Sneak Peek for the Week

Someday 1 - 7, 2011

This week we are in Zone 4: The Master Bedroom

This month's Habit is: Swish and Swipe

Zone 5: Mission #1 Monday

Dear Friends:

This week, we are in Zone 5, the Living Room/Family Room for two days.

Today, I want you to spend 15 minutes getting rid of anything that does not belong in your living room. Things that have gotten thrown in a corner, on a chair, or even the floor. The things that you almost don't even see because they have just become part of the room, get it out! If it does not belong there then out it goes!

This does not mean that you have to spend three hours in your living room, do what you can do for 15 minutes.

Zone 5: Mission #2 Tuesday

Dear Friends:

Today we are back to the Living Room!

Let's have a detailed vacuuming session. This means to vacuum the room, making sure to get up against the baseboards and to get under the furniture. Please be careful that you don't hurt yourself trying to move furniture. If it is too difficult to get under the couch or chairs then just try to get as close to the base of the furniture as you can. Don't forget the corners!

Have fun and don't get sidetracked!

Zone 1: Member Mission #1 Wednesday

So, this week, we are featuring missions from our members! This has been fun and you all sent in thousands of suggestions. I honestly didn't know there was so much that one could do in their front porch, entrance and dining room!

For the Front Entrance or Porch:

This was the most requested front porch/entrance mission... Take a 15 minutes to rid all traces of winter from your front entrance. Pack away the gloves, scarves, winter shoes and boots, heavy coats, bags of driveway salt, winter shovels and any lingering decorations from Easter, Valentine's Day or even Christmas! Then welcome summer by organizing your sandals, sunglasses, sunscreen and other summer essentials near the door. If you haven't already, set out some pretty summer blooms in a pot.

Zone 1: Member Mission #2 Thursday

For the Dining Room:

Is your dining room table home to crafts, homework, paper hotspots, mail, and other projects? Has it been many months since you could actually eat at your table? Today, set your timer for 15 minutes and clear off the hotspots on your dining room table. You will be amazed at how much you can get rid of in 15 minutes.

Zone 1: Member Mission #5 Friday

For the porch or back deck area:

Clean out the front porch light cover. I just noticed how 'buggy' mine is, and it's no wonder that it seems dark on the porch at night. It's filthy from not being washed. Shouldn't take more than 5 minutes to pull it off, empty the bugs, spritz with window cleaner, rinse, dry and replace.

While the light is uncovered and cool, wipe the bulb with a damp (not wet!) cloth. DO NOT DO THIS if they are hot, only if they've been cool for a long time. The glass could shatter and hurt you or you could get burned. It's amazing how much sparkle a clean bulb and fixture can give the front porch, the entryway, or the entire living room. And it saves energy as a clean bulb burns more efficiently, or so I've been told. I try to do this when I'm washing windows for the complete effect.

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