It’s results day for Team Crash Test Mummies!
I’m going to be totally upfront and say I feel like I’ve let the team down. I have found this quite hard and I think it’s because I’ve been a little too relaxed about the baby steps approach. Maybe I need to be more prescriptive and make lists and schedule tasks from the get go! Hmm, maybe I should be on Muddled Up Mumma’s team? ;)
Whilst I like FlyLady’s approach I don’t share her passion for a shiny sink when I’m absolutely exhausted by the kids at the end of the day! I have been shining my sink, but just not every day. I also don’t put away all my washed dishes, I let them drip dry and put them away when I need the space ;). I have been really good at getting dressed to my shoes though and actually find this daily task quite helpful and motivating.
My de-cluttering for 15 minutes a day kind of isn’t happening the way it should. Rather than focusing on one particular area and making progress, I’ve been de-cluttering on an as needs basis! Time to get a bit more organised and spend 15 minutes a day sorting out my bedroom (and not taking naps!).
I need to put some more effort into establishing my mini morning and evening routines. This is what I’m aiming for:
MORNING: 1. Putting a load of washing on 2. Tidying the kids room 3. Quickly tidying/cleaning the bathroom
EVENING: 1. Tidying lounge 2. Dishes 3. Get organised for next day
I like FlyLady’s approach of routines and small steps. Only problem is that i seem to be allergic to routines so I really have to work hard at establishing them and sticking to them. I love the idea of having lists and regular tasks, but when it comes to actually implementing the tasks and regularly going through lists, I seem to lose my momentum if not the will to live. I did manage to keep my sink free of dirty dishes most nights, if not shining. And I made my bed every morning (only to have the boys play alien invaders under the covers within 5 minutes of my pulling them up). I did get dressed every morning in a timely fashion, but mostly because I had to get out of the house anyway. I really want to stick to doing these few simple tasks every day, even if all I manage is an #epicfail in all other areas. I am easily pleased, me ;-)
My ideal daily routine would involve
MORNING: 1- making my bed in the morning, 2 – clearing up breakfast dishes BEFORE leaving the house, 3 – hanging one load of laundry
EVENING: 1 – clearing the sink of all dishes and turning dishwasher on, 2 – bringing laundry in and folding while watching endless reruns of The Big Bang Theory, 3 – picking up all dirty clothes and putting a load of washing on.
I caught Cherry at the end of a rollercoaster week, but she sent through a quick summary of what she’s been up to:
I started the challenge with a mad flurry of cleaning in the kitchen since it looked like the gremlins had thrown a midnight party in there. It took two goes to get the sink to shine and I love the lemon smell. For my 15 minute de-clutter, I concentrated on the table the first day and the kitchen servery the next.The servery has been the biggest issue so far since that is where every item the midglets put away live apparently, and retraining small people is a mission in of itself.
I am looking forward to the next weeks challenges with a smile.
Weekly Checklists and Plans
Last week I suggested we work towards developing weekly checklists and plans. We haven’t done them! Perhaps a bit too much to bite off in one go.
I am still working on those (or rather, if I am perfectly honest, I hadn’t really looked at those until about 10 minutes ago :-o) and I plan to write them up over the next 2 weeks. I really want to de-clutter first so that I feel I can get a fresh start (or is that another clever way of procrastinating?). So my challenge over the next 2 weeks is to stick to the above routines and to make my way through our endless pile of filing and redundant toys and clothes. Hopefully, if I achieve that, I will be in a better place to implement weekly tasks and checklists. Hope sustains me ;-)
So guess what we’re all going to focus on for the next two weeks?!?!?! Here’s a reminder of what FlyLady’s weekly checklist and plan looks like.
Now, here’s the plan.
I’m going to write up my checklist and weekly plan and upload it to the blog by the end of the week (keeping me accountable). The second thing I’m going to do is help us with a bit of motivation and a bit more accountability and check in EVERY day on FB to report on completed tasks! Final results day will be the 1st of May!
Now, for some exciting stuff (well as exciting as cleaning gets!). Sabco have come on board with our little challenge and are giving me and Jodie a cleaning pack each to give away to our readers.
To enter you need to be a member of Crash Test Mummy so:
Pop over and like Sabco on FB and say hello from Crash Test Mummy
Then leave a comment below telling me your best time-saving housekeeping tip!
Make sure you pop over to Muddled Up Mumma later today to see how Jodie and her team are doing. See you back here on the 1st of May for our final results and announcement of the winners!
Terms and Conditions
The giveaway is open to residents of Australia only.
Entries close 5pm AEST on Monday 30th April 2012.
Winner(s) will be selected on the strength of their answer(s).
The winner will receive a pack of Sabco cleaning products to the value of $60AUD.
The winner will be contacted via email within 24hrs of giveaway closing. If the winner does not respond within 7 days the giveaway will be re-drawn.
Your answers may be published on Crash Test Mummy in future posts. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book. My opinions are my own and can’t be bought.
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