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Tidiness Tips

  1. Make your bed, hang up your clothes, shut closet door, drawers, straighten rug
  2. If you take it out, put it away – where it belongs!
  3. If you make a mess – clean it up.
  4. When you get out of the car – take all your stuff and rubbish with you.
  5. Deal with paper that comes into your house daily – mostly rubbish usually – which means deep six it immediately – no piling.
  6. Wash the dishes, let dry, put them away along with the drain rack.  Clean and shine sink/faucet/handles.
  7. Clear and wipe counters, sinks, back splash, faucets every day.  Just takes a moment – just do it.
  8. Keep laundry current – when hamper is full – wash the clothes, dry or hang them to dry.  Fold them and put away.  Consider washing a load everyday.
  9. Throw away things that don’t work, give away or sell things you don’t use.
  10. Some tasks simply take time and need doing at least once a week.  Cleaning showers, bathtubs, toilets, vacuuming or washing floors, dusting ceilings, washing walls, windows, sills.  Some prefer scheduling the same time each week to do all or choose one or more to do each day until it’s all done.
  11. Consider carefully whether or not you need more storage units or shelves vs just getting rid of extra stuff.  Less stuff; less to clean.

 

Benefits:

  1. Company can drop in and you won’t be embarrassed or feel the need to apologise for filth.
  2. Having to unload papers and junk from a chair to allow a guest to be seated or clearing papers from the dining table or washing it off before serving puts your guests at odds with feeling welcome – already they feel guilty for causing you extra work on their behalf.
  3. Clean and organised eliminates the stress caused by a chaotic environment.
  4. Putting things away saves time in looking for ‘lost’ items.  “A place for everything and everything in its place.”
  5. Cleaning and keeping things clean often increases its useful life in addition to it looking nice during its life in your home or property.
  6. Being clutter free and organised saves time/money/health.

 

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I’m not a fan of buying shelving or other storage units – usually that just means i’ve got too much stuff.  However, when renovating our old house and enduring NO shelves in the lower cupboards, after 3 years, i finally relented to purchasing this nice inexpensive unit and now, finding stuff is oh such joy!  This is actually called a 2-tier shoe rack, but works perfectly in this space for my needs.  

What are your tips for keeping your house, job, and life neat and tidy?  What are your challenges?

Cheers!

tauna

 

Get ‘er Done!

Sometimes, we are stymied or overwhelmed by the number of tasks we have before us and sometimes, we are just being plain old lazy!  There are Scriptures which address that sluggardness.  Shake it off and get crackin’!   Analysis paralysis runs rampant in our culture.  You know how we, as parents, hear from our children ‘there’s nothing to do!’  Oh, mercy, that is music to our hears!  😉  (My children learnt at a very young age to never say that and as young adults, they know that there is also something to accomplish or improve.)

Here are some tasks that are easily put off, but are imperative!  (This list can be applied to ANYTHING; the car, pickup, office, shop, barn, you name it, it needs cleaning and organising!)  GET ‘ER DONE!  (The Scriptures even address cleanliness for our own good)

  1. Throw all the bedclothes, curtains, drapes, rugs, doilies, etc next to the washing machine and start a load of mattress pad or sheets.
  2. While those are washing/drying, clean out every single drawer, box, hanger, and throwaway or give away if you haven’t used it or worn within the past year or less.   Most stuff will be trash.  Papers, magazines, articles – throw them away!  If in doubt, throw it away.  Work fast or you’ll get bogged down and not complete the job!
  3. Keep the washing machine and dryer going!
  4. Now vacuum the mattress – both sides and the box springs (if you have one), vacuum each and every nook and cranny of the room; ceiling, corners, edges, drawers, closet.
  5. Scrub down and/or dust every nook and cranny, this includes floors, floor and ceiling trim.  If you have a lot of knick knacks that need dusting, consider giving them away. Take this opportunity to lighten your future workload!
  6. Keep the washing machine and dryer going!
  7. Wash windows, mirrors, and glass inside and out.
  8. Haul out trash to recycle or burn or take to dumpster.
  9. Keep the washing machine and dryer going!
  10. Make minor repairs as needed and make a list of supplies needed to make larger repairs.  Don’t lose the list!
  11. Put mattress pad and/or sheets back on the bed, rehang curtains, lay out rugs, whatever you have.
  12. The room should flow smoothly from start to finish with no stopping if you move along and keep the washing going and you’ve probably lightened the load in the room by half in dust, grime, and junk.  How relaxing!
  13. Boom!  One room down – now for the next.  Yeah, there’s something to do.

 

Remember, that giving away items to a non-profit organisation will garner you a tax deduction.  Ask for a form that will record the items and value.

Have Fun!

tauna

Stuck In the House

What does a woman do when she is stuck inside due to extreme ragweed allergies!?  It is frustrating because the weather is starting to cool off and there is always SO much to be done outside.  Fences need repair, brush needs cutting, barns cleaned out, livestock needs shifting to new paddocks…… the list is endless.  Up until this year, youngest son, Nathan, would do my basic chores (shifting livestock, checking water) from mid-August to mid-October, but he is off to uni this fall, so the task has fallen to Rick, our new hand whom we hope stays on to become manager – he is certainly capable.  So, while I’m grateful,it’s frustrating as well.

So, after spending most of last week at my farm in south Missouri (Dallas and I were hoping our allergies would be somewhat alleviated, and surprisingly for me, i did find some relief, not so much for Dallas) and redesigning and setting up the working corral and trampling through a ‘jungle’ of a small timber patch to string out some polywire in preparation for fencing it off this winter and we started tearing out an old house, but wrong time of the year for that – i got stung on my upper lip just straight away.  OUCH!  brought tears to my eyes!

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Built up dust on the leading edges of ceiling fan blades.

This week, we are back home, so my major goal is to ‘fall’ clean the house.  Spiders have built webs in every nook and cranny inside and out, so lots of vacuuming and dusting.  Of course, I vacuum all the furniture; under and around the arms and cushions, and turn them over to vacuum the dirt and dust from underneath.  Cobwebs in the corners, from ceiling to walls, and walls to floors.  Climbing a ladder to wash off the center and blades of our two ceiling fans and dusting the leaves of our one inside plant.  Dusting the tops and back of wall photos and pictures, top of furniture, and all the wooden trim and doors.  And definitely under the floor grates which cover the return air ducts.

Cobwebs everywhere!
Cobwebs everywhere!

One tip I learnt as a travel consultant when on Fams and checking hotel rooms, was to run your finger along the top of doors and/or shower rods.  If there is dust, then the room is NOT clean.

Washing windows is sort of an outdoor job, so I can only do so much of that at a time before becoming overwhelmed with allergy attack.  But i can plug away at it.

Additionally, Monday i listed a bunch of unneeded items to sell on Ebay, paid bills, and RIck and i pulled the CIDRs, administered Estrumate, applied heat detection patches, and mouthed a few of the 17 recip cows because the needed ear tags and i didn’t know how old they were.  The ear tag number starts with the year they were born.  For example, a four year old cow’s number would start with a ‘1.’  This took about an hour, so i was struggling a bit by the time i could get back into the a/c.  Took a break, then went back out to let out the cows into the pasture south of our house for observing and ran water for them.

Of course, breakfast, lunch, and supper preparations are everyday.

Froze up a couple gallons of green beans, cooked down, slipped off the skins, and froze a gallon of tomatoes.

Until tomorrow!

tauna

Climbed up in the back of my Gator to drill a hole large enough for this solar lantern to fit snugly into.  When it's really dark outside, I can't even find our own driveway!  Hopefully this will help.
Climbed up in the back of my Gator to drill a hole large enough for this solar lantern to fit snugly into.  When it’s really dark outside, I can’t even find our own driveway!  Hopefully this will help.