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Cindy H.

This is from Flylady -- I like how (at the end) if you work outside the home she breaks it down into just doing 1 task each morning and night -- a manageable amount!

Dear Friends,

Monday is my day for Weekly Home Blessing Hour. Yes I only spend one hour, blessing our home. If the truth be told, I only spend 10 minutes on each item. When the timer goes off, I stop what I am doing and start on the next chore.

I set a timer for 10 minutes and change the sheets on our bed. I will finish this one, but I go really fast with the timer.

Then I set the timer for 10 more minutes and gather up all the trash in the house and put it in the trash can.

After this, I dust the horizontal surfaces with a feather duster in each hand. Only spend 10 minutes. Then stop and do something else.

Now that I don't have carpet, I sweep or dust mop my floors. This takes me only 10 minutes. I mean after the timer rings, I stop. You can vacuum the middles. This does not mean under the furniture. Just the traffic areas. Do this as fast as you can.

Next, I mop up the puppy toe prints on the floor and also mop the bathroom. Then I stop after 10 minutes.

Now I spend 10 minutes getting rid of the old magazines from our coffee table. This doesn't take 10 minutes so I usually work on my constant Hot Spot, the table beside my chair.

After this I put the finishing touches on the room. I take the Windex and clean the windows in my front door and back door, then I clean all the mirrors in the house. You know all those tooth paste splatters and dental floss home runs. I spend 10 minutes tops.

The beauty of this system, is that it gets done and it does not have to be done perfectly. If you work outside of your home and have to leave the house in the morning, then do one of these chores in the morning and one in the evening. In 3 days you will have your weekly cleaning done. Quit trying to kill yourself doing weekly cleaning. Even if you just hit a lick at a snake, you have done more than you did last week. Besides the more you get your home decluttered the easier this will become. So promise me that you will not beat yourself up, if you don't get the whole house done. It's O.K. You will do more next week. That is how this system works. We do what we can today and then we do a little more tomorrow. Baby Steps.


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  Anonymous Replied:

Love fly lady and am working on her body clutter book. Yes, at one time I was a fly baby and really need to get back to it. Thank you for your post.

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  Anonymous Replied:

This is great! As a disabled person it would give me time to take a break after my first, second and third "10" min periods! I tend to get a burr under my saddle and say I AM GOING TO GET IT DONE NO MATTER HOW I FEEL and then I pay for it dearly the next day in my body. My only question would be ~ How do I teach this to my adult children ( 21 and 17 ) and convince them it's a good thing for them to do to, so my hour is more productive! LOL

  seceretgarden (Susan) Replied:

Don't tell anyone in your home you are doing flylady.... just do it and see if they notice! make it fun and if they want to play too.. let them! lol

  Sharon VA Replied:

I love Flylady! My house is never spotless, but her 15 min. approach, routines, and weekly home blessing keep things civilized. I was able to get my home party ready this past weekend in one hour. I planned the party food and ahead, pre-prepped in 15 min. chunks and was able to relax and enjoy my guests.
Years ago my home was a pigsty mess. No lie. Over the last few years I have donated or disposed of many, many carloads of clutter. Stuff continues to creep into our home, so I continue to declutter, but now things are enormously better here, and I no longer stop at yard sales or flea markets. They are just not what I need in my life.
I agree with Susan about not trying to teach it, just have it be part of the normal routine. I use it in my classroom and my high school students have no idea they are being "flywashed".
The last time I had a sub, she left a note commenting on how the students kept her on routine because they know we always do certain things at the beginning and end of class. Kids love independence, but routines help them feel secure.

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