Have you Heard about the FlyLady and the Super Fling Boogie?
I used to have a heck of time getting housework done and keeping my home organized. That all changed when I found out about the FlyLady back in the year 2001. My main problem was that I had no real plan and was easily distracted by more exciting things. My lack of organization and clear goals left many things undone each day. The FlyLady and her online resources changed the way I look at household duties and my new perspective changed my life. Read on for more about FlyLady, the top 5 ways that she helped me and learn all about my all-time favorite recommendation, the Super Fling Boogie!
Who/What is FlyLady?
FlyLady is both a person and a support group that offers housekeeping help to people in need. Even if you’re not the primary housekeeper in your home, there are things that you can learn from the FlyLady. According to her Wikipedia page, Marla Cilley was the founder of the FlyLady group. While the name originally came from Marla’s interest in fly-fishing, it was later given a backronym of Finally Loving Yourself.
In 2001, Marla published her website, Flylady.net. Her website is filled with helpful resources to help anyone get their home organized, eliminate clutter, and get your home clean. A neat, clean, well-organized home also comes with health benefits including decreased stress levels, and an improved sense of well-being.
Although I have known about the FlyLady and the group’s resources for about 15 years now, a recent review of her website has shown me how much she has kept up with the changing times. Marla also offers videos, helpful tips on her social media channels, virtual mentoring services, a premium app, and a subscription based reminder system just to name the highlights. She also has many wonderful products available for purchase in her online store. I encourage you to check out her website to get a look for yourself.
1. Consider Work in the Home as Part of your Career
The very first thing I learned from the FlyLady was that I couldn’t treat housework like something I do when I feel like it or have extra time. It’s going to be very difficult to meet the goals you have for your home if you take care of things sporadically. We all need a concrete plan in order to achieve success.
Once I came to grips with this reality, I gave myself work hours at home. Most of us start jobs outside the home at a designated time. If you punch a clock and are late too many times, there will be consequences. While I didn’t start to punch a clock or record my hours worked, I did make a conscious effort to start my work at home day at 9am. I then tackled my designated jobs until they were completed or it was time for a lunch break. I was quickly amazed at how much I was getting accomplished during a week.
It was only for a short season of my life that I was a full-time stay-at-home-mom, but it was during that time that I learned to be disciplined with housework. Because of that learning time, I have adopted many helpful practices over the years. Now, most of the time, I feel like I have achieved success. It doesn’t matter if I’m doing everything during night and weekends, during weekdays, or delegating jobs to others who can help. With a clear plan and an attitude that housework is a part of my career, success happens!
2. Morning, Afternoon & Evening Routines
Routines may sound restrictive; however, they are actually more freeing than you might have thought. Routines reduce how much thinking and preparing you have to do each day, week, or month. And they can be adapted for any lifestyle. I know I’ve had to change my routines based on my work schedule and the schedules of my family members from time to time. And you never have to worry about getting a visit from the routine police of having to pay a fine for failing to stick with your routine!
One example from my own life is laundry day. I warn family members the night before that they should make sure anything they need washed is in their hamper. Then I start by sorting first thing in the morning and getting the first load started. I continue until done, folding as I go. Usually before dinner, everyone has a clean pile of clothes in their room. If possible, I make it a point to finish on the same day. No one should be caught without clean clothes when they need them. Routines are certainly a good stress reducing technique for everyone!
3. Working on Zones
FlyLady has divided the typical home into 5 zones. Each of the 5 zones is focused on for several days to a full week each month. You can easily follow along with the zones posted on the website for each day/week. The zone sections include the following:
- Entrance/Front Porch/ Dining Room.
- Kitchen/ Back Porch/ Laundry Room/ Pantry.
- Main Bathroom/ Extra Bedrooms/ Kids Rooms/ Craft Rooms.
- Master Bedroom/ bath/ closet.
- Living Room/ Den/ TV Room.
4. Detailed Cleaning Lists
The first step in dealing with a cleaning zone is to remove the clutter. You can’t really clean something with stuff all over it. Sometimes clutter involves things that haven’t been put away, sometimes its having more than you need or use. And then we have things like mail that needs a decision and procrastination often sets in too quickly, leaving yet another pile in its tracks.
But once the clutter has been dealt with, we can still be easily overwhelmed with an entire room filled with nooks and crannies, shelves, counters and more. FlyLady once again helps remove the need to think about what to do, by offering up free detailed cleaning lists. Her lists cover every room mentioned in her zones. If you can a room that she did not include, you can use her list as a template and easily make your own. Each list includes approximately 8-20 specific items that need to be tackled. Here’s a sample of the Zone 5 detailed cleaning list for you to check out!
5. Doing the Super Fling Boogie
And now for my favorite Flylady activity, doing the Super Fling Boogie! It’s actually a game where the goal is to remove clutter from your home. As with most games, there are rules to follow. FlyLady has 3 basic rules for this game. First, you need to set a timer for 15 minutes, so you don’t get carried away or burn out with this. Second, you have to take the bag or box of clutter out of the house to your car. Third, you get to post the pounds of clutter you have removed on the Super Fling Boogie Pound Meter! WooHoo, yes you get to count pounds of clutter removed, I love it!
There are additional guidelines on the website that I encourage you to review in more detail. But one more thing I would like to add is that when flinging, you’re going to do one of three basic things. You’ll throw away, put away, or give away! This activity takes mundane work and makes it fun. Not to mention, that you add the pounds of clutter removed to the pound meter! This week we had to replace a broken washer and dryer and they were removed from the property. I wonder how many pounds that was.
Now it’s your turn.
- Do you have an organized cleaning plan to follow? If not, click on the FlyLady link below and check out the website.
- What area of housekeeping do you or your significant other need the most help with today?
- Is there someone you could share this information with that would appreciate these tips? Do it now!
Super Fling Boogie – FlyLady
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