Sunday, July 10, 2011

31 Days to Clean - Day 5

Day 5 - Priorities

Today we talk about priorities. This is huge for me. I have always tried to have my priorities in line. There are 7 simple priorities that 31 Days to Clean tells us about. 
1. God
-Work in progress goal: Get up early each day to sit at His feet. If this doesn't happen, I won't beat myself up, I'll just try again the next day.
2. My Husband 
-Work in progress goal: Respond to him lovingly and intimately. Make an effort to serve him first. Be careful not to nag. Show respect. Give him and myself tons of grace when we mess up.
3. My Child
Work in progress goal: Work hard at getting my home in order so that I can be freed up to spend time with him, not worrying about all I have to do. Gain control of my time and schedule so that I have adequate time to plan activities/schooling for him.
4. My Home
Work in progress goal: Work hard, putting off laziness, and putting my family before myself by taking care of the home God gave me.
5. Gifts
Work in progress goal: Use specific gifts to continue to facilitate bible studies.
Work in progress goal: Take time for things I enjoy!

Mary Challenge:
Come up with my own list of personal priorities for myself and my family. Rank them 1-5.

Martha Challenge:
Kitchen - Wash your window treatments treatments and/or clean your blinds. Wash the inside of your windows.

Day 4 Results

Day 4 was not something that I thought was going to be as big of an improvement as it was. My stove and microwave always seem to have food splattered on the outside of them. I clean it when it happens but sometimes you just forget to wipe that little spot that you don't think anyone will notice. The inside of our microwave and oven is completely different. I ALWAYS use a paper towel when I microwave anything. My husband on the other hand, not so much. The worst is spaghetti o's. They make SUCH a mess. My stove I never wipe up anything because as soon as it happenes it's always too hot to wipe it up right away and by the time it was cool I would forget about the spill on the inside of the stove. I never really thought about cleaning my stove until this 31 Days to Clean. Let me tell you. I had no idea how hard it is to get baked on food off of a surface. I took the advice of the book and boiled some water in the microwave before I cleaned. It definitely made a big difference in the amount of elbow grease I had to use to get the stuck on food off of it. I also used a damp sponge and a little bit of soapy water. On the stove I cleaned out the dirty old aluminum foil and put a new layer in. I also scrubbed the walls and back of the stove and the door. Check out my success!
If you have a hard time seeing any of these you can click on them for a bigger view.
This is how gross the bottom of our oven was. I'm surprised it never smelled burnt with all the burnt drippings on it.
While I was cleaning the door I kept thinking that I wasn't doing much. Man it's nice to have a before and after picture. I didn't realize how bad it was before.
If you click on the picture of the inside of the microwave you can really tell how bad the before is and how much better the after is.
The door was pretty dirty too. Now it clean and shiny.