Since I named my blog "babysteps" after http://www.flylady.net/ I really need to take a moment to talk about what FLYlady is/isn't. Many of the acronyms to follow are flylady originals and you can really just not describe it without them. Please check it out if it pertains to you.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I have reccomended Flylady to MANY friends and the initial response from nearly EVERY one is: I know how to clean my house. Many later will thank me for the reccomendation. The friends I mention it to are not BO (Born Organized) they are total perfectionists. When the house is clean it is SPOTLESS when it isn't it is CHAOS (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome). We FLYbabies are people who spend hours on cleaning ONE closet meanwhile the table near our front entry has dustbunnies the size of a small groundhog.
If you are just naturally tidy. You not only BELIEVE "a place for everything and everything in it's place" but you LIVE it and you are like my grandmother and any MOMENT Better Homes could come for pictures and her biggest concern would be a FUZZLE on the carpet. If that is you. Do NOT bother to read FLYlady, you will be puzzled by it. You will not understand how someone doesn't just KNOW how to keep things "together". ALthough, you may gain insight into your 'messy' friend.
If you are still reading and thinking something like "I have absolutely had moments where I didn't want company to walk in" then FLYing might be for you. I spent alot of years feeling I wasn't "good enough" b/c although I could clean house to beat the band, I just couldn't MAINTAIN that clean. I would do a major clean, be happy happy for a few days and then "arg" how did it get like THIS again?
I found FLYlady and I have 'lapses' but there is no feeling of "I failed" I realize that it isn't my 'laziness' or 'lack of skill' it is the way my brain works. I get hyperfocused and in order to do what needs to be done I have to have a plan and to accept "less than perfect" when I didn't have time. I don't know how many times I looked at my messy home and said "I will do it tomorrow when I have plenty of time". FLYlady helps us to realize that BABYSTEPS will get you there, just slower. However, nothing is slower than doing NOTHING.
Today was a FLYlady day. I have been so excited by my painting, thrifting and all the cool blogs that I have allowed myself to skimp on some of my daily routines. All the sudden I look up from my paint and go "hey who didn't put that laundry away after folding it?" Oh yeah...ME!
Some people find Flylady overwhelming b/c you will get emails daily. The trick is to do it a little at a time and delete ones you aren't ready for.
I highly reccomend FLYLADY especially with Holidays coming up. We do some fun "holiday cruising" that makes for alot less CHAOS and alot more fun.
Check it out....let me know what you think, and fellow flybabies make comments to tell others how it has helped you.
Oh...FLY is an acronym too.... FINALLY LOVING YOURSELF! Go for it!