Monday, October 3, 2011

Week Four: Establish Morning and Evening Routines

I apologize for being a bit late on this one.  I hope last week went well for you all.  I can't believe the changes over here.  I did a marathon 27 boogie fling (more like 270!) last Saturday while Jeff took the kids out to play for a couple of hours.  I knew we were having the carpets professionally cleaned on Monday so I used that as my motivation to get the clutter out!  I had three huge garbage bags full of shoes, clothing and garbage!  It felt so great to say good bye to everything.  I gave a huge bag of clothes to a family in our ward that has a little girl just under the girls in size and age and who was in need...that was so fun...they were so thankful and I sent a package to Rebeca and even found Ruth's missing shoe! :)

The carpets were cleaned a week ago and I can't believe how clean everything still is and has remained a whole week later.  It is so comforting to go into a bedroom and know that it doesn't look like a tornado had gone through! 

I have tried to do a 15 min. decluttering/focus session every day.  It's amazing what you can accomplish in 15 minutes!

I know I have it easy here.  We only brought the minimum with us (but it's amazing how fast that grows) and we are living in a pretty spacious place.  You are all working on de-cluttering years of accumulation so it will probably take longer.  

This week your assignment is:

  1. Continue your daily 15 min. focus on a certain area/room in your home
  2. Do as many 27 boogie flings as you need and 
  3. Establish a morning and evening routine.
As an example, I'll give you my morning and evening routines.  I am just doing baby steps at this point so will probably add to it as I feel I can/need.

7 - 8:30 Pajamas/Read/Pray with girls 
8:30:  Pick out clothes for the next day and get into bathroom to take shower/brush teeth etc. while I'm there (I usually listen to uplifting music or a conference talk while I'm in there as well)
9:00: Work on paper dolls then hang out with Jeff
10:30: Pick up main room hot spots, wipe down sink if it needs it, get room ready for a new day
10:30 - 11:00:  Set alarm and go to bed

6:00:  Wake up to alarm
6:05:  Get dressed in bathroom.  Do hair and make up, brush teeth.  While I'm in the bathroom I wipe down the sinks with Clorox wipes and swish the toilet with a brush.
6:20:  Fold the load of laundry in the dryer and start a new load in the washer. I usually listen to a conference talk while I fold. When washer load is done, transfer to dryer 
6:30:  By now the girls are awake and ready for breakfast!  I feed them then dress them and then go and make all of the beds and pick up the rooms (which has been so easy now that so much of the clutter and garbage is gone).

P.S. Ollie usually gets up at 4:30 a.m. to eat then sleeps until about 7 a.m. but some days are different.  My routines have been easy enough that I can adapt them when I need to sit down and feed him or dress him or cuddle, etc.  

OK, so now I want to hear from you.  How did it go?  

I'd love to know the following:

  1. Did you try the 15 min de-cluttering sessions?
  2. What changes did you make last week?
  3. How is it effecting you and your family?

What routines have you already established and what what you like to add?

1 comment:

  1. I have done the 15 minute decluttering sessions to clean up for Abby's party. It felt so good and I couldn't believe how much I got done in just a couple of hours. Our backyard is cleaned out, the dining area looks more open and clean, since I've taken my craft/sewing stuff out. Now I need to work on the garage and my bedroom to organize everything in there. Wish me luck! I'm going to try the 27 boogie fling this week.