This post is definitely one out of the ordinary. It’s also a continuation, or rather and expounding on last week’s post sharing the things I’m thankful for this year.
Overwhelmed & Out of Control
I’m going to get right to it because I really don’t like to drag things out.
For years, I had trouble keeping my home clean. In my previous marriage, I never kept the house clean. It’s a wonder we didn’t split over that.
I would get seriously overwhelmed with all I had to do, the kids, and work that house keeping was on the list of my priorities. I was easily overwhelmed and stressed out and now I see that NOT keeping my home in order, contributed to the chaos and stress (not being able to find thing, being organized and late getting out in the mornings).
Long after my divorce, old habits still died hard. While I would commit weekends to doing a full cleaning within a few days, my home would be a wreck all over again. I couldn’t understand it. So, then my entire weekends were committed to cleaning house. Week after week after week. If I had something I wanted to do, I’d skip the cleaning and then when I got home, I’d be annoyed with things being out of order.
This is the life of a not-born-organizer. Then, I discovered FlyLady.
Fast forward a few years and through a few organizational systems (like Alejandra Costello) and I am so thankful to have found FlyLady.net.
While, born organizers like Alejandra can teach you systems to organize your home and your life, I found them to be way too intensive for me. All the various check sheets (daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually) was just too much. I needed something simple I could stick to…15 minutes a day.
That’s what FlyLady recommends. It doesn’t matter if your home is buried in clutter. If you can commit to something as simple as decluttering 15 minutes a day + developing a morning and night time routine (these usually take 5-10 minutes), your home will be in order and stay in order. The basis of this system is taking baby steps and working in zones. That’s right. You break your home up into zones and you work on keeping those zones clean just 15 minutes a day.
I can not not tell you how much of a bright light went on over my head when I started following FlyLady’s system of cleaning. My home is always in order now and if it gets even a tad bit out of order, I return to my routines and in just a few short minutes, my home is more than company ready. I have purchased some of FlyLady’s cleaning tools as well but I find the Weekly Home Blessing Hour to be the most important to keeping my home in order. I am so thankful for finding this system and I don’t think my life will ever be the same.
As FlyLady says, “I’m flying.”
This post is just one of several in which I will be sharing things I am thankful for this 2014. Stay tuned.