Reporting In- 1. Me on Prayer and 2. Learning to Use a Clothes Steamer Part 2

This morning is the day we share prayer requests in another group I am involved in. I wanted to share my heart on prayer.
Good morning, Lovelies!
Do you ever feels as if praying is trying to bring God over to your perceived need, desires or point of view? Our very good Father has chosen to work in this world in response to prayer. The Father does not have to be persuaded to be in favor toward you. His love for you is endless. So then, prayer is not about bringing an unwitting God a situation He is not aware of and manipulating Him into acting in our favor. Prayer is inviting our Father into the situation. It is a two way conversation. We need not only to ask but to listen and respond to His leading. We also need to recognize that in most all situations we are not the only one involved. Unlike the enemy, God does not coerce, He leads. Prayer is not put in a nickel and get a gumball. God is working in a variety of hearts to bring an eternally good result. I shared last week in our praise report day about beginning to praise and thank God in the midst of any situation. I had forgotten to praise Him and I wonder in many cases if I was truly praying in faith. I have seen movement in myself and in different challenges in my life as I have been praising God for each person, especially the challenging ones, in my life. I thank God for each person in my life, I praise Him for His action in their life, whether or not I see it, and thank Him that He is moving us toward loving Him and becoming the people He designed us to be. My deepest desire for everyone is that their love for the Lord would far exceed all other loves.
Your thoughts and prayer requests?
Love, love, love,
Mary
PS As I tried out my new Rowenta steamer I became very aware that steam is hot. I found and ordered a few tools– a hand mitt to protect my hand as I support the fabric while steaming. I also ordered a stiletto (no not a knife) a pointed tool to hold and move the fabric as you work both in steaming, ironing, or sewing.
I am learning to give the steamers both the one for cleaning and steaming clothes time to hear up and also to depress the button that releases steam and allow the steam to flow until it does not sputter and release watermarypaitsel-august-29-2016

Overview August 22nd to August 28th-The Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room

Overview for August 22nd to August 28th, 2017 Areas of Focus—

From Tuesday the 22nd through Monday the 28th focus on the Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room

August 29th to the 31st Focus is the

The very basic daily tasks are:

·         Dishes done and put away.

·         Laundry done and put away

·         Trash collected and taken out

·         Rooms put in good general order

I do only these tasks when I am in survival mode. When I cannot keep up in these areas I feel I am falling behind.

 Daily Tasks for Each Week

Sunday

·         Worship as a family

·         Coordinate activities with your family and plan your week together

 

Monday

·         Put your home in order after the weekend

·         Clean your toilets

·         Check storage for any needed items—toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, cleaning products

Tuesday

·         Duster Dance Day—put on happy music and swoosh that dust right out of your home

Wednesday

Desk Day—deal with paperwork

Thursday

·         Floor Day—sweep or vacuum then mop hard floors. Vacuum traffic areas

Friday

·         Put your home in order for the weekend

·         Clean out your car

·         Clean out your purse, diaper bag, computer bag, backpack or whatever you carry with you when you leave the house

Saturday

Family Fun Day—work or play together as a family

 

Understanding Areas of Focus:

Focus on one area of your home for five days. Do your basics and spend 15 to 30 minutes decluttering, organizing, or cleaning in your zone per day week. Sunday is the day of rest.

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

Front 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)

Entry 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)

·         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 (29th to the 31st)

·         Wash 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)

 China cabinet

Reporting In–Moving Forward When Under the Weather

Good Morning, Lovelies!

After being out of commission on Wednesday, while still feeling less than 100% :

I made my list

Had a good general plan for today

!!!Pulled it all back together!!!

This morning I had no idea how I would get it all done, but I did! If I had let the discouragement that I felt before I started keep me on the couch I would still be sitting in the middle of a mess. Instead, my house is clean, the laundry is done, I fixed Chicken Marsala for dinner (it was easy!)

I have a plan for today. The one thing I must do is prepare funeral potatoes, a Utah favorite, for dinner with friends tonight. Tomorrow, weather permitting, I will again attempt to conquer the garage. I will keep trying until that disaster area that is the garage is subdued and put into order. If you know what direction you hope to go in you are much more likely to get there. Decide where you are going and then go for it. Even if you don’t get it all done you will be at least the smallest bit closer.

While I was in Michigan I offered to do any ironing that my sister had. She declined, explaining that she uses a steamer. She assured me that they really do work. I ordered a Rowenta Steamer and when it arrived my first effort was less than stellar. I went onto YouTube and watched several videos on how to steam different types of garments. The Fridja Professional School videos were very effective. After watching the videos, I pulled a few items that were ready to be ironed out of my closet and tried again with much better results. I did use a wrinkle release spray on one top and that improved the results.

I will still use my regular iron and ironing board for some things but the steamer improved the appearance of a coat that I would have taken to the dry cleaners and removed some stubborn creases from a delicate fabric that I was concerned about ironing.

Coming soon—Using steam to clean around the house. It works! It sanitizes!

Have a great day and a great weekend,

Love, love, love,

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Mary

Reporting In-Live Love. Speak Life.

Good morning, Lovelies!
I was not always a morning person. Years ago, many years ago, Roy took a job a half an hours, drive away where he needed to be at 5 am. Ugh! I did not want him to go out the door without a kiss and a cup of coffee so I started getting up with him. Instead of going back to bed I decided to have my quiet time after he left, then I realized the phone was not ringing, no one was coming to the door, and the children were asleep, Great time to take a shower and put my home in order! And it worked.! It was not natural or easy in the beginning and it meant I needed to turn off the TV before I was ready to (no computers back then) but the rewards were incredible including the freedom I had when my basics were done and I was dressed and presentable first thing in the morning.
It is shortly after 7. I have had some happy time with Jesus, I have posted for another group for the day. My home is in good general order and a load of clothes is about to come out of the dryer. I am not a saint, Mary Poppins, or special in any way. If I can do it, you can do it. . . if you want to. You do not have to do things my way but find a way that works for you and make it your habit, your routine. You are not a slave. Your life can be changed if you change what you do and how you do it. Your relationships can be changed with a change in attitude, and changing what you say and how you say it. Live love. Speak life. You can be the difference in someone’s day today.
If I can do it, so can you.
Love, love, love,
Marymarypaitsel-august-29-2016

Overview from Sunday August 13th through Monday August 21st.

Overview for August 13th to August 21st, 2017 Areas of Focus—Kitchen (13th)

Master Bedroom, En Suite Bathroom, and Closet (15th to the 21st).

The Area of Focus from Monday the 13th is the Kitchen

The focus from Tuesday the through Monday the 21st is the Master Bedroom with its attached bathroom and closet.

The very basic daily tasks are:

  • Dishes done and put away.
  • Laundry done and put away
  • Trash collected and taken out
  • Rooms put in good general order

I do only these tasks when I am in survival mode. When I cannot keep up in these areas I feel I am falling behind.

Daily Tasks for Each Week

 

Sunday

  • Worship as a family
  • Coordinate activities with your family and plan your week together

 

Monday

  • Put your home in order after the weekend
  • Clean your toilets
  • Check storage for any needed items—toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, cleaning products

Tuesday

  • Duster Dance Day—put on happy music and swoosh that dust right out of your home

Wednesday

Desk Day—deal with paperwork

Thursday

  • Floor Day—sweep or vacuum then mop hard floors. Vacuum traffic areas

Friday

  • Put your home in order for the weekend
  • Clean out your car
  • Clean out your purse, diaper bag, computer bag, backpack or whatever you carry with you when you leave the house

Saturday

Family Fun Day—work or play together as a family

 

Understanding Areas of Focus:

Focus on one area of your home for six days. Do your basics and spend 15 to 30 minutes decluttering, organizing, or cleaning in your zone per day week

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

 

Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

  • Are 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)

 

Master Bedroom Checklist 15th to the 21st

  • 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:

  • Are 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)
  • 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)

Have a day full of love, hugs, and smiles,

Mary

Reporting In–A Marathon not a Sprint

Good Morning, Lovelies!
Remember, putting your home in order, and caring for it is a marathon, not a sprint. It is one step at a time, consistently and constantly.
When you fall down, when you fall behind, get back up and keep going. Failure is only real and permanent when you quit. I have learned so much more from my failures than from my successes.
For me, having an orderly, clean, and pleasant home is not about having an orderly, clean, and pleasant home. It is about having a pleasant place for life to happen for my family first and then for my friends. The second law of thermodynamics, entropy, says that things left to themselves become increasingly disorganized. Bringing order is a constant activity. Since this is inevitable I intend to enjoy it. I try to make it fun. I try to appreciate the work and the results. I take pleasure in caring for my home and family even though I well know the frustrations.
For the past several months (actually the past few years!) I have had a series of life events that make it easy to get off track. I recognize that travel, surgery, people moving into and out of my home, and a wedding are all surrounded with challenges–financial, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. I can allow these challenges to damage me or to make me better and stronger. I choose better and stronger.
Yesterday I did not get my floors done because I had a dental appointment and then did not have Liam for a few hours so I finished some errands I did not get done on Tuesday including having my nails done. Take care of yourself so you can take care of others.
Today after my Happy Hour (aka Quiet Time) I plan to wear gloves when I weed the garden, clean my floors, make sure my purse and tote are in order, make sure my car is clean inside and out, and I will care for Liam. While I am caring for Liam I plan to put the secret room in order. The secret room is a lighted area under the eaves accessible from the back bedroom (RK and Liam’s room). I have the books, puzzles, games, and toys left over from my children and older grandchildren stored there. It is a fun place for small visitors. And it is fun for me to have it here for them. 🙂
Plan your work. Work your plan.
Love, love, love,
Marymarypaitsel-august-29-2016

An Overview of My Plan

An Overview of My Plan

Introduction

Beginning in the late 1970’s I began to read everything I could find on Home Organization and Time Management. I found certain ideas and principles repeated from author to author and my plan gradually took shape. I spoke with one of my friends and told her I would put together a new post with all the elements of my plan in one place. This is basically a skeleton. I have written more about each element in my daily posts and blog.

Daily Focus

The tasks that need to be done each week are divided between the days of the week.

·         Sunday is Family Worship and Planning Day—Worship as a Family and Coordinate Your Calendar for the week and coming weeks

·         Monday Launch Your Week—Put Your Home in Order after the Weekend and Clean the Toilets

·         Tuesday Is Duster Dance Day—Dust Your Home

·         Wednesday Is Desk Day—Deal with Bills and Paperwork

·         Thursday Is Floor Day—Clean Your Floors

·         Friday Is Wrap Up Your Week Day—Clean Out Your Car, Clean Out Your Purse, and Put Your Home in Order for the Weekend

·         Saturday Is Family Fun Day—Work or Play as a Family

 

Areas of Focus

Each area of your home gets close attention one week each month.

The Gathering Areas                       1st-7th                               The Living Room, Family Room, Den, or TV Room

The Kitchen                                        8th-14th 

The Master Bedroom                     15th-21st                This Includes the Closet and Attached Bathroom

The Welcome Areas                        22nd-28th               The Front Porch, Entry and Dining Room

The Family Bathroom                     29th – End of the Month

Other Weekly Activities

·         When is your trash collected? Check your fridge for things that area about to become science experiments. Discard them, and put out the trash the night before

·         When is the recycling collected. Prepare and put out the recycling the night before

 

The Bones of the Day

Begin your day the night before:

·         Do lunches need to be packed? Pack lunches

·         What’s for breakfast? Set the table and put out anything that does not need refrigeration

·         What’s for dinner tomorrow? Does anything need to be moved from the freezer to the refrigerator? Making a decision about dinner the night before is especially important if you work outside the house

·         Is the house in order? Walk through your home and put it in order

·         Take out the trash

In the morning:

·         Make your bed

·         Personal grooming

·         Quiet Time

·         Start a load of laundry and keep it moving all the way to put away

·         If you are at home –take care of your daily tasks and special projects. If you school at home everyone can be involved before you sit down with the books. Caring for your home is both a family and learning activity

In the afternoon

·         Take cleanup breaks throughout the day to keep the amount of toys and other things that are out from being overwhelming.

·         Plan a healthy lunch and healthy snacks at set times

·         Put your home in order again before dinner

·         Move to your evening routine

The Laundry

Each morning, I check to see if there is a load of laundry (or two). I sort primarily by lights and darks. If there is a lot of laundry I sort by color and weight (such as jeans, towels, and delicates would be washed each in their own load). I make a point of keeping the laundry moving, often using my cell phone to time the loads. I make sure that laundry is put away. If you simply put clothes on their beds the clothes may end up on the floor and back into  the laundry without being  worn. In the beginning with very small children, open the drawer, hand the item to your child, point to where the item goes, and let them place it in the drawer. As they become more skilled and responsible they can increasingly do the task independently but inspect, don’t expect. Roy usually worked full time and much of the time I was an at home wife and mom, so I took care of his clothes. It was part of my caring for him. Your work with your children is teaching them to become skilled and independent in the tasks of regular life.

 

SET AN EXAMPLE

Set an example. Do not expect your children to do or be what you are not. This includes

Having a relationship with God

Worshipping God in private and as a family

Taking care of yourself

Dressing modestly and appropriately

Speaking well and using appropriate language

Telling the truth

Knowing the difference between right and wrong

Caring for your home including picking up after yourself

Being kind

Not gossiping or saying cruel or critical things about others

Being aware of current events

Being aware of how the government works. Be informed and vote.

Praying for our leaders both in church and in all levels of government

Showing respect for others

Showing respect for authorities including police officers

Driving well and obeying traffic rules

Arriving on time

Do you want your children to be smokers and drinkers?

Be wise in the use of alcohol, if you use it. Don’t smoke.

What qualities do you admire in others that you would like to emulate?

What else should we be modeling for our children?Our Home

Let’s Praise Him!

I shared this in another group and then marypaitsel-august-29-2016it with you:
Good Morning, Lovelies!
Years ago when I was a young Christian, I read a book by Merlyn Carothers named “Power in Praise.” It talked about what happens when we take our eyes off the situation, place them firmly on our Father and begin the praise Him for the answers even before we see them. We have a Father who loves us. As we trust Him and trust in that love, it allows Him to work in us and in our situation. Our Father has given us free will, even if that will chooses to reject Him and His salvation. I choose today to trust Him and that He is working in my best interest and in the interests of others both in and through my life. We cannot live in rebellion toward God and His way and then blame Him for the results so let’s praise Him today, right now!
Love, love, love,
Mary

Reporting In-Yesterday Was a Marathon

Good Morning. Lovelies!
When I arrived home on Thursday the grass had grown, the weeds had the nerve to do the same thing, too. The towels had all disappeared from the linen closets and the dust and dirt of two weeks had made its way into the house. Mail had kept being delivered, too. Didn’t they all know I was on vacation??!!
Today is my 68th birthday and I wanted to not spend the day cleaning house and doing laundry so I did it all yesterday. It was a marathon but because of the habits developed over the years I was able to put everything back into order. It feels so good.
I used my basic plan outlined in Digging Out – Steps to Fast Clean-Up which is under the Files tab for this group. I kept the TV off and avoided my phone. I did take some breaks to play with Liam but by dinnertime the house and yard were in much better shape with some things deferred to their “day”
After a quick sort and a lot going into the trash the paperwork is deferred to Wednesday–Desk Day and the floors are deferred to Thursday–Floor Day. By bedtime the last of the laundry was folded and put away. This morning I woke up to time for my Happy Hour (Quiet Time) and a few errands.
I have also started making an effort to see things that have made their home where they don’t belong. One of the dogs is gone but her bowl and water reservoir were still on the back deck. I washed them both and put the water reservoir on the corner of the front porch for Maggie. We become clutter blind after a while and don’t see things that are accumulating without purpose throughout our home. Only by intentionally looking at each surface, corner and area can we see where the Clutter Monsters have taken up residence and defeat them. They keep coming back but I keep kicking them out. I don’t want my children to have to deal with them when I am gone so I keep up the battle. 😉
Well, sweet sisters in the fight to have functional and pleasant places for ourselves and our loved ones, have a glorious Sonshiney day , even if the skies are cloudy.
Love, love, love,
Marymarypaitsel-august-29-2016

Overview–SundayAugust6thtoMondayAugust14th–The Gathering Spaces and The Kitchen

Overview for the Week of  Sunday, August 6 to Monday, August 14, 2017

The Final Day in the Gathering Areas is Monday the 7th.

The Area of Focus from Tuesday, August 8th to Monday, August 14th is the Kitchen.

The Upcoming Area of Focus from Tuesday, August 15th  to Monday, August 21st is Your Bedroom, Closet, and EnSuite Bathroom.  An EnSuite is a bathroom attached to your bedroom. If there is not a bathroom attached to your bedroom you may clean a family bathroom, but don’t have to. The Focus on the Bathroom is from the 29th to the end of the month.

Daily Focus

Sunday

  • Worship as a family
  • Coordinate activities with your family and plan your week together

 

Monday

  • Put your home in order after the weekend
  • Clean your toilets
  • Check storage for any needed items—toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, cleaning products

Tuesday

  • Duster Dance Day—put on happy music and swoosh that dust right out of your home

Wednesday

  • Desk Day—deal with paperwork

Thursday

  • Floor Day—sweep or vacuum then mop hard floors. Vacuum traffic areas

Friday

  • Put your home in order for the weekend
  • Clean out your car
  • Clean out your purse, diaper bag, computer bag, backpack or whatever you carry with you when you leave the house

Saturday

  • Family Fun Day—work or play together as a family

Have a week filled with hugs, smiles, and love,

Mary

 

Understanding Areas of Focus:

Focus on one area of your home for six days. Do your basics and spend 15 to 30 minutes decluttering, organizing, or cleaning in your zone per day week. Sunday is a day of rest. The Father knew what He was doing in creating a rhythm of work and rest.

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

My Cleaning Checklist for the Gathering Spaces –1st to the 7th

(Living Room/Family Room/TV Room/Den)

  • Have you cleaned cobwebs? (M)
  • Have you cleaned the light fixtures? (M)
  • Have you cleaned windows? (M)
  • Have you cleaned the window treatments? (EOM)
  • Have you cleaned any marks and fingerprints from walls and woodwork? (M)
  • Have you cleaned decorative items? (M)
  • Have you cleaned out the fireplace? (as needed or seasonally)
  • Have you cleaned out the end tables? (M)
  • Have you straightened the bookcases/entertainment center?(M)
  • Have you dusted the lamp shades? (M)
  • Have you polished the furniture? (M) Have you dusted? (W)
  • Have you culled out dated magazines and catalogs from magazine basket or rack? (M)
  • Have you cleaned the phone(s)?(M)
  • Have you vacuumed the traffic areas? (W)
  • Have you vacuumed under, around and behind furniture and drapes? (M)
  • Have you shampooed the carpets? (S)

 

Kitchen Cleaning Checklist—The 8th to the 14th

  • Are 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)

 

Bedroom Checklist—The 15th to the 21st

  • 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:

  • Are 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)
  • 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)