Thursday, April 25, 2013

Spring Cleaning

The past two weeks, I have been trying to implement a new cleaning schedule. I recently read this blog where she posted about her cleaning schedule and I thought I could use some of her suggestions. You can check it out here

My old schedule was really a lack of one. I would just do whatever chores seemed the most critical for that day and other things that were a little less obvious, like dusting light fixtures, were neglected.

So here is the new schedule:
  • Vacuum
  • Sweep
  • Dishes
  • Put away clothes
  • Put away toys
  • De-clutter
  • Wipe counters/stove/table
  • Laundry
  • Make beds
  • Take out trash
Monday- Kitchen and Dining Room
  • Shine counter tops
  • Sweep/mop
  • Wipe walls/cabinets
  • Baseboards
  • Vacuum dining room rug
  • Dust (include blinds and light fixtures)
  • Clean refrigerator and microwave inside and out
  • Clean outside of stove and dishwasher
  • Wipe doors/walls/outlet covers
  • Clean trash can (Blah!)
Tuesday- Formal Living Room, Family Room, and Hallway
  • Vacuum
  • Dust (include blinds and light fixtures)
  • Vacuum furniture
  • Baseboards
  • Wipe doors/walls/outlet covers
  • Clean glass tables/mirrors
Wednesday- Bathrooms (2 1/2 bathrooms)
  • Sanitize toilet, sink, bathtub, shower
  • Clean mirror/glass
  • baseboards
  • Wipe doors/walls/outlet covers
  • Sweep
  • Mop
  • Wash bath mats/towels
  • Dust (include light fixtures)
Thursday- Bedrooms (4 bedrooms)
  • Vacuum
  • Dust (include blinds and light fixtures)
  • Baseboards
  • Wash linens
  • Wipe doors/walls/outlet covers
Friday- Errands
We live at least 30-40 minutes from just about everything, so when I "go to town" I try to make it worth the trip. It doesn't always work out for me to only go once a week, but I try to limit my trips in order to save time and money on gas.

Saturday- Catch-up/Projects
Usually, we try to have a fun family outing on Saturdays, but I also try to catch up on chores that I didn't finish during the week. Sometimes, I also have a special project to work on.

Sunday- No chores (the Lord's Day)

I can't say that my new cleaning routine has been a complete success, but I'm hoping that once I get use to it, keeping my house clean will be a breeze.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Happy Easter!

I hope everyone had a Happy Easter! I feel so blessed and thankful to be able to celebrate the Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ with my family.

You might remember me posting before about my search for Easter outfits for my family with a $25 budget per person. Well, I didn't do so well. I totally blew my budget on my daughter's outfit,  but she did look pretty cute if I do say so myself :)

I found this bishop dress at a little shop in the market while we were in Charleston. It was originally $54, but she had it market 40% off, so it ended up being $32.40. The cardigan in the picture is not the one she ended up wearing, I just forgot to take another picture. I got the one she wore at a consignment sale for $2. The shoes came from the same sale and were also $2. The bow is old (I got it at Walmart for $1, but I am not including it in my budget since she has worn it so many times). The lacy socks came from Belk. They came in a pack of 2 and were on sale for $5.24 (we will just call it $2.62 for the one pair). So the total cost was $39.02 (definitely over my budget).
For my son, I purchased most of his outfit at Target. The vest was $12, pants were $10, and tie was $5. I used a Ralph Lauren Polo oxford that he already had (I bought it at a consignment store for around $5, but I'm not including it in the budget since it is old). He wore some boat shoes that I bought used from a facebook group (they were $4, but I'm not including them in my budget either because I bought them about a year ago). The total cost for his outfit was $27.
My husband and I decided to just wear outfits that we already had since I had gone over my budget for the kids. The total cost for the family was $66.02, so overall, I stayed well within my $100 budget for the family.
On Saturday, we went to an Easter celebration at church. It was so much fun for the whole family. They had food and games and enough Easter eggs that we'll probably be eating the candy for the next year. I wanted my kids to have outfits to fit the theme, so I made a pillowcase dress for my daughter out of a vintage, hand embroidered pillow case I got at a moving sale for $.50. Different ribbon probably would have looked better for the top, but I wanted to use what I already had.
I made an applique t-shirt for my son out of a shirt and fabric I already had.
I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!
"For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person- though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die- but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God."
Romans 5:6-9