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.