To borrow a phrase from Aidan, “THAT’s it!” (It’s very important that there be much emphasis on the word “that’s” if you want to get the full effect.) There are parts of my house that are scary-messy. Not just messy. Scary-messy. So I’m getting back on the Flylady bandwagon. Well, not completely. I may just ride sidecar. Here’s what I’m thinking:
I already am doing some of her morning routine stuff, in particular starting a load of laundry every day. What I want to add is a couple of 15-minute cleanups and some zone work. I should have no problem fitting that into my schedule, I just have to do it.
I thought it might help me to photograph the process. Goodness knows I’ve become a flickr junkie, so if I tie this cleanup process into that, maybe I can have a better chance at success, right? Maybe. My plan is to do a 15-minute cleanup in the current zone every day as well as the daily missions. And then, assuming I am still all gung-ho about this, I’d like to do another 15 minutes in whatever area of the house is screaming for it at the time. I’ll take before and after pictures in each zone and for each mission and post them in my newly-created Flylady set.
This week is Zone #3 – The Main Bathroom and One Other Room. The “other room” they suggest you work on this time around is a kid’s bedroom, so I’m going to take that suggestion. The boys are living in a little pig sty all their own amid the larger disaster area that is our home and it would be nice to tackle that. So, I’ve taken my “before” pictures, which you can see above, and I’ve done my 15 minutes in each room (already, quite a difference, but you can’t see any pictures until the end of the week ) and done my mission in each room. If you’re dying to see how well I cleaned the base of my toilet, you can go to flickr for that. I don’t want to sully the pristine pages of this blog with an image so heinous as that of my hairy toilet before I took a bottle of Windex to it…
If any of you here are recognizing some of your own slob-like tendencies in me, consider this your invitation to join me. I’ve created a flickr group for this purpose. Nothing is a better motivator to clean than the embarrassment of letting people see what a mess you live in. Think about the mad dash you make around the house, shoving things in closets, when you hear that your mother-in-law is on her way over. Yeah, you know you do that Snapping a few shots of your crumb-laden carpet and posting it all over flickr is the same kind of motivator. You want nothing more than to vacuum that sucker and post an “after” shot that says “see? I took care of it – all better now!” At least, I am counting on it working that way. Heh. If it doesn’t, I’m doomed to walk in crumbs for the rest of my days.