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|
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.|