Woo hoo, I’m ready with my cleaning/declutter list for Flylady zone 2, the kitchen! 🎉 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, save/take a screenshot of the list and keep it on your phone. I’ve based my lists on my own kitchen and things to declutter in this area. Remember to adapt – make these lists work for you!
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.
Thank you for all your wonderful suggestions on YouTube and Instagram for things we can focus on in Flylady zone 2 (the kitchen) for shopping, self-care and working in the garden! 😄 I shall keep adding to the list as more ideas come in…
Here’s my “self-preservation” bingo card for this week. You can click the photo, save and print. Or if you’d like to customise, here’s a link
Homemade face mask, lip or hand scrub, bath salts/bombs, homemade foot cream. Use herbs or flowers from your garden or pantry items (honey, sugar exfoliating scrub, olive oil egg yolk hair treatment, vanilla bath salts).
Keep a tube of hand cream by the sink.
Additional hand-care with some lotion or a mini-manicure.Make one day this week a “detox” day, with juicing and relaxation.
Search online for a new recipe to try, or reread a favourite cookbook.
Write down your favourite family recipe and make a copy for your children.
Have a go at that recipe you saved and never got round to.
Try making a new healthy snack, biscuit or cake.
Prepare a ‘new’ or ‘special’ snack to enjoy later on with a cup of tea!
Tidy and/or discard old recipes.
Tweak your diet, research healthier eating ideas and add one to your menu plan this week.
Add some fresh mint or a slice of lemon to your water.
Make homemade chocolates, truffles or fudge (for Zone 4 stash 😊).
Sit outside with your morning tea or coffee and listen to the birds.
Candlelight dinner with your best china, alone or with your significant other, on the balcony or in your garden.
Put together a pamper snack basket for the week, something special each day to enjoy.
Add your favourite meal to this week’s menu plan.
Sit at the dinner table, add candles, background music, serviettes, eat outside weather-permitting.
Enjoy the light in the kitchen for reading or doing a crossword.
Try a new type of tea or coffee or savour a cup of your favourite brew. Use the one you have been saving “for a special occasion”.
Indulge yourself and enjoy your favourite dessert, or a new ice-cream flavour.
Use one of your china teacups/saucers that you only keep for guests, or drink water/juice from a crystal wine glass.
Put together different salads, trying new combinations of veggies and fruits you’ve never tried, use a variety of lettuces and greens.
Add something which makes you smile while you’re cooking/doing the dishes: a bloom from the garden, a pot plant, a candle, a photo frame.
Make paper flowers to put on your windowsill or table.
Take a couple of pieces of the “good china” you save for special occasions out and have lunch or a snack, a cup of tea. Take a photo and invite a friend to do the same for a “separate but together” teatime, or eat “together” via FaceTime or Skype.
Hang a beautiful crystal in the window to make sparkles and rainbows.
Attach a perspex bird feeder to the kitchen window. You can see our one here…
Sow vegetable or herb seeds, plant up tender vegetables in a greenhouse, sow cress or micro seeds for quick fresh greens.
Watch the birds at the feeder.
Read outside in the garden, make a reading spot for yourself.
Use a special cuticle and hand cream after you’ve been working outside.
Sit outside and “just be”.
Rub your hands in the thyme, lavender, basil or mint bush.
Prepare the area for the vegetable garden.
Clean and check outside furniture.
Clean/prepare the barbecue and implements. Gas/charcoal.
Wipe down the parasol.
Take care of fruit trees or bushes. Swap excess garden produce with friends or neighbours.
Light a small bonfire.
Have a go at growing herbs in containers or recycled tin cans or plastic pot.