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I first discovered The FlyLady many years ago, before she even had her own website, and have been a follower off and on throughout the years. I’ve read her book, Sink Reflections, and at various times signed up for her email reminders. I’m currently working on getting my household cleaning routines in place for the fall so I’m revisiting my old friend, The FlyLady.
The FlyLady can be somewhat polarizing. Some people almost worship at her feet (which are firmly ensconced in lace-up shoes!) while others find her and her numerous emails quite annoying. I fall somewhere in between.
Some of her methods are excellent. I’m especially fond of using a timer for certain tasks and the daily bathroom “swish and swipe” is a great idea.
I’ve shared my thoughts about the pros and cons of her methods on a post I wrote for The Glamorous Housewife:
*note: The Glamorous Housewife website is no longer online (sadly). I will be republishing my article here soon so watch for it!
I don’t plan to follow every aspect of The FlyLady “flight plan” but I am embracing the spirit of it. I’ll have short morning and evening cleaning routines, certain tasks for each day and follow her “Zone Cleaning” system.
I’ll share more details about my personalized version of The FlyLady routines as soon as I get them all set up and working. I may even create downloadable routines and checklists if anyone is interested. Leave me a comment if you are.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering…I WON’T be exchanging my Birkenstocks for lace-up shoes, no matter what The FlyLady says.
Here are some helpful resources if you need help setting up housekeeping routines:
FlyLady phone app:
The FlyLady has also partnered with Cozi, a shared calendar app:
“This is a web-based calendar and organizer program that will allow you to schedule, plan,
have time-zone-specific reminders, shopping lists, to-do lists,
a family journal section that you can even opt in to post to Facebook, and more!”
I signed up for Cozi years ago although I never used it. But David and I now find ourselves in need of a shared calendar system so I revisited Cozi yesterday. I think it’s going to work beautifully for us – I’ll let you know after we’ve used it for awhile. David, of course, won’t have any interest in the FlyLady lists but since we both end up booking bands for events we absolutely have to have a place where we can see what the other one has booked. Plus we can input our meetings, travel schedules, appointments and anything else that we both need to be aware of. Like date nights, for instance! Speaking of which, we are reinstated a weekly date night. I’ll share more about that later.
Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley