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Sink Reflections: Overwhelmed? Disorganized? Living in Chaos? Discover the Secrets That Have Changed the Lives of More Than Half a Million Families... Paperback – October 1, 2002
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In her debut book, Cilley, a.k.a. "The FlyLady" to the thousands who log onto her FlyLady.net Web site, reaches into the everywoman's home to help make her housecleaning more fun and her life more organized. Beginning with "Shiny Sink 101," Cilley explains how a spotless kitchen sink can direct even the most discouraged housekeeper onto the path of well-ordered domesticity. Through several straightforward routines, including the 27 Fling Boogie (the cut-throat practice of quick junk disposal), the Five-Minute Room Rescue ("another step on the road to clutter recovery") and the Hot Spot Fire Drill (for an area that, like a forest fire, takes over your home), Cilley advises her "FlyBabies" on how to overcome clutter and CHAOS (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome). Filled with testimonials from online followers, the book aims to help readers establish manageable daily and weekly habits by incorporating spirituality and family into the program. Detailed and direct, this is a guidebook for the stay-at-home or working woman who wants to have it all, including her sanity.
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“Take off with FlyLady! Her down-to-earth writing will help anyone who desires to be lifted free from the chaos and confusion disorder causes.” —Pam Young and Peggy Jones, coauthors, Sidetracked Home Executives: From Pigpen to Paradise
“FlyLady is the fairy godmother who turned my dungeon into a castle, my Royal Pain into Prince Charming, and my grief into grins. And it all started with shining my sink!” —Melanie Wilson, Ph.D., media psychologist, author, speaker
“Chatty and personal.” —Chicago Tribune
“Easy to read and chock-full of helpful ideas for the disorganized.”—Dear Abby syndicated column
"Cilley's humor and good advice will have even the busiest people waking up to a cleaner house in no time."—Sacramento Bee
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The book is supportive, positive and action orientated; the learning process is based on encouragements, not on guilt.
Marla's routines are life's good habits which you are taught step by step.
If you feel that your life is a continue chase to catch up with everything that needs to be done in your home, as I did, buy this book. It changed my life and hopefully it will change your life for the better, as well.
I went into deep depression and while I love my kids dearly, I HATED being a mother and housewife. This was EVERYTHING I did not want to be - going from independant money earner, holding my own in the business world, to being stuck at home, not being able to relate to much younger moms in mother and toddler groups, and hardly having an intelligent conversation day in day out. I turned into a grumpy, ill tempered cow who snapped at her husband and kids, gained lots of weight, and generally sat around all day watching TV.
3 years on, this has changed (except for my weight, still struggling with that one :). My house is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but now I get up, make my bed, have a relaxing time over breakfast (because clothes were laid out with shoes and coats the night before, and lunches were prepared as well), and after spending maybe 30min in the morning doing my routine, the rest of the day is mine to do with what I please WITHOUT feeling bad. If FlyLady does one thing, it's getting you to accept that you do not need to feel guilty about the way your house looks. My house is not company-ready, but it takes me less than an hour to get it there - that is HUGE progress!!!
Another area in my life that has improved is that now I don't feel put upon for staying at home. I enjoy being at home spending time with the kiddies while they're still small, but it has also given me the opportunity to re-think my priorities and I have started my own interior design business rather than get back into the rat-race. I honestly don't think that without FlyLady, I would have had the drive and confidence to do this. I probably would have been another "if only".
I'm not religious, far from it, but FlyLady is genuine in her belief, and I respect that. I'm seriously allergic to people stuffing their faith down my throat, yet with Marla, I never got the feeling that that is her motivation. Therefore, take it or leave, I like her, I respect her, and I admire her drive to get her message out to help all of us SHEs.