I did a search on simplifying the other day and was reading some old posts and found where one poster had said that she simply sets a timer each day for one hour and cleans one whole hour a day and that's it. I was intrigued by this tip, as schedules and routines have never worked for me. The ONLY part of flylady that I thought was a good tip that actually worked was the timer idea...so I have been trying it. It is working. So far this week, it has been a great tool to keep the house into shape, but also helping me feel as if the house does not own me. It puts me in control of the house instead of vice versa. Tonight I am going to set the timer for 30 minutes and get my family involved with after dinner cleanup. This week I have been just focusing on cleaning, but it works for decluttering too. And you can choose to do less time based on your schedule, health or energy level. It rocks! Just thought I would share in case anyone else might benefit from this tip!
Oh and also, I don't do specific chores on certain days or anything complicated like that. I just start cleaning the room that is bothering me the most, whether it be my bedroom, the kitchen, or whatever. The important thing is getting started! If I get interrupted by the baby or the phone or whatever, I take note of how long I have been cleaning and if it's been, say, forty minutes, I finish tending to the interruption, and then clean for the remaining 20 minutes. Or you could always choose to stop at that point, forty minutes is still much better than nothing. I hope this helps someone the way it has helped me!