Amazing Results

Dear FlyLady,

What do you mean I don’t have to paint?

I’ve been tackling Zone 1 this week by using the Detailed Cleaning List. Frankly, I didn’t think there was much to do in our entryway. We’re preparing our home for sale, though, so I figured I’d at least check.

Looking at everything through the eyes of a realtor, I admitted to myself that the walls were pretty bad. I hate painting, and I had decided just to ignore the walls and hope for the best.

Today, I decided to give washing the walls a try. I grabbed an old sponge and daughter’s beach bucket. I squirted a few sprays of cleaner in the bucket, filled it with warm water, and then I set to work scrubbing.

I can’t believe the results! It took two 15-minute shifts, but one wall is clean. It doesn’t need to be painted after all! Is it perfect? No. Did I use the ideal cleaning supplies? Probably not (I might have scrubbed off a little paint ūüôā ).

What’s important is that I set a timer and choose to imperfectly bless my home and family, 15 minutes at a time. Thank you, Flylady!

Sincerely,
Flapping in Georgia

 

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November Habit #30 An “In Between” System

Dear FlyLady,

I have been reading all of the testimonials about menu planning, always looking for ways to improve my system. When my DDs were very small, a friend introduced me to “once a month cooking,” and even with a very small freezer at that time I was able to fit quite a few meals. This helped greatly with that terrible dinner hour when DH was walking through the door and the little ones were hungry/crabby. It took a Friday evening (shopping) and most of the day Saturday (cooking) in order to accomplish it (with DH watching the girls), but the rewards were huge!! As the kids (now 3 of them!) got older I still tried to keep a few things in the freezer, but I didn’t do the huge monthly cooking anymore.

Then about 5 years ago we did a major remodel, and thankfully I put many, many meals in the freezer for that (we have a bigger freezer now.) This was a huge blessing because what was supposed to be 4 weeks without a kitchen turned into 12 weeks without a kitchen. We were able to get along with only a microwave, a toaster oven, and a Crockpot, only ordering out about once a week.  I realized after that, that I was spoiled. It had been so nice to be able to go to my freezer for dinner, rather than start from scratch each night.

So I have found an “in between” system that works for us. Whenever I cook something that is conducive to it, I double or triple it. Mac & cheese, brisket, stroganoff, soups. We eat once and I freeze the rest. Or I make a big pork roast, and I slice up the leftovers and freeze for fajitas in the future (usually 2 more meals.) When I can get bone-in chicken breasts for a great price, I prepare a huge batch of them, make a few pot pies or pans of enchiladas, then dice or shred the rest and freeze for future stir fry or soups. Yesterday I was “cooked out” from Thanksgiving, but we obviously needed to eat! I could have picked something from the freezer, but I needed to run to the store anyway for milk and produce. So I purchased a large package of ground beef (93% lean and on sale!) and browned the whole thing with onions. I turned part of it into taco meat for two meals this week (last night and another night that we need a quick meal) and divided up the rest and froze it in freezer bags.¬† It can be pulled out later for pizza topping, more taco meat, or some other use.

This system has freed me up so much! When I plan my meals for the week I try to use one or two meals from my freezer, and also try to add SOMETHING back to the freezer once a week. It is not always a big meal, sometimes it is just bags of browned ground beef, but it is something to feed my perpetual freezer.

Thanks for all you do!
A Midwest Flybaby

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Just Tell me What to Do

Dear FlyLady,

Every week you talk about Wednesday being Anti-Procrastination Day. Why don’t you tell us exactly what to do! It is too hard to think of what needs to be done. I had rather have a direct order.

FlyBaby M. Ready to get things done.

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Dear FlyBaby M,

Many of you just want to be told what to do. This is why you love our missions in our daily flight plan. As part of our¬†Basic Weekly Plan¬†, we set up Wednesday to be¬†Anti-Procrastination Day¬†so we can do those things that we don’t like to do.

Here it is again! Anti-Procrastination Day! It is our day to;

1. Clean out our Refrigerators
2. Take inventory of what needs to be cooked (Produce, Meat)
3. Check your¬†Calendar¬†for next week and plan around your family’s schedule
4. Plan your menus for next week
5. Pay a bill

FlyLady

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Holiday Musings: Shopping Tips

Dear Friends,

Many of us still have some shopping to do. I want to help you with some tips.

Here are 11 FLY Sense Commandments for shopping:

1. Plan your meals before you get into the grocery store! Make your menus, clean out your refrigerator and make a grocery list. Only buy food at the grocery store!

2. A shopping list is your best financial friend. It produces focused shoppers, not mindless wandering and mindless buying with virtual money! Download our Holiday Control Journal for free from our website.

3. If you can’t handle malls, catalogs, shopping television, those 800 numbers or internet stores go cold turkey and turn them off or toss them out and stay away from them.

4. To reduce spending stay out of the stores as much as possible. Limit your trips by planning your errands. Every time you walk through the door they have you! Don’t fall victim to their marketing traps! You are strong! You can do this!

5. When you do go to the stores, set a timer and only spend a few minutes going in and getting what is on your list. STAY FOCUSED! You can do anything for 15 minutes! Wear a watch and be aware of your spending: Time and money!

6. If you take the children with you shopping bring water bottles from home and fruit snacks. This will keep you from having to stop and buy. Happy children help you. Hungry children whine and want impulse purchases. Retail merchandisers prey on children too. Just look at the cereal aisle! All the sugar filled stuff is on the lowest aisle! Lay down the ground rules before you shop with your children, give them the hope of reward for helping you after the groceries get put away at home. Also tell them the consequences if they whine and nag. There is nothing more satisfying than telling the kids you will leave if they nag for stuff, and then actually leaving! A good reward is time with them playing a game.

7. Sales are not really sales if they go on your credit card! The interest rate eats up your savings. With the price of gas, if you have to drive any distance the bargain is no bargain!

8. While shopping get into the habit of questioning your purchases: Do I need you? Do I love you? Do I have a place for you? Am I going to fling you soon? Do I have another one of you? Are you a clutter Free gift for my friends or family? Am I setting a good example by giving clutter-free gifts.

9. Quit using your debit card; it is too easy and you are a SHE and you forget to post your purchases in your check register. Knowledge is power! Credit cards are virtual money you have to pay them with tangible money; when we over spend the stress of the credit card debt keeps us from FLYing!

10. While shopping with a cart; do a 27 fling boogie before you get to the check out lane. Be sure and put back your impulse purchases. Let your children help you by policing your list and what is in your cart! Be aware that there are traps on every aisle. Those traps are set by retailers to take your disposable income. Guess what? Your money is not something to be flushed down the toilet. Your money has a value to you and your family. Let it be a tool, not a flush!

11. To help you curb your purchases with a credit card, debit card, check book or cash: put a FLYLADY image on your plastic card, checks, and your money. This will make it harder to use. Each time you use them this will bring your spending into your awareness. Put all your receipts in your control journal. Scotch tape them on a sheet of paper. Know each day how much you are spending!

I want you to FLY! Financially Loving Yourself. To do this you need to be aware of your spending! Being Financially Aware will open up your wings to FLY! FACE your Finances; Financial Awareness  Continually Empowers.

FlyLady

Every Friday we will be looking at our holiday budgets; this will  keep us on track with our spending. As one member said:

Dear FlyLady,

I noticed in your letter about the Basic Weekly Plan for Holiday¬† Cruising, that you didn’t have a special name for Friday.¬† Now don’t blame my perfectionism for this. I just like the little names you give each of the days and it helps me to remember which day is which.¬† Anyway, I named Friday “Budget, Don’t Begrudge It” day.¬† If¬† you stick to your holiday budget, you won’t have to feel begrudging by going over it.¬† Did that make sense?¬† LOL

Thanks for all you do!!

FlyLady

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Start This Journey

Dear FlyLady,

A little back ground on me, I am a military wife of 21 and 22 weeks pregnant with our first baby. We have been married for 1 year and 8 month and have lived together for 7 months (go military).

I grew up in a very chaotic home and swore mine would be different. But that last months have proven how hard that is. I have been fighting negative feelings of feeling like a failure has a wife and with a baby on the way I knew I had to change something. My mom had tried FlyLady when I was a kid and even though it didn’t stick for her I thought I would look into your program.

Its exactly what I need! I struggle with anxiety and I’m learning I have to do things very slow to be successful. Which means no quick fix for me. I just started FLYing. I simply read your emails for a few weeks until I was ready to start.

Its been a few day’s since I started with my shiny sink. It took me a few day’s until I started to be consistent but I’m determined. Today I have started doing one load of laundry a day. And started the missions. Because I don’t have a front porch and there is nothing in my entry way I decided to do 8 minutes in the dinning room and 8 minutes in the living room. Its amazing how much gets done in so little time. Its far from perfect but I am learning to let my perfectionism go.
I just want to say thank you, I am excited to start this journey to a stress free home.

New FlyBaby from Japan.

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November Habit #29 Breaking It Down Works For Me

Dear FlyLady and the rest of the Fly-Folks everywhere,

You requested our experiences with menu-planning. Here’s mine.

One of the things I absolutely love about flying is that I learned to make my steps smaller and smaller.

How this applies to menu planning.

I used to try and do it all in one go:
– think of a recipe
– write down the necessary ingredients (including checking to what extent I already have them)
– go shopping (used to live walking distance to a store)
– cook.

Too exhausting!

Now I have two separate entries on my weekly checklist
– think of recipes and write the name of the recipe on the calendar (with page number of the cook book – I sometimes also put a post-it on page on the cookbook. All to make the next step easier which happens at a different point in time.)
– look at recipes and put necessary ingredients on the shopping list

I moved in with my boyfriend. He’s doing the shopping and all I need to do is sent him an electronic message with my shopping list. (Electronic being his only requirement, I love it).

Anyhow, why breaking it down works for me, is that I’m in a different mood when I think of recipes than when I’m actually writing down the ingredients.

cheers, and thank you so very much for all that you do.

Biiiiiig purple hug,
Elfriede

November we are Menu Planning all month. We are going to learn how to plan our menus to save money and feed our families healthy. This will be a fun habit to learn and to practice.If you have and recipes you would like to share or a testimonial about Menu Planning Let us know! Send an email to FlyLady@flylady.net with Menu Planning in the subject line.

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What is Weekly Home Blessing?

Dear FlyLady,

What is the one hour list where we do certain things for 10 minutes? Something like weekly blessing? dusting for 10, vacuuming for 10?

FlyBaby MJ

 

Dear FlyBaby MJ,

You are not the only one to wonder about this. We forget that many new people join each week and don’t know what Weekly Home Blessing Hour is all about.

Let me explain this in a simple way. It is where we spend 1 hour sprucing up our home. Michele my assistant calls it Redding UP. I guess this is what her mother called it when they were getting ready for company.

This is NOT DETAILED CLEANING! It is just the middles and a quick and easy clean up.

We use our timer! This is a MUST! Your timer tells you to quit and go on to the next thing! You can also get a pretty good work out too! Because you are going as fast as you can.

Now don’t feel guilty if you can’t do them all in one day. I spread mine out over the whole week and do one a day. Some of our members do one Weekly Home Blessing Hour on Monday (to recover from the weekend) and another one on Friday (to get ready for the weekend). Others put them in a bowl and each family member draws one out. Make it fun! Put on some fast music and FLY around your house!

I have a Post-it Note on my bathroom door that tells me what I do on each day of the week. There are 7 things. You can do them in any order you like. One of our members puts her 7 Blessings on her bathroom mirror. As she does one she moves it to the other side of the mirror. Her goal is to get them all moved to the other side by the end of the day. Your creativity is amazing.  

Monday Focus  On this page you will see the list of seven blessings. I have also done a podcast that helps you do it! It is like having me on your shoulder to walk you through your Weekly Home Blessing. You know how bossy I can be! LOL

Join us for a Facebook Live Show as we Bless our Homes together with 2 minute blessings.

FlyLady

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Too Many Projects

Dear Friends,

The holidays are fast approaching. We have lots of things to do to get ready! I feel that the most important job we can do right this minute is get rid of the clutter to make room for the new items that are coming into your home.

The kitchen is the heart of¬†our home and when the kitchen is clean the whole house feels better. Before we know it Christmas will be here. Don’t allow yourself to panic. We can help you get the rest of the house ready too, but you have to promise to not try to do too much at one time. We pride ourselves in being able to multi-task. We get so many projects going and we never finish them. Have you been living in the projects? You don’t have to put yourself though this.

We came up with crisis cleaning to help us. This is a simple way to stay focused and not burn out while getting your main areas of your home ready for your guests. The most essential part of the Crisis Cleaning System is the 15 minutes that is required each hour to SIT DOWN AND REST! drink your water and plan! The hardest part of crisis cleaning is keeping it in good order until your guest arrive. NOW LISTEN VERY CLOSELY! I do not want you to wait till the day before your guests arrive to crisis clean. The secret to being a good hostess is to pace yourself and be well rested. DO YOU HEAR ME???

I will let you in on my light bulb moment. It happened in 1999! I had spent from January to November getting my baby step routines established. Our home was staying nice, but I still had hot spots and some clutter. At the first of November, I decided that we would host Thanksgiving Dinner for Robert’s Family. He had never done it for his family. My family was going to be out of town. Since I had routines, I decided I could pull this off. I started to plan and scheme. I interviewed my Born Organized Clerk as to how she kept her home clean. She told me, “Marla, it is very simple! You just pick up after yourself!”

WOW! What a revelation! If I got something out, I should put it away when I finished. This was not rocket science. It was simple! I just had to practice it. So the first week in November, I cleaned my home very well, got rid of all the clutter and started to work on a plan for the holidays. After the house was in good shape, granted it wasn’t like it used to be with clutter piled to the ceiling. Let’s just say I spring-cleaned in the fall! LOL Now I don’t have to do this, because of my zones. So after that first week of focusing on my home and¬†getting that problem out of the way, I could relax and plan the party. With my Born Organized friend’s advice, I could practice picking up after myself and putting things away. Also I could practice doing one¬†thing at a time. Yes! You heard me right.

Many times we leave things half done and piled all over the house because of our sidetracked nature. We start one thing and get pulled away to start something else. Leaving our projects everywhere. You could follow our day, just by going from one project to the next. During the next 3 weeks, I was able to catch myself doing just this and stop in mid-sidetrackedness and say! Marla! All you have to do is put this away before you start this other project. Much to my surprise: IT WORKED!!! Our home stayed clean and clutter free, because I was actually putting things away and finishing what I was working on. Even if I didn’t finish, I was getting to a stopping point and putting it away neatly. This took a conscious effort on my part, but once I noticed what I had been doing, something just clicked with me.¬†It can with you too!

So I have a homework assignment for you! This is one of my 11 Commandments.

# 6. Don’t try to do two projects at once. ONE JOB AT A TIME. Don’t pull out more than you can put back in 1 hour.

We are so bad about doing this to ourselves. Self-Sabotage is our greatest enemy. SHEs tend to think we can multi-task! This is why we find ourselves turning around in circles, not knowing what to do next or where to turn! This has got to stop. We can help you! Don’t tell me you work better under pressure! This is a lie that we have told ourselves for years, because of our procrastination. We work better when we are well rested and our minds and function without running 90 miles per hour. I want you to take care of yourself.

Are you ready to FLY through the holidays? I love you all so much I even made you a Crisis Cleaning Podcast! Put this into your iPod or play it on your computer while you work. You will notice I put breaks in there as well. If you continually pick up after yourselves but still need a little help before Thanksgiving or Christmas this is the thing!

Crisis Cleaning Podcast

FlyLady

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I Laughed At Myself

Hello FlyLady!testifly

I have been flying for several months now and always get a kick out of the blunders some people do. So here is mine:

I am a stay at home mom of two littles. I had heard of your website and decided I need a change. The very first day was bathroom week. All I read was your list of things to do and that included to “shine your sink.” I thought since it was bathroom week you strictly meant bathroom sink. I thought to myself how easy is that?! Well, my first day my bathroom sink got shined really well! How proud was I?

The next day I got one of your emails and realized you meant to shine your kitchen sink daily. Head in hands.

After I laughed at myself, I now strive to keep my kitchen sink empty. It’s amazing! Just this morning my year and a half year old made an enormous mess with his cereal. I took off his onesie and stuck him in the kitchen sink for an impromptu bath! He’s never had a sink bath in his life until today!

Thanks so much for your inspiration and thoughtfulness!

From~
Flybaby and Flygrandbaby

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November Habit #28 Crying at the Refrigerator

Dear FlyLady,

I love this month’s meal planning babystep!¬† My mother always planned our meals, and never seemed to be at a loss about what to cook for a husband, 4 children, and sometimes guests.¬† Mom always had the ingredients for the meals ready on the day she needed them.¬† She made it look effortless-but, I just didn’t see her planning all this! The only thing I noticed, as a child, was that you really need a grocery list.

However, with all your help, I’m now figuring out the steps I need to follow to copy Mom’s example.¬† Thank you so much for this.¬† I’ve shared your website with my aunt who told me a funny, but kind of sad, story about how she decided what to cook nightly for her children.

She said that each night, when it was dinner time, she and the kids peered into the refrigerator for inspiration.¬† With the wide-eyed, hungry children looking at the food inside, she told me she repeatedly asked them, “OK, what do you kids want to eat tonight!!!”¬† Of course, each one either named their pick or just stood there dumbfounded (that would have been me)!¬† She told me she ended up totally frustrated, or sometimes even crying, and the kids did too.¬† I asked her what she finally fixed, and Mac and Cheese was what they usually agreed on! Of course, she fed them other food with it.

I sure wish my Mom would have mentored my aunt on meal planning or someone like FlyLady had been there for her!  We laughed about this together, but she told me she had many a stomach ache just thinking about fixing that dinner every night.

Again, thank you for being so generous to us !
Virginia FlyBaby

Welcome to November – the Menu Planning month. All month long, we are going to learn how to plan our menus to save money and feed our families healthy. This will be a fun habit to learn and to practice.

If you have and recipes you would like to share or a testimonial about Menu Planning Let us know! Send an email to FlyLady@flylady.net with Menu Planning in the subject line.

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