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?