Wednesday, January 9, 2013

FlyLady - Pagan Style - 5 minute room rescue!

For those of you who don't know what FlyLady is, it's an inspirational website designed to help you clean and de-clutter your home and your life. It helps you create routines that work for you, your lifestyle & your family to help housekeeping become stress-free and something you just do naturally and daily rather than something you put off until the last minute and then stress about when you have company coming over.

I have felt for awhile now that many aspects of the FlyLady program can be applied in spiritual ways to those who consider themselves, Neo-Pagans, Kitchen Witches, Hearth Witches, Green Witches, etc. I will be going over some FlyLady basics here in my blog and writing about how they can be seen as a spiritual thing; not just a house-cleaning and organizing thing! If you missed it, check out my post called "FlyLady - Pagan Style; Welcome Letter"

When you start with FlyLady, there are 31 days of "Baby Steps" to help you slowly start to integrate small changes into your daily routines. It's about developing habits and changing your mind-set to a positive one!

BabySteps Day 9
Keep Doing what you have been doing!  Our Babysteps are now broken down into Morning & Evening Routines!
Morning Routine;
Get dressed To Shoes!
Look at your posted reminders for the day.
Think Positive Thoughts!  Check the FlyLady website for reminders, zone mission, motivation, etc.
Put out your Hot Spots for 2 minutes.
5 Minute Room Rescue

Evening Routine;
Make sure your sink is shining!
(read FlyLady's Day 9 message here)
Today we add a 5 minute Room Rescue to our Morning Routine.
5 Minute Room Rescue - what is that?  It's pretty much exactly what it says!  You pick the messiest room in your house, set your timer for ONLY 5 MINUTES!  Work on cleaning as quick as you can in that room, for 5 minutes, then stop!  Don't obsess, don't worry about finishing, or it being perfect.  If you work on the worst room in your house for just 5 minutes a day, in a few days it's actually not the messiest room in your house anymore!  This is when one of FlyLady's sayings come to my mind; "Progress, Not Perfection!"  It doesn't have to be perfect, it doesn't even have to be finished!  But a little progress every day, no matter how small it may seem, will bless your home, your family, and leave you with a positive sense of accomplishment!
I have read a lot of spiritual self-help books over the years, by authors like Louise L. Hay, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Doreen Virtue, and Sonia Choquette.  One thing that all of them say, is that we need to be less hard on ourselves.  Learning the power of doing something for just 5 minutes, 15 minutes, or 30 minutes is a big part of the FlyLady program.  We learn that we don't have to finish the job in order to get something done.  5 minutes after a Room Rescue, chances are... the room is still messy, it's not perfect.  But it's 5 minutes cleaner than it was yesterday!  Celebrate the small victories, let go of the need for perfection, and recognize that being hard on yourself is destructive!  Being proud of yourself for taking babysteps and doing a little at a time is very productive, and can change your day from negative to positive!

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