Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Cleaning Tip for Busy Stampin' Up! Demonstrators

Back to the blog ... I can't seem to post anymore pics just yet. I'll try again later.

Was just thinkin' about how busy life is when you work full-time, have kids at home, and have a Stampin' Up! demonstratorship. I never had the resources to hire outside cleaning help so Saturdays became a dreaded day. That was the day to do all of my grocery shopping, laundry, and house cleaning. Needles to say, not everything always got done. I started trying this trick a couple of months ago.

  • Get up 15 minutes earlier than usual and do one chore before you go to work. It may be as simple as cleaning your bathroom counter. Then the next day, scrub your toilet, and etc. By the time Saturday rolled around, my bathroom was clean. That doesn't sound like a big deal but it really helped.
  • Even before going to bed, do one small chore that you would normally do on Saturday. Maybe it's just vacuuming or dusting one room.
  • I even started shopping for my groceries on Friday night, after date night with my husband. That freed up an enourmous amount of time!
  • Oh ... one more small tip. Have duplicate cleaning supplies in your bathrooms. Many times I'll look at a dirty counter and think, "I'll clean that when I go get the paper towels and spray." And, then I never do because I don't want to go get it. This way I can just grab the cleaning supplies right when I notice it needs cleaning and it's done before I know it!

Well, the hubby is home from work and I have a delicious pot of Chicken Tortilla soup simmering on the stove. He's lovin' this layoff thing too! I told him to not get too used to it.

I'll take pics of the soup and share the recipe as soon as this site will let me post more pics. Have a wonderful evening. See you in the morning!


Leonie Schroder said...

Linda ... cant wait to hear the good news ... any hints?? lol
these tips are great - I dont work full time (or part time) as I just dont have the time to do so and my SU business is going well enough not to have to just yet. I dont know how the girls who have a job, family & SU business do it all!

billie said...

Hi Linda! I've been under a rock for the past week and just heard the news.

I've always enjoyed your amazing presence and presentations with SU (we line danced together at a San Antonio regional a few years back!), and I look forward to hearing about the next chapter of your life.

I am certain it will be wonderful - you have the Midas touch (everything you touch turns to awesome!) :)

Stampin' With Angie said...

I'm dying to know the news...and I know it's going to be GREAT! I'm so excited!

I have a tip to add. If you make a "to do" list, break it down as simple as possible. Instead of writing "Clean stamp room", break it down into little jobs (clean off table, clean off desk, put stamps away, etc.). Instead of dreading a big job, you have just broken it down into multiple small jobs and it's not so intimidating (at least it works for me).

I am SO looking foward to reading your news...how often can I "stalk" your site?! LOL!

Anonymous said...

I love these tips! I'll definitely be giving them a try!

Terri E. said...

Ohhh I would love that receipe! I love chicken tortilla soup. I say yeah to having time to cook as well. That mean there will be fun sharing for us:)

It's a good life!
Terri E.

juels said...

Is that tortilla soup "the Max and Erma's" recipe, like the soup we ate in the airport??? I make it often and think of you every time I do. I am so glad for you and your starting to do something you have always wanted to do. You are such a FANTASTIC lady and I know you will do well at whatever you do! I love your tips even though I am no longer working- I put off cleaning as long as I can --then clean the entire day!! I remember when I worked --I just hated Saturdays, because I had so much to do one a single day. I will try out some of your tips!!!

Lydia said...

Okay the suspense thing is totally cruel, first of all.

Second, I'm gonna need recipes, lady of leisure!

Third - my tip, because I work full time and freelance and demonstrate is to set a timer for everything. Whether it's 15 min or an hour - focus on the task (like stupid laundry - sorry Linda - I don't clean toilets - they're gross - you know what goes on in there right? The Marine hubby does that) and you'd be amazed how much you get done with no distractions. Plus, when the timer goes off - you're FREE!!! On to the next thing!

prbert66 said...

Holding my breath until you tell what the good news is....my cheeks are turning red....I hope you can tell us soon or I may just pass out from lack of oxygen. HEHE!!!
AND...I'd love a new recipe for tortilla soup.

Love ya Linda...HUGS!!!!!

Pam Bert
Oklahoma City, OK

Simmy said...

Whatever your news is, I'm sure it's fabulous!! Can't wait to hear.

Love your tips. I can 2nd the bathroom supplies tip. Each of our 3 bathrooms has a scrub brush, can of comet, Windex, and antibacterial wipes. It makes things sooooo much easier.

Oh, and in response to your last post about the clothes changing sizes ... yes, I can vouch that they **DO** get smaller!!!!