DAY 3, 4 & 5 UPDATE
I hope you've had an amazing week and started 2020 with renewed focus on your home and family this year!
I'll be realllll honest and share that this hasn't been my easiest week. I started out with the best of intentions to be a rockstar momma Monday and Tuesday, then came down with a serious stomach bug Tuesday night that plain ole' took me out.
I didn't do a single thing.
(I literally could hardly move a muscle. It was all I could do to hold up my TV remote, so I watched Dr. Phil and every other daytime tv show for an entire 24 hours. I had no idea Dr. Phil was still on TV after 30 years . . . and debated quitting my day job forever so I could lie on the couch 'til I died because watching talk shows I was pretty sure I would never feel well again. WHEW.)
Thursday morning I slowly regained some energy, was able to wash all the sheets in our home, caught back up on my laundry, and re-gained a wee bit of control around here.
However, because I'd kept up with my list the other days of the week, it really wasn't a big deal at all to skip a bit and let myself recover. People constantly ask me inside the (amazing!) PPP private Facebook groups if they really have to do everything on the list every single day, and truly, it's just a guide to help get you get started ~ if you skip a few things a few days of the week, you can easily still catch back up simply with just a little focus!
So if you're struggling with feeling overwhelmed with your to-do list each day (especially during a season when you're not feeling well!), I encourage you to do what you can most days, and give yourself grace the rest of the days. I promised it worked over here, and know it can work again too.)
(And side note: can I just tell you that these PPP group are seriously worth every penny you'll spend on the planner in 2020? Here's one post that was shared yesterday ~ it totally makes my day!)
If you'd like to join in the community and get track in 2020, use the code BLESSINGS at checkout to save $5 on the 2020 Home Planner PDF files (which makes them just $9.95 ~ completely a steal!) Head on over HERE to get yours, and join me and thousands of other women as we beautiful care for our homes, families, and finances in 2020. I know this will be the best $10 you spend in 2020, and can't wait to meet you there!
DAY 2 UPDATE
Happy Tuesday ~ I am so loving getting my home back on track this New Year, and hope you're joining me too! Here's a peek at what I'vechecked off on my lists so far today . . .
☑️Clean Bathroom Sinks
☑️Wiped Down Kitchen Sinks
☑️Tidied Main Living Space
☑️Mopped Hard Surfaces
☑️Taken Out Trash
☑️Read Esther 6
So there you have it . . . my day is off to a great start, and I hope yours is too!
Would you love to join the challenge? Go HERE to get the lists ~ I know these will be a game changer foryou this year! Read more of what we're up to below, and leave a comment to let me know how this week is going for YOU!
DAY 1 UPDATE
Happy Monday . . . today's the day!
I am so crazy excited to start 2020 off with a 5 day long home challenge, where we take care of ourselves, our homes, and our finances every day. For the next five days, I'm challenging you right along with me to set aside a few minutes each day and really tackle maintaining your home, so that you'll have a little more space to enjoy everything else in your life.
Each day I'll be popping on Facebook Live at 8:30 AM Eastern Time, sharing as I check off my to do list, and I'd love for you to check your list off too right along with me. If you can't join me then, the replays will be available each day (head on over HERE to watch), so you can join in and tackle your days too.
In case you're curious, here's what my schedule looks like most mornings (remember, you can print the PDF version of the 2020 Home Planner HERE, and you'll be included in the private Facebook Group where we dig a little deeper each day too, but this gives you an idea of how each day looks in our home!)
4:50 AM – wake up (I know, crazy, but the best classes at my gym are at 5:30 AM, so this girl's gotta get out of bed and get her day started!)
*SIDE NOTE: I realized this morning that today marks twenty-five years (EEK!) since I started waking up early and going to the gym. Except for the season when my kids were truly babies, I have woken up at 5 almost every single day during the week, which has been a game changer not only for my body, but also for my mind (it truly makes me a more cheerful person every single day!) If you really want to commit to a major life change in 2020, I encourage you to join me in this one ~ read more on my New Year's Resolution success story HERE ~ it's been forever ago now since I made that change, but it truly changed my entire life!
5:00 AM – head to gym (Mondays and Wednesdays I take a spin class, Tuesdays and Thursdays I do a Body Pump class + run 1 or 2 miles before class, and Fridays I do Body Combat – my favorite! My challenge to myself this month is to stay through to the end of the class to get in core workouts – I've been bad about skipping out on these as I've just been busy but want to make that a priority for at least a few weeks while life is a little calmer around here!)
6:30 AM – head home, pack lunches, tidy kitchen while getting my youngest off to school (this includes planning/prepping dinner, loading/emptying dishwasher, cleaning kitchen counters, wiping down kitchen sink, tidying main living space, and doing any of the chores on my daily chore charts if I have time
7:10 AM – shower, make bed, start laundry
7:50 AM – coffee, quiet time
8:10 AM – prep for Facebook Live (it stresses me out a TON to do Facebook Live even after doing it for a few years. I've finally decided that ever live video takes me about 1 hour of time from when I set up my camera and get my words ready, to getting it posted and on the main page. Whew!)
8:30 AM – Facebook Live (this week because of the challenge I'm waiting to do most of my “downstairs” work until Facebook Live ~ normally I do it while getting Reagan off to school but this week I'm waiting so I can do it with you!)
9:15 AM – finish up Facebook Live, put any supplies away, move load of laundry from washer to dryer, and finish anything else that needs to get taken care of in my home before starting my work day.
(Honestly, even though I enjoy “meeting” you so very much on Facebook Live, it is serious work for me. I feel like I'm on vacation the days that I don't do video, because I love the rest of my work on PPP so much! But, there's been so much value in doing live that I keep going every day ~ whew!)
5:00 PM Make dinner, pick up kids, go to sports activities, fold laundry (this varies a lot depending on the day!)
6:00 PM Dinnertime, clean kitchen countertops, wipe down kitchen sink, set out fresh kitchen towels for the morning, sweep/vacuum kitchen, tidy main living space (um, if my hubby isn't still sitting in it!), prep meals for the next day
8:00 PM Finish up work for the day (I usually hop on to handle email, tackle any easy work I can get done quickly at night, send out evening emails)
9:00 PM Put Reagan to bed (I love that she's 12 and still wants me or James to read with her most nights!), do my nightly routine – reading, washing my face, and honestly spending too much time scrolling through FB and Instagram – mostly trying to keep up with just a few of the bajillion comments we get on PPP!) 🙂
10:00 PM Try to get to bed. This one doesn't always happen but I really do try 🙂
Because I've always been completely a morning person, I put the heaviest work of my day in the morning (pretty much I'm a zombie by 8:30 PM!) If you're a night owl you may want to swap the times you work on your heavier projects, but this is what works best for me.
(One thing I'm adding for myself as a night time to-do at least for January is to also pick out my outfit for the next day. I picked out a few for the week last night, because I realized that that's taking up way too much time in my mornings some days, and since I'm by far the most efficient in the mornings, I don't want to waste my best brain time picking out clothes!)
I'll let you know how that goes. 🙂
So, there you have it ~ this is what I challenge myself to keep up with each day, and what I'd love for you to join me in this week too!
If you haven't already gotten them, you can snag the2020 Home Planners and checklists right over HERE.
(We are sold out of the Home Planner printed copy and won't re-st0ck until 2021 because they take three months to print and ship ~ whew! But, you can still snag the PDF files and print them at home . . . or at Office Depot – so far they've had the best price I see if you print it in black and white!)
I'd sure love to know if you're joining me this week (and really this year.) Leave a comment to share ~ I love hearing from you!
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