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?

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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