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Our Lives See Jane Work | Pulling It Together organization: intentional cleaning - Steady Mom (Photo by Desirea Rodgers) You may have expected to see a photo of me cleaning. But I thought I'd show you what I'd rather be doing instead. Before I became a mother, I was quite the cleaning perfectionist. My current cleaning motto is "work smarter, not longer." I like cleaning what really needs to be cleaned. I clean my whole house in about 1 hr and 15 minutes each week. I then compiled my list into a four week rotation system (there's nothing magical about four weeks; that's just how mine worked out). For example, Week One looks like this: - Upstairs Bathroom (30 minutes) - Downstairs Bathroom – quick (10 minutes) - Sweep Downstairs (15 minutes) - Mop Kitchen/Dining Room (15 minutes) - Vacuum Sunroom Rug (5 minutes) If you take a look at my list, you'll notice what is NOT on it. So when I notice dust on the fireplace mantel, I'll grab a rag and wipe - the mantel. I keep my Weekly Cleaning Rotation in my Home Planner, (a tool I'll talk more about later), in a plastic page protector.

Frugal and Thriving - An Australian site about frugal living, saving money, money management, sustainable living and thriving on less. Centsational Girl Angela Says: A Cleaning Blog *Insert witty blog title* A Bowl Full of Lemons. Life. Organized. Finding the calm in the chaos. Organize and Decorate Everything — Organize Your Life and Decorate Your World Here is another garland I made for Emilee’s birthday and to decorate her bedroom door. This is another great way to give money as a gift. To make the Dollar Bow Garland you can make as many bows as you like and in any denomination. My folding skills aren’t amazing so I decided on making a simple bow. Fold one end of the bill toward the center, then the other end. Accordion fold the center of the bill a bit then smush it together. Cut a length of bakers twine and wrap it around the center of the bill a few times to secure it. Cut bakers twine for the length of the banner. Emilee loved it! I have one more garland I made for her birthday. Check out these posts if you missed fun ways to give money to teens:Straw GarlandBirthday Money Balloons Do you know the perfect birthday gift for your teen? I started with 50 $1 bills and 18 straws. I measured and cut the straws in half. Then I used a needle to pull the bakers twine through each straw. This is so exciting! Happy Sweet 16 Emilee!!!

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