Habit # 1 The Easy Way To Get Dressed To Shoes!

Exercise Days

*Part of a 10 week series. To get involved join the Facebook group Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System To Remove Clutter & CHAOS

Some may wonder, what are FLYing clothes?  It is simple.  It is something you feel comfortable in wearing while you are FLYing. The purpose is to get you out of your pajamas that tells your mind to slumber rather than FLY.  So what I am going to do is give you some pictures of FLYing clothes that I have worn.

Your FLYing Clothes Are Determined By What You Are Doing For That Particular Day.
 
For example:   I am putting exercise into my FLYing at least 3 times a week.  They are not old worn out sweats.  I have 3 workout outfits that I wear that includes jackets.  Nothing fancy. Each piece from Walmart $10.00 a piece.  I layer with a sports bra and top with thin straps.  If I need to run to the store that is only 11 miles away, I can easily do it wearing the outfit.  I can also clean/FLY in it.  So now I know what 3 out of 7 outfits I am wearing for the week.
Errand Day
One day is Errand Day.  I usually wear nice jeans and a nice top.  One day is Renew Your Spirit Day and I wear a nice pair of slacks and top to church.  This leaves me with 2 days left.  What do I wear? I wear clothes that I feel comfortable in.  For me it is side elastic jeans and a top or a sports bra and top with skinny straps with a jacket over it.  That completes 7 days for me.  If there is something I am working on that I am afraid I might stain a top, I pull out my work shirt to cover any spills.  I also have an apron I will put on if I think I will get dirty.
 
Renew Your Spirit Day
In A Nutshell, FLYing Clothes Are The Ones In Between Your Good Clothes And Your Grunge Clothes.  It Is The Type Of Clothing That You Won’t Feel Bad Wearing When An Old Friend Shows Up At Your Door Or Running To The Store Quick To Pick Something Up And You Run Into An Old Boyfriend.  You Have To Keep One Set Of Grunge Clothes For Certain Jobs.  I Call Them My Painting Clothes.  They Aren’t Super Grungy.  They Have Paint On Them Because I Am Painting.
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I hope this explains what FLYing Clothes are.  I had a problem at first and if you notice in any of my Individual Photos when I was doing the challenge “Getting Dressed To Shoes, Hair and Makeup”  It was tops and bottoms with a shirt.  It is as simple as this.  So please take a chance on the FLYing side and get out of your pajamas and “Get Dressed To Shoes!”
Marilyn 
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Get Up Close And Personal With Marilyn’s Way 9 Habits!

When I named my blog and facebook page Marilyn’s Way To Organization For Home And Garden and calling it Marilyn’s Way for short, it has always meant for you to find ‘Your Way’.  I simply give you a guide of 9 habits that everyone should do each day to get from day to day smoothly.  How you do it is totally up to you!

You see the 9 habits are the foundation in which you can build upon and personalize for yourself.  When I was searching for a way to get rid of my CHAOS and clutter I kept failing because I was trying to do it their way.

The one thing I did learn was practicing a specific habit until it becomes natural.  I did just that when I took the personal challenge of Flylady’s March Habit Getting Dressed To Shoe, Hair, Makeup and posting a daily photo and mini blog for 436 consecutive days.  I was a pajama junkie of 5 years and needed to change if I was to have any chance of getting rid of CHAOS and clutter.

I have a few things stacked up against me to complete this.  I suffer from Major Depressive Disorder or Clinical Depression, FibromyalgiaAdult Attention Deficit DisorderSevere Sleep Apnea, Cycolthymic or Mild Bipolar Disorder, and Hypothyroidism.

After looking at my list you may wonder, why even get out of bed?  I tried that.  I felt worse.  Then I went through a period of staying up for 2 days just so I could do everything that most organizational systems ask of you because it takes longer with some tasks for me than most. How did that work you may wonder?  It didn’t.

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That is when Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System was born featuring 9 habits to do each day that will assist in getting you out of CHAOS and clutter so you may take care of yourself, your family and your home.  It doesn’t matter how you do any of the habits.  You do them however they will work for you.

Why are the 9 Habits Successful?

Because you come to realize that they are the foundation and must be done each day to keep the status quo.  Eventually you find your own rhythm to Dance Till You FLY!  From there, you can personalize it even more by practicing a set of ‘Weekly Habits’ for a specific day of your choice.  I chose to name them in dance style terms to make it fun. The third part are the ‘Zones’ that are actually Monthly Habits for a specific zone or room for one week of the month.

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What About All The Rest?

If you become consistent with the 9 Habits, the Weekly Habits and the zones the rest will take care of itself.  How may you ask?  Because they become so automatic that they free up your time to do seasonal projects or extra decluttering when you can.  Just like our body’s foundation is the skeletal part of our body so are the 3 parts to Marilyn’s Dance Till You FLY! System.

Get up close and personal to Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System keeping it simple to work for you and your way.  I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of living to do and I don’t want to spend my every waking moment cleaning.

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If you like what you read and feel it may help others, please SHARE.  I did all the hard parts of this by trying different ways until I came up with these to focus on.  Upon deciding them I took every type of lifestyle into consideration.  From there I invite you to get up close and personal and tweak the system to work for you!

If you would like to join the secret facebook group Marilyn’s Way where we talk about ways of getting rid of CHAOS and clutter to practice the system send me a friend request by clicking on my name Marilyn Foster and I will add you!

Fibromyalgia Isn’t A Death Sentence

Some days it sure feels like Fibromyalgia is a death sentence.  There are the aches and pains and flu like symptoms that seem to drag on.  The point is that you won’t die from it like Cancer.  It will make you as miserable as some Cancers and  that’s where the two end.

So many seem to have fibromyalgia these days.  Remember the ‘Yuppie Flu?’  I do because that is what my fibromyalgia started out to be.  It was the  80’s where we were told we could have it all.  What wasn’t said is some may have to pay for it health wise.

Do you see me raising my hand?  Yep, that is me.  I have always worked hard at anything I do.  Part of it is in my genes.  The other part is from being brainwashed that I could do it all and be happy.

One thing that complicated things was that I am Adult ADD and have Sleep Apnea.  The combination of the three spells disaster but it isn’t a death sentence.

I spend more than 80% in pain daily.  Does this mean I give up?  Already tried that.  It doesn’t work.  I got sick and tired of giving up.  That’s what happened.

After a five year stunt of being a ‘pajama junkie’ it was time to change.  That is when I took Flylady’s March habit of Getting Dressed To Shoes to heart.  I hated the way I felt all the time.  More important I hated the way I was living.

Then The Miracle Happened!

Today, I no longer have the strong need to have to explain myself to others.  What a weight that has been lifted off of my shoulders.  Of course I don’t look sick.  Fibromyalgia is an invisible illness and I work very hard at NOT looking sick.

The Magic Pill

I have found it.  My next question is to all that do have Fibromyalgia.  If I tell you what it is, are you willing to take it?  I really want you to think about this.  If there is a magic pill, would you be willing to take it?  What would you do for it?  Are you ready to have side effects from a magic pill that cause happiness, to first love yourself and others come next, moments of joy, feelings of worthiness, knowing your limitations and working around them, finding something you feel passionate about and do it?  Not bad side effects are they?

To The Friends And Family Of Ones That Are Affected By Fibromyalgia

I invite you to wear ankle weights for 36 hours.  Go about your time in a regular manner.  Check in with yourself at 2 pm and then 5 pm.  How are you feeling?

When you go to bed continue to wear them while you sleep.  Then the next morning check yourself to see how you feel.  Don’t take them off yet.  You still need to wear them for another 12 hours.

You are looking at a total of two work days wearing them.  How did it affect your work performance?  How did it affect how you interacted with other co workers? (remember,  they do not know you are wearing ankle weights)

Next, I invite you to wear them all the time.  The difference this time is the number of pounds in the ankle weights will fluctuate throughout the day.  How did you feel?  Did you begin to develop other problems like concentration difficulties because you had no control when the weight of the ankle weights changed?  What about itching or skin burning?  Were you walking right along and the amount of weight changed in the ankle weight causing a sharp pain from changing the weight to a heavier setting? What about feeling dizzy or nauseous?  What about loud noises and bright lights?  Do any of these startle you?

What Your Body Does Next

Continue wearing the fluctuating  ankle weights a little while longer without knowing when you can take them off.  Soon your mind and body are no longer in sync.  You begin to get false readings as to how you feel.  Your sensor has gone bad.

Then The Itching Begins

Why do you ask?  Because when the brain cannot interpret what is going on.  When all else fails it sends out a signal to itch.  Your sensor that is connected to your brain and body has become faulty.

Our body and mind can only be pushed so far before this happens. (remember, you are still wearing those ankle weights that now fluctuate in the amount of weight it is in each ankle weight at any given time.)

Congratulations!

You have just experienced what I go through on a daily basis.  Do I like it?  No.  In fact I hate it.  It has become exhausting and I want it to stop.  For me, I cannot take off the ankle weights and neither can anyone else that suffers from Fibromyalgia.  We now have to learn how to adjust.  This will take years learning because one thing that Fibromyalgia is known for is being a high maintenance illness.

To The Ones Who Have Been Diagnosed With Fibromyalgia

I applaud you for you just being you.  Have you ever seen a duck floating in the water?  It looks as though it is floating along.  What most don’t know is the duck is paddling furiously just to stay afloat.  I know it and you know it.  I am hoping someday others not affected by this illness will know it too.

As For The Magic Pill

I have decided to wait until next Wednesday to reveal it.  I want you to give some thought as to what I wrote.  Don’t worry, next Wednesday will be her before you know it and this magic pill is worth the wait.

In the meantime, let me know if you agree or disagree with how fibromyalgia feels.  I welcome your comments and thoughts.

May 12th is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.  Go to this link to find information about it.  For the The 15 Best Fibromyalgia Blogs Of 2014 click on the link.

(Note:  All information in this post are from views and experience from Marilyn Foster and are in no way meant to give ones a diagnosis.  The information shared is based solely on her experiences.)

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How To Brain Dump So That You Can ‘Dance Till You FLY! mw


The title of this blog sounds rather strange.  Please bear with me and see this through.  I promise you will be glad that you did.  First I am going to talk about what ‘Brain Dump’ is and then how you can apply this to ‘Dance Till You FLY! mw System (c) 2014 influenced  by Flylady and born from Marilyn’s Way that is a page and a group to organization for home and garden.  I have been using this technique long before I knew it had an actual name.

What Is A Brain Dump?
It is simply taking all the things that are floating around that overstuffed brain of yours and dump these thoughts on to paper with a pen.  Sure, you can type it into your computer but most find it is note as effective.  There have been times in my life that I have felt so overwhelmed that I was paralized.  The only way I was going to be able to move forward was to pull out my notebook that I can dump thoughts of things I had to do, thoughts of outcomes not yet finalized, thoughts of things I would like to do.  This notebook is for my purposes only.  It doesn’t have to mean anything to anyone else.  How you get your thoughts out of your brain and on to paper is your way.  Some of it can be doodling, some can be bullets of thoughts.  Some can be best explained by writing a story about it.

How Can It Help You To ‘Dance Till You FLY! mw?
I have been wanting to answer this question for you for quite some time.  I just didn’t know how my suggestion would be perceived and if I could create enough excitement for you to give this a try when it comes to taking care of yourself and your home.  First, I want you to throw perfectionism and procrastination right out the door.  They are not welcomed when it come so to doing a ‘Brain Dump’.  Now I want you to take your notebook and pen and just start dumping all of the thoughts you have in your head and on to paper in this notebook.  Set the timer for 15 minutes.  When the fifteen minutes are up, that’s it.  None of what you just wrote has to make any sense to anyone but you and sometimes there are a few things that don’t make sense to you during this session but in due time.  Those are called ‘aha moments’.  Be aware of how you feel after you have done a 15 minute Brain Dump.  I will be doing one when I finish this blog because I have so much on my mind that I find I am becoming to feel paralyzed and I want to dance till I fly!

I think this is enough information for you to get started.  The next blog will be about what to do about all this information that just came out of your brain and on to the paper of your notebook.  All of those thoughts have homes and I will show you where to put them.  For now, get your timer, set it for 15 minutes and just start dumping everything you have in your brain and put it in your magical notebook because that is what it is going to become.  We will be doing more than just one brain dump.  Some feel the need to do it daily for awhile, then weekly, monthly and finally quarterly.  By getting these thoughts out of your brain you can focus on the nine habits each day every day as your foundation or core to ‘Dance Till You FLY! mw System (c) 2014 and know that all of your other thoughts are in that magical notebook of yours just waiting to be ready for the next dance step of your thoughts!
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Marilyn

Doing The Nine Habits Are Like A Three Part Dance Step

GET DRESSED TO SHOES!

Recently I asked my group how they were doing with the ‘Nine Habits Each Day Every Day’ that are PART of the ‘Dance Till You FLY! mw (c) 2013 System that is influenced by Flylady along with my challenges and experiences.  You see, I live with Fibromyalgia 24/7.  I HAD to find a way to take care of my home the easiest way possible because I am in pain on a scale of 1-10 as a 9 ninety percent of the time.  I can’t have something that is difficult, rigid, redundant.  I need simple, streamlined and if I miss a habit here or there I don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.  I just keep going.  I have been doing the nines for three years now and I am so glad I came up with this.  Otherwise, I would not have made it and there would be no Marilyn’s Way.  I worked very hard to come up with nine simple habits that OVERLAP each other so by the end of the day I could feel like a success because I already had the next day lined up for me by doing the last three habits of the day.

I am a bit stumped why 80% of my group still isn’t doing this.  If they would practice it for one month, I just know they would see the difference in their home.  This is what December’s Event is about.  Practicing the Nines makes you a TEN!  Yet I still see many struggling with it.  If you would just do them in the order listed and and while you are in the bathroom getting dressed to shoes, there should be no excuse to ‘Swish & Swipe.’  What? You don’t have a bottle of cleaner like Windex and some paper towels in there?  Get some!  Is the toilet bowl brush in an unhandy place? Move it!  While you are still in the bathroom why not ask that question early in the day ‘What’s For Dinner?’ so you can make sure you have all of the ingredients and take meat out of the freezer.  That is three habits down, six more to go.

Next up is the three habits of the afternoon routine.You don’t even have to wait for the afternoon to start.  You can do these three habits after you have finished your morning routine.  I have done it many times. While you do your fourth habit of a ‘Load of Laundry’ and the machine is running, start the fifth habit, ‘Declutter Each Day.’  You can declutter just 15 minutes or up to the time it takes to wash and dry your clothes.  Then is a great time for a break.  Don’t go to the computer.  It won’t be restful.  Just sit down and do nothing for 15 minutes.  Then get up fold the clothes and put them away.  Next up is making ‘Dinner Early.’  Get the ingredients that need to be chopped, diced, and sliced ready for the main course.  Just have dinner early so you still have the energy to clean up the kitchen and ‘Shine Your Sink.’  Kitchen is now closed for the day.  Most likely there are some clothes you just washed, dried, folded and put away that you could wear the next day.  Take them along with what you have in your closet and lay them out or put on a clothes hanger.

The last thing to do is get your ‘Launch Pad Ready.’  That is whatever you are going to be doing as a project if you stay at home or the things you are taking with you if you work outside the home.  This is also another place for the kids to have their book bags ready to go.  Write a list of perishables like school lunch that will need to go as well.  Now your day is done for the most part.  This is the Foundation of the system Dance Till You FLY! mw (c) 2013.  There is plenty of wiggle room in there for the weekly habits and if you do them consistently they should only take you at the most 30 minutes except for DOO WOP ERRAND DAY.

Take a closer look at the ‘Nine Habits Each Day Every Day.’  See if you can’t get that ‘Aha’ Moment I did three years ago!  Of course none of this is possible if you don’t ‘Get Dressed To Shoes.’  I have 436 consecutive days where I took a picture of myself and wrote a mini blog.  Today I still get dressed to shoes.  If I didn’t my home would be right back the way it used to be, cluttered and uncomfortable.
Dance Till You FLY!
Marilyn

FLYing Is A Process Not An Event!


Today is the 1st of the month and for many it is the time that one decides that they want to LOAD UP and start doing MORE.  What is so different about yesterday?  Oh, we said good bye to the month before, now in the past.  That is really about it.

So why do we do this to ourselves?  We are trying to make taking care of our homes as an EVENT.  It is not.  It is a daily PROCESS that we PRACTICE  trying to stay as CONSISTENT as we can so we don’t have MELT DOWNS.  We want to say good bye to CRISIS CLEANING that takes all the energy out of ourselves so there is no time for DAILY HABITS.

Instead, I invite you to EASE your way into the new month.  The FOUNDATION is our ‘Nine Habits Each Day Every Day’ that keeps our engines running smoothly.  We must first allot time in our day for these before we can deal with weekly habits on specific days. Then as a group we practice a monthly event on a specific subject related to FLYing.

NONE of this can be done without specific daily habits set in place.  I chose nine habits.  Three habits for each of the three routines we have in our day.  Make time for these so you and you home continue to function as you practice on weekly habits, zone work and monthly events and eventually your favorite hobby that has been put on hold because you are always cleaning.

I read an article that said our brains are only capable of remembering three to four things in the same moment.  The best example is our phone numbers.  We have a three number area code, three number prefix and finally a four number suffix.  Try to remember all ten numbers at once.  Do you think you can do it?  I can’t.

Years ago I worked in outside sales in communications.  I sold beepers or pagers.  I would go to my appointment that I set up with a business and when I introduced myself, the next thing they would do is tell the person I had the appointment with: “The Beeper Lady is here.”  I never will forget the time I was meeting with a top executive that was ready to hear my presentation.  He said, “Shall We Dance?”  That has always stayed with me and is why one morning I woke up and thought, “Dance Till You FLY!”  Like nemo, just keep swimming, well instead for me, just keep dancing.

When it was a sale and time to issue beepers out to the company, there had to be a phone number placed with it, just like cell phones today.  When you are in the business, it is automatic to know what the area code and prefix number is.  All I had to do is remember the last four numbers.  We stayed in the same area code and prefix until the numbers ran out.  Then we would move onto same area code different prefix that didn’t take long to learn because we knew we would be in that prefix until the suffix numbers ran out and that takes awhile.

Well that is all I am inviting you to do is three habits that overlap each other for each of the three routines we do in a day.  Isn’t it interesting how our days are broken down to three sections?  Is it by accident or did someone know that we could only remember three things at once and in the moment?  Listed above are the nine habits.  Instead of LOADING UP on yourself with things to do on a list a mile long, rededicate yourself to practicing the nine habits and know in your heart that these habits are necessary to do each day in order to move on to remembering weekly habits and then monthly events.  Just like a phone number, you have to remember the area code first, then the prefix, and finally the suffix.  It is a one, two, three steps to remember.  Kind of a like a CHA CHA CHA!
Dance Till You FLY!
Marilyn

We Are In Zone 4 The Master Bedroom This Week!


This week we are in Zone 4 the master bedroom.  September is also the month we are having the event ‘Declutter Your Clothes And Make Your Bedroom Special.’  If you haven’t started on it, please don’t give up.  Yes, it sounds overwhelming but by the end of this blog I will give you some ideas to help you, especially if this is your first time through with ‘Declutter Your Clothes And Make Your Bedroom Special Event.’  Are you ready to look at this with an open mind?  I hope you will say yes.

The first thing I want you to do is ‘dedicate one dresser drawer for three to four tops and same for bottoms.  This will be your ‘FLYing Drawer.’  I actually have one drawer for tops and one for bottoms that are for FLYing.  The other thing is to create a section in your closet of clothes you hang that are FLYing clothes.  When I did this, my Before Bedtime Routine went so much faster.  In fact I am challenging you to do this.  Think of your FLYing clothes as uniforms in a way.  I wear tank tops and bottoms with at least side elastic jeans and then I have shirts hanging in my closet that I can slip on if I need to make a quick trip to town.  Most of my trips are planned out anymore but if I need to run to the town that is only 13 miles away to pick up milk and bread, I am ready to roll.

To tell you the truth in the very beginning I had three outfits I rotated when I took my challenge in March of 2011.  The decluttering of clothes is a continual process just like housework.  It never really ends.  The best way I have found is to twice a year do a maintainence declutter.  Some of you will be going through it for the first time.  I have been through it several times and still feel I need to do it twice a year.

Another point I would like to make is when you do zone work you must declutter first.  I know when I was gearing up to do my Get Dressed to Shoes, Hair and Makeup Challenge, I decluttered my bedroom and got everything out of there that didn’t belong.  The stuff went into my worst room that I could shut the door on.  I did this so that I could focus on my Before Bedtime Routine and Getting Dressed To Shoes, Hair and Makeup.  We simply cannot do all of this at once.  That is what we have been trying to do for years.  It just doesn’t work for us.

The next point I want to make is whatever zone you are in, I have learned during my ‘Weekly Home Mambo’ I pay special attention to that particular zone we are in.  We usually know what needs to be done.  You can do Kelly’s Missions if you would like.  You will have to go to www.flylady.net to get them.  She has a website.  I have groups and pages and am not a business.  I am trying to help you withing the realms of Facebook and Blogger.

The last topic I want to bring up is this.  If you are feeling overwhelmed with all of this then what I ask you to do is focus on my ‘Nine Habits Each Day Every Day.’  Why?  Because it will get you ready for the day and get the very basics done that will continue to keep you going.  You will get fed, clothed and sent on your way each day whether it is outside of the home or not.

These Nine Habits you don’t have to like.  When I finally surrendered to accepting this fact, things went better.  I know now that I must do these habits to keep my home from getting out of control and in the state before I found Flylady.  I am working on a blog about this subject.

Let’s have a great week!  Summer has ended and now we turn to fall for most of us.  Please take time to do some of the suggestions I talked about.  What can it hurt?
Dance Till You FLY! mw
Marilyn

This Week Is Zone 3 Bathroom And One Extra Room

Can You Believe It Has Been 2 1/2 Years Since I Took The Challenge ‘Getting Dressed To Shoes, Hair and Makeup?’  Having my bathroom organized to work for me is one of the keys to it.

It is time to give your bathroom a little extra special attention this week as you do your Weekly Home Mambo.  Just little extras like knock down cob webs, scrub the tub, wipe the outside of the toilet down, and do a quick declutter of products in your bathroom that are just taking up space.
The extra room can be your room of choice.  Mine is my Porch/Entry/Laundry Room where everyone seems to gather.  I am determined to getting it looking better than it does by some painting and decorating.  First is to do a declutter again and get the things that don’t belong there and make the room more user friendly.
So have fun with this and bring out some creativity to this Zone!
Dance Till You FLY! mw
Marilyn

Week Two Of Each Month Is ‘ Zone 2 The Kitchen’


It is hard to believe we are in  the second week of the month.  This also means we are in Zone 2 The Kitchen.  There’s a valid reason for this to be in week two of the month.  Week Two is always, always a full week and with the Kitchen being ‘The Heart Of The Home’, we need to give it our best attention this week.  I like to work it into my Weekly Home Mambo that I break the seven tasks into days.  Some of the tasks don’t take much time at all.  This is then the day that I focus more on touching up the zone we are currently in.

I could give you a detailed list of things to do that during the month may not get it’s best attention in the Kitchen on a daily basis, but I am not.  There are all kinds of lists everywhere on the internet to find.  Instead, I am leaving it up to you.  It is your kitchen and you know where the spills happened and the last time you wiped down your cabinets or even wiped off the top of your refrigerator.  Zone work is simply this: wiping door nobs off, the refrigerator handle, spills from cooking, an extra effort in scrubbing the floors.  Maybe you are like me and have very hard water.  I like to bring out the vinegar to remove the mineral deposit build up on the faucet and around the sink.  If your trash can hasn’t been cleaned out for awhile and it stinks, throw some kind of cleaner in the trash can to soak.  While you are at it, wash your broom bristles and dust pan.

It really is simply taking the time to decide what is most important to you and look for ways to overlap a few tasks like the trash can example.  Zone work is NOT meant to tear you Kitchen completely apart and scrub down.  We have a month long event for this that happens twice a year.  Then you can really get into the details if you want.

We use our Kitchens for so many things.  Give this space the attention it deserves.  So goes the Kitchen does the rest of the home seem to be easier to take care of when you are comfortable in your Kitchen.
Dance Till You FLY! mw
Marilyn

Does Your Home Seem To Get Too Dusty Too Fast? It Just Might Be Your Refrigerator!

Check Under Your Refrigerator


Very busy time of year for me with gardening.  I try my best to always do Nine Habits Each Day Every Day in order to keep my home functioning.  Yard work, flower and vegetable gardens take work.  Lawn needs to be mowed, flowers deadheaded, vegetable ready to pick.

I do my Weekly Mambo that has seven tasks.  One of the tasks is dusting.  I try to do my best during gardening season but it is a fact that dirt is going to come into the house.  

When I dusted my desk using polish three days ago, I didn’t expect to see the amount of dust on it.  I was busy doing a refrigerator cha cha cha which is throwing away science projects, wiping down, taking stock what is in there and making room for vegetables from my garden. My desk is in the kitchen.

I noticed dust in my fridge too!  I realize the door I use the most in the summer is the dining room door because it leads out to the garden.  The dining room is just off the kitchen.  I was wiping down the bottom freezer seal because it seemed to have condensation. 

We know how some of us are.  As long as I am down on the floor I might as well take the grate/grill off to wipe down.  Then I thought maybe I need to look under there too while I am at it.  I was finding myself feeling like I was getting sidetracked.  My lawn was calling me to mow it.  I got a flashlight to look under there and it was bad! In the ‘old days’ I call them I would have taken the back of the fridge off and used a vacuum and necessary tool to detail clean.  Then the lawn wouldn’t get mowed because this type of detail cleaning takes at least an hour by the time you get your supplies needed to do the job.  Instead, I have an appliance brush that can be slide under the fridge to grab the dust and dust bunnies.  I got lots out using this tool.  I know more is under there.  I will make a note in my progressive task list so I can get it out of my head and on to paper for a project I can do when I have more time.  That way it doesn’t swim around in my head clogging up my mind for other things that are on the daily list like Nine Habits Each Day Every Day and Mowing that I wrote down on my my Progressive Task List yesterday.  

Yes, I am feeling really good about myself that I dealt with it and gave myself 15 minutes to do my best instead of ignoring all the other habits one must do to keep a home functioning each day and instead hyper focusing on the refrigerator trying to make it look brand new again.  I am sorry but my fridge will never look brand new again.  It is ten years old and has built some character. Sometimes this is what gets us into trouble the most is our high expectations.  I learned that lesson yesterday and it prepared me for today!
Dance Till You FLY! mw
Marilyn

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