Overview for the Week of Sunday, June 4 to Saturday, June 10, 2017- The Gathering Areas

Overview for the Week of  Sunday, June 4 to Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Area of Focus from Sunday to Wednesday is the Gathering Areas—the Living Room, Family Room, TV Room, Den or Great Room.

The Area of Focus from Thursday June 8 to Wednesday June 14 is the Kitchen.

When do you choose to do the things you must do each day? What are the things you consider must do’s each day? These are part of your daily routine

Daily Focus

Sunday

  • Worship as a family
  • Coordinate activities with your family and plan your week together

 

Monday

  • Put your home in order after the weekend
  • Clean your toilets
  • Check storage for any needed items—toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, cleaning products

Tuesday

  • Duster Dance Day—put on happy music and  swoosh that dust right out of your home

Wednesday

  • Desk Day—deal with paperwork

Thursday

  • Floor Day—sweep or vacuum then mop hard floors. Vacuum traffic areas

Friday

  • Put your home in order for the weekend
  • Clean out your car
  • Clean out your purse, diaper bag, computer bag, backpack or whatever you carry with you when you leave the house

Saturday

  • Family Fun Day—work or play together as a family

Have a week filled with hugs, smiles, and love,

Mary

 

 

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. Sunday is a day of rest. The Father knew what He was doing in creating a rhythm of work and rest.

 

My Cleaning Checklist for the Gathering Areas—

Living  Room/Family Room/Great Room/Den

  • 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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

  • Are there any cobwebs? (M)
  • Are the light fixtures and ceiling fan clean? (M)
  • Are the windows and window treatments clean? (M)
  • Is your refrigerator clean —inside and outside? (M) Are there fingerprints? (as needed) Are you using leftovers? (D) Do any items need to be tossed?(M)
  • Is your freezer clean? (M) Are there any foods that need to be used before they go out of date? (M)
  • Is your microwave clean inside and out? (M or as needed)
  • Are your stove top and oven clean?(M or as needed)
  • Are your drip pans or grates clean? Do they need to be replaced? (M)
  • Is the stove hood and filter clean? (M)
  • Are canisters and decorative items clean? (M)
  • Are there fingerprints or other marks on walls, window sills and woodwork?(M)
  • Are doors and door frames free of marks?(M)
  • Are baseboards clean? (M)
  • Are cabinet fronts clean? (M)
  • Do your cabinets need to be put in order? (M)
  • Is your under sink cabinet clean and in order? (M)
  • Are your countertops clean and sanitized? (D)
  • Is your sink clean and sanitized? (D)
  • Are your floors swept? (D)
  • Do your floors need to be mopped? (W or as needed)

Are the dishes done and put away (D) Is the dishwasher empty?(D)

A Wrap Up of The Basics in Under 20 Minutes with a Little Cleaning Help

A Review of The Basics in Under 20 Minutes a Day with a Little Cleaning Help

Make a tote or totes for each area with any cleaning supplies you will need for your quick cleaning. One for each level of your home. Having your supplies gathered in one place will save you time and effort.

Cleaning is more productive if you:

  • 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.
  • Vacuum after you dust.

Homes can be more appealing when you take into consideration the five senses: Sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. Terry Willets has written some books on having a sense-sational home . I read these books in 1996 but they are still available on Amazon.

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The Complete Basics in Under 20 Minutes

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  • 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 DSCN0054

  • 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 but I try to keep the sink and counter clean each time I wash my hands.

  • 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)

 

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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)

 

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  • Use a small vacuum like a Shark Rocket to pick up crumbs (2 minutes) (If you don’t have a small vacuum 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)

 

The Fourth Area for Doing the Basics in Under 20 Minutes a Day –The Gathering Room

The fourth area for Doing the Basics in Under 20 Minutes a Day is the Gathering Areas—The Living Room, Great Room, Family Room, Den, TV Room

Your Gathering Room—7 minutes each day

  • Use a dustbuster or small vaccum like a Shark Rocket to pick up crumbs (2 minutes) (If you don’t have any of these 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)

 

Tidying, neatening, straightening, pulling together or whatever you care to call the process of bringing order to a room quickly depends on knowing what you have to do and spending focused time doing it. I believe you can beat the timer in many of these areas. Work expands to fill the amount of time you allow it. I have better things to do, don’

t you?

Overview for May 29th to June 5th, 2017-Your Family Bathrooms, and The Gathering Areas

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The Area of Focus from  Monday and to Wednesday is the Family Bathroom(s)

The Area of Focus from Thursday  the 1st to Wednesday the 7th is the Gathering Areas – the Living Room, Family Room, TV Room, Den or Great Room.

Daily Tasks

Monday

  • Put your home in order after the weekend
  • Clean your toilets
  • Check storage for any needed items—toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, cleaning products

Tuesday

  • Duster Dance Day—put on happy music and  swoosh that dust right out of your home

Wednesday

  • Desk Day—deal with paperwork

Thursday

  • Floor Day—sweep or vacuum then mop hard floors. Vacuum traffic areas

Friday

  • Put your home in order for the weekend
  • Clean out your car
  • Clean out your purse, diaper bag, computer bag, backpack or whatever you carry with you when you leave the house

Saturday

  • Family fun day—work or play together as a family

Sunday

  • Worship as a family
  • Coordinate activities with your family and plan your week together

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

Cleaning Checklist for Your Family Bath

  • Wash Area Rug—also toilet seat cover, and shower curtain. (M)
  • Clean sink—Wipe out after each use (D)
  • Polish faucets (D)
  • Clean 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)

 

My 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)

The Basic in Under 20 Minutes a Day-The Kitchen

The Basics in Under 20 Minutes—The Kitchen

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

 

These things work in your daily life

  • When you prepare meals, start by filling the sink with soapy water and wash your pots, pans, and utensils as you go.
  • Empty the dishwasher as soon as you can after you have run it through the cycle. Put dishes directly into the dishwasher as you use them. After you have developed this habit, teach it gently and civilly to your family.
  • At the end of your day, take the trash out if the trashcan is full. Trash cans often add an unwanted aroma to the air.

The Basics in Under 20 Minutes a Day-The Bathroom

The second area in doing the basics in under 20 minutes a day is the bathroom.

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 at least once a day
  • 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)

The Basics in Less than 20 Minutes a Day–Today, the Bedroom

For the next several days I am going to share small elements of The Basics in Under 20 Minutes. We routinely overestimate the amount of time we need to do routine tasks. Let’s give this a try (Nothing works if you don’t do it)
 
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)

15 Minutes at a Time

Yesterday, because I am continually doing too much and getting in the way of my recovery from surgery, I determined that I would do 15 minutes on my feet, 15 minutes off my feet, using a timer.
This morning my first 15 minutes were my Happy Hour (aka Quiet Time)
My second 15 minutes-driven by the timer- I put my Front Porch, Entry, Dining Room, Living Room, and much of my Kitchen in order. Resisting the urge to “do one more thing” when the timer went off I left a greasy stove and a messy high chair, I will return to that shortly in my next 15 minutes.
Boundaries, like the timer, move you forward, when you use them. The timer helps me focus on my work and I get much more done that if I act as if I have all day.
My last 15 minutes have been spent taking care of my online presence and now it is time to head back to that greasy stove. I learn from my mess-ups (or at least I try) 😉
More later,
Mary marypaitsel-august-29-2016

Overview for Monday, May 22nd to Sunday, May 28th, 2017–The Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room

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A stair step basket is useful to hold the things that need to travel upstairs in your home.

Overview for Monday, May 22, to Sunday, May 28, 2017 Areas of Focus—Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room

Each day’s very basic tasks are:

  • Dishes done and put away.
  • Laundry done and put away
  • Trash collected and taken out
  • Rooms put in good general order

I do these tasks as I can when I am in survival mode. When I cannot keep up in these areas I feel I am falling behind—and sometimes we all fall behind. Do what you can as you can.

Each Day’s Mission for Each Week

Sunday

  • Worship as a family
  • Coordinate activities with your family and plan your week together

o    Make sure all family activities are on the calendar and that you have what you need for each activity—rides, clothes, food, money

o    Limit activities to preserve family time especially meals together—there is such a thing as too busy

 

Monday

  • Put your home in order after the weekend
  • Clean your toilets
  • Check storage for any needed items—toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, cleaning products

Tuesday

  • Duster Dance Day—put on happy music and swoosh that dust right out of your home—Make sure to enlist the help of your mini-assistant(s)

Wednesday

  • Desk Day—

o    Deal with paperwork

o    Pay bills

o    Make sure your phone calls and correspondence are up to date

Thursday

  • Floor Day—

o    Sweep or vacuum floors

o    Mop floors

o    Give special attention to your Areas of Focus

Friday

  • Wrap up the Week Day

o    Clean out your car

o    Clean out your purse, diaper bag, backpack, computer bag, or whatever you carry when you leave the house

o    Put your home in order for the weekend

Saturday—Family Fun or Family Work Day

  • Spend time together as a family
  • Work or play but make it fun
  • When you have a family work day, end the day with a fun activity—a family movie or game night, ice cream-go out together or make sundaes at home, collect fireflies, laugh together

Understanding Areas of Focus:

Focus on one area of your home for six days. Do your basics and spend 15 to 30 minutes decluttering, organizing, or cleaning in your zone per day week

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

Front Porch Cleaning Checklist

  • Remove clutter. Put away unneeded items (M)
  • Clean light fixtures and replace any burnt out bulbs. (M)
  • Remove spider webs. (M)
  • Wipe down bannisters and light fixtures. (M)
  • Sweep walkway and porch. (as needed)
  • Get rid of dead plants. (ASAP) Deadhead live plants (D)
  • Do any shrubs need to be pruned back? (S)
  • Do any plants need repotting? (S)
  • Does your doorbell work? Does it need to be replaced or a new battery? (M)

Foyer Cleaning Checklist

  • Clean cobwebs. (M)
  • Clean light fixtures and replace any burnt out bulbs. (M)
  • Wipe down window sills and front door. (M)
  • Remove fingerprints and marks from door, door frames, switch plates, and walls. (M)
  • Clean window treatments and windows. (M)
  • Polish furniture. (M) Dust. (W)
  • Dust baseboards. (M)
  • Declutter, organize, or straighten coat closet. (M)
  • Sweep, vacuum, or mop the floor. (W)
  • What can you do to personalize your entry and make it more functional and welcoming? (M)

 

Dining Room Cleaning Checklist

  • Clean cobwebs. (M)
  • Clean light fixtures and replace any burned out bulbs. (M)
  • Wipe down window sills and front door. (M)
  • Remove fingerprints and marks from door, door frames, switch plates, and walls. (M)
  • Clean window treatments and windows. (M)
  • Declutter, organize or straighten china cabinet and buffet. (M)
  • Clear top of dining table. (as needed)
  • Dust chair including bottom and legs. (M)
  • Polish furniture. (M) Dust. (W)
  • Dust baseboards. (M)
  • Declutter, organize, or straighten coat closet. (M)
  • Sweep, vacuum, or mop the floor. (W)
  • What can you do to personalize your dining room? (Centerpiece, table cloth, decorative touches).

 

Have a day full of love, hugs, and smiles,

Mary

Today is Friday

Today is Friday. Each Friday I try to
Clean out my car’
Clean out my purse
Get my home ready for the weekend.
 
The Area of Focus from the 15th to the 21st is my bedroom, bathroom, and closet. I will give a little attention to these areas today.
 
These are the Areas where I will Focus today.
It is so easy to become overwhelmed by all we have to do. By limiting the amount of work ahead of us for the day our lives are the slightest bit less overwhelming.
 
I am frustrated by having limited energy but I will not make that an excuse. I will work as I can and rest along the way. I do not like feeling less than well but I will do what I can as I can. I can always find reason why I will not be successful. I will look for ways to be productive and successful while walking in love, joy, and peace.
Love, love, love,
Mary DSCN0055