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This Woman's Cleaning Plan Has Become an Internet Sensation - Apartment Therapy

This Woman's Cleaning Plan Has Become an Internet Sensation - Apartment Therapy
From The Kitchn - September 12, 2017

Do you follow the FlyLady? If not, here's a little backstory: the FlyLady is a site dedicated to organizing and cleaning your home, started by Marla Cilley. The site gets its name from Cilley's old username from her first online endeavor, and is equal parts an homage to her love of flyfishing and an acronym that means "finally loving yourself." (Oh, and fair warning if you have never visited before: the website looks a bit like a relic from 2001, but honestly that adds to its charm!).

Many people swear by Cilley's BabySteps program (along with her contagious, positively pleasant attitude), which, in 31 steps, is meant to help you handle your home when you are overwhelmed by a mess. These steps are filled with great advicelike setting a 2-minute timer and getting as much done as you can before it goes off (step 6) and how to do a 5-minute decluttering "room rescue" (step 9)but it's step No. 1 that has us intrigued.

Cilley believes that the key to a happy homeand a happier youis in your kitchen sink. That's why the first step in her program is to do your dishes until your sink is empty, then clean it and really get it shining. If you are wondering why, here's her explanation:

"It is so simple; I want you to have a sense of accomplishment! You have struggled for years with a cluttered home and you are so beaten down. I just want to put a smile on your face. When you get up the next morning, your sink will greet you, and a smile will come across your lovely face. I ca not be there to give you a big hug, but I know how good it feels to see yourself in your kitchen sink. So each morning, this is my gift to you."

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