So I got this older iPod app to go on my third generation Touch, HomeRoutine. I think it was free. It follows the basic principles of Flylady, but simpler. (Surely everyone knows about Flylady now?) I like daily checklists and I like marking things as done. I tweaked the daily routine, which is customizable, and it's been going great for two weeks now. But the main thing I wanted was the focus on "zones." Fifteen minutes a day for a week in one section of the house, changing to a different section the following week.
Who knew that in two 15-minute sessions you could clean out most of your walk-in closet and clean all the cluttered surfaces in your bedroom that have been nagging at you for, oh, a couple of months?
The reason I bring up this app is that I think it's a bit like YNAB: You have to stay with it. It's true that my bedroom closet and drawers and laundry room are not going to be 100 percent clean and clutter-free by the end of this week, there aren't enough 15-minute chunks of time scheduled, and I have no interest in spending any more time than that in there. But they will be in a lot better shape when this zone comes around next month. Eventually, working slowly and steadily, they'll be really in good shape. But it may take a few months.
I recommend the app for anyone who likes checklists. This even has a built-in 15-minute timer that plays a brilliant fanfare, like the queen entering a room, when the time is up. Makes me feel like a real star. The only thing is that I have to stick with it to see the real long-term benefits, something I tend to lose sight of with housework.
It's working for YNAB. Let's see if it works for HomeRoutine.