Everyone has projects, right?
My list is so very long. We have lived in this house since 2006. This house was built during the busy time, when everyone and their dog were building. This home was built when the contractors where hiring anyone off the street to sub. So, dimensions are wonky, materials were not the best, and things have broken down (even with the best of care).
So, priorities, right?
First, I am touching up paint and redecorating the family room because I have everything I need to do that.
Second, I am repainting the powder room, putting up tile (through collaboration) for a back splash, and framing the mirror.
Third, I am painting the rest of the kitchen (would like to update more, but that has to wait).
Fourth, the master shower has to be redone, so I would like to remodel the whole thing.
There is a lot more, but that's the list. It's not small.
Plus, I am reorganizing all over the place. I am purging a ton of stuff. This is a clean out of the whole house after years of being sick with late-stage Lyme disease. Plus, both my kids are leaving the nest. Exciting times here in the Call household.
Stay tuned for before and after pictures of all of this fun stuff.
Just a quick post to remind you to get that cleaning schedule finished. To prove that I am on board, Cleaning your home does not have to be overwhelming. Simplify and get it on paper.
Here's mine. You'll be glad you have done yours.
Because we just got done with a major cleaning project, let's do a little planning. This planning is for your regular cleaning.
Here's the challenge and how to do it.
This week, go through all of your cleaning rituals. Evaluate them.
How do you do it?
What is your schedule?
Do you have a schedule?
Do you have a central location for your cleaning supplies?
This is your decision, your home. Decide which rooms matter the most. Which rooms are top priority?
Spread the chores out so that you are not crowding your to do list.
For instance, I love to start off my week with fresh linens. So, Mondays are for changing and cleaning the bed sheets and bath towels. While I am at it, I clean all of the bathrooms. A great way to begin the week.
Another example: Tuesdays I wash the kitchen towels and washcloths that I have been putting in a bin every day of the week. While I am at it, I clean the kitchen (areas that I do daily and also the areas that have not been done daily, i.e., the fridge.
You should customize the schedule so that it fits the time you have available. This is not the same for everyone.
You should also customize the schedule dependent on the size of home you have to clean, as well as the size of family you are doing it for.
Remember, delegate if you have children. They need to learn responsibility.
A schedule will make it so that your family will know what to expect, and will make it so that you don't have cleaning jobs that stack up.
Let's check in about one week.
Two weeks ago, I challenged you to clean and declutter your kitchen cupboards. That means pulling everything out, deep cleaning, and reorganizing. Did you do it?
It's surprising how much work it is. Of course, my kitchen is kind of large, and we have lived here since 2006.
So, I pulled everything out of the cupboards, deep cleaned the shelves and walls of the cupboards, and polished the wood.
The above is a sample of what I did. Not real dramatic...that is until you see the bigger picture. There was a lot of rearranging. I mean a lot of rearranging.
There was so much stuff that I had not even realized we still have. I thought that I was doing a good job of cleaning, but when cleaning the shelves...man, they needed it bad!
We had bags of spices that we had purchased from our local Winco in the bulk food section. We had the spice bottles that we had also purchased from Winco. The two had never met...we had never put the spices in the bottles. So, I put the spices in the bottles, labelled them, saving space, and gettin' it organized.
Oh my gosh! Take a look at the mess! It seems like a much bigger job than it actually was. Really...even though I am sweating bad in this picture. Ewh!
The above picture barely sums up the rearranging that went on. I mean, after adding arrows and text, and then more arrows and more text, I just had to be done. It was just looking like a weird word cloud.
I got input from my family on where they thought that everything would work best. It really helped with figuring out the organizing. I am actually really impressed with how thoughtful my family was with their suggestions.
Finished project. Yes! Organized and super clean.
Now, I know everything I have. Everything has a place. Everything is in its place.
This week's challenge is to go through your kitchen cupboards (including any buffet or sideboard).
This will help you to know what you have, where you have it, and how much, saving you money and time.. How do you do this?
The challenge lasts through next Saturady, January 19th. I would love to see before and after pictures. You can tag me on social media at @simplybynatasha.
Take everything out of the cupboards.
Deep clean the cupboard shelves and cabinets, using the appropriate cleaning products for the surfaces.
Now, when you put things back, be mindful of where they are being placed. Do you use them? If not, find someone who will.
Think about where you put towels. Are they near the sink?
Think about where you put the oven mitts and pot holders. Are they near the oven?
By next Saturday, I will show my before and after shots. It is going to be so great!
Okay. The rest of this week, let's take care of some decluttering. This will get this New Year off to a great start!
Where to start. Where to start?
The pantry is a somewhat small area that can gather and keep a number of items, some of which expire. So, let's start here. If you don't have a pantry, do this with whatever cupboards you have that you store pantry items in.
During this process, we are going to inventory the items so that we can better keep track of our pantry items. I will be using Pantry Check.
If you have expired items, it's your call whether you feel comfortable eating those. If not, those certainly need to be disposed of. Any cans that are bulging definitely need to be disposed of.
Organizing by zones is an easy way to help the whole family find things more easily. I alphabetize from left to right in my pantry. Here are the zones I use.
Baking flour and other dry ingredients (sugar, flour, salt, etc.)
Bread and Bagels
Beans (chili beans, green beans, kidney, etc.)
Cereal and breakfast items (i.e., toaster pastries, granola)
Fruit (canned, bottled, etc.)
Paper goods (napkins, paper plates, parchment paper, paper bags, etc.)
Plastic (grocery bags to be reused, plastic wrap,)
Salad toppings (bacon bits, croutons, etc.)
Sandwich filling and burger toppings (peanut butter, honey, extra ketchup, mustard, etc.)
Sauces (spaghetti, salsa, etc.)
Soda & Water
Tomato Sauces & Pastes
Treats and deserts
I also have a section where I put my extra appliances.
Using baskets and bins with labels really helps everyone to be able to find things. Notice in the above picture that they have the appliances near the bottom.
It's cold outside. Let's stay in and get some awesome stuff done.
You can do this anytime. But this challenge goes through Saturday, January 5th.
Be sure to take a before and after shot and share on social media. Please tag @SimplyByNatasha. Love you guys!!
Well, I finished the Fit Life Creation 14 Day Creation Club Mastermind. Yay! This program is part of a group of things I have been using to evaluate my life, my progress, my purpose, and steer myself to the next level. Level up, you might say.
I've been busy evaluating my life. That sounds harsh, but I think it's important for progression. We all want to make progress, right?
What have I been doing well?
What have I not been doing well?
What are my talents?
What are my passions?
Am I doing what I love?
What are you doing to improve your life?
Did you know that you create your own reality? Yes! The energy you put out there comes back to you ten fold.
Evaluate what energy you are putting out there? What are you putting your energy into?
Fit Life Creation is a program that I am utilizing to give myself the boost I need to get to the next level. It's helping me to evaluate where I am so that I can move to where I need to be. My passions and talents are being incorporated into what I do on a daily basis and the creation of a more fulfilling life is my priority.
What are you doing to improve yourself and your future? What are you doing with your time?
Okay. Okay. I will stop asking the questions. It's your turn. Ask yourself some burning questions about your past, present and future. Ask yourself how you feel about your past, your present, and how it looks for your future.
Change can only happen if we work hard and ask the tough questions that we sometimes don't want to hear the answers about. Change can be uncomfortable. However, change will be one of the biggest blessings you have ever had. It is where we grow. It is where we get to the next level. Embrace change and you embrace progress.
When you are trying to move yourself and your life to the next level, you can't let problems get in your way. Things that you do must cover the whole self. The mental, physical, and intellectual self.
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Not the start to the day I was hoping for....
My youngest is taking his last final for the semester today, so I was going to put on some cinnamon rolls and cook him so bacon (me trying to send him to his college final with a good breakfast).
I popped open the can of some rolls (his favorite) and the contents went flying...EVERYWHERE...found out they were expired by two months so I tossed them...both cans.
After cleaning up the cinnamon roll guts that I could find, I decided to make waffles, and cook bacon...all while filling one of our Pur filter water containers to put in the frig.
Well, I couldn’t hear the water still running with everything else going on. It had evidently been running for quite sometime because my cat was sitting and very much enjoying watching the new beautiful waterfall flowing off the counter into a new lake that was growing into a river throughout the kitchen.
Yep, water flowing down the cabinets, across the floors, across the counters, over the cat food, etc. I guess my day was supposed to include cleaning the floors and cleaning the cabinets and the insides of the cupboards.
So, my son got his waffles, thanks to my hubby staying home from work today. He finished getting the waffles on for me while I cleaned up the water situation. He’s the best!
Still going to rock this day. Going to dig further into Fit Life Creation and make this day such a success! Thank you Katrina Julia for my Herbal Life starter pack. I am really enjoying this success driving program. For the link,CLICK HERE..
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I don't know about you, but I am not a cold weather person...especially the cold weather with inversion. The dark months from December through February offer an opportunity that you don't get during the other times of year. You can stay in and binge on Netflix and Hulu, or you can binge on working on yourself.
If you're in the right state of mind, you should not need to wait until January 1, 2019 (or any year) to work on yourself. You should always be a work in progress. For me, I want to be able to crack out of my cocoon in Spring, and fly like a butterfly, feeling confident and free.
As part of that journey, I have already mentioned that my planner for 2019 from Inkwell Press has pages that I am utilizing to evaluate this past year so that I can start my new year with a fresh perspective (having worked my tail off in 2018).
I am also religiously using my iCalendar to keep track of which days I do yoga and which days I do my hard cardio with weights. This will help me stay on track with my body health, as well as my mental health.
Another part of my personal road to transformation is Fit Life Creation (by the way, you get 10% off if you use the code SIMPLY). I've just begun the creation club and I am already beginning to feel it. The change in mental state is real. When you start to evaluate yourself on a deep level, you really start to gain awareness of changes that need to be made, talents you have, and things you love. Now, I cannot wait to turn all of these things into profit.
How do you feel when you start to get inspiration? Do you take action?
I am an action taker. My life has turned from being sick with late-stage Lyme disease, to being an active contributor in all areas of my life. Sure, I will always be a work in progress. We all are works in progress. Sometimes, taking courses like this one by Katrina Julia is the energy you need to propel you forward.
I know. I know. The holidays are busy. BUT, how long do you spend looking through social media? How much time do you spend on a Netflix binge? How long do you spend searching through things you WANT on the internet, longing for something you can't have?
Opportunity is here. Take the time to work on yourself. YOU are worth every bit of time you spend on YOU. When you fill your cup. you have enough to give to all of the other areas and people in your life. If your cup is empty, you cannot do all that you want (or have all that you want...including happiness).
I challenge you to take this opportunity now.
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This may be a strange question, but who will you be by January 1st?
Yes, I am asking the opposite question. The question that usually gets phrased, 'What New Year's resolutions are you making to start January 1st?'.
It's my opinion that we should always be working on improvement. Not just at the beginning of a year.
We have so many beginnings. The beginning of the year. The beginning of the month. The beginning of the week. The beginning of the day. All of these new beginnings offer opportunity for improvement.
So, when I ask who you'll be by January 1st, I mean it. I mean, what are you working on to improve yourself right now? What are you working on the manage your home right now? What are you doing to manage your budget right now? What are you doing to improve your health right now?
I am beginning something new NOW.
It's called Fit Life Creation.
Here are a few of the things that this program includes...and I am stoked!
So, now that you know what I am planning on for the next month, what are you planning to do to become who you want to be by January 1st. Believe me, you have time if you make time.
It's time to start...now...to improve yourself, to improve your life. AND guess what! This will set you up for your best year ever!
So get a move on. Get started !!!
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