Are you ready? You can do anything…for fifteen minutes! Do you need to declutter, organize, or maybe even do some purging? I want to share some easy ideas to help you tackle some home projects that perhaps you have been putting off. Have you ever heard of flight plans, hot spots, detailed cleaning, missions, zones, morning and before bed routines, Anti-procrastination day? Are you living in Chaos (can’t have anyone over syndrome)? Well allow me to introduce you to http://www.flylady.net. Aka, The Fly Lady! I discovered The Fly Lady several years ago, and have been living with some of her principles ever since. But be warned: You may become obsessed, overwhelmed, or just downright organized!
I, personally, have been all of the above. I’ve had a shiny sink, laid out my clothes the night before, and gotten dressed down to my sneakers! It’s all on the Fly Lady website!
I want to share two Fly Lady principles with you today:
1)You can do anything for fifteen minutes. I have used this both myself, and to motivate my kids to clean their toys/rooms. Even homework. I would set a timer for fifteen minutes, and when the timer went off, we either took a break, or stopped all together. I encourage you to try it yourself, especially when faced with a less than desirable task, say, cleaning out a closet, or washing windows! It works for cleaning, studying, or exercise! You can even put in your earbuds and listen to your favorite tunes.
2) The 27 Fling Boogie! This is a quick and easy method of decluttering. It actually makes a game out of tossing out your stuff! You simply go around your house and find 27 items to get rid of. I end up with a donate pile and a trash pile. Well, I don’t have a literal trash pile; that stuff just gets thrown into the trash can! You can do this anyway you want-it’s your house! I have gone around and found 27 pieces of paper to throw away before. Today, I did the 27 Fling Boogie twice. The first time, I took things only from my kitchen area. Here’s a picture of my 27 items.
And here’s the list: 2 Coke glasses and 3 cookbooks going to the recycling center trading post for someone else to enjoy. 5 plastic plant thingies I kept thinking I would use. That’s not gonna happen. They are recyclable, so they went into the recycle bin. 12 round seed decorations I’ve had forever. You can probably see dust on them. 3 wine corks. Really? And 2 candy boxes that have been in the cabinet for years. Obviously not using them. Those last 17 items went in the trash! And there you have it. 27 kitchen items, gone.
Next, I decided to just do a random run thru the house picking up miscellaneous stuff that needed to go. This almost always includes clothing, and today was no different. Here’s the picture.
And here’s the list: One box of the wrong coffee filters. Why was I keeping those? One blouse and one skirt of mine, plus one shirt of my husband’s. One old fingernail polish, one old room spray, one pack of candy molds, one buckwheat neck travel pillow, one drawstring bag, (we have several of these, oddly), three magazines, and 15 of those corn cob holders! Sorry, we eat our corn on the cob with our hands. I know, so undignified! Again, some being donated, some in the trash, and I recycle the magazines by sharing them with my mom and sister! And just like that, another 27 items gone!
So, just like at church, you may be wondering, “What’s the take away?” I just want to encourage you when faced with any task that maybe you’ve been putting off, or just can’t get motivated to do, to remember that You can do anything for fifteen minutes . And if you’re looking around the house and thinking, “I have too much stuff”, have fun by doing The 27 Fling Boogie! Be sure to come back here and share with me what you decided to fling!