Whatever Works for YOU

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I have e-books. I’ve come up with ways to keep my home under control, to be able to let non-immediate-family members come inside on a weekly basis. I can tackle a decluttering project with confidence and know I’ll make progress (if not finish) in whatever time I throw at it.

I share all these things (and all the times I fail) with you here on the blog.

I get giddy when someone joins my Laundry Day Club, because I know how home-changing that concept has been for our family.

BUT, I really only care about whatever works for you.

Take my ideas, give ’em a try, and if they don’t work for you, find something that does.

I was once in a meeting-of-the-minds conference call between a cleaning product brand and a group of cleaning experts. (As proof that anything can happen, I was one of the cleaning experts.)

The subject of laundry came up, and another “expert” started going on and on about how he/she could not understand how/why anyone would do all their laundry on one day. How that made no sense when it was so much easier to do one load a day, from start to finish.

I spoke up. I had to. I explained exactly how one load a day goes in my house (how it becomes the same one load day after day because I can’t remember to change it over to the dryer) and why the get-it-over-with-in-a-day-so-I-don’t-have-to-think-about-laundry-for-six-whole-days way works so much better for my Project Brain.

But I totally get how one load a day would be awesome for someone who can make it work for them.

For me, it drains the energy from my soul.

This is why I haven’t promoted a free video e-course recently called Four Steps to Stress Free Homemaking. I wanted so badly to promote it because it was a precursor to the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle sale which is now going on (and which you should totally check out here).

My first cringe came from my personal reaction to what feels like over-simplifying something that isn’t a simple issue for me. But then, I watched the first two videos. I really do like the women in them.

But the first video is all about how one load a day is the way to go. How it’s THE key to never getting behind on laundry again. I was talking to my husband about how I wished I could promote them but couldn’t in good conscience because the first video completely goes against what I believe is a game-changer for people like me. I casually said, “They’re encouraging people to do one load a day, from start to finish . . . ”

Before I could keep rambling, Hubby said, “NO!”

I was surprised at his vehemence.

He shook his head and said, “No. No way. That would be a horrible idea for you. Your way of doing all the laundry on Monday is the only way for you to keep it under control.”

Keep in mind that this man speaks not from theory or from reading my blog, but from experiencing clean socks and undies and rarely-ridiculously-wrinkled t-shirts every day, every week for years now. Like, 4 whole years.

This experience is in stark contrast to his experience in the days when I tried the one load a day method.

He knows what works in our home, because he lives it.

So here’s my point. Do whatever works. Maybe the method in the course is exactly what will work for you. Or maybe you’re like me, and need to treat laundry as a project with a beginning, a middle, and an end and do it as your single focus one day a week.

Want to understand my way and how it came about? Go here.

And this is where I advertise the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. It’s totally worth perusing the e-books and audio courses and such. One of the beauties of getting so many e-books and courses and such (over $1000 value) together for $29.97 is that you can pick and choose bits of things from different e-books that will work in your home. And each thing that actually WORKS for you is invaluable.

(Just remember that the bundle is ONLY available through April 27th!)

Want to check out the video course? Go here. You only get the first video right away, and the others come staggered over a few days. I do totally agree with the second one, though I haven’t watched 3 and 4.

 

Podcast listeners click here.

 

--Nony

You Know What Happens When You Assume?

Why I need to depend on cleaning routines instead of my own assumptions. at ASlobComesClean.com

A friend in college would often quote his grandma on this one.

I’m going to crypticize the statement since I’m a prude.

“You know what happens when you assume? You make a first-three-letters-of-assume out of u and me.”

Assuming gets nobody anywhere.

And usually causes trouble.

A big part of this deslobification process for me has been accepting that assuming I know when it’s time to clean (or more often, when it’s NOT time to clean) only gets me into trouble. Routines help me fight my assumptions and keep our house away from Disaster Status.

Like Laundry Day today.

Last week was Wed Wibbon Week, ugh . . . Red Ribbon Week.  (Seriously. Try to say that ten times in a row.)

As the kids all had various anti-drug programs at school, they also had fun dress-up days.

Dress up days mean evenings spent scrambling to find team shirts and mornings spent frantically searching for that other cowboy boot.

They also mean uniforms which were washed last Monday (last Laundry Day) didn’t get worn. Which means they’re all clean. Which means I assume . . . I could get away without doing laundry today.

I assume that if a week’s worth of school clothing is already hanging in closets, ready to wear, we could probably scrounge around and find enough socks and undies to make it for the next seven days.

But I know how wrong these assumptions always are. Just look at how I roll with doing the dishes.

So last night, we sorted laundry like we do every Sunday night. And lo and behold, there were six loads of clothes and towels that need to be washed. Which is pretty much the same amount of laundry we do every week.

Which does make sense, since there wasn’t even one Go N*ked themed day last week.

So doing the laundry today (it’s 9:47 a.m. and the third load is in the washing machine) means I won’t have TWO weeks worth of laundry to do next Monday, which I ASSUME would make me want to crawl back into bed and cry myself to sleep.

And there’s the added bonus of knowing (not just assuming) everyone will have clean undies every single day.

Yay for that.

--Nony

A Laundry Day Bonus Feature

I know. I’ve been yakking about laundry all week.

(Sometimes that happens, y’all.)

I just get excited when puzzle pieces unexpectedly fit because a routine is working.

Puzzle pieces like this towel that I used as a knee-saver when I was cleaning that horrendous spot on the playroom floor last weekend:

One of Laundry Day's Bonus Features at ASlobComesClean.com

Pre-Laundry Day, I would have been overwhelmed by the thought of that towel and all the grossness it had touched. I’d have wanted to wash it, but would have been paralyzed by the fact that it was just ONE thing on the never-ending list of things that needed to be laundered.

I would have questioned the justification of washing IT when we were standing way too close to the edge of Undieless Cliff.

And most likely, the washing machine wouldn’t be available anyway since I’d need to re-wash whatever was in it.

But the washing machine was empty. And I felt no pressure to wash anything else first since it wasn’t Laundry Day.

I did throw in a few other dark towels, and that load put me AHEAD on laundry instead of behind.

Go me!!

 

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--Nony
--Nony

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