ready, set, go…company’s coming

My parents will be here in less than 5 hours and there is so much to do.  Well, if you knew my parents you would know that it would be ok if I did absolutely nothing before they arrived.  They are laid back, un-pretentious, hard-working people.  They live a very simple life and have probably given away more than they have.  They raised their 4 daughters to have good work ethics and to be strong independent women. 

So because I am my parents daughter,  I always want to make a good impression when they come for a visit.  I like the kitchen pantry and refrigerator to be well stocked.  I like the house to be mostly clean and orderly.  All of this I think is because I want them to know that they did a good job raising me.  I want them to be proud of my accomplishments because they are also their accomplishments. 

However, there are several loads of laundry to finish up.  The floors need to be swept and mopped and everything needs to be dusted.  So if you have company coming and you need to get your house cleaned rather quickly.  Try the FlyLady Crisis Cleaning 101, 15 minute plan.  It really works!!!

FlyLady’s Crisis Cleaning 101

“Let’s FLY through this Crisis Cleaning, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy your guests.” – FlyLady

GO GET DRESSED ALL THE WAY TO SHOES, HAIR FIXED AND FACE MOISTURIZED OR MAKEUP PUT ON. DON’T QUESTION ME ON THIS. JUST DO IT NOW. Put on some good working music. Not too fast, just slow and steady. peppy, but not aerobic. Light a candle that has a good scent or put on some spices on to boil on a very low heat.

  1. We are going to start in our kitchens. As the kitchen goes, so does the rest of the house.Set a timer and spend 15 minutes in the kitchen. If your sink is not clean and shiny, then shine it first, then you can fill the sink up with hot soapy water and start to clear off the left and right counters. Empty the dishwasher, When the timer goes off. Stop what you are doing and go to the living room.
  2. Set the timer again and do 15 minutes cleaning off the coffee tables or picking up toys or newpapers. Concentrate on one thing. Not all of it. Get a laundry basket and put the things that don’t belong in the living room in the basket. Take a garbage bag with you too. Start throwing away the trash. Don’t get caught up in the guilt we have about recycling this stuff. Just bag it up for now. As you get your home in order there will be plenty of time to recycle. For now we are focusing on getting the home presentable. You can’t do this if you are hyperfocusing on sorting and recycling. So get over this perfectionism attitude. When the timer goes off, head back to the kitchen.
  3. In the kitchen set the timer for 15 more minutes, continue to work on clearing the counters. DO NOT GET SIDETRACKED AND WANT TO CLEAN OUT A CABINET. WE ARE DOING ONLY SURFACE CLEANING.
  4. Now take a break and walk around and look at what you have accomplished in just 45 minutes. Set the timer for 15 minutes and drink a cup of tea or coffee or whatever you love and just relax. When the timer goes off. You are back in work mode for 15 more minutes.
  5. This 15 minute session is in the bathroom. Clean the bathroom sink first, swish the toilet, then pick up towels and dirty clothes and put them in the hamper. DO NOT GET SIDETRACKED AND START A LOAD OF LAUNDRY. I MEAN THIS. LAUNDRY WILL COME LATER!
  6. When the timer goes off, you are back in the kitchen. For 15 more minutes. We can do anything in 15 minutes. Keep working till the timer goes off. Then you go to the living room once again.
  7. In the living room, continue to pick up and put away.
  8. Every 45 minutes take a 15 minute break. Do you understand this?

Adapt this schedule to fit your physical limitations and children’s needs. But you get the picture. Stay focused on one job for 15 minutes. You are going to be so surprised at how much you get done in a day’s time.

My timer is my best friend.

You can do this. Now turn off the computer and get to work!

Although most of the Flylady’s routines are setup for stay at home mom’s I have adopted or try to adopt what works for me and my schedule.  I hope you will find the flylady’s website helpful in times of crisis when…company’s coming

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