May 2010


In this issue...
  • New Product
  • Cleaning Made Simple
  • What's in your Junk Drawer?
  • Just A Thought

  • Cleaning Made Simple

    The responsibility of keeping a home clean can be overwhelming. It is easy to let things build up until cleaning seems impossible. Here is an idea that can help lessen the burden of long cleaning days and lighten the mental load of having to do it all, all the time.

    Put together a list of cleaning "to dos" and organize them into weekly, monthly, and yearly categories. Each month just select one large, one medium, and one small cleaning job. This idea seems simple, but the concept can bring peace into your home. When you break your cleaning into manageable groups it doesn't seem so overwhelming. It also provides a sense of accomplishment rather than that "I should be doing more" feeling. Each week the house gets vacuumed, floors get swept, bathrooms get cleaned, laundry washed, and dishes get cleaned, but everything doesn't need to be done in one day.

    A great way to keep it all straight is to write individual jobs on recipe cards. Put all the cards in a small recipe box that has three dividers. Each week pull the job cards out that you want to accomplish and post them on the fridge. When tasks are finished put them in the back of the box and enjoy the rest of the week guilt free.

    Your weekly family meeting is a great time to plan ahead and delegate jobs so everyone is working together. Kids can get overwhelmed with large cleaning jobs and feel that it is a never ending work load. When you show your kids what needs to be done each week, it helps them see the "light at the end of the tunnel". So stop feeling overwhelmed by all the jobs you need to do. It is amazing how much you can get done when you start small, keep it simple, and work together.

    What's in your Junk Drawer?

    Last month my large project was to de-clutter the junk drawer. I found some small containers to organize the area and was able to get rid of many items that we didn't need. I also found many lost treasures including my favorite lipstick. So the next time you are feeling overwhelmed with all the things you need to get done, make a plan, keep it simple, and set your sites on "the beginning".

    We would love to hear from you. What is the one project you would like to clean this month? Send us your story along with before and after photos. If you have a great cleaning tip, we would like to encourage you to share.

    Just A Thought

    "Any task in life is easier if we approach it with the one at a time attitude. To cite a whimsical saying; 'If you chase two rabbits, both of them will escape." No one is adequate to do everything all at once. We have to select what is important, what is possible, and begin where we are, with what we have. If we begin and keep going, the weight, the worry, the doubt will begin to lift. We can't do everything always, but we can do something now, and doing something will help to lift the weight and lessen the worry, 'The beginning,' said Plato, 'is the most important part.'" Richard L. Evans

    It is going to be a joyful day!

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