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 (M) Are there any foods that need to be used before they go out of date?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)

 

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Today is Friday the 16th Day of January 2015—Each Friday We Wrap Up the Week

Today is Friday the 16th Day of January 2015—Each Friday We Wrap Up the Week

Wrap Up the Week:

  • Clean Out Your Purse, Diaper Bag, Computer Bag, Backpack or Whatever You Take With You When You Go Out the Door

File the receipts you NEED to keep, Remove trash. Carry what you need but don’t overload (as I tend to do). One of my failings is putting things back where they belong when I am in a hurry. I regularly take time to put things back in place in my purse. DO NOT sit in an unlocked car going through your purse. Sometimes this world is not as safe as we would like it to be.

  • Clean Out Your Car—whenever you arrive home take any trash out of your car and take everything into your home that does not belong in the car. On Friday take extra care with this. Cars that are well cared for maintain their value. Somehow a little mess gives permission to make a bigger mess.
  • Vacuum the Traffic Areas in Your Home—Take extra care in your Area of Focus—Your Bedroom, Closet, andDSCN0055 Bathroom.

The One Small Area in the Major Declutter is under your kitchen sink.  Don’t keep cleaning supplies you will never use. Pass them on to someone who will even donating them if need be. If no one will every want something—throw it out. Do not keep rusty Brillo pads, and empty bottles.

Saturday is Family Fun Day—Work or Play together as a family, and make it fun. Humor can defuse many situations.

Sunday is for Worship, for Family and Friends and for Planning—Sunday is usually not a shopping, cleaning, or laundry day. We keep the dishes done and make the beds as well as picking up after ourselves but it is a day of rest. Coordinate your family calendars and make sure you know the needs for the week. Example, my grandson has an orchestra concert on Thursday—what clothes will he need? What time does he need to be there? Who is driving him? On Saturdays he has basketball—is his uniform clean? When does he take snacks? When are his practices? Who is driving?

My planner
My planner

Plan ahead and you will not be confronted with those last minute challenges.

Monday through Wednesday the Area of Focus continues to be the Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet. Monday is also Martin Luther King Day and you may want to use part of the day to go through your children’s rooms with them if they are not in school conventional or home schooling.

Next week the One Small Areas will be in the Bedroom and Closet.

Love and Hugs,

Mary

Monday the 12th Day of January 2015—Launch Your Week and a Daily Area of Focus Plan (Alternate)

Monday the 12th Day of January 2015—Launch Your Week by:

  • Putting Your Home in Order after the Weekend
  • Cleaning Your Toilets
  • Checking Your Bathroom for Any Needed Supplies—Personal, Paper, or Cleaning

The One Small Area for the Major Declutter is the Pantry

The Area of Focus through Wednesday is the Kitchen.

I like to use Weekly Areas of Focus
Week One     The Living Room/Family Room (1st-7th)

Week Two     The Kitchen (8th-14th)

Week Three  The Master Bedroom, Closet and En Suite (15th-21st)

Week Four     The Front Porch/Entry/Dining Room (22nd-28th)

Week Five      The Family Bathroom

Another alternative: A Daily Focus plan:

Monday—      Bathrooms/Toilets

Tuesday—      Front Porch, Entry and Errands/Dusting

Wednesday—Kitchen/Paperwork

Thursday       Living Room, Dining Room, Family Room/Floors

Friday—          Master Bedroom and Closet/Vacuuming/Car/Purse

Saturday—     Family Projects and Fun Day

Sunday—        Worship, Rest, and Plan

For Your Children

Gently inspect one child’s room each day. Give directions and encouragement, not criticism. Weekly inspections keep full blown disaster areas from developing. Insist beds be made daily.

Give the tasks in your life a place to live in your schedule and remember that work expands to fill the amount of time allotted for it. Get your work done first and quickly and then enjoy time with family and friends.

Love and Hugs,

Mary

Today is Thursday the Eighth Day of January 2015—Thursday is Floor Day

Each Thursday, sweep, vacuum or dry mop your hard floors: tile, hardwood, linoleum and then damp mop or wash your floors. In between sweep as needed  and wipe up spills as they occur.

The Area of Focus for the Next Week is The Kitchen

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)

Spread these tasks over the next week. Make it a habit to keep your counter and sink free of dirty dishes. Preserve your counter space for food preparation. Use the front 2/3 of your counters and keep the small appliances and décor items on the back 1/3.

Tomorrow is Friday, the Day we Wrap Up the Week by

  • Cleaning out the bags we take with us when we leave the house—purse, totes, backpack, diaper bag, computer case.
  • Cleaning out the car
  • Vacuuming the traffic areas in your home
Laundry Area
Laundry Area

The One Small Area today and tomorrow for the major declutter is your laundry area. What do you need to do to make your laundry room less cluttered, more orderly, cleaner, and a more pleasant place to be?

Tomorrow we will talk about laundry.

Love and Hugs,

Mary

Part 2: What do I need in my kitchen? Appliances—large and small

Keep your counters clear and your dishes done. Empty your dishwasher as soon as the cycle is over and put dirty dishes inside instead of leaving them in the sink.
Keep your counters clear and your dishes done. Empty your dishwasher as soon as the cycle is over and put dirty dishes inside instead of leaving them in the sink.

Most kitchens have a sink, stove with oven, and refrigerator. In some studio apartments a microwave and cooktop may replace a range. That is survival mode. A microwave is handy for reheating food but for turning out really good meals from scratch you need a stove with an oven. I will say that when we were in Korea years ago I did manage to make a Thanksgiving dinner on a hot plate. I am no longer sure how because it’s been almost 40 years but necessity is the mother of invention.

I like having a freezer in the garage. It is handy for keeping food on hand and taking advantage of sales. We make soups and stews from leftovers and freeze them in gallon bags laying flat on a cookie sheet just in case they leak

SMALL APPLIANCES: The past few years I have been focusing on upgrading my small appliances

I have a Shark Ninja that acts as both a blender and a food processer and a mini food processor.

A toaster

Mixers

I know have attained to a Kitchenaid mixer. For years I used a hand mixer –first manual and then electric. I use it to make cakes, cookie, and other baked good. I also like to make my own whipped cream.

Love, love, love to use a crockpot

I have a coffee/spice grinder. My most frequent use for it is to grind flaxseed for bread making.

HANDY BUT LESS NECESSARY

If you do lots of Asian cooking you may want a rice cooker.

On the luxury list if you have the space to store them and will use them regularly:

A citrus press for making your own fresh juices.

A pressure cooker—a fast and healthy way to prepare meats, vegetables and stews.

An ice cream machine.

What are some of your favorite small appliances? How often do you use them?

Part One–What Do I Need in My Kitchen?

imageFirst, if you are a gadget person I suggest you take all the gadgets, put them in a box and set them outside your kitchen door. When you need the gadget, get it from the box, use it and put it back into your kitchen. After a few months, donate anything that is left in the box.

For breadmaking:

I have learned to make good, healthy bread over the past several months. I had been making sourdough (which is delicious) but after receiving a loaf of whole wheat bread from a sweet friend who mills her own flour I was ready to convert. I watched her more than once as she put her bread together and then enjoyed a bread baking class with her and another sweet friend for our Daniel Plan study. Then I began to accumulate what I would need to duplicate the breads they make. A couple of things were slightly expensive machinery—a Nutrimill grain mill and a Zojurushi bread machine.

The Nutrimill is for grinding wheatberries into flour. The flour is then stored in the freezer to keep it fresh. Flour with the wheat germ in it will become rancid if not kept in a refrigerator or freezer.

The Zojurushi bread machine is a wonderful machine. I add all the ingredients in order of the recipe I use and then let it do the work of kneading. I then punch down  the dough and shape the loaves and put them in the pan for the second rising before baking. This bread is both healthy and delicious.

For any cooking:

Measuring cups—dry and wet

In the process of learning to make bread I learned what had somehow escaped me for year. There are measuring cups for dry ingredients and measuring cups for wet ingredients. Too use the measuring cups for dry ingredients you spoon the dry ingredients into the cup, tap the cup to remove an air pockets, and then level the ingredients with a knife. To measure wet ingredients I love the slanted measuring cups that are easy to read. Oxo makes a great line of these measures. In using any other measure of wet ingredients look at the cup from eye level, looking from above will not give you an accurate measure. Accurate measures give you good and consistent results.

Timer

A timer will help you keep your focus on your food and help you get it out of the oven, fridge or stovetop on time. As with measuring cups—accurate measures (of time) will give you good and consistent results.

Knives

You only need a couple of knives, and good knives are pricey. A good knife will hold its edge. I invested a little over a hundred dollars for my cook’s knife and paring knife—and they were on sale and far from the most expensive end of the spectrum. It is so much easier to slice, dice, mince, and just about anything else with a good knife. Start where you are and work your way up to a good knife and keep it sharp. Dull knives cause more injuries than sharp ones.

Baking stones especially a pizza stone

They are good for baking biscuits, cookies, breads, and pizza. I once saw one at a yard sale and explained to the lady how to use it and how handy it is. She took it back into her kitchen. Read the materials that come with the baking stone and never wash it with soap. Rinse and scrape.

Stainless cookware

There are reportedly health problems that come with using aluminum cookware. I bought a set of Calphalon that I love. Stainless steel works well, too. I have a Revereware pot that I have had for almost 45 years and it still is almost like new, especially when I shine the copper bottom (Relax, I don’t do that often.)

A vegetable steamer

A vegetable steamer helps keep the nutrients in the food that go out with the water you cook them in.

Cutting boards

I love my Epicurean cutting board, but I also have several plastic boards. Cutting boards save your counters, they save your knives, and using different boards for different items like meat and veggies is good for sanitary reasons, too. The Epicurean board has rubber edges that keep it from sliding when I am slicing or dicing.

(to be continued)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Bible Reading: Leviticus 19-20; Psalm 48

 

Area of Focus: March 8-14—The Kitchen

Monday is Launch Your Week Day:

  • Take 15 minutes to pull your home back into order after the weekend. Don’t obsess, just grab the trash, and things that are out of place and bring a sense of order and peace back to your home
  • Clean your toilets
  • Check your bathrooms for any needed supplies and add them to your shopping list for the week. Do not wait until you have used the last square of toilet paper, squeeze of toothpaste or drop of shampoo to put it on your list. Think ahead.

Attack Your Clutter for 15 to 30 Minutes

Walk in God’s Love.

Our Ongoing Saga—Roy had a good report from the doctor on Friday. We are staying fairly close to home and Iam avoiding nighttime and some daytime activities so I can be close at hand for him.

I have the nicest friends who have brought some pretty incredible food. Cathy made beautiful chicken pot pies and homemade bread. Gail brought pot roast, sweet potato casserole, and a coconut pineapple pie. I am more than grateful.  My level of understanding of the support people need during an illness or family emergency has grown a lot. We have been blessed to not have needed this kind of support in the past but I am so grateful for it now.

My Purpose:

And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

Colossians 3:17 (NLT)

IMG_0351My purpose is to represent the Lord Jesus Christ continually. I cannot be a part time believer. I cannot say I am a believer and then function in my life as if I did not believe in God. My goal then becomes to represent Jesus well in all things.

I am to represent Jesus in my attitudes. Are my attitudes Christlike?

I am to represent Jesus in the way I care for others–family, friends, strangers. Am I loving at all times and in all ways. Is that love God’s agape love instead of just a mushy feeling? Is that love a love that truly cares for the best interest of the other instead of my convenience? Do I respect other people as God’s unique creations?

I am to represent Jesus in the way I speak. Do I speak the truth in love? Do I truly listen to others of am I more concerned about making an impression of how wise, intelligent, well connected, or important I am?

I am to represent Jesus in the way I dress. Am I modest? Do I ascribe to hotness or do I seek to reflect the beauty and glory of God?

I am to represent Jesus in the way I work. Do I work as if I were lovingly working for Him? Do I work only to impress others? Do I work only when someone is watching?

I am to represent Jesus in the regard I have for all of God’s creation. I am a steward of what I have and what lies before me. Am I intentional about making good and appropriate use of resources? How do I use my time? How do I care for where God has placed me? How do I make use of the finances he has allotted to me?  Do I give back to Him and to others in His name?

I am not my own, I was bought at a high price. The price of my redemption was the blood of Jesus Christ. So I do not live for myself, but for Him. I want always to remember that all I am, all I have, and all I will ever be is in His hands for His use. I want to be a daughter who reflects Jesus. I want to be a sister who reflects Jesus. I want to be a wife who reflects Jesus. I want to be a mother and a grandmother who reflects Jesus. I want to be a neighbor who reflects Jesus. I want to be a woman who reflects Jesus.

I fall short continually. That does not mean I will give up. I admit to being an unintentional hypocrite. Again, that does not mean I will give up trying to reflect Jesus. We see in a glass darkly now but one day face to face and when I see Him I will finally be as He is. Until then I will try to remember the One I am to represent–day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment.

This Week We Are in the Kitchen:

One small way of loving my husband--Each morning after I fix a cup of coffee, I set up Roy's cup of coffee
One small way of loving my husband–Each morning after I fix a cup of coffee, I set up Roy’s cup of coffee

Here is the Cleaning Checklist for the Kitchen:

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)
  • Have you taken out the trash? (D)

Spread the tasks out over your week. After 15 to 20 minutes working in an area, we often lose focus, slow down, and become less effective. Use your timer to keep you moving and focused.

 

It was my intention to move on with Galatians this morning. If you are following along, take time to read the letter to the Galatians each day over the next few days.

Roy is needing a lot of attention and I am not sure of my time or activities from day to day. I am praying and trying to figure out what I am doing for the next few weeks. Please keep us in your prayers.

Hugs,

Mary 

 

 

October 10, 2013, How Do I Store My Staples? and Titus 2—A Review of Parent/Child Relationships

imageRemember to refer to Monday each week for the Area of Focus (Kitchen) and today’s tasks (Floor Day)

Other than an office supply a staple is a basic food supply you keep in your kitchen. Staples include flour, sugar, oil, coffee, rice, pasta and other commonly (at least once upon a time) used supplies. How do I store these items for best flavor?

The storage place for any of these items should not be over a stove or under-cabinet lighting. The heat will cause faster deterioration

Item

How and Where to Store

How Long?

Notes

Bread Crumbs (dry) In a cool dry place or refrigerator Cool dry place: 3-6 mos.Fridge: 2 years For fresher flavor, refrigerate after opening
Coffee Airtight container in a cool dark place 1-2 weeks Whole beans can be frozen for a month. Do not refreeze
Flour:All-purpose

Whole wheat

Air tight container in a cool dark placeCool dry place

Fridge

Freezer

10 to 15 monthsCool dry place: 2-3 mos.

Fridge: 1-2 mos.

Freezer: 6 months

When weather is hot keep flour in the freezerOil in bran becomes rancid (spoils) at room temperature
Honey Cool, dark place Indefinitely If the honey has become crystallized, place open jar (not plastic container) in a pan of simmering water . Stir honey until crystals dissolve. If honey is stored in a plastic container, place container in a bowl of very hot water
Maple Syrup Refrigerator /freezer Fridge: 1 yearFreezer: indefinitely Buy in glass containers only. Maple syrup will mold, glass containers help prevent mold.
Oil (Vegetable) Cool dark place or fridge Cool dark place: 3 mosFridge: 6 mos. Don’t leave refrigerated oil out. Oil does not like frequent temperature changes.
Pasta Air tight container  in a cool dry place 1 year After opening, move to an airtight container
Rice:White

Brown

Airtight container in a cool dry place/fridge/ freezer IndefintelyCool dry place/fridge:

Up to 6 mos.

Freezer: 1 year

Oil in bran becomes rancid at room temperature
SugarWhite

Brown

Airtight container in a cool dry placeAirtight container in a dry place of plastic bag. If you store it in a plastic bag, squeeze all the air out to help it stay moist and keep from hardening. Indefinitely4-6 months Brown sugar hardens when it dries out.  Put a slice of bread in with the sugar. The moisture from the bread will keep your sugar soft. Because the bread will eventually harden, replace it every three to four days. The bread will not mold.

 Titus 2 — How does submission apply to the parent /child relationship? (From Ephesians 5)

IMG_0001In my last post, I wrote about how we walk out the attitude of Christ in our lives and in our marriages based on Ephesians 5.  Today we look at the parent-child relationship.

The motivation continues to be our relationship with the Lord. We do not just treat others well because we love them or they deserve it but because we belong to the Lord.

Ephesians 6:1-4

  • Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. (v.1)
  • “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: (v. 2)
    • If you honor your father and mother,
      • “things will go well for you,
      • and you will have a long life on the earth.”(v. 3)

A child obeys their parents because the child belongs to the Lord. Not because the parent deserves it. No one is required to obey any direction apart from the Lord—to do wrong. There is never a right to do wrong. In refusing to do what is ungodly, each person in each relationship must remain civil and respectful. This is a challenge in many relationships and situations but God’s Holy Spirit will help you learn how to respond and you will become wise in the process.

Now for us as adults, fathers and mothers, we come to a much ignored instruction. We need to model respectful behavior before our children and to our children.

  • Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them.
  • Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

While a parent is not submitted to the child, the parent is to be submitted to the Lord in the way they teach, instruct, and discipline their child. Discipline is not punishment. Discipline is training. We not only teach our children what not to do but also what to do and how to do it. Telling a child to go clean their room without teaching them how leads to a frustrated child and a needlessly frustrated parent. Teach your children, not once but over a period of time, giving them increased responsibility. Demonstrate and demonstrate and demonstrate until your child can do any task well. Praise the good and correct what is less than good. Zig Ziglar said, “Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly until you can do it well.” Make learning, interesting, pleasant, and even fun.

Many of us were not taught by our parents. If this is true of you, and you were not taught or you were not taught well, ask the Lord to help you to learn and to teach your child godly living. My mom was not taught by her mom, so my mom did not teach me. I had to make a point of learning as an adult. I am still learning. If I can learn, you can learn.

Hugs,

Mary

Tuesday, May 14, 2013, Duster Dance Day and Your Planner

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Last day of this month with The Kitchen as your Area of Focus (Zone).

  • What do you need to do in the kitchen to make it a low clutter zone?
  • To make your kitchen more orderly?
  • To make your kitchen a more welcoming and pleasant place to be?

Take a few minutes today—Tuesday, Duster Dance Day-to make the wood surfaces in your kitchen glow.

Did I mention—it’s Duster Dance Day??!! Grab your duster, put on the music and dance your dust away. This is a quick once over for the flat surfaces in your home. A feather duster will allow you to dust around the things on your surfaces without moving each one.

My favorite duster for lampshade and things with curves and crevices is . . . . A soft painter’s paintbrush! image

Tomorrow—New Area of Focus—Your Bedroom, En Suite Bathroom, and Closet.  As the season changes take a few minutes each day over the next week to try on your summer clothes.

Everything in your closet should fit, be clean, and be in good repair. You should also be able to feel good in the clothes you wear. The cut of your clothes can either emphasize your flaws or flatter. Let’s go for flattering. The colors of the clothes you wear should also be flattering. Show respect for yourself by the way you dress and care for yourself. If you do not respect yourself, other than God, who will?

Have you put together a household planner with:

  • Emergency phone numbers—in an emergency you will be so glad to have these numbers at your fingertips. It took me over 15 minutes to find the emergency  number for the water department—not something I’d want to do if there was a broken pipe or other water emergency after hours.
  • Household instructions—What day is the trash picked up? The recycling? Is there any routine maintenance unique to your home?
  • Cleaning checklists for each room
  • List of birthdays and special occasions
  • Cycle menus
  • Personal information for each family member—blood type, SSN
  • List of credit/debit cards

Note –disguise important numbers in some way so they cannot be misused.

This planner is primarily for others to refer to in your absence. You may need it, too, if your cell phone is not charged or for a quick reminder.

Love your home and take care of what you have. When you despise what you have and don’t care for it, your home is kind of a sad place—no matter what the value of the real estate. When you appreciate what you have and care for it you create a place that says love and welcome.  I used to enjoy going away for a few days to a B & B. Then one day my husband pointed out we were not as comfortable in the B&B’s as we are at home. I have happily ruined it for myself. I smile every time I pull into our driveway.  Our home is not all high end finishes but it’s HOME and I love it here.

Don’t spend all your time and money trying to escape from your home. Instead, a little effort each day will over time create a place where you, your family, and friends will love to be.

Hugs,

Mary

Just a Little Grammar—

Principle—how something works or a standard

Principal—a person of first rank

The principal explained the principles of ethics for the school.

Monday, May 13, 2013 Launch Your Week and What Do I Do About a Stubborn Ring Around the Potty?

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My Mother’s Day gift from one of my beautiful daughters.

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Our current Area of Focus (Zone) is our Kitchen—

  • How do your appliances look?
  • Do you maintain them and keep them clean inside and out?

What we appreciate and care for well serves us better. It may not be the stove, refrigerator, microwave, or dishwasher of your dreams but if you keep it clean and in good condition you will be able to make better use of it. My stove hood microwave is several years old but looks new because I clean it regularly. The same is true of my other appliances.

Years ago my stove was dying a slow death and I could not afford to replace it. We priced new coils for the stove top and a new element for the oven. The cost wasn’t that bad! New coils, new element and a good cleaning later my stove was almost like new and worked well for several years more.  Appreciate and take care of what you have.

  • Are the coils on your fridge free of dust?

Your fridge will work much better if you keep the coils free of dust. Take off the guard at the bottom and vacuum underneath your fridge.

Today in your kitchen give your appliances some love. If any appliance is not working well, what does it need to function better?

Each Monday clean your toilets and check your bathroom for needed supplies—personal, paper, and cleaning. Add anything you are about to run out of to your shopping list. Do not wait until you have used the last roll, the last drop, or the last squeeze before you add it to your list.

Ring Around the Toilet

Reply to a member’s question: What is the best way to get rid of ring around the potty? I’ve tried comet, soft scrub, CLR, and a pumice stone! It looks dirty but I scrub-a-dub it regularly!

  • First, turn off the water to your toilet (behind the toilet) and flush to remove the water from your toilet.
  • DO NOT FLUSH THE PAPER TOWELS I AM GOING TO TELL YOU TO USE.
  • Line your toilet with paper towels.
  • Saturate paper towels with vinegar or CLR or some other acidic cleaning product. The paper towels should be in contact with the ring around the potty.
  • Let stand for about an hour. Check to see if the ring is gone or loosened.
  • You may need to use the pumice if there is any ring left.
  • Don’t forget to dampen the pumice or it will scratch the porcelain.
  • Remove paper towels to a bucket and dispose.
  • Turn water back on and flush! Ta Da — no more toilet ring.

Whenever you have flat cola whatever the brand (Pepsi, Coca Cola, Generic) dump your flat cola in the toilet and allow to stand for around an hour and flush. Makes you think about what we drink, doesn’t it?

Preview of the Week—

In the Kitchen—Monday and Tuesday—What needs to be done to finish up in the kitchen? Tomorrow is Duster Dance Day—we will give our cabinets a little extra love.

Wednesday, May 15th-Tuesday, May 21) Our Bedroom, En Suite Bathroom, and Closet

Rhythm of Each Week

Monday—Clean Toilets and Check Bathroom Supplies

Tuesday—Duster Dance Day

Wednesday—Desk Day

Thursday—Floor Day

Friday—Wrap Up the Week—Clean Out Your Purse, Clean Out Your Car, Vacuum Traffic Areas

Saturday—Family Fun Day

Sunday—The Day of Rest God has given us as a reminder of our relationship with Him. Sunday is like a wedding ring on our week. Worship and spend time with family and friends. Change your pace.

Launch a Great Week!

Hugs,

Mary

A Little Grammar—

Regardless means “without regard to” Irregarless is not a word. It would mean without regard to without regard to—redundant!!