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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Take it or Leave it: FlyLady


How are you doing today?  I hope your day is going well!  I'm here for another round of 'Take it or Leave it.'  It sounds like it should be a game show or something, huh?  Hahah.  Today's 'Take it or Leave it' is inspired by a photo of my laundry fail...

My Laundry Fail
Those are clean clothes, and linens that piled up because I just didn't feel like folding anything for a few days.  Ugh.  I really can't believe I just posted that photo.  But, you know what?  Life in our house isn't always perfect.  Bahaha...who am I kidding?  Life in our house is never perfect, this isn't "Leave it to Beaver", folks...and we're definitely not the Cleavers.  We're human, just like you.  

Scott and I spent some time folding all of those items and getting things back in order after my laundry-folding hiatus.  I'm not sure if any of you ladies out there are like me, but I sometimes have a hard time accepting help (even from Scott) when it comes to keeping up the house.  Call it determination, call it a pursuit of domestic tranquility (hahah), I call it pride.  Plain and simple...it's pride.  It's, somehow, been planted in my head that if I'm the one who spends most of the time at home that I should be the only one to keep it tidy and maintained.  But we both live in this house together, and we both make messes in this house together (and separately).  Why was it so hard for me to accept that I couldn't dedicate time to work each day and keep everything neat and tidy on my own for the first couple of years of marriage?  Oh yeah, that fault I mentioned a couple of sentences ago:  pride.  My hat is off to any woman who's able to work and maintain a neat and tidy home completely on her own (with no spousal support)--especially once children come into the picture.  I mean, my hat is completely off to you.  I'm very thankful to have a husband who helps around the house and demonstrates that to our son.  

Today, I'd like to share an awesome resource that will help you stay on top of your domestic maintenance.  It's actually something I've known about for years  but only just started seriously  implementing the past few months--minus my laundry-folding laziness (as seen in the photo above).  I actually told my mom about it a few months ago and when she started using it and telling me how great it was, I decided to finally take it seriously (go figure).  From the 'fail' picture above, I realize I may not appear to be a very good ambassador for the resource I'm about to share, but I promise you it's AWESOME and has helped me change my cleaning habits.

Before I go on, I will remind you that I'm not getting paid or compensated for anything I mention on "Take it or Leave it" Thursdays.

Take it or Leave it:  FlyLady

FlyLady is a FREE resource that gives you baby steps and daily missions to help you develop better habits to maintain your home.  The daily missions will help you de-clutter and deep clean without feeling overwhelmed doing it.  Oh, and there's a little shop on the site that sells some great and durable cleaning products. 

Here is a blurb from the FlyLady website:  "FLYing means Finally Loving Yourself. I want you to have what I have: peace of mind, pride in my home, and a passion for living. FLYing works for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you work outside of your home, stay home with children, are retired, work from home, or a combination of any of these. You can FLY. We are here to help you establish routines and build a basic weekly plan."

So, the choice is yours:  you can take it or leave it.  I'm going to take it!  Back to remembering one of FlyLady's very catchy and accurate reminders "a load [of laundry] a day keeps CHAOS away!"

Click HERE to check out FlyLady

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