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To think that fly lady is a crock of shit.

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Nooneelseisallowedafergus Wed 02-Jan-13 17:14:06

For many a reason.
1. Surely if your house is a real mess the best thing to do is pull on your trackie bottoms, scrape back your hair and blitz as much as you can. Not get dressed for dinner and spend half an hour shining your sink.
2. The best way to keep your house clean is to invent your own schedule that works well for you and your home and stick to that.
3. The only hotspot that needs a regular swish and swipe is my husband's job. Iykwim.

moonstorm Wed 02-Jan-13 17:16:38

1. It can bring back some self esteem if struggling/ getting snowed under - it also means you are ready for anything (ie don't get embarrassed by surprise guests)
2. But it's a kick start - when you can't see the wood for the trees, you can adapt later
3. But it's nice to live a clean, tidy house as well, no?

Nooneelseisallowedafergus Wed 02-Jan-13 17:18:05

I do live in a clean and tidy house. Well clean, and a little messy. But mess is inevitable with kids.

LisaMed Wed 02-Jan-13 17:22:58

Why are you so upset at an innocuous cleaning system that works for a lot of people? It makes you sound as if you have ishoos, or that others are forcing ishoos in you. Doesn't sound much to do with sinks.

PeachTown Wed 02-Jan-13 17:23:43

Fly lady is doing little and often so the house never gets in such a mess it takes hours to blitz (which a lot of us then feel too overwhelmed to do).

I'm feeling optimistic about doing it this year but each to their own.

NolittleBuddahsorTigerMomshere Wed 02-Jan-13 17:24:36

Who/ what is fly lady? <feels out of loop> Cbeebies?

HannahsSister40 Wed 02-Jan-13 17:24:38

I'm not sure why fly lady has such an obsession with sinks? Personally I think hoovering or cleaning the floors has a much faster short sharp fix effect on the appearance of your house than a shiny sink!

Nooneelseisallowedafergus Wed 02-Jan-13 17:25:27

I can safely say I am not upset.

Nooneelseisallowedafergus Wed 02-Jan-13 17:27:49

Choice between shining your sink and cleaning your kitchen floor. I would choose second option every time. My baby crawls on the floor. And clean floors make me irrationally happy.

PandaOnAPushBike Wed 02-Jan-13 17:28:51

I have autism. I lived in absolute chaos. Flylady saved my life. It helped me to establish routines and structures to my day. I still have a way to go but where I am now is entirely down to Flylady.

NolittleBuddahsorTigerMomshere Wed 02-Jan-13 17:29:37

Please, who is Fly lady?

twinklesparkles Wed 02-Jan-13 17:29:50

Oh god

I signed up years ago... I went on there once

I still get 40+ emails a day sad sad sad sad sad sad

CaptChaos Wed 02-Jan-13 17:30:19

1. She says that so people see it as a job, rather than as something to do when JK is finished. It can also help to improve self-esteem. The whole thing with shining your sink is that, whatever happens, one thing looks nice, which might not always have done, this can help to encourage you to try and tackle a different project. Getting dressed to shoes is hardly putting on a ballgown!

2. If your home looks like somewhere between messy and hoarder, or you're not terribly organised and forget bills/appointments/other important stuff because reminders disappear into the drifts of crap in your home, then someone kind, showing you a way to do things without judging can be a great starting point.

3. So get him to swish and swipe it every morning when he gets up! You have a strict demarcation of jobs in your house? What happens to 'your' jobs if you're ill?

If it's not helpful for you, then fine. I have in the past adapted it to help people with MH problems to get organised, and I've used it myself. It's more about helping people with organisational difficulties than mess.

lockets Wed 02-Jan-13 17:30:28

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

runningforthebusinheels Wed 02-Jan-13 17:30:29

I found her crisis cleaning really good. I did it yesterday.

Yes, its all a but twee, but the Thing about shining your sink is (I think) psychological. Or a good place to start.

Yesterday it went against my instincts entirely to start with the sink tbh, I wanted to empty dw, or clear surfaces first. But I did it her way, and I must admit it worked well.

PandaOnAPushBike Wed 02-Jan-13 17:30:36

Nooneelseisallowedafergus Wed 02-Jan-13 17:30:38

Google is your friend nolittle

LisaMed Wed 02-Jan-13 17:31:13

Is it a reverse thingy then? Some people have different attitudes to housework. Is this a shock? Just seems a bit weird, but whatever floats your boat.

Nooneelseisallowedafergus Wed 02-Jan-13 17:32:13

Captchaos point 3 refers to my clitoris

AmberSocks Wed 02-Jan-13 17:32:57

i just signed up,i like it but adapt it to suit me,like when she says "today spend 15minutes de cluttering your entrance hall"i spend as much time as i like,an hour or so if i tneeds it/i feel like it.

if you dont like it then dont do it!

CaptChaos Wed 02-Jan-13 17:33:13

lol, fair one. Although you could sort that out quite happily for yourself grin

Nooneelseisallowedafergus Wed 02-Jan-13 17:34:34

And sometimes I do.

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Wed 02-Jan-13 17:35:20

grin lockets grin

littlefiendsusan Wed 02-Jan-13 17:40:03

No, not a crock of shit at all.
Getting into the mindset of just doing it rather than stressing about not having done it, made christmas chaos managable for me.

i think its mainly there for people that dont know where to start and get overwhelmed by it all. starting with 1 tiny thing (ie: shiny sink) then adding something to the mix the following day (and the next etc) then it can do wonders for people that struggle. especially with organization. its making you focus on little bits at a time instead of the bigger picture... which sometimes can be a huge picture

there are some very useful tips for everything too. sure... its not for everyone, but for most people it works. and i believe it really does help people

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