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Sink Reflections [Paperback]

Marla Cilley
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Book Description

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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34 of 34 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad! July 18 2004
By Dee
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. And I already knew how to clean my house. Like some of the other reviewers, I didn't care for the writer's style. ("Finally Loving Yourself"? How silly!) And some of the gushing testimonials grated on my nerves.
But it turned out that I actually did find that much of the book was useful. Cilley's approach is all about getting into a good routine. If you plan to do a little bit each day, then you don't have to subject yourself to frantic cleaning frenzies when you are getting ready for company. Many people, like me, who are busy and easily sidetracked can benefit from this kind of advice.
I don't follow this approach to the letter. I don't wear shoes in the house. I don't toss out 27 items at a time; I did this at first, but I quickly ran out of stuff to toss. I've incorporated much of her advice into my routine, and it has helped me to maintain a cleaner, more peaceful and inviting home. I love the 15-minutes-at-a-time approach. It makes it so much easier to get started on something if you give yourself permission to set it aside in a short while. And that's the key for many of us -- getting started. It's not all about de-cluttering; if you don't have that much clutter, you can move on to more detailed cleaning chores that some people might overlook.
Oh yeah -- about Cilley's writing style. As I've said, I wasn't wild about it at first, but I eventually came around to see her as refreshingly unpretentious. As for the annoying gushing testimonials, I get it now. I can't blame these people for their enthusiasm for something that really has improved their lives.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREATEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN!!!!!!!!!! June 26 2004
This review will be short and sweet. If you feel guilty, feel like a failure, are disorganized, overwhelmed and are ready to scream from the chaos of every day life, then you need to buy this book. Help is also at [...] You may think that you are alone in your mess but you are not. There are thousands upon thousands of people just like you and me.
Marla Cilley has saved my life, my psyche, and has shown me how to create a peaceful home so that I can finally love myself and my family the way we deserve. Yes, it does start with shining your sink and it snowballs from there. Really. It's true. She is my miracle. Thank you FlyLady.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I would also like to write a note about the "religious agenda" that one reviewer here mentioned. Yes, Flylady does mention God, and religious phrases in places, but I can hardly say this book has a religious agenda. I'm a pagan as well(so would in no way be out to further any 'religious agenda' of Flylady's), and have been a member of Flylady's helping list for a long time. Anything she has to say of a religious nature in relation to cleaning is something that is meant in a sincerly helpfull way. There are times I will think of her 'God breezes' as 'Goddess breses' or 'Frigga(norse goddess, patron of home and hearth) breses' ;-) But yes, you can tell Marla is a Christian, and that her beliefs are enmeshed with her life, but hey! I'm a pagan, and my beliefs are enmeshed with my life and I can find the same kinds of messages from my religion!
Anyway, This book is a compilation of the e-mails and website material. I think it's a wonderfull thing to have around if you're like me and getting on the computer to check your e-mail is something that really puts a hold on your progress. It's also easier to find needed information in the book rather than the website.
I'm nowhere near perfect at keeping house, but always making progress!! I have decluttered over 1,000 lbs of STUFF and clutter since starting the flylady program and I don't miss any of it! I don't feel guilty about keeping the things that are precious to me because those things are now nicely displayed/framed, and they bring more joy to my life now that all the other stuff isn't getting in the way.
The Flylady program has made life much better for me and my family. :-)
I would also like to reccomend 'Home Comforts: The art and science of keeping house which is a very in-depth book with a lot of information about cleaning things, washing things, and our outlook on our homes.
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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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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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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
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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
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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
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