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Sink Reflections [Paperback]

Marla Cilley
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Oct. 1 2002
Fly Out of CHAOS
(Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome)
Into Order—One BabyStep at a Time

With her special blend of housecleaning tips, humor, and musings about daily life, Marla Cilley, a.k.a. The FlyLady, shows you how to manage clutter and chaos and get your home—and your life—in order. Drawn from the lessons and tools used in her popular mentoring program, the FlyLady system helps you create doable housekeeping routines and break down overwhelming chores into manageable missions that will restore peace to your home—and your psyche. Soon you’ll be able to greet guests without fear, find your keys, locate your kids, and, most of all, learn how to FLY: Finally Love Yourself.

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In her debut book, Cilley, a.k.a. "The FlyLady" to the thousands who log onto her 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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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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I think I fall somewhere between the reviewers who love or hate this book. While I give it an unqualified thumbs up, that's not to say I like the style. I don't. I am spiky, cynical, irreligious and unsentimental. I cringe when Marla talks about "blessing the world" and "purple puddles" and her "DH". But here's the thing. This book works.
I am not a Stepford wife - I'm a senior executive for a national organisation and I have no family at all, no parents, siblings, partner or children - not even a pet. Because I have absolutely no time for myself and no priorities apart from work, my house was utter chaos. Thanks to Marla Cilley it is now livable and I am able to have friends over without drowning in shame and am gradually reclaiming my life away from the office.
This book contains practical ideas that made me completely rethink my approach to my home. I am not cleaning out of moral duty or to please someone else, but because I deserve a nice place to live. The concept that it is better to do something imperfectly than never to start completely changed my thinking. And permission not to finish - to just do 15 minutes worth and stop - has made a huge difference to my life.
And while I don't like the syrupy stuff, I also suspect that someone without that homespun sweetness could not or would not have written this book and offered this help. So I am just grateful, and Marla can be as religious and as honeyed as she damn well likes, because I truly appreciate what this book has helped me do, and only an idiot throws out a rare gift because the wrapping doesn't suit them - particularly when it is genuinely well meant.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Overall the FlyLady system is good & can easily be modified to suit just about anyone's schedule. Like everything there are pros & cons.
*The suggestion of a daily 'chore/to do' schedule works well for me. Some days more gets done than others - but I can keep better track & reprioritize as needed & as time allows.
*If you have a tremendously cluttered house & don't know where to begin - this would be a great book for you.
*Nice selection of cleaning tips.
*Simple suggestions on how to reorganize that people can truly use
*Everyone is encouraged to adapt the advice to your needs, but if you don't modify it to suit your lifestyle then it will just seem like way too much to do. I think this is why many people get frustrated.
*I don't have a tremedous amount of clutter so a lot of it just doesn't apply to me.
*The cutsey acronyms/catch phrases, religious references, being told you must wear shoes & have a shiny sink will not sit well with everyone.
*The web site offers just about everything the book does for free.
My 2 cents:
**Borrow the book from a library or check out the web site for free.
**Take what you can use from the system & just leave the rest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the born disorganized Sept. 24 2002
If you're reading this review, you're probably born disorganized and been losing ground ever since;) Or perhaps you should be folding laundry, making the kids lunch or figuring out what's going to be on the dinner table tonight, especially since you took that mystery meat out of the freezer.
Well, this is the book for you. Marla Cilley's mantra is "you can do anything for 15 minutes" and doggone it, she's right. This isn't one of those quicky fixes that is so often put out by folks whose ideas of straightening up the living room is fanning the magazines out in a nice display on the coffee table. This is for folks that are ear deep in junk (or deeper) and need to get out from under the load of it.
Her plan is simple and is based loosely on "The Sidetracked Sisters" works. You take 15 minutes to straighten out an area. I know, I know, you're saying "15 minutes! that doesn't even hit on it!" but it's just a beginning. You learn that you don't have to do everything perfect and you don't have to wait until the kids move out or you get that burst of energy you've been hoping for - you just get up and do it.
Sounds simple, right? So why do you need _this_ book? Because if it were that simple, you would have done it already. Because you need somebody who has been there to help walk you out of there.
Because getting rid of the clutter has a ripple effect in your life. Because if you read this far, you know you're searching for the answer for your problem. This isn't an easy fix, but your home didn't get to be a mess in one day and it will take more than one day to declutter...unless you_really_ want to maintain the life you're living.
And you know you don't - so buy it and work the system. You'll probably miss not having mystery meat for dinner, but it's such a small price to pay;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley April 26 2013
By Lizard
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Inspirational and absolutely do-able!! This book is for anyone who thinks they are unable to keep a tidy and relatively clean house and enjoy doing it. A must read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book Jan. 7 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Helpful to get housekeeping on track. Very encouraging and inspiring. Should have had this book earlier in my life but better late than never.
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If you want to get organized this is the book! Baby steps in a great big way!
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We all already know how to clean....this book helps motivate you to start slowly and maintain the clean and organized areas...therefore simplifying your life..... Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Lesa
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing
I haven't yet ordered her book, but if her website is anything to go by the book is an must read. She has taught thousands of people how to get their living spaces under control... Read more
Published on July 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars It Works!
Maybe this book isn't for everyone- but for the person who looks around a cluttered and out of control home and feels cluttered and out of control herself- answers are here! Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Patty P.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad!
When I first picked up this book at the library, I wasn't sure I would find anything useful in it. I had a little clutter, but I didn't feel that it had taken over my home. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Dee
1.0 out of 5 stars Not For Me
I was (...) looking for a book about organizing clutter - wanting suggestions for containers, shelves, new ways to organize,etc. Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by TawnTawn
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Not About Cleaning
To me, Flylady's system is about freedom. Freeing yourself from clutter and disorganization--so you can stop wasting time and do whatever it is you were put on this earth to do. Read more
Published on July 9 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Greatest book every written???
Usually that type of rhetoric is saved for religious texts. the previous reviewer might want to reconsider her hyperbole. Read more
Published on July 6 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, actually
There's some good advice here; however, the turn-off for me is Ms. Cilley's personality, and the book is infused with it. Read more
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