On the first day of October, I reviewed how I did on my September goals and wrote out my October goals. I am determined to do better, this month.
I was expecting a visit from one of my aunts and a cousin, on Wednesday morning. They were coming to breakfast and I wanted the house to look a little more presentable.
The living room was not bad - I had recently dusted the coffee table and bookcase, so, all I had to do was dust the piano and vacuum. The dining table was full of my sewing-related items - sewing machine, cutting mat, the basket of sewing supplies, fabric, etc. I put it all away, dusted the table, spread the lace table cover, and put away the ironing board and iron.
The family room and the kitchen were the rooms in need of most attention. I changed the sofa dust covers and did a load of laundry. Then, I started tidying and putting away stuff. I had at least a dozen empty jars sitting on the kitchen counter - don't ask me why! I wash out empty jars and keep them to reuse for storing various things, but, there isn't a set place to store them, so they end up sitting on the counter. I separated the glass ones from the plastic ones, put the glass ones in a box and stored them in the spare bedroom for the time being (no, I don't want it to become The Dump, again!). The plastic jars are in a bag - I am trying to convince myself to recycle them! Just how many jars does one person need? Then, I wiped down the kitchen counters and stove top, did the dishes, and cleaned the inside of the microwave.
Finally, I vacuumed the family room, dining area, kitchen, and the hallway. The house is looking much better!
I had to take short breaks in between, during which I had lunch (spaghetti), tea and muffins, brought the trash cans in, went through the mail, watched news, and played one or two computer games.
Aunt C called me around 9:30 p.m. to let me know that she and my cousin are unable to come to breakfast, tomorrow, after all! They are having some plumbing problems and have to wait for the plumber. Well, I'm disappointed that they are unable to visit, but, I am glad that their promised visit motivated me to start cleaning! Not to mention, I don't have to try and wake up early to make breakfast! They will let me know when they can visit, next, and they are always welcome, any time. I do hope it will be before Halloween, so I can give my cousin the gifts I made for her.
I am hoping I'll be able to keep the momentum going and finish cleaning the house, tomorrow (bedrooms need to be vacuumed). At least, the house will be nice and tidy for when my daughter comes to visit, tomorrow night!
Today, I am grateful for:
- Another sunny day
- What I was able to accomplish in terms of housework
- Working appliances
- Fresh fruits
- Being able to video chat with my daughter
Today's joyful activity was restoring some order to my home!
Tuesday's To Do List:
- Bring the empty trash cans in- DONE
- Pay the other bills
- Tidy the house - STARTED
- Vacuum - STARTED
- Change the sofa dust sheets - DONE
- Do a load of laundry - DONE
- Do some grocery shopping
Wednesday's To Do List:
- Pay the other bills (utilities and gas)
- Dust and vacuum the bedrooms
- Put new sheets on daughter's bed
- Do some grocery shopping
- Pick up daughter from the airport
How was your Tuesday? What motivates you to clean?