You will not be hearing much from me over the next week. I am making a quick trip to the West Coast for my sister’s wedding. When I have time I will check email and moderate comments but other than that you won’t hear much from me.
Since I won’t be posting for awhile I decided to do a book give-a-way. I was going to place this book on paperbackswap but decided to let one of you enjoy it.
I bought this book a few months ago at a homeschool convention. I had heard about the Fly Lady before and everyone seems to love what she has to say. My goal for the summer was to get more organized. I felt overwhelmed and decided I needed to spend time getting my schedule and my house organized. So this book caught my attention.
I have to say I did enjoy this book. She has a lot of helpful information. But what I learned in reading this book is that I am more organized than I realized. There is always room for improvement but overall I do a lot or similar things to what she recommends. So, even though I like the book it is not one that I want taking up valuable space on my bookshelf.
I think the reason I have been overwhelmed with my house and schedule is just that I needed to rework things a bit, things change from year to year and month to month. We need to constantly be adjusting to that. Kids grow, their needs and schedules change. I used to have one child taking piano lessons now I have two and in a few months I will have three. I needed to adjust to added lessons and practice times. That is just one example of what I needed to change up a bit. Now that I have reworked things a little, it is going much better.
There were several other things in the book that made me realize I was more organized than I thought. One of them was getting dressed and ready in the morning. I think all moms have days where they don’t get their shower until noon. I have had many over the years. But in general I like to get dressed and ready in the morning. For me this is after I exercise. I can’t stand to stay in my pajamas or sweats all day. I never have liked to do that. Even when I am sick I get up and get dressed, that is just what makes me feel better about the day. I have to say I am not much of a shoe person though. I need to work on that one.
One of the other things the Fly Lady suggests is scheduling and routine, well I do that too. For years I have done laundry on Monday and Thursday. My mom and sister think it is funny how scheduled my laundry is. I also grocery shop and go to the library on Tuesday, iron and pay bills on Wednesday, Clean house on Thursday and Friday and so on. I find that if I have a schedule, it gets done. For example ironing, I hate to iron, I would put it off until the pile was overwhelming. But once I started doing it once a week it became manageable. If something comes up and I miss it one week I can always do extra the next week.
I think the one problem I have is I like my schedule too much. By that I mean I get thrown off when something doesn’t go right. For example if we have Drs. appointments on a Monday, I don’t get laundry done, then I have to do it on Tuesday because when it comes to laundry, we need clean clothes. I struggle with being off the next day when this happens. I need to learn to be more flexible. Schedules and routines are great but we can’t let them rule our lives. We need to adjust for the occasional off times.
Back to the book and the give-a-way. This book is full of tips and suggestions for becoming more organized. I do highly recommend it for those needing some help in that area. That is why I decided to give my copy away. I read it but it is still in very good condition and I want one of you to really get some good out of it.
So please leave a comment telling my why you need to be more organized and why you need the Fly Lady’s book. I will draw a winner when I get back.
For US residents only please. Please make sure to leave your information so I can contact the winner.