And no -- before you get excited, I'm not talking about getting in an airplane. Not that kind of flying. I'm talking about joining FlyLady in her quest to have a clean and organized home -- all. the. time.
I have heard about her off-and-on probably over a year ago already, but just last month I finally went to her site and actually signed up! And I am here to encourage anybody who struggles with keeping control of their house to follow in my footsteps.
Now, before you start giving excuses about not wanting to sign up for yet another thing online -- trust me, this is e-a-s-y. You don't need to give any information about yourself (other than your email address so that you can get the daily communications) and it's absolutely 100% free. No credit card required, no need to leave a mailing address or phone number. Easy as pie.
Now what exactly is FlyLady all about?
Well...since I'm still fairly new to the whole thing (and to be honest, I don't follow the routines and guidelines very well yet -- I mostly just read the emails and get inspiration), I'll just fill you in on what I have gotten out of it thus far.
The first thing you do is go to the Getting Started page of her website to sign up for the emails. Take your time to peruse the site and see what you're getting into. There is a lot of information on the site and it may seem overwhelming at first -- but really, this seems to be the simplest way to gain -- and keep! -- control over your home.
Every month you are to aspire to gain a new habit -- the month of April, for example, is to make your bed every morning as soon as you wake up. A lot of you may do this already anyway, but for me it was always a hit-and-miss thing. But every morning so far this month (with very rare exceptions) I have made my bed and it feels so much better when I walk into my bedroom and see that it is made.
Aside from the new habit every month, there are weekly things -- Wednesday is Anti-Procrastination Day, Tuesday is Plan and Play Day, Sunday is Renew Your Spirit Day, Thursday is Errand Day, Monday is the Weekly Home Blessing Hour, and so on. These are weekly things that you do to help keep on top of things on a regular basis.
Each week also focuses on a particular zone. For example, this week we are in Zone 2 - The Kitchen. Every day there is a chore for you to do in your kitchen -- wipe down all big appliances one day, take an old toothbrush to clean around the sink and taps the next, wash out your garbage can, etc.
There are also morning and evening routines that are encouraged. The morning routine looks like this:
* Morning Routine:
-Get Dressed to Shoes including Hair/Face, Brush Teeth
- Make Bed
-Swish & Swipe
-Reboot Laundry (a Load a Day Keeps CHAOS Away)
-Check Your Calendar
-Check Your Control Journal
And the evening routine looks like this:
* Before Bed Routine:
-Lay out Your Clothes for tomorrow
-Check Your Calendar
-Put things needed for tomorrow at the Launch Pad
-Where are your Keys?
-Spend Two Minutes Clearing off a Hot Spot
-Shine Your Sink
- Wash face/Brush Teeth
-Go to Bed at a Decent Hour
(More information about all of these are on the website.)
They talk about 'hot spots', '10 minute de-clutters', 'shining your sink' and all sorts of things. (Here is the link to the Frequently Asked Questions page of their website, which may answer a lot of questions you might have: FAQ's) The point of this whole website is that once you work through each zone for the first time, and develop all of the new monthly habits, that your home will continue to run smoothly with minimal time and effort being put in every day to keep on top of things. You will feel comfortable having people over at any time.
Currently I am living in the CHOAS-mode (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome). For example, I just had my cousin over yesterday morning, and I spent a good chunk of time on Tuesday and Wednesday morning cleaning and de-cluttering just so that I wouldn't be embarrassed about the state of my home. And I want to change that. I don't want to have to have one or two days free before inviting somebody over so that I can first get my house presentable.
In reality, I believe that this theory is possible -- that I will be able to gain and keep control of my home. Now I just need to start doing more than just reading the emails and picking and choosing which things I want to do. I need to start doing ALL (or at least most) of the suggestions. Afterall, one of my goals that I wanted to accomplish before I turn 32 is exactly this whole home issue. So now that I have the perfect site to help me on my way...no more excuses!
It's time to FLY!