[[ ARTICLE FROM JANUARY 2016]]
HOW CAN I MAKE THE FLYLADY SYSTEM WORK FOR ME?
Why do I love the Flylady system? Because it’s simple. It isn’t rocket science and we aren’t reinventing the wheel. It’s just good old common sense. We are putting the tasks that we do, every day of our lives, into simple routines. Which saves us time, energy and stress. We’re decluttering our homes and offices in small, manageable steps.
For me, the Flylady system takes the chaos out of running my home and my family. I finally got rid of the clutter in my house. And the clutter between my ears…
So why are you reading this? Why isn’t the Flylady system working for you?
The answer is consistency and accountability.
Let’s start with consistency.
Do you have a Morning Routine? Mine is this:
Make my bed, head to the bathroom and dress to shoes/put on makeup, Swish n’ Swipe the bathroom. Put a load in the washing machine, eat breakfast, run the dishwasher.
I do my Morning Routine in the same order, every single day. I’ve been doing it for so long that I do it automatically, without thinking. I’m on autopilot. I love starting off my day with a plan, and with a spring in my step.
But what about weekends - you ask? Don’t you ever take a day ‘off’? When I first started Flylady I would skip my Routines at the weekend. Hey, the kids were starting to sleeping late, so there was no need for me to get up so early. So I enjoyed my long lie in, did laundry when (or should that be ‘if’?) I thought about it, and let the dishes pile up in the sink. I took the weekends ‘off’ and put my Routines on the back burner for those days. And you know what’s coming next, don’t you? I learned the hard way that skipping my Routines allowed the chaos to come sliding right back in. I didn’t like the way that felt! I realised that doing my Routines isn’t more work but less work. Wow, imagine that. I save time and energy because I’m piggybacking tasks. And I save myself from that horrible feeling of not knowing what I need to do, or what to do next.
But, hey, don’t you ever have a long lie in - I hear you ask? Oh yes, yes, I do! I spend a lot of time in bed on weekend mornings, enjoying a cup of coffee and checking my phone or reading a book. But – and here comes the important part - as soon as I finally get out of bed, as soon as my feet hit the floor, I do my Morning Routine. And then I’m ready for whatever the day throws at me.
But what about those times when ‘life’ happens – I hear you ask? Those days that I’m feeling blue, one of the kids is ill, there is an emergency at home, the death of a loved one. When I feel like I’m on a carousel and am hanging on for dear life… These are the very times that I need my Routines the most. I am on automatic pilot. My Routines (repetitive and strangely comforting) help me to get through the day and cope.
By being consistent with our Routines and decluttering, everything else falls into place.
And the accountability part?
That’s where I can help! I will hold your hand as you begin to declutter and build routines. I’ll help you tweak the routines to your circumstances and challenges. I understand what you’re going through. Trust me, I’ve been there before. I’ll keep you accountable because I’m right there with you, every step of the way. On both the good days and the bad days.
Accountability comes in many shapes and forms. I can give you a gentle nudge. Or maybe what you really need is a kick up the bahookie?!
But, perhaps most importantly, I’m here to stop you from crashing and burning. I’ll encourage you, but pull you back when you’re pushing yourself too hard. I’ll make sure that you get there because we will be doing it together. In babysteps.
Diane in Denmark