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How many of you have struggled with keeping up the house while you work and take care of a family?

Many I suspect given all the books out in the market about cleaning and organizing.

What if I told you there was a different way to approach this area of your life. Would you be interested?

There are many techniques out there and still many want something else.

No one seems to be addressing the issue of getting sidetracked.

There are plenty of things that LOVE to help you get sidetracked. Some of them are legitimate. The majority of them are not.

The number one reason we get easily sidetracked is this.

We haven’t made the important and urgent parts of our day a ‘HABIT’.

The following is the approach Marilyn’s Way has tested, tried, and uses. And that’s coming from a ‘Reformed 5+ Year Pajama Junkie’!.

Will this work for you?

Give it a try!

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Chemo This Morning, Garth Tonight Enjoying ‘The Dance’

Every once in awhile something will grab my attention and suck me in from something shared on Facebook.

The performance of Garth Brooks in Minneapolis Friday night, November 7th did just that.

He is performing the song ‘The Dance’, sees a sign in the crowd that says: CHEMO THIS MORNING, GARTH TONIGHT, ENJOYING THE DANCE.

He seeks out the woman from Iowa serenading her while performing the song. He then gives his guitar to this woman, gets back up on stage and listen to what he has to say.

Garth lost both his mother and sister to Cancer. The love he showed for this woman who also brought her 19 year old daughter proves the passion he has in the fight against Cancer.

What drew me to this at first? Garth. Second performing the song ‘The Dance’ and third the power of HUMAN SPIRIT.

I’m just enjoying ‘The Dance’.

~Marilyn

Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System to help you take care of yourself, your family, and your home by ridding yourself of clutter and CHAOS.

First Ripened Tomatoes Of The Season Always Makes Me Happy!

You would think this Monday is simply like every other Monday but not today!  I went out to my garden to pick more green beans.  I stayed focused and got them picked.  I knew I would also need to pick the cucumbers and so I did that as well.

Then it happened!  Out of the corner of my eye I saw the color red.  It took me a moment for color of red to register in my mind that the red was in fact a group of ripened cherry tomatoes!

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Dance Like No One Is Watching

And that is exactly what I did!  There is something about seeing the first ripened red tomato.  It always makes me happy.

Then I picked them.  I looked at one of them, wiped it off  with my shirt and popped it into my mouth!  There is nothing that tastes better than a home grown tomato.

BLT – Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato Sandwiches Are In The Near Future

I decided to take a closer look at my tomatoes called ‘Celebrity’.  The majority of them are still green, but there are two that are beginning to turn red.  I better write down bacon on my grocery list because it is coming soon!

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Find Some Joy In Your Day!

If you are a gardener like I am, you will know of the excitement I feel when the first tomato ripens.  Don’t stop there.  Nature is all around us and make a point to look around.  Find something that will fill you with joy like I experienced today!  Maybe it is a butterfly, a hummingbird, the mum plants that are flooding the stores, the flowers that are blooming around you.  Then, dance like no one is watching!

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A Fast Way To Clean Your House!

Have you ever heard the the number of things we can remember at the same time is 3?

Just for fun click on  and play this quick game called Memory 3.  How did you do? It tends to get overwhelming towards the end doesn’t it?  Did you notice you began to just think color?  Did you also notice how you were looking at 3 of the balls at one time?

Now think about cleaning your house.  Most of us start out with the larger number of balls trying to remember where pairs of one color is.  Odds of getting it right are slim compared to starting out with 3.  Right?

So how is this going to help you create a ‘Fast Way To Clean Your House?’  By creating habits in groups of 3 for each routine of your day ‘Morning, Afternoon, and Before Bedtime’.  Notice the number of routines is 3.

What Do The 3 Habits Cover?

3 areas of your life.  That is yourself, your family and your home.

3 Habits For Each Routine Equals 9!

What are these ‘9 Habits’?  They are one part of 3 to the system I created called ‘Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY!’  Whatever you do in a day, always leave enough time in your day for these 9 habits.  Some take longer than others but all equally important for you to begin to have good days in which you can build upon.  Here are the 9 habits.

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Start practicing these habits today for 3 days and you decide if this is something that will help you find a ‘Fast Way To Clean Your House!’

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Fast Way To Clean Your House!

Have you ever heard that the number of things we can remember at the same time is 3?

Just for fun click on  and play this quick game called Memory 3.

There are 9 levels. How did you do? It tends to get overwhelming towards the end doesn’t it?  Did you notice you began to just think color?  Did you also notice how you were looking at 3 of the balls at one time?

Now think about cleaning your house.  Most of us start out with a large amount of tasks to do just like the larger number of balls trying to remember where pairs of one color is.  Odds of getting it right are slim compared to starting out with 3.  Right?

So how is this going to help you create a ‘Fast Way To Clean Your House?’  By creating habits in groups of 3 for each routine of your day ‘Morning, Afternoon, and Before Bedtime’.  Notice the number of routines is 3.

What Do The 3 Habits Cover?

3 areas of your life.  That is yourself, your family and your home.

3 Habits For Each Routine Equals 9!

What are these ‘9 Habits’?  They are one part of 3 to the system I created called ‘Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY!’  Whatever you do in a day, always leave enough time in your day for these 9 habits.  Some take longer than others but all equally important for you to begin to have good days in which you can build upon.  Here are the 9 habits. 9habitsnameform9 Habits To Marilyn’s Way To Dance Till You FLY! Start practicing these habits today for 3 days and you decide if this is something that will help you find a ‘Fast Way To Clean Your House!’ mwtoorganizationforhomeandgarden3 If you liked what you read, please share.  If you would like to join Marilyn’s Way Secret Group on Facebook where we talk about our clutter and CHAOS in our homes to using tools that will allow you to ‘Dance Till You FLY!’ send me a personal friend request by clicking on my name Marilyn Foster and I will add you!

Company Ready Home In Minutes!

Yesterday  when the secretary of my insurance man said he would have to come out and get papers signed, I didn’t panic.  I have been practicing the nine habits of a flylady influenced simplified system I created called Dance Till You FLY! mw.  Just practicing just these habits each day every day won’t get your home squeaky clean. It does keep your home ‘Company Ready’.

In fact, I believe that this is what most who search to get organized are looking for. How can I keep up on my day to day activities and take care of myself, my family and my home? That is the question most ask. It is establishing a foundation in which to build upon.

That is what Dance Till You FLY! mw System is all about. It is about establishing nine non negotiable habits one does daily, weekly habits on specific days, ‘Weekly Home Mambo’ where one touches on seven tasks to do to get the home ready for the week and finally focusing on a zone each week to declutter first and detail clean second.

Today I want to just talk about the nines and how I got ready for my insurance man to come for a visit. Look for upcoming blogs where I will break down my Dance Till You FLY! mw System and explain in detail. For now, the following are the nine habits I practice each day every day.

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Nine Habits Each Day Every Day

What did I do today to get ready for company? I did my first three habits and baked a batch of cookies, cleaning as I go so when he arrived I had coffee and cookies waiting for him. And yes my sink was shining!

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‘Company Ready Home’ including a fresh batch of cookies I baked this morning!

It was a real treat for me. We visited about various subjects for approximately two hours. I didn’t let perfectionism spoil the conversations we had. My home wasn’t perfect but I will say it way company ready and that is good enough for me!

What things do you do to get ready for company? Reply down below. I would love to hear.

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Can We Really Start Fresh?

I never thought getting serious about blogging would be this hard.  I really just want to write.  I started a blog with this name and bought the domain.  Now I can’t get the domain to go on the blog.

I decided to try on Blogger again as I have some blogs started and established.  I am beginning to wonder how many times we get to start fresh.  When I go to get this domain it says it is not available.  I know it isn’t available to anyone else.  This morning I purchased it.  Now, how can I retrieve it?

This blog is about things like this and that.  Sometimes it gets where it becomes so difficult to explain something that it is easier to say, “It all comes down to… this and that.”  I thought technology is supposed to make our lives easier.

For the most part technology has benefited many.  I love how easy it was to get on Facebook.  It is actually where I communicate with others the most.  Now I want to expand my world and make it easier to communicate outside of Facebook.

It can be difficult for this 50 something woman that remembers party lines and grew up with rotary dial telephones.  Can  a 50 something learn new tricks?  This one is trying very hard.  Unfortunately she also has a life to tend to that involves making dinner, washing clothes, cleaning house, and paying bills.

Can you blame me for giving you the answer to ‘It all comes down to…’  this and that?  I gave it my best shot today.  I learned many ways this and that didn’t work.

I am glad I took a break from it and went outside doing something I did know.  That is gardening.  I know just enough that satisfies me for the plants I am going to grow.  Why can’t technology give us this same break?  That’s because ‘It all comes down to…’ this and that.

Marilyn

Day 8 Of The Great Declutter Your Kitchen And Organize Your Pantry Event!

This project I am looking forward to.  I am going to be doing some re-arranging the cupboards in my kitchen work triangle.  All the changes I am doing are directly related to habit #6 Make Dinner Early of Dance Till You FLY! mw featuring nine habits each day every day.  The things that I have done so far are paying off for this habit.

When I decided to have this event in April, it has been geared around the spring/summer to come.  I am an avid gardener and when spring really gets here, I will be spending most of my days outside.  I need my kitchen to function properly to get meals made easily or I would be setting myself up for not keeping my kitchen up.  I don’t want to do that anymore.  I have come to learn how important to keeping my kitchen clean and organized as to a direct relation to my self esteem.  Face it,  home keeping  and how we feel about ourselves are directly related.  Most that have a hard time keeping up the kitchen may in fact not have the tools necessary to make a meal handy.

Cupboards overstuffed with things one hardly uses get mixed up with the stuff  that does.  The problem is that when we put away the dishes we tend to put them in the next available space.  Pretty soon some of the things one uses gets moved all the way to the back.  In order to get it, one has to pull everything out and they set on the counters.  One has now created an extra step in cleaning up the kitchen after dinner.  I have been shining my sink every day since December 25, 2010 and now I ALWAYS make sure I block out time to do this daily.  It is that important to me.  I don’t want to have to also be putting away things that I hardly use back into the cupboards I use the most.  Either the item is going to be blessed or is going to be moving to another location in my kitchen.

Sure, it is nice to have all of your like items together.  That is what I have done with my cupboard that has glassware in it.  The problem is my cupboard that has plastic dishes is over flowing that I am afraid to open the cupboard door.  I could create an avalanche with plastic bowls all over the kitchen.

My goal today is to declutter my plastics getting rid of lids that no longer have bottoms.  I am going to move the glasses on the top shelf to another cupboard.  I am also going to move the seasonal glasses to the other location.  The top shelf will then house my plastic containers I use the most in the preparation area.  Remember, it is your kitchen and it only has to make sense to you.  You are the one that is in it most of the time.

A ladder is going to be required to do this.  I am glad I have one that has wide steps on it.  More accidents happen when one decides to get on a chair with wheels instead of taking the time to have a ladder handy.  For me I have had enough falls and bumps on the head that I welcome the ladder.

The project will take no longer than 30 minutes or 2-15ers.  When I decided to do this event, it had to be worked into my day as the nine habits each day every day of Dance Till You FLY! mw System (c) 2014 are the priority.  I always make sure I make time for them.  They could also be called the non-negotiable habits I do each day.  Now let’s retrieve the ladder to get started.  Setting the timer for 15 minutes.

This is my kitchen work triangle. To my left is the stove and to my right the sink and not showing the refrigerator.
I am moving my seasonal glasses to the top shelf.  I will move my serving platter in the box to my hutch in the dining room.
After.  If I want them the ladder is easily accessible.

When I went to get the glasses from the other cabinet, I was up high enough to see dust.  I knew I was going to only allow 30 minutes on this project.  I made a decision to wipe them down instead of going through the other plastics.  Before I would try to do it all and then I wouldn’t get the rest of my things done before bedtime.

I had seasonal glasses on the top shelf.  I felt I could make better use of the that shelf.
Here is the after.  Notice I have space in the cabinet.  They don’t always have to be full.

Now it is time to finish up this blog to get it to you.  Then I will finish with the rest of my nine habits and spend an hour of ‘Me time.’  I am glad I have learned that I can do this one shelf at a time.

Does your kitchen work triangle need to be rethought out?  Be aware of the triangle next time you make dinner.  Until next time…

Dance Till You FLY! mw
Marilyn

(Note actual cabinet and drawers of Marilyn’s kitchen.  Any imperfections were well earned.)

Day 8 Of The Great Declutter Your Kitchen And Organize Your Pantry Event!

This project I am looking forward to.  I am going to be doing some re-arranging the cupboards in my kitchen work triangle.  All the changes I am doing are directly related to habit #6 Make Dinner Early of Dance Till You FLY! mw featuring nine habits each day every day.  The things that I have done so far are paying off for this habit.

When I decided to have this event in April, it has been geared around the spring/summer to come.  I am an avid gardener and when spring really gets here, I will be spending most of my days outside.  I need my kitchen to function properly to get meals made easily or I would be setting myself up for not keeping my kitchen up.  I don’t want to do that anymore.  I have come to learn how important to keeping my kitchen clean and organized as to a direct relation to my self esteem.  Face it,  home keeping  and how we feel about ourselves are directly related.  Most that have a hard time keeping up the kitchen may in fact not have the tools necessary to make a meal handy.

Cupboards overstuffed with things one hardly uses get mixed up with the stuff  that does.  The problem is that when we put away the dishes we tend to put them in the next available space.  Pretty soon some of the things one uses gets moved all the way to the back.  In order to get it, one has to pull everything out and they set on the counters.  One has now created an extra step in cleaning up the kitchen after dinner.  I have been shining my sink every day since December 25, 2010 and now I ALWAYS make sure I block out time to do this daily.  It is that important to me.  I don’t want to have to also be putting away things that I hardly use back into the cupboards I use the most.  Either the item is going to be blessed or is going to be moving to another location in my kitchen.

Sure, it is nice to have all of your like items together.  That is what I have done with my cupboard that has glassware in it.  The problem is my cupboard that has plastic dishes is over flowing that I am afraid to open the cupboard door.  I could create an avalanche with plastic bowls all over the kitchen.

My goal today is to declutter my plastics getting rid of lids that no longer have bottoms.  I am going to move the glasses on the top shelf to another cupboard.  I am also going to move the seasonal glasses to the other location.  The top shelf will then house my plastic containers I use the most in the preparation area.  Remember, it is your kitchen and it only has to make sense to you.  You are the one that is in it most of the time.

A ladder is going to be required to do this.  I am glad I have one that has wide steps on it.  More accidents happen when one decides to get on a chair with wheels instead of taking the time to have a ladder handy.  For me I have had enough falls and bumps on the head that I welcome the ladder.

The project will take no longer than 30 minutes or 2-15ers.  When I decided to do this event, it had to be worked into my day as the nine habits each day every day of Dance Till You FLY! mw System (c) 2014 are the priority.  I always make sure I make time for them.  They could also be called the non-negotiable habits I do each day.  Now let’s retrieve the ladder to get started.  Setting the timer for 15 minutes.

This is my kitchen work triangle. To my left is the stove and to my right the sink and not showing the refrigerator.
I am moving my seasonal glasses to the top shelf.  I will move my serving platter in the box to my hutch in the dining room.
After.  If I want them the ladder is easily accessible.

When I went to get the glasses from the other cabinet, I was up high enough to see dust.  I knew I was going to only allow 30 minutes on this project.  I made a decision to wipe them down instead of going through the other plastics.  Before I would try to do it all and then I wouldn’t get the rest of my things done before bedtime.

I had seasonal glasses on the top shelf.  I felt I could make better use of the that shelf.
Here is the after.  Notice I have space in the cabinet.  They don’t always have to be full.

Now it is time to finish up this blog to get it to you.  Then I will finish with the rest of my nine habits and spend an hour of ‘Me time.’  I am glad I have learned that I can do this one shelf at a time.

Does your kitchen work triangle need to be rethought out?  Be aware of the triangle next time you make dinner.  Until next time…

Dance Till You FLY! mw
Marilyn

(Note actual cabinet and drawers of Marilyn’s kitchen.  Any imperfections were well earned.)

Day 7 of The Great Declutter Your Kitchen And Organize Your Pantry Event!

Tomorrow the Schwans man LeRoy stops by.  Today is the day to do a ‘Freezer Cha Cha’.  I will take inventory and clean my freezer of the refrigerator.  Earlier in the month I did the refrigerator part and ran out of time for the freezer.  I set a date to do it and today I am following through.

I have been giving my kitchen a lot of thought this month with this event.  I would say more thought than I have in two years.  Just because things are set up the way they are doesn’t mean I can’t change things around to see if it will make it easier to do Habit #6 Make Dinner Early.  I have been taking notes and writing them in my Franklin Planner under tab #2 that has my ‘Dance Till You FLY! mw System’ set up by five separate zones ‘Progressive Task List’ or PTL I use when I get an idea and want to change things up or the things that are left to do in the particular zone.  Tomorrow I will get to the project I came up with today that I feel is going to make my kitchen flow better.  Stay tuned.

I have two freezers.  One is with the refrigerator and another is an upright.  Because I don’t want to spend any more than 45 minutes to this project I am just focusing on the one attached to the fridge.  I know I will be moving things around and if it works out that I can also organize my upright freezer in this allotted time I will do so.  This will be my first round of timing how long it takes to clean and organize the freezer attached to the fridge.

Being ADD has its quirks.  One of them is not having a sense of time.  I struggle with it to this day.  Another quirk is getting sidetracked.  Both don’t work well when it comes to taking care of your home.  If I don’t mindfully note my task at hand, I could up having several tasks going with none of them done.  That spells a messy house.  It wasn’t that you weren’t busy.  You were.  Instead you were creating multiple tasks thinking you can multi task when in fact one can’t do any more than 3 tasks at one time.  Still we continue to try.

I have decided I want to keep my meat all in the bottom drawer of my freezer attached to the fridge.  I am thinking it will make it easier to decide habit #3 What’s For Dinner?  You see that is another quirk about having fibromyalgia and being ADD.  I can easily forget what I have.  Maybe this way I can decide if I want beef, pork, chicken, or fish for dinner and then choose the vegetable and have salad ready.  That would make it easier to do habit #6 Make Dinner Early.

Habits #1 through #6 are done with doing 2- habit #4’s.  Habit #7 will be done right the ‘Freezer Cha Cha’ is done.  I begin!

Before the freezer cha cha!

Wiped the seal of the door
After freezer cha cha!  All the meat, chicken and fish are in the bottom basket with the fruits and vegetables on the top rack.  I am now ready for the Schwan man to come.  Looks like it will be just frozen yogurt this time.

After freezer cha cha!  Wiped the outside of the fridge/freezer.

Note:  I did take out the shelf and drawer basket.  Then took a solution of baking soda and a small amount of dishsoap to clean the inside body and side door before I put things back.  This will make it easier for me to do habit #6 Make Dinner Early.

The entire process took 30 minutes and now I can enter this task down in my planner so I have a better idea how long it would take.  Now, to move on to habit #7 Shine Sink, habit #8 Lay Out Clothes and habit #9 Launch Pad Ready.

If you want to know what the nine habits are, click on the following link http://www.marilynsway.com/2014/03/keep-calm-and-do-nine-nine-habits-that.html.  Three plus years of trying different habits to be the foundation resulted in this blog.

How is your kitchen and pantry coming along?  I would like to hear.  Tomorrow I will be making adjustments in the triangle preparation zone of my kitchen.  Until then…

Dance Till You FLY! mw
Marilyn