20 January 2006

Flylady teaches struggling homemakers to 'fly'

Parenthood and domestic skills don't necessarily go hand-in-hand. If you spend too much (or too little) time cleaning your house, sign up with Flylady. Her encouraging system of routines and little tricks may sound kitschy at first, but stick with it: you'll see, and more importantly feel, a difference almost immediately.

Flylady's system is better experienced than explained, so I'll leave it to you to check out her site. I'll simply say this: her commitment to her subscribers is nothing less than inspiring. And with over 300,000 members and growing, I'm not the only one who thinks so.

(If the high volume of email you receive from Flylady turns you off, consider buying her book "Sink Reflections" instead.)

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Anyone who preaches windexing your sink is more than a little crazy in my book.

you know, I tried her system before I had the baby, I thought it worked well but there are so many emails and tasks. I can handle a dumbed down version, but I am not the sort that wants to clean out the couch cushions every month. Or wash the walls more than once a year. The parts that were most helpful were to keep the kitchen sink clean, clean before things get dirty (weird huh?) and to do 15 minutes at a time and take a lot of breaks.

I started a consulting job working from home and got too distracted by the state of my apartment. So I decided to start the flylady stuff once again. It's week one and so far so good. The house is far from tidy, but the beds are made, one bathroom is clean, and the kitchen is not piling up w/ stuff. The emails can get annoying, but that's what the delete button is for.

I find her helpful. It's also a great reminder when I get an email that I might have been surfing on the net too long. Her system has worked for me.

For what it's worth, my wife is an avid flylady. I set her up with digest emails (available as an option in the Yahoo Group setup) rather than the constant flood of messages, and she found that a lot easier to deal with.

I love the overall idea of Flylady - including that you don't have to do everything at once, that even just 15 minutes at a time can make a difference and that you are not behind.

I subscribe to Flylady emails with a hotmail account specifically for the flylday emails. I log in and read the emails a couple of times a day rather than having them overwhelm my normal email account.

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