Monday is Launch Your Week Day–The Area of Focus from the 15th to the 21st is Your Bedroom, Closet and En Suite Bathroom

DSCN0056Monday is Launch Your Week Day–

  • Put your home back in order after the weekend
  • Clean your toilets
  • Check your bathrooms for any needed supplies and add them to this week’s shopping list.

The Area of Focus from the 15th to the 21st is Your Bedroom, Closet and En Suite Bathroom

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The Area of Focus from February 15th to 21st–The Master Bedroom, Closet and En Suite Bathroom

Master Bedroom Checklist

DSCN0056Work from Top to Bottom and around the room in whichever direction you want.

  • 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:

  • IMG_0075Are 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)
  • DSCN0054Clean 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)

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

Before Pictures from Our Bedroom and Closet

We have been refreshing our home. The chairs, bedspread, drapes, and accessories from our bedroom have moved down the hall to the guest room. This is the last sharing of pictures from our room before. Even when a room is lovely, it needs to be refreshed from time to time.

My perfumes and powders will continue to reside on my dresser in this basket.
My perfumes and powders will continue to reside on my dresser in this basket.
My half of our closet --Roy's half is just fine, too.
My half of our closet –Roy’s half is just fine, too.
My purses and sweaters
My purses and sweaters

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Sunday, March 16, 2014 to Saturday, March 22, 2014–Routines

Sunday, March 16, 2014 to Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sunday is Planning Day—Coordinate Your Schedule and Calendar with Your Family

Bible Readings:                               Monday— Numbers 4-5                                                Psalm 54

Tuesday— Numbers 6-7                                               Psalm 55

Wednesday—Numbers 8-9                                          Psalm 50

Thursday—Numbers 10-11                                          Psalm 56

Friday—Numbers 12-13                                                Psalm 57

Saturday—Numbers 14-15                                           Psalm 58

Area of Focus: The Master Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet –March 16th to March 22nd

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Up Next Week: The Entry, The Front Porch, and The Dining Room –March 23rd to March 28th

Our Front Porch--I'm looking forward to Spring!
Our Front Porch–I’m looking forward to Spring!

Daily Focus:        Monday—Launch Your Week

Put  Your Home in Order after the Weekend

Clean the Toilets

Check Your Bathrooms for any Needed Supplies—Personal Care, Cleaning, or Paper Products

Tuesday—Duster Dance Day

Wednesday—   Desk DayMy Desk

Pay Your Bills

Bring Personal and Family Business Up to Date

File

Thursday—         Floor Day

Clean All Hard Floors—Hardwood, Laminate, Tile, or Linoleum

Friday—               Wrap Up Your Week Day

Clean Out Your Car

Clean Out Your Purse, Backpack, Diaper Bag, Computer Game or Whatever You Carry with You When You Leave the House

Vacuum the Traffic Areas in Your Home—Give Special Attention  to Your Bathroom, Bedroom, and Closet

Saturday—Family Fun Day

Work or Play Together as a Family and Make It Fun!

Head off the Clutter in Your Bedroom before It Starts:

Keep Your Dressers and Nightstand Clear of Clutter

  • Keep a Basket or Bowl on Your Dresser for When You Empty Your Pockets
  • Regularly declutter your nightstand. Keep only those things you use regularly.
  • Make Sure Your Have a Waste Basket Conveniently Located and Empty It Often
  • IMG_0424Don’t use your chair as a dumping ground for your clothes. Hang them up or put them in the hamper.
  • Get a Valet Hook and hang your clothes, jewelry, and accessories out the night before. Make sure your clothes are clean and in good repair.
  • Go through your clothes regularly and get rid of the things that are past their prime, don’t fit, or flatter.
  • I love the organizers we have in our underwear drawers.
  • The organizer I use in my underwear drawer
    The organizer I use in my underwear drawer

     

The organizer I use in my underwear drawer with my underwear in it.
The organizer I use in my underwear drawer with my underwear in it.

 

Rolling instead of turning pairs of socks into themselves saves the elastic at the top of the socks and keeps them together
Rolling instead of turning pairs of socks into themselves saves the elastic at the top of the socks and keeps them together

Complete Activity Chart—Master Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet

These are the tasks with frequency that are done in the kitchen. D=Daily, W=Weekly, M=Monthly, S=Seasonally, Y= Yearly, EO=Every Other.

Most of these tasks take only a few minutes so don’t be overwhelmed.

Frequency–Notes Day Done Delegate to:
Master Bedroom
Make Bed D      
Change Sheets W      
Vacuum W      
Dust W      
Dust Picture Frames W      
Polish Furniture M      
Clean Mirror M      
Clean Cobwebs M      
Wash Mattress Pad And Bedding EOM      
Clean Under Bed EOM      
Clean Windows EOM      
Turn Mattress S      
Clean Closets/Drawers S      
         
         
Master Bath        
Clean Sink D      
Clean Tub After Each Bath D      
Clean Mirror W      
Clean Toilet W      
Master Bath (cont.)        
Polish Countertop W      
Wash Floors W      
Wash Rugs M      
Clean And Organize Cabinets And Drawers M      
Clean Brushes/Combs M      
Clean Cobwebs M      
Wipe Down Woodwork M      
Clean Shower Stall M      
Wash Shower Curtain M      
Wash Windows EOM      
Clean Out Medicine Cabinet S      
Vacuum Bathroom Fan Grill S      
         
         
         
Master Closet        
Polish Shoes W   Only the shoes you wear  
Check For Clothes Needing Repair/Cleaning M      
Purge Closet Of Unneeded/Unwanted Clothes M      
Remove Seasonal Clothes S      
Organize Closet S      

Again, a little at a time. You will get it done.

Hugs,

Mary

Tuesday, February 18, 2014: Routines, You Can Do It and Walking Through Colossians: Colossians 3:

Bible Reading: Exodus 35-36; Psalm 36

Area of Focus: Master Bedroom, Bathroom, and ClosetIMG_0424

Each Tuesday is Duster Dance Day

Put on some happy music. Grab your favorite duster, gather up the dust in your home, and shake it outside.

Declutter for 15 to 30 Minutes

Walk in God’s Love

You can do it

  • If you plan your work and work your plan, you can do it.
  • Even a bad day gives you good data. Dr. Daniel Amen
  • A setback is a setup for a comeback. Dr. Daniel Amen
  • If you believe you can’t do it, you’re right. If you believe you can do it, you are right.
  • Our life is built of small choices. If you consistently make good choices you are building a productive life. If you consistently make poor choices . . .
  • You are either a part of the problem or the solution. Which do you choose to be?
  • For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 (NLT)

Live your life intentionally in line with the will of God.

Walking Through Colossians: Colossians 3: 18-25—Instructions for Christian Households

IMG_0351What does Paul say in Colossians 3 about relationships?

For wives

  • 18Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands,

Why?

  • as is fitting in the Lord.

For husbands

  • 19Husbands,
    • love your wives
    • and do not be harsh with them.

For children

  • 20Children, obey your parents in everything,

Why?

  • for this pleases the Lord.

Fathers

  • 21Fathers,c do not embitter your children,

Why?

  • or they will become discouraged.

Employees (slaves or workers)

  • 22Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything;
  • and do it, not only when their eye is on you
  • and to curry their favor,
  • but with sincerity of heart
  • and reverence for the Lord.
  • 23Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
  • as working for the Lord,
  • not for human masters,
  • 24since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.
  • It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
  • 25Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs,
  • and there is no favoritism.

Colossians 4:1 Masters—Bosses, managers, and supervisor.

  • 1Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair,

Why?

  • because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.

Hugs,

Mary

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bible Reading: Exodus  37-38; Psalm 37

Area of Focus: Master Bedroom, Bathroom, and ClosetIMG_0421

Each Wednesday is Desk Day

  • Catch up on personal and family business by paying bills, sending notes, cards, letters and emails, and making any needed phone calls
  • File–Store only those papers you will need in a way that you will be able to locate them when needed.

Declutter for 15 to 30 minutes

Walk in God’s love toward everyone, even your enemies

Wednesday, January 15, 2014: Routines, Your Bedroom, Produce, and Are You Feeling Overwhelmed?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Bible Reading: Genesis 29-30; Psalm 13

Area of Focus: My Bedroom, Closet, En Suite Bathroom (January 15th  to 21st) IMG_0421

Wednesday is Desk Day:

· Pay Bills
· Take Care of Personal and Family Business–Calls? Cards? Emails?
· File Needed Papers in a Way that Will Help Me Locate Them When Needed

 

Area of Focus

From today through next Tuesday (15th-21st)we are focusing on Our Bedroom, Our Bathroom, and Our Closet.

IMG_0424In your bedroom:

  • Have you gotten rid of any garbage?
  • Are there any piles of clothes that need to be put away?
  • Are your bedside tables in order, clean, and clutter free?
  • Are the tops of your dressers dusted?
  • Is there one type of item in each drawer or area of drawer?
    • Are your socks matched? I roll socks and put them into an organizer. Turning socks back into themselves wears out the elastic much faster. I buy all the same type of socks for my husband with only a few exceptions. (Yellow toe)
    • Do you have too many shoes?  (Yes, you can have too many pairs of shoes. If they don’t fit, are in poor repair, and you won’t ever wear them, they are excess) How are your shoes stored?
    • Is the area under your bed orderly? Make sure you vacuum this area thoroughly.
    • Do you have jewelry that is broken, unmatched earrings, or you will never wear again? Fix it or get rid of it. I confess to having a box of unmatched and broken jewelry in my craft area for use in crafting projects. I put a pair of my grandmother’s earrings on one of my Boyd’s Bears.
    • What is on your closet shelves and on your closet floor? Containers keep items together and free of dust.
    • Are your clothes organized by type in your closet? Is your closet well-lit?  Do you have a hook or valet rod for hanging your clothes for tomorrow?
    • What do you do with your dirty clothes? I don’t have a hamper in our bedroom because I take our dirty clothes directly to the
    • Is your bedding in good repair? Where are you storing your linens? You can bundle sets of linens into one of the pillows? Keep linens together by size. I try to have three sets  of sheets for each bed. One on, one in the laundry, and one in reserve.
    • Are there cobwebs in the corners? Are the drapes in need of cleaning or vacuuming? Are the windows clean and the blinds clean and dust free?
    • Are your light fixtures clean and free of dust?

 

IMG_0001Today is Desk Day . I stongly suggest that you try to keep bills and desk work out of your bedroom. I don’t like having a television in our bedroom but my husband does, so we have a television in our bedroom. Remember your bedroom is a sanctuary not a storage locker.

My bedroom did not morph into orderly quickly. Each month it will get better. Don’t get discouraged.

Don’t forget to maintain what you have accomplished.

 

Preparing Produce for Your Fridge????????????????????????????????????

  • When I get home from the grocery store, I put the groceries away and dump all the produce in the sink with 1 cup of vinegar to soak for 15 minutes. The vinegar removes dirt and coatings. I then tear up my lettuce for salads and put it on paper towels to dry before putting it in the fridge. I cut up my fruit and put it in a container. I can eat the fruit for a treat or put it in  a smoothie, yogurt, in oatmeal or cereal. This is in contrast to what I have done in the past–leaving it in the fridge until it gets mold on it and then trying to salvage a few pieces.

Before Bedtime Walk Through

  • When I do my before bedtime walk through I look at each room that is in order and take joy at what I have accomplished. When something is out of place, I put it where it belongs. If I notice something that needs more than a few minutes, I put it on my list for tomorrow.
  • Take joy and satisfaction at what you have accomplished. Let your work praise you when no one else does. Do it all for the glory of God and not to impress or for praise. If we are looking for praise, we will be discouraged.

 

Overwhelmed? 

IMG_0355I searched online at bible.cc this morning for the word “overwhelmed.” I saw Psalm 69 in the list. When I read  the words spoke of such discouragement. Then I saw that it was linked to the account of Jesus on the cross and suddenly the things that overwhelm me seemed so small. Read Psalm 69 in the New Living Translation , Holman, or another modern language translation. Somehow the elegant language of some translations makes the pain Jesus experienced seem more foreign. Today’s language makes it sound like something my heart feels at times like verse 20:
Their insults have broken my heart, and I am in despair. If only one person would show some pity; if only one would turn and comfort me. New Living Translation

When we are struggling with relationships or just the frustrations of every day life sometimes we feel very alone. The word search this morning began with the words in my heart that said, “and when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.” My Rock. our Rock, is Jesus who suffered through what we are experiencing multiplied by all the people who have suffered from the beginning of time. Multiplied even by the pain and experience of those who will never accept His payment for their sin. I am grateful when I feel alone, rejected, discouraged, or so many other negative emotions, that Jesus knows how I feel and paid for me to be reconciled to Him, to God. I will rejoice and be glad intentionally because the price is already paid, I have meaning, my life has meaning through Him. I am loved. I am accepted. I am free. That is not what the enemy is telling me this morning, but that is Truth. Today I choose Truth. Today I choose Life.

Hugs,

Mary

Monday, November 25th to Wednesday, November 27th–Focus on the Dining Room, Entry, and Front Porch–And Elephant Stew

Elephant Stew

ElephantYears ago when I was dealing with more in my life and home then I could handle, my fiance (I’ve been married for 38 years so that tells you how long ago it was) asked me “How do you eat an elephant?” I naturally thought that was an outrageous and stupid question, but replied sweetly (;-)) “I don’t know, How DO you eat an elephant?” His reply – “One bite at a time!!”

We can be pretty overwhelmed by the clutter and problems we face in our homes and  in our lives. We look at everything that isn’t quite right in every area – our weight, the clutter, our jobs, our kids, our spouse, the house, national politics, and on and on, and we feel defeated and discouraged.
Instead, look around you and find one thing that you can do quickly and simply. Even when you are totally worn out do just one thing and then quit if you need to.
For years I had a box of things that needed repair stuck in a corner of one of my disaster areas. One day I set aside a FULL DAY to deal with ALL THAT STUFF. I got out glue and needle and thread and my ironing board and that iron-on patching tape and set to work. THIRTY MINUTES LATER!!!! everything was fixed. There were things there that ever time I had looked at broken and damaged hurt my heart. It was so unnecessary. Now I keep needle and thread ready and glue close at hand and take care of things quickly. (It only took a few years to figure that one out!)

Please remember that it took me years to figure this out and even  more years to make myself take consistent action but if you will begin to deal with your challenges, from missing buttons to broken music boxes, I promise it will get easier. Do I smell elephant stew on the stove?

imageThe Area of Focus from Monday to Wednesday is The Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room. These rooms have more importance this week because you may be welcoming Family and friends to celebrate the many ways we are blessed by God. On Friday our Area of Focus is the Family Bathroom(s) for the last days of the month.

The Weekly Overview, Thursday is Thanksgiving so shift your Thursday task (Floor Day) to Friday because if you are doing a lot of cooking, your floor will get dirty:

Each Monday

  • Pull your home back together after the weekend
  • Clean all your toilets
  • Check your bathrooms for any needed supplies—personal, paper, and cleaning and add them to your shopping list

Each Tuesday—Duster Dance Day—Draft any little helpers in your home to help you. Grab some fun dusters, and put on some happy music and dance that dust right out of your home.

Each Wednesday

  • Pay your bills
  • Take care of any personal and family business—Cards to send? Phone calls to make? Emails or letters to send?
  • File any papers you need in a way that you will be able to locate them, if needed. Don’t clutter your life with papers you will never look at again. Toss them!

Each Friday—Wrap up your week—

  • Clean out your car—don’t forget to take in trash and personal belongings each time you arrive home but Friday is the day you give your car some extra TLC
  • Clean out your purse, backpack, diaper bag, tote, or computer case.  I straighten the contents of my purse regularly but Friday is the day I make sure everything is in order and I am not carrying a lot of weight I don’t need.
  • Vacuum the traffic areas in your home.

Saturday is Family Fun Day –whether you work or play together, make it fun. Create memories.

Sunday is the ring on your week that signifies your love relationship with the Lord—take time to worship. Then plan your week with your husband and children.

Anticipate the needs of each day ahead of time—for activities, games, concerts. Will food be needed? Special clothes or uniforms? Write it down now and work out the details calmly instead in a last minute panic.

My Daily Routine

 Note:  Involve your family.   You are not doing your children a favor if they are not learning to be good helpers and increasingly more able to take care of their clothes, toys and other possessions. Help them to make their bed in the morning until they are able to do it on their own. Their clothes should be laid out the night before and putting their rooms and toys in order before bedtime should be a regular part of their routine.

In the morning:

  •  Quiet time
  • Breakfast
  • Vitamins/Medications
  • Exercise – a regular short routine is better than a longer  routine you never do

Make laundry and dishes a priority

  • Laundry-I start a load of laundry first thing each morning and make a point of getting it into the dryer and then folded and into the drawers.
  • Dishwasher–Make a point of not leaving clean dishes in the dishwasher.  Unload the dishwasher as soon as the dishes can be handled.  Work to get your family to put their dishes directly into the dishwasher instead of leaving them on the counter or in the sink.  Start a load as soon as it is fairly full.

At the end of the day

  • Gather and Empty Trash
  • Lay Out  Tomorrow’s Clothes
  • Before Bedtime Walk Through

The 20 minute Walk Through—You Can Put Your Home in Order in Under 20 Minutes a Day

Develop the habit of picking up after yourself. There will be less to do during your walk through.

Your Bedroom–Under 7 minutes each day:

  • Make your bed either before or after your morning shower. (2 minutes)
  • Pick up and put away any clothes, shoes, or jewelry (4 minutes)
  • Straighten your surfaces (night stand and dresser) (under 1 minute)

Your Bathroom–Under 2 minutes each day

  • Wipe out the sink (30 seconds) I keep a stack of white washcloths under the sink and use them to wipe out the sink and wipe down the counters each time I use the sink. I noticed after some time that my husband has adopted this habit, too!
  • Wipe off the toilet seat and rim (20 seconds)
  • Swish the toilet bowl with a toilet brush (20 seconds)
  • Polish the mirror and faucet (20 seconds)
  • Keep a squeegee in the shower and squeegee the surfaces immediately after your shower or use a shower spray (20 seconds)

 Your Kitchen – Under 5 minutes each day

While the coffee is brewing:

  • Wipe down the sink (30 seconds)
  • Wipe off the stove (30 seconds)
  • Wipe down the counters (1 minute)
  • Sweep or Swiffer the floor (2 minutes)

Your Living Room—7  minutes each day

  • Use a mini vac to pick up crumbs (2 minutes) (If you don’t have a mini vac use a whisk broom and  small dust pan)
  • Straighten pillows on the couch and chairs and fold throws (2 minutes)
  • Spot clean end tables, coffee table and entertainment center – wipe off any fingerprints or other marks. (1 minute)
  • Put away CD’s and DVD’s. Straighten books and magazines. Discard newspapers (2 minutes)

Make a tote or totes for each area with any cleaning supplies you will need for your quick cleaning.

Cleaning principles:

  • Clean from the clean area into the dirtier area to avoid spreading the dirt around.
  • Work from the top to bottom to knock dust down.
  • Either work from the furthest corner to the door or work around the room in a single direction.
  • Vacuum after you dust.

Hugs,
Mary

Thursday, May 16, 2013—Floor Day and a Little More Laundry

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Each Thursday—Mop your hard floors.

  • Before you mop, remove any loose dirt (sweep) Otherwise  you may just be gluing the dirt to the floor with the water. Water + Dirt = Mud (Harder to remove)
  • Remember this is a quick once over—not a career. Work quickly and move on.
  • Give special attention only to the floors in your zone—this is their once a month cleaning.

Second day in our Area of Focus—The Bedroom, En Suite Bath, and Closet

Remember the Special Mission—Take 15 minutes to try on the clothes in your Closet—It must fit, be clean, and in good repair to earn space in your closet. Clean the dirty. Repair what needs to be repaired, and limit the amount of time you have to get back into anything that does not fit. Don’t make yourself miserable passing by those clothes from a different season in your life. The clothes in your closet should fit and flatter.

Each time you go through your home you will see improvement if you maintain and keep plugging away. Yesterday I posted pictures of my underwear drawer. Today—my husband’s sock drawer. image

It takes no time at all to find what I am looking for in my drawers and it is a breeze to maintain. I do not work as hard as you do.

Keep working around your room dealing with stuff as you come to it—one corner, one drawer, one shelf at a time. Do not empty the contents of your dresser and try to purge and put away in 15-30 minutes—one drawer at a time.

Focus and work quickly.  You will get it done.

A few more words on your laundry:

  • Give up the laundry marathon. Commit to doing at least one load per day Monday through Saturday—from hamper to sorted to washer to dryer to folded and put away.
  • DO NOT OVERLOAD YOUR WASHER AND DRYER—clothes must be free to move in your washer and dryer to get clean, dry, and relatively wrinkle free.
  • Do not use fabric softener on towels and washcloths. It makes them less absorbent.
  • In the beginning work with your little ones to put away their laundry. Even toddlers can place clothes in the space you show them. Teach them a little at a time. Will it take more time in the beginning?  Yes. Will it reap enormous rewards as they learn to work on their own? YES
  • Be gentle and patient.
  • Do not attempt to teach your husband anything. He is an adult. You may have to lead by example. Roy mows the lawn, takes care of the cars, and many other things. I put away his laundry. This is not a battlefield I choose to die on.

Hugs,

Mary

Just a Little Grammar—

The difference between capital and capitol (from Webster’s Dictionary)

Definition of CAPITAL

of a letter : of or conforming to the series A, B, C, etc. rather than a, b, c, etc.

 

a : punishable by death <a capital crime>

    b : involving execution <capital punishment>

    c : most serious <a capital error>

 

3 a : chief in importance or influence <capital ships> <the capital importance of criticism in the work of     creation itself — T. S. Eliot>

    b : being the seat of government

 

4   : of or relating to capital especially : relating to or being assets that add to the long-term net worth of a corporation <capital improvements>

 

5   : excellent <a capital book>

 

Definition of Capitol

1   a : a building in which a state legislative body meets

     b : a group of buildings in which the functions of state government are carried out

 

2  Capitol : the building in which the United States Congress meets at Washington

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.