30 Day Quick Cleaning Cycle List

Do you feel overwhelmed sometimes with all that you need to get done? Somedays I feel like I will never see the end of cleaning my home. Just when I get one room done I turn around and see a thousand other projects. It is those little things that sometimes trip us up and those things also get forgotten too. Here is a simple little 30-day list of getting those little things done.

Take one day a month and clean that item listed and then at the end of the month you can look back and realize how much you did.

I hope this list gives you some fun new ideas of things that can make your day, week, and month a little lighter and cleaner for you.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

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House to HOME…Declutter with me

In the world that we live in ….do you find your life feeling cluttered?  We have so many things on your plate from social media, activities, children, family, friends, school, church, and then there is our house.  Do you ever feel like your house is no longer a home?  Do you feel like your house is being taken over by stuff and clutter?

I have decided to eat that elephant called my house and eat it one bite at a time.  How am I going to do that you ask?  Well….currently we are 20 weeks away from Christmas.  So, over the next 20 weeks, I will aim to declutter only one area at a time or one bite at a time. 

This will break things down so that it is not as overwhelming, and I can set each week aside for just one extra task.  The great part about doing it this way…..is that after 20 weeks, I will have 20 areas of my life cleaned up.  Also, I can also look at this that I can do this in the next 20 weeks and look forward to Christmas and know that my house is retaking shape as my HOME!

If you would like to join me, I will have a series on my YouTube channel called “House to Home…Declutter with Me”.  Over the next 20 weeks, we will declutter an area together and you can follow along by printing a copy of the PDF of the 20-week journey. Also, there is a 52-week list if you want to be adventurous and have a full year’s worth of decluttering your house.

Ok, let’s do this together!

I will post the first video in the series to give you a taste of what we will be doing and then you can follow each week on YouTube for the next video in the series.

I hope you enjoy it!

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Hot Chocolate Bar in a Bag – A Great Gift Idea

Do you need a last minute gift idea of something practical that you can give a loved one or a friend? Who doesn’t like hot chocolate? You can customize this any way you want too and enjoy coming up with creative ideas for your gift. Here is a simple idea that I put together for a friend.

Enjoy!!!

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Unique Service

I worked in the Travel and Tourism field for many years, for the airlines and hotels, before working in Ministry.  Both good customer service and unique service was always something that would be a big draw for customers.  Who doesn’t like to be treated special, in a unique way…. to feel like you have been hand-picked to have this service done just for you?  If you walked into a hotel and they greeted you and knew your name as you walked in and then led you to the desk, carried your bags, checked you in, offered you some special accommodations, and maybe even a unique special gift for just coming…how would that make you feel?  At first, I think I would assume they have the wrong person and start looking around for the right person….after which when they tell me it was really for me….I would feel that I was unique and special even for that moment in time.

I remember when we walked into our church a few years ago and we were greeted in a manner that made us feel like they had been waiting for us to arrive.  They had never met us….and we had never been to this church.  Week after week, we were greeted with a heartfelt hug, welcome, smile and a feeling of we belong.  How special that after two years of being there….there is never a time when we arrive that we are not treated with this same feeling.

Is this unique?  YES, it is….where can you go and get this greeting these days?

I am reminded of a verse when I enter this church found in Matthew 20:28

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

If the Lord came to serve, who are we to do any less? If you are not sure who to serve, when to serve or where to serve……then ask for WISDOM (see James 1:5).  His words are perfect and truth.  He will direct your path and steps and lead you into serving at the perfect moment.

I have been reminded a few times in the past few months about how to serve in a humble way….I am proud to say that I work with many wonderful people herein ministry that walk with the Lord daily and serve with a humble spirit. Let me share a few examples with you…

We had a rather larger person who could not tie his shoe….I watched him pace the floor and then finally asked one of our staff men to help him tie his shoe.  Our staff member knelt down and tied his shoe and as he did he started talking about a sports game….in a way that turned that embarrassing moment for a guest into a “by-the-way type conversation” and removed the awkwardness.

I also watched as a staff member, on his way to a coffee shop… spotted a homeless man and purchased a coffee and sandwich for him.  When the staff member gave it to the man….he asked for his name and then told him how Jesus loved him.  He didn’t just hand it to him but made him feel special by asking for his name.

I also watched a guest check-in with her luggage which happened to be a cardboard box.  She was on a limited income and had a family to take care of ….so her personal needs were put on the back burner.  Another staff member saw this and got together with me to put together a set of luggage for her.  We gave this to her anonymously so that she would not feel awkward.

Again….He did not come to be served but to serve.  The Lord served in a loving and humble way.  As I write this devotion…my eyes are filled with tears remembering these stories and my heart is challenged by these servants to get out there and serve someone today…how about you?

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Freezer

The Freezer and Fridge is full and yet you have nothing to eat? Let’s roll up our sleeves and clean out the freezer, pantry and fridge and see what we can come up for with meals for 2 weeks only using our bits and pieces. Money is tight, some foods are hard to find and we want to be as frugal and budget friendly as we can to help us stay on track. Also….did you know that you can get some foods sent to you via UPS with free shipping from Walmart. I have a small Walmart Haul with a few fillers.

A small Walmart Hall via Walmart.com

So what can we find in the freezer to make a meal with?

So what can we find in the refrigerator to make a meal with?

 

Beef Stroganoff using leftovers!

Here is a quick and easy meal for a lunch or dinner using leftovers. Below will be a link to the original recipe that I used that they called hamburger stroganoff. It’s a great recipe that cooks up in about 10 minutes that you can modify to basically use anything you have in your refrigerator and pantry. It’s healthy and delicious and kid friendly. Also is a link for my buffalo chicken soup that I used with leftovers that I had as well.

 

Budget Cooking, Depression Cooking and HOT MILK CAKE!

Right now we are in weird times and everyone is scrambling to find budget friendly meals, and resources for these meals as well. Many people have not had to cook so many meals at home until this virus hit us. On top of having to cook the meals we are now finding that our resources are limited for meats, rice etc. Here are two books I can recommend not only give you a budget friendly recipes but also for alternatives for when you can’t find what you need.

I’ve included a great recipe for a yummy cake. This recipe is basic ingredients that you have normally at home and all you do is change up the extract to create a different flavor every time you make it. I hope you enjoy the show me a cake as much as I do. It’s moist and delicious and great deserve as a snack or dessert at any time. Be creative with the icings and toppings that you use for a different dessert every time you serve it.

The BEST ever Banana Muffins

I know….I know you have heard this before from someone.  At some point I am sure that you have heard of  a great recipe along the way.  But stop…wait this really is the best ever recipe!!!

So here we go a short and quick recipe to follow:  Enjoy!!!

  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of butter, margarine or shortening
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla but I like to use almond instead
  • 1/2 cup sour milk ( add 1 tsp of white vinegar to your milk for 5 mintues and you will see it curdle
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup bananas ( 3 large should work)
  • additional items: nuts, raisins or chocolate chips
  1. mix dry together
  2. mix wet together
  3. combine all together and then pour into a greased muffin pan
  4. bake on 350 for 22 minutes or until golden brown

serve warm right out of the oven or the next morning

 

Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Prepping and Organizing a Pantry….

This has always been something that I have wanted to do.  I think overall I have had small sections of my kitchen and/or a closet or two with some pantry items.  But over all I have never had a full and complete set up for a pantry.

Well, now fast forward.  After 30+ years of marriage and raising a family, I decided in January of 2020 to create one.  First of all, I did not have the time to create a pantry and the space for one, or at least I didn’t think I did. Now we find ourselves with more time then we realized we would have, and a situation that makes us realize that a pantry is so needed.

I have to admit that I had a rude awakening, along with a bit of panic shopping.  I did not think that I had certain things on hand, so I went right out and spent funds from our budget to accommodate what I thought we needed.  After we had all these goodies piled on our dining room table, it was time to now set up our pantry.  So, we gathered all our items from every little spot that we stored things in, and brought them to one place in our home.  Then we cleaned out our one and only closet to make a pantry where we could store everything.  After setting it up and putting things away, we realized that we had spent money on things we already had, and had items in large amounts (like extra cans of tomatoes that we did not need).

This taught me a BIG lesson in life, and one that I will hold onto for a very long time.  I wasted money on things I don’t need, I am using up space that I could use for something else, and I probably wasted time in buying these items too.  Now it is time to make a change!  I have a pantry set up with an inventory list of my staples, how many I want on hand, and then how many I need to buy for the next time.

Have you found yourself without a pantry?  Or are you well organized in this area?  Either way leave a comment below with pictures of what you have set up or what you would like to do.

These are trying times in our country; it is a good time to reevaluate what we do and why and how to make things better for ourselves.

I would love to hear from you.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother