My Love/Hate

I had a relationship with her a couple of years ago. She was great for my self esteem and I remember being a much happier and peaceful person when we were a team. We were together for maybe a year…or less. Then I moved and didn’t bother to pick back up the relationship.

There’s a side to her though that I just don’t get. I think I dropped her when we moved because she could be demanding. And would remind me of just how lazy I was sometimes. I think I just needed a break.

It’s time to bring her back into my life though. I’ve gone on feeling lazy and incomplete and well, just blah for too long. I’m willing to team back up with her again to see if I can turn this lazy, messy, unclean life of mine around.

Yes, I have a love/hate relationship with……the Fly Lady.

I know! You were all excited and like, “she’s going to spill some guts here! Now we get the dirt!” And I was all, “it’s dirt, but it ain’t that kind of dirt.”

I’m getting rid of the dirt around here. And if you know Fly Lady you know I’m not talking about the dirt that’s cleaned everyday, like the counters or the floors. I’m talking about base boards, and fan blades, and blinds, and oven fans. I know. Pray for me. I hate cleaning, but I love me some Fly Lady. She’s reconciled me to at least enjoying the feeling of the accomplishment of cleaning before. Let’s hope she hasn’t lost her touch.

I just created my lists and am printing them out as we speak. Yes, I’m becoming a list person again. Or at least attempting to. I’m laminating the lists y’all so I can mark on them everyday and then wipe off and start over again the next day. I’m not going to be able to stand it.

So, if I don’t blog again for about a month just know where I am. Knee deep in dust bunnies that have been collecting for the last six months…

Who needs internet play when I could be cleaning all freaking day.

That’s my new motto, said in the most facetious tone possible. Feel free to incorporate into your own credo.

**EDITED to say: Wow at all you nay sayers! First let me qualify my depth of participation with the Fly. I do not dress down to the shoes. Our carpet is already gross enough. I’ll try to do the sink thing, but I’m no where near worried about whether there’s a spot or two…or ten on it. My goal is to stay on top of the housework and never let it get to a point that feels overwhelming. A little a day will prevent me from having to do all day cleanings like I do now.

MY version of Fly Lady consists of making my lists of daily things to do and then the monthly deep cleaning that’s done a littleย  a day. I don’t take a break every hour for fifteen minutes to clean or whatever she suggests.

So there! I’m doing the Not So SAHM version of Fly Lady, which is much less drastic I think. And no, Dandelionmom, please don’t send reinforcements…unless they’re going to shine my sinks for me.

##EDITED AGAIN to say. I don’t get the Fly’s emails. I signed up for the emails for about .763 days and promptly unsubscribed. Who needs all that pressure? I’ve created enough pressure with my daily/weekly sheets I’ve created. Maybe I’ll post those for you so you’ll see that although I may seem crazy…it’s really not that bad.

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17 thoughts on “My Love/Hate

  1. dandelionmom says:

    NO! NO! NOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Have I lost another saaane friend to the Fly Lady shoes-in-the-house-for Pete’s-sake-cult??? I will love you better if you have a few water spots and speckles in your kitchen sink! Don’t go to the other side NOTSO!! Do you need an intervention? deprogramming maybe?–sit down! have a COke-do a tag search and find some nice calm slipper-wearing bloggers to read!!

  2. I can’t decide if I like fly lady or not…I’m not sure I get her obsession with the shiny sink, or the need to dress to your shoes. I think I can clean just as well in my pajamas and fuzzy socks. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good luck with your laminating…maybe I should try that.

  3. I gave up on Fly Lady after all those annoying, “Go shine your sink” e-mails. I was all, “DUDE–I don’t want to shine my sink tonight–GET OVER IT!”

    And then I broke up with her.

    Now I must resume my own cleaning schedule. And potty-training that is NOT going well. Please pray for me.

  4. I have fallen off the “flywagon” about thirty times… in fact I just unsubscribed to her emails AGAIN yesterday. I figure if I have 134 unread emails in my Flylady folder… well, ya know. I can’t keep up with her and then I feel guilty. But I’ll bet you a hundred bucks I’ll sign up again in about 6 months ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Yeah, the shoes-thing… I’m glad to hear you won’t be doing it. I commend you on your drive for a better home. Do you think that a little clutter, though, is what makes a home feel homey?

  6. Krissy: I think that feeling comfortable in a home is what makes it homey. My husband and I have fed off each other’s idiosyncrasies for the past 13 years and now neither of us is content unless our house is clutter free. A place for everything and everything in its place. We don’t even have a junk drawer. I think my clutteredness comes digitally: my computer, etc. really need some cleaning out ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I wandered over from the weblog awards. Anyway, I do flylady too and I think it’s great. Like she says you just have to make it work for you. Also, she has changed the way she does e-mails and I like the new way better. Kelly

  8. I found your post from the Mr. Linky for the focus friday. I found fly lady about a gazillion years ago. I think she is helpful. But I’ve been focusing on ONE suggestion of hers for the last, well, gazillion years (of daily unclutter your clutter spots). When I get that down maybe I’ll go back for another tip!

  9. Linda Beatson says:

    I first heard of the fly lady about 5 years ago, and am about to try and learn some of those habits again (after 4 years of living in Asia with staff, I now have to take care myself!). However, in order to start gently, I will print off these lists and laminate them, and have a feeling that just this will be challenge enough. Just need to not feel overwhelmed by the household tasks, and still have energy for some other stuff……
    cheers Linda

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