When Flylady Doesn’t Work: The Search

Sometimes I find it entertaining to look at my blog statistics that WordPress conveniently provides. Yesterday, I glanced at the searches that had brought people to my blog. One of them was “when Flylady doesn’t work.” Hmm. That was intriguing. So, I did the search myself.

What I found (in the few moments that I dedicated to this task) were a couple of blog posts on why Flylady didn’t work for those particular bloggers. These posts were not especially vitriolic, so I was surprised to read the many comments that followed, including rather vehement objections to Flylady. People criticized the number of emails sent out by Flylady, the way she “nagged,” the “pressure” to buy her products. If I had made the time to comment on the comments, this is what I would have written:

First, as our family would say, Flylady is an optional life activity. No one forces anyone to subscribe to Flylady’s many emails nor buy her products. If a person is receiving Flylady’s emails or product reviews, it is because she has signed up to receive them. If a person is subject to Flylady’s “nagging,” it is because she has subjected herself to the “nagging.”

Second, much of the complaining sounds a little too much like another excuse to keep from doing what needs to be done in our homemaking. When I searched out Flylady and began implementing her routines, I was already adept at making excuses for not getting my homemaking chores done. Aren’t most of us who have reached the point of CHAOS? If I were to exempt myself from Flylady’s routines all together just because a few of them didn’t fit my lifestyle or I was getting too many emails or I felt that she was “nagging” me, it would be just another excuse NOT to do what needed to be done.

I’m sure that Flylady is not the cure-all for everyone’s CHAOS. I think that was what the original bloggers were trying to communicate. However, if the laced-up shoe doesn’t fit, don’t wear it. There’s really no need to rip it up.


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4 Responses to “When Flylady Doesn’t Work: The Search”

  1. when flylady doesn’t work « becoming uncluttered Says:

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  2. Godiva Says:

    Thank you for your post. I read it first some hours ago and I could not get it out of my mind. I confess I did a little search for myself and like to point out one comment that made me speachless

    “We also have an enamel sink that you can’t shine.”

    Excuse par excellance?

  3. thetruevine Says:

    Thanks for your comments, Godiva. It’s nice to know there is someone else out there thinking through this whole Flylady/de-cluttering process and attempting to write it all down. 🙂

  4. Sorefeet Says:

    Flylady saved my sanity, but after I did hard part of making it work,then I edited a bit-or a lot.I will say that 70% of it works beautifully for me, though I don’t wear shoes in the house. Habits, taking small bites of the mess away at a time-those things are invaluable-and the shiny sink! That is a great place to start!

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