Thursday, June 16, 2011

Clean House: A Challenge

This is not the first time you've heard me talk about the Fly Lady. And it's certainly not going to be the last.  Let's just be honest: I suck at being a homemaker. I'm a terribly unimaginative cook, and I don't even know how to keep a house clean. I'm always envious of those friends whose houses glimmer every time I visit, even unexpectedly. And not in a stuffy way, rather in an I-actually-care kind of way. Sure, I could make dozens of excuses for why my house is never in order: having a baby, having about ten thousand hobbies I find more interesting than cleaning, places to go, people to see, unfinished house projects around every turn, allergic reactions to cleaning products (kidding). However, I'm tired of the excuses that other (very nice) people make for me. I simply want a clean and orderly house. And I don't want to spend my weekends binge cleaning. I realize that I'm not going to get there overnight, and I'm ok with that. As long as I see progress and notice true habits developing, I'm happy.

In order to get a bit more serious about my intentions this time, I decided to issue a challenge. (You all know how I love those!) My girlfriend, Jamie (Eden's mom), had started the Fly Lady system a few months ago, but fell off the wagon after going on a long vacation. While visiting this week, I asked if she was interested in getting started again, but doing it together this time. Baby Steps, day-by-day. This way we have someone to keep us motivated and accountable. And we have help to decipher the system; the Fly Lady website is not exactly what I would call clear and concise! Plus, we simply have someone to talk about it with, cause let me tell you, learning to clean is not currently a hot topic amongst my group of friends!

Jamie accepted the challenge and we started immediately! Last night we both accomplished our first Baby Step: Shining our Sinks. I did it from scratch, yet again, bleach soak, Brillo scrub, Mrs. Meyer's powder and all. Raf came home from his softball game in the middle of it, grabbed a scrub brush and joined the fun! It's looking awfully shiny, if I do say so myself.

Today's Baby Step, on the other hand, I'm not so into: Getting Dressed to Lace up shoes. I don't really do lace ups. But I put my flip flops on instead of slippers, if that counts for anything. :)

Now, I throw it out to you! Anyone else feeling this way about the state of their home? If so, join us! If you commit right away, you can just jump in with us (the Baby Steps start pretty slow), or start from Day 1 when you can, that works too. Whatever helps you feel good about coming home (and having guests)!


Jordan said...

This is the second post I've read about Fly Lady today. You should go check out Dwija at House Unseen. I think you'd really like her.

Julia said...

The real challenge is to see if you can get Chris to sign up for the Fly Lady system. Let me know how it goes, k?

Valerie said...

I'm in.
Are we blogging about it? Especially since we can't really share a coffee to relive our challenges and triumphs... Might be a nice break from my goat and chicken posts :-)

ArtsyNina said...

Hi! I saw that you linked up at House Unseen. I had never heard of FlyLady before. Her website scares me! LOL But I'm willing to give it a go. Babysteps. ;)

Dwija {House Unseen} said...

I'm so glad Jordan sent you over! And thank you for linking up over at my blog :)

Today I am supposed to get dressed to shoes and fix my hair. But I am also supposed to start the 5k training. Hah! I'm confused already!

This is going to be interesting :)

brooke said...

@Val: Yay! Sure, blog about it! I don't know how on top of that I'll be considering all the other things I'm lagging on blogging about, but whatever! I just exchange 4am feeding texts with Jamie to keep on track. :) Are you texting these days?

@Dwija: fix hair=1 step past bed head in this house! running ponytails are perfectly acceptable! at least you'll already have your lace up shoes on!

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