All Around the House forum: March Week 3 - The Bathroom and the Home Office

 
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ImageCandyce
Mar 14, 2010 7:50 PM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
Monday;

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to look in the dark recesses of your bathroom cupboards, closets, medicine chests and throw out those health and beauty aids that you bought on a whim, don't use, or have gone way past their date.

It's just not healthy to put old, dried out and germ-laden cosmetics and creams on our pretty faces! If your moisturizer is old, you'll look old, too!

Just grab a trash bag, take a deep breath, and just toss! Really. In all honesty, will that 'someday' ever come that you've been saving that sparkly eye shadow for?

And heck, while you're at it, check the expiration dates on all of those Over the Counter medications. Got a few old ones? I thought so. Out they go.

Be ruthless. Be brave. You can do this!

I'd love to hear what you found that you could toss ...
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Image1AnjL
Mar 14, 2010 8:18 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Hurray! Hurray! I already did this! Hurray!

Which is real nice because I have errands to run tomorrow :)
Just a note though, be careful what you throw away in the garbage. Here in CA we are not allowed to throw away any medicines as they 'seep into the soil of the land fill' etc so they have to be taken to a special drop off place thru our garbage company. I loaded them all into a big bag and dropped them off while headed that way on errands.
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ImageUniQueTreasures
Mar 14, 2010 8:41 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I have no problem getting rid of stuff in the Bathroom and Hall Closet.

But when I saw HOME OFFICE in the title, I could feel the shakes coming on. If you could see this office, you'd understand why I say that. This is the one place that I have to CLOSE THE DOOR when Mom is here. I told her that she could never come back here if she opened that door while I was asleep. Crying
There's so much stuff in here that I've got just the room around me to walk through. I know where everything is, but no one else wants to come in here. I should be ashamed... and am. *Blush*
ImageTwinLakesChef
Mar 14, 2010 9:03 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Home Office . . freak out! That's the worse place here. I won't be able to do it in one day but I will start tomorrow.
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ImageUniQueTreasures
Mar 14, 2010 9:16 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Story removed by poster.

Maybe this is just what I need to get motivated.

Sorry to have cried on your shoulders, but I thought I should get this off my chest here.
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ImageTwinLakesChef
Mar 15, 2010 6:33 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Good story! Painful as it may be, it seems to take others to motivate us to do certain things.
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ImageCandyce
Mar 15, 2010 7:03 AM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
That's a fantastic story.
Yes. I agree with you that cleaning up and getting rid of your Home Office and Closet clutter should have been something YOU needed to do and not your family. I would have felt terribly violated as well! Her heart was in the right place, though, and it's good that you recognized that before there was some major family rift!!

And then to have a hurricane come along and try to blow your things away! How funny! Well, perhaps not so funny then. But funny now, when you look at the whole picture. Someone was telling you to let go of that stuff.

And look what happened? You kept it all in boxes and every time you had to look at it, you felt bad and frustrated. They represented something that made those negative feeling come to the surface.

It's time to be brutal, girl - even if it's just with yourself. Are you gong to let a couple of boxes get the better of you? Don't you want to feel good about what you create? I know you do.

And, you know what? That Home Office didn't get disorganized in a week, and it's certainly not going to take a week to put it all to rights again. If it did, then the journey wouldn't be worth it, and the good habits wouldn't get developed. Like you say ... one bite at a time ... or as we say 'one baby step at a time'. We can do anything for 15 minutes!

We all hold on to things because we think we should ... for whatever reason, be they positive reasons or negative reasons. It took a long time for me to ask myself few questions when I was 'de-cluttering'. Have I used this in the past year? Do I love this 'thing'? Does it bring a smile to my face? Will I need to use it before this time next year? When I was strong with myself and made myself de-clutter the house, if I answered 'yes' to ALL of those questions, then I kept the object. Otherwise, it got tossed or given away to make someone else happy.

Got the idea?
Hang in there, girl. It's all good!
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ImageTwinLakesChef
Mar 15, 2010 7:21 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Bathroom PLUS home office . . that could be daunting; I spent TWO days last summer dumping old make-up, OTC drugs, etc so I am on top of that one.

Home Office . .eek! Guess I'll snap some pics (good grief . .not to post) I'll work on as much as I can but and take pics as I go to be reminded where I came from. That might help motivate me to keep going.

Off to my routine.
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ImageCandyce
Mar 15, 2010 7:31 AM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
What a good idea! Snapping the pics, I mean. Perhaps you should post them as Before and After photos. I'm sure you will help to inspire a lot of people.

Just a word of caution .... don't think you are going to do this all in one day ... or even in one week. These Missions are designed to take only fifteen minutes - tops! Overdoing it can lead to the 'crash & burn' syndrome, and I wouldn't want that to happen. You'd only end up resenting Homemakers' haven in the long run. So please, please, please ... don't put high expectations on yourselves.

This is a habit-building journey, not a marathon.
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Imagevic
Mar 15, 2010 4:44 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Marking my place....

Still have family visiting...

Back soon....


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ImageUniQueTreasures
Mar 15, 2010 4:53 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I blew the whole mission to smithereens today! *Blush*

No cleaning out cabinets and no cleaning out office. In fact, I worked on my first article here and had to do it in the Hair Room on the laptop so closed the door to my office.

When I had to get up to take a break, I planted more seeds for my herbs. and went to the grocery store... Cooking dinner now. Doubt I'll get back to either item today but I will try tomorrow to get at least one thing on the list accomplished.

I did put my shoes on fairly early considering I woke up at 3:30 am this morning! No I didn't put them on then. Matter of fact, by the time hubby left the house at 8 am I was so tired I went back to bed for an hour. That is so out of the norm for me. It's got to be the time change thing.

I still have shoes on! But they are coming off any minute now!
ImageCandyce
Mar 15, 2010 5:34 PM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
Yes, let's blame it on the time change - I got off to a good start then faded in the late afternoon. I got the Mission done in two of the three bathrooms, darn it all! I'll have to get to the third bathroom tomorrow.
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ImageCandyce
Mar 15, 2010 6:39 PM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
Tuesday:

It's time for me to get firm, both with myself and with you. Let's go back to the beginning,shall we?

Morning:
1. Make the bed
2. Get dressed
3. Brush your teeth & wash your face
4. Wipe down the bathroom sink & mirror
5. Eat a healthy breakfast & take your vitamins and any medications you might need
6. Wash the breakfast dishes & shine the sinks

Then:
Spend just 15 minutes in your Home Office. File some papers, or empty the trash can, or polish the furniture. But whatever you do, spend just 15 minutes doing it.

These Missions are designed that way. If we all remember to just slow down and do things 15 minutes at a time, we will never have to Spring Clean again! And, what's really great is this: our homes will never be more than 15 minutes away from presentable.

But, if we try to do it all in one day, you know what's going to happen? We are going to fail. We will burn out, throw out hands up in the air, and give up.

That's not the objective here.
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Image1AnjL
Mar 15, 2010 6:45 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
*Blush* yes mom.... sheesh! Hilarious!
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
ImageCandyce
Mar 15, 2010 7:12 PM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
Rolling on the floor laughing

Oh AnnMarie! If you only knew!
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Imageknoxred
Mar 15, 2010 7:13 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
I spent time working in the bathroom today, but wasn't in the mood to clean out cabinets. I was having a "it's-supposed-to-be-spring-and-now-it's-cold-and-rainy-again" snit. Rather than having to make keep/toss decisions and make things neat and orderly, I went for scrubbing the shower, including the tracks for the doors. Nice, mindless, semi-violent work that needed doing anyway, and allowed me to work off my bad mood.
Image1AnjL
Mar 15, 2010 7:15 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
LOL thats when I find myself pulling weeds in the pouring rain! I just get so mad at the weather I try to 'one-up-it' and wind up muddy, sore and sick afterward....but feels good to rip those weeds out LOL!
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
ImageCandyce
Mar 15, 2010 7:16 PM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
Good for you!!
I get that way, too! I need the mindless, 'semi-violent' work from time to time to work off whatever snit I might get in!

I bet it look and smells nice in there this evening!!
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ImageCandyce
Mar 15, 2010 7:28 PM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
Well, just so you all know ...
This is my usual routine in all of the bathrooms every day:
1. Shine the bath faucets
2. Shine the sink faucets
3. Swish the brush in the toilet and up under the rim
4. Wipe down the mirrors with a microfiber cloth
5. Change the towels and face cloths
6. Wipe out the sink bowls and dry them
7. Wipe down the counters and dry them
This takes about 10 minutes

On Monday and Friday I add:
1. Wash the bath mat
2. Sweep the floor
3. Empty the trash can and wash it out
4. Dust and polish all the wood surfaces (don't ask)
5. On Friday, wash the window and the windowsill
6. On Monday, scrub down the shower walls, dry and spray with a light coating of furniture polish
7. Wipe down the outside of both the toilet tank and the toilet bowl

Fridays and Mondays take a bit longer. But it's worth the effort so that the bathrooms are always presentable for whoever might need to use them at whatever time.

I'm not saying that this is what you should be doing. The Routines I list out are just guidelines ... suggestions if you will. And they are Routines that fit ME and the time I can devote to housekeeping.

It took a year or so for me to pare down my Routines to something that fits, so I don't expect that you'll follow me exactly. In order to work, your Routines have to fit YOU.
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Imageknoxred
Mar 15, 2010 7:33 PM CST
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
Every day? And this is "pared down"? I call that amount of cleaning "company's coming"!
Hilarious!

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