I was brought up well. I was taught manners and grooming, responsibility and morals. I graduated as an honor student, went to college and got a Bachelor’s degree. And then I went to graduate school and got a Doctorate in Chiropractic. I studied hard, worked hard, learned a lot. I’m no brain surgeon, but I consider myself a fairly intelligent, hard working person.
So, when it came to cooking and cleaning my home, staying on top of things, I figured I could handle it.
I repeat. HA HA.
After a few years of floundering around, feeling like a failure because I couldn’t manage my home, I found Flylady.net.
Flylady is an online coach/fairy godmother who lovingly nudges you with very specific instructions that are easy to follow. And if you follow them, you can have a peaceful home with everything in order. No more CHAOS (Can’t Have Anybody Over Syndrome).
Now, I’m not new to the Flylady system. I’ve been “using” it for a few years now. I put “using” in quotes, because although I’ve learned a ton and made many changes, there are a few things I just haven’t made habits yet. Things that really are preventing me from having the peace I want in my home.
A few of my friends on twitter have decided to begin again with Flylady. And I’m joining in. It begins with the Beginner’s Babysteps.
Step 1 is to Go Shine Your Kitchen Sink. If you want to know why, you’re better off checking out the source.
I’m glad that I can start again, at any point. Taking babysteps is something that I know Works For Me.
If you want to jump in and join us, let me know! Leave a comment!
I’ll be posting the daily baby step assignment as well as my progress. Stay tuned for pictures of my shiny sink!
For more WFMW, go to WeAreThatFamily.com
You may have noticed a dramatic increase in my number of posts lately. If you haven’t, that’s okay. I know some people who have noticed, but not because they read this blog. I am, of course, referring to mi familia.
And the way they have noticed is this: every evening when the kiddos are told to lay out their clothes for the next morning (something I learned from Flylady; very helpful), I inevitably hear something that sounds like this:
“I can’t find a shirt” or “I have no socks” or, well, you get the picture. And although I do believe we must house an entire tribe of sock hiding gremlins, at least one or two pair would be found for use, that is, if I had actually folded and put the laundry away.
I get it washed; doing one full load (sometimes 2) a day keeps me on top of it. And it gets line dried in the sun. I even figured out that I can fold as I take it off the line and stack it by owner as I put it in the basket. But still…..I just haven’t been putting it away. Some, but not all.
So, I made a new rule for myself, starting today: No Publishing A Post Until ALL Laundry is FOLDED and PUT AWAY.
As you can see, I did it!
Little rewards help me get things done. It works for me. What works for you?
See what works for lots of other moms at wearethatfamily.com
I’m here. Typing with one hand while I feed the baby. Which is why I haven’t posted anything sooner.
But the baby’s still going to be one for a while, and if I wait until I have the time to type with two hands like a human, well, it’s going to be a looong time.
So, this is what I can do. I’ve been learning to not be a perfectionist (thanks to Flylady) and to just do what I can, and not wait until things are different…
That’s all for now. Expect more posts like this one.
By the way, when I was little, I used to lay on my back, on the floor with my head under the piano and reach up and over and play Mary Had A Little Lamb. My mom thought that was amazing and would ask me to show that talent off when we had company. Kids do weird things. Mine like to play with broken rubber bands. But I digress.
What can you do today that you haven’t done because you’ve been waiting until the “right time”?