If it's Monday, it must be...WHB a.k.a. 'Weekly Home Blessing'. Or, to the unitiated, the day I do my cleaning.
I found Flylady (http://flylady.net/) the night before DS9 started school, August 2006. Desperately searching the net, looking for a way to get rid of the clutter and ultimately get the house and family organised. I'd always prided myself on being organised at work (was known as Miss/Mrs Information) but the house was a different matter. Mum had taught me well how to cook and clean but the problem was more, where do you start? Where does it all end? :) I was overwhelmed. A common affliction amongst new flybabies.
Flylady's site was different to all the other 'get organised' methods I found. She had a plan - every day had structure and there were set tasks. And, the deciding factor, it was free! I signed up for e-mails and can remember being excited (yes, you read that right) that Monday morning we were going to clean, do the WHB. Seven tasks, each taking ca. 10 minutes and, at the end - our pot of gold - a clean house. Sounded too good to be true but, to be honest, I didn't care - I was looking forward to finally having an instruction manual and following it.
My DS9 is just about to start 3rd grade. Our house looks pretty good these days (getting rid of clutter is an ongoing process, but it's getting easier and easier), is pretty clean (thank you WHB) and we're all pretty organised. The daily stress factors are gone, laundry is up-to-date, meals are planned. And I still enjoy doing WHB! ;) These days there is even a podcast available on iTunes, where Flylady takes you by the hand and guides you through it.
If you want to have a go yourself, go visit http://flylady.net/ She'll tell you to go shine your sink. Just do it. Sounds bizarre but, trust me, what do you have to lose?