Six years ago when we decided it was time to move, I had three little boys, ages 4, 2 and 9 months. As you know, babies require tons of equipment. Plus, my husband and I had each owned our own homes before we were married, so we brought many possessions to the union (well, at least I did!), and we had a LOT of stuff crammed into our little place. The prospect of going through all of that stuff, packing it up, and unpacking it at the new house was so daunting, I didn’t know where to start.
At the time, I belonged to a moms’ group, and a couple of the other girls had discovered the home organization system put forth by FlyLady Marla Cilley in her book, Sink Reflections. The FlyLady overcame her own domestic disorganization by taking “babysteps,” adopting routines, and loving herself unconditionally. I read the book, and I was hooked. I signed up for daily missions, knowing that I could accomplish anything if I just worked at it 15 minutes at a time. I “27 Fling-Boogied” my way toward getting out from under. I released the things that were no longer blessing me, so that they could go bless someone else. And I moved us from one house to another, minus a ton of the clutter that was bringing me down!
Along the way, I came to know FlyLady’s partner in crime, Leanne Ely, author of the Saving Dinner series of cookbooks. Together with FlyLady, Leanne reached out to those challenged homemakers who also had trouble in the kitchen. Her book, Saving Dinner: The Menus, Recipes, and Shopping Lists to Bring Your Family Back to the Table, fits perfectly with FlyLady’s philosophy of planning and routine. The book is divided by season, and each season is broken down by week, with the titular menus, recipes and shopping lists included for each. Look at that; no thinking involved at all! Just a simple roadmap, and a weekly shopping trip. I think now would be a good time for me to delve into some of Ely’s other books, particularly Saving Dinner the Low-Carb Way. Her additional titles include Saving Dinner the Vegetarian Way, Saving Dinner Basics: How to Cook Even if You Don’t Know How, and Saving Dinner for the Holidays.0