Wednesday=Desk Day – Each Day List 1 to 3 Things You Want to Accomplish

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hello, Lovely!

Wednesday is Desk Day—This is the day each week when you make sure your bills are paid, your mail for the past week has been dealt with, and you have checked on the progress concerning any ongoing issues you have with any personal or family business. I try to deal with everything as it comes it into our home but having a day each week when you check to make sure that bills, correspondence, and mail are up to date is important and will save you misery and money.

The Area of Focus is your Bedroom, Closet, and Attached Bathroom. Every time you go through each area of your home it gets easier, faster, and you see your home becoming a more pleasant place to be. Don’t forget to maintain as you move through your home so you are not starting over each month. If your bed is made, your clothes and other personal items put away, your furniture dusted on Tuesdays, as well as your floors vacuumed on Thursdays, your bedroom will stay orderly and be the sanctuary you need.

Don’t forget to write down one to three things you want to accomplish each day. It will help you keep moving forward and cause you to be more productive. Each Sunday I list the things I hope to accomplish during the week. Each evening I list what I hope to accomplish the next day. I review my list each morning and check things off the list as they are done. Checking things done off my list gives me a feeling of accomplishment instead of wondering at the end of the day if I have gotten anything done. It is part of living intentionally.

Have a wonderful day and if you are in one of the areas affected by the snow—stay warm and make a memorable day. In any case, make any day a memorable day. That makes for a memorable life.

Love, love, love,

Mary

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Tuesday=Duster Dance Day – Area of Focus – Your Bedroom, Closet, and Attached Bathroom

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hello, Lovely!

Today is Tuesday—Duster Dance Day—you know the drill—

·         Put on happy, energetic music

·         Grab your effective duster—an effective duster is one that actually gathers dust instead of just spreading it around.

·         Enlist the aid of any mini-assistants you may have—make sure they have an effective duster and put them to work on baseboards and furniture legs.

·         When you are finished take your duster(s) outside and release the gathered dust back into the outside world. Shake! Shake! Shake!

The Area of Focus from the 15th to the 21st is the Bedroom including the closet and any attached baths.

Spend whatever time you can allow to work in these rooms over the rest of the week. Every moth it gets a little easier as you deal with clutter, put things in order, clean the room, and make it lovely, welcoming, and your sanctuary.

I used one of my favorite dusting hacks today (Monday) to dust the ceiling fans in my home. I took a pillow case and put each blade of each fan into it –one at a time, gathering the dust into the pillow case. I am always amazed at how much dust I collect when I do this.

As an alternative to using a paint brush on your lamp shades you can also use a clothes roller.

Wednesday is Desk Day! Are you almost ready to face those 2017 taxes? Do you have your supporting documents together? Whether you expect good or bad news on your taxes this year, do them early and you will be prepared—you will either have longer to factor any payment you need into your budget or you will be able to get an early and fast refund before the rush happens in April. Tax Day this year is April 17th!

Love, love, love,

Mary

Monday = Launch Your Week — The Area of Focus is Your Bedroom

IMG_0425Can you tell I lead Precept? Next to my chair are my colored pencils, Bibles, and notebook.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Hello, Lovely!

Monday is Launch Your Week Day –

  • Clean your toilets
  • Check your bathrooms for any needed supplies
  • Put your home in order after the weekend.

The Area of Focus is Your Bedroom, Closet and Attached Bathroom

When I was growing up we cleaned the whole house at one time. The housework was not done until it was all done –at one time. What I began to see as I read various authors was the idea of assigning tasks to a day. When your daily tasks are done, the housework is done for the day—without guilt! Of course, continue to maintain what is done and prepare and cleanup for meals but you have permission to play with your children, read a book, take a class, pursue a hobby, or whatever you choose to do.

Work expands to fill the amount of time we allow for it. Let’s jump in, get it done, and have a life.

This is not about working more, or working harder. It’s about getting the most done in a limited amount of time and having an increasingly pleasant place to live—clutter free, orderly, clean, and beautiful!

Love, love, love,

Mary

Bedroom Checklist

  • 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 ruffles? The Mattress pads? (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)

 

Checklist for Your Child and Your Child’s Room

Before Bedtime:

  • Put away shoes and clothes
  • Put away toys
  • Lay out clothes for tomorrow

In the morning:

  • Put away pajamas
  • Make Bed

Each week:

  • Dust
  • Vacuum
  • Change sheets

Seasonally:

  • Work with mom to go through outgrown clothes
  • Work with mom to deep clean

Even when changing sheets, it’s nice to have someone work with you. Changing sheets is a great way to work with your children.

 

 

 

Friday = Wrap Up Your Week–Weekend Overview-A of F = Kitchen

Friday, January 12, 2018

Hello, Lovely,

Friday is Wrap Up the Week Day—Wrap Up your week by

  • Cleaning out your purse, backpack, diaper bag, computer bag, tote, or whatever you take with you when you go out the door.
  • Clean out your car—Have you checked your trunk lately?
  • Put your home in order for the weekend

 

Today is the last weekday with your Kitchen as the Area of Focus. On Monday the Focus shifts to you Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet.

Bedroom Checklist

  • 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 ruffles? The Mattress pads? (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)

 

Checklist for Your Child and Your Child’s Room

Before Bedtime:

  • Put away shoes and clothes
  • Put away toys
  • Lay out clothes for tomorrow

In the morning:

  • Put away pajamas
  • Make Bed

Each week:

  • Dust
  • Vacuum
  • Change sheets

Seasonally:

  • Work with mom to go through outgrown clothes
  • Work with mom to deep clean

Even when changing sheets, it’s nice to have someone work with you. Changing sheets is a great way to work with your children.

Saturday is Family Fun Day—work or play together as a family. If you are working, remain patient and make it fun. Family time should be instructive, fun, pleasant, and build relationships within your family. If you are working, have some small reward at the end of the day like a family movie night’ making personal pizzas together for dinner, making sundaes, or having a family game night.

Sunday is first of all for worship, recognizing the unsurpassable worth of our good God and Father. It’s not about what you get out of it, it’s all about Him. You are making a statement before your family about your priorities in life. If the One who lovingly created you for Himself is not your top priority, your life will not be what it otherwise would be. I discovered that when I loved God best I loved other people from my husband, to my children, to anyone and everyone else I encounter, better.

Sunday is also Planning Day when the family coordinates the upcoming activities on the calendar. It saves finding out at 6 pm on Tuesday evening that your child has to be at the school at 6:30, in a white shirt and black slacks with a bow tie, for the orchestra concert or that you are responsible for refreshments for Thursday soccer practice (on the way to soccer practice). Make sure you get all upcoming dates on your calendar when the info comes into your home. Put the dates on your calendar and the information sheets in your home management notebook.

Monday will be Launch Your Week Day –

  • Clean your toilets
  • Check your bathrooms for any needed supplies
  • Put your home in order after the weekend.

Have a wonderful day and a fabulous weekend!

Love, love, love,

Mary

The Compleat Family Book by Elva Anson and Kathie Liden- the first organizational book I read – Chapter 2 Review

The Compleat Family Book by Elva Anson and Kathie Liden, was my first organizational book that I read in 1980. I posted a review of the first chapter a couple of days ago. This is my review of the second chapter—MANAGEMENT BEGINS AT HOME.

“The Bible teaches us to live together in harmony, to live together in love as though we had only one mind and one spirit among us. (Philippians 2:2) Living together in harmony and love forms the foundation in which we build the marriage relationship. It is the key to our attitudes, the way we raise our children, who does what, how we operate this partnership, how we manage our finances, how we take care of our bodies, and how we cope with change.”

“There are no specific rules for how a house must be run and no standards by which to measure success. You must choose whatever housekeeping style suits your family and meets it needs best. This will be different for different periods of your life.”

“Do not make the mistake of measuring housekeeping by someone else’s standards. To keep things in perspective, remember that if it will not matter ten years from now, do not worry about it.”

“As a team you will learn to distinguish between your wants and your needs . . . Sometimes one partner’s need are more urgent than the other’s at that moment. You must learn to make that kind of judgment. Most of the time you can find solutions that meet the needs of everyone.”

·         Cooperation is the key to teamwork.

·         Plan the future. Visualize your lives five years from now.

·         What obstacles are keeping your from becoming what you want to be? How can you get rid of those obstacles? Focus on your objectives rather than the obstacles, if you wish to succeed.

INVOLVE THE WHOLE FAMILY

·         Get your family together and ask them to think and dream about specific areas concerning the family.

·         Set up regular family time—to settle grievance, to make family decisions, to have fun.

HOW TO BEGIN HAVING A FAMILY TIME

·         Have Dad explain what family time will be. Let the children know that one afternoon or evening will be set aside for the family from now on. Tell them to expect to do different things together—sing, play, go places together, talk over problems, talk about God, and just spend time together having fun and getting to know each other.

·         Sit in a circle so everyone can see each other—at a table or any other circular arrangement.

·         Always start the evening with prayer.

·         Have a notebook handy—ask questions, find out what your family would like to talk about and have fun doing.

·         Se family times worth considering:

o   During one of the first family nights, talk about the purpose of families. Tell the children about how you met and fell in love, and married. Dig out pictures from that time period. Tell each child about his/her birth—how happy you were and how much you loved them and still love them.

o   Have everyone list what he thinks families should be. What do you expect from your family?

§  Focus on each person, one at a time.

§  What do you know about that person? What does he like to do best? Who is his best friend? What kind of people does he like? How do you think his friends see him? What is his favorite Bible verse? Let everyone write answers to these questions. Then have that person give the true answers.

o   Makeup night—put mustaches and makeup on the parents.

o   Pass around a feeling bag—but objects in a bag and each one tries to guess what it is by feeling it.

o   Make a collage on love

o   Make treasure boxes for items family members collect

o   Have a banquet night.

o   Make sailboats and sail them

o   Make kites and fly them

o   Play games

o   Work on puzzles

o   Tell stories

o   Write and put on plays

o   Write or read riddle and joke books

o   Make puppets and put on puppet shows

o   Make and show family videos

o   Have celebrations and family parties

o   Go on picnics

o   Mold clay

o   Exercise

o   Bicycle

o   Skate

o   Walk

o   Role play

o   Visit factories

o   Visit a farm

o   Have a fix it night

o   Have a love night for Grandma—make cookies for her or write letters to her

o   Learn a foreign language

o   Have discussions and debates

o   Plan and plant a garden

o   Make terrariums

o   Have a fire drill

o    Take an imaginary journey

o   Write letters

o   Make valentines

o   Cook or bake

o   Carve soap

o   Make candles

End the evening with prayer, refreshments, and some plans for the following week. You can draw names for prayer partners. On the next week you will reveal your prayer partners to each other.

The length of the meeting depends on the will vary based on the age of the children. All meetings should end before the children become bored or restless. In some cases where there is a wide range in the age of the children, parents and older children may need to talk about something to do something that the younger children cannot relate to. At these times spend a short time with the younger children, who can then play by themselves until refreshment time. Use common sense in adapting the plans to the needs of your family.

“To make family night work, you must be prepared.”

Elva Anson and her husband took a weekend away to relax and consider the direction that they wanted their family to take. They took reference materials and blank calendars with them. They returned home with tentative plans for the next few months. The calendar went up on their family bulletin board where the children could see what the plans were. Elva checked the calendar each week to know what materials they would need for family night. Kathie Liden and her husband planned that way also. If they could not get away for a weekend they spent a Saturday morning in the park planning and reviewing.

Sometimes the plans changed. “That’s fine. Plans can be changed. Flexibility is the key.”

Coming Up Next –Chapter 2 Part 2

Principles of Management

Attitude

Dressing Makes a Difference

Dedicate your Family to God

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Love, love, love,

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Duster Dance Tuesday–The Kitchen is the Area of Focus

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Hello, Lovely!

Tuesday is Duster Dance Day—get ready to make it fun!

Whatever work you do, make it as fun as you can for yourself and your mini-assistants.  Use the right tools or you will feel frustrated. A duster actually needs to collect dust and not just spread it around. lamb’s wool, ostrich feather, Swiffer, a slightly damp cloth with a second cloth to polish—all these will work. Nothing works if you don’t do it.

The Area of Focus is The Kitchen.

So today Dust and spend between 15 and 30 minutes (more if you REALLY want to!) in the kitchen—get rid of excess (declutter), put in order (organize), and clean. In the kitchen this time is beyond the time you spend in meal preparation and cleanup.

Do

·         make your bed,

·         pick up after yourself and gently remind others to pick up after themselves,

·         keep the dishes done

·         do one or more loads of laundry if needed

·         take out the trash

These daily tasks can be shared and/or delegated. Families are teams that work together.

Much of the time we look at all that needs to be done and immediately feel defeated. Do the next small thing. And then do another small thing. Consistent, persistent effort will bring fruit and change. When things slide backward, get up and push forward again.

Love, love, love,

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A Mess Begets a Mess–Thursday is Floor Day

I used Kohl’s cash and a coupon to put a dent in the cost of a new comforter set and drapes for the new year.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Hello, Lovely,

Thursday is Floor Day! Sweep and Mop or Vacuum your floors. Give added attention to the floors as well as the other things that can be vacuumed like your drapes and upholstered furniture to the floors in your Area of Focus –this week your Gathering Spaces.

Have you determined your priorities? Have you considered and written down your goals? You are much more likely to accomplish goals that you have written down with a pen on paper. Have you taken time to dump your memory of everything you think you need to do onto a Master To Do List? Have your reviewed that list to see if the things you feel you need to do line up with your priorities and goals? You can decide not to do those things that do not agree with your priorities and goals.

I want to remind you that a mess gives permission to add to that mess. That is why it is important to pick up after yourselves. Leave your keys on the dining room table and then someone else leaves the mail there, then a backpack finds a home on a chair at the table and before you know it your clean, clear, and lovely place to sit down for a meal is a storage site that is too much effort to clear for dinner.

When someone, even a guest, leaves keys anywhere in my home, I hang them on the key rack by my front door. The answer to, “Where are my keys? Is, “Have you checked the key rack? Racks, hooks, baskets, and bowls, are all nice storage solutions that you can place throughout your home so that your husband and family know where to leave their phone, wallet, backpack, or whatever comes in to you home at the end of the day, and then leaves again in the morning. Labeling hooks with a name or initial also personalizes the place for your children’s backpacks and coats. My dad used to say, “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” It does make for less clutter.

Have a warm and cozy Thursday.

Love, love, love,

Mary

Dump Your Memory and Make Your To Do List with an Eye to your Goals–Wednesday is Desk Day

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Hello, Lovely,

Okay we have taken determined our

PRIORITIES

We have drawn our SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) from our Priorities and written them down.

Now we need to do a memory dump onto paper.

Write down anything and everything you feel you need to do. Write until your fingers cramp. Then look at the list. Do the things you feel you need to do line up with your priorities and goals? If not, eliminate them or at least defer them until you have accomplished the goals that will make life better for you and your family now.

Now take your whittled down list and determine what is for now and what can wait. What is truly important to start you on your way to the life you want to live? What small task can you do today to move you closer to the goals you have identified?

One small thing + one small thing + one small thing adds up. Do not get overwhelmed. Do what you can. Do not overestimate the time it will take to achieve your goals. Use a timer and race it. Focus.  Most tasks take 10 minutes or less. It will get easier and you will do better. You do well what you enjoy and you enjoy what you do well. Take joy and make it fun. Make work fun for your family and you will find joy in working together. Do not give up. You will get there.

At the end of this post I am again sharing The Basics in Under 20 Minutes.

Today is Wednesday. Wednesday is Desk Day

  • Pay your bills
  • Check your Current File and take any action you can to move any personal or family business forward—phone call? Email? Letter?
  • What cards and notes do you need to send?

Set up your tax files for 2018.

Use the Tax categories for each file

  • Income and Interest
  • Taxes (Personal Property/Property)
  • Medical
  • Charitable
  • Miscellaneous

Whenever a piece of paper comes into your home that will affect your taxes, place it automatically into the appropriate file. This will save you time, lots of time, when you prepare your taxes for 2018.

The Area of Focus for the 1st through the 7th is the Gathering Spaces—What can you do to make this area/these areas

Less cluttered

More orderly (organized)

Cleaner

The Basics in Under 20 Minutes a Day

Your Bedroom-Under 7 minutes each day:

v  Make your bed either before or after your morning shower. (2 minutes)

v  Pick up and put away any clothes, shoes, or jewelry (4 minutes)

v  Straighten your surfaces (night stand and dresser) (under 1 minute)

 

Your Bathroom- Under 2 minutes each day

v  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

v  Wipe off the toilet seat and rim (20 seconds)

v  Swish the toilet bowl with a toilet brush (20 seconds)

v  Polish the mirror and faucet (20 seconds)

v  Keep a squeegee in the shower and squeegee the surfaces immediately after your shower or use a shower spray (20 seconds)

 

Your Kitchen – Under 5 minutes each day

While the coffee is brewing:

v  Wipe down the sink (30 seconds)

v  Wipe off the stove (30 seconds)

v  Wipe down the counters (1 minute)

v  Sweep or Swiffer the floor (2 minutes)

 

Your Gathering Areas—7 minutes each day

v  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)

v  Straighten pillows on the couch and chairs and fold throws (2 minutes)

v  Spot clean end tables, coffee table and entertainment center – wipe off any fingerprints or other marks. (1 minute)

v  Put away CD’s and DVD’s. Straighten books and magazines. Discard newspapers (2 minutes)

 

Make a tote or totes for each area with any cleaning supplies you will need for your quick cleaning. In my upstairs all my cleaning and laundry supplies are lavender scented.

v  Clean from the clean area into the dirtier area to avoid spreading the dirt around.

v  Work from the top to bottom to knock dust down.

v  Vacuum after you dust.

 

Daily Routines

In the morning:

v  Quiet time

v  Breakfast

v  Vitamins/Medications

v  Exercise – a regular short routine is better than a longer routine you never do

v  Make your dinner choices early in the day. Use a cycle menu but be sensitive to the needs of the day based on your activities and/or your family’s activities

Make laundry and dishes a priority

v  Laundry-I start a load of laundry first thing each morning and make a point of getting it into the dryer and then folded and into the drawers.

v  Dishwasher- make a point of not leaving clean dishes in the dishwasher.  Unload the dishwasher as soon as the dishes can be handled.  Work to get your family to put their dishes directly into the dishwasher instead of leaving them on the counter or in the sink.  Start a load as soon as it is fairly full.

At the end of the day

v  Gather and Empty Trash

v  Lay Out Tomorrow’s Clothes

v  Before Bedtime Walk Through

v  Involve your family.   You are not doing your children a favor if they are not learning to be good helpers and increasing more able to take care of their clothes, toys and other possessions. 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.

 

Be persistent and consistent. Never quit. You are just around the corner from a breakthrough.

Love, love, love,

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What are your goals? Build a good life one day at a time.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Hello, Lovely!

Yesterday, we talked a little about priorities. Today I would like you to think about goals. I am not sure where it came from but I like SMART goals.

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Realistic

Timely.

Not I want to lose weight but I would like to lose 4 pounds this month. That is a specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely goal. I state how I am going to achieve that goal. I will attain that goal by drinking my weight divided by 3 in ounces of water each day. I will reduce sugar, sodium, and carbohydrates in my eating plan while focusing on fresh fruit and vegetable, and lean meats. Sunday is a holiday for me so I will eat more liberally on Sundays but not lose a sense of self-control. I will commit to at least 10 minutes of stretching and 10 minutes of active exercise each day. I will discipline myself to get 7 hours of sleep per night. All these factors contribute to weight gain, and weight loss. Nutrition, activity, hydration, and rest.

Go through all the areas of your life and set goals

Years ago I began writing down my goals for the  

Spiritual

Relationship

Personal Care

Emotional

Intellectual

Financial

Areas of my life. It is fun to look back at the goals from the 1970’s and see what has changed in my life.

Remember, if you aim at nothing you will hit it every time. Aim better.

Tuesday is Duster Dance Day. Grab your effective duster, put on some happy music, and swish that dust out of your home. Dance, lovely, dance.

Your Area of Focus is your Gathering Spaces.

Tomorrow is Wednesday.

Wednesday is Desk Day when we deal with paperwork, bills, and communicating with family and friends.

You are not surviving a day, you a building a life. Let’s build a good one!

Love, love, love,

IMG_0419Mary

Welcome to 2018–What are your Priorities?

January 1, 2018

Good Morning, Lovelies!

I think our resolutions for the new year grow out of our desire to do better in each area of our life. A new year just seems like a good time for change.

What differences would you like to see in 2018?

In your relationship with God?

In your relationship with your husband? Your children? Your friends? Neighbors? Acquaintances?

In the way you care for yourself?

In the way you care for your home?

In your finances?

In the activities you take part in? (or let go of)

What is the life you want to live?

Write it down. Begin to develop a vision for your life. May be you won’t attain it, but if you have a vision, goals, and dreams your life will be more than if you drift along.

Your assignment—Write down your priorities—your priorities are those things that are most important to you. My top two are God and family. If anything in my life runs against the persons who are most important to me—it needs to go. If I am immersing myself in anything to the loss of those relationships—it needs to go.

I find by putting God first, everything runs better in my life. When I love God most, I can love others better. When I live a life that honors God first—I honor myself and others. The fruit of God’s Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control—work well in every area of life. God’s law of love works well. Work it.

Today determine your priorities and think hard about whether your life is lining up with those priorities. Tomorrow, let’s consider goals.

Let’s work toward change for the good, a little at a time, a day at a time.

Today is Monday. It is a holiday—if you want to in general, take the day off, then take the day off. Try not to let things totally go because you will have to face them tomorrow. Even on holidays, I make my bed, do my whole house walk through, keep the dishes done, and the trash from spilling over.

Today’s usual task is to clean your toilets. It will take less than 15 minutes, even if you have more than one bathroom. You can do it today or save it for tomorrow.

Tuesday’s task is to dust. Remember in any task, attitude is more than half the battle. Make it fun. Do it well. Bring joy to all you do.

The Area of Focus from today until next Sunday is your Gathering Spaces.

Plug a few of these tasks into each day of your week—

My Cleaning Checklist for the Gathering Spaces

(Living Room/Family Room/TV 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)

My Grandmother Lyons used to say, “By the mile, it’s a trial; by the inch, it’s a cinch.”

I hope you will give serious thought to where you are, and where you want to be in each area of your life.

Plan is a four letter word, but it is certainly not a dirty one. Plan your work, work your plan. You will get it done and things will get better.

Love, love, love,

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