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Backsliding

But It's Okay

Last night I went to bed without doing the dishes or tidying the kitchen. I have hot spots from the living room couch and coffee table, to the dining room table to my bedside table and dresser. (a hot spot is a FlyLady term meaning a collection or pile of stuff!)

I have been loosely following FlyLady for years, due to being born disorganized and a procrastinator. I don't know why her system appealed to me when nothing else worked; but it has helped me change my life.

Even though my house appears very cluttered right now, all I have to do is start following the system one thing at a time, 15 minutes at a time and my house will look fine.

I have gotten rid of so much stuff over the years that it is fairly easy to get back on track.

The key is: step away from the laptop and just do something. That is my goal today.

http://personapaper.com/article/9278-finding-flylady by

http://personapaper.com/article/9053-personal-heroes by

http://personapaper.com/article/11660-the-10-minute-challenge


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Feisty56 wrote on September 27, 2015, 11:55 AM

I've never heard of FlyLady -- maybe a post to introduce her/her system to those of us unaware?

paigea wrote on September 27, 2015, 12:05 PM

I am guessing she would not appeal to organized people. Her gentle suggestions would either seem too obvious or too broken up and disorganized!

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paigea wrote on September 27, 2015, 12:10 PM

Here are two posts about FLYlady. One by me and one by MegL http://personapaper.com/article/9278-finding-flylady http://personapaper.com/article/9053-personal-heroes

paigea wrote on September 27, 2015, 12:15 PM

I put them in the post.

BarbRad wrote on September 27, 2015, 3:09 PM

I really wish only 15 minutes a day would undo years of clutter.

CoralLevang wrote on September 27, 2015, 3:28 PM

I am amazed by both you and MegL 's introductions to the FlyLady. You all help so much.

CoralLevang wrote on September 27, 2015, 3:30 PM

I am with you on this one. 10-15 minutes daily would take me another 50 years. I probably have fewer than 10 years. LOL

MegL wrote on September 27, 2015, 3:52 PM

It will. Not all at once but then it didn't get cluttered all at once either.

MegL wrote on September 27, 2015, 4:19 PM

Thanks very much for the callouts emoticon :smile:

MegL wrote on September 27, 2015, 4:21 PM

And before the Flylady, there were the slob sisters, Pam and Peggy. Their book From pigpen to paradise is very funny and very helpful. It gave Flylady her ideas.

VinceSummers wrote on September 27, 2015, 4:51 PM

Sounds like what we call "hoarding." I'm glad you have a methodology that works for you in combating this tendency. As for me? I'm one of the opposite kind. While there are things I am loathe to get rid of, overall, I am a minimalist.

CoralLevang wrote on September 27, 2015, 5:08 PM

Yep...hoarders, slobs, pigs. There are some that will choose to label us all.
I am glad to know that there are those who are kind enough not to pick on one's imperfections, but see it for what other things it can be.

MegL wrote on September 27, 2015, 5:26 PM

Pam Young (one of the slob sisters) is really inventive. She invented the term "SHE", side-tracked home executive. She also invented the House Fairy, who can come and visit children's bedrooms and leave small treats if the room is tidy. He books are all very funny.My favourite is the GOOD book (Get Out Of debt. Best money management book I have rad. It introduces you to your inner child who has been holding the spending reins. She and her sister had very untidy homes. The books were written in their desperation to find a way out of the mess, literally. Flylady suffered from dreadful depression. She started using slob ister techniques and went on to be able to help others. She has helped people with the compulsive hoarding problem.

CoralLevang wrote on September 27, 2015, 5:30 PM

I'm sorry...that last comment was reactive, and not to you. LOL

MegL wrote on September 27, 2015, 5:35 PM

But when I read it, I could see that it might be taken that way. Both Pam and Peggy and the Flylady suffered from people thinking they were lazy, when they were creative people who were also disorganised. They used what they felt about how people treated them to see how other people could be helped, if they chose.

CoralLevang wrote on September 27, 2015, 5:40 PM

I am familiar with the PP's....and like I said, it was not in response to you, but another post. Again,sorry.

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MegL wrote on September 27, 2015, 5:47 PM

OK, have sent an email there. Hope I got the puzzle right! emoticon :grin: But I am going to bed soon. Supermoon here tonight but the blood moon will be in the middle of our night, so may not see it.

paigea wrote on September 27, 2015, 6:18 PM

15 minutes at a time. Not 15 minutes a day. Although some days 15 minutes or less is all I spend on decluttering. When a job is overwhelming, telling myself I can stop after 15 minutes often gets me going. Until lately. I blame websites like PP

paigea wrote on September 27, 2015, 6:20 PM

I am learning to become a minimalist. I don't acquire much any more. I have much less stuff, but lately I haven't been putting things away. Hence the clutter. But now I have a system that I know works for me and order will be restored.

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paigea wrote on September 27, 2015, 6:22 PM

I have never read their book. I should check if the library has it. Funny would suit me right now.

LoudMan wrote on September 27, 2015, 11:21 PM

Hoarding can be a big issuefor some folks. Over the years, I have been in some houses that scared me.

Paulie wrote on September 28, 2015, 2:29 AM

Yes, the key certainly is to step away from the laptop and Persona Paper so that we can get important things in the house accomplished.

BarbRad wrote on September 28, 2015, 3:09 AM

Those sound like interesting books. I've read some, but not others.

BarbRad wrote on September 28, 2015, 3:11 AM

Those sound like interesting books. I've read some, but not others. My decluttering would go much faster if I did not have to make an itemized list of everything I take from my inventory before donating it. This proves to the IRS I gave it away.

butchiepoo wrote on September 28, 2015, 4:08 PM

I have changed over the years. I used to be a pack rat, I'm sure my husband would agree. We used to live in a 13 rooms home for 13years and when it came time to sell it. O my goodness what a nightmare. I ended up dragging out 12 lawn and leaf bags of just my clothes that didn't fit me, some too small, some too big. That was only one of the many things I had collected over the years. Now we are in a small 1 bedroom, large kitchen, large living room, laundry room and pantry. Talk about downsizing! The only place that is cluttered is our computer area. My husband tolerates it but I'm sure would love to do a haul out from it. Some day I'll get the umph to put some books up and haul other "I don't use items" out.

paigea wrote on September 28, 2015, 8:33 PM

That sounds like quite a feat to get rid of all that! It is a never ending process isn't it?

paigea wrote on September 28, 2015, 8:34 PM

My house wouldn't scare you. :D I have seen those scary houses on TV. Those poor people, I can't watch that hoarding show

celticeagle wrote on September 28, 2015, 11:45 PM

Good goal. I used to be a clutter person too. I still find it rather cozy but it does get to be too much at times. Mine is all in one area so that is good.

AliCanary wrote on September 29, 2015, 8:53 AM

Hm, I'll have to check out the posts about FlyLady--I could use all the help I can get!