper, personal or cleaning and add them to your shopping list for when you run errands.

I keep a pad of paper that is magnetized so I can stow it on my fridge on the counter in the kitchen and write down what I am going to need as I notice it. If someone asks me to pick up some after shave or toothpaste or their favorite snack, I ask them to write it on the list on the kitchen counter. I fight to keep a pen right there with the list so it will be easy.

Please don’t ever think that I think I am more together than you. Whenever I get it all together I forget where I put it. The truth is my mom did not teach me how to care for my home and I had to struggle to learn. I want to help you in that struggle but I have learned by being in the trenches of daily life with so many demands and what seemed like too little time.

Saturday at 6 am the phone rang. It was my almost 36 year old daughter. She had been awake since 3 am feeling terrible. Could I take her to Patient First when it opened at 8? I jumped up and began to make my bed when the phone rang again. Could I take her to the ER? She felt too terrible to wait.

Her 11 year old had spent the night at our home but Papa was here to look after him so I threw on my clothes, combed my hair and headed out the door.

I enjoyed being with my daughter for 5 hours in the ER and I am not being sarcastic. I enjoyed just being with her and chatting and trying to encourage her. When they released her around noon I drove her home and took my 14 yo grandson to his appointment to get his hair cut. Papa had taken the 11 yo home earlier so I returned home a little exhausted. We had a delightful commitment to share dinner with a group of friends that evening and I had promised bread and dessert. I got the ingredients for bread into my breadmaker and realized I would not have time to make the triple chocolate cake I had planned.  (to be continued)

(Continued) Roy walked into the living room and asked me to pick him up from the garage. His truck is going in for repair. I dropped everything. Ran  upstairs, made my bed, threw on some clothes and ran a comb through my hair and out the door!

Back to my narrative—So when I went to pick up  Brayden from his haircut, I ran to the store and picked up a peach pie to bake. Home, shaped the loaves and let them rise, baked the pie, showered,  baked the bread and out the door to a lovely dinner with friends. And then—home to a thoroughly trashed home.

  • Bed half made before heading off to the ER
  • Blankets on the couch from Kobe spending the night.
  • General chaos all around.

I usually do not do much of anything on Sunday. It is a day of rest. I took a little while to put everything back in order early in the day. I cannot rest in a mess. Today, I will go off my routine:

  • Dust
  • Sweep
  • Vacuum
  • Mop

Even when you are not at home your house accumulates dirt. I cleaned the toilets as soon as we got home last week but unpacking, laundry, preparing to share at In His Garden on Thursday and then sharing morning and evening on Thursday, as well as getting some groceries, spending time with grandkids, opening 3 weeks’ worth of mail, making sure  bills have been paid and family business was up to date.

When we were in Utah I heard Roy talking to our daughter Summer and her husband Paul. He told them I take good care of him. It made my heart happy to know he knows he is important to me and I do try to take care of him.

Enough unloading for the day—I do want to do a calendar for May and post it under the Files tab on My Heart’s at Home on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyHeartsatHome/  I hope you will print the calendar and post it where you can see it. The Weekly Tasks and Areas of Focus will be on the calendar and you will not have to wait for me. I will post on a regular basis  going back to the beginning and trying to review all I do to work smarter, not harder.

Love and Hugs,

Mary

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Next Week from the 22nd to the 28th Your Area of Focus is Your Front Porch, Entry, Dining Room

leaning Checklist for Front Porch, Entry and Dining Room
D=Daily W=Weekly S=Seasonally

IMG_0008Front 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)

IMG_0007Entrance 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

Keep those flat surfaces clear or put lovely things on them to discourage the dumping of stuff there.
Keep those flat surfaces clear or put lovely things on them to discourage the dumping of stuff there.

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.)
Each day select a few tasks from the cleaning checklist. A download for the cleaning checklist is on my Facebook Page (My Heart’s at Home) under the Files tab. You can access it from the Files tab on this page. I printed a set and put them in page protectors. I keep them in my planning notebook.
Today I have a trip to Lavender Fields with the wonderful ladies of In His Garden, a gardening Bible study that combines information on gardening from Master Gardeners and wisdom from the Master Gardener so I am cutting this short to get ready to leave.
Have a lovely day!
Hugs,
Mary
Interesting Quote I read today from Adrian Rogers: “If you are without offense you are without effect.” What do you think?

Each Tuesday’s Task—Tuesday is Duster Dance Day

Each Tuesday’s Task—Tuesday is Duster Dance Day

  • My China Cabinet
    My China Cabinet

    Put on some happy music.

  • Grab your duster
    • Ostrich feather –chicken feather dusters are only fit for the wastebasket
    • Lambswool duster
    • Swiffer duster
    • Slightly dampen cloth with a second soft cloth to dry and polish
    • A soft paintbrush—use a size suitable for the job
  • Swipe down all the surfaces in your home
  • Allow your children to help with their own duster. They can take over the lower areas like the legs of furniture and baseboards
  • Children can also make a puppet out of an old cotton sock. Then the sock puppet can munch all the dust off the slats of your blinds. You can put a sock on each hand and let them kiss in the middle.

What we enjoy, we do well and what we do well, we enjoy. Do your work well and make it fun.

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

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  • 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)

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