Dear Fly Lady,
We built our house 8 years ago. Getting it fully under control has been a challenge. Some days I feel like a slave to it. Last summer a friend of mine told me about you. I tried your 15 minute plan thinking what the heck, at least something would get done.
Wonder of all wonders. I got the garage cleared out in about a week. It is now actually a garage and not a storage shed to be hidden from the neighbors.
The front porch was next. I dreaded walking into the mess that was my front entry.
Dear Husband liked the shine your kitchen sink concept. Now he enforces that rule, I don’t have to! Little by little each room was tackled.
Now we have a 3500 square foot house that is extremely easy to maintain. Like you said, schedule a task and just do it. Regular maintenance really does cut down on the cleaning chore and make it all go much faster. I used to come home exhausted, now I try to do a little something so I have free time on the weekends.
Everyone chips in to maintain the house now. I decided that a year of sticking to your plan was worth a huge reward. I had been secretly saving what it would have cost me for a cleaning service each month. By the end of the year I had enough to hire a landscaper to come clear out our flower beds, and lay down stone. It is very low maintenance. Today I even did the 15 minute rule on the flower beds and pulled out a few stray blades of grass. And do you know what? Ironically I got through all of the areas in 15 minutes! Thank you Fly Lady we are a family of converts!