A Way To Stay Organized

As a way for me to stay organized, I make myself a lot of lists. So, as I was considering what projects I would like to get done this year, I got out my trusty pen and paper and started listing them, in no specific order.
Check out my list:

1: I want to use the same glass mosaic tiles that I used in my master bathroom to tile the tops of the tables that I use as nightstands in my bedroom.
2: I want to make something to attach to my bed, on both sides, to organize the remotes, tissues, etc.
3: My recipe file is a mess, I want to get all recipes sorted and filed.
4: I want to make some pillow mattresses for all of my grandkids.
5: I need to redo my linen closet. It is the only one that never got painted. I also need to add more shelves and organize it better.
6: I need to reorganize the closets in both spare bedrooms to make them more functional. And, since I am a ” dishoholic”, I need more places to store all of my thrift store dishes.
7: I want to redo my laundry area. I do not have a laundry room because I have an older Florida home and they put the washers and dryers in the garage back then. I am fine with that but I just want to define the space better, if you know what I mean.
8: I want to personalize Marley’s eating area to make it more “his own space”.
9: I want to rethink all of my passwords. I want to redo all of them with a system that will make them all similar and unique at the same time. I also want to keep a list of them on file.

Wow, I can’t believe that I came up with that many “things to do” just off of the top of my head. I am sure that this list will grow as time goes on.
I will keep you updated as I work on this list and I will post each project when it is completed.

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My Cleaning Schedule

As I studied the calendar I realized that there were only 3 more weeks until my company arrives for Easter. I am so excited because, not only do I love seeing my brother in law, his wife and teenage son, but they are also bringing one of my granddaughters with them as a companion. I learned, years ago, to have a cleaning schedule so that my house would always be cleaned and I wouldn’t have to either kill myself trying to get ready for guests or be embarrassed if we had unexpected company. My schedule that I have now was by trial and error and as my life style changes, so does it. When it was just the Capt. and I, the house stayed fairly clean and I could breeze through my daily chores with ease and have the rest of the day to work on my crafts and other projects. But, since Marley came into our lives, I had to adjust my cleaning schedule to accommodate all of the messes things that come with owning a pet.
When I first started out, I made a list of all of the things that needed to be done on a weekly basis. I then split them up into 5 sections, one for each day of the week ( since I consider taking care of the house to be my full time job, I scheduled the chores throughout the week with weekends off). When doing this, I took into consideration how much time it took to complete each task and how much available time I had each day. For example, because I go to a women’s Bible study on Thursday, I didn’t have as much time to devote to a chore around the house, but since I was out anyway, it was a good day to run errands.
Here is what my daily list looks like:
Monday:
Do my daily Bible study lesson / morning devotions
Walk the dog
Water the plants
Pooper scoop backyard
Do laundry
Pick up any messes left over from the weekend
Tuesday:
Do my daily Bible study lesson / morning devotions
Walk the dog
Clean mirrors and windows if needed
Swiffer floors
Iron
Wednesday:
Do my daily Bible study lesson /morning devotions
Collect trash for pick up
Clean bathrooms
Water plants
Pooper scoop backyard
Make menu and shopping list for the week
Thursday:
Go to Bible study
Get groceries
Run errands
Friday:
Do my daily Bible study lesson / morning devotions
Walk the dog
Water plants
Pooper scoop back yard
Dust
Vacuum
Mop if needed
Mow lawn ( sometimes I will do this for the Capt. If our weekend looks busy)

There you have it. This has worked great for me, I make a list, every morning, of what I am doing that day, this way you can add the extras like unload the dishwasher or wipe down the lanai furniture as things come up.
I find that I have way more time to work on my blog and do all of my other projects without feeling guilty that the house is in disarray. The only problem I have noticed with this is that since the house is always clean, the Capt. wonders what it is that I do all day (I don’t know who he thinks keeps it this way!).