• Sink Reflections

  • Overwhelmed? Disorganized? Living in Chaos? Discover the Secrets That Have Changed the Lives of More than Half a Million Families
  • By: Marla Cilley
  • Narrated by: Nan McNamara
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (127 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fly out of CHAOS (can't have anyone over syndrome) into order - one baby step at a time.

With her special blend of housecleaning tips, humor, and musings about daily life, Marla Cilley, a.k.a. "The FlyLady", shows you how to manage clutter and chaos and get your home - and your life - in order. Drawn from the lessons and tools used in her popular mentoring program, the FlyLady system helps you create doable housekeeping routines and break down overwhelming chores into manageable missions that will restore peace to your home - and your psyche. Soon you'll be able to greet guests without fear, find your keys, locate your kids, and, most of all, learn how to FLY: finally love yourself.

©2002 Marla Cilley (P)2021 Tantor

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Fly lady is a life saver!

I purchased the hard copy years ago and have read and re-read it several times. So nice to have it in audio format to listen to in the car! ....I thought I was an organized person until I had kids! Being a working momma with little ones is no joke! The simple routines and baby steps in this book are life changing. She also always helps to lift up my mood. When I’m being hard on myself and feeling like I’m failing at life I jump to chapter 4 (running on empty) for a relisten. It always helps reset my mindset! Thanks for everything, fly lady!

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A must read

If nothing else has worked in the past trying to get your home in order, read this. It’s so much more than just a book about house cleaning, you’ll see.
Thank you FlyLady, God Bless you!!

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Felt like a guide for Stepford Wives

This book has some good tips (such as: Start with yourself. Use stick it notes until you get the hang of new habits. Stop resenting your family. Take care of yourself and more.) but overall the book began to feel like a creepy Stepford Wives guide to me. Maybe this book would have been better narrated by the author herself (who I have heard before). The narrator did a professional job but the upbeat demeanor coupled with using phrases that didn't seem authentic to her began sound like she had been programmed.

PS Where are the husbands in all of this?

Dana K White has a similar point of view but it comes out more authentic.



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A book for 50s housewives

If you do not consider yourself a 50s-style housewife, this book may not be for you. Also, if you are not a Christian, she does talk a lot about God and is definitely coming from a “woman is a subordinate helpmate to her husband” angle, and that may not be your jam.

She has what seems like reasonable routines and methods that would be easy to adopt that I intend to try. I had to stop listening around the 5.5 hour mark when she really laid into the audience about “whining” because they may work all day or have other obligations, are disabled, a single parent, etc., and struggle to keep up with the housework because not one other person in your household is willing to lift a finger to help. I live in a household with four adults and two teenagers, and apparently I’m supposed to “bless my family “ with a smile on my face and a song in my heart while they all leave their dirty dishes, stinky clothes, and wet towels for me to pick up and clean for them. And if nobody listens to me when I ask them to clean up after themselves, it’s my own doing because I’m such a whiner and they’re all sick of listening to me. If I would just make sure (it’s my responsibility, in fact) to attend to my own self care before cleaning, I would have a much better attitude with which to serve. Because, you know, there’s so much time to do that in between working, doctor and therapy appointments, karate lessons multiple times a week, making home-cooked meals, and cleaning up after everyone (except my husband, who is actually good about that). I personally believe it isn’t healthy NOT to have your children clean up after themselves. If you teach them that someone else is their housemaid, they will later become terrible roommates and life partners. Sadly, I had my kids pretty well trained until my husband’s kids moved in, and because they were taught they didn’t have to do anything for themselves, my kids became resentful they had to clean up, so they went on strike. In return, I gave up on the housework, which according to this author makes me an angry, bitter, loser and a terrible example for my children. Because according to her, if I would just be joyful while cleaning, my kids would all just magically see how wonderful cleaning is and start helping all on their own without being asked. Now I have to stop listening to the book because I am very angry.

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Review heavy

I feel like I’m just being read Amazon reviews the whole time. Ok I get it, people like your system, now explain to me how to do it! Not helpful. Wish I could return it.

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life changing

i enjoyed this book and have already started to change the way I feel about a lot of things. was this book written for me? I think so. and maybe for you too. I am not alone in this!

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Too Religious and Antiquated Gender Roles

Really did not enjoy this listen. The performer was fine, but the book itself is catered more towards stay at home moms who take on all “matronly” aspects of their home. Instead of teaching family to help with the house she recommends just doing most things for them. She also mentions God and religious stuff a bit too much for my taste (and I can overlook that typically but she just made me feel icky when she did it). Also very targeted towards the physically able.

There are a few good points in the book, but nothing earth shattering or new. I’d skip this one honestly and read any of Dana K White’s stuff instead-her books are a thousand times better.

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I love this book

This is a gentle and loving approach to a very difficult problem that can cause a lot of shame and paralysis. But, the Fly Lady got me moving at a manageable pace and it has made a great difference in my home and in me.

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So sexist

This book would have great tips if it weren’t so sexist. It seems like it’s written in 1950. That part was so cringy I cannot even listen.

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Great for getting your house in order.

This book has taught me so much on cleaning my home and how to take it a step at a time. You will not be disappointed if you purchase this book!

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  • Amazon Customer jacque
  • 06-27-22

inspiring and motivating

loved this. better than any organisation book out there. 100% worth it. Read it twice and will do again :)

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  • Miss A A Izuebe
  • 03-24-21

Thank you FlyLady !

This audiobook was the missing piece of the puzzle in helping me to understand the FlyLady system . I had been struggling to fully commit to it as I had several questions that hadn't been answered from trying to grasp it from the website articles and the newer book 'CHAOS cure' alone. I have found incredible help from a number of YouTube channels but something still hadn't fully clicked for me but now it has ! Now I can tie all the resources together and get started step by step. Thank you for making this classic book into an audiobook for someone like me who really needed the wisdom in the pages but probably never would have gotten round to reading it in paper form.

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  • Be-Nazir Bari
  • 02-24-21

what a book!

this book could save your life! what a book. the fly lady system now makes sense and I will continue to follow Flylady Kat and make progress. finally, hope.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-22

Boring

Quite boring and old fashioned. I haven’t gained much info listening. Does not create joy.

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  • Katrina
  • 07-29-22

too much religion not enough household tips

I never would have bought this if I knew how much religious talk there was. Not for me. Little talk on what I thought was the subject matter, most of that was just lists of things to clean. And the assumptions about men and women are from the 19th century "remember to hand his lunch to your husband". what, is he a child??? When a man does housework he isn't helping you, he's being a grown up in his own house. He's not babysitting when he looks after his own children. Waste of money!

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  • Rebecca
  • 06-26-22

Not a fan

This wasn’t what I was expecting. Throughout the book there are testimonials from people (women) who have used the method. This breaks up the direction of the book and is more a Pat on the back for the author rather than helping the reader to make changes in their own home. I love recommending cleaning and organising books to friends who are going through the same process. This won’t be one of them.