I can hardly believe it, but after almost six week's worth of week days, I am finally finished with Fly Lady's Beginner Baby Steps! What a milestone :).
This has been a very productive experiment. I cannot claim to have followed her perfectly to the tee (there have been many nights that I went to bed without a shiny sink), but when I have been diligent there has been a definite pay off.
For example, Friday is my normal cleaning day. Only today I found that my house already looked pretty clean. I still did my vacuuming and mopping, but it didn't take as long, and was finished earlier in the day than usual and with less stress. How satisfying!
The biggest reward today came from my husband. When he came home, Niall said, "It's so nice to have the house clean all the time. Not like I got upset when it wasn't, I totally understand that, but its just so peaceful." *Happy wife*
Here's what this week looked like:
Day 28- As part of your routine, take care of yourself by eating good food, drinking plenty of water, and getting rest. As a nursing mama, I pretty much eat and drink like a horse, so these are two things I could never forget! Getting enough sleep is another issue. Niall is always encouraging me to take naps (what a wonderful husband!), so I am trying to be better about "submitting" to him in this area :).
Day 29- Read and do the Weekly Pampering Mission. While I'm sensitive to the fact that we need to take care of ourselves, this whole "finally loving yourself" philosophy is where Fly Lady and I part ways. According to the Bible, my problem is that I already love myself too much. Apart from Christ I am a completely self-serving wretch. Instead of serving myself, I am commanded to serve God and others. Please don't take this to mean that I think its sin to occasionally splurge and pamper yourself. It's just that this week's mission was all about repeating positive affirmations to yourself so that you can love yourself more. How about memorizing and meditating on some Scripture instead ladies? Excuse me while I step down from my soap box... he he.
Day 30- Look at your calendar for next month and plan ahead for birthdays and other special events. We are pretty good about keeping up with our calendar, so this was a pretty easy day for me.
Day 31- An encouragement to just keep "flying." Thank you, Fly Lady!
I will be trying to keep up with my own modified version of Fly Lady as we head into April. For me this means trying to follow my morning, afternoon and evening routines (at this point I am lucky if the morning routine is done before 1 pm). It means swish and swiping my bathroom every day (LOVE this! Company ready and clean all the time), and setting a timer for 15 minutes to organize and clean everyday.
Ultimately while I've found Fly Lady to be helpful, I'm a firm believer in adapting systems to your personal life and what works best for you. It's the only way you'll be able to remain consistent!
How about you- what system(s) do you use to keep your life in order? Have you tried Fly Lady?