Many times I have tried to follow Flyday. She has some great ideas but I found that the daily e-mail and such just added to my stress and feeling of being overwhelmed. As the first of the year rolled around I had been compiling a list of goals. Many of those goals were to do with a home that is more organized and better managed. I decided to look at flylady decluttering in 15 minutes. I have not only been using it to help to declutter but also with my general housekeeping.
Each morning I will set the timer for 15 minutes for different task. One of those task is what I call "behind the gate." There is a gate leading down the hall to keep the boys out of that area. So I will go behind the gate for 15 minutes and the boys and I will make beds, make sure things are tidy and do a quick wipe down in the bathroom.
On my way back to begin I grab a laundry basket and anything that doesn't belong in a room is put into the basket.
When time is up I will quickly empty the basket and put the items where they belong. I then go and read or play with the boys before I set the timer and do a decluttering task. At the moment I am working in the office on my craft area. It is hard to share this picture!
Is it just me or do you also seem to make a bigger mess as you sort and straighten things out?! At the end of 15 minutes is hard for me to walk away from a mess like this, I do. The knowledge that if I keep at this 15 minutes here and there I will have a tidy, clutter free work space soon.
All of this is becoming a habit. I put 15 minutes on my list to declutter and to do "behind the gate." I am already seeing an improvement not only in how tidy my home is but also in my time management. I find that I have time to get my homekeeping done and still have time for fun things.
May your day be filled with joy and contentment!