Sunday, June 1, 2008

Starting over

I am not known for my housekeeping skills. I have never been a 'cleanie' & most likely never will. There is always a load of laundry (or 2, or 3...) waiting to be folded on the couch, dishes to be done in the sink, toys, books & assorted stuff strewn all about the floor. I would rather do just about anything (blogging, duh!) but clean. We are clutter hounds, my hubby & I, we don't really like it but we seem to be powerless to keep anything picked up for long and we are passing this fabulous trait on to our children.

(I am being VERY transparent here...please be kind!)

A couple of years ago I stumbled on a website that has the potential to change the life of someone like myself. If you look over at my sidebar & down a smidge, you'll see a cute new button. That lil lady with the wings is the FlyLady & she's one of the most amazing women I know. I (sorta) followed her routines for a few months here, a few weeks there, always falling off the wagon eventually but knowing what I needed to do to jump back on.

Last year when Chris started with the bricklayers union I started to fall apart. The company he worked for was in Spokane, but at that time we lived in Kittitas, 3 hours away. Long story short, for 6 months he spent his weeks in Spokane & his weekends at home which I could not handle. I not only fell off the FlyLady wagon, I lost sight of how to get back on & the will to do so. (By the time we moved here I was very close to having a complete nervous breakdown.)

So now it's 8 months later & my house is seriously driving me nuts. I'm tired of living in a dump. I'm tired of crisis cleaning every time someone visits. I'm tired of living in CHAOS (see previously mentioned cute button.) It's time to get back on that FlyLady wagon. I'm going to dust off my old Control Journal (after I find it), shine my sink & start over again with the Beginner BabySteps.

To keep me accountable, I'm going to blog about my journey. I plan to post about what I did the previous day, how I'm feeling etc. If I miss a day I invite you to ask me why the freak I'm slacking off if something is wrong. I feel like I need someone (other than my husband, he'd just get in trouble haha!) to help me stay on track & who better than my pals out there in bloggy-land?

If you are a SHE (Sidetracked Home Executive) like me, I invite you to join along. For all the BO (Born Organized) ladies out there, you might gain a little insight on how us SHE's operate. And if you know a SHE that could use a little encouragement please share my blog with her - who knows, it just might change her life!


Kate said...

Best wishes!

No one really knows what the center of a tornado truly looks like. I do. It's in my house.

Kalynne Pudner said...

I firmly believe that Flylady ought to be canonized. I'm with you on this one, Alane. No more deleting the emails without looking. Time to "jump in where we are!"

Mari said...

I think flylady is great, but I don't think she works well for people like me who work full time. I do use some of her principles though!

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Boringo said...

(with mexican accent) Jew can dew eet!

I have to ask myself, why didn't I pay closer attention to my mother growing up? Why didn't I learn how to plan meals, setup a cleaning schedule, and be better disciplined in general?

Why? Cause I am an undisciplined cuss. Still struggling with 1 Cor 9:26-27. Urgh.

Wani said...

Have you heard of Rachel posts a "Small Thing" every day and you can earn points throughout the month and be entered in a drawing. Its a really encouraging blog. Lots of other SHEs there!

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