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Cleaning Schedules

I don’t know about ya’ll, but I function better when things are planned out and on a schedule. Cleaning is no exception to this. Years ago I started following a cleaning schedule and quickly noticed how on top of the housework I felt. I never felt like I was behind in the laundry, and I never had nasty bathrooms. However, the most CRUCIAL part of using a cleaning schedule is FOLLOWING it. EVERYDAY! You are probably thinking. “Well, DUH!!” We are all human though and not perfect. We make excuses! Let life get in the way. This year, I am committing to organization in all aspects of my life to include my Cleaning regiment. So, full disclosure, the schedule I am about to talk about is one that I am currently trying to get back on myself. Let’s do this together…

Monday Laundry Day

On this cleaning schedule, you do one load of laundry a day. However, Monday is the day you catch up on anything that is left over. This is also the day you wash and change your sheets. I recommend having two sets of sheets per bed so you can immediately put new sheets on instead of having to wait for them to wash first.

Monday is also the day you clean out your fridge. Throw away what needs to be thrown out and you can see what you have for the week.

Tuesday – Floors

Today you focus on your floors. They all (with the exception of the bathrooms) get a thorough sweeping/vacuuming and mopping. Now through out the week everyday you will sweep the high traffic areas and of course spot mop when necessary. But today is the day you will focus on floors.

Tuesday is also the day you spend 30 min and check you house for smudges, handprints, etc… If you have kids you know how quickly those can build up. So when doing this you scan the surfaces of you house and quickly wipe down as needed.

Wednesday – Errand Day

Today you will get all your errands done. Try to plan your errands for this day so you aren’t having to run out every day. Since you will be out, this is also the day you will clean out your car. Take it through the car wash and vacuum out if needed.

The other chore for today is giving your entryway a quick look and making sure it is all nice and neat.

Thursday – Bathrooms

Today you will focus SOLELY on your bathrooms. Clean the mirrors, the sinks, shower, tub, and toilet! Finish up by giving the bathroom floors a good sweeping and mopping. Then pat yourself on the back, because, let’s face it, that is ALOT of work.

Friday – Dusting and Kitchen Wipe Down

On this day you will get all your dusting done. You can use a rag and pledge or a swiffer just depending on how dusty the surfaces are. Also give your appliances a good wipe down and check the inside of the microwave.

Today you will also make a grocery list. Our walmart as a grocery pick up option so I do a pick up every weekend. I usually schedule it for Saturday or Sunday, depending on our needs.

Saturday – Family Day/Project Day

The weekend has arrived! This is a good day to work on any projects that need to be done. Or you can spend the day doing something fun with your family. It is up to you how you spend your weekend.

Sunday – Day of Rest/ Planning

Sunday is a day of rest. We all need a day to just let down. Since you will be sitting alot, it is a good day to get that planner out and look at the week ahead. Plan out your days and what needs to be accomplished. You will start your next week with lower stress levels knowing what needs to be done and when.

EVERYDAY

Above I talked about your focuses for each day. Now there are things that I DO recommend doing every day. Don’t worry it isn’t much and by doing these things everyday it really lessens the time you have to spend on cleaning each day.

  • One Load of Laundry
  • Wipe Down Bathrooms (Sinks and toilets)
  • Sweep High Traffic areas
  • Dishes
  • Wipe down kitchen Counters
  • Check your schedule

This may seem like a lot at first, but I can assure you it really isn’t that much. As I said previously, I am planning to get back on this cleaning schedule myself. I know for a fact it works and keeps your house looking nice and clean. So let’s do this together and get this area of our lives organized.

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Creating Your Sourdough Starter

Sourdough Bread is one of those nostalgic foods that reminds me of my childhood. As far back as I can remember, my Momma always had a sourdough starter sitting in the back of the refrigerator. When I asked her to help me get a starter going last year, she was gracious enough to give me the glass jar she always kept hers in when I was little.

When you hear people talk about Sourdough, it can sound intimidating, but don’t let it scare you off. Once you have used your starter a few times you will see how easy it really is.

To get your starter going you will need the following ingredients:

1 Cup Warm Water

2.5 Tsp. Active Dry Yeast

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1/2 Cup Sugar

3 TBSP. Potato Flakes

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Start with 1 cup warm water and add your yeast. Stir until the yeast has dissolved. Then add your sugar and stir. Finally add your potato flakes and stir well. Pour this mixture into an airtight glass jar, but leave the lid slightly ajar. Let this set and ferment on your counter for 2 days. Then you are ready to feed your starter, which I will explain in my next post.

As I mentioned before my Momma gave me a jar to use but I am linking a set of jars that are very similar and would be perfect to keep your starter in.

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time Of the Year

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Christmas is my Favorite holiday by far. There is just something so magical about this time of the year. In our home the excitement for Christmas really gains momentum around November 1st. Santa lists are made and the kids really start talking about what they want. My husband and I start making mental notes when the kids mention something they want. It is just so much fun gearing up for the BIG day!

I usually start decorating the day after Thanksgiving and soon after that our Elf, “Frosty Bear” makes his first appearance. This is something our kids look forward to every year. The first thing they do when they wake up is check to see where the elf has landed. Sometimes our elf gets into mischief.

Silly elf
The elf drew on Austin
And Brett

These pictures were from a few years back, but are some of my favorites. Our Elf is definitely one of our kids’ favorite parts of the holidays.

Another thing I love doing during the holidays is baking…. Last year I baked up a bunch of goodies , put them into cute Christmas Tins, and delivered them to the neighbors.

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The absolute BEST part of Christmas to me is all the time spent together. Family is what it is all about, and giving is definitely better than receiving! Seeing the excitement and joy in my children’s eyes is just something you can’t put words to.

No matter what the year has brought (and 2020 has definitely been one for the books) we are still able to focus on the real reason for the season.

Isaiah 9:6
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

As my kiddos say… “It is Jesus’ Birthday!”

DIY Cinnamon Ornaments

The perfect afternoon craft

One thing that I am always looking for is ways to to keep my children entertained. Especially since we have been in quarantine for what seems like forever. These cinnamon ornaments were so easy to make and were the perfect addition to our tree.

To make these you will need the following ingredients.

3/4 cup applesauce ( I bought the GV brand from Walmart.

2 Jars of cinnamon

Make sure to get the 2.5 oz. Jars

Mix both ingredients together in a bowl until the mixture becomes dough-like.

You may have to use your hands to really get everything mixed together well.

Once everything is mixed well roll out dough on a clean surface. I used an old cookie sheet and sprayed with non-stick spray.

I laid out an assortment of cookie cutters for the kids to choose from.

Once all the ornaments were cut out, I used a drinking straw to make a hole to hang them with.

Place pan in the oven and bake at 200° for 2 hours. Your house will smell so GOOD!

Once they have cooled, string with ribbon of your choice and hang on the tree.