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Conquering Clutter with FlyLady

Do you have a room in your house in which you would be embarrassed for company to see?

Do you have an area where you throw all of your junk mail?

Is your office an organized mess? If so, you are not alone.

Many people struggle with clutter in their homes, including myself. Any flat surface in my home is subject to clutter. The most frequent culprit in my house is the kitchen island and my office desk.

Every other month (or when company comes to visit), I go on a cleaning binge and rid the house completely of clutter. Afterwards, I’m exhausted and too tired to keep things clean, which defeats the purpose.

Along with clutter issues, I have the joy of having a toddler in the house. I clean up toys at least three times a day, most of the time with my son’s help. My husband says that I shouldn’t worry about picking up toys all the time, but I don’t relax well with a dirty house. I feel like I have to have a clean home before I can relax and do other things. Y’all pray for me…

Right now, my baseboards need cleaning. I need to dust and thoroughly vacuum my house. My bathroom needs cleaning.

I would love to get all this done before Thursday night…my mother in law is coming to visit! 🙂

But I’m doubtful it will happen. I’m very low on energy these days. I’m gonna do what I can and leave the rest for another day.

I’ve decided that I’m going to try the FlyLady program. Have you all heard of her? She has a program in which you take only 15 minutes of every day to declutter or clean your home.

Just in case you were wondering, this is in addition to your daily cleaning stuff, like washing dishes.

Her logic is similar to the idea that your home didn’t get cluttered overnight, so don’t try to clean it all up at one time. Take gradual baby steps.

She has an email listing that she sends out to give you suggestions on what to clean for the day. According to her method, you clean your home by zones. For example, Zone 1 includes your front porch, dining room, and entrance way. You spend a week on each Zone. If your particular zone is not cluttered, you can refer to the detailed cleaning list.

Interested in learning more about what FlyLady has to say? Check out her website at http://www.flylady.net/

Happy decluttering!

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  • Jolyn June 7, 2009, 9:19 PM

    It'll be interesting to see how flylady works for you. I tried her a few years ago, but it was too many emails a day for me to keep up with, which just left me feeling more guilty! Oh, the irony.

  • Martha June 3, 2009, 2:28 PM


    Sorry, I forgot to proof read 😛

  • Martha June 3, 2009, 2:27 PM

    Oh my, I am definitely checking out the site after I post this comment. Thanks for sharing!!

    I do a decent job keeping the house clean during the daytime (evening time is my downfall since my husband and son wreak havoc after work and I'm too tired to keep cleaning) but I do have problem areas in my house that I try to hide from guests. My closets have shoes on the floor, as well as knick knacks :o) my son's playpen (that he doesn't use) is filled with blankets and toys. It's an eyesore but I keep procrastin' I better get with it, thanks for the motivation!!

  • Amber June 3, 2009, 1:35 PM

    Your house sounds very much like mine. 3 kids all under 8. Clutter on my desk, around my desk, by the book shlef, her and there. DRIVES ME CRAZY!!! I also spend most of my day just keeping up with dishes, laundry, basic cleaning and keeping toys off the stove, out of the DVD player away from the bathroom… on and on.
    I have heard of the Zone cleaning, I may take a look at her site. I have heard good things about it.
    Good luck this week!

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