You may notice that I’ve deviated completely from Flylady’s Fly Zones. But I feel it is important to adjust the zones to fit your house and lifestyle.
I had replaced the Living Room with the Computer Room as the Computer Room is easily the messiest room in the house and needs the most work. The Living Room doesn’t need much work – I tidy every couple of days and try to vacuum once a week. We only have a small entry way and I normally vacuum and tidy this at the same time as the Living Room so don’t feel like this needs an extra zone.
But I felt it was important to have the downstairs area (Living Room, Entry Way and Spare Room) as one zone to make sure I do a deep clean in here monthly. Of course, as I now have more zones it doesn’t really correspond to monthly but is basically every 5 weeks now.
I’m hoping this will help me to feel more on top of all of the housework but I will have to see how it goes with spreading it out over a longer period.
I’ve already done a little bit of work in this area. I’ve cleared off the top of the TV cabinet as we started to organise Mr Monkey’s paperwork. He has the bottom drawer in the filing cabinet and he picked up some new files last week as we had run out. It was interesting trying to organise his files as he wasn’t really sure what he needed. I’m not sure how it’s going to work out as he as a lot of bulky things – brochures from prospective suppliers, not to mention the thousands of meal dockets that he saves. We will have to see how it goes but I think we might have to look at another option.
I also moved all of our old folders down in to the bookshelf next to the filing cabinet. I can probably throw some of these out soon. It must be coming up to 5 years now. We are starting to clear out the spare room at the moment to make it in to a bit more of a play room for Lily. She’s getting a play kitchen from my parents for Christmas (shh! Don’t tell her!) and we will need room for that. There is a small cabinet that is holding an old TV in there, which will have to be moved. I’m looking in to taking the TV to Cash Convertors, hopefully this week some time, and we will move the cabinet in to the living room where it can be used as an extra seat and a place to store Lily’s books. Lily’s toys will stay in the boxes and hopefully it will be a much nicer room which we will use more often.
So, anyway, here’s what I have planned for this week:
- ~ Dust
- ~ Vacuum
- ~ Clean couches
- ~ Clear off top of TV cabinet
- ~ Rotate Toys
- ~ Filing
- ~ Tidy shoes
- ~ Clean window
So there you have it, my plan for the week. I’ll let you know how I go at the end of the month.
Do you follow FlyLady’s Zones or do you have another type of schedule?