Originally Posted by Dar
I've been trying to fly but I still don't quite "get it"... although I have been keeping up with the sink and dishes and making my bed. I got the email with the first three days, where she said to sort of ignore the rest, but after those 23 days I wasn't sure where to go next. Doing all the stuff in the emails seem like too much... actually, some days it's all too much, but baby steps, right?
You are right -- there are some days when it's all too much and I pretty much chuck the whole thing. And I think that's OK because, while organizing the house will make life easier and better in the long run, sometimes other things are more important!
Here's my understanding of the progression of things. Realize that I've only been doing this for under a month, so I'm still very much in the introduction stage myself. Each step builds on the others, so once you starting doing a step, you continue doing it as you add the next steps. The amount of time you take between adding steps is up to you and your comfort level.
1. Make a commitment to this and signal commitment by shining the sink.
2. Create beginning of the day and end of the day routines and do them. Start very small. I think I have 5 things on each, and that includes eating breakfast and such. One of these routines includes shining the sink (for me its the evening). And the morning routine is supposed to include putting on your shoes (but I've substituted bra because it gives the same mental "its daytime" jolt but isn't as uncomfortable for me).
3. Begin spending 15 minutes per day decluttering, working in the assigned "zone". I think we moved to the living room today.
4. Embrace the mindset of "putting things away immediately after you use them", which is how things STAY decluttered once you get them so. I've kept my bathroom vanity clean for 2 whole weeks now, which is a major record in our house.
5. Expand from there to include more specific cleaning tasks, maybe including the "missions" assigned in the emails.
At least, that's how I put this all together. So far, its definitely helping in our house and I feel like I'm doing less work but the house looks and feels better.