How I Clean

So I’ve had to simplify big time because I have been finding that since Baby Stuff came along, having so many littles at one time makes it more difficult to get stuff done.

I have two 45 minute cleaning times scheduled during the day–one after breakfast and one after lunch. The first is dedicated to helping the children with their work, and the second is dedicated to focus cleaning and projects. Originally the first was supposed to be for me to get my cleaning done as well as the children, but I wasn’t getting anything done since I was spending the whole time training them. My solution is that since I am getting up so early I have added some cleaning tasks to my morning routine. The reason this works is because I am using Motivated Moms as my main cleaning checklist, and I love it! It covers everything eventually, but has it all broken down into quick and easy tasks. So during my morning routine I get as much done from the list as possible, and anything that doesn’t get finished is easy to plug into the other scheduled cleaning times throughout the day. For my focus cleaning/projects, I use Flylady’s weekly missions, which takes about 15 minutes, and the rest of that time I choose a project from my own list. Things like deep cleaning the high chair, garbage cans, diaper pails, etc. happen during this time. It has been working fabulously! Another reason this works so well is because I have allowed for a lot more MARGIN in my schedule. It looks pretty busy and full, but I am not rushing everyone through the day anymore because I scheduled more time than is actually needed for a good portion of it. I also changed our laundry schedule to better suit our time.

Well, that’s it!


Schedule, Revised

I had to examine our schedule and make some changes, so here is the revised schedule:

More Journals, Commonplace books, etc.

Try as I might, I am having difficulty finding pictures of other people’s “To-Do” Journals, Commonplace books, etc. But I will post a few links for what I have found:

Peggy at The Simple Woman

Lady of Virtue’s Commonplace Book,
and here.

Starry Sky Ranch’s

And one for Christmas
(This one resembles my “On-The-Go” Planner, which I will share in another post. It’s very lovely!)


Some of these are regular Home Management Binders, but have a touch of loveliness to them so I included them here. As I said, I am having a hard time finding these now that Jewels’ site is no longer open to us! Hopefully these will inspire just as much, though.

My "To Do" Journal

Inspired by Jewels at Eyes of Wonder, I have created my own daily “To Do” Journal. I still keep my HMB, but this is just a quicklist of daily reminders on a pretty page! It keeps my mind on things that are lovely!
Here are a few pictures:

My Home Management Binder

Here is my “Home Management Binder” or “Keeper at Home Organizer.”
It is still under construction, but this is what I have so far. I apologize for the glare, but I was trying to do this quickly! :0)
This was originally one that I bought from Kunker Hill Publications . The verse (which is covered by the glare!) is Proverbs 31:27
“She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.”
I bought it a few years ago, and have added and taken away from it.
I have used some of the forms from this, and have used some from Donna Young’s Site , as well as making my own.

Next is the inside; just average stuff–on the left is a used grocery list which I will show in detail later.
Then the calendar for the year.

After that is the weekly planner.
Then our MOTH schedule.

Next is the “Home Maintenance Section”.
First, I have the cleaning schedule; which is divided task by task for each day, much like Candy’s. This is just a spreadsheet. The cleaning tabs are in red. After the cleaning schedule I have detailed instructions for each day’s tasks; but, if you can see, I only have Monday and Tuesday’s done so far. Here is what Tuesday’s looks like:

Next I have another spreadsheet which has a section for each room of the house. This is where I list items I need or want for each room; for example, if I need a new shower curtain for upstairs, then I would write it under the column heading “Upstairs Bathroom”. This is not the same as the Master Grocery List, because this is more of a long term list rather than things I must buy every week or two. I have a separate page for the kitchen because it needs more space than the others.

That is all for now; I will post more later with more pictures from the rest of my binder. :0)

Home Management Binder Part 2

So here is my Master Grocery List. I have used many pre-made lists in the past and found that they just didn’t fit my needs. I had to make my own on a spreadsheet. I divided it up by the aisles at our Commissary (where I usually shop), putting in the items I buy regularly. Then I just highlight with a highlighter which items I need, and if I have to, write in next to it how many are needed. There are also blank spaces to write in items not on my regular “staple list”. Some items are marked with an asterisk; these are items that I prefer to buy from Wal-Mart. And the very last section are items that I get from the health food store. I finally feel I have a usable grocery list. I recommend making your own if you can.

Next is the weekly menu sheet. This is the one I post for the family to see; usually in a sheet protector on the fridge.

This page is for one-a-month cooking, but I use it to plan my meals and grocery lists. I usually copy this sheet onto the back of my grocery list, just so I don’t have to shuffle papers too much. I shop for two weeks at a time, and just fill in my meal plan here, then any ingredients I need I can just flip the page over and put it onto my grocery list.
Then there is a master list of meals my family enjoys. I also keep menus and coupons for pizza and other take-out restaurants for those nights when things don’t go as planned. (You know those nights! πŸ˜‰

This next section is for holiday planning. I must admit that I have not really used this section although I do plan on it someday! This section is also where I keep my hospitality planner, where I put any ideas, guest lists, etc. I also have some conversion charts and shopping guides on cooking for large crowds that I found by doing a search online. I don’t remember where I found them but they have been helpful on occasion.

The next section is called the Medical section, which I will not show, but basically has records of doctor visits, medications, etc. for each family member, as well as our constants; such as blood types, allergies, etc. In this section I also have clothing and shoe sizes for everyone (on the left), and an ongoing “needs list” for each family member (on the right). For example, I know that Chrisitan needs new sandals I will list it under his name, and when I (or dad, or grandma) am ready to buy them then it will be easy to look up what size he needs. It’s easy to forget these things when you have so many to remember for! The “needs list” includes pets as well.

After this I have my Personal/Bible Study section. The bible study part is simply a description of the books of the bible and checklists for reading in the old and new testaments. Again, here, I have not used it as I should. The checklists have boxes to check for each chapter of each book; and although I am reading, I am not checking it off as I go. In fact, I have already gone twice and sometimes three times over and it still looks like I have not even finished! Oh well, God knows that I read His Word!

I also have some personal journal pages and articles I find helpful in this section. I really just put anything here that speaks to me and pertains to my occupation as a keeper at home. It could be poetry, quotes, articles…and I just flip to them if I need a boost.

At the end of all of this is the telephone and email/website directory. That is self-explanatory. Throughout my journal were some forms or papers that I am not using which I have since taken out; as well as a few sheets with personal information such as address, phone number, vehicle and bank information, etc. I chose not to show these for obvious reasons. And then there are extra page protectors and blank or lined paper, spiral notebook.

And that’s it! I am constantly changing, upgrading and perfecting my binder to meet our family’s needs. But for now, I hope this helps inspire others to create one of their own! πŸ™‚

Cleaning a flat-screen monitor

How to clean your flat screen or LCD screens:

Mix 1 part water to 1 part Isopropyl alcohol (98% is best, but 90% will do since it is easier to find). Use it to dampen a clean, flannel cloth, or microfiber (which is best), and gently wipe in one direction from left to right, top to bottom, using one straight stroke. Never use paper towels or anything with dirt on them already as it will scratch the screen. Keep the cloth you used and use it only for this purpose; don’t use it for your other cleaning jobs.

And that’s it! It’s that easy! :0)