Today is Friday the Second Day of January 2015–Wrap Up Your Week

Today is Friday the Second Day of January 2015—Friday is Wrap Up Your Week Day—

  • Clean out your purse, backpack, diaper bag, computer bag or whatever goes out the door with you.
  • Clean out your car
  • Vacuum the traffic areas in your home—give special attention to your Area of Focus

DSCN0041Area of Focus: January 1st to 7th: Living Room/Family Room

Get ready for a major declutter in your Living Room/Family Room

  • Spend 15 to 30 minutes each day going through a small area in these areas this week.
  • Pick a place to begin and work your way around or out. Either start at the door and work your way around the room either to the right or left.
  • OR begin in the far corner of the room and work your way out of the room.
  • Deal with each drawer, shelf, cabinet, or surface as you come to it.
  • Remove everything from one small area at a time. Replace only what you decide to keep in that area.
  • Keep like items or items used for the same purpose together.
  • You must decide where you will keep each item. If every drawer is a miscellaneous drawer you will continue to have cluttered, messy drawers.
  • You can find drawer dividers to corral small items at Walmart, Target, Dollar Tree and specialty stores as well as online.
  • Don’t over organize. Don’t buy organizers until you have identified a need for them. Organizers can become part of the clutter.
  • Each item is either a Keep, Put Away Someplace Else, Donate, or Toss. Things that belong to others can be put in a basket near your door to deliver to its rightful owner on your next errand day.

Cleaning Your Living Room/Family Room

  • Start high and work your way down.
    • Are there any cobwebs in your corners or on your walls?
    • Do you have ceiling fans that need attention?
    • Don’t forget to dust your window treatments and curtains as well as your blinds and window sills.
    • Dust the surfaces in your living room. Again, start high and work your way down. The answer to “Do I dust or vacuum first?” is –Dust first.
    • Check the storage areas (shelves, drawers, and cabinets) in these rooms and put them into order.
    • Vacuum thoroughly—behind, under and around.
    • When you clean under the cushions of your couch use care. You may encounter sharp objects. I can honestly say you never know what you will find there.
    • Finally, take out the trash. Stand back and look around to enjoy the work you’ve accomplished.
    • Maintain, maintain, maintain.
    • MAKE IT A PRACTICE: Keep a basket for quick pickups. Empty the basket often to keep it from becoming a catch all.

IMG_0371I am using the One Year Chronological Bible (NLT) to read through the Bible in 2015. I am using a notebook for extensive notes on what I am reading basically using the SOAP method.

Scripture

Observation

Application

Prayer

I am also memorizing two passages of Scripture per month with Beth Moore’s Siestas Memory Team http://blog.lproof.org/2014/12/siesta-scripture-memory-team-2015-instructions-and-spiral-information.html

2015 is my year in the Bible—I am looking forward to seeing how God’s Word will transform me in 2015.

The Coat Closet
The Coat Closet

For my January major declutter beside working in my Area of Focus each day I am taking one small area for special attention. Today my One Small Area is The Coat Closet (or wherever you keep your coats, gloves, boots, and other outdoor clothes as you come and go.)

Love and Hugs,

Mary

Monday my One Small Area will be The Powder Room

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Today is Wednesday the last Day of 2014, December 31, 2014—New Year’s Eve

Today Philippians 4:1-9 –Words of Encouragement—Some of my favorite verses. (See below)

Roy's Desk
Roy’s Desk

Each Wednesday is Desk Day

  • Pay Bills
  • Take Care of Any Personal and Family Business—are there any issues that need to be dealt with? Notes to write? Cards to send? Calls to make?
  • File: Put away any papers you may need to reference in a way that you can locate them when needed.

The Area of Focus for Today is the Bathroom—What needs to happen in your bathroom to make it less cluttered, more orderly, cleaner, and a more pleasant room for use?

Tomorrow is the First Day of January 2015—The Area of Focus from the 1st to the 7th is The Living Room/Family Room.

With first days come fresh starts. Continue to work in your Area of Focus but let’s take one small area of your home each day to get rid of clutter and put into order.

Our HomeThe special declutter begins outside your front door—

  • Walk out to the street and turn and look at your home.
  • What do you see? —this is the first view of your home by family and friends alike.
  • Is there any trash or clutter?
  • What can you do to say welcome before someone enters the door?
  • Put away or throw away clutter.
  • Does your welcome mat say welcome or is it in need of replacing? Do you have anything that you can use to replace the mat until you can budget to buy a mat that iswhat you really want? I moved my front mat to next to the back door when I had the money to replace it. Both mats are functional and in good condition but the mat that was by the front door was strictly functional and I wanted something prettier. Do the best with what you have. Make a wish list and buy what you need when you have the money.
  • Does your front door need paint? Did you know you can use Pledge to restore a gloss to the door? You will need to wipe the door down with mineral spirits to remove the wax when you paint..
  • I keep seasonal wreaths—some of which I have made—and switch them out as the seasons change. I like to use flowers and other things on the table on the front porch. We have an American flag and I have seasonal flags on our front porch that we switch out. Today I will put out the New Year’s flag and take down the Christmas flag.

In anticipation of the change of focus from the Bathroom to the Living Room/Family Room—Here is the Living Room Cleaning Checklist—

DSCN0041My Cleaning Checklist for the Living Room/Family Room

  • 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)

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

imageWalking Through Philippians: Philippians 4:1-9 Words of Encouragement

This short section, as Paul begins to end his letter to the Philippians, contains some pithy advice.

How does Paul begin to end his letter to the Philippians?

  • 1Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stay true to the Lord. I love you and long to see you, dear friends, for you are my joy and the crown I receive for my work.

What instructions does Paul give to two women who are in disagreement?

  • 2Now I appeal to Euodia and Syntyche.
  • Please, because you belong to the Lord, settle your disagreement.

Paul appeals also to his “true partner”. What is Paul’s appeal?

  • 3And I ask you, my true partner,b to help these two women,

Why?

  • for they worked hard with me in telling others the Good News.
  • They worked along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are written in the Book of Life.

What instructions does Paul give?

  • 4Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!
  • 5Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do.

Why?

  • Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
  • 6Don’t worry about anything;
  • instead, pray about everything.
  • Tell God what you need,
  • and thank him for all he has done.

What will be the results?

  • 7Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.
  • His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
  • 8And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is:
    • true,
    • and honorable,
    • and right,
    • and pure,
    • and lovely,
    • and admirable.
  • Think about thingsthat are
    • excellent
    • and worthy of praise.
  • 9Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing.

What will be the result?

  • Then the God of peace will be with you.

Tomorrow—Final words in Philippians.

Love and Hugs,

Mary

Tomorrow enjoy the day with family and friends

Friday—One Small Area—The Coat Closet or wherever you keep your coats, gloves, boots, and other outdoor clothes as you come and go