Archive for the ‘Home Management’ Category

08/27/09
Amy

(Home Managment) Where it all begins


Our day begins in our bedroom. It is the first thing we see in the morning and it is where we have our first thoughts of the day. Those first moments are foundational.

masterSpend time focusing on keeping your room clean this week. Don’t stress about the other rooms in the house beyond basic maintenance. But whenever you get a free moment, spend it cleaning your room. Start to chip away at that pile on your nightstand or dresser (no, it is not a sculpture or a piece of art, no matter how long it has been there) or getting the laundry off of the chair in the corner. Strive to make the room shine. Then make sure the room is picked up before you go to bed. If your room was the only thing you had to keep clean, could you do it?

Focus on that this week. Savor the lightness in your spirit when you wake up to a clean room; let it be your sanctuary in your home. It will give you energy, motivation, and confidence to move forward. When you have moments of being overwhelmed with the rest of the house, go back to home base in your bedroom. Have success in that one area of your house. Then, when you feel ready, step out into the rest of the house. But only one step at time.

And when in doubt, go back to where it all begins.

08/20/09
Amy

(Home Management) Maximum Impact Cleaning


Maximum impact cleaning is actually a cleaning strategy that my husband taught me. It is a simple concept that I now apply each time I am picking up the house.

When you do a pick-up sweep of the house or even just a room, look for the one thing you can do or pick up that will make the most impact. If you had time to only put away one item, what would make the biggest difference? Making the bed or picking up the dirty socks? Putting the blocks back in the bin or returning a couple of books to the bookshelf? The visible progress will be energizing and it also allows you to get the maximum amount done in case you are interrupted before your cleaning spree is complete.

It is a simple way of getting more bang for your cleaning buck.

08/13/09
Amy

(Home Management) Lightbulbs


Sometimes we don’t realize that we are living in the dark until somebody turns on a light.

Go around your house this week and replace all of the dead light bulbs. It is likely that you will have to purchase some new light bulbs to finish the task; just be sure to make a detailed list of the type, wattage, and quantity you need before you go.

Shed new light on your home.

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08/06/09
Amy

(Home Management) Getting out the door


Some days, okay most days, simply getting out the door in the morning can be one of the biggest challenges you face. Everybody has to be appropriately dressed and fed, basic chores taken care of, shopping lists made, the car loaded with everything but the kitchen sink basic essentials, bathroom breaks coordinated, and snacks packed. And that’s just for a few errands. Then unless you are careful, or are superwoman, you get caught up in the never-ending cycle of snack/mealtime, potty breaks, and nap time.

A little bit of preparation the night before can have a huge impact on how your morning plays out. Some basic chores can be done ahead of time, your shopping lists can be made, outfits laid out, and your car loaded with those store returns and that bag you need to drop off at Goodwill. Since the kids are in bed, you will spend half the time completing these tasks. Preparations like this do double duty; your morning to-do list is significantly shortened, plus you are given a motivational morning boost because you are prepared and already know where to take your first steps (even though your coffee hasn’t kicked in yet).

Thirty minutes of nighttime preparation can change the tone of your whole day.

07/29/09
Amy

(Home Management) Laundry Deadline


Laundry has a way of piling up. Or of sitting in the dryer, if we’ll admit it. Have you discovered that there is this unspoken threshold during the day, past which the laundry will remain unfinished? Consider setting a laundry deadline for yourself. For example, if your threshold seems to be lunchtime, resolve to have your laundry completed for the day by 12:00. That means the last load probably cannot go into the washer past 10am (depending on the length of your washer/dryer cycles). Sound impossible? Maybe not. If your laundry isn’t getting done past lunchtime anyway, that means that you are likely folding the previous day’s laundry the next morning. You are just being more intentional about the completion of the chore.

And do you know what the best part of this deadline is? You don’t have to think about it for the rest of the day.

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