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monday, the 297th day of the year

October 25, 2010 by  


Good morning! I hope you got a good night’s sleep and are ready to start a brand new week. What’s the weather been like where you live? Are you finished opening windows for the season, except for a little fresh air here and there?

If so, it’s time to clean the windows (from the inside) and the blinds. I do blinds with a damp cloth (old cloth diapers or t-shirts work well, unless you’ve got some microfiber dusting cloths). You can use water, but I prefer to spritz lightly with a bit of windex or the like to cut through any grease left by sticky fingers. and? I really like the smell of windex. :-)


clean the windows/blinds in the main living area of your house—family room, living/dining room, etc.

weekend recovery

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3 Responses to “monday, the 297th day of the year”

  1. Sarah on October 25th, 2010 8:25 am

    Love your sites and am looking forward to the new book (will order the Slow Cookers, too). You inspired me to figure out how to open our German windows to clean the outside today! Windex…ahhh!

    One question, though, what’s the best way to instill the cleaning/clutter-free mentality in my 3-year-old daughter? I look forward to your suggestions!

    • Stephanie on October 25th, 2010 9:28 am

      Hi Sarah, I’m glad you found me!
      Unfortunately, the best way to instill cleaning and decluttering is through being a good role model. There really isn’t a good shortcut. Incentive programs, punishments, being paid for chores, etc. work well in the short term, but if it isn’t a daily family activity, interest fizzles out. I’d start with a 10-minute tidy before bed and work your way up to having a set list of chores. At 3, a child can put toys away (you need to have a streamlined room/play area first. Don’t set her up for failure. 😉 ) and pull up her bedding. She can also help empty the dishwasher, set the table, fold towels, and empty wastebaskets. It’s tough, because lots of time “helping” means a lot more work for *you*, but eventually things work themselves out and it becomes a habit to pick up the dirty clothes at the end of the day and pop them into the machine, put one game away before getting out another, etc.
      here’s a chore guide that might be helpful to you:

      good luck!

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