Tuesday, June 3, 2008

I think I figured it out

The only way I will be able to keep our house neat and clean is if I invite people to come visit us. often. I'm thinking I'll need to schedule someone for 10 am, noon, 3 pm, 6 pm, and 9 pm everyday. Anyone want to sign up??

I just don't seem to be motivated otherwise. This dawned on me the other day when my parents called to ask if they could bring their frozen food over because their electricity was out (on a very hot afternoon). We all 5 quickly "picked up" around here and had it looking ok. Then my mom called and told Brad that the electricity was back up and they didn't need to come over. Brad said, "but we already cleaned the house!!".

I'm going to have to find a system that works for us. Probably one besides the above one. I've heard good things about FlyLady. Maybe I'll give that a try....next week:)


Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

I'll sign up!! We so enjoyed our time with you guys... I rather prefer a "lived-in" looking house than a clean, perfect looking one ;)
But I completely understand the feeling of wanting a clean house all the time. I think that is what I like so much about having an upstairs. My downstairs stays nice looking while the kids can play and be messy upstairs.


The James Family: Ang,DJ,Ryan,Phil,Max said...

Yes I hope you have better luck than I did, I didn't even get past Day One...hehheh but still love the fly lady!

I am the absolute same way.....when I was younger, to motivate myself I would pretend the president or a NKOTB was coming over to my house....LOL go ahead laugh but I had the cleanest room (sometimes!) LOL

I was JUST telling my mom that I should start doing that again...except pretend it's Johnny Depp or Rob Thomas...hehehehe


p.s. Camille and Lucy look too darn cute to be mad at with the 2nd time around in the bathtub photo......Maybe thats why God hasn't given me any girls yet...hehehe I would be ONE BIG SUCKER! but you have to admit IT IS THE CUTEST PIC,,,they look so innocent hehehe

Alexis D. said...

I must confess, I do like Flylady. Not totally "gung ho", but have used it especially to get ready for little pumpkin. I think she has lots of great ideas and has been helpful for me to keep my home in order.

When we were kids, my mom would always put on the timer for 5 minutes just before my dad would come home and we would run around like crazy picking up items. Kids always like to be timed! We also did the "pick up 20 items" game for quick clean-ups. I never felt like we were "cleaning" just "playing". Looking forward to tricking my kids as they get older too!! :-)

Lael said...

Great ideas, Alexis! We've done the timer before - it's just been a while. I need to try that again. I really like the 20 items idea, too. Knowing Kilian, though, he'll get really technical about it. He'll say since he picked up a puzzle and its pieces that counts as 13 items, and so forth...