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Have you heard of Flylady? No, the name has nothing whatsoever to do with flies. It’s a lady who enjoys fly fishing. What she is about is getting organized. And unless you are a BO (born organized), like my mom, that is probably not as easy as you wish it could be.

I inherited my dad’s and and his mother’s lack of organization–along with an “I don’t really care” attitude. At least, sometimes I don’t care. Other times I do, but then I’m overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, so I just don’t start.

That’s where Flylady comes in. She has a few rules to follow that make life much simpler and organization kind of fall into place. The first rule is to shine the kitchen sink and keep it that way. As simplistic as that sounds, it really helps keep the kitchen cleaner. Because who wants to just have a shiny sink with dishes piled around and filthy counters? So each time the sink is used, it should be wiped down–which takes all of one minute–and left clean for the next use.

Then there is the 15-minute rule. That is, “You can do anything for 15 minutes.” Whether it’s washing dishes, mopping the floor, cleaning the bathroom, or tackling an overwhelming filing project, if it seems like too much, just set a timer for 15 minutes, work like mad, and quit when the timer goes off.

The other thing she teaches is to establish routines. That is what I want to talk about over the next few posts. Even though I had routines established as a child, such as brushing my teeth after breakfast and making my bed before school started, I think Mom was the motivating factor behind them, and not any inward motivation, so I got out of them when I left home. I’ll admit that there are times when I would not make the bed all day, leave the breakfast dishes dirty until almost lunch time, and only brush my teeth when the feel of a dirty mouth became too disgusting (which was probably half way through the morning). Before I had kids, it wasn’t so bad, because I could just get things done whenever; but now with two kids and another on the way, I realized that I needed to help them establish routines too, especially since my daughter has a way of getting very distracted and forgetting what she is supposed to be doing.

So I am working on establishing basic routines for the daily tasks that need to be done. I find it easier than a schedule at this point. Because a schedule says that I need to have the dishes done by, say, 8:30. But if my husband and I were up late working on something and didn’t get up until 7:30, there is no way the breakfast dishes can be done by 8:30. That messes up my schedule, and then I feel overwhelmed. Instead, I have routines. When I finish breakfast, I start my after-breakfast routine, even if that happens to be at 10:00 in the morning.

The next post will detail my early morning routine, the one I do before devotions and breakfast. Then over the next few days I will go through the various routines I have established or am working on, just to share how I have modified Flylady’s methods to fit my home and lifestyle.

Do you have any routines that you have established? Please share them in the comments!

2 Responses

  1. #1
    Tomato Jones 

    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!

  2. #2

    Thank you! I really appreciate your taking the time to share.

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