All my life I have been a haphazard housecleaner. It's just NOT my strong point. I tend to be a clutterer. A pile over here, a pile over there and don't go NEAR the top of the refrigerator! I have suffered all my life from C.H.A.O.S. ("Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome").
About 3 weeks ago someone told me about FlyLady. It's a website-driven housekeeping system that sends you emails and help. It has been amazing for me! The FlyLady system emphasizes doing things in 15 minute increments and taking "baby steps" to getting organized. She will come right out and tell you to IGNORE any of her suggestions or delete emails that you just cannot do.
I cannot tell you how different my house looks in just 3 weeks! My kids are amazed, my husband is amazed and **I'm** amazed. My kitchen is gorgeous and the entire living area of my house is well kept. Anyone could walk in the door and I would NOT be uncomfortable about my house.
Check out her website. The little blurb on the intro page reads like this:
"Are YOU living in CHAOS (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome) like Franny in the pink sweats? Do you feel overwhelmed, overextended, and overdrawn? Hopeless and you don't know where to start? Don't worry friend, we've been there, too.
"Step through the door and follow FlyLady as she weaves her way through housecleaning and organizing tips with homespun humor, daily musings about life and love, the Sidetracked Home Executives (SHE™) system, and anything else that is on her mind."
(THIS IS A FREE SITE so this is not an advertisement! It has just done wonders for me so I thought I'd share! You'll get about 15 emails a day from the site if you join--just delete what you don't want or can't do. Zee)