Sheryl Jesin

Small changes, big differences


For the last few months, I have been feeling a bit bogged down with housework.  I made a lot of excuses for myself: “It’s so hard to stay on top of the laundry with 4 people in the house”, “I like having a clean house but I don’t like cleaning”, or “It’s impossible to stay on top of housework with two little kids in the house”.

I was getting a bit worried, since I plan on returning to work in a couple months.  If I can’t stay on top of things while I’m at home full time, how in the world would things get done once I’m working?

I had heard about a home organization/cleaning program called Flylady and I decided to check it out.   If you want all the details on this program, check out the Flylady website.

I’ve been following the program for about 3 weeks now, and I’ve experience MAJOR changes in my life!  My house is much more organized, and I have more time to do things that I enjoy.

Here are a few things that I’ve implemented that have helped me a lot around the house:

  1. I turn on the dishwasher each night at 7pm and empty it after the kids are in bed and before I go to sleep.  I used to put it on before I go to bed and empty it in the morning while attempting to make breakfast and watch 2 kids at the same time.  It is SO NICE to wake up to an empty dishwasher that can easily be filled with dishes from breakfast.
  2. I have changed the way I do laundry.  We used to have a laundry basket in my closet for my clothes, in Jake’s closet for his clothes, and in Dylan’s room for the boys’ clothes.   I’d always have to gather dirty clothes from various places and then sort them, and THEN start doing laundry.   I hated doing that and always put laundry off, which led to a weekly Mt. Everest of dirty clothes.  Now, I have one basket that is divided into three compartments (white, light colors, and dark colors).  This basket sits in the hallway between our rooms.  Whenever anyone takes off their clothes, they sort them and put them directly into this one basket.  I take a look at this basket each morning and each evening and assess what needs to be washed.   This usually entails one load in the morning and perhaps another small load in the evening.  Laundry never piles up, and it never stresses me out anymore!
  3. I have done some serious de-cluttering in 15 minute intervals.  Getting rid of things we don’t need has made our house seem very spacious and makes tidying up a breeze!  The Flylady program makes de-cluttering easy.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, and everything can’t get done in 1 day.   However, 15 minutes each day can make a big difference.  I pick a different room each day and try to find 27 objects in the room that I can throw out or give away.  It is fun and it’s liberating to rid my house of things we don’t need.

I will keep you posted as I learn more about the Flylady program.

Do you have any time-saving housekeeping tips that have helped you?

10 thoughts on “Small changes, big differences

  1. I find doing one load a day helps me. The night before I put a load in the washer, in the morning I get up and start the load. During naps, I put the clothes in the dryer and fold them later after dinner while SO plays with the kiddos (they may need to be fluffed with no heat). It seems to keep the laundry down and it’s not stressful knowing I am just doing one load on any given day versus 3 or 4.

  2. Sounds like you have a good system going for your laundry. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Your flylady link isn’t working!! I’d love to know more but can’t!! =O

  4. THanks!! =) Will check it out now!

  5. Oh no… still not working for me! Is it my computer, maybe? Shoot! I keep hearing about this flylady and how great her tips are… I’m about to go complete the dishwasher tip RIGHT NOW! Trying it out to see how it goes…

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  7. I’ve tried Flylady half-heartedly in the past with no luck. Honestly I really wasn’t ready. With a crazy schedule and my son “helping” it just wasn’t working. So I have a week of free time between when he starts school in the fall and when company comes for a week.I’ve decided that I’m going to use that time to prep the house for full-on Flylady. At least then I’ll have a firm foundation to start with this time. I want it to work, was just bad timing…this time will be different..I can feel it! 🙂

    • I’ve found the key with FlyLady is just to make very small easy steps in the beginning…finding success with easy things motivates me to keep making more and more small changes, and over time I start to notice a difference!

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