I cleaned out some stuff in the laundry room/pantry. It's supposed to be /pantry but because I had the litter box in there and there was so much dust from the litter, I haven't kept food in there. I did/do keep some kitchen stuff that is seldom used, but it had to be thoroughly washed before I could use it. Now that I've moved the litter box to the spare bathroom (the "cat room"), I'm going to turn the laundry room/pantry back into a /pantry. It's going to need lots of cleaning, including all of the shelves and the walls.
Today I just took down a bin of small kitchen stuff (corn holders, frosting gun thingie, cookie cutters, ladle, etc.) down and washed them. Most of them are going to the food pantry for their kitchen if they want it, or to their clients, and if they don't want it to Goodwill. Lots of stuff got cleaned out today!
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This week we are in Zone 3, the Main Bathroom, plus one other room. There is no mission on weekends, so today just declutter for 15 minutes in either of those areas if you like. (My “other room” is the kids' bedroom, mostly because we don't have a separate family room or den, so their room gets really clogged up. Pick whichever room you like.)
This is my last LONG explanation of the FlyLady system. I'm covering two things:
Getting Dressed to Shoes, and what that means. (WARNING – this is a LONG letter from Marla.)
The Whole Shebang: What does a seasoned FlyBaby typically do in a typical day? (Just an outline hitting the highpoints.)
But first, your daily reminders:
[Main Habit for the Month: Keeping the Sink Shiny and ready for action at all times. This doesn't mean you shouldn't ever leave dirty dishes in the sink, it just means that you don't let them sit for very long. Most things only need 15 minutes of soaking at most.]
[Secondary Habits: Practice Doing Your Morning and Evening Routines all month. Make adjustments as necessary. Post your list somewhere so you see it every day.]
First, the shoes. Direct from Marla:
Dear Friends, Since starting this group, I have continually harped on putting your shoes on your feet each morning. I want you to do this and you are not the exception to the rule. Here is why. Several years ago I worked for a direct sales cosmetics company. One main rule for that company was that you could not make a single phone call in the morning unless you were totally dressed, and I mean really dressed! All the way to dress shoes. The reason behind this duty was that you act different when you have clothes and shoes on. You are more professional. The customer can tell when you don’t feel good about the way you look. Even when you think you do. So if getting dressed makes that big of an impression on someone that can’t even see you, then what is going to happen to those that can see you. Mainly yourself. Putting shoes on your feet that lace up are better than slip-ons or sandals, because they are harder to take off. Instead of kicking your shoes off for a quick snooze on the couch, you actually have to go to a bit more trouble. Maybe in that short instant you will realize that there is something more that you can do. With shoes on those feet of yours, your mind says “OK”, it’s time to go to work. You have no excuse for not taking the trash out or putting that box of give-away stuff into the car. You are literally ready for anything. Believe me, when you get that call from school that your child needs you, or that dear friend calls up and says that she needs to talk “can we have lunch?” you are ready! Including shoes.
I see this problem more in the SAHM (Stay At Home Moms) because often they don’t have to leave the house and it is not necessary to get dressed every morning. Only their children are going to see them. I want you to listen very close. You have the most important job of all, raising productive adults. NOW, do you want your children to remember that Mom didn’t get dressed until it was time for Dad to get home? Or do you want your children to have to answer the door because you are still in your gown tail and bathrobe? If you would look at your day just like the Payroll SHE and realize that the jobs around the house will take as long as you let it (all day in most cases because you allow it) and get off your “Franny” and get dressed all the way to shoes. Because it is time to go to work.
There is one other great benefit to wearing shoes. Two summers ago was the first time I successfully did this for more than a week or two. It was the first summer time I didn’t have cracked and bleeding heels. Many rewards are waiting. Now put those shoes on. I don’t want to hear, “Well I don’t wear shoes in my house”. Well you do now, sister! Buy or clean up a pair just for that reason. It’s not going to be that you track in the dirt anyway. You are still boss and you can require your children to remove their shoes. What is the problem here? In most homes you have had trouble even finding the floor, much less keeping the carpet clean. Do you even know what color it is supposed to be? And when you vacuum once or twice a week the dirt goes away. Teach your children to not track in stuff. Have a mat outside the door for them to remove unwanted dirt and mud. I bet you have 10 pairs of shoes at the door right now. What does that do to your vacuuming schedule? Make the kids take their shoes outside to clean them up and then take the shoes to their rooms. If they had to pay for those expensive tennis shoes they would take better care of them.
(Yeah, and you thought FlyLady was just a sweet, soulful little cheerleader, right? LOL! Take a look at her logo sometime. She's wearing lace up shoes. No whining allowed.)
Finally: what does a full day of FLYing look like? Believe it or not, this whole thing takes about an hour a day, (with the exception of the personal care part, which I realize is highly individual, and may add additional time to that hour).
Get Dressed to Shoes including Hair/Face, Brush Teeth Make Bed Swish & Swipe Empty Dishwasher Reboot Laundry (a Load a Day Keeps CHAOS Away) Check Your Calendar Check Your Control Journal What's For Dinner? Drink Your Water Declutter for 15 Minutes 15 Minutes of Loving Movement (exercise)
Before Bed Routine:
Lay out Your Clothes for tomorrow Check Your Calendar Put things needed for tomorrow at the Launch Pad Where are your Keys? Spend Two Minutes Clearing off a Hot Spot Shine Your Sink Wash face/Brush Teeth Go to Bed at a Decent Hour
That's pretty much it. If you have more time you can do more stuff, but this is all that's required, and once your house is clutter free it's really easy to maintain. As one of FlyLady's helpers, Kelly, says, your house is "never more than 15 minutes messy."
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