Are You Trapped In Clutter?

It seems our homes, offices and lives are more cluttered than ever before. A recent UCLA study revealed that American families are overwhelmed by their stuff.

Advertisers seem to have sold the idea that our things will save us time and money all while making our lives easier. Instead the truth is our stuff is suffocating our lives.

Clutter Costs Money

  • Devalues our home
  • Takes up valuable space-both physically and mentally
  • Sucks up our time and keeps us from doing the things we want to do
  • A distraction and a source of continual stress

Big Box Office Supply Stores

Have you ever gone into one of these stores to get an ink refill for your pen and walked out with a large bag of all kinds of office supplies? If this has happened to you the store has accomplished its task.

Lack Of Organization

These stores try to convince us that our problem is lack of organization. We spend more money buying bins, labels, and dividers. The self-storage industry is a billion dollar business that is happy to take our money and store our stuff, costing us more than what our things are even worth.

Follow The 80/20 Rule

They say we use 80% of our things only 20% of the time or 20% of our things 80% of the time. However you look at it there is a reason to begin to do a ‘Cha Cha Cha!’

To Declutter Is To Cha Cha Cha!

  • Throw Away
  • Give Away
  • Put Away

As my mentor Flylady has said, ‘You Cannot Organize Clutter. You Can Only Get Rid Of It’. 

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Garden Fresh Vegetable Soup

I love this time of year when I can throw together a fresh vegetable soup that come right out of my garden. I really don’t have a recipe. I just start chopping!

There is one thing I do different. In order to enhance the flavor of the soup, I like to dice up onions, peppers, garlic and celery and then saute them first in olive oil.

soup and trixie 001 Saute the onions, peppers, garlic and celery in olive oil.

soup and trixie 002 Blanch the fresh tomatoes until the skin cracks and then immerse them in cold water to make the skins easy to peel.

soup and trixie 003 Pour 2 boxes of chicken broth plus 2 water. Add seasoning of your choice.soup and trixie 006It is so fun to just walk outside to my garden to pick the ingredients for this great tasting and filling soup!

vegetable soup 002Let it simmer until done.

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Reboot Your Closet!

The weekend is almost here. Many will have activities outside the home. You look in your closet and say, ‘I don’t have anything to wear!’ Come on. You can’t tell me you have never said that before.

I used to say it all the time until I got my closet organized. Then life happens. Slowly but surely one day I stand in front of my closet and say, ‘I don’t have anything to wear!’ 

The Obvious Times One Would Say This Statement

  • Special Function (Wedding, Funeral, Graduation, Holidays, Vacation)
  • Gaining or Losing Weight
  • Seasons Changing

Right now for most of us whether it’s ‘Down Under’ or not, the seasons are a changing. What better time than to give your closet some lovin’ by doing a ‘Cha Cha Cha’.  It simply is a fun way to say ‘Throw Away, Give Away, Put Away’. 

When you finish each category the next thing to do is ‘Deal With It’. After you go through the closet looking for anything to ‘Throw Away’ take that bag out to the trash no matter what the quantity is. Everyone has something to throw away that is in a closet. Remember the recent ‘Stash And Dash’?  Continue with each category.

What You Can Do This Weekend

Get your ‘timer’ out. Set it for 5, 10 or 15 minutes and make time to do this as you are ‘Getting Dressed To Shoes’. In this day and age we are learning that it can be difficult to block off amounts of time dedicated for projects like this. Instead we have to learn how to do it in ‘Bits Of Time’. 

Put some music on and ‘Cha Cha Cha’ this weekend. While you are at it, ‘Lay Out Your Clothes’ for each day and ‘Dance Till You FLY!’

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It’s Monday Again!

I have to tell you, so far the month of September has been stressful for me. I was dealing with an ill dog companion that resulted in his passing. I am working on a blog to share my experience in hopes it will help others. Look for it in the middle of the week.

It’s Monday Again!

How did Monday come so fast? Yesterday I buried my Maltese dog named Fred. What will the coming week bring? I suspect more grieving with some feelings of peace by the end of the week.

Today is Merengue Planning Day for ‘Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System. How involved does the planning have to entail? It is totally up to you. I know my planning from week to week fluctuates depending on how many activities I have.

I am not asking to write down every detailed item today that you plan to do this week. Merengue Planning Day is more a day to decide what is in the following form.

A form to help you plan your week.
A form to help you plan your week.

Use this form to ‘Map Out Your Week’. Scratch notes on it. Use it as a worksheet that you can refer to for the coming week.

The following describes how Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System (c) 2014 has three levels with level one being the most important. It is based on levels where the first one needs to be done before you move to the next. Some weeks you may only be able to do the first level. That is okay. You are moving forward. That is all any of us can ask for and commit to. Establishing the first level of the system makes it so much easier to move on to the next. The following are the 3 levels to Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System (c) 2014.

3 Levels Of Marilyn's Way Dance Till You FLY! System
3 Levels Of Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System

Not so bad when it is laid out this way is it? Born Organized would have figured this out almost immediately. They know how to set up a structure. Most of us don’t.

S.H.E. Sidetracked Home Executives
S.H.E. Sidetracked Home Executives

We tend to be the SHE’s of the group. Now there is nothing wrong with being a SHE. We just have to learn how to plan what works better for us.

I give you suggestions to the order of the 9’s. You can take these 9 habits and put them in a different order. Just make sure you give it your best shot each day to do all 9. Once you are comfortable with them will come the weekly habits for specific days. Again, you choose the days for each of the habits that will work best for you. I simply give you a suggestion.

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The second level is ‘Weekly Zone Events’. Our homes have five zones where we spend a week on a specific zone for a specific week of the month. It is the ‘Maintenance Level’ of the system.

The third level is your ‘Seasonal Monthly Events’ where some of them will be bi-annual. When you have the first 2 levels scheduled for your day, this level will be do what you can. Something is always better than nothing.

The 3rd level is really for the group to come together and make each other accountable. I selected the events for certain times of the year that we would get the most mileage and make sense.

Tuesday is ‘Freestyle Day’. I wanted to get this post to you earlier for Monday. Since it is later, I will give you Tuesday’s weekly habit form to follow as a guide.

Freestyle Day Weekly Habits Form
Freestyle Day Weekly Habits Form

While I am at it I will give you Wednesday’s ‘Anti Dilly Dally Day’ form you can use to make notes.

Anti Dilly Dally Form
Anti Dilly Dally Form

I hope I have explained how Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System (c) 2014  works. There are many other systems that are in greater detail. Most of them are for ‘Born Organized’ and not ‘Sidetracked Home Executive’ like we are. Will I ever be ‘Born Organized’? No and frankly I wouldn’t want to. That is a personal choice. I spent way too many years trying to be something I am not.

If you have trouble staying with a system I invite you to try Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System (c) 2014 and see if it will work for you!

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Day 8 Of The Great Declutter Your Kitchen And Organize Your Pantry Event!

This project I am looking forward to.  I am going to be doing some re-arranging the cupboards in my kitchen work triangle.  All the changes I am doing are directly related to habit #6 Make Dinner Early of Dance Till You FLY! mw featuring nine habits each day every day.  The things that I have done so far are paying off for this habit.

When I decided to have this event in April, it has been geared around the spring/summer to come.  I am an avid gardener and when spring really gets here, I will be spending most of my days outside.  I need my kitchen to function properly to get meals made easily or I would be setting myself up for not keeping my kitchen up.  I don’t want to do that anymore.  I have come to learn how important to keeping my kitchen clean and organized as to a direct relation to my self esteem.  Face it,  home keeping  and how we feel about ourselves are directly related.  Most that have a hard time keeping up the kitchen may in fact not have the tools necessary to make a meal handy.

Cupboards overstuffed with things one hardly uses get mixed up with the stuff  that does.  The problem is that when we put away the dishes we tend to put them in the next available space.  Pretty soon some of the things one uses gets moved all the way to the back.  In order to get it, one has to pull everything out and they set on the counters.  One has now created an extra step in cleaning up the kitchen after dinner.  I have been shining my sink every day since December 25, 2010 and now I ALWAYS make sure I block out time to do this daily.  It is that important to me.  I don’t want to have to also be putting away things that I hardly use back into the cupboards I use the most.  Either the item is going to be blessed or is going to be moving to another location in my kitchen.

Sure, it is nice to have all of your like items together.  That is what I have done with my cupboard that has glassware in it.  The problem is my cupboard that has plastic dishes is over flowing that I am afraid to open the cupboard door.  I could create an avalanche with plastic bowls all over the kitchen.

My goal today is to declutter my plastics getting rid of lids that no longer have bottoms.  I am going to move the glasses on the top shelf to another cupboard.  I am also going to move the seasonal glasses to the other location.  The top shelf will then house my plastic containers I use the most in the preparation area.  Remember, it is your kitchen and it only has to make sense to you.  You are the one that is in it most of the time.

A ladder is going to be required to do this.  I am glad I have one that has wide steps on it.  More accidents happen when one decides to get on a chair with wheels instead of taking the time to have a ladder handy.  For me I have had enough falls and bumps on the head that I welcome the ladder.

The project will take no longer than 30 minutes or 2-15ers.  When I decided to do this event, it had to be worked into my day as the nine habits each day every day of Dance Till You FLY! mw System (c) 2014 are the priority.  I always make sure I make time for them.  They could also be called the non-negotiable habits I do each day.  Now let’s retrieve the ladder to get started.  Setting the timer for 15 minutes.

This is my kitchen work triangle. To my left is the stove and to my right the sink and not showing the refrigerator.
I am moving my seasonal glasses to the top shelf.  I will move my serving platter in the box to my hutch in the dining room.
After.  If I want them the ladder is easily accessible.

When I went to get the glasses from the other cabinet, I was up high enough to see dust.  I knew I was going to only allow 30 minutes on this project.  I made a decision to wipe them down instead of going through the other plastics.  Before I would try to do it all and then I wouldn’t get the rest of my things done before bedtime.

I had seasonal glasses on the top shelf.  I felt I could make better use of the that shelf.
Here is the after.  Notice I have space in the cabinet.  They don’t always have to be full.

Now it is time to finish up this blog to get it to you.  Then I will finish with the rest of my nine habits and spend an hour of ‘Me time.’  I am glad I have learned that I can do this one shelf at a time.

Does your kitchen work triangle need to be rethought out?  Be aware of the triangle next time you make dinner.  Until next time…

Dance Till You FLY! mw
Marilyn

(Note actual cabinet and drawers of Marilyn’s kitchen.  Any imperfections were well earned.)

Day 8 Of The Great Declutter Your Kitchen And Organize Your Pantry Event!

This project I am looking forward to.  I am going to be doing some re-arranging the cupboards in my kitchen work triangle.  All the changes I am doing are directly related to habit #6 Make Dinner Early of Dance Till You FLY! mw featuring nine habits each day every day.  The things that I have done so far are paying off for this habit.

When I decided to have this event in April, it has been geared around the spring/summer to come.  I am an avid gardener and when spring really gets here, I will be spending most of my days outside.  I need my kitchen to function properly to get meals made easily or I would be setting myself up for not keeping my kitchen up.  I don’t want to do that anymore.  I have come to learn how important to keeping my kitchen clean and organized as to a direct relation to my self esteem.  Face it,  home keeping  and how we feel about ourselves are directly related.  Most that have a hard time keeping up the kitchen may in fact not have the tools necessary to make a meal handy.

Cupboards overstuffed with things one hardly uses get mixed up with the stuff  that does.  The problem is that when we put away the dishes we tend to put them in the next available space.  Pretty soon some of the things one uses gets moved all the way to the back.  In order to get it, one has to pull everything out and they set on the counters.  One has now created an extra step in cleaning up the kitchen after dinner.  I have been shining my sink every day since December 25, 2010 and now I ALWAYS make sure I block out time to do this daily.  It is that important to me.  I don’t want to have to also be putting away things that I hardly use back into the cupboards I use the most.  Either the item is going to be blessed or is going to be moving to another location in my kitchen.

Sure, it is nice to have all of your like items together.  That is what I have done with my cupboard that has glassware in it.  The problem is my cupboard that has plastic dishes is over flowing that I am afraid to open the cupboard door.  I could create an avalanche with plastic bowls all over the kitchen.

My goal today is to declutter my plastics getting rid of lids that no longer have bottoms.  I am going to move the glasses on the top shelf to another cupboard.  I am also going to move the seasonal glasses to the other location.  The top shelf will then house my plastic containers I use the most in the preparation area.  Remember, it is your kitchen and it only has to make sense to you.  You are the one that is in it most of the time.

A ladder is going to be required to do this.  I am glad I have one that has wide steps on it.  More accidents happen when one decides to get on a chair with wheels instead of taking the time to have a ladder handy.  For me I have had enough falls and bumps on the head that I welcome the ladder.

The project will take no longer than 30 minutes or 2-15ers.  When I decided to do this event, it had to be worked into my day as the nine habits each day every day of Dance Till You FLY! mw System (c) 2014 are the priority.  I always make sure I make time for them.  They could also be called the non-negotiable habits I do each day.  Now let’s retrieve the ladder to get started.  Setting the timer for 15 minutes.

This is my kitchen work triangle. To my left is the stove and to my right the sink and not showing the refrigerator.
I am moving my seasonal glasses to the top shelf.  I will move my serving platter in the box to my hutch in the dining room.
After.  If I want them the ladder is easily accessible.

When I went to get the glasses from the other cabinet, I was up high enough to see dust.  I knew I was going to only allow 30 minutes on this project.  I made a decision to wipe them down instead of going through the other plastics.  Before I would try to do it all and then I wouldn’t get the rest of my things done before bedtime.

I had seasonal glasses on the top shelf.  I felt I could make better use of the that shelf.
Here is the after.  Notice I have space in the cabinet.  They don’t always have to be full.

Now it is time to finish up this blog to get it to you.  Then I will finish with the rest of my nine habits and spend an hour of ‘Me time.’  I am glad I have learned that I can do this one shelf at a time.

Does your kitchen work triangle need to be rethought out?  Be aware of the triangle next time you make dinner.  Until next time…

Dance Till You FLY! mw
Marilyn

(Note actual cabinet and drawers of Marilyn’s kitchen.  Any imperfections were well earned.)

Day 7 of The Great Declutter Your Kitchen And Organize Your Pantry Event!

Tomorrow the Schwans man LeRoy stops by.  Today is the day to do a ‘Freezer Cha Cha’.  I will take inventory and clean my freezer of the refrigerator.  Earlier in the month I did the refrigerator part and ran out of time for the freezer.  I set a date to do it and today I am following through.

I have been giving my kitchen a lot of thought this month with this event.  I would say more thought than I have in two years.  Just because things are set up the way they are doesn’t mean I can’t change things around to see if it will make it easier to do Habit #6 Make Dinner Early.  I have been taking notes and writing them in my Franklin Planner under tab #2 that has my ‘Dance Till You FLY! mw System’ set up by five separate zones ‘Progressive Task List’ or PTL I use when I get an idea and want to change things up or the things that are left to do in the particular zone.  Tomorrow I will get to the project I came up with today that I feel is going to make my kitchen flow better.  Stay tuned.

I have two freezers.  One is with the refrigerator and another is an upright.  Because I don’t want to spend any more than 45 minutes to this project I am just focusing on the one attached to the fridge.  I know I will be moving things around and if it works out that I can also organize my upright freezer in this allotted time I will do so.  This will be my first round of timing how long it takes to clean and organize the freezer attached to the fridge.

Being ADD has its quirks.  One of them is not having a sense of time.  I struggle with it to this day.  Another quirk is getting sidetracked.  Both don’t work well when it comes to taking care of your home.  If I don’t mindfully note my task at hand, I could up having several tasks going with none of them done.  That spells a messy house.  It wasn’t that you weren’t busy.  You were.  Instead you were creating multiple tasks thinking you can multi task when in fact one can’t do any more than 3 tasks at one time.  Still we continue to try.

I have decided I want to keep my meat all in the bottom drawer of my freezer attached to the fridge.  I am thinking it will make it easier to decide habit #3 What’s For Dinner?  You see that is another quirk about having fibromyalgia and being ADD.  I can easily forget what I have.  Maybe this way I can decide if I want beef, pork, chicken, or fish for dinner and then choose the vegetable and have salad ready.  That would make it easier to do habit #6 Make Dinner Early.

Habits #1 through #6 are done with doing 2- habit #4’s.  Habit #7 will be done right the ‘Freezer Cha Cha’ is done.  I begin!

Before the freezer cha cha!

Wiped the seal of the door
After freezer cha cha!  All the meat, chicken and fish are in the bottom basket with the fruits and vegetables on the top rack.  I am now ready for the Schwan man to come.  Looks like it will be just frozen yogurt this time.

After freezer cha cha!  Wiped the outside of the fridge/freezer.

Note:  I did take out the shelf and drawer basket.  Then took a solution of baking soda and a small amount of dishsoap to clean the inside body and side door before I put things back.  This will make it easier for me to do habit #6 Make Dinner Early.

The entire process took 30 minutes and now I can enter this task down in my planner so I have a better idea how long it would take.  Now, to move on to habit #7 Shine Sink, habit #8 Lay Out Clothes and habit #9 Launch Pad Ready.

If you want to know what the nine habits are, click on the following link http://www.marilynsway.com/2014/03/keep-calm-and-do-nine-nine-habits-that.html.  Three plus years of trying different habits to be the foundation resulted in this blog.

How is your kitchen and pantry coming along?  I would like to hear.  Tomorrow I will be making adjustments in the triangle preparation zone of my kitchen.  Until then…

Dance Till You FLY! mw
Marilyn

Day 7 of The Great Declutter Your Kitchen And Organize Your Pantry Event!

Tomorrow the Schwans man LeRoy stops by.  Today is the day to do a ‘Freezer Cha Cha’.  I will take inventory and clean my freezer of the refrigerator.  Earlier in the month I did the refrigerator part and ran out of time for the freezer.  I set a date to do it and today I am following through.

I have been giving my kitchen a lot of thought this month with this event.  I would say more thought than I have in two years.  Just because things are set up the way they are doesn’t mean I can’t change things around to see if it will make it easier to do Habit #6 Make Dinner Early.  I have been taking notes and writing them in my Franklin Planner under tab #2 that has my ‘Dance Till You FLY! mw System’ set up by five separate zones ‘Progressive Task List’ or PTL I use when I get an idea and want to change things up or the things that are left to do in the particular zone.  Tomorrow I will get to the project I came up with today that I feel is going to make my kitchen flow better.  Stay tuned.

I have two freezers.  One is with the refrigerator and another is an upright.  Because I don’t want to spend any more than 45 minutes to this project I am just focusing on the one attached to the fridge.  I know I will be moving things around and if it works out that I can also organize my upright freezer in this allotted time I will do so.  This will be my first round of timing how long it takes to clean and organize the freezer attached to the fridge.

Being ADD has its quirks.  One of them is not having a sense of time.  I struggle with it to this day.  Another quirk is getting sidetracked.  Both don’t work well when it comes to taking care of your home.  If I don’t mindfully note my task at hand, I could up having several tasks going with none of them done.  That spells a messy house.  It wasn’t that you weren’t busy.  You were.  Instead you were creating multiple tasks thinking you can multi task when in fact one can’t do any more than 3 tasks at one time.  Still we continue to try.

I have decided I want to keep my meat all in the bottom drawer of my freezer attached to the fridge.  I am thinking it will make it easier to decide habit #3 What’s For Dinner?  You see that is another quirk about having fibromyalgia and being ADD.  I can easily forget what I have.  Maybe this way I can decide if I want beef, pork, chicken, or fish for dinner and then choose the vegetable and have salad ready.  That would make it easier to do habit #6 Make Dinner Early.

Habits #1 through #6 are done with doing 2- habit #4’s.  Habit #7 will be done right the ‘Freezer Cha Cha’ is done.  I begin!

Before the freezer cha cha!

Wiped the seal of the door
After freezer cha cha!  All the meat, chicken and fish are in the bottom basket with the fruits and vegetables on the top rack.  I am now ready for the Schwan man to come.  Looks like it will be just frozen yogurt this time.

After freezer cha cha!  Wiped the outside of the fridge/freezer.

Note:  I did take out the shelf and drawer basket.  Then took a solution of baking soda and a small amount of dishsoap to clean the inside body and side door before I put things back.  This will make it easier for me to do habit #6 Make Dinner Early.

The entire process took 30 minutes and now I can enter this task down in my planner so I have a better idea how long it would take.  Now, to move on to habit #7 Shine Sink, habit #8 Lay Out Clothes and habit #9 Launch Pad Ready.

If you want to know what the nine habits are, click on the following link http://www.marilynsway.com/2014/03/keep-calm-and-do-nine-nine-habits-that.html.  Three plus years of trying different habits to be the foundation resulted in this blog.

How is your kitchen and pantry coming along?  I would like to hear.  Tomorrow I will be making adjustments in the triangle preparation zone of my kitchen.  Until then…

Dance Till You FLY! mw
Marilyn

Day 3 The Great Declutter Your Kitchen And Organize Your Pantry Event

I have to tell you something!  Making dinner last night was actually pleasant to do for once!  The two drawers I spend the most time using?  They now hold Only the things I Love to use.  I was amazed at how smooth it was.  No more overstuffed drawers that wouldn’t open and shut easily. First, I always start out with a sink full of hot soapy water.  It makes clean as you cook go so much better.  You stand there watching the food cook.  Why not wash the things you used to prepare it?  Like the bowl you may have used to mix something up.

Yesterday I handled more spoons than I could handle and I didn’t get my ‘Cha Cha Cha!’ done before bed.

Cha Cha Cha! is:

Throw Away
Give Away
Put Away

Okay, couldn’t I simply say the three words?  Sure but how much fun would that be?  I created Dance Till You FLY! mw System (c) 2014 that I will be sharing with you in the coming months.
How did I come up with this name?  I woke up one morning and that was what was in my head.  I thought about it and then after my first, well second cup of coffee I realized that’s what we all do when it comes to taking care of ourselves and our home.  Nothing is straight forward when developing habits and routines.  It takes practice to find your own groove, your own song.  All this happens from trial and error.  F.L.Y means to me: First Love Yourself (others come next)  I use the concept of what the airlines say is best to do if in a situation that the oxygen masks come down.  They advise to always put yours on first before your child.  The thing is if you put your child’s mask on first, those seconds you do could cause you to pass out and your child would be getting oxygen but wouldn’t have the skills as you are passed out to know to get your mask on.  Instead you would have a freaked out child because Mommy won’t wake up.  That is why it is important to learn to First Love Yourself.  In order to get there you will keep dancing until you get there.
Who doesn’t feel good after they finished dancing?  It is a way to generate feel good endorphins.  That is one thing we need in our tool box.  So you will hear dance step names for things I do daily and my weekly habits I practice.  Note:  This is another thing I have learned to say.  Instead of telling myself I HAVE TO do the dishes now, I say I will practice doing the dishes.  Face it, housework is never really done.  The sooner I was able to accept that, the better I have learned to feel.
We Don’t Keep Track Of What Works Or Doesn’t Work When Looking For A System
Many times we will try different dance steps. Yes, we can still get frustrated.  Why?  Because we don’t keep track of what works or doesn’t work.  This is where a notebook comes in handy.  Just jot it down as you are searching.  There are plenty of ways to take care of yourself and your home.  All you have to do is google clutter, cleaning, organizing or home and you will come up with all kinds of sites.  If you keep going to organizing sites over and over again to find the perfect system you are going to fail.  There is no perfect system out there.  There are simply suggestions.  Anyone can make lists of things to do.  The trick is implementing them on a daily basis.  Make your notebook your friend.
Finding ‘Your’ Way
It is more important to me for you to find ‘Your Way’ to do things.  For myself I have learned that fun words make everything easier.  I just made up a theme of dancing.  The majority of us are going to put some music on and dance anyway.  Why not have a theme for all the things we do each day?
Back To April’s Great Declutter Your Kitchen And Organize Your Pantry
Because of what I learned yesterday, I am having to make adjustments.  One thing I have learned is that I cannot go ‘Full Throttle’ all of the time and ‘Pacing’ myself is one of the core basics of my system.
Yesterday, I spent 45 minutes on April’s event.  What I didn’t factor in was the time it took to stop and take photos, upload them and put watermarks on.  You see this is what so many of us don’t factor in and then we don’t feel good about our accomplishments for the day.  I also didn’t factor in the time it took me to write and then publish the blog.  I love to write.  Part of the responsibility to my followers is that I edit my work so it will make sense to you.  That takes time.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy doing it and love to share what I have learned along the way.  I just didn’t factor in the time.  I got to bed much later than I usually do.  What I used to do is continue to go that same pace and through journaling I have learned I can do it 3 days in a row.  By the 4th day I fall into a heap.  Anyone else experience this?  The thing is on the 4th day, you still have to take care of yourself and your home.  There is no autopilot.
Clean Your Faucet 
That said, my task that I did was give my sink a good cleaning.  The area I focused on was the faucet.  Where I live we have well water and it is very hard on the plumbing.  If I don’t do a maintenance cleaning every few months, I will be buying another faucet.
Today I used vinegar.  I took the faucet filter off and soaked it in vinegar.  I sprayed non diluted vinegar on the handles and the base of the faucet.  I left it on while the screen and end of the faucet piece was soaking. The last thing I did was take a toothbrush to get anything that works its way into the edge of the outside sink.  I checked back after a couple of hours.  ( I let it soak as I was writing this blog)
The mineral deposits on the faucet
Mineral deposits behind base of faucet
Mineral deposits really built up
Soaked in straight vinegar
Straight vinegar water sprayed on faucet
I used a tile grout brush to get the mineral deposits off

I used a stainless steel cleaner for my sink

Nice and shiny

Clean again!
(NOTE: Parts of my home is the schoolhouse on the praire built in 1882.  When my town was established in 1887, they moved it to the current location conducting school for a few more years until it was purchased to become a home. The kitchen was added on first and later the bathroom and dining room.  All the kitchen cabinets on the west side were put in around 2005.  I purchased them used.)

Day 3 The Great Declutter Your Kitchen Cha Cha Cha Event!

I have to tell you something!  Making dinner last night was actually pleasant to do for once!  The two drawers I spend the most time using?  They now hold Only the things I Love to use.  I was amazed at how smooth it was.  No more overstuffed drawers that wouldn’t open and shut easily. First, I always start out with a sink full of hot soapy water.  It makes clean as you cook go so much better.  You stand there watching the food cook.  Why not wash the things you used to prepare it?  Like the bowl you may have used to mix something up.

Yesterday I handled more spoons than I could handle and I didn’t get my ‘Cha Cha Cha!’ done before bed.

Cha Cha Cha! is:
 
Throw Away
Give Away
Put Away
 
Okay, couldn’t I simply say the three words?  Sure but how much fun would that be?  I created Dance Till You FLY! mw System (c) 2014 that I will be sharing with you in the coming months.
How did I come up with this name?  I woke up one morning and that was what was in my head.  I thought about it and then after my first, well second cup of coffee I realized that’s what we all do when it comes to taking care of ourselves and our home.  Nothing is straight forward when developing habits and routines.  It takes practice to find your own groove, your own song.  All this happens from trial and error.  F.L.Y means to me: First Love Yourself (others come next)  I use the concept of what the airlines say is best to do if in a situation that the oxygen masks come down.  They advise to always put yours on first before your child.  The thing is if you put your child’s mask on first, those seconds you do could cause you to pass out and your child would be getting oxygen but wouldn’t have the skills as you are passed out to know to get your mask on.  Instead you would have a freaked out child because Mommy won’t wake up.  That is why it is important to learn to First Love Yourself.  In order to get there you will keep dancing until you get there.
Who doesn’t feel good after they finished dancing?  It is a way to generate feel good endorphins.  That is one thing we need in our tool box.  So you will hear dance step names for things I do daily and my weekly habits I practice.  Note:  This is another thing I have learned to say.  Instead of telling myself I HAVE TO do the dishes now, I say I will practice doing the dishes.  Face it, housework is never really done.  The sooner I was able to accept that, the better I have learned to feel.
We Don’t Keep Track Of What Works Or Doesn’t Work When Looking For A System
Many times we will try different dance steps. Yes, we can still get frustrated.  Why?  Because we don’t keep track of what works or doesn’t work.  This is where a notebook comes in handy.  Just jot it down as you are searching.  There are plenty of ways to take care of yourself and your home.  All you have to do is google clutter, cleaning, organizing or home and you will come up with all kinds of sites.  If you keep going to organizing sites over and over again to find the perfect system you are going to fail.  There is no perfect system out there.  There are simply suggestions.  Anyone can make lists of things to do.  The trick is implementing them on a daily basis.  Make your notebook your friend.
Finding ‘Your’ Way
It is more important to me for you to find ‘Your Way’ to do things.  For myself I have learned that fun words make everything easier.  I just made up a theme of dancing.  The majority of us are going to put some music on and dance anyway.  Why not have a theme for all the things we do each day?
Back To April’s Great Declutter Your Kitchen And Organize Your Pantry
Because of what I learned yesterday, I am having to make adjustments.  One thing I have learned is that I cannot go ‘Full Throttle’ all of the time and ‘Pacing’ myself is one of the core basics of my system.
Yesterday, I spent 45 minutes on April’s event.  What I didn’t factor in was the time it took to stop and take photos, upload them and put watermarks on.  You see this is what so many of us don’t factor in and then we don’t feel good about our accomplishments for the day.  I also didn’t factor in the time it took me to write and then publish the blog.  I love to write.  Part of the responsibility to my followers is that I edit my work so it will make sense to you.  That takes time.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy doing it and love to share what I have learned along the way.  I just didn’t factor in the time.  I got to bed much later than I usually do.  What I used to do is continue to go that same pace and through journaling I have learned I can do it 3 days in a row.  By the 4th day I fall into a heap.  Anyone else experience this?  The thing is on the 4th day, you still have to take care of yourself and your home.  There is no autopilot.
Clean Your Faucet 
That said, my task that I did was give my sink a good cleaning.  The area I focused on was the faucet.  Where I live we have well water and it is very hard on the plumbing.  If I don’t do a maintenance cleaning every few months, I will be buying another faucet.
Today I used vinegar.  I took the faucet filter off and soaked it in vinegar.  I sprayed non diluted vinegar on the handles and the base of the faucet.  I left it on while the screen and end of the faucet piece was soaking. The last thing I did was take a toothbrush to get anything that works its way into the edge of the outside sink.  I checked back after a couple of hours.  ( I let it soak as I was writing this blog)
The mineral deposits on the faucet
Mineral deposits behind base of faucet
Mineral deposits really built up
Soaked in straight vinegar
Straight vinegar water sprayed on faucet
I used a tile grout brush to get the mineral deposits off
I used a stainless steel cleaner for my sink
Nice and shiny
Clean again!
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(NOTE: Parts of my home is the schoolhouse on the praire built in 1882.  When my town was established in 1887, they moved it to the current location conducting school for a few more years until it was purchased to become a home. The kitchen was added on first and later the bathroom and dining room.  All the kitchen cabinets on the west side were put in around 2005.  I purchased them used.)