Our Renovation–Part One

Our HomeMy New Adventure

On November 26th my daughter Summer and her family will come to visit for the first time in more than a couple of years since their move to Utah.  I plan to use that date as the date I want to be finished with refreshing our home. Roy and I have already started to go through our home to refresh it. The powder room is like new. The kitchen is almost there with some new cabinets, fresh paint, a new gas range, and a stainless steel dishwasher. Roy is taping and filling in the dings and dents in the walls  on the first floor. We are painting the interior of our home with a pale creamy yellow. He is at work in the dining room today.

My plan is to give attention to each area while keeping the rest of the house in good order. It is a challenge to keep the rest of the house in order when you are doing a renovation project. It’s almost as if having one area out of order gives you permission to ignore everything else. I plan to keep things in order including the laundry and have regular healthy not fast food meals for Roy and me. I am setting a standard.

The Car

I began yesterday with my room on wheels –our car. When we returned from Alabama I took time to scrub off the insects and road dust with my Norwex car mitt. Yesterday,

  • I removed everything from my car that does not belong in it,
  • I used a Norwex microfiber cloth to wipe down all the surfaces inside the car. I like using the microfiber cloth because I can use it on windows, the dashboard, the console, the seats—all surfaces without needing any type of chemical cleaner and not changing from one cleaner to another.
  • I vacuumed the floors and seats, as well as the floor mats.

I made sure the bags I carry in the trunk of my car for use in shopping are in order. I also keep a BIG umbrella in the trunk.

Ta Da! My car is clean. I am scheduling a service visit next Wednesday.

Mission car—Complete

This morning I woke early. I was ready to begin to go through each area of my home again. An easy area is the family bath which is no longer in daily use. I cleaned the sink and tub and checked each cabinet and drawer to make sure it is in order.  We have purchased a new light fixture, towel racks, and toilet paper holder and that room is ready for paint sometime in the next couple of weeks.

Family Bath—ready for renovation.

Movie Storage

We have a storage cabinet in the hallway upstairs for movies. I went through the cabinet and moved a few items that had traveled outside their categories. Yes, I am obsessive—I categorize and alphabetize. We had some audio tapes in that cabinet so I moved them to my office so I could transfer them to CD, then I will pass them on to someone who still listens to cassettes.

In Our Room

I then attacked our walk-in closet. I do this regularly so it is now easy. Actually the challenge is that I have purged and purged and it has gotten hard to let go of what I have left. I want everything in my closet to be clean, wrinkle free, in good repair and fit. This applies to my clothes and Roy’s. I asked him if there were any of his clothes that needed attention. He said no but I still took a few minutes to look at each piece of both mine and his clothing. I realized I was not wearing some of my dresses because they are lightly wrinkled so I took them out of the closet to give them attention.

I opened each drawer in my dresser. I pulled some tee shirts and camisoles out of the closet and moved them to my dresser. I had space in the dresser and this freed up rod space in the closet.

I looked at what I had on the shelves and made labels for some of the containers. Label, label, label. We always think we will remember what is in a box, bin, basket or other container but especially when the containers are similar, we don’t.

I realized I had two beach bags so I put one away in my closet for next year and took the other out of service. If I don’t have another use for it, it may be donated at the end of this super purge.

I noted when I opened Roy’s chest of drawers that he needs some new boxer briefs so that goes on the list for my next shopping trip.

Master Bedroom Closet and Dressers in Bedroom—in order

As soon as I finish this post I am going to give the front porch a little attention and then make sure the house is in good general order.

Then, I am going to return to my bedroom and check the entertainment center. Next, dreaded dusting that almost seems futile because of our work in the house.

The next area I will focus on after our bedroom is in order is the kitchen. I tried to put everything away in just the right place when Roy was finished working in the kitchen but some things need to be rearranged.

I will take breaks for water, and lunch. When I take a break I will write down anything that has come to mind that I need to do or buy, if I have not already written it down.

This afternoon I have a hair appointment so I will quit in time to pull myself together and head out the door to be on time and honor my friend and hairdresser, Robin’s time.

Dinner Plan–I am going to start some black bean soup for dinner.

I am planning my work and working my plan.

If you are going through your home to declutter, organize, and clean, you may want to make a list of each room and each storage area within that room. Checking off your progress gives you encouragement when encouragement is not coming from anywhere else.



I was getting long winded so I broke this into two posts.


Monday, April 29, 2013—Bathrooms and Gearing Up for May


Every Monday—Clean ALL your toilets and check your  bathroom supplies—paper, personal, and cleaning—add things you are about to run out of to your shopping list for your next errand day.

  • Do not wait until you are out of anything to add it to your shopping list


Our area of focus today and tomorrow is our Bathrooms.

Cleaning Your Bath and Keeping it Clean

The goal of bathroom cleaning is to keep the surfaces clean and sanitary.

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 at least once a day. Develop the habit of wiping out the sink after every use and it will stay clean.
  • 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)
  • Dump the trash.

Total Time=2 minutes a day!

Make it a habit to leave the bathroom clean each time you use it. If you are keeping the bathroom clean by cleaning the sink, mirror, toilet and tub as they are used, a little more cleaning will keep it sparkling weekly.

Monthly—give the toilet a more thorough cleaning, use bathroom cleaner on the sink, tub, and other surfaces and then use a steam mop, Swiffer, or mop and a bucket of all-purpose cleaner to clean the floors.

  • Clean towels used on clean bodies and hung up to dry after each use will only need to be changed once or twice a week.
  • Make the bathroom a clutter free zone. Keep the area spa-like by limiting what is on the counter tops.
  • Dispose of out of date medications and cosmetics regularly.
  • Each month as you go through your home, take care to let go of everything in your bath that you do not use.


Wednesday is May 1st!  We will be focusing on our Living Room/Family Room areas.  Concentrating on one area at a time builds energy and anticipation. I am eager to begin again on Wednesday  to spend time making my Living Room and Family a welcoming and pleasant place for my husband and our family and friends when they visit.

My grandson 12 year old, Brayden, spent Saturday night with us. He announced to me Sunday morning that he had made the bed this morning. Usually I ask him to help me make the bed he sleeps in. I was so delighted that he took the initiative and made the bed today without any prompting from me! My sweetheart boy is growing up!

Keep starting over. You only fail when you quit trying

  • Every seven days start over on an area of my home.
  • Every time I am not as kind as I could be, I try again.
  • When I eat the wrong thing when I am trying to lose weight, I start over again immediately, instead of giving up and waiting for the next Monday.  
  • Sometimes I mess up over and over and over again but I will not quit.
  • I am still learning to try to keep my tongue when I have nothing nice to say. It’s a challenge to remain gracious when I am tempted to respond in kind when others are less than gracious to me.
  • I know with decluttering, caring for my home, and a host of other things, including the way I treat others, the more I practice, the better I get. As Winston Churchill said, “Never give up! Never, never, never, never give up.” (Unless you are doing the wrong thing 3;-)


A Preview of the Week

  • Tomorrow is Duster Dance Day, and the last day in our Bathroom(s). I’ll share information on Cosmetic Shelf Life—no your makeup does not last forever!
  • Wednesday is Desk Day and our first day in the Living Room/Family Room.
  • Thursday is Floor Day—continue with the Living Room/Family Room.
  • Friday is Wrap up the Week: Clean out your purse. Clean out your car. Vacuum the traffic areas. In your area of focus, vacuum thoroughly—around, under and behind.
  • A little effort each day turns Saturday from a work day to Family Fun Day
  • Sunday is the wedding ring God has placed on our week. A reminder of our relationship with Him. Set Sunday apart to worship God, and spend time with God. He wired us and knows we need a day of rest and a change of pace.