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31 Days of Housewifery - Day 17

Yup, its official, I CANNOT blog about things 31 days in a row.  Or even like 7 days in a row.  We can't all be good at everything right?

Anyways, I have completely ignored my schedule after the first two days.  It was to much, and to early.  I have however been keeping the house fairly clean.

The other day Michael even said something about it, which is either an insult (at how I usually keep house) or a compliment, but I chose to take it positively.

Since my schedule was not really right for me, I went back to an old stand-by:  FlyLady Bingo.  Now I love the idea of FlyLady, but because it is about making habits and I can't seem to make good habits for the life of me, I never get very far through her baby steps.  Plus she wants me to wear my shoes in the house, which is both gross and uncomfortable.  (Hmmm, FlyLady has 31 baby steps, perhaps I will skip one and do them all next month as a challenge.  You know because I love failing at stuff.)  I do however LOVE to play FlyLady Bingo.

Basically in a game of Bingo you choose what sort of game you will play (I usually play 6x10s, although 6x15s are popular and 7x7s used to be) based on how many tasks you want to do and how long you have to work.  So if I had 6 things to get done, and only an hour to do it, I would play a 6x10, which would be 6 rounds of 10 minutes each.  The host of the game, or caller would post on the Facebook page that they were starting a game at the TOTH (top of the hour, or at the :00 - people from all timezones play) or the BOTH (bottom of the hour - :30) and see who wants to play.  Usually you get at least two people to play with you.  Then you make a list of what you need to do and number it.  The host calls out a random number and you have 10 minutes to do that chore.

It is ridiculous, but it is what works for me.  It makes housework into a race/game and I know that other people are cleaning "with me".  If I play once a day my house stays pretty nice, and if I play twice a day it stays beautiful.  It allows me lots of flexibility with when I do the housework, and it makes me hurry and not get distracted.  That is the key: DON'T GET DISTRACTED!  Not even by other chores!  Each individual task is usually pretty quick, but when you are supposed to be putting laundry away, and then you notice there are lots of cups by the bed and you take them downstairs, then you see that the dishwasher could be ran if you just loaded a few more things, then you hear the laundry needs to be rebooted, so you go switch loads, and before you know it, your ten minutes are up and your laundry is still all over the couch.  Now if you just take the cups downstairs it probably isn't a big deal, and is in fact efficient, but it quickly can go the way of "Mouse Cookies"


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