another flybaby here
I'm actually having good luck with Flylady this time around. I can't count the number of times I've dropped out in the past, but I usually don't make it past a few days, a week at tops! This time I approached it a little bit differently, I actually did a HUGE de-clutter of my whole house. I can't do it 15 minutes at a time, that would drive me crazy, and I wanted a fresh-clean slate to start with. I set a date for a yard sale, advertised it in the paper and worked against that as a deadline. I only had a week to do it and I let everything else go that week. We ate out, we climbed over the piles of soon-to-be discarded *stuff* and generally just survived that week.
The yard sale day was great, we made $255 and hauled another three truckloads (all this from my 1100 sq ft, 2 bedroom, no garage condo!!!) of stuff to Goodwill and I was so proud that I only let two items return to my house. Once was the breadmaker, that I have since given to a friend, and the other was my pump-in-style breastpump that I am still looking for a home for.
After the yard sale, even though I was exhausted, I went upstairs and rearranged our whole bedroom. I didn't want to fall into old habits again, so I limited the horizontal clutter attracting surfaces in the room to one. I'm still finding stuff that I can part with, and my house has never looked better. It was much easier to start Flylady and get into routines after I got rid of the bulk of my junk. For some reason this time, I was just ready to let go of everything that didn't make me happy.
Another thing that helped me this time was watching Clean Sweep on TLC...lol. Sounds silly, but the show was so motivating to me. I think it helped seeing that other people had clutter like I did!
I ordered the FlyLady Office in a Bag and Control Journal and they arrived last night. They are both great, and I am so glad that I made the investment. I was able to put all of my bills into it and it allowed me to get rid of the wicker organizer that I had on my desk that was the ultimate clutter magnet. One less hot spot to deal with!
Good luck to all of the other flybabies out there. I feel so much better about myself, my husband and kids are happier and I'm not embarrassed to open the door or the windows of the house anymore