Holiday Crisis Cleaning
flylady, 12/17/2011 2:00 pm
flylady, 12/17/2011 2:00 pm
I can hear the panic in your voices. "In a few days, we have a ton of
company coming, what am I to do?" If you want a crash marathon
cleaning session, I can help you, but be warned, without the
routines, your home will be trashed again in a day. So you have to
1. GO GET DRESSED ALL THE WAY TO SHOES, HAIR FIXED AND FACE
MOISTURIZED OR MAKEUP PUT ON. DON'T QUESTION ME ON THIS. JUST
DO IT NOW. Put on some good working music. Not too fast, just slow
and steady. peppy, but not aerobic. Light a candle that has a
good scent or put on some spices on to boil on a very low heat.
We are going to start in our kitchens. As the kitchen goes,
so does the rest of the house.
2. Set a timer and spend 15 minutes in the kitchen. If your
sink is not clean and shiny, then shine it first, then you can fill
the sink up with hot soapy water and start to clear off the left and
right counters. Empty the dishwasher, When the timer goes off. Stop
what you are doing and go to the living room
3. Set the timer again and do 15 minutes cleaning off the
coffee tables or picking up toys or newspapers. Concentrate on one
thing. Not all of it. When the timer goes off, then go back to the
kitchen. Get a laundry basket and put the things that don't belong in
the living room in the basket. Take a garbage bag with you too. Start
throwing away the trash. Don't get caught up in the guilt we have
about recycling this stuff. Just bag it up for now. 20 pounds of
trash in a landfill is not going to kill you. So get over this
perfectionism attitude. As you get your home in order there will be
plenty of time to recycle. For now we are focusing on getting the
home presentable. You can't do this if you are hyper-focusing on
sorting and recycling.
4. In the kitchen set the time for 15 more minutes, continue
to work on clearing the counters. DO NOT GET SIDETRACKED AND WANT TO
CLEAN OUT A CABINET. WE ARE DOING ONLY SURFACE CLEANING.
5. Now take a break and walk around and look at what you have
accomplished in just 45 minutes. Set the timer for 15 minutes
and drink a cup of tea or coffee or whatever you love and just relax.
When the timer goes off. You are back in work mode for 15 more
6. This 15 minute session is in the bathroom. Do you have
this! Clean the sink in here first, then pick up towel and dirty
clothes and put them in the hamper. DO NOT GET SIDETRACKED AND START
A LOAD OF LAUNDRY. I MEAN THIS. LAUNDRY WILL COME LATER!
7. When the timer goes off, you are back in the kitchen. For
15 more minutes. We can do anything in 15 minutes. Keep working till
the timer goes off. Then you go to the Living room once again.
8. In the living room, continue to pick up and put away.
9. Every 45 minutes take a 15 minute break.
Adapt this schedule to fit your physical limitations and
children's needs. But you get the picture. Stay focused on one job
for 15 minutes. You are going to be so surprised at how much you get
done in a days time.
My timer is my best Friend.
You can do this.
Now turn off the computer and get to work!
Let's FLY through this Crisis Cleaning, so you can sit back, relax
and enjoy your guests,
P.S. Put this in your Control Journal for future reference, just in
case a friend needs your help.