Chinese Christian rap. I have more of it waiting in the wings.
So if you’ve hung out with me and/or been to my house in the last few weeks, chances are you’ve heard me mention the Flylady. Since a few of you have mentioned you’d like me to share, here goes.
Maybe a month or two ago, a friend posted about the Flylady and I just sort of ignored because she was posting from the perspective of having really fallen behind in her home and being totally swamped. I thought, my house is usually pretty clean. I mean, I keep everything tidy; I usually manage to vacuum once a week; sometimes I even mop (sometimes). I didn’t think about it for a while, but then two weeks ago, out of idle curiosity, I clicked over.
First things first, do not let the website put you off. The UI was, I believe, put together by a gila monster and the graphic design team was a squad of spider monkeys, but despite the ugly graphics and confusing navigation, the methods in here are pure gold.
The basis for the system is increments. Increments and scheduling. The two bases for the system are increments, scheduling, and a knowledge that it doesn’t all have to get done at once. The three bases for the system… ahem. Anyways. Increments. Tasks are never done in big chunks, you don’t spend a whole day turning your house upside to declutter or exhaust yourself trying to deep clean a room all at once, but do everything in short, timed increments: ten minutes of decluttering here, fifteen minutes of detailed cleaning there, two minutes of tidying there.
Since the website has the information scattered all over the place, I spent a day or so conglomerating everything for myself and typed up my own schedule. Here are the pieces of the puzzle for your viewing pleasure:
- Have a morning and evening routine that includes:
- Having a daytime routine that includes:
- 15 minutes of exercise (I use the 7-Minute Workout App)
- 15 minutes of decluttering or detail cleaning
- Drinking water every day (I love that she includes self-care in the home-care routine)
- Having a weekly routine (I do most of these on days other than what she suggests because it fits my life better) that includes:
- Sunday: resting
- Monday: week’s cleaning: vacuum, mop, dust, polish mirrors/doors, empty trash cans, change sheets
- Tuesday: weekly planning, and a fun activity
- Wednesday: taking care of something you’ve been procrastinating on
- Thursday: shopping/errand day
- Friday: declutter your purse/car
- Saturday: enjoy some fun with your people
- Having a monthly routine that involves focusing on decluttering/detail cleaning a different area of your home each week:
- Zone 1: Entrance, front porch, dining room (for me this is entrance, porches, hall office)
- Zone 2: Kitchen
- Zone 3: Main bathroom/extra bedroom/kids’ rooms/craft room (for me this is bathroom, hall, and boy’s room)
- Zone 4: Master bed/bathroom & closet (for me this is master bedroom/closets and office)
- Zone 5: Living room/den/TV room (for me this is living room & basement)
- Following Flylady’s daily missions for the week’s Zone in addition to doing that 15 minutes of cleaning/decluttering there.
I’ve been trying to move away from my default of letting Scout Kid watch a movie (Robin Hood, usually) while I’m busy with something, so this morning I played him a record we have of Leonard Bernstein narrating/directing Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. He was enthralled. For most of the story he sat still(ish) listening, but near the end he grabbed his toy wolf and jump rope and began acting along with the story. As soon as it was done, he requested to listen to it again, and he’s been playing Peter ever since so, I think, success!
You see a lot of flak directed at screentime for kids, but there’s one thing screens can do that I can’t do: provide my children with language instruction in a native accent. Whether it’s sign language or French (both of which I am teaching Scout Kid), my clumsy, slow translations can’t measure up to the fluidity and accuracy of a recorded voice.
The Lingu Pinguin app is just an introduction, providing a gateway for us to talk about the different languages people use (we currently have a French intern student working on our farm and Scout Kid was asking me today, “Gus learning to speak French?”, so we talked about how he lived in a country where everyone speaks French, and how his mummy and daddy talked French to him from the time he was a little baby, just like we speak English to Scout Kid.) The app is simple and attractive, and features several different screens with a theme (Animals, Toys, Nature, etc.) The different objects can be touched and respond with a narrator saying their name in French, and a little animation. The game also features a multiple choice quiz to practice. $1.99 for iPad and iPhone.
Well, this has sort of turned my world upside-down. I don’t think I’ve ever liked a Beyoncé song before, but I reallllllllllllly like this song. It is also probably, like, super-old news to everybody who actually follows pop music.
More mesmerising: two formation-of-the-earth scenes, one from Noah, one from Tree of Life. The one from Noah is fast and full of the vibrancy of life. The one from Tree of Life is slow and solemn and full of the weight and majesty of life.
Oh, edited to add: Full screen, of course. Don’t miss out.
This website shows all the “Cain” (i.e. murderer) silhouettes in the gorgeous creation sequence from Aronofsky’s Noah. I linked a few but the whole sequence is worth a look.