How is Bootcamp for Lousy Housekeepers different from other programs?
Before Heidi shared Bootcamp for Lousy Housekeepers with the world, I was a lousy housekeeper. But I was not so far gone that I didn't want to do better. I tried hard to do better. Really, I did. (Please don't laugh, my dear IRL friends!) I have tried many programs, and here is how they compare.
Motivated Moms -- The cool thing about Motivated Moms is that you get a set of six or so tasks to complete on a given day. If you follow through with it on a daily basis, you will keep a clean house. You're supposed to be able to skip days here and there without affecting the efficacy of the program. The hard part for me was the lack of regularity in how the tasks were broken up and how often they were repeated. In short, it was hard to plan my schedule further out and before long I was skipping days and weeks because it was just too hard to keep up!
Flylady -- This program is nice and structured, down to day and time. If you are willing and able to make a complete re-vamp of your life, it's possible to be successful and many are. This was out of my ability set so I ended up with a beautiful list of routines (and an e-mail box full of reminders) and my house was still a disaster!
Managers of Their Homes -- Great for telling you how to schedule your life, but if you don't know how to clean on a good routine and schedule, you have a neatly-scheduled messy house. :)
Sidetracked Home Executives -- I loved the book and the lists in the back were helpful to show me just how far behind I really was, but like Flylady, I ended up with a nice stack of beautiful cards, but no real game plan for success.
Then, along came Bootcamp for Lousy Housekeepers. It was like a breath of fresh air! Finally, I understood why I needed to iron my clothes after I washed them and why it was a good idea to make your bed first thing in the morning! Yet, Heidi does a wonderful job of keeping the explanations short and the instructions simple. In other words, I was motivated to get going instead of sitting and dreaming about how one day, in the distant future, I'd have the perfect house. Finally I didn't have to make a notebook or a stack of cards to succeed, in fact in the pre-published form, there was no info on the binder, just the skeleton of the chapters -- and my house was clean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! From day one, I was able to begin forming new habits that were the foundation of a new way of thinking and a new way of living my life as a homemaker. No longer was I a slave to the mess. I was the boss of the place and it felt good!
Bootcamp for Lousy Housekeepers is not everyone. If you get bored with routines, Motivated Moms is the way to go for you. If you like to have everything laid out for you before you start, Flylady or Sidetracked Home Executives is for you. If you already know how to clean, maybe you just can go directly to Managers of Their Homes. If, however, you need a middle of the road approach with a little of everything, can I recommend Bootcamp for Lousy Housekeepers? I think you'll be as pleased as I've been!
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