About a billion years ago I went onto Flylady.net and I have to admit that I thought, “this lady is crazy. She is a purple houskeeping dictaotr!”. I read through her site – thinkin g thoughts like – crazy woman gets dressed before she does anything. She shines her sink every night? why is she so happy about house work ..huh , just work on a task for 15 minutes? Interensting idea.
Fast forward a bit — the book Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendelson . Another one that seemed overly obssed by cleaning things ( I do not care how a fitted sheet is folded — as long as it doesn’t fallon my head or take up too much space) However in her introduction, sh mentioned an old fashion idea — laundry day was monday , baking day was Tuesday … a schedule.
Fast forward to – a few weeks ago . A lot of my friends were talking about the flylady again and there was a slightly different take on things . Most of the people I know still look at the getting dressed to the shoes every morning as something that doesn’t make lot of sense. The language is too cutsie. But people were still reading and talking and using the site. At the same time my friends were talking about the flylady , I was in the process of trying to figure out how the house was going to be a better place to live. I had been back at a full time job for six month; it was a month after my walk and I hated that my Wednesday off was become clean the house day. DH had come up with a great plan for the master bedroom to improve – so the momentum was there. So I reread the flylady site – with a more grown up eye and a trust in my ability to pull what I needed out of it and not be overwhelmed by the purple.
Interesting, the site read differently to me this time through. While I would say the flylady has many ideas about how things should be done,a lot of what she said made sense. Things didn’t become a mess in an hour , a day or week so they won’t become clean and organized in a an hour a day or a week. Her baasic plan breaks the house in to zones and you concentrate on one zone per week. She has a bunch of daily routines and different places to concentrate on and decluttering tips , but the interesting thing for me is that the zone thing seems to work for me. Over a week, I got the kitchen cleaner than it had been in a while – in small 15 minute tasks. And interestingly – the kitchen stayed clean while we ripped apart the bedroom and scattered it all over the house.
We ended up with a last minute thanksgiving here. So we needed to clean up in order to fit people in the house – it didn’t take too long and all but two rooms look good. We are both happier with things cleaner and more organized and I think we a little help from the routine builder we have a chance at some visual peace