Tuesday, January 1, 2013

FlyLady - Pagan Style; Shine Your Sink!

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!

BabyStep Day 1;
SHINE YOUR SINK!


Read FlyLady's Day 1 letter here; Day One- Shine Your Sink
My favorite part of this letter is where she says; "The voices that you hear in your head keep telling you that you are behind and you have to get it all done now. We are going to quiet those negative voices that are beating you up constantly and replace them with a loving, gentle voice that tells you that you are not behind and you can do this one BabyStep at a time!"

You may look around your house and think there are areas that need more work than my kitchen sink!  The desk is covered with paperwork, the closets are overflowing, The kid's rooms look like a tornado hit.  It's okay.  We are going to listen to FlyLady and start with one small task for today.  We are going to shine that kitchen sink!  Then for the rest of the day, we are going to keep it shining!  Before you go to bed, make sure it is shining again!  Even if you do nothing else today, and the rest of your house is messy, you will LOVE waking up to a shiny sink!  Trust me!

Here is FlyLady's "Lesson" on How To Shine Your Sink! Check it out!

Keeping your sink shining is going to be your first habit with FlyLady.  Even when I fall way off the bandwagon and my whole house is a mess, I know exactly where to start to feel better... the kitchen sink!  Once my sink is shining I usually feel the motivation start to flow again, and it's easier to keep going and start work on other areas of my home.  Energetically, this makes sense, because all sinks and drains in our home represent and reflect "energy flow" both in and out of our homes.  If the sink is blocked with dishes, clogged with dirt, or just plain grimy, how does this effect the flow of energy in and out of our homes?
In Feng-shui, the Kitchen is associated with both Health and Prosperity, as well as being the "Heart" of the home.  So, as you clean your sink it can be great to visualize this task as a moment you take to care for the "Heart" of your home.  Open the flow of energy... let the good pour in and the bad drain away!  You can easily make the process of shining your sink into a Home Blessing Ritual!  Smudge with some sage, pour salt water down the drain, visualize and pray for the energy flow of your home to become open and cleansed.  Here is a great article called "Clearing Your Sink and Magickally Sealing It." by Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom.... I love her ideas and I have incorporated her suggestions with my monthly sink-clearing ritual, as well as just simply visualizing and praying while I shine my sink each night before bed!

So now you have read FlyLady's First Babystep and how to Shine your Sink in a spiritual, magickal mindset!  Off you go.... shine your sink and let yourself feel proud of this small but important task!

Before you go, take a moment to watch this short meditation & affirmation video.  Remember... FLY means Finally Loving Yourself; so these baby steps are meant not only to help you organize your home but also to help you learn how to love yourself more fully and completely!  Watch this video and then go Shine Your Sink, and do it as an act of self-love!

 
Also, HAPPY NEW YEAR!  
Isn't this a great Ritual to start off your New Year?  And a great start to building new habits & routines! 

3 comments:

  1. I have a lot of reading to do! Blessed Be!

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  2. I am enjoying your blog so much, and have been looking for a pagan vision for homecare routines--thank you!

    I have loved Flylady & learned first from Pam & Peggy back in the 80's. I tried for years to shine my sink first with less than stellar results. Finally I decided to do a meditation about what _my_ kitchen needed. I saw my beautiful wooden table piled with random debris & heard that it functioned at the altar of our home. It is the crossroads where We meet, sooner or later. :) We break bread together, share successes & concerns, play games and work on projects, or just gather to chat with something soothing to drink. I also saw that a messy table contributed to cluttered counters & a full sink. If the table is clear no one feels comfortable dumping stuff anywhere in the kitchen & will actually take care of their dishes & such. So for me, the first part of 'putting the kitchen to bed' at night is to wipe down & polish my table with a ritualistic mindset of tending to the altar that binds my home & family together.

    I hope that is useful for someone struggling to find their own way of FLYing.

    Blessed Be!

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