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Finding FLYlady

MegL inspired this post.

I got started with the internet in 2001. I don't know if that was late but it seemed like it was compared to others around me.

The first and the best thing I used the internet for was to find my husband.

Then I started searching for things to use in the classroom. Then I started searching for ideas on "How to be More Organized"

Being disorganized has been a life long affliction. I read books, I read advice online, I signed up for challenges.

I never got organized.

I'm still not organized and I still procrastinate and I still have too much stuff.

But thanks to FLYlady I got rid of a storage facility we had to rent when we first combined homes. I got rid of many clothes and other items. I learned not to buy something unless I already knew what was leaving the house.

So, there is a lot less stuff, housework is easier and I feel better.

The first day I came home from work and saw that it was a "27 fling boogie" and that the master bedroom was the zone for the week.

While I watched TV, I found 27 things to get rid of in my jewelry box! The next morning, it was easier than ever before to find the ear rings I wanted to wear to work.

That little aha moment in the morning had me hooked and I have been following FLYlady ever since.

& LoudMan

Image Credit » paigea - some items that found their way to the thrift shop

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paigea wrote on July 28, 2014, 5:18 PM

Decluttering has been very freeing.

MegL wrote on July 28, 2014, 6:20 PM

Decluttering is great. As Flylady says, "you can't organise clutter"! One of the best things I did in terms of keeping my bathroom clean with a minimum of work was to get rid of all the half empty bottles of shampoo along the side of the bath. Now there is only 1 bottle of shampoo, 1 of conditioner and 1 of shower gel. Makes wiping the side of the bath a snip!

paigea wrote on July 28, 2014, 6:22 PM

I know, and the cupboard under my bathroom sink holds very little stuff too! But I painstakingly used everything up, I am too frugal to throw it out.

tinamarie wrote on July 28, 2014, 6:43 PM

My husband is the pack rat and will keep things forever! I will put things in a box.. old shirts, etc and leave it for a month and if he doesn't notice the old worn out things, I throw them out. I clean out my clothes and accumulated items every spring. If I haven't worn it in 2 years or used it then out it goes.

paigea wrote on July 28, 2014, 7:05 PM

I'd hate to risk throwing out my husband's stuff! Luckily as far as clothes go, he is not a pack rat. Parting with clothes is agonizing for me, but it is gradually getting less.

GreatMartin wrote on July 28, 2014, 8:23 PM

Just wanted to pass by and say hello--new here and it will take a little time to get familiar with everyone plus right now I have a lot on my plate :O)

midastouch wrote on July 28, 2014, 9:13 PM

you really mean you found your hussy through the internet?
I know it does happen though but I thought it was more of amorous relationships that don't last just the lust
but to be married!

and then since you know some of these things - procrastinating, over-stuffing, under-using e.t.c.
it's good that you talk about them
you know what they usually say
problem identified is already 50% solved!!!!!

paigea wrote on July 28, 2014, 10:48 PM

Yes, I found my husband through the internet. Met in 2001 and married in 2003. Life is good. :D

bestwriter wrote on July 29, 2014, 12:19 AM

I am at it too. My way is if I do not need a thing say for two years or so out they go. :)

midastouch wrote on July 29, 2014, 1:49 AM

this is good news
11 years and still going
well something good can definitely come out of the internet
congratulations once again
keep it on!!!!

paigea wrote on July 29, 2014, 10:51 AM

I still keep things that I haven't used for years. If I think I might use them? Little by little I pare it down.

sandyresearch wrote on July 29, 2014, 1:29 PM

I like the fly lady method also. She reduces organizing to it's essence. I keep trying to figure out why, even though I knew intuitively that I needed to get rid of "x" number of things a day, why it took her to motivate me to do this. Whenever I'm doing something like watching TV, I pick a drawer and start getting rid of things. Sometimes I take a break from the computer and tackle one shelf. Most of all I like the emphasis on washing your dishes rather than letting them pile up. It really does motivate. It's like doing "morning pages" for writing,but in this case it's washing the dishes. Love this post.

paigea wrote on July 29, 2014, 3:01 PM

I don't know why it tool FLYlady to motivate me either. Maybe because I can give myself permission to just do one small task and take a break. LOL

BNelson wrote on July 29, 2014, 11:28 PM

I try not to accumulate so much, my husband loves stuff!

LisaSteinmetz wrote on July 30, 2014, 4:41 PM

The FLYlady is awesome I love her!

sandyresearch wrote on July 30, 2014, 9:41 PM

I'm reading a book on the art of kaizen. it's about breaking up tasks into tiny chunks and putting all your love into doing tiny things. This method was used in Japan. The author states when the Japanese broke away from the art of kaizen an moved to fast in doing fast production in making Toyota autos that is when they started having more problems with quality control. Overtime it is felt that producing in small increments they would have done better to produce quality cars.

paigea wrote on July 31, 2014, 12:49 AM

That sounds like a very interesting book.

paigea wrote on July 31, 2014, 12:50 AM

Everything I keep is meant to be useful. Some day. And to save me having to buy something. LOL

paigea wrote on July 31, 2014, 12:51 AM

She is awesome. I need to get back on track with her.

GreatMartin wrote on August 2, 2014, 11:43 PM

As you get older you have less of a need for 'things'--at 62 I 'cleaned house' on ebay--got rid of books, video and playbill collections, sold can openers (did I really need 6?) got rid of service for 8 and now just ahve it for 2--when my friends Chuck and Terry came down to visit I had to buy another coffee mug!!! If I NEED something I can usually find it at the Dollar Tree store. My place is open and free of clutter and I love it!

paigea wrote on August 3, 2014, 11:27 PM

My place is much less cluttered than it used to be. But, I continue to find things I can get rid of.

GreatMartin wrote on August 4, 2014, 11:45 AM

Rule of thumb: If you haven't used it, worn it or looked at it for 5 years get rid of it. :O)

paigea wrote on August 4, 2014, 10:26 PM

But when I wear out the things I'm wearing now, I might still want it. LOL Gradually my things are diminishing.