My family was not one that was overly concerned with order or cleanliness. There was lots of love and lots of lessons learned, but somehow I never learned how to clean.
Since becoming a stay-at-homer in November I have really been struggling with this aspect. I have the desire to keep a home neat and hygienic (it's peer pressure; all my friends have such nice homes!) but what I don't have is the knowledge to actually get it done.
Sure, I know the basics of floor washing, vacuuming, and toilet scrubbing, but I can't help feeling that this is the bare minimum and that there is something I'm missing. I'm sure someone who has a Better Homes and Gardens-type home does more than wipe out the sink once a week, you know?
My aunt, who recently told me that one is supposed to clean the bottoms of copper pots regularly (I was truly shocked; I've literally never done this) and whose home always seems to be clean, has been trying to get me in to FlyLady. Man, I have been trying because the website does point out a lot of chores I tend to ignore out of habit, like cleaning cobwebs from the ceiling. But it all seems so complicated. I can't keep all of the morning rituals, monthly focuses, hotspots, zones, missions, and umpteen daily emails straight. I know it works for a lot of people but I don't know if it is going to work for me.
I've been scouring the internet for FlyLady alternatives, but so far I haven't turned up anything good. I guess I'll just keep on trying to developing my own system and consulting the internet when I need to ("how do you clean a stove?" "how to you get stains out of clothing?" "how often do I REALLY need to clean out my fridge?" and the like).
Here's to winging it!