Her overall plan is to clean before it is really dirty, because clean things take less time to clean. She is also a fan of setting a timer, and only working for the allotted 15 minutes before moving on to something else. Other ideas are to clean a little every day and not wait until Saturday to clean the whole house. (I have a sister-in-law who has "Terrible Toilet Tuesdays" and every Tuesday they clean the toilets.) What a great idea, if I clean a little every day by Saturday my house will be clean and I can enjoy it with my family, instead of cleaning!
In the last week we have been on the go, visiting both sets of grandparents twice, babysat 7 kids, threw 1 baby shower, made 1 quilt, and sewed 2 bags along with all the other little things that go on. Basically our house was a wreck.
This morning I sat my timer for 15 minutes and set out to clean my front room. In 9 minutes I had picked up all the toys scattered about, vacuumed, and put all of the shoes piled by the front door in their respective closets. With 6 minutes left I removed a slipcover (finding a long lost remote) threw it in the washing machine and started it. I then dusted and finished with 2:27 minutes left on the timer.
I then spent 15 minutes in the bathroom and another 15 in the kitchen. Now I feel that in 45 minutes I spent cleaning my house is presentable for our dinner guests tonight.
It is great to see what can be accomplished when you are focusing on 1 thing at a time. In 12 minutes my front room underwent a major face-lift. I know it won't stay this way for long, but at least I now know that it only takes 12 minutes to get it back.
Maybe FlyLady does know a thing or two!