7/28/2010

Feeling Like I've Got It (At Least a Little) Together

About two weeks ago I was chatting with Tim about the fact that I felt like I was constantly falling behind in my cleaning. I didn't understand why I couldn't get things done - other than the fact that faced with the decision to clean the house or play cars cars wins out every time - but that maybe we should consider at least having someone come in once a month to deep clean and I could probably maintain well enough in between. (Because I do get some stuff done - it's just not nearly as much or as consistent as I'd like it to be.)

I read only one mommy forum - and that loosely - but I happened to see a thread on FlyLady. I am a FlyLady failure. And honestly? That doesn't really bother me all that much. If I had nothing to do but clean all day every day, then I think FlyLady would work for me - and if you're a FL person, maybe I was doing it wrong, but honestly, I just couldn't keep up. It was nuts! Anyway, out of curiosity, I opened the thread and was pleased to see that it was a bunch of other FL drop outs. (Not that I really want people to fail, mind you, just more that it wasn't a bunch of fan girls - because there seems to be really only those two extremes: fan girls and drop outs.) Anyway, the discussion was mostly about how do people who can't swing FL but still need some kind of system actually get anything done and one lady said they used Motivated Moms. So, out of curiosity, I linked over and looked and had two thoughts.

The first thought was: I could do that on my own.

The second thought was: But I haven't...and it's only $4 right now (since we're 1/2 way through the year). So why not give it a try?

The third thought (yeah yeah, I said two...sue me) was: I wonder if there's a coupon code somewhere.

And there was (just Google "motivated moms coupon code" - I think mine was "giveaway" but can't remember.) And so it was only $3.

And may I just say, this system rocks. I print out the sheet each week and stick it on the fridge. Then I get to check things off as I go - and the nice thing -- the really, really REALLY nice thing - is that there aren't any days that are just seriously overwhelming. There are 5 or 6 things to do each day, and none of them are huge time investments, really, so you can do one thing, play with the kiddo. Do something else, play with the kiddo. Do a third thing and have him help and so forth and so on. And before you know it, you've had an incredibly productive day, but you really don't feel like you spent the day cleaning.

Of course...I'm writing this post on the day I didn't actually get to any of my items, but well, it's VBS this week. And I can probably catch up tomorrow, because the daily lists are that short that combining them now and then hasn't been too much of a problem.

So I just figured I'd share - cause it's worth a look if you've been floundering. And at $4, (or $3 if the coupon still works) it's worth a shot for the rest of the year.

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