1 disorganised mum, 1 very messy house, 2 sick kids: the challenge, part 3

Posted on: 14/05/2012


I meant to complete the morning routine in the morning. And it’s no longer morning.


Mind you, I did complete it. This is a significant achievement for me. I think since the start of the year I have successfully done this maybe, um, once or twice. Let’s look at the list again:

Get Dressed to Shoes including Hair/Face, Brush Teeth
Did that before the school run, you’ll be relieved to know

Make Bed
This was quite a challenge because our bedroom is such a mess. Here’s a ‘before’ picture


But a quick, focused tidy got it to this state in under ten minutes.

So I’m quite pleased about that. (The cats were less so, since they like to snuggle under the heaps of rumpled duvet. See the look of dismay on her face)

Swish & Swipe
Right, swish and swipe is a term for ‘swishing’ the toilet into a respectable state, and ‘swiping’ the washbasin. The idea is, you do it every day and then it never gets bad. I have a feeling flylady has never seen what my kids do to the toilet, because if she had, she would allocate more than two minutes per bathroom for this task. As such, I couldn’t bring myself to offer any ‘before’ pics. But here are some nice shiny ‘after’ ones instead.



Empty Dishwasher
In a family of five, we often run the dishwasher twice or three times a day. So not doing this first thing is catastrophic. So I have actually established a habit of always doing this before breakfast. And I generally do eat breakfast eventually. Phew. (oh, I usually refill it too. Otherwise eating your breakfast in last nights scummy leftovers is pretty unpleasant.)

Reboot Laundry (a Load a Day Keeps CHAOS Away)
Yes! I have rebooted! The wash I put on yesterday is now all dry, and folded and sorted. And I put a new load on. See? My halo is almost intact.

Check Your Calendar
And now my halo is broken again. It’s my nephew’s birthday, and with a rather eventful week his birthday presents are still upstairs un-posted. And with sick children I can’t go out and post them today. Or tomorrow, as loved one is away. So his pressie will be at least 4 days late. Sigh

Check Your Control Journal
What’s one of those…? It’s a place to keep your todo lists. Flylady likes to put them in clear plastic wallets and tick stuff off with dry wipe markers. I keep losing the markers. So I stick with the normal to do lists these days. Or without, which makes for more excitement, but not necessarily in a good way. Thankfully, I am sent an email telling me what chores need doing today, so I flick back to that when I need to.

Anyhow, halo intact or not, the morning routine is done at last. Yay!

Now for the ‘during the day’ routine. Flylady does all this on her Mondays:

* What’s For Dinner? (work out what you are going to eat tonight)
* Drink Your Water (not a bad idea)
* Declutter for 15 Minutes (in my case, that really needs to be two hours and fifteen)
* 15 Minutes of Loving Movement (a nice euphemism for exercise)

Monday is also the day for Weekly Home Blessing Hour. An hour dedicated to mopping floors, hoovering, dusting, changing sheets, cleaning windows and mirrors, emptying bins and getting rid of old magazines and newspapers. I am going to revise that to something more manageable. I will mop floors and hoover. I will empty bins. And I won’t do any more because I need to add my own stuff to the list.

1 tidy the hall
2 tidy the lounge
3 tidy smallest one’s bedroom
4 tidy the other rooms in the house.

I’m not expecting to manage the 4th, but if I don’t do the first three I am not going to be able to hoover anywhere at all, so that’s why I need to put them in.

I will report back soon! And if I don’t, please come and check I haven’t been buried in clutter.


3 Responses to "1 disorganised mum, 1 very messy house, 2 sick kids: the challenge, part 3"

Well done! I spread the weekly home blessing hour throughout the week, or get round to doing it all on Thursday…or the following Thursday…
My bedroom is more like your ‘before’ picture, I think I’d need a week to get it to your ‘after!’.
But my bathroom is always (usually)clean and that is one thing I do stick to from the routines!

Well I guess it’s better to be motivated by flylady than ant infestations!
It’s worth pointing out that the time taken to do these things is less if they’re done more often, so each step needn’t be a major challenge.
Although (said the man with an incredibly untidy desk) I’m not convinced the effort of 10 mins every day is more worthwhile than a couple of hours of extreme tidying/cleaning every so often

Maybe i will do an experiment to compare the effectiveness of one against the other some time!

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