Save Time and Money

Dear FlyLady,

I have been menu planning for about 4 years now. It started for us when we started budgeting (after attending a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University). We learned groceries was our highest and most unpredictable expense. To get it under control, every two weeks I inventory our kitchen refrigerator, freezer, & pantry. Then I menu plan based on what I already have, look at sale papers and use Pinterest.

When using Pinterest, I simply put in ingredients I have (or am buying on sale) and see what recipes it pulls up. If I find one I want to use, I save it to a board called “grocery shopping”. Every two weeks I clean out that board, or remove them as I go and start over. This process has saved me quite a bit of time not to mention a lot of money!

Sincerely,
Tracy

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Helps to Expand Our Memory

calendarsquareDear FlyLady,

This is not a testimonial email. It is a thank you email!

My first thank you is for the FlyLady Calendar. I just purchased one for my 70ish year old mother. She has difficulty with her short term memory .

In the past she has used freebie calendars to record important events, doctor’s appointments and other things she needed to remember.Finally, after seeing her scrunch up and abbreviate what she was writing to fill the narrow boxes, I remembered what you had been saying the past several years in your email messages and other members’ testimonials about the FlyLady Calendar.

My mother loved her gift and now she has acres of white space on a uncluttered expanse to expand her memory. She keeps it on her kitchen counter, an area she passes constantly throughout the day.Thanks for preventing some of her frustration on this issue, making her life easier, and helping her maintain her independence.

My second thank you is for the tips for teachers, school age children and their parents. As a second grade public school teacher it means a lot to be recognized on your web site. Your positive and thoughtful reminders, along with those from my fellow Flyers, have encouraged me with home, body, and school clutter. I love reading them all and am blessed to have them come everyday.

With gratitude for the FlyTeam and the FlyMembers,

A Flyer in Florida

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FlyLady here: The FlyLady Calendar was designed on purpose to have the large squares, bright white and good weight to the paper. We too had a problem with the small unlined boxes that you could not fit even one appointment into. We don’t have to try to remember everything!

If you don’t have a 2019 calendar yet, order yours today! Save 20% with coupon code Blessings954!

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October Habit #17 Learn How To Handle

Dear FlyLady,

I have been reading about our new habit of clearing paper clutter. This has been a huge issue for me my whole life! In the last few months, I have started to scan the documents I need to save, and some that I just want to save (sentimental papers) into my computer. I bought a great system three years ago, but never had the routine to use it!

Now, I have an 9″ x 12″ plastic box (3″ deep) with a lid, that sits next to my computer. Instead of having piles of paper, I stash my current important papers in this box as they come in the mail. When the lid won’t close, I know it is time to deal with what is in there. So I set my timer for 15 minutes at a time, scan papers I want to save, then shred them after filing in the computer. I don’t have piles of papers all over my counters and tables anymore. If I am looking for something, it’s either in the box or on the computer. I hope to graduate to
scanning things daily!

I used to spend lots and lots of time looking for receipts and other information. I had boxes of papers to go through. Now, I do not allow junk mail to collect anymore. This is my house and I only allow what I need and want in here!

Today, I worked on a box of cancelled checks from 1991-1994 that has been taking up room in my DS’s closet. By setting the timer, I went through the box in a healthy way – not doing too much at once. I wanted to look for any checks that related to house repairs and improvements. By doing a little at a time, I found all those checks and shredded the ones I don’t need. I will scan the ones I need to keep. That box is gone from my life forever. Tomorrow, I’ll tackle another. (There are about 10 boxes like this, but I know I can do it!)

As encouragement, I find it’s faster and easier to go through and get rid of old papers. If you’re stuck, my fellow FlyBabies, start with the old stuff! (We know we don’t need those expired coupons and other offers, right?)

Thank you so much for helping me to learn how to handle my paper clutter. My family and I are so grateful!

Flying High in Illinois

Please share your Paper Clutter stories, tips and routines with me.

Send them to FlyLady@FlyLady.net with PAPER CLUTTER in the subject line.

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I Can’t Wait To Use It More

marlaragHello there,

I just recently started taking babysteps again after a long hiatus! I have purchased some of your cleaning products and was intrigued by the rags. I decided to order some. They just arrived yesterday and I couldn’t wait to wash them and get started using them.The first thing I tried was using them on my cell phone. My phone collects LOTS of makeup and other crud on it.  I am always afraid to use any type of liquid on it but nothing seemed to clean it. Well, I used the magical purple rag, and low and behold, one swipe and it is perfect!!! My DS (11)  immediately used it on his IPad  (which was worse than my phone) and he became a believer, too.

Thank you for offering such a wonderful product. Can’t wait to use it on more.

Jolene

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11 Steps to Cruise Stress Free through the Holidays

Dear Friends,

Every year we declare that this year we will be ready for the holidays and every single year we find ourselves wrapping gifts or running to the grocery at the last minute. Do you want to have a stress free holiday? I can see you affirming this with your head nods! Well it is not going to happen if you just sit and wish things could be different. It is going to take a little action on your part for you to have a peaceful Cruise through the Holiday. Are you ready to look at some simple ways to keep your life calm during the holidays?

1. Crisis Clean your home with our podcast! Clear your clutter to get ready for more stuff to come into your home and keep your home maintained with your routines.

2. Pick up after yourself and follow our Holiday Cruising Missions.

3. Keep up with your holiday spending on: Food, decorations, food and travel. We have a FREE Holiday Control Journal for you to print out!

4. Stop the holiday WHINE! Commit to doing one thing each day to prepare for the holidays.

5. Have a family meeting to discuss what traditions each member of your family loves and hates. Please listen!

6. Decorate in babysteps! Let go of your perfectionism of getting it all done at one time. Make a pleasant nightly ritual of putting one ornament on the tree or putting up one decoration.

7. Let go of the guilt and last minute stress of making “Homemade” gifts. Start now and keep it simple.

8. Plan your holiday menus now and start buying your groceries with each visit to the grocery store. This means for your holiday baking too! Cookies, cakes, breads and rolls.

9. Make a gift list of all you want to buy for. Establish an amount that you want to spend and stick to it. Start shopping now. Also think about “Clutter Free” Gifts. Gifts of time.

10. Set up a gift wrapping station. This consists of one roll of paper, tape, scissors, ribbon and a tag. Less is more.

11. Your family can’t read your mind, help them and help yourself by letting go of the Holiday Martyr. Write down what you would like for a gift and give them your list. We ask our children to do this so that we at least have some idea. All they want to do is please you.

We start our Holiday Cruising Missions tomorrow. Our goal is to be ready for the holidays by December 1st. We are pretending that we are going on a Holiday Cruise that is going to last for three weeks. If we were really going on a cruise we would have to have everything ready for our departure. By getting everything done by December 1st we are free to have fun and not be stressed out by the holidays.

Are you ready to enjoy the holidays for the first time ever?
FlyLady

FlyLady here; Holiday Cruising Missions start on October 16th. Go download your free Holiday Control Journal.

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How Do I Declutter for Christmas?

Dear FlyLady,

You are always telling us to Declutter! I don’t know how! Where do I start? I am so overwhelmed! Please tell me what to do! Christmas is just around the corner!

Overwhelmed FlyBaby

Dear Overwhelmed FlyBaby,

You can do this. We have a whole section on our website that teaches you how. The main thing to remember is don’t do too much at one time; babysteps! Getting rid of your clutter now will help you have a more peaceful holiday season.

We put together a Declutter Kit to make it fun! Put on some rocking music and start flinging!

You really can do this!

FlyLady

Here is the link to How to Declutter page on our website

I have put the text here to save you a step!

How to Declutter

Taking 15 minutes each day to declutter an area, using the 27-Fling Boogie, and clearing your hotspots are among some of the most powerful tools you can use to create a more peaceful home. Remember: You cannot organize clutter – you can only organize the things you love!

I’ve included my tips on how to declutter. Put your home on a diet. If this is difficult for you, try reading one of my favorite books, “Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui” by Karen Kingston.

1. When to Declutter: Decide how often you are going to declutter a zone. Do a little every day – use a timer. But be warned – this can become compulsive! Once you get started you will want to clean like a banshee! Don’t burn yourself out! Only do small amount at a time. The house did not get dirty overnight and it will not get clean overnight. When you set the timer you can only do two sessions at a time. This goal may seem unattainable right now, but you can do it in little pieces. In a couple of months, the whole house will be decluttered.

2. Decluttering Equipment: You will need garbage bags, boxes, magic markers, and a dust rag. Label the boxes “Give Away”, “Throw Away”, and “Put Away”. Line the “Throw Away” box with a plastic garbage bag.

3. Set your timer: for 1 hour (or 30, 15, or 10 minutes – it does’t matter how long). Just do the job as fast as you can and do not pull out more stuff than you can put away in that length of time. This means just one drawer, one closet (or even one shelf in one closet), one magazine rack, or digging under just the furniture in the zone. Not all of them at once!

4. Start at the entrance to the room: Then, work your way around the room clockwise. Do not skip a spot. Whatever happens to be next, just do it.

5. Declutter Away! With boxes at your feet and dust rag in your waistband, start off by cleaning out and getting rid of the things that do not belong in this room. Put garbage in the “Throw Away” box, donations in the “Give Away” box, and stuff that goes somewhere else in the “Put Away” box. Don’t worry that you do not have a place for everything right now. By the time you finish you will. That’s a promise from FlyLady!

6. What to declutter? Things to ask yourself as you get rid of your clutter:

* Do I love this item?
* Have I used it in the past year?
* Is it really garbage?
* Do I have another one that is better?
* Should I really keep two?
* Does it have sentimental value that causes me to love it?
* Or does it give me guilt and make me sad when I see the item?

Cleanse this room of everything that does not make you SMILE.

7. Sing this song: “Please release me, let me go” as sung from the stuff’s point of view. It needs to be loved by someone and if you don’t love it – GET RID OF IT!

8. Get rid of the garbage! When the “Throw Away” box gets full, pull out the garbage bag, close it, and put it in the trash can, the pickup truck, or wherever you keep your garbage. Put a new garbage bag in the “Throw Away” box and keep on Flying until the timer goes off.

9. Donations: When the “Give Away” box gets full, seal it off, and put it in your car. The next time you are out, you can donate to the area thrift shop. Do not save your clutter for a yard or garage sale, you will be blessed by giving it away. The value can be deducted on your income tax. Remember you are trying to get rid of clutter – not relocate it somewhere else in your home. Now, grab another box, label it “Give Away”, and get back to work.

10. “Put Away” Stuff: When the “Put Away” box gets full, take the box in your arms and run around the house (good thing you have shoes on – right?) and put the items in the room where they belong. If they have a place, put them there, if not put them in the room where they logically belong. By the time you have finished you will have a place for everything and everything will be in it’s place.

11. Timer Goes Off: When the timer goes off, you have to put away all the boxes, but first you have to empty them all. Go as fast as you can.

We have a Red Office in a Bag for your Holiday Control Journal

Don’t think too hard or obsess over this, just fling, fling and fling some more. Give yourself bonus points if you fill the bag up!! LOL!!

Have fun and remember we are FLYing! Download your FREE Holiday Control Journal on our website.

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Encouraging and Supportive

Dear FlyLady,

I don’t write reviews or testimonies for anything before this. I was just compelled to let you know how much good you are doing for people, families, parents, and marriages.

I stumbled on your website in late June because my family and I were living in CHAOS. I was sobbing and Googling pictures of what ‘real’ houses looked like to try and feel better because mine was a disaster. My husband and I work full time and we have a 6 year old DD,4 year old DS, 1.5 year old DD. I had no routines and I would spend my weekends trying to catch up. Crisis cleaning for company was just a part of life. With owning an older home, renovations and the messes they bring always seem to be looming over my head. The dread I felt coming home to a house in CHAOS was awful. Overwhelmed is an understatement to what I felt. Finding your site has changed our lives. I have become a more patient mother with streamlined routines. I have become a better wife not playing the martyr because I was “the only one doing anything”. I have become a better person and much less of a perfectionist with your routines and your take care of yourself attitude. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Your routines and philosophy are so encouraging and supportive. I jumped right in and shined my sink, printed out your routines, and got to work 15 minutes at a time. I was truly amazed at how much I could accomplish (even on those weeknights between cooking, baths, and bedtimes) in just a short amount of time. After cleaning for 45 minutes I can now fully relax on my 15 minute breaks from cleaning and do something guilt free for me! I love it! I am very proud to say that my house is now clutter free! We’re remodeling our main floor bath so to be able to keep the house clean while that mess is going on feels like I have control over my life. My kids love to clean their rooms in 15 minutes intervals and it’s fun for them to see how much they can get done before the timer goes off. We often play kid songs as they are cleaning.

Some routines wax and wane a little just because of life and not being as consistent as I could be. About 4 weeks ago my 6 year old DD came home with lice! Ahh! So not only did we have to do the lice cleaning process our house was messy on top of it. So we got everything spotless and got rid of those awful things. Two days ago lice reared it’s ugly head on her again! This time, our house was extremely manageable and I was caught up on laundry because I do a load every day! So all that needed to be done was the current bed linens and other current clothes. The old me would have been 2-4 loads behind. I can’t tell you enough how much ‘a load a day keeps Mt. Washmore away’ has been praised in our house. My husband even said, “We would not have been able to do this without FlyLady!”

I have your calendar color coded with everyone’s schedule as my husband has on call weeks, our out of town training days and where I will be at for my shift. I have made a control journal. I now call it my ‘Peace of Mind Journal’. I added a spiral notebook so that as I think of stuff for lists, or groceries, Christmas present ideas, etc. I added a 3 hole punch folder so that I keep paperwork in there that I need to fill out, daycare, school picture info, etc. One side of the folder is for incoming/to do and the other side is outgoing. On the outside of the journal it says, “What she tackles, she conquers”.

I am shouting your praises from the rooftops! Thank you so much for everything you have done and continue to do. I’m FLYing and I love it!

FLYing in MN

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Trying The New Multi Wand

Dear FlyLady,

Thank you for another great tool to help us keep our homes healthy and happy!    Our home was built in 1910, and had steam heat radiators throughout.

Steam heat is better than forced air for our allergies, but still has problems with “dusties.”  The new multi wand works VERY well to get behind our radiators and between the fins.  I also tried it on the tops of door frames (surprised at how much dust was up there!) and hanging pictures.  I’m going to take it down to the basement and try it under the washer and dryer.  And, then under the fridge and stove.  And under dressers in the bedroom……..

But, I had to send this testimonial off to you before I get too distracted trying the new multi wand on everything!

Thank you for all you do to help us and motivate us!

Cathy

multiwandcurveThe Multi-Wand does a great job on all those items.

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It’s Unbelievable How Much Money We Saved

Dear FlyLady,

DH and I sat down and went over our finances. Fun fun. We were always cutting it close, money was gone the same day it came in, and there was never enough, it was sometimes even groceries or bills. Not both. Well, we figured we were going to the grocery store three or four times per month, spending about $200-$300 each time. I know, that’s crazy. We figured we spent about $800 (give or take a few) per month on groceries, usually, and we were throwing away SO much food. Whole roasts that were “cooked to make sandwiches” but then something better was there. Leftovers saved because someone MIGHT eat them. Ugh, so sad. So much waste.

There was a time in my life when I was a young girl, with a baby and a “man” who didn’t care if we had food or not, not only did we not have food, sometimes we didn’t have power to use the stove to cook any bit of food we might have had. I remember eating a raw potato once, because I was so hungry and I had to eat since I was breastfeeding my little one. You would think this alone would have made me appreciate what I have, and not waste, but I think it did the opposite. I was almost hoarding food. I would buy and buy and buy until the fridge wouldn’t close, the cupboards were full, and the freezers would barely close. Food would rot, and be thrown away, which was basically like throwing money away. I know I would never throw money in the garbage, why would I ever throw food in the garbage?

About one month ago I began making meal plans, shopping lists, reading sale flyers and just aware of what we eat. DH pointed out today in this month we have saved…get this…$450. That is almost a rent payment. Amazing.

For so long when you posted about menu plans, I would scoff and say “that doesn’t work for our family” In all honesty, I didn’t want it to work. I was content in wasting money we barely had. It made me feel safe, I think. Not anymore. I have the menu plan up posted, the kids know what we’re having, there’s little to no waste, and if there are leftovers, I try to work them in to a stew or soup to freeze, or take to my elderly bachelor father in law.

I feel so good about our financial situation now. I am expecting a large increase in my income in the next month, so with the money we save, and my income we should be right on track, instead of throwing more money in the garbage can.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, FlyLady. You may have just saved my family.

FlyBaby H.

FlyLady here: My grandmother told me many years ago that any food you threw into the trash was like tossing dollar bills into the garbage.

You can save lots of money with just 5 minutes of planning. In our Control Journal we have a whole section for Menu Planning. With a calendar and a little planning you can save money too. Menu Planning is our habit for November. Let’s get jump start and see how much money we can save before we start spending it on the holidays. Make the commitment to eat out of your freezer and pantries this week and next month. These savings could be just like a Christmas Club account. You can have fun with this. Are you with me?

Your calendar is a great tool to help you menu plan! Today is Wednesday! Clean out your refrigerator and make surprise chicken! Plan your menus for the next few days from your freezer and pantry! This is a great way to save money! Use Post-It Notes sticky tops to make this easy. You can just move it a few weeks down the calendar!

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October Habit #16 A Great Surprise

Dear FlyLady,

It was a great surprise when I read what is the habit for October.

I was cleaning my room yesterday and finally decided that is time for me to sort my paper clutter, without knowing that we are supposed to be working on that this month.

I decided to take my businesses in health industry to a higher level and in order to do that I must be able to see what can be used out of the things that I already have (very tight budget).

So at the very beginning of the month, half of my paper clutter is already taken care of.

During this day I tend to finish the rest of it, so tomorrow I can take all the paper I don’t need to recycle.

The quickest method for me to sort papers turned out to be similar to regular decluttering.

I take out one pile, just go through all the papers and quickly sort them: bills, business related, personal, education, hobby, recycle. Then I do the same thing with another pile.

When I’m through with sorting, take recycling bag to my launching pad and put the rest in proper file.

Later, when I have some free time, go through specific files and put papers in order (dates, importance, accessibility).

So, after I finish my paper clutter I’m going after e-mail clutter.

Best regards!
Valencija from Belgrade

Please share your Paper Clutter stories, tips and routines with me.

Send them to FlyLady@FlyLady.net with PAPER CLUTTER in the subject line.

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