Friday, September 19, 2008


I have a split-personality. At work, I am neat, detail-oriented, continuously busy, and a "I want it done this way" type of person. At home...HA! Quite the opposite. I take things out and don't put them away. My dishes do not get done everyday. I can sit for hours thinking about what I need to do...and not do anything. I waste so much time...I procrastinate something awful. I spend too much time on the computer. And, just so you know, I hate to clean.

BUT, I love a clean house! Having 3 dogs, I need to vacuum often. And, I do...I have a good vacuum cleaner (Riccar), so the floors usually look good. But, man...I really don't like to dust. This kinda falls into the "I want it done this way" area, though. When I get around to dusting...I DUST! Everything gets wiped off/dusted/washed and everything is moved. takes a bit of time. Ya know? And, because it takes so long, I put it off...making the job take more and more time the more time is between dustings. Ya know?

I've been trying to organize my life here at home. Trying to make a plan for how to get done what I need to get done...and still have time to do the things I want to do. yeah, I only work part-time. But, by the time I get home, it's 2:00...I need to potty the dogs, talk on the phone, check my email, and then eat lunch. Usually, it's almost 4:00 when I sit down to eat something. I usually eat my big meal then, so it takes time to put it all together...and to eat. But, surely, I have 15 minutes a day. Even 30-60 minutes that I can spare? Yes, I do!

At any rate. I was reading someone's blog (wish I could remember whose it was!) and the FLYLady was mentioned. AH-HA! I remember her! Back in the late 90's/early 2000's, she was quite the phenomenon. Apparently, she still is! She is all about decluttering, conquering CHAOS (can't have anyone over syndrome), spending a little time each day decluttering...having a your kitchen sink every night...etc., etc. If you're not familiar with her way of doing things, be sure to click on her picture!

I'm going to follow her plan and see how it works for me. Babysteps. That's all...just one step at a time. The first step was cleaning my kitchen sink. Gosh, it sure does shine!!! The second thing I did was to begin working on my 'control journal'. Tomorrow is another babystep.

I'll keep you posted on these babysteps...and how I feel about the Flylady's way of doing things.

Have a great weekend!


jane augenstein said...

Good luck!!! :-)

kelley said...

Jacque...are you my long lost sister? I am the same way...

Tammy Burks said...

Oh Jacque,
I think we are soul mates....the dogs....hating the cleaning...being "uber organized" and "control freak" at work and then way too layed back at home....I'm with you girl!!!

JoJo said...

Jacque, you're my long-lost twin. I HATE to dust and like you, I let it go too long and then rip into it like a crazy woman. But my floors? Those get vacuumed at least twice a day....kitty fur, don't you know! I'm also a whiz at the kitchen and bathroom. But I too need a better system and getting, and keeping, caught up.

Jacque. said... I have a new sister, a new soul mate and a new twin! YAY! Thanks guys!!!

ShabbySheep said...

Jacque, your comment cracked me up!!! Who can I be? Weird maybe...I really don't mind cleaning house. In fact it is kind of a stress reliever to me.
Although I am always surrounded by clutter, clean clutter though!!!

Anonymous said...

I checked out your flylady and I think she might be able to help me but I am usually organized in my cleaning. Now with less people in my house it should be easier also.
I had a girlfriend that had a certain room for each day of the week and then everything was always clean.