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.


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:
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
Do my daily Bible study lesson / morning devotions
Walk the dog
Clean mirrors and windows if needed
Swiffer floors
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
Go to Bible study
Get groceries
Run errands
Do my daily Bible study lesson / morning devotions
Walk the dog
Water plants
Pooper scoop back yard
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!).