Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Breaking the Chains, (Dokken)

Tricia’s Tips that Work: Household Helps

Once upon a time, I could look around my house and see that I had everything “done.” The washer and dryer where empty. Dinner was in the oven. Even my piles of photos had been labeled and organized into albums.

You may think this is a fairy tale, but it’s not. It WAS during a time when my kids were younger, I was home all day (no car, no chance to leave the house), and no writing contracts.

I’m a perfectionist at heart . . . but you’d never know it by seeing my house these days. I’m not joking when I say that my mail is now a foot high on my desk, my suitcase has yet to be unpacked from my last trip, and my refrigerator hasn’t been cleaned out since the last full moon.

With three kids to homeschool and four books to write in the next 1 ½ years, I could just throw up my hands and hide my head under my bed (amidst the dust bunnies). Instead, I discovered a cool site called

Now, I have to admit that friends have been talking about FlyLady for years, but it was only recently that I realized the value for me.

One of my favorite things about FlyLady is the slogan on the top of every email. “You are not behind.” Another favorite thing is that she cuts up cleaning and organization into bite-size pieces. So whether you’re like me, a perfectionist at heart—or someone unlike me who doesn’t know where to start—you get a sense of accomplishment.

(Also, currently there are 298709 subscribers. Can that may people be wrong?)

Go to and sign up for her email reminders. Guilt-free home management is a GOOD thing, believe me!


At Wednesday, 26 April, 2006, Blogger Audrey said...

My sister introduced me to Flylady. I love the babysteps approach. I have far to go to get where I wanna be; but I'm babystepping my way there!

At Wednesday, 26 April, 2006, Blogger Tricia Goyer said...


I agree! Isn't there a quote that says, "How do you eat an elephant?"

"Bite by bite."

Getting my life in order seem enormous sometimes, but I like your word "babystepping."

At Thursday, 27 April, 2006, Blogger mizbooks said...

I love FLYLady's slogan: "You can do anything for 15 minutes!"

I've tried the Email reminders, but find them a bit overwhelming (there are a LOT!). Instead, I've written down some of FLYLady's tips, and I try to put them into practice. My sink still isn't "shiny", but I'm Flying with baby steps!

At Thursday, 27 April, 2006, Blogger Gina said...

I did FLYLady once, but quit because I couldn't get past the shinning my sink and wearing shoes. But as I look around my piles, I know I need to go back. Who's going to know if I'm barefooted and my sink isn't shiny. Those things don't bother me, but I could use those zone reminders and the fling boogie thing! That really helps declutter. Think I'll take 15 minutes and do some now...well, after I get off the computer!

At Friday, 28 April, 2006, Blogger Tricia Goyer said...

Okay, I confess. I usually don't do the "shoes." I live in socks . . . unless it's summer. Then I go barefoot.

But, hey, socks are great for "dusting" my floors!



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