Years ago when I started the Flylady cleaning system, I dove right in. You can read the Getting Started article and it will set you heading in the right direction. Just a warning-if you sign up for the email group you'll get a lot of emails! I liked that in the early days because they kept me motivated.
I've noticed over the years that I use her system in different ways depending on the season of life we are in. There have been times when I religiously decluttered 15 minutes a day and spent an hour each week "Blessing My House"...aka cleaning it.
This is not that season. I have always had to modify the system when we were in busier times. Today I wanted to share with you what I'm doing now. So, I guess it was about three weeks ago when I got super overwhelmed with how dirty my house felt. These last 8 months I haven't had the energy to keep my house like I would like to. You don't understand, for me, dirt on a baseboard drives me crazy! It has been very, very hard for me to let it go. My home is my sanctuary. I am here twenty four seven and I function best when it is in order and sparkling.
Right now I basically have two choices. Do nothing at all because I can't do it perfectly, or make a game plan and do what I can. Three weeks ago I decided to go with option two...do what I can. I went to Flylady's website and checked out her "Zones" for the month. It is her way of dividing up your home and each week gets a different cleaning focus.
On Living Room week, I spent about 15-20 minutes in that room (and I only worked in that room one day!). The only things I did that day were: feather dust the blinds, raised them and Windexed the window, Pledged the furniture, Windexed the glass and vacuumed the area. It was a quick clean in only one area. Girl. The entire room smelled so fresh when I finished. There was still an entire house that needed attention, but just the knowledge that that one room had been tended to made me feel so good.
When I finished, I sat down in my tidy living room and ate some chips and dip and enjoyed!
Last week I was in the kitchen. I only worked in my kitchen one day last week-for maybe 30 minutes. I dusted the blinds, Windexed the window, and quickly wiped down the cabinet doors. That is it. There was more that could've been done but that was all I had in me last week. Guess what? My kitchen has felt so much better this week!
This week is the bathroom and one extra room. I chose the boys room for my one extra room. All I have done in their room this week is sort through their clothing drawers to make sure everything is in the appropriate place. I cleaned out about 5 pairs of too small pj's. And guess what? I feel so great about some organized drawers in one room!
Don't be afraid to glance at her system to get a framework to work in, and then modify it if you have to. Jotting the focus down on my calendar helps me remember where to spend extra time that week. Even if I only work on the area one day, it still makes a difference. It adds up.
And try not to be too hard on yourself if you can't get it all done. For me right now, I'm just in a slower season for awhile. It truly has been the grace of God that has allowed me to stop and enjoy and be content with the little bit that I am doing. He is the only one who brings peace within our borders.