Wednesday, August 3, 2016

30 of 52 Weeks of Living Full 2nd OHC this week!!

Hi all,

  Another OHC (One Hour Challenge) done this week!!  A One Hour Challenge is when I set my timer for one hour and see how much I can do in that time frame.  I literally run from one task to the next.  It blesses my home and gives me a good workout!

Here's what I completed…

Bedroom #1:
-Stripped bed and remade with fresh sheets
-opened blinds
-set out clothes for tomorrow
-put away a stack of clothes sitting on dresser
-vacuumed (also did the hallway and steps while I was at it)
-put away stuff on bathroom counter
-S & S mst. toilet
-wiped down sink faucet countertop and wiped mirror
-lit candle
-started load of clothes

Kitchen & Dinning Rm:
-put dishes in dishwasher
-started dishwasher
-washed and dried coffee pot
-washed and dried sink/faucet
-sprayed and wiped down countertops and stovetop
-cleared off kitchen table of knick knacks
-emptied out lunch box and put away
-dry swiffer'd kitchen, dinning rm, foyer and foyer steps
-put away stuff that has accumulated in dinning room chairs
-lit candle
-set out pork chops for dinner

-Vacuumed fm rm, bedroom #2
-stripped bed #2 and remade with fresh sheets
-opened blinds
-lit candle in fm rm
-turned on candle warmer in living rm
-fluffed fm rm couch, chair and folded blankets from last night's family time in front of boob tube
-put clothes from washer into dryer
-fluffed couch, chair in living rm from morning coffee/family time
-S & S'd guest toilet
-refilled pup's water bowl

Whew!  Glad that's done.  That was really a lot crammed in that hour!  That was a workout…now need a nice shower!!  Going to take care of that then off to fix some lunch and watch an episode of Lost with DD and the dog.  Woo Hoo!!

  Anyone else up for a OHC?  It's amazing what you can get done in that time!  If you don't have a solid hour, break it up into four 15 minutes increments throughout the day.  It feels great to bless your family and home this way!

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Happy Cleaning!


Sunday, July 31, 2016

29 of 52 Days Living Full!! OHC

Hi all!

  Today I decided to do another OHC!  (One Hour Challenge)  Here's what I was able to accomplish in that time….

-folded two sets of sheets that have been sitting on coffee table for days!
-put load of clothes in dryer
-started a load of clothes in washer
-made bed #1
-S&S'd toilet #1
-dry swiffer'd kitchen, foyer, dinning rm, living rm, and foyer steps
-vacuumed downstairs fm rm and bedroom
-vacuumed upstairs bedroom, hall and steps
-made bed #2
-picked up random knick knacks thrown on night stand and dresser and put away
-put a load of clothes that was already folded
-swept front porch
-cleaned what we lovingly call "snot circles" on the atrium windows at front door that my dog is now already dirtying up again because the neighbor and his dog did not ask my dog's permission to go for a walk! (will try to post the before picture, not sure how well you can see his mess, there's one for each side perfectly symmetrical!) Failed to get the after picture before he already put them back the way he likes them.
-made homemade S&S wipes with paper towels and tupperware bowls (3 sets for each bathroom) found from this link
-washed 1 pot and pan left over from breakfast

  It is truly amazing how much you can get done in that amount of time!  I have to say, I didn't dilly dally!  I went fast and furious from one tasks to the next.  I was dripping with sweat by the time it was over!  The fact that it is 86 degrees here at 12 noon while sweeping the front porch didn't help with that! 

  I'll be sure to let you know how the homemade wipes turned out. ;)  For now, I'm just going to enjoy how my home is now smiling at me.  Spend some time with the family and enjoy the rest of the day doing whatever my heart desires with no guilt of housecleaning lingering over me. :)

  Anyone else up for a OHC?  Take it from me…it is quite satisfying once all said and done! 

Happy Cleaning!


Friday, July 29, 2016

28 of 52 Days of Living Full!!

Hi all!

  Yesterday I whipped up a quick little crochet project.  I use my dry swifter A LOT!  Our sweet little doggie sheds.  I don't mean just a little.  When he walks you can literally see the hair just falling around him.  So vacuuming and swiffering regularly is a must.  This is what happens when I don't vacuum for just 2 days…

  That's really embarrassing to show, but I want to keep it real.  I emptied the canister before I vacuumed!  I haven't washed the canister in a while so the dust in the center is not from just one vacuum session.  So, as you can see when I lax on the vacuuming/swiffer duties it's not good!  Which brings me to the point of this post.  I made another reusable swifter pad….

  Since I wasn't making it as a gift, or getting paid by someone to do it I didn't do a fancy pattern.  I just used up the green I had and added on white once I ran out.  It's nice to have a nice clean one ready to put on while the other one is in hamper.  

  My little fluff puff causes extra work, but who can resist this face….

Happy Swiffering!


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

27 of 52 Weeks of Living Full!!

Hi all!

  Just thought I would share my day of homemaking success today.  I decided to give myself a OHC= One Hour Challenge. I set my timer for one hour and literally run from one task to the next to try to get as much done as I possibly can in one hour.  Here's what I was able to accomplish….

-Stripped bed #1 and put on clean sheets (I always have a clean set of sheets ready to go, so that once I strip the bed I can immediately put on a fresh set)
-Stripped bed #2 and put on clean sheets
-Swished and Swiped toilet #1
-S & S'd toilet #2
-wiped down sink and faucet in guest bath
-Threw off all cushions from family room sofa and vacuumed out (One of the Missions for this week's zone cleaning...see my Flylady series to read more about that)
-Did it again for Living room sofa
-Dusted with furniture polish in family room
-Dry Swiffer'd kitchen, foyer and foyer steps with my homemade Swiffer pad
-Vacuumed Family room
-Vacuumed upstairs bedroom, hall and steps
-took basket of clothes up to bedroom to put away
-put sheets from both beds in washer so they'll be ready for next time
-put few dishes left on counter in dishwasher and started

  In the meantime my daughter made up two loaves of banana bread with bananas that were going to end up in the compost bin if not eaten soon. 

All in all I call that a successful day of homemaking!  

Happy Homemaking!


Sunday, July 24, 2016

26 of 52 Weeks of Living Full!!

Hi all!

  Clearly I would have to post A LOT in the next few days to catch up and complete this series before my 52 weeks are up.  I will try to post as many as I can however, to give it a go.  I have to be honest and say that my original plan of less internet/tv at the beginning of the series has not been what I would call a very successful venture.  While I have cut back, it's not been near enough to really not just waste away so much of my free time.

  Work continues to drain me, even though in the whole scheme of things, as far as traditional jobs go I do really enjoy it 90% of the time.  I am typically pretty tired though after a long day at work and just don't have the desire to much more than the kitchen, dinner, shower and sofa plop.  I really need to find that drive and joy I once had when I didn't work full time when completing homemaking tasks.  One thing I've learned about myself is that I get more accomplished early on in the day.  When I say early, I mean super early.  Like, get up around 5am, go straight into a cleaning routine shower, then BAM!  I've completed what really needs doing before I even have to start my brick and mortar job.  Once I'm home, I can then do whatever I want without guilt.  If I have the energy to crochet,  or try a new craft, blog, or just go for the plop, I at least know that I've blessed my family, myself and my home first.

  So, this week will be about me doing my best to maintain rather than letting things pile up.  I'm sure I'm not the only one who says…"Oh, I'll just do that later."  When later finally comes you have spent a majority of your free/off time to do a major clean, when if I had just stopped for a few minutes here and there to maintain I could spend about an hour and have a super clean house!  I have to remember what I used to tell my daughter all the time….it's easier to keep a clean house clean, then to clean a dirty house!

  With that…off I go to fold the clothes that are now washed and dried rather than continuing to pull clothes out to wear one by one until the basket is empty!  ;)

Happy Maintaining!


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