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August 17, 2005

fly baby, fly

Filed under: flylady, family, life — suzanne henderson @ 10:55 am

Summer is drawing to a close, the routines of school and life will replace the long mornings and empty afternoons. And, in preparation, I’m getting back to the [flylady] routines. I’ve talked about this before, but it has been a while.

FlyLady.net is a wonderful resource for people who are not naturally organized, who want to keep their house and life in a more reasonable order, and those whose life is a complete mess with no hope in sight. It is a really simple concept and it all starts with a shining sink. In her book, [Sink Reflections], FlyLady talks about how people think that a shining kitchen sink isn’t that great of a motivational tool, but she assures you and I assure you, it is. I spent last night re-shinning the sink, it had lots its glow and luster months ago even though it still stayed fairly neat. But once I finally had it shining, I hated to even run the water for it would obscure the glow and possibly wipe out all the work I had done.

But worries over a little water are nothing. The biggest benefit is that since the sink was so clean, I didn’t want to put anything in it (something I rarelyy do anyways) nor did I want to leave the dirty dishes piled up next to it. They had to go right into the dishwasher as to not disturb my accomplishment.

Now, the FlyLady method is about more than a shining sink, but it is all designed for taking little steps at a time, no mad rush to clean your house or organize your life. She makes it clear that the mess built up over time and it’ll take time to get rid of it. So, if you want to change your habits, but feel overwhelmed at tackling an out of control house, this is certainly the way to start. My small steps include a daily routine that keeps the sink clean, dishwasher emptied regularly, kitchen counters clean, and the bathroom counters and commode looking presentable (not sparkling clean, just presentable until I get around to giving it a good scrubbing).

And, the other great part is that when you do want to do a little more thorough cleaning, she emphasizes the use of a timer to help motivate and prevent burn out. The motto is that you can do anything in 15 minutes and it is so true. Cleaning my room that has become so overwhelming disorganized and messy is an impossible task. But I hit it with 15 minute bursts 2 or 3 times a day and it is slowly starting to come together.

Okay, I guess I’m done preaching about the virtues of her method. Plus, I think I’ll set the timer and get something else done (I also set timers on internet time so I don’t fall into my laptop and lose hours of the day).