I shined my sink today, step one in my goal to put order in my life. Marla Cilley, a.k.a. The FlyLady, is helping me. The FlyLady recommends BabySteps, beginning with the sink. Here’s the way to do it:
Empty the sink.
Fill the sink with hot water all the way to the brim, add one cup of bleach, let sit for one hour.
Rinse the sink out.
Get a cleanser like Comet or Ajax and scrub, scrub, scrub.
Clean around the faucets, around the rim, and all over the drain.
Give it a shine with window cleaner.
There! Doesn’t that feel good? If you’re smarting than I am, you’ll keep a dishtowel nearby and dry it every time you use it, so it stays that way.
I love this book. SINK REFLECTIONS is my household “bible” and it’s crammed full of motivational suggestions. I’m going to skip over a few of the recommended BabySteps and head right to the biggest messes, but I’ll take care not to burn out.
Here’s what’s next on my agenda – Unloading.
I’m taking piles of books to the library. Not only is my massive collection considered a donation, thus a great tax write-off, but I’ll know exactly where they are if I ever want to reread them.
Ditto with the five years of Bon Appetit magazines. Most of the recipes are online.
I’m going to throw away junk mail without opening it. Well, at least most of it.
All old phone books and catalogs are goners.
I’m going to set a timer for 15 minutes every day and tackle a specific area of chaos. In those 15 minutes I will either throw away or give away 20 items. They don’t have to be big things, some throwaways may only be papers. The giveaways will be all the things in my closets and drawers that I don’t even remember that I own. They will be the hardest to part with, but I’m determined.
Well, I’m off to gaze at my sink. I didn’t realize until now just how coffee-stained it really was.