Flylady Friday: For the Kids and Father’s day ideas

I have lots of friends with kiddos out of school for the summer.  I think that Flylady has some really unique ways to get the kids involved in clean up.  She sends out daily assignments for the kids and they are really fun.

June 13th challenge went as follows

Hi Kids!
Today I want you to open up the doors of your closet and check to see if you have any clothes that have fallen off of the hangers and havebecome jumbled up on the floor of the closet.Set a timer or ask a grown up to set a timer for 5 minutes and see how much you can hang back up. If you can’t reach the rod to hang these things back up, ask a taller person to give you some hangers, you then hang the clothes on the hangers, and ask that tall person to help you hang them up. If you need to set the timer again, then do so for another 5 minutes. If you find some things that no longer fit or you do not use, put those in a bag and give them to Mom or Dad to bless someone else with.

Remember less stuff to clean and put away means more time to play.

Have fun!

I know that getting kiddos to clean is always a challenge, but we just have to find clever ways to make cleaning fun.  Timers and choices allow for lots of fun!

A friend of mine is a foster mother and her home is full of little boys.  Sometimes this can make her cleaning job more difficult.  So, she gives them a “helper” task.

The littlest one is three and she gives him a norwex microfiber cloth and lets him clean anything, but the TV that he chooses.  He loves being a helper and the norwex magic really does help her home stay clean.  There are no chemicals and he really can’t hurt a thing.  What could be better?  The walls became amazingly clean as this little guy got right to work.

Father’s Day

We at TrishaTrixie Designs have not forgotten dad.  Feel free to stop by our site to find lots of great ideas for dad.

Does dad like to clean?  My dad always enjoyed cleaning his car and making it shine.  Norwex has some fun products for dad.  The dust mitt works great for dusting of the inside of the car and the leather cleaner will do wonders for cleaning up leather seats in your car!

No matter what you decide we hope you have a Happy Father’s Day!

Flylady Friday: Baby Steps

So, this weeks challenge was to clean the bathroom and a guest room(the one where you throw all your clutter)

First things first, you really need to sign up for the flylady emails.  Daily tips and tricks are going to fly your way.  I only took the time to read the emails written by Kelly.  Those from her viewers are about how well the program and products she offers (the purple rags and drain clogger are sure to be mine soon) work may be more beneficial as I continue to work the program.  However, my focus is just to do what I can and try not to whine.  Flylady says that saying, “I don’t have the time,” is the same as whining and we must get rid of this “stink in’ thinkin'”  So, I take the time to read the “flight plan” emails.

On Mondays, FlyLady offers a weekly plan;

This week we are in the bathroom and another room. The other room will be our Guest Room/ area! This means whatever room that you have that is your dumping ground. For most people it would be the guest room/area.

Bathroom:

Clear off the Hotspots that have gathered on the back of the tub and the
bathroom sink tops.

Guest/Extra Room

Grab a bag and do a 27 fling boogie of things to throw away. The things that
are obvious trash. We are not doing anything other than getting rid of things
to toss. Set your timer for 15 minutes and do as many 27 flings as you can!
Have fun with these missions!

 

 

I couldn’t do all of her flight plan tips, but I tried a few.  But, I do have clutter.

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1. I took 15 minutes and through away product, cleaning supplies and empty bottles.  I was amazed that I filled a garbage sack.  So heavy the man had to take it out!

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2. Then, I was inspired to reorganize.  My boyfriend said, “Everything is put away and not on the counters, but I can find it.”  That made me smile.

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3.  I then cleaned all the back spots of my tub, sink and toilet.  Not in the same day and I did it in 15 minute increments.  I mean who doesn’t have 15 minutes?

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Impressively, It has stayed fairly clean.  🙂

So, the guest room.  In my house, we call it the dog room.  It is the room where we throw everything.  The man keeps his clothes there and dirty stuff and junk piles up.  I’m sorry it is the room I keep the door closed on for a reason.  I wasn’t willing to take pictures during the process, but in 15 minute increments I did get it clean!

1. I went in and picked up the garbage.

2.  I picked up anything that should have a home in another place in the house.  Yes, including the laundry.  I even washed several loads of his clothes!  (I think the boy might like my new Flylady trial!)

3. I wiped furniture down, swept and made the bed.  All in just 15 minute increments throughout the week.

With little tricks and trips throughout the week I was able to make a big difference.

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And look I added a hamper to room to help us maintain organization!

My cousin asked to come stay this weekend and I didn’t have to turn him down, because I was embarrassed of the space.  But as you can see, he will have to share the dog room!

For next week I am going to try to maintain a morning and evening routine.  There are a few things I can’t complete such as making the bed every morning or unloading the dishwasher as my man sleeps much later than I do.  He might be agitated if I make the bed with him in it!  But I think a routine will benefit me.

Fly on ladies and have a great week!

Saturday Morning Special: Weekends

What is your Saturday like?

Is it relaxing, putting your foot up on the ottoman, drinking a beer, watching TV, doing nothing?

Is it running errands you didn’t get to do all week?

Is that the day that everything in the house can finally get done?

For me I try not to make it a cleaning day but sometimes that happens. It is the only day me and my man get to enjoy a full day as a “Weekend Day” as he calls it. Friday starts the weekend, but because he has to work, Friday doesn’t count. Sunday only goes so far and you have to behave in the night time because the next day is a “School Day ” or “Work Day” mentality he says. So Saturday is the only REALLY Weekend Day unless it is a Holiday and he gets an extra day off.

I know many of you are planning this weekend to bake and cook and color eggs.

Some are getting ready to show their favorite Easter Dress or New Easter Dress at church this Sunday.

Some are not celebrating this holiday for one reason or another and it is just a normal weekend like any other.

If you are looking for a nice Vintage Recipe that Takes the Cake (Pun full and well intended) Here is a nice Vintage Recipe I found. I would not in any way be able to enjoy this as I am HIGHLY Allergic to Coconut. But it definitely looks like fun.

Vintage Easter Glory Cake

Maybe you want to go all out…If we had a bigger house and a dining room I would invite a houseful of people over and make a big spread like this…

retro Easter feast

I would wear my Easter Apron and cook all the fixins and goodies and even color eggs.

I don’t have an “Easter Apron” completed yet but here is the start of what I am working on  for my Easter Apron….

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I am going to add the finishing touches on it tomorrow, so I have it to wear on Easter!

I will share the pictures as soon as I get it done.

I think all of these  that I have made would be great Easter Aprons. I think it depends on the style of aprons you like and the desirability for cute, casual, or comfort. They are all comfortable to me, but I know some people feel better in jeans…

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So the Jean Apron might be more of their style…

The Bandana Apron-Front

The Bandana Apron-Front

For some a quick easy little Bandana Apron like this one might be more their style. When I look at this bandana Apron I made I see a very Organic kinda girl. Someone Kitchy  and Quirky. This gal is making an Organic Easter meal.

The Turqoise Dotty-Front

The Turqoise Dotty-Front

The Turquoise Dotty-Back

The Turquoise Dotty-Back

Or perhaps the Turquoise Dotty is more your style. Cute quaint, I could see this gal in heels and pearls.

This Half Apron, lose knot tie in the back

(I either need to add more to it or just tie it in a knot. I didn’t add enough cloth for the tie)

Whatever your style, there is an apron for everyone…

Ok almost everyone…because…

My man says I need a MANS Apron because sometimes Men do the grillin for weekends and holidays and such. But the Man’s Apron needs to be sturdy and rugged, Have an apron string that has an opener on it for his beer , a towel hook for him to have his towel nearby and big apron pocket for anything else he needs. I teased  saying…

“And a cell phone or walkie holder for him to have his phone nearby so the woman can keep bugging him about all teh things on her Honey Do list, right?”

We both laughed and agreed.

Stay tuned tomorrow to see how my Easter Apron turned out and I might be able to toss in an another Recipe or two…

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     Until Next Time,

     Xoxo~Trisha Trixie