Monday and We’re on the Clean

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Where was I?  Here. This is me grinding dirt into oblivion following the 30 minutes a day schedule. Over the weekend, I stayed on track even when I went offline from writing. My cleaning on Sunday compelled me to start renovating my kitchen. Looking through Kitchen designs and Kitchen remodels on Pinterest I realised I needed to do something with the cabinets.

First, I shouldn’t have anything on top of my cabinets. I think the designer’s assumption is that you are putting decorations on top of your cabinets but I was using the tops of my cabinets as additional storage space for things with no permanent home… like land of broken toys. The top of my cabinets were for all those things I didn’t really need but felt like I shouldn’t throw away. On Sunday, I took everything off the tops of my cabinets and found a new home for those items inside of the cabinets or in the trash bin. It felt good to tackle this cleaning/sorting job so I decided to keep going.

I took off the trim on the cabinets, removed the door pulls, and painted the kitchen wall a shade of brown. Removing the trim and painting the walls took about 3 hours. Finding a new home for all the stuff on top of my cabinets took another 2 hours.   Today’s trip to the recycle center to drop off the trim and old light fixtures from underneath the cabinets took 35 minutes.

 This was all in addition to my 30 minute daily clean.

Best time to take a photo of your kitchen is right after you go grocery shopping and in the middle of your attempt to take everything off the top of your cabinets. (my hair is now a shade of red, the flowers are in a vase, and the basil went into a turkey soup.
Paper towels still do not have a home but cabinet doors are super clean.. there is gunk under those door handles.  Yuck.

I will keep you posted with the kitchen remodel inspired by the cleaning schedule.  Be careful. Cleaning may inspire you to remodel your house too.

Day 3 – What’s Under the Bed?

I cleaned last night at 10:30pm.  I guess there’s no rule that says the 30 minute cleaning episode must happen at the same time everyday. For me, cleaning the bedroom when I’m in the bedroom makes the most sense but I’m only in the bedroom when I wake up in the morning or when I go to bed.

I leave my bedroom around 530am every morning to take my dogs for a walk and I don’t get back into the bedroom until around 2200. Last night, when I wandered downstairs into my bedroom, I swept the wood floor with my swiffer and then cleared off the marble window shelves.

Because I want to free up the energy in my house, I’ve been letting go of things I have not used in two years and I’ve been moving around furniture.  I’ve also decided that everything in my house must be stored in a cabinet or a box except for a few candle holders and books. I will no longer have anything out except in the kitchen where I have electronics on the countertops. This rule does not include my plants and a few choice accessories but does apply to everything else.

I am making this rule so that I stop accumulating clutter. If everything has a home, it is more likely to find its way back there instead of making its way on top of my printers or the kitchen table.  The challenge to this rule is my 13 year old daughter.

We will see how we do over the next couple of months.

The goal for today, Thursday, is to surface clean the office/guest room but I don’t have one of those. My office is at Frauenstrasse 18 and i’m on vacation so will not visit the office until Monday and will not wander down there just to surface clean all the art supplies I dropped off on Sunday.  I also do not have a guest room which is why I send visitors to a hotel.

Because I don’t have an office or a guest room,I decided to clean around my printers and clean off the desk in my bedroom because those two things seemed office related and were not touched on Saturdays 2.5 hour cleaning spree.

I’ve been cleaning for almost a week and I like the results.  If you would like to follow my cleaning schedule, you can find it here.  I will not be doing the four hour cleaning again. If you want to try it, I only achieved a 2.5 hours.  That is the time to beat.  (just cleaning is the big challenge. I can organise for 18 hours straight and still have things left to organise.)

I wrote a post today for metabolic balance based on some info Len sent me. The post is sales and marketing material but it does share some information from a study that promotes metabolic balance. I’ve talked about this study before.  It talks about how keeping your metabolism balance really raises your quality of life.   A good reason to be a metabolic balancer. I’m a balancer, he’s a balancer, she’s a balancer wouldn’t you like to be a balancer too? ( I do not drink Dr. Pepper or advocate drinking it. I just like this jingle.)

Day 3 – Cleaning Routine

Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp Three Doors
Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp Three Doors

I’m an artist but my house does not look like this nor does it look like this:


After three days,  I can tell you that adding 30 minutes of cleaning to my day has not been difficult.  I did not figure out a solution for the towels yesterday so they are still stacked in a pile on a cabinet.  I guess this will be addressed again on Saturday when I tackle the bathroom again.

Today, I’m supposed to surface clean my bedroom but I started by cleaning the bathroom a bit and cleaning the living room. I will let you know tomorrow if I ever make it to the bedroom.

For metabolic balance, we are working on the idea of aging gracefully.  I’m in my forties and blessed with great genes so aging isn’t such an issue but I still enjoyed researching what you can do to make aging not such a big deal.  My favorite tip was adding creativity to your life.  As an artist, this is a very exciting element to add to life coaching.  Maybe we can take our vegetables and arrange them into still life compositions snap photos, Instagram them and then eat them. There is a famous artist who painted vegetables portraits…

Vertumnus, a portrait depicting Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor painted as Vertumnus, the Roman God of the seasons, c. 1590-1. Skokloster Castle, Sweden.

If you are in California, some of the metabolic balance gang will be hanging out for the update seminar around October 16, 2015. If you would like information about the event, please check out metabolic balance and keep up with news on the blog.  We get to invite 30 guests for a cocktail evening. Would you like to be there?  If that interests you, please email me  We will be handing out EventBrite Tickets for the evening. The event will be held at the Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront Hotel 600 Airport Blvd. Burlingame, CA 94010

If you are already a coach and want to sign up for the update seminar, please contact Len Tuccelli at  (727) 851-0071, or e-mail to

Off to Write about ageing research so you can avoid looking like a vegetable head.

Cleaning Everyday for 30 Days

Did you read my post last week on metabolic balance about cleaning? If you didn’t, here is the schedule I will be following for the next 30 days.

Before starting the 30 day schedule, I thought I would see if I could clean for four hours straight.   This task was daunting for me.   I have many things I like to do for four hours but golfing and cleaning are not on the list.  Waking up on Saturday, I decided I would try this four hour schedule to make Monday’s work a bit easier.  Setting the timer on my iphone, I pulled up the directions and off I went, cleaning for 2.5 hours. I dusted, cleaned mirrors (I have two), dusted, wiped off all surfaces, dusted, vacuumed the floors, the ceilings

and my couch

I think the biggest accomplishment on Saturday was getting down on the floor of the bathroom with my steam cleaner and cleaning the tiles. I took the steam cleaner to the grout and blasted away dirt I didn’t know existed.   Now, thanks to my steam cleaner, my bathroom feels super clean but not clean enough.  Now, I want to dig out all the dated tiles and fixtures and remodel it ASAP. Clean is not enough for my ugly shades of gray bathroom.

Today is day 2 of the 30 day cleaning routine and I’m working on the bathroom again.  We deep cleaned it on Saturday so I would prefer to ignore it but it is on the schedule so I’m going to focus on figuring out how to store towels. I will let you know if I figure anything out.  The goal for yesterday (day 1)  was to vacuum the couch to get rid of dog hair and to clean off the counters of my kitchen.  I will post a photo of my couch for you tomorrow so you can see the challenge I face keeping it black in a world of fuzzy white.

If you are trying this cleaning schedule, let me know how it is working for you and how you change it to fit your lifestyle.

Vivamb Cleaning Schedule

4 Hours Everyday/Once a Week/Once a Month/Once a Year (Depending on your tolerance for dirt)

  1. Dusting top to bottom.
  2. Focus on Fabric – Clean. Wash. Swipe. Febreeze.
  3. Clean your Mirrors and Glass and Windows if you have time.
  4. Wipe down all surfaces and counters.
  5. Tackle the kitchen and bathroom in a very specific way. This way.
  6. Vacuum the rest of the house at supersonic speed. Don’t slow down for pets. They will learn to move out of the way.
  7. You are done cleaning. Go get a class of water as a treat.


1. Monday – Surface clean living room and kitchen

2. Tuesday -Clean bathrooms

3. Wed – Surface clean bedrooms

4. Thurs. Surface clean office/guest room.

5. Fri – Surface clean living room and kitchen

6. Sat – Clean bathrooms / Clean all interior windows

7. Sunday – Day of Rest

8. Monday – Sweep and vacuum all floors in the house

9. Tuesday – Surface clean bedrooms

10. Wed – Deep clean living room

11. Thursday – Clean bathrooms

12. Friday – Clean out closets

13. Saturday – Surface clean office/guest room / Deep clean bedrooms

14. Sunday – Day of Rest

15. Monday – Surface clean living room and kitchen

16. Tuesday – Deep clean bathrooms

17. Wed – Clean all place you put your fingers which includes doorknobs and light switches

18. Thursday – Clean out the refrigerator

19. Friday – Clean entryway,

20. Saturday – Surface clean living room and kitchen / Surface clean bathrooms

21. Sunday –  Day of Rest

22. Monday – Surface clean bedrooms

23. Tuesday – Sweep and vacuum all floors in the house

24. Wed – Clean linen closet, straighten towels, sheets or regular closet if not applicable

25. Thursday – Surface clean living room and kitchen

26. Friday – Deep clean kitchen

27. Saturday – Surface clean bathrooms / Surfaces clean bedrooms

28. Sunday – Day of Rest

29. Monday – Sweep and vacuum all floors in the house

30. Tuesday – Clean your Porch, deck, balcony.

Tentative Schedule of metabolic balance Weekend Update in SF

metabobolic balance weekend update

If you are interested in coaching know someone who would like to be a coach, you are welcome to attend the reception on Friday October 16, 2015.  More information will be posted in the weeks to come.  I will not be there this time. I’m going to be creating an art installation for the Long Night of the Museum in Munich, Germany but I encourage you to go if you want to learn more about balancing your metabolism and helping others live a balanced life.

Day 27 -A friend joins me on a healing feast

My friend decided to join me on my healing feast for two weeks. Today is day two for him and he is a bit grumpy about not snacking and eating only healthy foods. For dinner, I made an avocado, banana, strawberry blend  for him. A few minutes later he ran for the bathroom as his body began letting go of all kinds of crap.

On day 27, I’m still detoxing medicine but  I’m happily drinking juice and snapping photos in the rain.