Each Day a Little More

Good Morning, Lovelies!

Each day a little more,

Several areas that were really messy are now much more in order

·         The bathrooms including their closets

·         The laundry closet

·         The rooms that my daughter and her sons occupied

·         The main floor is in good general order

·         I am working through the yard—one small area at a time

·         I cleaned the living room carpet and cleaned carpet stains in much of the house using Spot Shot.

I need to keep reminding myself of what has been accomplished and not be intimidated by the mountain in front of me.

In front of me—other than the monumental garage and attic – is my closet, the craft closets, and the kitchen. These areas have been in order at one time but extra people putting things in any empty space, and being out of commission for almost three months have caused them to suffer.

I keep putting things away in the right places.

I keep making sure the areas I have cleaned stay in order.

I am sharing pictures as I get areas done. Someday I will begin to remember to take pictures before I start working.

When I see something I need to buy—I write it down.

When I see something I need help with—I write it doen.

When I see something that needs to be done while I am working on a task, I write it down.

The empty spaces that are appearing are an encouragement in themselves.

Love, love, love,

Mary

 

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Overview for June 26 to July 2-The Front Porch, Entry, Dining Room, and Family Bathroom

Overview for Monday, June 26, to Sunday, July 2, 2017 Areas of Focus—Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room (26-28) Family Bath (29-30)

Each day’s very basic tasks are:

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

No matter what else you do or don’t do, try to do these things. This is survival mode

Each Day’s Mission for Each Week

Sunday

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

o    Make sure all family activities are on the calendar and that you have what you need for each activity—rides, clothes, food, money

o    Limit activities to preserve family time especially meals together—there is such a thing as too busy

 

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—Make sure to enlist the help of your mini-assistant(s)

Wednesday

  • Desk Day—

o    Deal with paperwork

o    Pay bills

o    Make sure your phone calls and correspondence are up to date

Thursday

  • Floor Day—

o    Sweep or vacuum floors

o    Mop floors

o    Give special attention to your Areas of Focus

Friday

  • Wrap up the Week Day

o    Clean out your car

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

o    Put your home in order for the weekend

Saturday—Family Fun or Family Work Day

  • Spend time together as a family
  • Work or play but make it fun
  • When you have a family work day, end the day with a fun activity—a family movie or game night, ice cream-go out together or make sundaes at home, collect fireflies, laugh together

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

Work from Top to Bottom and around the room in whichever direction you want.

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)

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)
  • Clean light fixtures and replace any burned 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 Family Bath

  • Wash Area Rug—also toilet seat cover, and shower curtain. (M)
  • Clean sink—Wipe 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)

 

Here comes July, and the first week contains a holiday—Get ready for the challenge!

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

Mary

 

I have been working in my yard, one small bit at a time. It is a challenge to keep not only the areas of our home that I have cared for, for years, but also the areas Roy cared for –the garage, yard, porch, deck, and cars, maintained and in order.cared for

Adapting Change to Routines

Dear Friends,
Our lives will change continually and we will have to tweak our routines and how we approach somethings. People move through our homes, at least through mine, and they bring stuff with them. We have activities that have stuff attached to them.
For me I like to focus on what I can get done instead of focusing on why I cannot get things done. This has been true through traveling, surgery and recovery, going from two to seven people and two dogs in my home and now back down to 2 to 3 people and one dog.
Do what you can as you can. We are home managers. We are the thermostat in our home. Our homes reflect us, our attitudes, our efforts. I considered Roy in all my choices while he was alive but my home reflected and still reflects me. That’s because I do most of the work. The yard, garage, and attic reflected Roy. He did most of the work in those places. I am struggling with those areas but I am committed to bringing order in each/all of those areas.
You are the manager. What needs to be done in your home and how will you accomplish it? Plan your work. Work your plan.
When life and kids bring stuff into the house where can you best store these items? Do not store what will never be used again. Disassemble it. Reincorporate it into your home. Donate it. Sell it Toss it.
To not decide is actually a decision to remain in the situation you are in. Putting off some decisions often just prolongs the misery. Returning again and again to the same item you know needs to go without tossing it means you will continue to be faced with that decision.
Please do not consider me to be critical of your situation. I have learned these lessons through being faced with them myself–RAW EXPERIENCE.
Love, love, love,
Marymarypaitsel-august-29-2016

Reporting In–Another Closet Done!

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 Someday I will remember to take before pictures. 

Good Morning, Lovelies!

After running in sand on Wednesday, yesterday I made progress!!! I took back another section of the flower garden, did a light declutter of much of my home, put my bathroom closet in order, and got boxes and junk out of my upstairs hallway before baking scones and going to an evening Bible Study.
What is a light declutter? I went room to room throughout my home and simply put things away. I looked under beds, cleared stuff off of dressers, and counters. Often things are left out so long on counters and other surfaces that we begin to think of them as part of the décor. I looked at each surface and put away what I could–where it belongs–not just stuffing in a drawer or closet.
In the closet in my bathroom, area by area, I removed everything and put back only what I actually use or plan to use. If I do not use the things I now plan to use they will be disposed of in the next go round. When everything was off the floor of the closet, I cleaned the floor before putting anything back. I had a small green machine that no longer worked well. Yesterday was trash day. I picked up the machine, and took it to the curb. I loved it while it worked.
I have a load for the local thrift store that I will take there tomorrow morning.
Today, I may not be able to work in the flower bed because it looks like it rained over night. I hope to get to the laundry closet I planned to put in order on Wednesday but found my grandchildren needed me more. I also need to do stain patrol on my carpets and thoroughly mop and vacuum. Thursday, was Floor Day but I transferred its tasks to today.
Next on my list–a couple of days cleaning out my closet. It often doesn’t take as long as I think it will but I would rather plan for longer.
It feels good to be making some progress and see the stuff disappear. It is also so much easier to keep up with the areas I have put in order.
How are you doing? Where are you in making your home less cluttered, more orderly, cleaner, and a nicer place to live?
Love, love, love,
Mary

Reporting In

Good morning, Lovelies!
Confession–I was taxiing my grandson Kobe (13) to his mom’s home (40 minutes one way) and caring for grandson Liam (1) yesterday. While I did get a few more yards of hoeing done in one flower bed, I accomplished little else.
I have wrapped up some paperwork (letter to my Compassion child in Bolivia) this morning, and decluttered in my room this morning. I plan to work at putting my home in order and hope to get to more of the closets that are waiting for me to put them back in order. The key is when you don’t get what you want to get done, done one day try again the next. Life doesn’t always (actually almost never) happen the way we plan but let’s not let it defeat us. Let’s adapt,marypaitsel-august-29-2016 modify the plan and keep going.
Well, I am going to spend some happy time in God’s Word and with God’s Word, and then attack, attack, attack my challenges again for the day.
Love,love, love,
Mary

Reporting in–Paperwork challenge!

My Desk
My Desk

Good Morning, Lovelies!

Yesterday my first activity after my Happy Hour (aka Quiet Time) making my bed, and putting the house in order, was to mow the front lawn. I need to learn how to put gas in the lawn mower, I also need to learn how to use a weed eater. I don’t really want to do these things but they are good exercise and I want a nice looking yard. This morning I am going to weed another area of the flower bed.
Yesterday, I finished an audit for a school group and the leaders of the group stopped by to pick it up and we enjoyed raspberry scones, and Lady Grey tea. Then off for a hair cut, and trip to WalMart. I chose fresh fruit as my snacks and stocked up on raspberries, black cherries, and black grapes and salad veggies–spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, and avocado.
The closet I ended up cleaning was my cold closet, aka the refrigerator. There was food from the activities around the wedding in the fridge and it needed to go. Pretty much everything in there is healthy now.
Today is Desk Day and I am finishing up some paperwork. I also get to begin to help care for my 1 year old grandson, Liam. I want to get as much as I can before my son leaves for work. The laundry closet is near their bedroom so that is my focus today. I am also providing taxi service for another grandson to his mom’s new home. That means I will get to visit with her charming and delightful mother-in-love, another Mary.
Tonight, dinner out with a group of wonderful friends! Looks like a really nice day.
How are the things on your list? What can you cross off your list today?
How is the paperwork in your house? Consider gathering it up and doing a quick sort. Reserve items that need immediate attention. Put the rest in your action files–To Do, To Pay, To Read, To File. One of the best files is File 56, also known as the wastebasket. If you do not need a piece of paper, cannot conceive of eve needing it -THROW IT OUT! If you don’t you will have to handle it over and over and over again.
Have a wonderful day! Yeshua says you are the light of the world-be light in the midst of darkness, speak light, live light–that is walk in, live in, and speak in genuine love.
Mary

Overview June 19 to June 25-The Master Bedroom (19-21) The Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room (22-28)

Overview for June 19 to  June, 2017 Areas of Focus—Master Bedroom, En Suite Bathroom, and Closet (19th  to the 21st) and Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room (22nd to the 28th)

The  Area of Focus from Monday the 19th  to Wednesday the 21th 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 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

 

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

 

Sunday

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

 

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

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)

Work from Top to Bottom and around the room in whichever direction you want.

 

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

Front Porch Cleaning Checklist (22nd to 28th)

  • 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

  • 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).

 

 

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

Mary

My Report-Day Two Taking Back My Home (Including the Yard)

Good Morning, Lovelies!
I am about to head outdoors to mow the lawn before it gets hot outside. Again, in taking back my yard ,that was always Roy’s responsibility, I am committed to spending a few minutes mowing, weeding, hoeing, trimming each morning.

I followed through and made sure the house was orderly, not clean, but at least orderly while I work through getting rid of clutter, putting in order (organizing) and deep cleaning.
This project is not a couple of weeks or possibly even a couple of months but I am using reporting in to you as part of my motivation.
Yesterday I finished an audit that I committed to doing for one of my grandchildren’s activities. I made some phone calls that will save me hundreds of dollars, and reduced the paper pile significantly. I did cook dinner. I did take a shower and get cleaned up after my stint weeding a flower bed. Oh, and my watch counted it as exercise!
Today, I hope to attack at least one closet and I have a hair appointment.
What’s on your list?
When you notice something that needs to be done, put it on your list. It is great to cross things off that list. Focus. Don’t go down rabbit trails. Plan your work, work your plan. And yes, I do say some of the same things over and over again. It works!
Love, love, love,
Mary

Starting Fresh–Again!

Good morning, Lovelies!
Well, my daughter and grandsons have moved out and into her new home with her new husband. Most of the boxes are gone and I have begun putting my home in order after weeks of required inactivity and lots of extra people doing interesting things in my home. Putting my home in order will take weeks, if not months. The order underneath is still there but this is a great time to start over and declutter, put in order, and clean.
1. The yard has suffered since Roy’s death so each morning I will spend a few minutes in the yard.
2. It is necessary to keep up with basic home maintenance. Laundry and dishes and general good order will be maintained before I declutter, put in order, and deep clean.
3. I must keep up with paperwork. I cannot neglect paying my bills on time and taking care of business as it occurs. If you have not been taking care of your paperwork, make an appointment with yourself for Wednesday morning, gather all the papers in your home, do a quick sort by –To Pay, To Do, To Read, To File. Put the To Do items on your calendar. Work from current back instead of trying to start with the oldest.
4. Do not go down rabbit trails. When you see something that needs to be done, put it on your Master To Do List. Do not get distracted from what you are doing to do something else. Stay focused. Try to do between one and three items off that list each day. If you can do more–Hooray!–but one thing off the list is progress.
I am starting fresh. Follow along and work with me!
Love, love, love,
Mary My Desk

Overview Sunday, June 11th to Saturday, June 17th–The Kitchen and Your Bedroom, Closet and EnSuite Bathroom

Overview for the Week of  Sunday, June 11 to Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Area of Focus from Thursday, June 8th to Wednesday, June 14th is the Kitchen.

The Area of Focus from Sunday, June 15th  to Wednesday, June 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 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

 

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)

 

Bedroom Checklist

  • 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)