Saturday, December 04, 2010

Come fly with me

I have a confession to make. I'm a failed fly baby.

About 8 years ago, I found about fly lady on a Martha Stewart message board and I thought it was the answer to prayer. I have struggled with keeping house my whole adult life. I was newly engaged, and I wanted to start married life on a good note.

So I.diligently shined my sink. I tried to follow the routines. Honest I did. But...nothing seemed to stick. I just couldn't get it. There wasn't any magic lightbulb moment. It never clicked I'd read these testimonials in my email, and wonder what was wrong with me.

The other morning I realized why.

It's not me. I was trying to be someone I'm not.

I'm never going to be a super homemaker. It's just not in my blood I guess. I do other things super well, like cook or craft or read. Cleaning my house, not so much.

When I do get around to it, I do a nice job around the house. But sometimes its an exercise in futility. I can't keep up.with the 8 year old.tornado that blows through my home on a daily basis.

When I haven't squandered away my mornings, what works for me is to dry swifter my tile floors, swifter duster the furniture & woodwork and wipe down the bathrooms. It only takes a few minutes, and it instills a bit of pride in my home.

What also works for me is spending about 15 minutes a day focusing on 1 room in my house. Its the more deep cleaning-polishing furniture, vacuum, wash windows, that sort of things. Every Saturday I'd spend time deep cleaning one room-lemon oil the woodwork, really mop the floors, wax the surrounds in the shower, clean the oven. That sort of thing.

A lot of that changed when I became a mom, and then when I went back to work full time it got harder.

And I continued to beat myself up because I couldnt make someone else's system work for me. I got.frustrated because no one else bought into the system with me. But it doesn't work for me, no matter how hard I try.

So I accept defeat. I admit it.

Instead, I'm going back to what works for me overall.

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