Do The 25 Scoop! And Cha Cha Cha!

When I created Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System (c) 2015  three requirements had to be part of the system.

           1.  SIMPLE

                    2.  EFFECTIVE

             3. DOABLE

In order for it to work it also had to be………

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 Many systems suggest ‘decluttering 15 minutes’ at a time. Have you ever set your timer and then froze wondering how to go about it? I KNOW I HAVE!!!

So much of our attitude sits between our 2 ears. We have to get creative in order for us to make this 1. Simple  2. Effective 3. Doable.

One of the ways I have learned to distract myself enough to get this part of taking care of yourself, your family and your home is to count the number of items. It doesn’t matter how big or how small they are. Just start counting. I chose the number of items to be 25 simply because that is the day of the month I was born. Nothing more.

What happens when the phone rings and a friend says, “I will be over to visit you in about 15 minutes”? Most of us will get a basket or tub, run through the house and begin to SCOOP things up. If we make our habits jive with our individuality our chances of sticking with it are great!

Take doing the 25 SCOOP a step further and………

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Next time you declutter put some music on and do a 25 Scoop And Cha Cha Cha!

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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.)

Kick Off Your Day With Doo Wop Errand Day!

When I decided I wanted to create ‘Dance Till You FLY! mw System (c) 2014’ I knew the theme of my weekly habits had to be dance song related and they had to be upbeat music.  Not every day of the week has a dance name.  They had to make sense with the habit for each day of the week.  The video above is Billy Joel and Jimmy Fallon performing the Doo-wop song ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight.’  As you see, Doo Wop is alive and well!

Yesterday I did a ‘Refrigerator Cha Cha’.  I didn’t get the entire fridge cleaned because I ran out of spoons to do the entire job.  I knew the inside of the refrigerator was the most important.  I started out with that part.  The freezer was second in priority.  I have until April 7th to get that done.  April 8th is when the Schwans man LeRoy stops by my home.  It is a home food delivery service. (LeRoy and I share the same birthday and we are the same age.  I am one hour older than him.  This is important when you reach your 50 something age.)  There was a time I didn’t have a vehicle and had to rely on this service while a neighbor and my mom would get my other groceries.

Yes, I was that sick with fibromyalgia in the first part of the 2000’s.  That is when I became a 5 year pajama junkie until I took the personal challenge in March of 2011 to ‘Get Dressed To Shoes’ and post a photo along with a mini blog for 436 consecutive days and still going!  Most wouldn’t know.  I rarely went anywhere.  Out of sight is out of mind.  It wasn’t until 2009 that I could begin to function better, got a vehicle and could take care of myself better.

Today is my Doo Wop Errand Day.  In a perfect world, I try to do it on Thursdays as suggested by flylady because the day before the habit for me is a ‘Refrigerator Cha Cha’ or Flylady calls it a ‘Refrigerator Boogie’.  And this makes sense.  You want a clean fridge to come home to and can easily put away the foods one buys.  Yet why is it that so many don’t?  I used to be that way.  What I needed to realize that first before I go on ‘Doo Wop Errand Day’ that involves groceries it will make it so much easier after a day of shopping.

I really wanted to go to town yesterday.  I would have gotten home and then do a ‘Refrigerator Cha Cha! into the wee hours of the night.  I say this because I have done it and I pay for it in fibro flares the next couple days.  This makes it hard for me to do my ‘Cha Cha Cha Day’ after.  That is cleaning out my purse, car and then balance the checkbook with what I spent.  Two days later turns into a week and soon the month goes by and I haven’t done my paperwork.

Fibro flares really create havoc for me.  It can throw my entire system off.  Today I have learned to build in back up plan after back up plan so that I can be the most consistent at taking care of myself and my home.  Whenever you see ducks on the water, they are not just floating along.  Most of the time they are paddling their little feet off.  I am having fewer days like that because I have learned to plan.  Fibromyalgia is a very high maintenance illness.  Who has time to clean house?  Most housework is repetitive and that is hard on us.

Today I have a system that is built on nine habits each day every day.  It wasn’t until I understood the importance of ‘Habit’ was I able to get this far.  My home no longer looks like a tornado went through and I thank the nine habits I was able to figure out what ones were best for me.  Now I am sharing with you.

My list to buy is ready to go.  I have a form I use that I keep in my planner to enter things as I am running out of things.  Now the ‘Refrigerator Cha Cha’ is done.  I am ‘Dressed To Shoes.’ I have a full tummy and tank of gas to go ‘Doo Wop’ my ‘Errand Day!’

Dance Till You FLY! mw
Marilyn

(Note:  Because of ‘Doo Wop Errand Day’ I won’t be doing any decluttering in my kitchen today.  I need all the energy I have for my weekly habit.)

Nine Habits Each Day Every Day

Kick Off Your Day With Doo Wop Errand Day!

When I decided I wanted to create ‘Dance Till You FLY! mw System (c) 2014’ I knew the theme of my weekly habits had to be dance song related and they had to be upbeat music.  Not every day of the week has a dance name.  They had to make sense with the habit for each day of the week.  The video above is Billy Joel and Jimmy Fallon performing the Doo-wop song ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight.’  As you see, Doo Wop is alive and well!

Yesterday I did a ‘Refrigerator Cha Cha’.  I didn’t get the entire fridge cleaned because I ran out of spoons to do the entire job.  I knew the inside of the refrigerator was the most important.  I started out with that part.  The freezer was second in priority.  I have until April 7th to get that done.  April 8th is when the Schwans man LeRoy stops by my home.  It is a home food delivery service. (LeRoy and I share the same birthday and we are the same age.  I am one hour older than him.  This is important when you reach your 50 something age.)  There was a time I didn’t have a vehicle and had to rely on this service while a neighbor and my mom would get my other groceries.

Yes, I was that sick with fibromyalgia in the first part of the 2000’s.  That is when I became a 5 year pajama junkie until I took the personal challenge in March of 2011 to ‘Get Dressed To Shoes’ and post a photo along with a mini blog for 436 consecutive days and still going!  Most wouldn’t know.  I rarely went anywhere.  Out of sight is out of mind.  It wasn’t until 2009 that I could begin to function better, got a vehicle and could take care of myself better.

Today is my Doo Wop Errand Day.  In a perfect world, I try to do it on Thursdays as suggested by flylady because the day before the habit for me is a ‘Refrigerator Cha Cha’ or Flylady calls it a ‘Refrigerator Boogie’.  And this makes sense.  You want a clean fridge to come home to and can easily put away the foods one buys.  Yet why is it that so many don’t?  I used to be that way.  What I needed to realize that first before I go on ‘Doo Wop Errand Day’ that involves groceries it will make it so much easier after a day of shopping.

I really wanted to go to town yesterday.  I would have gotten home and then do a ‘Refrigerator Cha Cha! into the wee hours of the night.  I say this because I have done it and I pay for it in fibro flares the next couple days.  This makes it hard for me to do my ‘Cha Cha Cha Day’ after.  That is cleaning out my purse, car and then balance the checkbook with what I spent.  Two days later turns into a week and soon the month goes by and I haven’t done my paperwork.

Fibro flares really create havoc for me.  It can throw my entire system off.  Today I have learned to build in back up plan after back up plan so that I can be the most consistent at taking care of myself and my home.  Whenever you see ducks on the water, they are not just floating along.  Most of the time they are paddling their little feet off.  I am having fewer days like that because I have learned to plan.  Fibromyalgia is a very high maintenance illness.  Who has time to clean house?  Most housework is repetitive and that is hard on us.

Today I have a system that is built on nine habits each day every day.  It wasn’t until I understood the importance of ‘Habit’ was I able to get this far.  My home no longer looks like a tornado went through and I thank the nine habits I was able to figure out what ones were best for me.  Now I am sharing with you.

My list to buy is ready to go.  I have a form I use that I keep in my planner to enter things as I am running out of things.  Now the ‘Refrigerator Cha Cha’ is done.  I am ‘Dressed To Shoes.’ I have a full tummy and tank of gas to go ‘Doo Wop’ my ‘Errand Day!’

Dance Till You FLY! mw
Marilyn

(Note:  Because of ‘Doo Wop Errand Day’ I won’t be doing any decluttering in my kitchen today.  I need all the energy I have for my weekly habit.)

Nine Habits Each Day Every Day

Day 5 Of The Great Declutter Your Kitchen And Organize Your Pantry Event

Good morning all you Foster sisters out there.  Can I call you a foster sister?  Living in a household with three brothers growing up, I always wanted a sister.  Instead, I had imaginary sisters.  I like to call Marilyn’s Way like a sisterhood where I share with you my Dance Till You FLY! mw System (c) 2014 featuring nine habits each day every day.

The system is influenced by the FlyLady along with my education, experience and limitations.  I live with fibromyalgia and am ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder.  It is quite the combination when you are trying to take care of your home.  Either you are hurting from the fibromyalgia or can’t focus because your ADD mind won’t let you.  Those are two pretty big strikes one is up against. Besides housework is repetitive and doesn’t get much ‘atta girl’ compliments from the rest of the family.  I will be writing more about these subjects in the coming months.  Today, I invite you to sign up to follow me and you will be notified when I post something new.

You see I have a lot of things I want to talk about and am bursting at the seams to share what I have learned living with this.  I am hoping I will say something that you understand and can help you get your ‘aha’ moments.  If I can make your life easier by sharing how I do things, maybe it could work for you then that makes me happy.

Do It In A Way That Makes Sense To You!
Said that, it is time in the Great Declutter Your Kitchen And Organize Your Pantry series this month to do a ‘Refrigerator Cha Cha!!’  What is it exactly?  It is going deep into your fridge and getting all those science projects out of there, wipe down shelves and doors.  Then you organize it so that it makes sense to you.  Notice the last sentence.  If I could give you one piece of advice when it comes to taking care of yourself and your home, organize and do it in a way that makes sense to you.  This is how the habits stay with you.  You now own them.  They are yours.

There are many ways to declutter and organize your refrigerator and I am not saying you should do it my way.  Instead I am asking you to find your way of doing it that makes sense to you so that when the time comes around to do another ‘Refrigerator Cha Cha’, it will come effortless and won’t give you time to think of all the reasons you don’t want to do it.

You see, the majority of us are not saying we don’t want to take care of ourselves and our home.  Many of us were not taught the skills, given the tools, or even the permission to find ‘our way’ of doing it.  One thing that I did learn and is in my ‘toolbox’ is when I start anything it is always ‘top to bottom, left to right and clockwise.  When cleaning a counter, lift the item with your left hand, wipe it off, where it sits and put it back down.  For years I was doing it completely backwards getting in my way.  No wonder I have hated dusting.  Is this the right way to do this?  Who knows?  I just know since I started doing it this way things have become easier for me.

Marilyn’s Way is about making things easier for you by finding your way of doing things.  I may suggest but more so I will just share how I do things and if it can help you, I am happy, you are happy, and that is all that matters.   We don’t have to take on the entire world in one day.  We learn to do parts of things in a day and be content with what we get done. If we can make it fun by dancing as we do things, why not?  I am hearing my fridge calling me.  “Let’s Cha Cha!” says the refrigerator!

Flash forward a couple of hours.  ( I forgot to track the time.)  I wish I could say it was all done.  For some reason the focus just hasn’t been there.  Plans have changed.  I am going to finish up the rest of the fridge only.  I don’t plan to buy anything frozen tomorrow and the priority was the fridge because I know I will be bringing home fresh fruit and vegetables.  I will also be buying my stash of greek yogurt.

What have I been doing then?  Facebook and the internet of course!  For some reason I felt I had to search for the right cleaning solution to clean the inside of the fridge.  I already knew it!  Why did I not think I didn’t?  Because we are always searching for a better way.  I just got sucked into it.

That is why I keep a notebook and this experience will go in there.  It is the tab called ‘Key Information’.  It is the same place I noted which way the ceiling fan is supposed to go in the summer.  Through this journey I intend to find my way of doing things and I urge you to do the same.  I saw many say vinegar solution.  That doesn’t work for me because part of having fibromyalgia I tend to be on the acidic side.  The only way I can use vinegar is using non latex gloves.

What did I end up doing?  I made a solution of baking soda with a touch of dishsoap in room temp water so I didn’t crack the glass on the shelves.  I will be noting this by the ceiling fan direction in my Franklin Planner.

Here is what I have gotten done so far.  I would say I got 2 – 15ers in it.  I found out it was dirtier than I thought.  My OCD started to kick in and so I had to take a break.  When that kicks in high speed, I would be up all night cleaning.   That again defeats the purpose of taking care of myself and my home.  Tomorrow I would be worthless.  It threatens my habits I have established.

And that is part of how I got fibromyalgia.  I wouldn’t listen to my body.  Today I have to whether I want to or not.  The old adage is true:  If you don’t have your health…it makes it hard to do anything.

Front of my refrigerator.  Logan’s coloring have been up over a month.  Time to take it down and put in his box.

The side of my refrigerator.  Some of the magnets are from my 102 year old great aunt.  I will be cleaning the outside at a later time.  I have to recover from the inside!  Welcome to my world.  It can get frustrating and that doesn’t make it any better.
It doesn’t look too bad.  I know there are some things that need to be taken out of there.

I am seeing some things that can go.  I am so guilty of trying to squeeze the last drop.
Top shelf clean.

Top and second shelf and meat drawer clean and then…
I saw this and then…

I saw more.  The bottom glass shelf and mechanics are being washed along with the drawers
All the parts nice and clean

Now this is ready for tomorrow when I bring home some groceries.  The door will have to be another time.  This took another 3 – 15ers.  I began to run out of energy and is getting late.  I know I will be writing this down on my list of tasks how much time it took so I can plan accordingly.

And NOW it is time to rinse the things I took out that have been soaking.  They are going in the dishwasher because I have to take out the trash and then do habits 7 shine my sink, 8 lay out my clothes, and 9 have my launch pad ready.  I am going to town tomorrow!

Dance Till You FLY! mw
Marilyn

(NOTE:  All of this was done in real time.  Nothing was staged.  When I set out on this journey I was searching for something I could do my way.  That is how I best learn with keeping consistency in the front of my mind.  I found Flylady in 2005 and have learned so much.  What I learned was the importance of habits.  From there I created Dance Till You FLY! mw featuring nine habits each day every day.  It is a simple plan that also has weekly habits and monthly events.  I am sharing it with you all and to not give up.  Practicing the nines will get you far.  Dance Till You FLY! mw was also created for me living with fibromyalgia and being ADD.  It wasn’t until I found Flylady and took her March Habit of Getting Dressed to Shoes and posting a photo with a mini blog daily for 436 consecutive days did I learn the importance of habit.  If you want to see the video that Flylady made of me getting dressed to shoes for one year to her song, click on Flybaby Marilyn and that will take you there.  While you are there check out Flylady’s videos.  She has great ones. )

Day 5 Of The Great Declutter Your Kitchen And Organize Your Pantry Event

Good morning all you Foster sisters out there.  Can I call you a foster sister?  Living in a household with three brothers growing up, I always wanted a sister.  Instead, I had imaginary sisters.  I like to call Marilyn’s Way like a sisterhood where I share with you my Dance Till You FLY! mw System (c) 2014 featuring nine habits each day every day.

The system is influenced by the FlyLady along with my education, experience and limitations.  I live with fibromyalgia and am ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder.  It is quite the combination when you are trying to take care of your home.  Either you are hurting from the fibromyalgia or can’t focus because your ADD mind won’t let you.  Those are two pretty big strikes one is up against. Besides housework is repetitive and doesn’t get much ‘atta girl’ compliments from the rest of the family.  I will be writing more about these subjects in the coming months.  Today, I invite you to sign up to follow me and you will be notified when I post something new.

You see I have a lot of things I want to talk about and am bursting at the seams to share what I have learned living with this.  I am hoping I will say something that you understand and can help you get your ‘aha’ moments.  If I can make your life easier by sharing how I do things, maybe it could work for you then that makes me happy.

Do It In A Way That Makes Sense To You!
Said that, it is time in the Great Declutter Your Kitchen And Organize Your Pantry series this month to do a ‘Refrigerator Cha Cha!!’  What is it exactly?  It is going deep into your fridge and getting all those science projects out of there, wipe down shelves and doors.  Then you organize it so that it makes sense to you.  Notice the last sentence.  If I could give you one piece of advice when it comes to taking care of yourself and your home, organize and do it in a way that makes sense to you.  This is how the habits stay with you.  You now own them.  They are yours.

There are many ways to declutter and organize your refrigerator and I am not saying you should do it my way.  Instead I am asking you to find your way of doing it that makes sense to you so that when the time comes around to do another ‘Refrigerator Cha Cha’, it will come effortless and won’t give you time to think of all the reasons you don’t want to do it.

You see, the majority of us are not saying we don’t want to take care of ourselves and our home.  Many of us were not taught the skills, given the tools, or even the permission to find ‘our way’ of doing it.  One thing that I did learn and is in my ‘toolbox’ is when I start anything it is always ‘top to bottom, left to right and clockwise.  When cleaning a counter, lift the item with your left hand, wipe it off, where it sits and put it back down.  For years I was doing it completely backwards getting in my way.  No wonder I have hated dusting.  Is this the right way to do this?  Who knows?  I just know since I started doing it this way things have become easier for me.

Marilyn’s Way is about making things easier for you by finding your way of doing things.  I may suggest but more so I will just share how I do things and if it can help you, I am happy, you are happy, and that is all that matters.   We don’t have to take on the entire world in one day.  We learn to do parts of things in a day and be content with what we get done. If we can make it fun by dancing as we do things, why not?  I am hearing my fridge calling me.  “Let’s Cha Cha!” says the refrigerator!

Flash forward a couple of hours.  ( I forgot to track the time.)  I wish I could say it was all done.  For some reason the focus just hasn’t been there.  Plans have changed.  I am going to finish up the rest of the fridge only.  I don’t plan to buy anything frozen tomorrow and the priority was the fridge because I know I will be bringing home fresh fruit and vegetables.  I will also be buying my stash of greek yogurt.

What have I been doing then?  Facebook and the internet of course!  For some reason I felt I had to search for the right cleaning solution to clean the inside of the fridge.  I already knew it!  Why did I not think I didn’t?  Because we are always searching for a better way.  I just got sucked into it.

That is why I keep a notebook and this experience will go in there.  It is the tab called ‘Key Information’.  It is the same place I noted which way the ceiling fan is supposed to go in the summer.  Through this journey I intend to find my way of doing things and I urge you to do the same.  I saw many say vinegar solution.  That doesn’t work for me because part of having fibromyalgia I tend to be on the acidic side.  The only way I can use vinegar is using non latex gloves.

What did I end up doing?  I made a solution of baking soda with a touch of dishsoap in room temp water so I didn’t crack the glass on the shelves.  I will be noting this by the ceiling fan direction in my Franklin Planner.

Here is what I have gotten done so far.  I would say I got 2 – 15ers in it.  I found out it was dirtier than I thought.  My OCD started to kick in and so I had to take a break.  When that kicks in high speed, I would be up all night cleaning.   That again defeats the purpose of taking care of myself and my home.  Tomorrow I would be worthless.  It threatens my habits I have established.

And that is part of how I got fibromyalgia.  I wouldn’t listen to my body.  Today I have to whether I want to or not.  The old adage is true:  If you don’t have your health…it makes it hard to do anything.

Front of my refrigerator.  Logan’s coloring have been up over a month.  Time to take it down and put in his box.

The side of my refrigerator.  Some of the magnets are from my 102 year old great aunt.  I will be cleaning the outside at a later time.  I have to recover from the inside!  Welcome to my world.  It can get frustrating and that doesn’t make it any better.
It doesn’t look too bad.  I know there are some things that need to be taken out of there.

I am seeing some things that can go.  I am so guilty of trying to squeeze the last drop.
Top shelf clean.

Top and second shelf and meat drawer clean and then…
I saw this and then…

I saw more.  The bottom glass shelf and mechanics are being washed along with the drawers
All the parts nice and clean

Now this is ready for tomorrow when I bring home some groceries.  The door will have to be another time.  This took another 3 – 15ers.  I began to run out of energy and is getting late.  I know I will be writing this down on my list of tasks how much time it took so I can plan accordingly.

And NOW it is time to rinse the things I took out that have been soaking.  They are going in the dishwasher because I have to take out the trash and then do habits 7 shine my sink, 8 lay out my clothes, and 9 have my launch pad ready.  I am going to town tomorrow!

Dance Till You FLY! mw
Marilyn

(NOTE:  All of this was done in real time.  Nothing was staged.  When I set out on this journey I was searching for something I could do my way.  That is how I best learn with keeping consistency in the front of my mind.  I found Flylady in 2005 and have learned so much.  What I learned was the importance of habits.  From there I created Dance Till You FLY! mw featuring nine habits each day every day.  It is a simple plan that also has weekly habits and monthly events.  I am sharing it with you all and to not give up.  Practicing the nines will get you far.  Dance Till You FLY! mw was also created for me living with fibromyalgia and being ADD.  It wasn’t until I found Flylady and took her March Habit of Getting Dressed to Shoes and posting a photo with a mini blog daily for 436 consecutive days did I learn the importance of habit.  If you want to see the video that Flylady made of me getting dressed to shoes for one year to her song, click on Flybaby Marilyn and that will take you there.  While you are there check out Flylady’s videos.  She has great ones. )

Day 3 The Great Declutter Your Kitchen And Organize Your Pantry Event

I have to tell you something!  Making dinner last night was actually pleasant to do for once!  The two drawers I spend the most time using?  They now hold Only the things I Love to use.  I was amazed at how smooth it was.  No more overstuffed drawers that wouldn’t open and shut easily. First, I always start out with a sink full of hot soapy water.  It makes clean as you cook go so much better.  You stand there watching the food cook.  Why not wash the things you used to prepare it?  Like the bowl you may have used to mix something up.

Yesterday I handled more spoons than I could handle and I didn’t get my ‘Cha Cha Cha!’ done before bed.

Cha Cha Cha! is:

Throw Away
Give Away
Put Away

Okay, couldn’t I simply say the three words?  Sure but how much fun would that be?  I created Dance Till You FLY! mw System (c) 2014 that I will be sharing with you in the coming months.
How did I come up with this name?  I woke up one morning and that was what was in my head.  I thought about it and then after my first, well second cup of coffee I realized that’s what we all do when it comes to taking care of ourselves and our home.  Nothing is straight forward when developing habits and routines.  It takes practice to find your own groove, your own song.  All this happens from trial and error.  F.L.Y means to me: First Love Yourself (others come next)  I use the concept of what the airlines say is best to do if in a situation that the oxygen masks come down.  They advise to always put yours on first before your child.  The thing is if you put your child’s mask on first, those seconds you do could cause you to pass out and your child would be getting oxygen but wouldn’t have the skills as you are passed out to know to get your mask on.  Instead you would have a freaked out child because Mommy won’t wake up.  That is why it is important to learn to First Love Yourself.  In order to get there you will keep dancing until you get there.
Who doesn’t feel good after they finished dancing?  It is a way to generate feel good endorphins.  That is one thing we need in our tool box.  So you will hear dance step names for things I do daily and my weekly habits I practice.  Note:  This is another thing I have learned to say.  Instead of telling myself I HAVE TO do the dishes now, I say I will practice doing the dishes.  Face it, housework is never really done.  The sooner I was able to accept that, the better I have learned to feel.
We Don’t Keep Track Of What Works Or Doesn’t Work When Looking For A System
Many times we will try different dance steps. Yes, we can still get frustrated.  Why?  Because we don’t keep track of what works or doesn’t work.  This is where a notebook comes in handy.  Just jot it down as you are searching.  There are plenty of ways to take care of yourself and your home.  All you have to do is google clutter, cleaning, organizing or home and you will come up with all kinds of sites.  If you keep going to organizing sites over and over again to find the perfect system you are going to fail.  There is no perfect system out there.  There are simply suggestions.  Anyone can make lists of things to do.  The trick is implementing them on a daily basis.  Make your notebook your friend.
Finding ‘Your’ Way
It is more important to me for you to find ‘Your Way’ to do things.  For myself I have learned that fun words make everything easier.  I just made up a theme of dancing.  The majority of us are going to put some music on and dance anyway.  Why not have a theme for all the things we do each day?
Back To April’s Great Declutter Your Kitchen And Organize Your Pantry
Because of what I learned yesterday, I am having to make adjustments.  One thing I have learned is that I cannot go ‘Full Throttle’ all of the time and ‘Pacing’ myself is one of the core basics of my system.
Yesterday, I spent 45 minutes on April’s event.  What I didn’t factor in was the time it took to stop and take photos, upload them and put watermarks on.  You see this is what so many of us don’t factor in and then we don’t feel good about our accomplishments for the day.  I also didn’t factor in the time it took me to write and then publish the blog.  I love to write.  Part of the responsibility to my followers is that I edit my work so it will make sense to you.  That takes time.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy doing it and love to share what I have learned along the way.  I just didn’t factor in the time.  I got to bed much later than I usually do.  What I used to do is continue to go that same pace and through journaling I have learned I can do it 3 days in a row.  By the 4th day I fall into a heap.  Anyone else experience this?  The thing is on the 4th day, you still have to take care of yourself and your home.  There is no autopilot.
Clean Your Faucet 
That said, my task that I did was give my sink a good cleaning.  The area I focused on was the faucet.  Where I live we have well water and it is very hard on the plumbing.  If I don’t do a maintenance cleaning every few months, I will be buying another faucet.
Today I used vinegar.  I took the faucet filter off and soaked it in vinegar.  I sprayed non diluted vinegar on the handles and the base of the faucet.  I left it on while the screen and end of the faucet piece was soaking. The last thing I did was take a toothbrush to get anything that works its way into the edge of the outside sink.  I checked back after a couple of hours.  ( I let it soak as I was writing this blog)
The mineral deposits on the faucet
Mineral deposits behind base of faucet
Mineral deposits really built up
Soaked in straight vinegar
Straight vinegar water sprayed on faucet
I used a tile grout brush to get the mineral deposits off

I used a stainless steel cleaner for my sink

Nice and shiny

Clean again!
(NOTE: Parts of my home is the schoolhouse on the praire built in 1882.  When my town was established in 1887, they moved it to the current location conducting school for a few more years until it was purchased to become a home. The kitchen was added on first and later the bathroom and dining room.  All the kitchen cabinets on the west side were put in around 2005.  I purchased them used.)

Day 3 The Great Declutter Your Kitchen Cha Cha Cha Event!

I have to tell you something!  Making dinner last night was actually pleasant to do for once!  The two drawers I spend the most time using?  They now hold Only the things I Love to use.  I was amazed at how smooth it was.  No more overstuffed drawers that wouldn’t open and shut easily. First, I always start out with a sink full of hot soapy water.  It makes clean as you cook go so much better.  You stand there watching the food cook.  Why not wash the things you used to prepare it?  Like the bowl you may have used to mix something up.

Yesterday I handled more spoons than I could handle and I didn’t get my ‘Cha Cha Cha!’ done before bed.

Cha Cha Cha! is:
 
Throw Away
Give Away
Put Away
 
Okay, couldn’t I simply say the three words?  Sure but how much fun would that be?  I created Dance Till You FLY! mw System (c) 2014 that I will be sharing with you in the coming months.
How did I come up with this name?  I woke up one morning and that was what was in my head.  I thought about it and then after my first, well second cup of coffee I realized that’s what we all do when it comes to taking care of ourselves and our home.  Nothing is straight forward when developing habits and routines.  It takes practice to find your own groove, your own song.  All this happens from trial and error.  F.L.Y means to me: First Love Yourself (others come next)  I use the concept of what the airlines say is best to do if in a situation that the oxygen masks come down.  They advise to always put yours on first before your child.  The thing is if you put your child’s mask on first, those seconds you do could cause you to pass out and your child would be getting oxygen but wouldn’t have the skills as you are passed out to know to get your mask on.  Instead you would have a freaked out child because Mommy won’t wake up.  That is why it is important to learn to First Love Yourself.  In order to get there you will keep dancing until you get there.
Who doesn’t feel good after they finished dancing?  It is a way to generate feel good endorphins.  That is one thing we need in our tool box.  So you will hear dance step names for things I do daily and my weekly habits I practice.  Note:  This is another thing I have learned to say.  Instead of telling myself I HAVE TO do the dishes now, I say I will practice doing the dishes.  Face it, housework is never really done.  The sooner I was able to accept that, the better I have learned to feel.
We Don’t Keep Track Of What Works Or Doesn’t Work When Looking For A System
Many times we will try different dance steps. Yes, we can still get frustrated.  Why?  Because we don’t keep track of what works or doesn’t work.  This is where a notebook comes in handy.  Just jot it down as you are searching.  There are plenty of ways to take care of yourself and your home.  All you have to do is google clutter, cleaning, organizing or home and you will come up with all kinds of sites.  If you keep going to organizing sites over and over again to find the perfect system you are going to fail.  There is no perfect system out there.  There are simply suggestions.  Anyone can make lists of things to do.  The trick is implementing them on a daily basis.  Make your notebook your friend.
Finding ‘Your’ Way
It is more important to me for you to find ‘Your Way’ to do things.  For myself I have learned that fun words make everything easier.  I just made up a theme of dancing.  The majority of us are going to put some music on and dance anyway.  Why not have a theme for all the things we do each day?
Back To April’s Great Declutter Your Kitchen And Organize Your Pantry
Because of what I learned yesterday, I am having to make adjustments.  One thing I have learned is that I cannot go ‘Full Throttle’ all of the time and ‘Pacing’ myself is one of the core basics of my system.
Yesterday, I spent 45 minutes on April’s event.  What I didn’t factor in was the time it took to stop and take photos, upload them and put watermarks on.  You see this is what so many of us don’t factor in and then we don’t feel good about our accomplishments for the day.  I also didn’t factor in the time it took me to write and then publish the blog.  I love to write.  Part of the responsibility to my followers is that I edit my work so it will make sense to you.  That takes time.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy doing it and love to share what I have learned along the way.  I just didn’t factor in the time.  I got to bed much later than I usually do.  What I used to do is continue to go that same pace and through journaling I have learned I can do it 3 days in a row.  By the 4th day I fall into a heap.  Anyone else experience this?  The thing is on the 4th day, you still have to take care of yourself and your home.  There is no autopilot.
Clean Your Faucet 
That said, my task that I did was give my sink a good cleaning.  The area I focused on was the faucet.  Where I live we have well water and it is very hard on the plumbing.  If I don’t do a maintenance cleaning every few months, I will be buying another faucet.
Today I used vinegar.  I took the faucet filter off and soaked it in vinegar.  I sprayed non diluted vinegar on the handles and the base of the faucet.  I left it on while the screen and end of the faucet piece was soaking. The last thing I did was take a toothbrush to get anything that works its way into the edge of the outside sink.  I checked back after a couple of hours.  ( I let it soak as I was writing this blog)
The mineral deposits on the faucet
Mineral deposits behind base of faucet
Mineral deposits really built up
Soaked in straight vinegar
Straight vinegar water sprayed on faucet
I used a tile grout brush to get the mineral deposits off
I used a stainless steel cleaner for my sink
Nice and shiny
Clean again!
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(NOTE: Parts of my home is the schoolhouse on the praire built in 1882.  When my town was established in 1887, they moved it to the current location conducting school for a few more years until it was purchased to become a home. The kitchen was added on first and later the bathroom and dining room.  All the kitchen cabinets on the west side were put in around 2005.  I purchased them used.)

Day 2 Of The Great Declutter Your Kitchen And Organize Your Pantry Event

It has been a busy day to say the least.  I am doing this event in real time and writing about it. What that means to you is that I will always do my challenge, complete it, write it up and share with you a day ahead of you.  My goal is to do something each day.

If life happens and I can’t fit it in I won’t expect you to do something that I didn’t do.  You see, I am testing my reality out and no one knows what the new month will bring.  Just because I do this event in April and also in August doesn’t mean that it is going to run smoothly.

How this is determined is, I think about it as a part of setting up my day while I drink my coffee. I won’t do the monthly event with the risk of not doing my nine habits each day every day because it is what I focus on first.  Some days it is all I can do just to get them done.  It could be a doctor’s appointment, Doo Wop Errand Day, or a fibromyalgia flare.

I have come to learn that my flares are in direct proportion to the steadiness of the barometric pressure.  When it is falling, I hurt more.  This is why spring and fall are the hardest on me.  I can only predict my fibro flares as good as listening to the local weather news and their accuracy in predicting it.

I wouldn’t have known this had I not been documenting this.  You see, Marilyn’s Way really means for you to find your way to take care of yourself and your home.  I will share what I do as to give you ideas.  The biggest lesson I learned was I had to find something to would work for me with the number #1 priority of being consistent.  I know longer wanted to do the ‘crisis cleaning’ and then burn out.’  It began to take a toll on my body and spirit.

 That is where doing a specific number of habits, 3 for each part of the day we must commit to.  Most of these habits are ones no one likes to do either.  This is something I had to come to terms with. They are what keeps us going.  We need to get dressed to shoes every day so we can take pride in what we do get done.

This is part of Dance Till You FLY! mw System (c) 2014 featuring nine habits each day every day that I created for myself influenced by FlyLady along with my education and experience.  The system is set up to do daily habits, weekly habits and monthly events. April and August are set aside to do kitchen maintenance declutter and detail clean the areas that are used every day.  I want to be realistic at what I can accomplish on this event without the rest of my home falling apart.  If that happens, I am defeating my purpose.

The one thing I have learned these past 3 years is it is more important to do what you can, set your priorities of what you will always commit to do.  As bad as I want to have my kitchen completely decluttered by the end of this month, I have made a decision I would do my best because my nine habits each day every day is the foundation and what keeps me going.

For my second day of the event, I spent a total of 45 minutes on my kitchen.  I did it in 15 minute increments.  This helped me from losing track of time and wanting to do more without allowing time to write the blog and do the last 3 habits of the nines before I go to bed.

That is another thing.  I need to change my sheets before I go to bed tonight.  I have restless leg syndrome and my fitted sheet finally gave out and ripped.  To think when it happened the first time I blamed it on my dachshund Lily.  Nope, I found out it was me.  I am not that stressed as to getting it done because I know how long it takes me to do it from previous runs.

I have learned in order for me to be realistic and not compare myself to others, I needed to start a running piece of paper listing my various tasks and the average amount of time it takes to do them.  In the morning, I add the things together to determine what I will get done.  This stays in my Franklin Covey Planner that has all household information along with personal and business.

Our biggest downfall when it comes to taking care of our homes is that we still have the all or nothing thinking so we have never learned to pace ourselves and that is what has helped me be consistent the past 3 years.  The following is what I did on day 2 of The Great Declutter Your Kitchen And Organize You Pantry.

Always start out with a sink full of hot soapy water.

I started with putting stainless steel cleaner on my range.

It took me about 10 minutes to get it cleaned and shined up.

A collage of cleaning out my silverware drawer.

I took all the silverware out so I could…

Clean the silverware tray.

I got rid of all the extra spoons and forks that I wasn’t using.  This is prime real estate when it comes to preparing dinner.  I put the things I use the most in the drawer instead.

I put the other silverware in my hutch I recently got so if I would need that many I have them.  What is probably going to happen is I will use them on my garden whimsies I make.

Total time it took me to do this?  45 minutes.  I actually worked up a sweat by using my elbow grease on the range and then the drawers.

Now, it is time to finish up with the rest of my nine habits and change my sheets before I go to bed.  Yes, it has been a busy day.  It has also been a day where I feel a sense of accomplishment because I am learning my limits and no longer do I want to be Superwoman!

Dance Till You FLY! mw
Marilyn

I challenge you to clean up your stove and declutter and clean out your silverware drawer.  Think of it as prime real estate when you are preparing dinner.  You can do what I am doing each day if you like or do things your way.  I don’t mind.  The important thing is to have some focus in the kitchen this month starting with the important parts of the kitchen that are designed to help you get dinner on the table and easy clean up.

What will you be doing today that will make you get dinner on the table and easy clean up so your sink shines before you begin a new day?