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Besides this site, I wanted to tell you guys about FlyLady.net!
It is a wonderful site that is gonna help me get rid of the CHAOS (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome) in my home. It has already helped out immensely and I have only been a member for THREE days! Besides getting your home under control, they teach you to FLY (Finally Love Yourself :D) I don't think I have felt so good as I have the past couple of days. I haven't done much looming or anything like that b/c I have been reading up on this FlyLady stuff...and the HouseFairy ....oh and I have also joined an excercise motivation group that works along with all the FlyBabies (I is what I am!)
So, let's back up: FlyLady.net will help me get my home under control (over a period of time b/c it took longer than a month for it to become a mess, right?), it is full of positive motivation and makes you feel good about yourself. 'You are not behind.' :D I am in love! Your very first lesson is to 'Shine your sink!' This, is supposed to be done before you go to bed (but I do it all day b/c it feels good) and is her way of giving you a hug every morning, 'cause you wake up to a shiny sink and not dirty dishes and mystery water. She breaks down the areas of your home into Zones and you focus your attention on a specific zone each week. This week is Zone 1: Front Porch, Entrance, and Dining Room. Today's Zone Mission: set timer for 15 minutes and sweep your front porch, shake out your welcome mat, wipe down your door with cleaner and rag...if there is more time then continue on with whatever is around your front door and on your porch. Easy enough, right? And you are also supposed to do a 5 minute Room Rescue every day: go into the worst room in your home and clean it for 5 minutes then leave it. :D Today they sent me a message that I needed to do a 'Hot Spot Fire Drill' which means to take 5 mintues (set your timer) and rush around throwing away or putting up the things on flat surfaces of every room. They send you the messages through a Yahoo Group that you join from the webpage. It is all pretty cool! :D I am gonna use this same system to get my yard under control, too. :D Spend 15 minutes a day pulling weeds, trimming bushes, etc. The idea is not to expect instant gratification. It is gonna take a while so do what you can, when you can. No rush! There are also 'habits' for every month. Last month they were 'Blessing their Hearts' by walking/excercising. This month we are to drink 8 glasses of water a day. They remind you to put your full pitcher of water in the fridge every night with your 'Before Bedtime Routine'. Ok, I think you get the point that I am gung-ho for this!
HouseFairy.org is gonna help my kids out. ;D This site you have to pay a $13 subscription for the special stuff and get into the special member's area, but you can go check out the parents' section and then let your kids watch the videos in the kids' section. No lie, my son (3) watched the first video and promptly ran to his room and picked up 5 toys. (His room was attrocious before HouseFairy. I mean, you couldn't make it from his door to the window AT ALL without nearly killing yourself.) After we watched all of the 'free' videos she has we went to his atrocious room and an hour later was this:
Granted, we still have a lot to do to get it ALL PERFECT....but there was no floor to walk on before! I am so very proud. Then he went around and said things like, "We need to make the living room happy." then picked up some toys. If I set the timer for 15 minutes, he runs around and tries to pick up as much as possible in that time before the timer goes off. We call this 'Beat the Beep'. It is wonderful...and when I get a chance, I will pay the $13-2 year subscription so that I can access the other tools! :D This is one happy parent!
Besides all that stuff, I have been working on picture tutorials. :D And there is a hat pattern that needs to be typed up...it is for the Kiss Loom, but will have adjustments for the green round KK, so don't worry. :D