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Friday, August 02, 2013

I decided that while I like the little I've read of the Flylady philosophy, I'm just not into moderation at the moment. I'm obsessively tackling my house. I'm delighted with the progress -- but there is a lot more to do. Can always fall back on the "I can do anything for 15 minutes" (Flylady quote) if I run out of steam, but I don't think that is happening.

When I first started losing weight my housekeeping improved as I had more energy and just felt better. Then as I got more into it, I preferred to spend my energy on more intense workouts and, honestly, I chose working out over cleaning house time and time again. I cooked a lot, but no cleaning I couldn't put off. So after almost 4 years of a "lick and a promise" it is time to whip this house in shape!

Today I went to the Y and did a good strength training workout and 45 minutes of intense elliptical. I watched Natalie's gymnastics performance and got to see her on the balance beam for the first time. Wow, does she have good balance! However, I'd spent 2 hours de-cluttering before I went. I kept Gwen for 4 hours and then got back to my tasks for another 2 hours before cooking supper.

I plan to just dabble in Flylady this month. For those that don't know, the FLY in flylady stands for Finally Loving Yourself. Isn't that neat? The habit this month is laundry, but I'm good at keeping up with laundry, so I plan to mostly de-clutter and, of course, clean the spots under the clutter! I know she stresses a shiny sink and I haven't read yet why, but it is usually the last thing I do in the kitchen so my kitchen is looking better. When I started cooking more, I didn't always keep up in the kitchen. I like emptying the dishwasher in the morning and loading it all day. Those clean counters make me smile!!!

One e-letter to Flylady stressed not saying bad things about your house and cleaning to yourself or anyone else. At the end of many of the e-mails it says something like you are not behind, just start where you are. I read that Flylady doesn't call it housecleaning, but blessing the house! I realize that I have had a very bad attitude about housework for the last 30 years and I am going to change that. I have really felt deprived. My dad did a lot of housework. My husband does virtually none and he isn't going to. And he is very, very messy and a terrible packrat. I have been full of resentment for years; felt that I have failed the women's movement. When I imagined myself grown up I truly don't know who I thought was going to do the housework, but it sure wasn't me. So I've kind of felt like Cinderella at the beginning of the story.

I have decided that I want an orderly and clean house for me -- even if I have to do it myself. So I plan to make this house the castle it should be for Slenderella!!
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    1684 days ago
    As usual I'm learning from mentor SLENDERELLA!! And I'm with LINDA -- you do so much for your grandgirls and set them such a good fitness example, are they able to help you a bit with your decluttering process??
    1688 days ago
    I have a very unusual husband...when he retired 10 years ago we moved to another state and I got a job teaching at a community college. The deal was that he would do all the housework as long as I was working. I expected it to last for 2 weeks, but it actually lasted 8 years until I quit working a year ago! For 8 years I didn't do a load of laundry, iron a blouse, vacuum a floor or clean a toilet!

    Now that I'm no longer working we've had to renegotiate and I'm obviously doing a LOT more. The only hard-and-fast rule we have is that I cook, he cleans the kitchen.

    Every female I know thinks I'm the most spoiled woman in the universe, and I can't say I disagree! I'm definitely going to check out Flylady, I like her attitude. And I really enjoy having a clean house. emoticon
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  • FROSTY99
    1689 days ago
    WOW indeed! Lemme join the chorus of, "I think I need to checkout FlyLady." Way to go on your progress in decluttering your home. YOU ROCK! *hugs* BB~ emoticon
    1689 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Wow! A whirling dervish!!! That is certainly a stressor having a messy packrat spouse :((
    The one place I believe in keeping clean and clutter free is the kitchen because it is important for health and safety to prepare food in a clean environment and also because I have very little counter space and can't afford any clutter there. But step beyond my small kitchen.. Laundry is the worst because of the restricted hours in our room and the people constantly using it on top of my limited free hours to use it. I love the high efficiency machines, but they take over an hour to get through their cycles! Then drying time means I have to have some good free time to get it done.
    I wish you luck with this -trying to get this done on top of all you already have to do! Maybe you could give your grandchildren some little chores to help out -they are usually willing to do something up until they turn into teens :P
    1689 days ago
    You sound absolutely inspired!
    I have the same attitude about housecleaning.
    Maybe I'll check out FLYLADY and see what it's all about.

    Meanwhile, happy blessing!
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  • MRSVB8505
    Sounds like my house.... I think I should check out this FLYLADY thing too...

    1689 days ago
    I think I may have to check out this FLYLADY idea. This may even work for me.
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    1689 days ago
    I think I'm going enjoy the virtual journey of watching you go through this. Don't know if I'm ready for it yet... maybe next year?
    1689 days ago
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