Are you familiar with the FlyLady? I have been a fledgling off-and-on for awhile. I don't usually like adhering to a "system" unless it's something I've designed myself (for example, I go through my list every morning - I made it up one summer when I was having a hard time getting up at a "decent" hour and getting ready to go anywhere - for some reason I have no problem remembering "Tea, hair, meds, dress, teeth, eat, phone."). So, I've struggled with sticking to the FlyLady system too.
A lot of people who know me probably think I am fairly organized. Most of them might be surprised if they came to my house and saw it in the pigsty condition in which it usually stays. Many things have contributed to this. It started when I was working part-time at NorthCrest and I felt guilty because I didn't have my house clean all the time. Well, I guess really it started before that. I was "born organized" as FlyBabies say, but when I started dating Randy I discovered that one could survive while flying by the seat of the pants (Not to be confused with "FLYing.") not just where cleaning is concerned but in many other ways as well. A few years later I wanted to fill my house with more little ones - so I ended up with 3 cats and a dog - and my house got messier and messier. Then my health started interfering, where I couldn't stand up for long periods of time. And somewhere in there my work schedule started interfering too. Not only was I working at home just to keep up, I was taking online classes... and of course I had to rebel and do nothing to "relax."
So the house is a wreck.
I REALLY want to clean it up and post pictures of before and after. I am not sure I want people to know how bad it is, but maybe once I get it under control I'll be okay with it. One challenge I have is that it's kind of like catching up on your laundry or your dishes or for us teachers, catching up all the grading... just because you get it completely clean (or caught up) doesn't mean you never have to clean it again. It's a constant job; it never really ends. The FlyLady system has a lot of built-in routines to address this issue. I am going to try it again. Now if this works I will have to write another blog entry about self-discipline and the Word of God... but more on that later.