PRINTABLES – BATHROOM (Zone 3) CLEANING/DECLUTTER LIST

Here’s my cleaning/declutter list for the bathroom! 🎉 Once again, in order to save on printing ink (said the canny Scot…), I typed my lists in black ink and printed them on coloured paper. If you don’t have a printer/don’t want to print, you could take a screenshot of the list and keep it on your phone. I’ve based my lists on my own bathroom and things to declutter in this area. Remember to adapt – make these lists work for you! You can also find full detailed cleaning lists for zone 3 on the Flylady website (click here). Flylady Zone 3 is the bathroom plus one other room of your choice (more information about that here). Simply cut and paste what you need into your own blank document. If you are someone who thrives on lists, you may also want to make a list for your guest bedroom/laundry room/office/garden shed, etc. Just make sure that you are getting off your “bahookie” (backside) and cleaning things, and not getting bogged down in making perfect lists! LOL!

I printed my cleaning list and declutter list and put them back to back in a plastic sheet. Ready to cross off the tasks as I go! During the week I keep the list in my cleaning caddy. That way I can use any spare minutes I have to do one of the tasks. No more marathon cleaning sessions…do you hear me?! LOL! The aim is not to cross everything off the list this week but to keep moving forward in this zone and get something (anything!) done.

CLEAN

Scan the room, put things away
Dust ceiling/corners
Wipe skirting boards
Dust flat surfaces/window sills
Wipe door handles/light switches/
fingerprints or marks on walls
Shine windows, mirrors
Detailed vacuum session
Mop
Wash bathrug
Wipe down shower/bath/sink (inside and out)
Straighten cabinets
Empty/wash rubbish bin
Clean fan extractor
Clean shower drain cover
Dust/water plants
Wash brushes/combs
Rotate seasonal items/candles

DECLUTTER

Empty bottles
Raggedy towels/facecloths
(donate or cut up and use as rags)
Medicine, first aid supplies
Makeup and toiletries
Bubble bath/shower gel
Hair products and accessories

PROJECTS

Clean grout/reapply

Here’s a link to the template I made using Canva, but you would need a subscription to make changes to it. I therefore suggest you use cut and paste from my text above or from the Flylady’s lists.

Would you like some ideas for pampering, gardening and errand day in this zone? See this blogpost for inspiration! https://dianedenmark.com/2020/05/13/zone-3-ideas-errand-day-self-care-garden/

And if you would like some company while you clean or declutter, I am always reading with my cleaning caddy and my pom poms to cheer you on!

Let’s clean and declutter in the Flylady Zones!

Have fun!

LLAP!

May the Danish hygge be with you!

Diane


VIDEO Let’s chat!

Lots of great questions from you this week on YouTube and Instagram. Are you living in survival mode – how do we change that? What time I wake/go to bed. Winterbathing with my family. How to use the Flylady system with your partner or kids. Plus the Christmas ornament mystery is solved! Grab a cup of coffee or water and let’s chat!

You can find more Question & Answer videos here… https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxIYCyTLBED9fh1uPZwhq68Lx3pEXuPRm


VIDEO Clothes Swap Party, hygge with friends!

See what happens at our hygge Clothes Swap parties in Copenhagen, Denmark! We swap clothes, books, gently used toiletries, jewelry, household goods, sports gear, kids games, etc! 😍 Anything left over is donated to a women’s or men’s shelter, or charity shops / thrift stores. Win, win! Zero waste! And there is no money involved. You can see more of our hygge Scandinavian parties at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxIYCyTLBED-_AxzW73x4ZWtikVFAvDQW





🥗 MENU What’s for dinner? 9 June 2020 Flylady Menu planning

salade nicoise
What’s for dinner this week at Casa Copenhagen? We are in Flylady Zone 2 at the moment and one of my “pamper” ideas was to pull out some of our old recipes for lighter, “summer” dishes because the weather is beginning to heat up now, woo hoo!😀 So it will be crisp veggies galore this week! [Need errand day/pamper and garden ideas for the kitchen zone? See here!]

If I don’t specify in my menu plan, our side dishes are usually a fresh veggie platter (tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, broccoli florets, etc) or a spinach salad. One evening per week is usually leftovers or some simple smørrebrød (Danish rye bread with toppings) or we use up what we have left in the fridge, making it into a quiche or an omelet. When you’re menu planning, remember to K.I.S.S. – “Keep it simple, sweetie”!


We love to have “substantial” salads and my daughter’s favourite is Salade Nicoise. The eggs and potatoes make it very filling, and I usually use any leftover rye bread we have to make croutons for some added crunch.
salade nicoise
Pork chops with “overnight” salad – my recipe for this rather weird and intriguing salad is here

Thai Larb (from the Jennifer Joyce “My Asian Kitchen” book – we love this cookbook and refer to it often). My son will be making the Larb for us
Jennifer Joyce "My Asian Kitchen"
and we’ll be using mango instead of pineapple once again because it was so good last time!
Thai Larb
Fish tacos (we will probably use cod and panko breadcrumbs) with lots of lovely sriracha mayonnaise/sliced avocado/coriander on the top, and make a simple carrot/cabbage coleslaw to go along with it.


Beef steaks with oven fries (potato/sweet potato) and warm cannellini beans/wilted spinach/pesto



Coronation chicken (pictured above) which you can see me putting together on YouTube…a few simple ingredients and it’s on the table in 5 minutes!

And when you’ve finished dinner? Don’t forget to “close the kitchen” and leave your sink ready for the next time!

Diane in Denmark menu planning

Bon appĂŠtit!
LLAP!
And may the Danish hygge be with you!
Diane


PS: Looking for more easy recipes and simple crafts? I have a whole series!



👗 OOTDs (outfits of the day)

👗 This week’s OOTDs (outfits of the day)! Well, it’s been a very mixed week, both in the weather and in my mood…huge swings in both! LOL! Anyway, dressing in the colours/styles which support me is a real mood lifter and helps keeps me afloat whatever is going on around me. I’m a type one in the Dressing Your Truth system which means that my keywords are upward and light.
Diane in Denmark, type 1 Dressing Your Truth
I feel very “sloppy” when I don’t get dressed. Nothing gets done and my motivation spirals downward. A few minutes putting on my outfit, a “skoosh skoosh” of some eau de toilette and my two-minute makeup makes me feel alive. In other news, I’ve been playing around with my kids’ old “Hama beads” and jazzing up my plain gold hoop earrings…the possibilities are endless!
So here come this week’s outfits… (Many of the items in my wardrobe, including makeup and accessories, are from Clothes Swap parties and charity shops. Scroll down for a link to my wardrobe videos…)
Diane in Denmark, type 1 Dressing Your Truth
Diane in Denmark, type 1 Dressing Your Truth




Diane in Denmark winterbathing

Watch my wardrobe and Dressing Your Truth videos on this playlist! 🎥👗





📚 My March and April reading

I love to read! It’s one of the easy ways to transport myself away for a moment…and I usually read a chapter or two in bed, just before I switch off the light. Here’s what I read when we first went into Covid Lockdown here in Denmark from the beginning of March and through April. I’ll post another update soon with my books from May đŸ“š

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley. This was an audiobook. Several friends spend New Year’s Eve together at a remote getaway…a fast-paced whodunnit. My rating: four out of five stars.

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen. Rhys Bowen is usually a safe choice for a simple cozy mystery and this one, set in Italy, was no exception. My rating: three out of five stars.
On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen

The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols by Nicholas Meyer. Something I found at random. Started off well but it seemed to drag during the second half. My rating: three out of five stars.

The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths. If you follow me on YouTube, you’ll know that I love Elly Griffiths’ books and her various series! Another cracking read. Very cosy when you know the characters so well. My rating: four out of five stars.

The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths
This was my second Lucy Foley book and it probably came too close after I read the Hunting Party (see above) because the plot seemed very similar. Really didn’t like the characters in this one but, again, it was a very fast-paced thrilling read. My rating: three out of four stars.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Another book I found by chance, it appeared when I was doing a search for P. G. Wodehouse. Audiobook. A really charming little novel. My rating: four out of five stars.

Old Baggage by Lissa Evans

Happy reading!
LLAP!
Diane

PS: If you’re looking for book suggestions and reviews, my friend Sue has a great book blog
Bookalicious Babe Book Reviews



🥗 MENU What’s for dinner? 2 June 2020 Flylady Menu planning

What’s for dinner this week at Casa Copenhagen? The first of June heralds the start of Danish summer and we are off to a wonderful start with sunny, blue skies and temperatures got up to 24c/75f yesterday! 😀👒 This week we’ve got a good mix of tried and trusted family favourites: recipes I can make with my eyes closed – so useful when things are busy and beginning to get hot. In other news it’s Danish Constitution Day plus Danish Fathers Day on 5 June (fixed date every year). Many stores/supermarkets are closed, also some schools and offices. Some have a half-day holiday. Check locally for details but make sure to do your grocery shop early this week!

If I don’t specify below, our side dishes are usually a fresh veggie platter (tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, broccoli florets, etc) or a spinach salad. Usually we have one evening per week where we use leftovers, eat some simple smørrebrød (Danish rye bread with toppings) or use up what we have left in the fridge. When you’re menu planning, remember to K.I.S.S.! Keep it simple, sweetie!

Whole roast chicken done in one pan along with potatoes, carrots and bacon. Easy Peasy! Served with a mozzarella tomato salad.



We didn’t get round to making the Grilled flank steak salad with red onion, beans and pesto (from the Emily Kydd book) last week, so that’s been pushed forward to this week’s menu.


Bibimbap. Yes, again! We make a variation of this recipe https://mykoreankitchen.com/bibimbap-korean-mixed-rice-with-meat-and-assorted-vegetables/ And I make a large batch of the sauce, keeping it in a jar in the fridge.

Diane in Denmark menu planning

Diane in Denmark menu planning

Oksekød i fad or “Beef in a bowl” A rather strange name and actually the first-ever dish my Dear Danish Husband cooked for me when we were courting. Don’t be alarmed by the vast quantity of ketchup, it gives real flavour to the dish 😅 Here’s how to make it.






Boller i karry a.k.a “balls in curry” – yes, we are all about the silly Danish names this week – with rice and homemade naan bread.
 Leftovers from the week served with Watermelon, Feta cheese and Cucumber salad…to keep us cool!


Looking for more easy recipes? I have a whole series!

And when you’ve finished dinner? Don’t forget to “close the kitchen” and leave your sink ready for the next time!

Bon appĂŠtit!
LLAP!
And may the Danish hygge be with you!
Diane