Help me get this under control. Fly lady? I've looked at it and it seems so overwhelming. Practical advice needed.
Declutter, declutter, declutter...it won't get better until you get out the stuff you are not using. It will look like a tornado hit at first but once the clean up begins, it is amazing how much better things will be.
Laudry- do you have a system in place? My boys know to at least separate whites and darks in the laundry room. This helps alot. I bring all laundry to the laundry room as soon as possible. Keeps the dirty piles from getting to be too big. I do 2 loads on Wednesday nights. This helps a lot. Wash, dry, iron, hang. Done!!!
Clean as you go. My best advice is to keep counters clear. Store what you can away. It makes for a quick clean up and a better visual space. ; )
Really..it's the only thing that works...you must get rid of the stuff...get rid of twice as much as you thuink you need to get rid of..then get rid of of that amount again
I started with FlyLady, then over time developed my own routines that fit my life better. Now I have a one-page list on my fridge, with my cleaning schedule for the week. (It's in a plastic sleeve so I can check tasks off with a dry-erase marker.) The schedule means that all the essential tasks get done, without me having to think much about what to do next. Also, I use the schedule to balance my workload so that some days I concentrate more on cleaning or laundry, and other days I have almost totally free for big projects or running errands.
Yeah, getting rid of stuff helps. A lot. I'm not messy or dirty, but I tend towards clutter. DH is even worse, plus he has a high tolerance for general untidyness. The man won't go out with a speck of dog hair on his shirt, but he can leave dirty dishes laying around and cabinet doors wide open
This ay sound odd, but I find it much easier to find the motivation to clean and declutter when I have people coming over. So... I have dinner for the in-laws or entertain at the house at least once every 2 months. I stress out a bit leading up to it, but I really do work best under a deadline. So I give myself one!
ABSOLUTELY lovely to look at Knittin in the Shade:) I have something similar, but not as pretty.
Ha ha I started with FlyLady's crisis cleaning and then basically adapted it to be my normal daily cleaning routine. I don't do deep cleaning very often, and I'm fine with that. I've adopted the mantra of "good enough," and I'm much happier than I was when I used to stress about doing it perfectly. Someone can stop in and I won't be mortified, but no one should be eating off my floors, you know?
These are amazing!!! I totally needed these!