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post #21 of 50
I may try..... thinking.....
post #22 of 50
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Originally Posted by AngelBee View Post
I may try..... thinking.....
I am also thinking about it. I was starting it a bit before I got pregnant and then when morning sickness hit bad I stopped. We are moving next week and it would be wonderful to get into a routine to keep the place clean and cluter free before the new baby is born. Keeping up with clutter and things like the swish and swipe parts of Flylady are what I like most about it. I've thought about coming up with my own plan but we'll see.
post #23 of 50
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I just signed up for the yahoo group.Am I right in thinking that flylady is free?I can't find anywhere where I have to pay.
I also ordered the calendar
Yep, its free. I LOVE the calendar. I sit down the last Sunday of the month and prepare the next month's pages and never run out of room like I used to.
post #24 of 50
IF the emails annoy you, you can always set your preference to web-only. Of course, you lose the kick-in-the-pants aspect that way.
post #25 of 50
I received my first eamil yesterday.I opted for the daily digest so I only receive one a day.
just go to your yahoo groups page and change the setting.
BTW my sink was shining when I got up and the bathrooms were clean when I went to bed.I feel so much better already.I can't wait to embrace this fully.

HAPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE,HERE'S TO CLEAN AND CLUTTER FREE HOMES IN 2009
post #26 of 50
I/m another who has been off and on for the past 6 years. I can't take my house anymore and I need to do something. I'm glad to hear of the flight plan as I can't always get on to check my email all through the day. For a while I was just going to the website but I couldn't always find what I needed.

My biggest problem is motivation. I'm suffering from depression and I could sit and look at the mess day after day without caring enough to do anything about it. I will be seeking help for that soon but my house will still be cluttered and uncared for unless I do something about it.

I know FlyLady works . When I am truly flying, it works wonderfully and takes less time than I spend currently tripping over stuff and hiding things when people come over
post #27 of 50
I am having so much fun making a control journal (or home management binder). I'm using Flylady as inspiration, but some of her "rules" are not for me, so I'm really making up my own plan. There is no way I'm going to wear shoes around the house. I also have simplified my wardrobe so much that I never have trouble deciding what to wear, so I don't have to set out clothes the night before. And there's a few other things in her routines that just don't apply to my life.

The one area that I really need help with is menu planning, grocery shopping, and all things related to food preparation. Dh is a chef, and I hate to cook....but he works so many hours that I have to make dinner most nights, and I am so bad at the whole thing. I need a plan and recipes, and dh just laughs at me when I'm stressed out over what to feed the kids because cooking is second nature to him. So, anyway, this is going to be my major focus for the next few weeks until I find some kind of rhythm to get into with dinners.
post #28 of 50
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There is no way I'm going to wear shoes around the house.
I kind of like her suggestion to have a pair for *just* around the house, for those of us who don't like shoes tracking dirt all over our homes. I'm thinking even a pretty pair of slippers would work for the motivation aspect.
post #29 of 50
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I kind of like her suggestion to have a pair for *just* around the house, for those of us who don't like shoes tracking dirt all over our homes. I'm thinking even a pretty pair of slippers would work for the motivation aspect.
I have a pair of slippers, but I prefer socks. Since I never sleep in socks, I think this counts. And flip flops in the summer.
post #30 of 50
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I kind of like her suggestion to have a pair for *just* around the house, for those of us who don't like shoes tracking dirt all over our homes. I'm thinking even a pretty pair of slippers would work for the motivation aspect.
It seems to me like there are two parts to the shoes thing. One is the subliminal message that we are UP and ALERT with daytime clothing STRAPPED to our bodies and we are starting the day! (So, Flylady would say that slippers do NOT count, they've gotta be attached to you.) The other is the very practical need for good support and a little protection while doing housekeeping chores.

So my answer to Flylady's "dressed to lace-up shoes" is twofold. For the subliminal message part, I find I get the same feeling from being "dressed to the bra".

For the practical part, I bought a pair of knock-off Keds canvas shoes (on sale at Target for $6!) to wear indoors only, usually just when doing active cleaning and straightening.

Works for me!
post #31 of 50
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clothing STRAPPED to our bodies and we are starting the day! (So, Flylady would say that slippers do NOT count, they've gotta be attached to you.)
I was thinking of the kind that look a little like ballet slippers, i.e. the kind that you actually have to put on instead of just stepping into them. Those would be attached to you pretty well. But yeah, they wouldn't give you much foot support.

ETA: Or maybe some of these would work:
http://www.amazon.com/Deer-Stags-Wom...851259&sr=1-54
http://www.amazon.com/Foamtreads-Wom...851282&sr=1-74
http://www.amazon.com/Daniel-Green-C...851282&sr=1-81 (love all the color choices with this one)
http://www.amazon.com/ACORN-Womens-C...851337&sr=1-35

ETA#2:
Or these:
http://www.amazon.com/Foamtreads-Wom...=pd_sbs_shoe_1
http://www.amazon.com/terrasoles-Wom...=pd_sbs_shoe_5

And some of those would provide just as much foot support as a pair of Keds.
post #32 of 50
Just signed up. My apartment is a disaster right now...
post #33 of 50
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ETA: Or maybe some of these would work:
Those look super comfy!
post #34 of 50
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Originally Posted by hollyvangogh View Post
ETA: Or maybe some of these would work:

ETA#2:
Or these:

And some of those would provide just as much foot support as a pair of Keds.
Those are some great slippers! I was just thinking that I needed a new pair for when I have this baby. Thanks for the links.
post #35 of 50
I like Flylady's system, but her over-gushiness (I'm NOT the touchy-feely type!) plus all the pushing of her products makes me nuts. After several years of trying to get it to work, I've come to the realization that the household notebook is too bulky for me.

I'm switching (just did it today) to the 3x5 card file system developed by Pam & Peggy "The Slob Sisters" - Flylady actually got developed her own take on their system with their permission. Their book is Sidetracked Home Executives: From Pigpen to Paradise.

Flylady really is for those of us who are perfectionists - which I definitely am NOT! Motivation is more my issue.

This SHE related article on from the OrganizedHome.com website editor (different from Pam & Peggy) is very good. Get the SHE book from the library (it's a quick read) and use the "21 Essays to SHEs" to get you started (the article tweaks the card file some from the book).

http://shesorganized.organizedhome.com/

What you need to do the card file:

3x5 card file box ($2)
white 3x5 cards ($1)
pastel colored 3x5 cards (2x$1 at Target - need 2 packs to have enough of the specific colors)
3x5 card dividers - these were the most expensive part. I got a pack of 100 divider cards at Staples for about $6. I also bought the alphabet ones for $6. Should have just bought the blank ones and wrote all my own cards, but oh, well, learned my lesson. Didn't realize that until I'd gotten home and written everything.

Note: Target didn't have the card file box (just a plastic one) or the dividers. Had to go to Staples for those. Target was a much better source for the 3x5 cards themselves. Target had 100 card packs, while Staples only had 300+ card packs. Turns out Staples only has the 100 card packs at back-to-school time. The 300+ card packs were much more than I needed.
post #36 of 50
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Originally Posted by alison_in_oh View Post
So my answer to Flylady's "dressed to lace-up shoes" is twofold. For the subliminal message part, I find I get the same feeling from being "dressed to the bra".

For the practical part, I bought a pair of knock-off Keds canvas shoes (on sale at Target for $6!) to wear indoors only, usually just when doing active cleaning and straightening.

Works for me!
I totally get you on the "dressed to the bra" part

I have Crocs that are my "house shoes". But they aren't strapped on. However, in my case I WOH so maybe that doesn't even apply to me- except on weekends.

Does anyone else know if FlyLady works if you WOH?
post #37 of 50
Bunnyflakes, Flylady is adaptable to WOH, work away from home, etc., you just have to tweak it to work for you.
post #38 of 50
I tried it with her emails and got overwhelmed. But my friend with the neatest house and car does Flylady (I want to be like her), so I got the book from the library and am going to try it again.

I can't do the tie shoe thing-- we have a muddy minifarm and I need to slip off my house shoes into mudboots several times a day to bring in firewood and work outside. I'd go nuts tieing and untieing my shoes!
post #39 of 50
I struggle with my dishes and FlyLady doesn't seem to address that issue. Part of my problem is that we live in a studio apartment and don't have a dishwasher- and our hot water heater is small so you can only do 15 minutes of dishes before running out of water and then I have to wait for a while to get hot water again.

Also, with a studio apartment, the house is one large hotspot. It's overwhelming.
post #40 of 50
Wash the dishes as you use them. Our last place had a tiny kitchen and no room for anything, but that was the place I was really flying. I would keep dh's and my water cups on the counter all day, but everything else was used, washed, dried and put away immediately. Hard habit to get into, but it is really nice. GL!
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