Thankful Thursdays #16

Hey everyone! I cannot believe that I have been writing Thankful Thursdays for the past four months, now. It is crazy for how fast time is flying by.

Every week I spend time reflecting on what I am thankful for. Feel free to partake in the comments, if you like.

  1. Since it was our Thanksgiving weekend, my boyfriend was off on Monday, so we had an extra day to relax together. That is always fun!
  2. My boyfriend also bought me a new mop, it works a lot better than our other mop.
  3. Yesterday my boyfriend and I tried a new ice cream flavour we haven’t tried before. We tied a peach flavoured ice cream. It was so good.
  4. Having a midnight snack with my boyfriend this morning. That was a lot of fun.
  5. Using my local library to put books from To Be Read List on hold. I’m super excited to start going through all of those books.

Daily Cleaning Schedule

What makes my weekly cleaning schedule easy, are the things I do everyday. If I spend some time everyday, it all helps. And doing these chores helps if and when unexpected guests show up.

  1. Make the bed. I always make the bed every day. It is important for me to make my bed since it sets the tone and atmosphere for the day. It’s the little things that make the big difference. If you accomplish one thing, it snowballs to make you want to accomplish the next thing, and the thing after that. It gives you a desire to want to get more things done. And who doesn’t like to curl up in a made bed after a long day?
  2. Wash the dishes. I wash the dishes after every meal so they don’t pile up. For me, it is important to have a clean kitchen. I just could never work in a messy kitchen. After all, the kitchen is the heart of the house.
  3. Put things away. I have a home for everything, so whenever I am done with something, I just put it back. This not only saves me time but, it allows for me to remain organized.
  4. Attend to spills right away. For instance if something spills in the fridge, or anywhere else, I always clean it right away. It is so much easier to clean something when it just happened, instead of waiting for the spill to soak in.

“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”

-Admiral William H. McRaven

Weekly Cleaning Schedule

Hi there!

Since we are at the end of the week, I thought I would address how I like to begin my week.

Mondays

Bathrooms: I normally begin with placing the toilet cleaner inside the bowl of the toilet. I move on to cleaning the mirrors and sink while the toilet cleaner is setting in. My Grandma told me this trick to clean out the drain. It’s a real simple trick, and you only need two ingredients – baking soda and vinegar. I use white vinegar because I find it more acidic than the others. Let hot water run down the sink for about 30 seconds or so, and then turn off the water add some baking soda and wait for it to form a paste. After it becomes a paste, I combine vinegar, which makes a little volcano. Wait a little bit for it to go down the drain. Once that is completed, I finish off with turning the faucet on to hot water, leave it running for a minute. After that I wipe down the sink, the faucet and around the sink. Next I begin to spray my shower cleaner onto the shower walls, while I tend to the toilet. Afterwards I tend to the shower walls and tub. I like to finish cleaning the tub with placing baking soda and vinegar, the same method from above in the tub, because I find that’s what the tub sparkle. I use this method for all the sinks and the shower drain as well. I also like to change my bath tub curtain. I also dust the blinds and baseboards. I like to finish cleaning the bathroom by sweeping and mopping. I find it easier to place my shower gear (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, etc.) in a container under the sink, so the bottles don’t get covered in soap build up. I just clean them up after each shower.

Laundry: I like to split up my laundry by doing a few loads throughout the week. On Mondays I like to wash my towels and my cleaning rags,

Tuesdays

Living Room: I personally only allow myself to eat snacks in the living room, and one beverage. I normally eat my meals at the dining room. Unless something major is on TV, than I make the exception. Although, I do try to limit myself from eating in the living room. I find that this helps with keeping things cleaned when I don’t eat in the living room as much. I dust off the TV, dust the walls and blinds and the baseboards. I like to finish with a thorough sweep and mop.

Wednesdays

Bedroom(s): I make sure everything is in its place. I clean and change my sheets, pillowcases and curtains. I don’t like having much clutter on my dresser and night stand. I make sure that any important mail and emails are placed in its binder. During my tax season, I receive my important documents and ensure they kept safe until I need to file my taxes. I dust my walls, baseboards, then I finish by sweeping and mopping. There is nothing better than crawling into a bed of fresh sheets.

Laundry: Linens

Thursdays

Kitchen: Because where I live, Thursdays are when the new flyer comes out for the grocery stores. So I make sure I check my fridge and pantry to ensure my salad dressings, broth, spices, and other kitchen staples are still good. And it also gives me a sense as to what is expiring soon, so I can incorporate them in the upcoming meals. Next, after checking for spoiled food, which I try my best to not waste any food, I wash down my cupboards and my fridge. I clean my sink and drain. I like to replace my sponge once a week because of how often I wash dishes. I then sweep and mop the floors.

After I clean up my kitchen, I then prepare my grocery list, and decide what we are going to have for the week.

Fridays

Grocery Shop: Whenever my boyfriend comes back home from work, we go out to the grocery store with our list. We have Take-Out Fridays, it’s a nice way to end the week and we tend to watch a movie or watch our of our shows together. And it works out well because we don’t have a lot of time after we finish grocery shopping to come back and make dinner.

Saturdays

Laundry: We spend our day doing our clothes laundry. Because I did the chores throughout the week, I find that we are able to enjoy our time better with each other.

Sundays

Meal Prep: As the week comes to a close, I like to make some of our dinners and lunches as well as snacks for the week. This way I just place everything in the freezer with aluminium foil to seal in the freshness. I like to make a big container of salad (although I slice tomatoes and place them in a separate container, so they don’t make my salad soggy). That way throughout the day I just scoop the salad in a bowl and add croutons and dressing. I don’t add the croutons to the container because they are known to become soggy. I like using my crock pot on Mondays because I can chop up everything on Sundays and it’s practically good to go Monday morning.

This schedule may not be for everyone, and that’s okay. So don’t feel bad if you can’t do these chores on these certain days. You know yourself, so never be afraid to always try your best.

Day 28

Okay, I had a good week. I ate really healthy over the past few days. I visited many people I haven’t seen in awhile (my grandparents, my cousin and a family friend).

I have been organizing a lot although it is still a work in progress but it is almost done.

I went to bed early last night and I have been trying to get into the habit of stretching and doing a few yoga poses as well.

I feel happier and proud of myself for competing these resolutions. I will still make time do these resolutions even in February.

 

Taking Control

I feel quite proud of myself of all the things I was able to accomplish!

This morning, I got a good night sleep, I made my boyfriend and I breakfast -toast with peanut butter and bananas with berry multi-grain oatmeal, followed with a cup of hot chocolate (mind you that wasn’t as healthy) so we made up by having a glass of orange juice.

Then I washed all the dishes at my boyfriend’s, I then tidied up our room. Then I wrote a note to my boyfriend like I always do when I leave after he goes to work.

My mama came and picked me up we made dinner together and I cleaned up and washed the dishes. Afterwards I went for a shower and then did a load of laundry and put it away.

I ended the day with some writing and reading. I also wrote a few (realistic) tasks that I wish to achieve tomorrow.

Today, I will believe in myself and tell myself that anything is possible. All I need to do is to take control of what I wish to do.

Day Seven

I feel like what will help me create better results about achieving goals is by writing a blog post about my achievements every seven days. Every month I will be working on new resolutions.

In the past seven days I was able to keep up with some of my resolutions. Although one of my hardest resolution to do was going to bed early and creating a calming oasis before I went to sleep. I have been on my phone playing games or watching TV. The way I want to fall asleep is by tiding up a bit, writing in a journal, preparing a Most Important Tasks (it is a list of three things that I want to achieve before I leave the house) and then by reading for a bit Then say good night and I love you to my loved ones.

But on the positive I was able to get on the right track with eating better. I now drink tea with cinnamon and honey instead of sugar. My boyfriend and I used to add two teaspoons of sugar which definitely added up with all of the cups of tea we would have throughout the day. I read that consuming honey and cinnamon there are several of health benefits – strengthens immune system, helps with weight loss, boosts memory and energy as well as other health benefits.

I stretched this morning which is good because I stopped stretching for the longest time.

I am working on decluttering and getting rid of the things I no longer need. Last night I tidied up a bit before I went to bed. I’m slowly starting to do that more often that way I can start my morning more serenely.

I am also to change myself without wholly changing myself. I often say; “It’s okay.” after someone has said or did something hurtful to me. The same goes for when someone asks me if there’s anything wrong and I sometimes say; “Nothing.” even when there is something wrong. Some of the times it isn’t okay it’s just something I say to either deal with it on my own or because I feel talking about it would make the other party feel guilty about it. This is really something I am on working on because I have been saying that for almost the past two years now. It’s part of my codependent nature – which is something else that I am trying to work on. But I figured it would be best if I do it in baby steps.

So far, I  feel like I am on the right track but I just need to focus on my goals and not let distractions get in the way of my accomplishments.

 

Cleaning

I spent the majority of my day cleaning. I’ve been trying to prepare myself for 2016. To me January the 1st isn’t just another day, it’s the start of a new beginning.

In order to prepare for if you need to declutter and organize the house. If you have dead plants you must get rid of them and replace them with live plants.

I believe that having less is more. You begin to appreciate everything. The less you have the more meaning it will have to you.

I have been preparing a list of things I want to accomplish beforehand.

Today, I will prepare a list of what I want to do before the new year blossoms.

Sharing Chores

I spend a lot of my time at my boyfriend’s house. Even though I don’t always financially contribute to rent, or other bills like that, I try my best to contribute by cleaning. On the occasion I have made meals for his brother and their mama but the majority of the time it’s just for my boyfriend and I. They don’t mind.

We’ve been trying to split the jobs that need to be done but some days it can be difficult.Every Tuesday I always wash the dishes.

Today, I will try my best to contribute in some way every day.

Being Productive

Today I woke up early, got my morning walk in and did many chores today. Even though I didn’t finish all that I had planned to do but the fact that I did, I still feel like I accomplished something which makes me proud.

It also motivates me to continue accomplishing things tomorrow as well.

Today, I will make a list of things I would like to achieve and check the twice!

Like A Butterfly

I had a very fun and sociable day. I had breakfast with my amazing boyfriend. We had cinnamon raisin bagels with green tea which was supposed to start us off on the right foot.

After I relaxed for a bit I washed the dishes from last night dinner’s, we were too tired to clean up afterwards. Anyway then his brother came downstairs and we had lunch together. Then I finished up with the dishes and I tidied my boyfriend’s room well our room.

Although this wasn’t very sociable but I ended up falling asleep whilst I was watching a movie. I did a lot of things yesterday that just wiped me out.

I hung out with his brother, their mama, his sister and her boyfriend until my mama came and picked me up.

My sister was with her and we went grocery shopping and made a chicken stir fry. It was good.

Today, I will take time to catch up with others and embrace the positive energy. It is good to keep someone company.