For House-Keeping Impaired

  1. 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)
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    RN, Inpatient Hospice; from US
    Specialty: 17 year(s) of experience in Hospice, Critical Care


  3. by   Mkue
    thank you so much for that site, it's so cool ! i joined and look forward to being more organized.

  4. by   delirium
    OMG, Zee, I've been using the flylady system for the past 3-4 months and my house looks sooo much better. Its amazing how well it works in such a small amount of time.... I actually feel better having a routine and I don't mind cleaning up because I know its not going to take all day long, like before.
    Now people can actually drop by unexpected, and its ok.
    And today I am steam cleaning my carpets and they look fabulous.
  5. by   canoehead
    OK Zee, you have your greatest challenge for the Flylady right here. I scrubbed my kitchen floor yesterday for the first time in 3 months, and now it just looks like it needs to be cleaned, not like it could contaminate the food in the whole room.

    I have always found that when I go to clean a corner that it's a bit like a geological survey of my life, I can tell how long it's been by what's on the bottom of the pile. And don't even talk to me about dead houseplants and cat hair buildup on the furniture.

    I'll let you know how it goes.
  6. by   prmenrs
    Zee--you may have saved my life...
  7. by   Cindy_A
    Gee, you all sound just like me! Maybe we should start a club! LOL! I'll have to check out the site, it sounds great!
  8. by   Love-A-Nurse
    i keep my house in order and can not stand for it to be "out of place". but, since school starts in 3 weeks, i am saving this site. thanks for sharing.
  9. by   prmenrs
    Stephany, how far from me do you live?
  10. by   Zee_RN
    Honestly, guys, this has been just amazing for me. I'd love to hear your progress. I'm definitely a "Fly-Baby" and I'm doing baby steps but the difference is just phenomenal.

    When I first read her "Go Shine Your Sink" routine, I though "Yeah, right!!" I can't believe the difference it made though! Once I "shined my sink" with the full-fledged shine (the soaking, the scrubbing, etc.), I couldn't stand to let anything sit in it! And it progressed toward the counters, the cabinets, etc.

    The first week I identified one "hot spot" and kept it uncluttered. I now have five officially declared "hot spots" and they've been completely uncluttered! Today I even ventured into my husband's office/den/gameroom which is his exclusive domain and began a little in there. A little at a time, baby step by baby step. I think the important thing to remember is to not get caught up in the enormity of things and just do that little bit each day and then, yeesh, one day you realize--things look great!! And you just delete the messages that you can't get to. (I deleted the whole week's worth of "Office Challenge" emails; just can't do it right now.)

    I can't believe I'm actually succeeding at this!

    (Canoehead...I actually threw out the dead 3-foot tall houseplant that has been sitting in the corner of my dining room, dead, since February!)
  11. by   live4today
    Well.......hate to rain on any CHAOTIC nurses parades.......BUT...people come to my house and think they've stepped into the "immaculate conception" of all homes because it is sooooooo clean.....always clean.......can't stand clutter or dirt. My desk may look like a cyclone hit it on occasion, but I am always ready for company....keep the guestbedroom "ready" just in case some unexpected visitors drop the time.....oh....won't go least not now...
  12. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by prmenrs
    stephany, how far from me do you live?
    i didn't know you were from alabama. i don't know; i live in birmingham where are you?
  13. by   hoolahan
    Hello, my name is Linda, and I also suffer from CHAOS.

    LOL! I feel really better knowing there are other people like me. Well, I know there are others like me, and believe me, in my job as a home health nurse, I feel like my place is a palace somedays, and my kitchen floor can be described much like canoehead's can be, but I won't admit how long it's been!

    I am going to sign right up, but I feel it's rather hopeless. Is this something you can actually make happen if you work 6 days a week?
  14. by   LasVegasRN
    I gave up premium cable, have a crappy access phone line for my internet, do my own hair and do bulk shopping, all so I can put away $70 each month for Alfredo to come and clean my entire house once a month.