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04 September 2012 @ 12:42 am
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God is not a God of disorder.Read more at location 727

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Our first responsibility is our home, not for the sake of the house but for the sake of ourselves and our families.Read more at location 734

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You have only a limited amount of time and energy. Spend it where it will help accomplish your goals. Read more at location 741

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A goal must be specific in order to be meaningful or useful. Just to say, "I don't want to live this way anymore" is not enough. Read more at location 744

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"I see myself being able to have friends over anytime without three days' work."Read more at location 745

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If you are visually inspired: Get a picture out of a magazine. Use it as your inspiration. Read more at location 756

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4. If you are very verbal: In a journal, write about your dreams and goals daily. Read more at location 759

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If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. Read more at location 768

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It's true, there might be some use for them, but no one has appointed me keeper of everything that might have some value. That is too big a burden to bear.Read more at location 803

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Things control us and our lives. We begin to make adjustments in our way of life to accommodate all the "stuff" we have.Read more at location 813

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Don't start out too fast. You will not be able to accomplish the method in a single day.Read more at location 861

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Think of this as a marathon as opposed to a sprint.Read more at location 862

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Try to work for at least an hour each stint.Read more at location 865

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I also advise that you leave the kitchen until last. Kitchens aren't for rookies! Read more at location 867

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I sometimes came to a place I felt I just couldn't tackle. To get around this obstacle, I did two things: (1) 1 took an extra day off, and (2) 1 decided to reward myself with something extra special when I finished the "big bad job." Read more at location 867

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we can ritualize their passing.Read more at location 872

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As you move from one spot to another around the room, take with you three boxes: a giveaway box, a throwaway box, and a put-elsewhere box. Open the first drawer. Read more at location 877

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Have different centers for your items. You can have the photo center, the sewing center, the craft center, the music center, the art center, the baking center, the mailing center, the repair center, etc. Group together all things that relate to that center. Even CDs, DVDs, videotapes, and cassettes can be organized this way. Read more at location 915

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Containers are more boundaries. Don't just lay your belongings on a shelf; they will get away.Read more at location 943

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you cannot use the Flipper successfully until you have Mount Vernonized your home. Read more at location 1005

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photo album that has plastic sleeves arranged in a staggered series and attached to a larger, heavier sheet of card stock.Read more at location 1008

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You should have enough cards for four weeks-plus a few more for other things. Read more at location 1012

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decide what you want to do daily.Read more at location 1013

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Each daily card stands at the beginning of eachweek.Read more at location 1013

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Fill in three or so daily activities for yourself and at least one for every member of your household on your daily list. Consider what needs doing in relation to the dishes, kitchen, mail, meals, maybe bathroom and laundry, on a daily basis. Read more at location 1016

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List one cleaning (do a load ofwash, vacuum the living room rug) or organizing activity (pay bills, straighten room) per person on each day-of-the-week card. Read more at location 1020

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If each member in a family offour does one day-of-the-week job over four weeks, that adds up to 112 jobs done! That's impressive.Read more at location 1023

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She makes up two weeks of menus, goes through them, then starts again at the beginning for the next two weeks.Read more at location 1049

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the reason Cleanies show you around the house is because they consider the house an art form, and they work at each part of their homes in the same way in which an artist paints different areas of canvas. As you work on the house, think that there might be a time when you will want to show people around your house with pride or at least take them to the bedroom closet to show them a new dress you have bought with the confidenceRead more at location 1324

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I divided my clothes into four groups: slacks, blouses, two-piece outfits, and dresses. In each group I arranged the clothes from light to dark like an artist's palette. This did wonders. Previously, I could not tell whether the pair of slacks I was looking for was out of the closet or lost under something in the closet. Now I know that if my black slacks are not right at the end of the slacks section, they are not in the closet. This trick also helps me to see what clothes I have and how I can mix and match them. I highly recommend it to you. Read more at location 1353

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Hang up brooms and mops. ThisRead more at location 1398

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In order to know where things like canned and boxed goods are located in my kitchen cabinets, I label the shelf with words like tomato products, beans, baking supplies, etc. I fit smaller things into rectangular plastic baskets and label them supplements, condiments, etc. Read more at location 1418

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Keep mildew at bay in the fridge by wiping the inside with vinegar. Don't forget to vacuum the refrigerator coils. Some are under the refrigerator and some are in theback ofit.Read more at location 1423

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In addition, set your water temperature to 140 degrees.Read more at location 1436

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turn on your hot water faucet for a little while to bring hot water into the pipes toward the dishwasher.Read more at location 1437

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run a half cup to a full cup of white vinegar through the wash cycle periodically to keep scum and lime deposits from forming. Read more at location 1438

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One of the reasons Cleanies don't procrastinate is because they hate to do big jobs. They don't let big jobs develop because they know they won't want to do them and might procrastinate. Read more at location 1479

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Mother would criticize or suggest changes to improve Mary Beth's work. She always urged her to do better. Consequently, Mary Beth learned not to trust her own judgment.Read more at location 1522

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Cleanies value little minutes. They use little bits and pieces of time whenever theyhave them and consequently get a lot done without ever seeming to have to do long hours of housework.Read more at location 1581

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Clear Surfaces To accomplish this, a lot of cluttered surfaces need to be cleared.Read more at location 1803

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plan not to let things get dirty. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cleaning up.Read more at location 1820

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spot chronic problem areas and look for a solution. IRead more at location 1829

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Use a memory journal. Write down the activities of the day, especially the nice ones.Read more at location 1858

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