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During every school vacation I make these unrealistic goals, usually something like 'I will de-clutter and deep clean the entire house.' Then I don't do it and feel like a failure.

I found this website somehow recently: http://flylady.net/

It's kind of aesthetically upsetting, and I don't like being on an artificially imposed 'program,' but I do like the idea behind it, which is essentially that every day, you will take care of daily chores (like dishes and wiping off the bathroom vanity) and then tackle one other chore which you can do in 15-20 minutes. So I think I will do that, because my current method, which in theory involves me cleaning the entire house every Saturday but which in reality involves me putting it off until I am utterly disgusted with the house and then getting totally overwhelmed and quitting, is not working.

And I always feel like I can't do stuff--you know, like research for historical novels or working on sewing projects--until the house is clean. So maybe that will help with activities too.


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Jan. 3rd, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
i do love the theory behind flylady (though i agree that the site itself leaves something to be desired!). i don't really follow her regiment but it helped me to reimagine chores & stuff so that the house doesn't get to the point where it's a total disaster. i think the single most important thing that has really helped me is to try to remember to put something away when i'm done with it rather than leaving it out somewhere. finished cutting open the bag of cat food? put the scissors back in the drawer! then the scissors aren't out & i'll know where they are when i need them for something else later! i know it's totally common sense, but it was a really hard habit for me to pick up on.
Jan. 3rd, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
ok, regimen, not regiment. duhhhhhh.
Jan. 3rd, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
Several things:

A. I am surprised this is an issue for you. I always imagine your house as continually tidy.

B. That Flylady website seems like it was written specifically for me.

C. I especially like her CHAOS (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome) acronym.

D. Her website is pretty chaotic. Perhaps she can clean up around there a bit?
Jan. 3rd, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
Ditto to it all, except maybe the part about research for historical novels. I have been in the vicious cycle of messing up the house M-F, spending all of Saturday cleaning it and Sunday catching up on stuff for school.

When the house is a wreck, I absolutely cannot concentrate on anything else. Because of that, there is NEVER time to have anyone over, indulge in hobbies, or really do anything I might consider fun.

Thanks for sharing.
Jan. 4th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
i was doing flylady for a bit (erin recommended it a while back), but i couldn't get into the whole clean-your-sink thing. so, for me, the clean sink is the kiddo toys; every night before i go to bed, i pick up logan's crap. even if the dishes are mating with the leftovers and having children made of trash, my floors will be clear of children's toys.
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