And just for Just, February is the new January that was the new January before
If you are struggling with C.H.A.O.S. (can't have anyone over syndrome) and S.T.U.F.F. (something that undermines family fun) then this is the thread where we (loosely) follow the step-by-step Flylady housekeeping system (in our own, unique, relaxed style) with lots of chat, support and wine and cake along the way.
This little-and-often system is designed so that you can follow a series of steps and routines each day (which gradually become second nature) in zones of the house which are designated weekly; defining and minimising housework, which in theory should leave you with loads more time to do something more interesting instead!
At the same time it is intended to reduce that panicky "rabbit in headlights" feeling when you are overwhelmed and everything needs doing all at once. No problem if you miss a day or two; just jump right back in and it will all come around next month again!
It’s up to you, but we advise not signing up to receive the Flylady e-mails as you will be inundated! All the information you need will be linked here on a daily basis.
From the first of the month, we will be following Flylady's steps and routines using a three-pronged approach (dependent on the stage everyone is at):
- start or repeat baby steps
- repeat baby steps + do 15 mins a day decluttering in the current zone
- reinforce babysteps and do daily missions if you have finished decluttering.
[And if you are really enthusiastic and have finished decluttering - you can go on to detailed deep cleaning in each zone.]
More info here on getting started and Flying lessons. Here's the launch pad for more experienced fledglings. Don't be put off by the barf-tastic language of the site - the underlying system is sound!
Points to keep in mind: (1)No perfectionism allowed - this is harder than you would imagine (2)You are never behind just start where you are and anything you do is progress. (3) It didn't get into a mess overnight, it won't get tidy over night - accept it will take time to get on top of things and you will be happier.
Humungous thanks to Bitchy for steering us through the hectic January thread and for the wise three-line mantra above.
I started after the school run at 9am, I am useless first thing in the morning. Takes a couple of coffees to get going. I just keep my lists made up of really small achievable things. ie instead of writing do morning routine, i list all the bits in that iyswim. Makes my lists longer but it helps me stay motivated. and sometimes i stick really silly non flying things in the lists
Cheers Peanut thanks for the ! Much needed tonight!
Interesting views about the links - thanks everyone! I think there is a fairly good majority in favour, if I'm reading it right???
Thank you Feetheart and Bitchy for keeping the show on the road!! and thanks Whoknows for offering to do links later in year when you are less pressed - much appreciated.
I like the links because they give overall structure but admittedly don't always follow them, (a) because Flylady zoning doesn't fit my house and (b) because I cba !!
Giraffes some of us are an hour ahead so we may not be getting up as early as it appears
Goth sorry you have a migraine, you have done amazingly well with that list considering
Glad to hear your friend doing well Toffee!
That list is still amazing Bitchy!! Have a safe journey tonight x
Feetheart belated happy birthdays to your dh and dd and hope you get the secondary school option you wanted!
Big waves to Eustacia and everyone else!!
We've had a relaxing evening eating a takeaway on our knees in front of a film but turned it off half way through as we succumbed to heavy lids. Going to crash now as absolutely cream crackered. 'See' you all in the morning!