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31 Days to Clean: Day #6


Day 6 – The Six List- The $25,000 Piece of Advice

Mary Challenge: Print out the attached Six list and use it for six days in a row.     

I really enjoyed this advice but have yet to put into practice. If you have and would share with me a practical/example of how you are using it I would totally benefit from that.

Martha Challenge: Kitchen – Clean out and organize all your cabinets.

I’m a weirdo who like organizing to this was kinda fun! I’m also all about living minimalistic in an attempt to not get caught up in materialism although HOME items are my weakness!

Cup Cabinet

Plate and Bowl Cabinet

Mixing, Casserole Dishes, and Above Stove Cookbook Cabinet

Before Seasoning, Above Fridge, and Medicine Cabinets


After Seasoning, Above Fridge, and Medicine Cabinets

Office Stuff and Serving Dishes Cabinets

Under Sink Supplies and Storage Container Cabinets

Pan and Lid Cabinets

Baking Pans Cabinet

Small Appliance Cabinet

Lenin and More Serving or Baking Dishes Cabinet

We LOVE hosting…well, anything in our home! We make up excuses to have individuals or large groups of people in our home. We have been blessed with an amazing accommodating kitchen that is able to store both dishes, supplies, tools, and food to easily adapt if a dinner date with another family turns in to a dinner party of 20+ (true story!). As a family we intend on using our home for God’s glory and if at any time that stops happening my prayer is that He takes this blessing and gives it to someone who will.

This side note is leading me to write a post on the story of our HOME! Coming SOON!


31 Days to Clean: Day #5


Day 5 – Priorities

Mary Challenge: Come up with list of our priorities, in order of importance (I suggest rating them, 1-5, to evaluate how you’re doing).

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

 I am soooo glad we still don’t have “window treatment” anywhere in our house a year after moving in- Thank You Dave Ramsey, FPU. My beautiful, (almost) 3-year-old, big helper was Super Excited about being able to help with one of the tasks! These windows were just the right height, with a step, rather than the ones up high, behind the kitchen sink. She actually was a good helper!!!

Praying you have an adorable little helper during your 31 Days to Clean challenge! PLEASE, share your journey through this book or cleaning challenges in general!

31 Days to Clean: Day #4


 31 Days to Clean Having a Martha House the Mary way

Day 4 – A Place to Put Your Feet Up

Mary Challenge: Invite over a friend and allow them to “put their feet up.” Don’t worry about making everything just right, instead, enjoy their    company.                        

I haven’t had the privilege of doing this yet but hope to get to have someone or a group of people over SOON! This is already a custom in our home so I feel I’ll fair well, even with a drop in!                             

 Martha Challenge: Kitchen – Clean your oven and microwave.

I LOVE that my oven has a “self-clean” option and I use it at least every other month. ALTHOUGH, I didn’t know/think about the funk, that falls between the cracks then you clean out the oven, going into the warmer drawer. Thank goodness we don’t store our pans in there because that was embracingly nasty: full of crumbs, a couple of dead bugs, and cobwebs!


*Got to host our Sunday school class tonight (which we do often) but this was even more spur-of-the-moment than normal. The 1st family walked in while I was still cleaning up that “gunk” that collects under the booster seat. Felt great and comfy to sit and chat with friends while the men chatted in one room and the babes ran round in the toy splattered house! We had to call it quits ~30 min past all our kiddos bed times. LOVE IT! (5-15-11)*

31 Days to Clean: Day #3

Day 3 – 10 Ways to Give Life to Your Home

Mary Challenge: Ask your family what makes them feel the most loved when it comes to you caring for your home – ask them to be specific so that you can begin (or continue) to give life to your domain.

My 3 babes under 3 just stared at me… hehe

My sweet, amazing, encouraging hubby told me it makes him comfortable, (and I guess) feel loved when he comes home every afternoon and the house (mainly the living room) is picked up. He also said that this makes him more aware of cleaning/keeping things picked up daily and when he’s watching the kiddos for me. *Bonus! He also appreciates it when he comes down stairs, from his nightly routine of putting the girls to bed, to find I’ve done the nightly load of laundry and dishes as well as picked up any stragglers from the girl’s game of “clean up” for bed. YAY!

Martha Challenge: Kitchen – Dust tops of refrigerator, cabinets, and shelves. Clean and shine the outsides of drawers and cabinets.


GROSS! I believe the former family who lived in this house were deep-frying smokers (no offense) because the amount of built up grease and grim on the tops of those cabinets could have stocked Mickey Ds for years!

Well, that’s my excuse anyway ;o) Not cleaning them well a year ago when we moved in was a real contributing factor but hey, I was prego and exhausted…yeah, I know, another excuse ;o)


31 Days to Clean: Day #2


Day 2 – Created to Give Life

Mary Challenge: What can you do today to bring life to your home, your children, your husband, and your sphere of influence?

Ugg, I am still working on this…

I feel like I’m ok at Decorating, preparing meals, hospitality

BUT I am a giant FAIL in the areas of using my words creating an atmosphere of peace and breathe life into (but not limited to) my family. I have a tendency to be a pessimist and have a hard time encouraging anyone over the age of ~5. I just feel silly. Totally wrong, just being honest. Feel free to post advice in this area. I’m also learning to be teachable.

Not sure how I stack up in the areas of: education – to yourself, your children, or others, church – using your gifts, socially, culture and the arts, heritage and traditions – enriching the lives around you

Martha Challenge: Kitchen – Clean out and scrub down the refrigerator and freezer.

 I thought this task would be simple because I had resently cleaned out my fridge one Sunday morning while I was the only one home from church with a sick baby…but I was a little wrong.

 I forgot I’d run out of time before I hit the disgusting freezer. I forgot to snap a shot of the horrific trays in the door.
Can you can “can of frozen grease”? bluck!