Showing posts with label clean. Show all posts
Showing posts with label clean. Show all posts

Saturday, June 16, 2012

FlyLady...............Day 1

When I walk into a room that is cluttered and messy, I feel defeated and overwhelmed. My head spins and I don't even know where to start. I have always been this way. When I was a child my parents would send me into my room to clean, I would stand there for hours and not get anything done. To me, cleaning is an endless cycle. By the time I do clothes, clean the kitchen, and start on another room; I have to start all over again. I never have time to just de-clutter things. 

I recently realized that Abbie does the same thing. I get so frustrated at her when she doesn't keep anything organized, she takes forever to clean, and she gets distracted. How can I yell at her for begin like me? I decided to try this new way of organizing and cleaning. Today I got an audio book by a lady called "Sink Reflections" from the website of FlyLady. (Check out her site by clicking on the name.) It seemed like she was talking about me and my life. My embarrassment and anxiety about having company, especially the In-laws. She breaks things down so easily, even though all the steps don't make sense at first. So here I go... I figure it won't hurt anything. I adjusted my steps to make it work for Abbie, also. 

All the steps are free on the website and they give you suggestions, support, ect. You are supposed to add one step a day. I did a couple in the first day. 

Step 1: A Shiny Sink
I love this!!! She wants you to feel proud of something and to feel like you accomplished something so she has you clean your kitchen sink. Note, I didn't say do the dishes... She even says put the dishes on the floor, the table, the counters, anywhere but in the sink. Then, you follow her instructions to get a shiny sink. It takes a little elbow grease but it works. You only have to hard core clean it once. Everyday you start with this step for upkeep. 
My Shiny Sink
Abbie helping me to straighten the sink. 

Step 2: Dress to the Shoes
I hate this!!! She wants you to get fully dressed. As if you are leaving for work. Rinse your face, fix your hair, and put on your sneakers. 

I understand the reason for this, but I hate shoes. The idea is if you were going to work you put on shoes and get ready. There is something about being prepared that makes you feel like you need to get more done. You are less likely to just sit around if you have sneakers on. It helps physically, also. I did notice that it was easier when I had them on. I did a lot more and had more energy. She asks that you just try it for two weeks. I will see. I had to dig these shoes out. I guess they will be my cleaning shoes. 

Dressed to the Shoes
Step 3: Set out Clothes For Tomorrow

Instead of wasting time and looking for clothes each morning she suggests setting them out. That way it takes less time, there is less stress, and then you have time for step 1 and 2. 

Clothes set out.
Well, that is all for today. I will post more after I try the next steps. 

I want to be more organized because God tells us to be self-controlled. I would have more time with my kids, friends, and Titus Two girls. I would be less anxious and stressed. I am not supposed to cling onto material things. Only God should have control in my life, not a pile of old junk. I want to be a good example for my girls. 

Are you a naturally organized person? What in things in your life (spiritual, emotional, or physical) need to be de-cluttered? 

Again please check out the site... it is a little overwhelming but look at the links that are just about getting started

Saturday, June 2, 2012

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 5

What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?

I view happiness as fleeting and temporary. Based on that...

1. A house clean... Cleaning is very overwhelming. I am not by nature the most clean and organized person. I fight to become clean and organized, with every fiber of my being. I am sure that having ADHD doesn't assist with my struggle. So the feeling of having a clean and organized home makes me happy. I feel a little proud of accomplishing everything. It is a fleeting feeling though, because as soon as my family needs to eat, bathe, or just live the house goes right back to the mess it originally was. 

2. Sisterly love... Seeing my older daughter, Abbie, sitting with her baby sister in her lap while talking and playing. With all the jealousy and general tears that life brings, it is only occasional that they are both in a good mood and playing together. 

3. My Frankie... There is something about Frank Sinatras voice and about that genera of music. It relaxes me, especially when I play it on my record player. The soft hum of the vinyl on the player and the slight pops of the needle as it hits specks of dust. I feel a connection to the music and to Frankie. His voice is smooth and soulful He is the only person that my husband will let me have a crush on, probably due to the fact that he is dead. 

4.Autumn... I love the smell of fallen leaves, hot apple cider, and my Autumn Walk candle. The feel of the cool crisp air is  refreshing and perfect for sitting outside cuddled up in a blanket. The taste of hot creamy soups. I love seeing the trees change colors and the bright orange pumpkins laying in rows for people to buy. The sound of Christmas music playing months ahead of time. 

5. Water... My oldest daughter believes that I am a mermaid that gave up my tail to be with her father. Something about water makes me feel like I can breathe. When I feel stressed or overwhelmed I will splash water on my face. I love to be in water. I often take a shower in the morning, go swimming or play in the water with the girls, and then I take a bath for an hour or two. I have always loved being in the water. It is not only refreshing for my soul, but it also helps me deal with the physical pain of the fibromyalgia. 

There are several things that bring me joy; such as God, my husband, my kids, my job, my friends, and my church. The joy is something that starts internally and expresses itself outwards. As compared to happiness, joy helps overcome struggles; whereas happiness is temporary and not powerful. Using things that make you happy do help to bring your spirits up, but it wont last forever. God's love gives me joy, even when it feels like my world is falling apart. 

What things make you happy? Do you have any outlets when you are stressed? Do you think there is a difference between joy and happiness?