March Habit #24 A Good Start

Dear FlyLady,

This is my third attempt at FLYing.  My husband’s cousin introduced me to Sink Reflections in 2011.  I got off to a good start and then had my first child in Feb 2012.  CHAOS swooped in and took over.  First time mom and fairly new to being SAH(M) since I had quit working just a few months before I became pregnant.  I knew how to structure my day when I was working outside the home, but this being a SAHM thing was all totally new.  In 2014, I got back on the FLYing wagon, only to fall off again in August 2014 when my second child was born.

Last month, I had one of those emergency cleaning spree (CHAOS) panic attack kind of days.  It was my daughter’s fifth birthday and we were planning a small get together at our house.  My in-laws are retired military and keep their house in ship-shape all the time.  They live near, but seldom visit us.  So, knowing they were coming in eleven hours, I was frantic to stash and dash anything and everything I could.  I spent the entire day using your 15 minute time frames and resting every 45 minutes.  I carried the last boxes of junk up to the master bedroom just a few minutes before they arrived.  I cringed every time my daughter mentioned anything about her bedroom, afraid she would invite them upstairs to see her room.  There was barely a walking path before my stash and dash session and I was pretty sure I had filled up the walking path.   Luckily, I made it through the evening without the embarrassment of anyone venturing up or down the stairs to any other part of the house.  I was actually proud of my accomplishments for the day, although I knew eventually I would have to deal with all the boxes I had stashed elsewhere.

About the same time that I had to do my emergency cleaning spree, I stumbled across an old email about the book “Hidden Treasures” that your sister wrote.  I love a good story and her book did not disappoint.  I must admit, the encouragement I found in her book helped me through that eleven hours of pure torture trying to get my house “presentable”.  That’s a really important word.  The first floor was “presentable” but no where near perfect.  The second floor and finished basement were no where near presentable.  After I finished reading Patti’s book, I hunted down my copy of “Sink Reflections”.  I have been reading a couple of chapters per day now for about two weeks.  I feel like I am really ready to FLY away from CHAOS and never look back.  The difference is this time I am taking the steps in order as you have instructed.  I shined my sink.  I picked out my clothes last night.  I took a shower and got dressed to my shoes this morning.  I have taken 15 minutes to declutter in my dining room today.  I spent 3-15 minute sessions in my master bath today.  Oh my…did it ever need it.

I think it will need at least 6 more 15 minute sessions before I can call it clean, but wow what a difference I can see after 45 minutes.  My only goal today was to 1)find the bathroom sink and 2)shine the sink and toilet.  I am pretty sure my husband will notice, as my five year old said, “Mommy the bathroom looks perfect!”  Well, not quite perfect, but definitely better.

Thank you FlyLady.  I am going to get through all 3600 square feet of this house with your help, one baby step at a time.

Melissa from Shepherdsville KY

Dear Friends,

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Let’s hunker down and get things done! Declutter and Sanitize your home! Grab your purple rags and wipe down your door knobs, light switches, remotes, and flat surfaces.

Stay busy and keep calm! We are Flying though this emergency!

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