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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.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
“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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These are the elements you won't find in Sink Reflections, which is essentially a print version of the central parts of her Web site. The basic message is fine -- she breaks decluttering into 15-minute bites instead of turning it into an all-weekend bonanza of pain and frustration, plus she emphasizes the importance of having routines for keeping the home under control -- but the Web site does it far better.
The writing was sickeningly syrupy sweet, and not my cup of tea (which you may have only after you have cleaned your kitchen for 15 minutes, your living room for 15 minutes, and your kitchen again for 15 minutes). But you may only have your cup of tea for 15 minutes! There are glowing testimonials from ladies who have used this book and website to change their lives (all misspellings are included) - the one I read was the lady who said she now had a better sex life due to FlyLady's cleaning and organizing methods. This was a 30 year old housewife, who apparently had no idea it might be a good idea if she cleaned the house while her husband was at work. Also, she learned that she could cook instead of order pizza, and give the kids a bath at night and read to them. Oh yeah, and start washing her face in the morning. All this turned on DH (Dear Husband) so much that...well, you can figure out the rest.
As none of this applies to me (I already take a shower every morning), and I can't go through my apartment looking for 27 items to throw away (they are already in the trash to begin with), or 27 items to give away (I keep a box in my closet for this purpose, and when it gets full, I take it to a local store that benefits a no-kill animal shelter). So basically this book had nothing new for me. And I'm not going to wear shoes in the house. Any expert will tell you it is bad for your flooring, bad for your feet, and just plain unnecessary.
If you are in really bad shape and in dire need of someone to tell you to throw away empty shampoo bottles and such, this book may be of some benefit.