My Life Reminds Me

Roy’s death and having 6 additional temporary residents in my home is taking me back in my mind to when I first began to let go of clutter and to develop systems to deal with different areas in my life–home and family, finances, paperwork, and even faith.

One of the things I have remembered is that when I first began to get my home in order the basics were totally out of control—piles and piles of laundry and mending; sink and every flat surface covered in dirty dishes, pots and pans; every room out of order. Everything seemed so hopeless that I put it off and – surprise!!!- it did not get any better.

So I:

·         Gathered all the laundry from all the  rooms in the house

·         I sorted the laundry and started a load. And kept the laundry moving

·         I checked all the rooms for dirty dishes and sorted the dishes by type–first, glasses, then, flatware, then plates, bowls, and mugs, and finally pots and pans. With the laundry running, I loaded the dishwasher. There were more dirty dishes than space in the dishwasher so I washed what would not fit in the dishwasher and allowed those dishes and pots and pans to dry on the counters.

·         I got a trash bag and gathered as much trash as I could from each room

·         Then I put each room in as much order as I could.

It is harder to clean a cluttered and disorganized house. I began to read all I could about organizing. I still read but I soon realized that the best solution was action. So I started next to my front door and began to work my way through my home—a little at a time—room by room.

This is simplistic: I had small children and a husband so there were meals to prepare, and children to love and keep occupied. I had to work before they got up in the morning and after they went to bed at night. I also found that if I would first spend some time reading or playing with my children they were usually happy to play for a while, while I worked.  As with me recently, I had to give up other activities for me today I have to spend less time on the computer both posting and playing games. In those days, I got a really long phone cord so when I talked with my friends I would be able to work, and I turned off the television. I quit watching the soaps and game shows and gave my time to my home and family.

As you work you will find that as your home becomes cleaner, less cluttered, and more orderly you will be able to see dirt and disorder you couldn’t see before. Don’t be discouraged. You will get there, when you get there. Don’t get bogged down with what you have to do. Appreciate what is improving.

Caring for your home is a way of loving yourself and your family. You are providing a pleasant and nurturing place for the people God has given you to love. In the process don’t become such a shrew that you are continually upset with the people in your home for living there and making messes.

When you have awakened to the situation in your home and begun to make changes, don’t expect your family to catch on by osmosis. You need to first live those changes in front of them—make your bed, hang up your clothes, and pick up after yourself. When I first started to wipe out my bathroom sink after I used it I was shocked when I realized that Roy had begun to do the same. Some mature people may actually learn from your example but if they don’t, remain loving and begin gently and with wisdom to teach and tell them how things work:

·         Dishes go into the empty dishwasher

·         Dirty clothes go into the laundry

·         Trash goes into the waste baskets

·         We put away what we take out

·         And we do all things with love

Do I fall short, even now after almost 40 years of trying to learn? YES! I mess up but I don’t give up. Each day I get up and try to do my best and if I fail, I don’t beat myself up. I just try to work a little smarter and to be faithful.

If you cannot be loving and have a clean house—have a less clean house. Your family is more important than your stuff. I just know that if you do work smart, you can have both.

Have a sweet day,

Much love,

Mary

Progress?

Well having 6 people in the house with me has been an adjustment. I am keeping my dishes and laundry done, gathering trash constantly, and keeping rooms generally in good order. Staying on top of those tasks has kept me from spending as much time on the computer. BUT I am becoming more effective again and hope to be here more often now. I will never ask you to do what I cannot do myself.
I made a couple of BIG mistakes that I knew better than to do:
I went to the grocery store without a list and hungry. I spent about 10 x’s as much.
I went right to work shredding papers and going through files. My mood was not as good and I was not as productive. There’s something about getting dressed, including shoes, that says it is time to be productive.
Live and learn.
I went right to work shredding papers and going through files. My mood was not as good and I was not as productive. There’s something about getting dressed, including shoes, that says it is time to be productive.
God is working in me, shifting my attitude about Him, myself and other people. The devotional I am reading is part of that shift. I highly recommend The Forgotten Way by Ted Dekker.

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The Forgotten Way of Yeshua for Power and Peace in This Life
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Overview March 15th to March 22nd-The Master Bedroom, EnSuite Bathroom, Closet and The Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room

Overview for March 15 to March 24, 2017 Areas of Focus—Master Bedroom, En Suite Bathroom, and Closet (15th to the 21st). Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room (22nd to the 28th)

The  Area of Focus from Wednesday the 15th  to Wednesday the 21th is the Master Bedroom with its attached bathroom and closet.

The 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 when I am in survival mode. When I cannot keep up in these areas I feel I am falling behind.

Daily Tasks for Each Week

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

 

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

Understanding Zones:

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

Master Bedroom Checklist 15th to the 21st

  • 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:

  • Are 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)
  • 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)

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 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)
  • 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

What’s the Difference?

The difference in my home came when I determined that:

I will make my bed and make it nicely so I would come to a pretty, pleasant, and restful bed instead of a tangle of sheets and blankets.

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 I will put away clothes after I have worn them. I will not leave them on the chair. I will put dirty clothes in the laundry and will hang clean clothes in a section of my closet reserved for clothes that are clean enough to wear again.

I will release an article of clothing each time I buy a new article of clothing.

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I actually had fun adding closet dividers to my closet

I will go through my closet regularly and release anything that does not fit or is not in good repair. Nothing in my closet is dirty, torn, or stained except for clothes I use for painting or dirty work.

In the bathroom:

I will wipe out the sink and wipe off the counter after each use.

I will use daily shower spray after each shower.

I will use up product or get rid of it by passing it on to someone who will use it or throwing it out instead of accumulating partial containers of product and medications I will never use. I will check expiration dates and toss any medication or cosmetic  that is out of date.

I will close the shower curtain to allow it to dry instead of becoming a moldy mess.

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I will regularly gather the dirty dishes, wash them, allow them to dry, and put them away. (My goal is to keep the dishes in the dining room and kitchen but other family members do take them to their rooms. I have spoken with them but they do not always listen.—They are adults, I think.) I will empty the dishwasher when the cycle has run and put dirty dishes directly into the dishwasher.

I will keep my kitchen counters clear and reserve the front 2/3rds as a workspace, free of clutter.image

I will regularly gather the trash and not allow the trashcans in my home to overflow.

I will pick up after myself. I will put away items that are not in use.

I will leave each room at least as good as, if not better than it was when I entered it.

I will keep the entry and front porch welcoming and orderly.

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I will dust and mop regularly.

I will deal with mail and paperwork as quickly as possible. I will make sure I have stamps available.

I will have points in time each week to deal with tasks:

Monday—toilets

Tuesday—dusting

Wednesday—paperwork

Thursday—floors

Friday—car and purse.

Whenever I see anything out of place in my home, I will return it to its home.

I will do everything decently and in order.

Plan may be a four letter word but it simply means to think ahead. Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.

I am a cozy minimalist. I want my home to only contain what is useful and beautiful but I do not want it to be stark or barren.

Most of all I want to love God first and love others well because of my love and honor for God. I want to represent God well in my attitude, actions, words, and appearance.

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Today we are visiting the Gardens at Thanksgving Point. One of my favorite places on earth. The boys have “Field Guides” for all the areas of Thanksgiving Point. We are going to explore the gardens, feed the koi in the Koi Pond, whisper secrets in the Secret Garden, find the Latin and English names for a flower, visit the Monet Pond, and the largest manmade waterfall in the world. The pictures I share of statues are all located in a part of the Garden.

Overview for the Week of February 26 to March 4, 2017

Good Morning, Lovely!

Overview for the week of Sunday, February 26, to Tuesday, January 31, 2017 and Wednesday, February 1, 2017 through Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Area of Focus— Sunday, February 26th to Tuesday, February 28th The Dining Room, Entry, and Front Porch and The Family Bathroom(s)

Wednesday, March 1st , to Tuesday, March 7th –The Gathering Spaces—Living Room, Family Room, Den, Great Room, TV Room—

  • Declutter
  • Put in order/make these rooms more functional (Organize)
  • Clean
  • Make this room more pleasant to be in

Follow a pattern –when cleaning start high and work your way down. Choose a direction to work around each area.

Daily Tasks

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

Special project—2017 Whole House Declutter—continue to work your way through your home. Take your time and quit when you hit the wall—get to the point where you are not making good decisions.

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

Mary

 

D= Daily, W=Weekly, M=Monthly, S=Seasonally, EOM=Every Other Month

 

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 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)
  • 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).

Cleaning Checklist for Your Powder Room and Family Bath

  • Wash Area Rug, toilet seat cover and shower curtain. (M) Wash towels. (W)
  • Clean sink (W) Wipe out after each use
  • Polish faucet. (D)
  • Clean toilet. (W-Monday)
  • Clean tub after each use. Clean and wax shower. (Use car polish. DO NOT GET POLISH ON THE SHOWER FLOOR.)
  • Clean shower door. (Lemon juice works! You also can 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 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 or S)
  • Clean out medicine cabinet. (M)
  • Clean and organize cabinets and drawers, (M)
  • Clean brushes and combs. (M)
  • Clean scale. (M)
  • Polish furniture. (M) Dust. (W)
  • Dust baseboards. (M)
  • Declutter, organize, or straighten coat closet. (M)
  • Sweep, vacuum, or mop the floor. (W—Thursday)
  • Empty trash (D or as needed)

Cleaning Checklist for the Gathering Areas

Living Room/Family Room/Den/TV Room/Great 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)

 

So What’s Going on at My House or Why Haven’t I Been Online Very Much This Past Week

1. I have a trigger finger that I will be seeing the doctor for tomorrow morning. It is very painful and makes it challenging to keyboard.

2. My daughter and her two sons moved in a week ago over the weekend. I helped her a little in cleaning her apartment but mostly I have been trying to incorporate another household in my home. Major moving box overload!

3. Last Monday my older grandson came down with the flu and I took him to the doctor, and tried to make sure he had a little extra TLC

4. I had two major doctor appointments—my first annual physical in two years and tests for the surgery I was supposed to have the beginning of March. They can’t work me into the schedule for surgery until after I get back from Utah so surgery is scheduled for April 17th unless there is a cancellation in the next week. The results of my physical were excellent and the tests from my GYN appointment the week before were great, too. The surgery is for a prolapse which is something that often happens to ladies who have had children and are aging. I am aged but healthy, and blessed.

5. The baby got the flu on Wednesday—incidentally, everyone is recovering well and I (Bless the Lord!) have not gotten the flu.

6. Yesterday was Roy’s birthday. We had a bittersweet day. I am at peace with his death but I miss his presence.

I have been a little busy and keyboarding is a challenge because of the problem with my finger but I am not gone or even on pause.

There are now 7 people living in my home and I appreciate the reminder of the challenges that many of you have. Tomorrow, an appointment with a hand surgeon and hopefully he will do the procedure immediately so I can be more productive.

Have a wonderful day,

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Overview for February 12 to 18-The Kitchen and The Masterbedroom with Its Closet and Attached Bath Are The Focus

Overview for the Week of February 12 to 15, 2017

The Area of Focus on Monday and Tuesday  is The Kitchen. The  Area of Focus from Wednesday the 15th  to Tuesday the 20th is the Master Bedroom with its attached bathroom and closet.

Do you have a daily routine? When do you choose to do the things you must do each day? What are the things you consider must do’s each day?

Daily Tasks

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

Where are you in your Let’s Get Serious Declutter—yes, now that we are  into February let’s not quit until we are done—I  am still digging through my home—I am more serious than ever before.

 

My other goal for February is to spend as little as possible. I am going to give, buy groceries and try not to spend any more than I have to spend.  This week my challenge was Valentine’s Day. I did get cards and small gifts for everyone in my family but I was mindful of what I spent

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

Mary

Understanding Zones:

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

Key

D=Daily

W=Weekly

M= Monthly

S=Seasonally

EO=Every Other

The Monthly Items as Well as the Weekly and some Seasonal items would be done when a room or area is the focus. Spread the tasks over several days.

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)
  • Clean and sanitize sink(s)
  • 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)

 

Master Bedroom Checklist

Work 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:

  • Are 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)
  • 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)

 

This past week my daughter is moving into my home. It is a challenge absorbing all her family’s stuff into my household and my front porch is loaded with boxes and items to go to the Thrift Store. I am focused on getting the boxes into recycling and the Thrift Store items to the Thrift Store . I have set a deadline of Monday evening. Give yourself suspense dates just as you would at work. Set limits. You are the one who makes the difference in your home.

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

Mary

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Food is a Matter of Life or Death

Some food choices lead to degenerative diseases such as cardiovascular diseases (diseases of the heart and circulatory system) diabetes, and arthritis and make you overweight. They also make you more prone to high blood pressure, high cholesterol and, frankly, make you tired.
Other foods help your body arm itself against cancer, heart disease, degenerative diseases, and obesity. They also  give you more energy, and help you be more mentally and physically alert
At this moment the shelves in your pantry, refrigerator and freezer are filled with foods that lead to life or death. The foods that lead to life are mixed in with the foods that lead to death.
We want to identify the live foods and purge our kitchens and bodies of the dead foods.
Some foods like coffee and dark chocolate are healthier than we thought. Some foods we thought were healthy like margarine are harmful to our health.
After 10 years much medical information turns out to be false. Don Colbert, author of The Seven Pillars of Health, says the problem is we don’t know which information will turn out to be false.

There is one timeless principle concerning food: Living food like fruits, vegetables and whole wheats will always be healthier for you than processed foods.

Living foods are divinely packaged in skins and peels. They are not bleached, refined, or chemically enhanced.  They are harvested not processed. Living foods are recognizable as food.

Dead foods have been changed in every way imaginable to make them last longer and make you want to eat them.  They have large amounts of sugars and processed fats.  Oils heated to high temperature kill nutrients.

Life breeds life. Death breeds death.  Don Colbert says that “When you eat living foods the enzymes  in their pristine state interact with your digestive enzymes. The other natural ingredients God put in them–vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants, fibers, and more–flow into your system in their natural state. These living foods were created to cause your digestive system, bloodstream, and organs to function at optimum capacity.”

The chemicals in dead foods including preservatives, food additives, and bleaching agents, place a strain on the liver. Poisonous man-made fats begin to form in your cell membranes; they become stored as fat in your body and form plaque in your arteries. Your body has difficulty drawing the traces of good food from the deadly food but we end up overweight and undernourished.

If you want to be a healthy, energetic  person instead of a person who lives at all, you can eat buffets and???????????????????????????????????? feasts at fast food restaurants, or take your diet seriously. Make the change to living food. The sooner you do, the sooner you will begin to reap the results of a good diet in improved health.

The information is drawn from personal knowledge and from Don Colbert, M.D.’s books.  I highly recommend anything by him.

Strategies for Keeping Your Kitchen Clean

Strategies to make taking care of your kitchen easier:

  • When you begin to cook, fill the sink with hot soapy water and wash utensils, bowls, pots and pans as you go. When you are finished—Voila—you will have a clean kitchen
  • Keep your sink clean and empty, as well as your countertops. Empty your dishwasher after it has run its cycle and put dirty dishes directly into the dishwasher. If you don’t have a dishwasher, place a basin under your sink and put dirty dishes into it. Wash,  dry, and put away your dishes when the basin is full.
  • Wipe up spills quickly. It’s always easier to clean when the mess is fresh. That includes spills on the floor.
  • Take a few minutes each week to clean out your fridge. When you do it only takes a few minutes. I clean my fridge out the night before the trash is picked up, and when there is space in the dishwasher for the containers. I compost the out of date non-protein food.
  • Make a cycle menu. The easiest way is to write down what you fix for dinner for two weeks. Put a little extra effort into your planning during that time.Make a point of including family favorites. When someone is reluctant to eat something, I tell them it may not be their day but their day is coming. Repeat your cycle menu every two weeks. Keep one cycle menu for each season—Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall. Keep a copy in your household notebook and repeat seasonally.
  • Plan to use your leftovers in your cycle menu. Also reserve a night for trying new recipes and replace old favorites with new as appropriate.

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