About ten years ago my mom introduced me to “The Fly Lady”, or more specifically, Marla Cilley, writer of Sink Reflections. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend getting it. You can find it at your local library, at Amazon (currently $11.46 or $10.89 for the kindle version), or at your local bookstore for $15.
There are some things that Marla does that I never will. Things like keeping your shoes on in your house so you are always ready. Shoes on in a house is a huge pet peeve of mine. My shoes do not take long to put on and I am willing to take that little bit of extra time. Marla talks about needing to shine her sink every night so it is the first thing she sees in the morning. I've never really focused on a shiny sink, but I do like a clean bathroom when I wake up! If you figure out what it is that you focus on when you wake up (be it the sink, bathroom, or any other location in your house) then you are one step closer to household nirvana.
Why, you ask. Well, if you wake up and the first thing you see is a mess in a spot you focus on then it might tip your whole day. If all you have to do to counter that is spend an extra minute or two before bed then it is worth it. It's amazing to me how such a little tip makes so much sense.
There are other things that resonate well with me. I have a hard time cleaning and keeping up because I never have time. Marla points out that you don't need lots of time. Focusing on getting things perfect is overwhelming. Small bursts (five to fifteen minutes) a few times a day does wonders at keeping your household running nicely. You can even get an iPod app to help with your quick routines (called homeroutines). I don't know what I would do without my Home Routines, Calender, and Birthday apps!
Remember, changing your habits is the same as changing your diet. Crash diets do not work because you cannot stick with it! Trying to change your household organization overnight will not work either. Slowly add it new routines and eventually it will seem like it is second nature.
If you enjoy Sink Reflections then you can also try her book, Body Clutter: Love your Body Love Yourself. It is a book on body image, but I have not read it.
Start small, make your habits lasting, and enjoy life!
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