IM BACK

AND with something new! After beginning in the crazy world of blogging I discovered something I enjoy and have a passion for… photography! I bought one of those fancy cameras originally for my blog. So that I could take beautiful photos of my home – but – I kind of like taking pictures of people more. I guess I find it more interesting. (don’t worry – I am still going to bore you with my DIYing and decorating at the same time)

Now, this is something completely new to me and I am still learning but I love it. Watch for a session to follow this post.

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Alright

When I started this blog I knew EXACTLY what I wanted and how it would turn out. I acted with a lot of confidence and foolishly jumped in head-first. Not that I regret my decision to begin but now that I have had time to think my actions through – I need to regroup and pull myself together. I feel like I’ve tried to take on too many subjects and along with the craziness of regular life (with two kiddos) this all turned into something more of a chore. I started this because I wanted something that was mine and FUN.

I didn’t really take the time to let things sink in. Within a week I thought of a name,  a website, a logo created and it was go time. I now wish I would have taken the time to slow down and sort through my thoughts. I have a vision of where I want to take this blog but don’t want to be cleaning up my mess and covering tracks down the road.

At this point, I have some planning and writing to do and a little searching of how I want to proceed.

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2 Days to a Clean Diener Home – That’s Neat!

Oh my, where has summer gone!?  Who knows. Who cares! I finally have a weekend of no obligations and nowhere to be! Normally I would take this opportunity to do some extra relaxing but that just can’t be the case. After the basement flood in June, a super busy July and now Brandon gone for August – the house chores have been side lined and there is much to be done. This house ain’t gonna clean itself. So, I have created my 2 Days to a Clean Diener Home Personal Challenge.

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DAY 1

                Kitchen/Dining Area

  • Clear Counter Clutter
  • Organize Old Mail and Paperwork
  • Wipe Down Counters
  • Wipe Down Cabinets
  • Clean Inside and Outside Of Fridge, Stove, Dishwasher And Microwave
  • Clean Table and Chairs – Set Table
  • Sweep and Mop
  • Clean Dog Bowls
  • Clean Dishes and Sink
  • Change Paper On Top Of Cabinets
  • Windex Windows
  • Clean/Dust Light Fixtures
  • Sanitize Light Switches

                Living Room/Hallway/Entryway

  • Pick Up Toys
  • Dust Entertainment Center
  • Wipe Down Table and Shelf
  • Wash Throw Blankets
  • Sweep and Mop
  • Clean/Dust Light Fixture
  • Dust Shelf in Hallway
  • Windex Windows
  • Clean TV Screen
  • Pick up Shoes in Entryway
  • Sanitize Light Switches

                Bathroom

  • Scrub Toilet Inside and Out, Add Bleach Tablet
  • Scrub Sink and Mirror
  • Scrub Shower and Tub
  • Empty Trash
  • Empty Laundry Basket
  • Sweep and Mop
  • Clean/Dust Light Fixture
  • Organize Linen Closet
  • Wipe Down Cabinet
  • Sanitize Light Switch

 

DAY 2

                Master Bedroom

  • Wash Bed Clothes
  • Dust/Clean Night Stands, Jewelry Cabinet and Dresser
  • Organize Closet
  • Bag Old/Never Worn Clothes for Donation
  • Windex Window
  • Clean/Dust Light Fixture
  • Sanitize Light Switch
  • Vacuum
  • Febreze Mattress

               Vivian’s Room

  • Sort Toys and Stuffed Animals for Keep and Donation
  • Clean Bed Clothes
  • Wipe Down Night Stand
  • Organize Closet
  • Vacuum
  • Windex Window
  • Clean Light Fixture
  • Clean Walls and Door

              Landon’s Room

  • Clean Bed Clothes
  • Wipe down Surfaces
  • Organize Toys
  • Windex Window
  • Sweep and Mop
  • Clean Light Fixture

 

MISC

  • Make FOOD
  • Relax!

 

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Oofta! There you have it. I’ve got a full weekend ahead of me but once I start I can plow through these tasks quickly. With busy lives it’s easy to set your things down and go about your night – this is what creates the clutter. While I clean, I will take time to find better organizing solutions that fit OUR needs. What can I do to make separating the mail, picking up toys and cleaning the toilet “fun”? Meanwhile, I created a weekly cleaning chart for the family. If each of us pitches in 20 minutes a night when we get home we will create an enjoyable space to share. It’s nothing elaborate but it doesn’t have to be! Print it off – throw it in a frame and mark things off with a dry erase marker! Easy enough to make yourself but I’ll put a link below the picture to download the excel file.

Diener Family Chore Chart

 

Family Chore Chart

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