Hi friends! Welcome to a brand new week and a brand new Pamper Mission. Summer is coming to an end and back to school is upon us. For many of us, this is a stressful time filled with summer reading, school supply shopping, and last minute organizing. What better time for a Pamper Mission?
You sent in your favorite Pamper Missions last year and they were awesome! Take a few minutes today and read through them and pick out your favorite! Spend a few minutes pampering yourself. You deserve it!!
I did not do any decluttering or zone work today. Let me explain. This morning, my husband opened the cupboard door to get a plate. He forgot that I keep my butter dish there. His hand caught the edge of the dish and flipped it. One-half pound of soft butter hit the top of the cupboard shelf, then flew out, bounced on the counter below, then landed on the rug. It bounced again and hit the bare floor about four feet away. The dog came running. She walked through the soft butter. Then she ran into the living room onto the carpeting and jumped up on the sofa to lick her feet.
I won’t detail how I spent my day. I have been flying for a few years, so I know that cleaning up the butter mess in the cupboard, floor and furniture won’t derail me, and tomorrow I will be back on track.
Thank you for teaching me to fly. We had a good laugh.
Sandy in AZ
Here is a little video where Liz finds a new use for Silver Rags. This make-up hack can save you money and help you easily get your make-up off without a lot of scrubbing. This is part of your Before Bed Routine and silver rags can save you time! They are only $7.47 for 3 rags! They are great for exfoliating too! You deserve the best!
I have been fluttering for quite a while. Fluttering because I am somewhat disabled, so I do what I can.
I love the Rubba Scrubba for all the handy things it does. We have two dogs, so it’s a necessity for dog hair.
Well, one spring day I couldn’t find my rubba scrubba. How did the heck that happen? After looking high and low and not finding it, I mentioned to my Dear S.O., he rather sheepishly admitted that he used it to clean off the lawn mower undersides after mowing the lawn, and simply forgot to tell me! He said it works great for all the crannies. So, I ordered another for the house and we kept that one for the mower. So there is ANOTHER use for the Rubba Scrubba.
Time passed and I grabbed my Rubba Scrubba from its place under my sink to find all the nubbies on the end worn down and my house Rubba Scrubba gone! My lawn mower bandit struck again! It seems cleaning those small spaces take a toll.
I’m really glad you have a BOGO on the Rubba Scrubbas. I’ll be able to have one on hand.
Thanks for all your great tools. The carpet sweeper is great. Did I mention we have dogs- gets the hair up between vacuuming. And the Rags are wonderful too-I use a silver one for my silverware-no scratches., and have one hanging that’s solely for my glasses.
FlyLady here; Using the Rubba Scrubba to clean the lawn mower is great. It is a great tool to keep your lawn mower in good working order. You better stock up. They have a hundred uses and make great gifts.
I had no intention of mopping my kitchen floor today because I had errands to run. I had just about completed my daily chores when I opened the microwave and saw the barbecue sauce splattered on the walls and door of the microwave.
My DH had apparently heated up some brisquet and barbecue sauce the night before and didn’t use the cover. Arghhhhh. I quickly microwaved some vinegar inside the microwave and wiped away the mess in no time. I thought instead of pouring out that warm vinegar – I would use it to mop my kitchen floor!
I remembered reading about the flylady mop (which I LOVE) and you saying that we didn’t need to sweep or vacuum with this mop – we could just mop! That is exactly what I did!!! Then I decided my stainless steel dishwasher needed shining so I got my stainless steel wipes out and polished my appliances. I ran out of vinegar but continued on to the living room with my wonderful mop and my favorite cleaner.
Thank You for giving me permission to do a “one sweep mop” – no vacuuming or sweeping first. Who knew my floors would look so clean in no time!!!! All of this over a little cup of warm vinegar………
I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your video on Monday with back to the basic helped me so much. I had so much fun playing along with the game.( Probably because I was able used the carpet sweepa, my feather duster and the purple rags)I was amazed at how much was finished in 2 minutes or less.
Now I made my own cards for everything and before I go to bed I lay the card on the table so when I get up I walk past my shiny sinks that makes me smile and I get busy with my morning routine.
When I am taking my break I am able to talk to my family before they leave in the morning instead of running around trying to figure out what I am going to do next. I check them off on my breaks to make sure I didn’t forget anything.
I am also grateful that the silver rags are on sale now because between my mom and my mother in law, I haven’t seen my rags returned. They tried them because I was praising them so much, now that’s what we are all getting for Christmas. Thanks again for making my life chaos free.
I have been flying on and off for a number of years, using what techniques I need or can incorporate at the moment and then coming back later for more. I am much better at applying the Do It Now Principle at work then I am at home.
At the school I work at I am responsible for checking in and dispensing when necessary all student medications. We don’t have many, but it can get confusing when old medications are discontinued and new ones started. To help me with this I use my scheduling program to set up reoccurring reminders that pop-up at the appropriate time each day. This only works if I set the reminder as soon as the medication is checked in.
Another aspect of the medications that can get easily lost is expiration dates on “In Case Of Emergency” medications like asthma inhalers and Epi-pens. Since these items may never be used it is easy to overlook that they have expired. To handle this situation when I check in the medication I set a reminder for 1 month before the expiration date to inform the parents that a new one is needed.
How this can save a life. Last week my reminder popped-up indicating that one of the student’s Epi-Pens was set to expire. I Did It Now and e-mailed the parent. The parent Did It Now and obtained a new Epi-Pen and dropped it off at school. When the mom dropped it off she stated that they checked the other Epi-Pens in the house and realized that they were all expiring or set to expire and replaced them all. Though the child had not needed an injection in over 3 years it ended up that the following weekend the child was stung by a bee and needed the Epi-Pen. Mom let me know that she was grateful that because of my e-mail they had an current Epi-Pen on hand.
When I told my sister-in-law, who is an EMT, this story she told me of a call she went on where a woman had to inject herself three times because she had expired Epi-Pens that had lost their potency.
Please advise your FlyBabies to check their medicine cabinets, purses, car emergency kits and with their child’s school if necessary for expired EMERGENCY medications and order replacements and place a sticker/reminder on their calendars to remind them when to reorder.
Flying in the Twin Cities
FlyLady here: I am so proud of this FlyBaby for using the Do It Now Principle! Check your life-saving medications for expiration dates! Write them on your calendar. Make it part of your zone 3 detailed cleaning list. Mark it on your calendar to check it each month.
Do It Now! This could save a life; yours or your child’s!
I have been fluttering for about 5 years now. Some things are in order but other parts of my life/house are still in chaos. I remind myself to take babysteps and whatever I can accomplish is better than nothing. I work a 60 hr week with a schedule that changes each week, so routines can be a challenge for me. But some of the routines are sticking.
One that was a lifesaver for the last month was the laundry routine. Each member of the family has their own laundry basket. Fortunately my oldest DD and DH do their own laundry. But I still do the laundry for the youngest DD and any general household laundry like sheets and towels. We have developed a routine in our home so there is no mount laundry anymore. I do laundry 3 days a week, DD and DH do laundry 2 days a week so everything is under control through the 5 laundry days.
A month ago, I was doing yard work and came in contact with poison sumac. It was a mild case, thank goodness, but each day I got up out of bed, changed the sheets. Each day after the shower, the towels went into the laundry just to make sure I wasn’t spreading it. Once that seemed to be under control, my two DD came home from camp with lice. To get it under control, I was daily changing sheets and laundering towels.
The routines I had developed for laundry helped me through what could have been a rough month. Every day I did a load of laundry just like a typical day. I was not panicking because of the poison sumac or lice, because I knew that I could manage because a load a day was not out of the question because I have been doing it for four years now. I can’t imagine what would have happened before I started doing laundry the FlyLady way. I probably would have run out of clean sheets and towels and had piles of laundry everywhere. Thank you.
This time of year everyone is writing articles on how to get the children ready to go back to school. I know this is an important topic for you but we have left out the main person that has to get the children ready for the first day of school; YOU!
You are the one who has to get up and get the family moving each morning. It is your responsibility to make sure they go to bed and get the rest they need to have a productive day. Your summer has been filled with a “happy-go-lucky” spirit. No one really had a bed time or their alarm set for morning.
Then when it came to mealtime; everyone just ate whatever they could find when they got hungry. What happened to the structure in our day? What happened to our routines? If we are going to expect our children to jump on the routine bandwagon then we better be there leading the way; not just barking the orders.
We teach best by our example. Not just a simple do as I do, but an example that is set in love and from the heart. If you are not taking care of yourself; you are not going to be able to take care of your family and show them the value of routines.
Most of our lives we have run around putting out fires just to stay on top of housework, bills, jobs and the responsibilities of parenting. If you are a born organized person these things do not take a toll on you, but if you tend to get sidetracked then you know about putting out fires. A born organized person just gets things done and the people around them do not even know that it has been done. If you were raised by a born organized person you have experienced this for yourself when you got your own place. Wasn’t it a shock when the toilet started to grow things? Who knew that it was cleaned on a regular basis?
If you are this born organized person I am not putting you down. All I am saying is your children don’t know that this is what is happening. So when you tell them to go clean the bathroom or their bedroom they have no clue. Mainly because it was just easier for you to do it yourself than to show them that there actually is a routine to housecleaning and most things in life. For the other 80% of us that are not born organized there is hope! We can learn to be organized. Imagine that! Taking the methods that a born organized person does naturally and using them to help us gain control over our homes and lives and in the end give our children the tools to go out into the world on their own. Born organized people can’t even teach us sidetracked people what they do, because they have never had to figure it out; they just do it.
I have watched the people in my life that are born organized and what I have noticed is they tend to do the same thing in the same order every single morning. At first I thought that must be so boring and then I realized that it was brilliant. The brilliance comes from having the mundane things in life taken care of so you can have fun. Isn’t that what all of us really want; to have little fun. We love fun and most of the time we are having fun; except when we are beating ourselves up because the kids are late to school again because you over-slept.
It is time for us to go to school and learn something that will help us enjoy life without the guilt we place on ourselves.
Are you ready to Fly though this school year?
Do you have your big Calendar to keep up with all the kids’ events and games? Be ready for when they bring home their school calendar! Go online and put their events on your calendar today. We have a back to school sale going on right now. Use Coupon Code CLEAN461 to save 20% on any order.
Our whole lives we have played “Catch Up on the Weekends”! This put a sense of dread into our daily life. We no longer looked forward to a wonderful weekend filled with fun with our friends and family. This all started when we were children. It is how our mothers did it! We would have to spend all day Saturday cleaning house or we were banished to our rooms for the evening. I truly believe this is why we despise cleaning house. It has always been a punishment for us. I want you to have a reward for your Home Blessing Efforts! A Saturday to play is a great gift for you!
The solution to saving your Saturdays is very simple. Let’s think about how many hours you spend frantically cleaning to catch up from a whole week tossing your routines out into the street! Between our piling and procrastination our homes look like a bomb went off. You can look at a room and see evidence of the things that were done this week. You know the package that had to be wrapped for a birthday party or the whole week’s worth of mail piled on the kitchen counter that is about to fall into the floor.
On Saturday you don’t wake up excited about cleaning all day. You sleep in a bit; drag around in your pajamas for a couple of hours with a pot of coffee to get you moving in the right direction. By the time you get started it is already noon! The next six hours are spent cleaning like a banshee so that you don’t feel terrible. All the while you are yelling out orders for everyone in the family to get in gear! I get sick just thinking about what we have done us and our family; all because we lie to ourselves with these words; I DON’T HAVE TIME!
The truth is; what you don’t have is ROUTINES! You have the time, you just choose not to do anything because you don’t think you have six hours to do it right! Well you don’t have six hours to clean like a banshee but you do have seven minutes.
Implementing just seven minutes in the morning, when you come home from work and before bed will give you back your Saturdays. Maybe we can call this our 7 Minute Saturday Rescue.
The secret is to pick up after yourself and get the family to do it right along with you! It can become a fun game. Set your timer three times a day, morning, when you get home from work or school and just before bed. Everyone has to put away the things that belong to them. It is up to you to remember to do it. When you forget you only make it harder to do the next time.
This does not mean you can leave the dishes in the sink and on the table. This is part of cleaning up after dinner and shining your sink. If you do this all week long then on Saturday you can do your Weekly Home Blessing Hour! With your piles put away and hot spots extinguished, your Weekly Home Blessing Hour is a Breeze! Then you are off to have some fun.