I am so excited to begin this week. You dread it? It doesn’t have to be that way. I delight in my God. I delight in my relationships. I delight in this day. Intentionally. This does not mean that everything in my life is the way I want it—it isn’t. I believe God is at work in my life and in the lives of others and that nothing that happens in my life is without purpose. I believe that God will use my challenges in my life and the lives of others for good.
This is the day that the Lord has made I will rejoice (take joy and delight) in it. Psalm 118:24
It is 5:28. I am dressed. I have had part of my Quiet Time. I have put the ingredients in my bread maker for the first rising, and here I am ready to share my life, my heart, and my mind with you.
We are in the middle of refreshing our home with fresh paint throughout our home, new light fixtures, towel bars, and mirrors in the bathrooms. Roy is painting the interior of our home a creamy yellow. It is getting sunshiny in here even on a cloudy day. I am going before and behind him making sure each area is in order, and taking pictures off the wall and clearing surfaces in the areas he is about to paint. This is a challenging purge for me because I have been purging for over 30 years now and I pretty much like everything in my home.
One special project this week is settled into Wednesday because Thursday is our trash pickup day. I need to clean out the refrigerator and freezer. The freezer was left open over night by person unknown over a month ago and most everything thawed. I am going to have to do a close my eyes and pitch for some items. I do not want to use fish and meat that has thawed and refrozen so out it goes. I tried some of the ice cream products and the texture had changed so out those things go, too. PAIN!!
Monday—Kick off the week, clean toilets, and check for needed supplies of any kind in the bathrooms
Tuesday—Duster Dance Day
Thursday—Floor Day (sweep and mop hardwood, tile or linoleum floors)
Friday—Wrap Up the Week—clean out the car, clean out my purse, and vacuum traffic areas.
Saturday—Family Fun Day—we work or play together as a family
Sunday—Worship and Plan—First we worship—intentionally show our honor to God by sharing a time of worship with our church family, and being a part of a Life Group and studying God’s word together.
If I do the basics each day and pickup after us everything does not descend into chaos.
In the Areas of Focus (aka Zones) Today is the 13th today and tomorrow would be in the kitchen but my kitchen is clean. There are a couple of things I have left in the kitchen:
- Clean the ceiling fan
- Go through the freezer compartment of my refrigerator
I will do these two things today and tomorrow.
On Wednesday I have an appointment to get my car serviced so I will run most all my errands that day along with cleaning out the fridge and freezer. Group your tasks so you can save time and gas. When I run errands, I plan my route so I can avoid backtracking.
Beginning on Wednesday until the following Tuesday (15th-21st) the regular Area of Focus is the Master Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet. This area is orderly and ready for paint so my next area to go through is my office. Again, this is hard because I want every book and piece of paper I own but I still need to review each thing and some will go to new homes like the waste basket or thrift shop.
Our favorite thrift shop is the ROC Thrift Shop in Chester. My daughter called me Saturday morning and I dropped everything to go looking for some chairs for her new office at work. We found two chairs for her to paint and reupholster. After she painted one of them she discovered when she reupholstered it that it was made by the Murphy Chair Company in the 1800’s and it was worth (before the paint) around $200. We found it for about $17.00 at the ROC! We also found some art work that ended up being her father’s and my gift to her for her promotion–an early Picasso reproduction, a watercolor from the 1940’s and some lovely matted scissor work. If you know what you are looking for or you are just on a treasure hunt you can find really neat things at a thrift store. Just make sure you really need it or you may be donating it back to them. The store gives discounts to senior and military on Mondays. So . . . On the way to pick up Brayden I am going back to see if a light fixture she fell in love with is still there and get it for her for Christmas.
Speaking of Christmas—the holidays are on the way so why not begin to add a grocery item to each shopping trip to ease the pain of buying everything for your holiday meals at one time. Also, be alert for unique things your family really wants and start buying them, wrapping them, and stashing them in the attic.
We went to Joanne’s together and found the fabric and batting for reupholstering the seats of the chairs and had lunch at the Olive Garden together. What a nice time with one of my lovely daughters!
Shortly after I got home she messaged me the picture of the painted and upholstered chairs. They are darling!
The kitchen, powder room, and dining room are done. These rooms have been painted and put back in order. The curtains are washed, the storage areas are in order. I will dust again after Roy finishes painting down here probably on Thursday afternoon. Roy is taping a room and repairing walls one day and cutting in and rolling the walls the next so it is basically a room every two days. We are taking Sundays off—God designed us for a rhythm of work and rest. Rest is needed for us to function. We cannot run full tilt all the time. Honor God’s plan by taking rest on Sunday and making little oases of rest for yourself and your family throughout your day each day of the week.
Remember, declutter and organize your home one foot at a time and then maintain. Work around each area dealing with each item as you come to it—keep, belongs somewhere else in your home, donate or give away, return to rightful owner, or throw it away if none of the other categories apply. Each time you go through your home you get better at this. You are not going for sterile—the goal is to create a warm and welcoming environment—first for yourself and your family, and –then for the people that God brings through the doors of your home.
Tonight for dinner we are having Italian sausage with peppers and onions.
This week I want to talk about some things we need in the kitchen so we can actually cook and bake. So check back in tomorrow.