Flylady is Back!
If you read You Never Have to Spring Clean Again, you’ll know that the Flylady taught me how to keep my house tidy by doing a little each day and keep a list of daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly tasks so my house never becomes overwhelming. She gave me the foundation to develop my own system to keep my home clean and how to declutter.
Speaking of clutter…
Next week we’re hosting a month-long declutter challenge that only takes 15 minutes per day. I’ve done a declutter challenge once, and you guys, it was so much fun! Every day a new task was introduced and because they were quick and easy, everyone did them! We took before and after pictures and marveled at each other’s job well done.
Will it really only take me 15 minutes a day to declutter?
Yes! Because you will set a timer for 15 minutes and are allowed to walk away when the timer goes off. 15 minutes of decluttering will still bless your house as the Flylady would say.
But really, we set these challenges up so that you should be able to get them done in 15 minutes or less.
What is a 27-Fling Boogie?
Flylady has several Buzzzzzzzz words:
- CHAOS: Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome. We’ve all been there.
- Five-Minute Room Rescue: Choose your worst room and work on it for 5 minutes for 27 days in a row.
- Home Blessing: a term used instead of House Cleaning
- Hot Spot: any area, but usually one that as soon as one thing is laid down upon it, that thing is multiplied until that surface is covered.
- SHE: Sidetracked Home Executive
- The 27-Fling Boogie: a tool to declutter your house 27 items at a time.
Peace is just a 27-Fling Boogie away.
I know it’s a strange phrase, but I’m going to keep saying 27-Fling Boogie so you don’t forget it. I want you to remember it because it could be the foundation for your declutter challenge. Ok, here it is, right from Flylady:
- Set a timer for 15 Minutes
- Grab a garbage bag and collect 27 items to dispose of
- Speed is the key. Don’t think about it and talk yourself out of tossing the clutter
- As soon as you have the items, sort them into trash or donation and get them out of the house
- Stop when the timer goes off
It’s just 15 minutes a day for 20 days.
That’s 15 minutes per day and you will have 20 areas of your house decluttered! It’s going to be amazing! Here is a sneak peek. I hope you join us.
I’m going to do each declutter challenge!
You may think because Flylady is my guru that I wouldn’t have any declutter. Not true! My surface areas look pretty good and I don’t really have hot spots. I was cured of CHAOS a while ago and I bless my home weekly.
BUT until this month, no one has seen my closets or drawers! Very few have seen the unfinished area of my basement. And when you see my linen closet, your jaw will drop!
I promise to show you the good, the bad and the ugly.
The answer is no more clutter!
Your life will work better when you know where things are. You would think I would know this by now, but I guess I live in blissful ignorance since the rest of my house looks decent.
How is the 27-Fling boogie different from a regular declutter? Speed of decluttering and speed of removal. We will work fast to clear the clutter and work even faster taking that clutter somewhere where we won’t see it again and be tempted to save it or put it back.
Bonus: I’ve put together a list of podcasts that are somewhere between 10 and 20 minutes. You can listen to one each day while you declutter and the time will fly!
Not up to the challenge?
That’s ok! Just because we may have more time at home right now doesn’t mean everyone should be taking advantage of it by decluttering their home from attic to basement. Some of you are just in survival mode. If you are working full time and managing your childrens’ schooling, this may not be for you. If you are figuring out how to care for a loved one or are worried about the fate of your job, do not feel guilty about not cleaning or decluttering your house. This is not the time.
If, however, you’ve started a good routine with your kids, you have a handle on this new life and you can spare 15 minutes a day, we’re going to have a lot of fun. This is a no-judgment zone! Only encouragement and oohs and ahhs are allowed here.
The declutter challenge starts Monday, May 4. We’ll tackle a different area of the house each week, Monday-Friday (weekends off – because that’s grace!). Look for my before and after pictures each day.
Will you join the challenge? Head over to The Grace Experiment if you’re not yet a member of our private Facebook group.