“I really enjoyed this book and pull it out from time to time. The steps keep me from getting overwhelmed, however, I am sometimes unable to keep up with my home at this pace. I am not sure if that stems from the fact that I work outside of the home, or if I am being *lazy* I am not crazy about the author's "voice," but she does have some good tips. I haven't been able to completely implement the program, but I have adopted some parts of the book. Also, I am not able to just do the baby steps, such as beginning with ONLY shining your sink. That's sort of the point, hence the title of the book, but I feel that there are many more pressing concerns in my house other than my kitchen sink. One of the steps that I do NOT do is clean the toilet EVERY MORNING. For real?!!?! Who does that? I give it a three, but I do actually recommend it. It is a good read and has some great tips, but I don't think it's necessary to adhere strictly to the book. The author would SO disagree! :)”Kara D wrote this review Monday, December 28, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was Overwhelmed, Disorganized, and Living in Chaos! Not anymore. This book has a down to earth way of dealing with the chaos of every day life. I LOVE THIS BOOK!”Robin B wrote this review Wednesday, November 25, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I give this book 5 stars because of how it has inspired me, not because it is brilliantly written. It is a very light, simple read.”Jen D wrote this review Sunday, October 18, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love this book, and I've referred back to it several times. Lots of good tips at keeping your house & yourself organized (something I really like reading about). Lots of good "systems" that are easy to implement.”Kelly N wrote this review Sunday, September 27, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was so not impressed by the cover of this book. Really, a book about cleaning and organizing should just look really clean and organized and lovely, which I'm sorry but this cover is not. I also found myself skimming to try to find the good stuff, or main points, and they were hard to find. But when I actually just read through it, I did really like it and found many helpful ideas. I've looked at the FLYlady website and been unimpressed by its organization as well, but maybe I'll give it a second chance. Great motivational book for getting out of the rut of living in a mess, simple steps of how to do it. Its all about respecting yourself and planning.”Romie O wrote this review Friday, September 18, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley a.k.a. The Flylady (FLY - Finally Loving Yourself) this is a terrific book about breaking free from perfectionism and the lies we believe. Marla knows because she’s been there, and she will cheer you on with humor and understanding. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed because of CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome) and you want to bring some peace and order into your life, this is a book you’ll want to check out. ”Bridget Haymond wrote this review Monday, August 10, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It wokred well for me as long as I kept up on my journal. I think everyone should at least give it a chance. She makes it obvious she is religious, but I got past that.”Michele H wrote this review Saturday, July 11, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a great book for trying to learn ways to keep a house clean. By far one of the best of its genre. I love Marla Cilley, and she just makes you want to leap into her book (Baby-steps!) :)”Che Cat wrote this review Wednesday, July 8, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a strange book. On one hand, there is a whole “insider language” of SAHMs (Stay at Home Moms) that was a bit unsettling to those outside of that demographic. On the other hand, it is gives sound advice to all sort of people (it is directed at women, but could apply to anyone) who don’t realize that the reason they are overwhelmed by the care of others is that they are not taking basic care of themselves.
I skimmed this recently, and found that when you are up-and-at-‘em and running along fine, this all reads as so obvious as to be a bit cloying. But I remember that when I first read this, when I was overwhelmed by the banal tasks before me, this book was a godsend from a guru. In the field of self-help, Ms. Cilley has a rare gift: She does not tell you how your life 'should be'... she charitably remembers what is was like to go from point A to point B, and is able to be honestly, albeit sometimes relentlessly, optimistic as she cheerleads you along each little baby-step from here to there. Specific instructions on how to plan to wash and moisturize your face before you tackle the day may seem simplistic in retrospect, but it is certainly more concrete and valuable than the typical banal self-help generality that you should ‘just think positive’ (because if you had it together enough to ‘think positive’ in the first place, why do you need the d*mn book?) Common sense is not always so common, and while the girlfriend-to-girlfriend tone of this is sometimes odd… it can be the wake-up call you need when you are at that point that you are not even taking the time to put on your big-girl shoes before you race out the door to try to save the world.
I would compare this book to the safety speech airlines give at take-off: “put on your own air mask before assisting others.” Most of the time, you know that logically, and the speech seems to be a waste of time… but sometimes, in the panic induced by the gasping around you, you need to hear that message in a calm, but firm, voice. Ms. Cilley has just that sort of voice.”
“This is basically a branch off of the Side Tracked Home Executives, and focuses more on making the babysteps than the whole picture. A quick, light read, and it does offer some pointers on how to tackle the seemingly impossible. Not bad for beginners, or those who feel it is hopeless.”Suzanne wrote this review Monday, June 30, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No