Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Flylady helps get you organized!

In 17 years, I moved a total of 10 times, so more than once every 2 years. It's easy under those circumstances to end up with a messy house. Closets stuffed with boxes which had not been opened since 3 moves ago Not able to find things I wanted or needed because they'd gotten stuck in a box somewhere.

I was a stay-at-home mom at the time I discovered The Flylady. I felt a little snowed under by clutter and remnants of past lives in different states. At one time, I needed to box up half of a 1500-square-foot house and clean it to sell. It's easy to get overwhelmed when facing that, or just the day to day clean up when you have a family.

The Flylady helped me :)

Here's what her website says about her:
"Are YOU living in CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome) like Franny in the pink sweats? Do you feel overwhelmed, overextended, and overdrawn? Hopeless and you don’t know where to start? Don’t worry friend, we’ve been there, too. Step through the door and follow FlyLady as she weaves her way through housecleaning and organizing tips with homespun humor, daily musings about life and love, the Sidetracked Home Executives (SHE) system, and anything else that is on her mind."

The best thing I learned was to take it one step at a time, one day at a time, to break it into manageable pieces. I have used that philosophy on every large project I have, whether it was unpacking for this final move to Kansas or getting Brady done with two dozen thank you cards or working on this blog or Christmas shopping or spring cleaning. For example, I had maybe 50 boxes to unpack here in Kansas. I figured if I tackled one a day, I'd be done in less than two months. If that was too much, then two a week, I'd be done in 6 months.

You have to start somewhere with a big project and without the idea that a little bit - even 15 minutes a day - will add up to it getting done, you can keep yourself from ever starting.

My big projects now are to crack all the black walnuts that are dried in our shed and print all the 500 pictures of Brady's early life and label all the antique bottles I've found around town so I don't forget where they came from. I know I'll get them done, one bottle at a time, one picture at a time, one walnut at a time.

Good luck!

1 comment:

  1. I want to let you know about our new Flying Facebook group:


    It is a closed group so your activity within the group is not visible to your other friends.

    Share what you're doing. This is a great place to post what you're accomplishing during the day. You may even find a bit of encouragement as you go along. It's like a to do list with a cheering section!

    We also have another group called Chit Chat About This and That. You are all welcome to join there as well. https://www.facebook.com/groups/333382423430509/


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