- 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
Master Bedroom Checklist
Cleaning Checklist for Your Bath
Today is Friday the 16th Day of January 2015—Each Friday We Wrap Up the Week
Wrap Up the Week:
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.
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?
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,
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
Up Next Week: The Entry, The Front Porch, and The Dining Room –March 23rd to March 28th
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
Pay Your Bills
Bring Personal and Family Business Up to Date
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
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.
|Dust Picture Frames||W|
|Wash Mattress Pad And Bedding||EOM|
|Clean Under Bed||EOM|
|Clean Tub After Each Bath||D|
|Master Bath (cont.)|
|Clean And Organize Cabinets And Drawers||M|
|Wipe Down Woodwork||M|
|Clean Shower Stall||M|
|Wash Shower Curtain||M|
|Clean Out Medicine Cabinet||S|
|Vacuum Bathroom Fan Grill||S|
|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|
Again, a little at a time. You will get it done.
Bible Reading: Exodus 35-36; Psalm 36
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
Live your life intentionally in line with the will of God.
Walking Through Colossians: Colossians 3: 18-25—Instructions for Christian Households
Employees (slaves or workers)
Colossians 4:1 Masters—Bosses, managers, and supervisor.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Bible Reading: Exodus 37-38; Psalm 37
Each Wednesday is Desk Day
Declutter for 15 to 30 minutes
Walk in God’s love toward everyone, even your enemies
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Bible Reading: Genesis 29-30; Psalm 13
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.
Today 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.
Before Bedtime Walk Through
I 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.
Years 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?
The 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 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 Friday—Wrap up your week—
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:
Make laundry and dishes a priority
At the end of the day
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:
Your Bathroom–Under 2 minutes each day
Your Kitchen – Under 5 minutes each day
While the coffee is brewing:
Your Living Room—7 minutes each day
Make a tote or totes for each area with any cleaning supplies you will need for your quick cleaning.
Each Thursday—Mop your hard floors.
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.
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:
Just a Little Grammar—
The difference between capital and capitol (from Webster’s Dictionary)
Definition of CAPITAL
1 of a letter : of or conforming to the series A, B, C, etc. rather than a, b, c, etc.
2 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
Last day of this month with The Kitchen as your Area of Focus (Zone).
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.
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:
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.
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.