The Sidetracked Home Executives System Is Developed:
On June 16, 1977 Pam Young and Peggy Jones hit rock bottom in their housekeeping and organizational successes. Looking around at the clutter and chaos left them feeling hopeless. After spilling out the truthful details of their failed attempts at organization they made a commitment to forgive themselves. Their commitment to change their own lives has now changed the lives of countless other women who are devoted to the system they created.
Excuses and Reasons SHEs Don't Succeed:
The Slob Sisters discovered that SHEs are masters of excuses for why they are unable to succeed in their organizing efforts. When they analyzed the benefits of the excuses they'd been making, Pam and Peggy ultimately decided that no reason was worth the failed result they were faced with daily. They set up new habits and followed them to the letter, realizing that it would take at least three weeks to effectively cement the new way of housekeeping.
3x5 Cards to Organize the World:
Using a 3x5 jumbo card box, 25 each of yellow, blue, and pink 3x5 cards, 100 white cards, 73 dividers, and a small calendar the sisters developed a system of organizing tasks that needed to be completed on a daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal basis. To implement their system you'll also want their book, Sidetracked Home Executives: From Pigpen to Paradise. They organized cleaning, decluttering, correspondences and more with their 3x5 system all without overwhelming themselves.
Implementing the System With a Family:
Children learn what they see and Pam and Peggy show us not only how to model a well organized system to our children, but also how to teach even the youngest child to use it. Using pictures on 3x5 cards for younger children and individual card boxes for older kids, the sisters were able to teach organizing and cleaning principles to the primary mess makers of their home.
How Do They Accomplish So Much?:
1. Setup your cards for the next day, the night before.
2. Get up a half hour earlier than anyone else to get dressed down to your shoes, moisturize or put on makeup.
3. Go through your daily cards and still have time for things other than cleaning.
4. Feel a satisfied feeling of accomplishment.
A System for the Disorganized:
The testimonials from devoted users show that Pam Young and Peggy Jones have developed a system to help SHEs succeed. They give us a pathway to be organized as individuals. The ability to easily adapt their ideas into a system that works for all types of families. So SHEs can find their own way as Sidetracked Home Executives.