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

We are going to be in Zone 5 for four days this week. This is the Living Room and Family Room.

We are going after the hidden clutter in these rooms. Take a look around you and see what is laying around that is really clutter but, because you have become so used to it being there you don't see it as clutter. Have you purged those magazines and books lately? How about the videos, DVD's and CD's? Are they strewn in piles all over that because they belong in these rooms you don't see them anymore? Your mission for today is to set your timer for 15 minutes and go after the "hidden" clutter in these rooms. You will be amazed at how much neater the rooms look when you tackle this.

Do not get obsessed and take apart the whole room. This is about progress NOT perfection. Just tackle one thing at a time!

Zone 5: Mission #2 Tuesday

Yesterday we went after the "hidden" clutter in the Living Room and the Family Room. Today you are going after the trash. Now you may think you have no trash in these rooms but look under the couch and the chairs. Lift up the cushions and check out what seems to magically get swallowed up in the couch. Check under the end tables and the coffee table. Set your timer for 15 minutes and grab a trash bag and start tossing. You will be surprised at how fast you can do this mission. I bet you all will have time left to spare! Be careful not to lift things that are too heavy and awkward on your mission.

Ask for help if you need it! Zone 5: Mission #3 Wednesday

Today is the day we go after that "stuff" that gets left in the Living Room and the Family Room. The shoes, jackets, laundry baskets etc. Set your timer for 15 minutes and go after the things that need to be put away. Deliver them to the proper homes and get back to the rooms and check them again.

Do not get sidetracked when you are putting something away in another room and start picking up that room. Example if you are taking shoes to your room don't get sidetracked by stopping and straightening something in the bedroom. Put away what you need to and go back to the Zone rooms. If you notice that you need to straighten in another room that you have made a delivery to, then review your schedule and see if you can go to that room for a 5 minute room rescue. If you do not have time then look ahead to your schedule and try to figure out when you can get there!

This is not all or nothing! This is all about BabySteps and being proud of the small things that we can accomplish!

Zone 5: Mission # 5 Thursday

Today is our last day in 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: Mission #1 Friday

We are only in Zone 1 for one day this week; let's make the most of it! Zone 1 is the Front Porch, the Entrance Area and the Dining Room.

Today we are going to go on a Trash hunt! Set your timer for 15 minutes and spend 5 minutes in each area. Start with the front porch and gather up whatever needs to be tossed. Got to the entrance area next, look for the junk mail, newspapers, etc., that seems to accumulate here. Toss! Next head into the Dining Room, grab anything that is really trash but you just haven't noticed it. The stray napkins, magazines, junk mail, old school papers etc. You all know what seems to pile up! Go get it and toss it!

Have Fun! Remember this is only 5 minutes in each area, do not get sidetracked or obsessed!

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