Some of you may have heard of the FlyLady method for home management. I never had until just a few weeks ago. The methods I use are very similar, but in checking her out I found quite a few little tips and tricks to incorporate that are making a HUGE difference at our house. I'm sure a lot of you already know these things, but for those who don't I thought I'd share what I do and the tips I've gleaned from her to keep our home clean, organized and me a happy camper!
We both do zone cleaning. I do daily zones while she does monthly ones. My home is rather small so daily zone cleaning really works for us. You may find her technique works better to do zone cleaning on a monthly cycle.
Like her, we only work in 15 minute increments. You can seriously get a lot done in 15 minutes. Since there are 3 of us (3 times the mess) that equates to 45 minutes of cleaning.
Everything is spread out into daily, weekly and monthly tasks so we don't ever feel overwhelmed, which can easily happen if you have a busy schedule like we do. The key is to not overtask yourself to the point you become overwhelmed and give up. The FlyLady and I completely agree on this one.
I recently picked up two things from her method that I've added and I can't believe the difference that has made:
What does that mean? Click on the link above and it will tell you. I can't believe what a difference this one daily task has done for me and it is infectious. It affects my girls too. I gave my kitchen sink a thorough scrub and I maintain it every day. When we go to bed it is clean and empty which makes getting up and starting my day in the kitchen amazing. It has really made that big of a difference and it literally affects how we approach the rest of our home as well. It really is that amazing.
I started tagging my hot spots!
What is that exactly? There are certain spots in our home that no matter what I do are ripe for piling up with crap. It makes me crazy. So rather than repeat myself over and over again, rant, yell or carry on like a crazy person I stick a post-it note on the wall and it works! I can hardly believe that it does, but it really does. And as a result the girls and I are much better about setting stuff down.
Tomorrow I'll go over my task schedules with you but for now I challenge you to shine your kitchen sink! Let's see if that one simple task transforms you the way it did me.
I bet it does!