My House Was Clean

Love YourselfDear FlyLady,

I woke up this morning, started the coffee, and glanced around. Something felt
different. Then it dawned on me, the house was clean. This is not unusual anymore, but I started thinking when did this happen? It’s been that way pretty much everyday for the last six months. It all finally kicked in and became a habit, not just for me, but for my entire family.

I am 46 years old and have been a hopelessly messy pack rat for most of my life and created a whole family of messies. I discovered your website three years ago. I felt so overwhelmed in the beginning. But, no matter how many times I fell off the wagon, I climbed back into your program. Now, my house is not spotless; I still have two children at home. But it has become a neat, happy, welcome haven for my family and I.

Strangers can drop by and I open the door with a smile and don’t think first
before I show them to the bathroom. I don’t even mind if they sneak a peek in
the bedroom (formerly a dismal cave that even I didn’t want to enter unless the lights were off and I was crawling into bed). Please understand, I wasn’t DIRTY. You know, like those TV shows where they go in and clean a disaster area. It just always look like Hurricane Kids had just ransacked the place.

After about six months, my hubby and 3 kids started appreciating when the house was clean and slowly started helping to keep it that way. The last to conform was my 11 year old daughter. Her room is tiny and had way too many toys and clothes for one person. Her grandmother and I, over the course of a weekend, helped her sort everything. A few of her favorite toys stayed, some were packed in the basement, in case she changed her mind. Others were given away, but most were thrown away. Same with the clothes. There are still occasional backslides, but never to the point of CHAOS.

I even gave up my dishwasher when it died. It takes me no longer to wash dishes as it used to load the dishwasher.

I no longer have to think about cleaning routines, they just happen! I now have
time to relax, try out new recipes, take a walk, visit a neighbor, read a book,
write, think….

Thank you FlyLady!!! You are a lifesaver!

Melanie in Greece

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FlyLady here:  Routines and  BabySteps are the key to blessing yourself, your
family, and your home. They provide you with an opportunity to take a little time for yourself during the day. Acknowledge your efforts to yourself. You deserve this.

Learning to FLY is not an overnight quick fix. Start slow and you will one day
realize that your routines are in place and you can open your door to a
stranger!

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Can We Change Things Around

BasicWeeklyPlanDear FlyLady,

I was wondering if I had to do the  Basic Weekly Plan just the way I see it on the Homepage when I log on.. For example, I see:

 

Monday is the day we do our Weekly Home Blessing.
Tuesday is a free day.
Wednesday is Anti-Procrastination day.
Thursday is errand day.
Friday is date night.
Saturday is Family fun day.
Sunday is Renew Your Spirit.

It would seem odd for me to do these things on alternate days when I see something different on my computer.

Thanks,
Becca

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Dear Becca,

The reason that we set up a Basic Weekly Plan is because it was easier for me to mentor everyone when we were all on the same page. I have always said that you can adapt your plan to fit your family. You may want to stick with the way we do it at first, just so you will get the hang of how our system works.

Let’s just say you have a different schedule for work where your days off were on Tuesday and Wednesday. Those two days would be your weekend. You are more than welcome to change things up a bit. Weekly Home Blessing can be done over seven days. You don’t have to put together a whole hour. Some of us with busy schedules actually prefer to do one blessing a day.

Make a list of things that need to be done each week and try and divide those tasks into the days of the week. Set up a Basic Weekly Plan for yourself from those items. I put mine on Post-It Notes for months when I first got organized.

If you have not made your Control Journal then you don’t have a plan for your home. With it, your family can see exactly what you do around your home. We have all the directions on our website, but if you have allowed your perfectionism to get in the way of building yours, then just get the workbook Control Journal. It makes it so easy for you to just fill in the blanks.

FlyLady

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I Don’t Have Time

Dear FlyLady,

I have been with you for a little over 2 years now and am slowly getting my act and my house together. I love all your tips and suggestions and have purchased and am using many of your products.

A few months or so ago you sent out an essay about how clutter is a thief and listed all the many things it robs us of. I thought I had saved it but have looked in every file on my computer and can’t find it.

I have a dear dear cousin that drowning in clutter. She lost her husband a few years ago and then last fall she lost her brother. She has gone from being a “messy housekeeper” to sleeping in the recliner because can’t get in her bed for the clutter. She got a rat terrier dog last year to help keep down the mice and snakes….in her house. Bless her heart, I love her dearly and it just breaks my heart to see her struggling the way she does.

I know that “flying” is something that a person has to do for themselves and no one will do it until they are really ready. I have no illusions that giving her your essay to read will suddenly help her to “see the light”. It just hurts so bad to watch her and do nothing.

Thank you for all you do,

Sue

Here is that essay; I think this is the one you want.

Morning Musing: I DON’T HAVE TIME!

Dear Friends,

What is it about our life that keeps us complaining about our lack of time! All we ever hear coming out of our mouths is “I don’t have time!” The trouble with these words is we all have the same amount of time as everyone else has in a day. It is how we choose to use it that keeps us overwhelmed and whining that we don’t have enough time!

We over schedule everyone in our family and as a result you are the one who is responsible for the transportation or at least making sure everyone is where they need to be. Then factor in your work schedule and all of sudden you start to feel and hear those words creep out of your mouth!

Procrastination is a not a thief of time it is you! You are responsible for the overwhelmed feeling that has become part of you. You have been living off of a steady supply of adrenalin and your body has been paying the price; not to mention your home. It is time that we stopped this vicious cycle and gained control over our schedules.

We are not super human people! We need our rest! When we begin to feel the push of not enough time we compensate by staying up later to make more time! When are we ever going to learn that we cannot manufacture more time! This only robs us of the precious rest we need to get us through our already hectic days but it makes us grumpy to boot. So we are running around on no sleep with the pressure of our jobs, homes and varied appointments pulling at us ever second of the day.

There is a way to get off this frantic merry-go-round! It involves looking closely at your attitude. When you hear the words “I don’t have time” come out of your mouth; I want you to stop right then and there and change those words to I do have two minutes. Set a timer and do what you can right then and there. I know you are saying; BUT I DON’T HAVE TIME! Yes you do and it is time that you found out just how much time you really do have. If you would take all of your “I don’t have time” moments of whining and use them to your advantage then you would be so surprised at what time you really do have.

Have you ever done a simple exercise of taking a week and dividing it into seven days with twenty-four hours in each day? This is an informative way to looking at your schedule. Now don’t say, “I don’t have time!” Take a piece of lined paper and make 7 columns. Use the lines for the hours in the day. Now color in your sleep time in red; make sure you get at least seven to eight hours each day. Next pick a color to block in your work time. Then look at your calendar and block in family time, dinner time, morning routine time and before bed routine time. Now look at all the left over blank spaces. You can see just how much time you really do have in living color!

Now you have to figure out what is making you feel like you don’t have time! Is it your home that is pulling at you? Is the clutter robbing you of precious hours? Or is it your computer that is stealing you away from your home and family. It could be the television. You have to decide where those other hours are being spent!

The words “I don’t have time” are just another way to whine about the pickle we have put ourselves in. Start by looking realistically at what you can do right now and don’t allow yourself to get stuck in the “I don’t have time” rut of life. Life is passing you by because you refuse to look at what you do have time for! Establish a simple routine for getting up in the morning and one for going to bed each night. This will help you operate on automatic pilot! You can do this and you will be so surprised each day at how your home will not be yelling at you that you don’t have time.

Those words “I don’t have time” are keeping you from even finding out what your purpose for living really is. You do have time!

FlyLady

Please send me a picture of your sheet of colored in paper. I can’t wait to see them. Be realistic. Send it to FlyLady@flylady.net with COLORTIME in the subject line.

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Rethinking the Food Pyramid

ReThinkFoodPyramidHello Friends,

In the US and Canada, the Food Pyramid and the Food Guide are quite similar. They each recommend the basis of the diet be made up of grains, followed by fruits and vegetables, then dairy, then meats, and finally, fats. Whatever country you live in, there is probably some reiteration of this guideline for “healthful” eating.

Yes I know in the US, we changed to a plate (My Plate), but for the sake of argument, let’s play with pyramids, shall we?

With more and more diagnoses of digestive disease, and folks going Paleo and gluten-free, the Food Guide (and the old Pyramid and even the new My Plate) is quickly becoming a relic of old nutritional information.

If we were to do a new version of the food pyramid-one that would be approved by our Paleolithic ancestors-it would look something like this:

*The first layer would be organic plants. Vegetables, especially dark leafy greens and cruciferous, sulfur containing vegetables, should be what you’re putting in your mouth more often than anything else. Dr. Terry Wahls, who healed herself of progressive MS by following a Paleo diet, suggests that for optimal health we eat no less than 3 cups per day of sulfur-rich vegetables, 3 cups per day of green vegetables, and 3 cups per day of brightly colored vegetables.

*Good, locally sourced pastured meats, wild fish and organic fowl would make up the next layer. Ideally, you will get your meats etc. from local sources and they would be organic and grass-fed wherever possible.

*The next layer on our food pyramid would be for fruits, especially dark colored berries and non-starchy fruits like melons and grapes.

*After that, we would have a layer featuring good healthy fats like avocado, olive oil and nuts.

*And on the very tippy top of our food pyramid would be spices.

This is solid nutrition. No sugar, nothing processed. Super simple.

If you’ve been thinking of following a Paleo lifestyle, we have a new springtime Paleo challenge starting up later this week, so it’s perfect timing!

Love,
Leanne Ely, Your Dinner Diva

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Magically Produce Mama’s Little Helpers

House FairyWhen you use your children’s imaginations in a positive way, you tap into an incredible source of joy that can miraculously turn an unwilling child, whining about doing chores, into a happy cooperative, little helper. That may sound impossible, but it’s not. I’ve heard from thousands of moms who have witnessed this miracle with their kids. The secret ingredient is the House Fairy.

She’s the size of a chipmunk and has a voice to match. When children see her, they listen. The House Fairy is magic only because your children’s imaginations are magic! If you’re tired of nagging, reminding, threatening and being frustrated because your children have messy bedrooms and fail to do chores without constant reminders, you might consider introducing the House Fairy.

Our imaginations are a gift from God. “You can only do the impossible if you can see the invisible.” I wrote that while writing a magazine article about happiness. I realized that everything we see was first an idea, and if an idea could turn into an object, why couldn’t we use our imaginations to change our emotional state? So, if you get down in the dumps, all you have to do is imagine being happy and before you know it, you’re happy. Songs have been written about it: Smile is one of my favorites. That’s what our imaginations are all about, seeing what isn’t here, yet. Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than fact.”

Walt Disney is one of my favorite imaginers. Just think, he turned that mouse that hung around him during his late night drawing sessions, into a star, because he was able to use his imagination and see a possibility.

Since he didn’t have any money, imagine what would have happened if he’d gone to a venture capitalist for help in bringing his ideas to fruition. I imagine the conversation would have gone something like this:

Man with the money, “Hello Mr. Disney, how may I help you?”

“Well, I’m an artist an. . .

“Uh huh.”

“And you won’t believe what visits me every night!”

“Uh, what?”

“The cutest little mouse comes around and I’ve been feeding him. He loves Swiss cheese and now he’s very tame.”

“So?”

“So, he’s gotten so tame he has actually let me draw him!”

“Hmmm, and what does this have to do with why you’ve come to see me?”

“Well, Mr. Flizledink, I was thinking I’d like to develop the rest of my career, and life actually, around that mouse. I named him Mickey.”

“What?”

“Yeah, Mickey Mouse. And I’d like to start out making animated cartoons starring him and then when he becomes famous, I’ll branch out with a Mickey Mouse Club an . . .”

“Why don’t you throw in a girl mouse and a couple of ducks while you’re at it?”

“Hey, good idea, lemme write that down! Anyway, where was I? Mickey Mouse Club and uhhh, oh yeah, and I’d have cute little kids sing and dance on a television show called The Mickey Mouse Club, and then I’d build an amusement park on some farmland in California. I can see building a huge monument to Mickey at the park and people from all over the world would flock to see him and play in the park.”

“Mr. Disney, are you sure your name isn’t Walt Dizzy?”

It’s been said that Walt Disney was a mystic. The definition of mystic is: having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding. That certainly fit Walt. It’s obvious he didn’t allow a Flizledinker to stand in his way. Imagine what we would’ve missed if he had. So don’t be a Flizledinker and Flizledink your own visions and dreams. Hold them, nurture them, dust them off if you’ve left them in a cobwebbed corner of your mind. Keep them close to your vest until they are strong and ready for the world. Flizledinkers do not have vision, but they are the first to say, “I should have thought of that!”

Children have unFlizledinked minds and we can nurture the Walt Disney in them, by providing good books that encourage their imaginations, art supplies, musical instruments and clutter-free spaces in which to create. It’s also a good idea to encourage kids to share their dreams when you’re at the breakfast table every morning, as sharing dreams will cultivate the child’s ability to bring what isn’t apparent to the senses into the tangible world of words. Children love to talk about their dreams, I know because whenever I get the privilege of sitting at the breakfast table with a sleepy-eyed child, I always ask and it always turns into a wonderful and creative discussion. Try it tomorrow morning as you sit and enjoy the start of your day with your kids.

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For more of Pam’s essays and videos please visit her website here!

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End of Year Stress

Dear Parents,

What a stressful time of year for everyone in the family!  The weather is changing, our body clocks have struggled with the daylight savings time, we’ve just managed to finish up our tax returns, we’re worried about what we can afford this year for family activities and vacations, and the end of the school year is fast approaching. The end of the school year brings lots of events, decisions, and responsibilities that require some preparation and action on our part.

First, those high-stakes, statewide tests are coming up fast!  How can we help get our children ready for the statewide tests without adding to their stress? This isn’t about more academic review or learning test-taking strategies. They already do that at school – a lot!! This is about what we can do at home to send our kids to school ready to do their best on the tests, and to relieve the stress and anxiety that many children (and teachers!) feel about the tests.

The number one thing for test days is to make sure that your child gets adequate rest, a good breakfast, and a stress-free morning at home. This is not the time to rush around in a panic and race to the school with two minutes to spare. This is not the day to get anyone upset about anything. This is not an opportunity to lecture your child about doing his best. Your child needs a good night’s sleep, a calm morning that follows the usual routine, a healthy breakfast, comfortable clothes, and ample time to get to school and settle in. This sounds really elementary, but we parents get stressed and upset about the testing too, and that transfers directly to our children. At this point, it’s too late to do anything but chill out! Just let your children know that you value the work they have completed, the skills they have learned, and the knowledge they have gained during the entire school year.

Something we can do right now to prepare is to help our children learn some simple relaxation techniques that can be done while sitting in a chair. This is actually a life skill, not just a strategy for test days. Children who know how to calm down and refocus can be confident and relaxed in most situations. Simple breathing exercises work very well for relaxation almost anywhere: Close the eyes and breathe slowly and deeply.  Inhale through the nose, exhale through the mouth. Hold the breath as long as possible before exhaling. Relax the body, and feel the tension leave on each exhalation. Practice this at home every night before bedtime. This technique is great for everyone in the family – you too!

What else happens at the end of the school year? Report cards, promotion and retention decisions, teacher selection for the next school year, transitions to the next level (for entering kindergartners, 5th graders, 8th graders, and seniors), and course selection and placement at the middle/high level. Lots to think about, and now is the time to start!

If you have a child entering kindergarten, there will be kindergarten registration at the school. Put it on the calendar now! Gather the necessary information (proof of residence, birth certificate, immunizations) and make an appointment for the kindergarten physical. This is also an excellent time to get a vision exam. Fifth graders and eighth graders are moving to another level with different procedures and expectations. In most school systems there will be registration for courses, and orientation for students and parents. Sports practices and band practice begin in the summer, and sports participation usually requires a physical exam. Put all these things on the calendar too!

Promotion and retention decisions can be very difficult. In some school systems, parents are given an opportunity to be involved in the decision. In others, the decision is made solely on the basis of grades and test scores. Here are the important things to know: There is absolutely no evidence that grade retention has a long-term positive effect on student achievement, retention is emotionally harmful to children, and even one retention in elementary school significantly increases the chances that a student will drop out of high school. If the school system is considering retention for your child, make an appointment for a conference with the teacher and discuss the research on retention.

The third quarter grades and report card are probably out, giving parents an opportunity to have a sneak preview of what’s going to happen at the end of the year.  Now is the time to address any problems your child is having with grades, because the final report card is just that – final. Are there missing assignments? Are there big projects due? Are attendance or behavior issues affecting grades? If you need to have a parent/teacher conference, get it scheduled. If you need to tighten up the homework routine, work on it. If there need to be consequences at home for work completion and behavior at school, put them in place.

Challenges:

  • Make sure the family calendar is complete and up-to-date: dates for the statewide tests, last pupil day for the school year, dates for orientation/registration for students who are transitioning, dates for summer sports and band practice.
  • Work on stress relief for the entire family.  Get plenty of rest, eat good food, get some exercise and fresh air every day, enjoy family activities.  Practice the breathing technique every day.
  • Follow up on the third quarter report card.  If there are problems, find out what’s going on.  Check the website for missing assignments.  Email or conference with the teacher to address academic, behavioral, or attendance issues.
  • Tighten up all your routines – morning, evening, homework – as we make the final dash to the end of the year.  Be consistent!
  • Enjoy the promise of Spring with your beautiful family!

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Our very own education specialist Alice Wellborn is now a regular contributor at FlyLady.net and we are thrilled to share her wise words with all of you. Alice is a school psychologist and the author of the amazingly helpful book No More Parents Left Behind. 

Get the book at: No More Parents Left Behind

You can follow Alice on Facebook here

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Are You On A Collision Course?

Progress Not PerfectionDear Friends,

Procrastination has been a way of life for most of us. When we think a job is going to take longer than we have time for then we put it off. That is our perfectionism. We have been taught since the day we were born that if we can’t do something right don’t do it at all! We listened! We may not have heard much else that was said but that stuck in our minds.

Coupled with the pain of having to redo things over and over again when they were not up to the perfectionist standards; we just gave up before we ever got started. A lot of times we don’t know where to start. This is the perfectionism monster again. The perfect place to begin! When we can let go of perfectionism; we can stop going down the path of procrastination.

I give you a place! Go shine your sink. It is a simple action that starts you in a direction toward peace. This is our very first habit! Keeping your sink clean and shiny is all you have to do. That shiny sink puts a smile on your face each morning. It is the only thing you have to do. With this one habit you are being kind to yourself. You are not piling on with a huge list.

As this one habit becomes automatic you can add another habit. Slow and steady relieves the guilt. This is being patient with yourself. You don’t have to be perfect! You just have to do something instead of wring your hands and say I don’t have time.

When you hear those words come out of your mouth, set your timer and do two minutes. You will be so surprised at what you can accomplish in those short two minutes. Don’t allow your perfectionism to push you too hard or keep you from starting.

We have all heard the story of the tortoise and the hare. The hare procrastinated. He played and put things off because he felt like he had plenty of time to beat that slow tortoise. In the end he lost the race. Just imagine his stress level when he looked around and saw the tortoise winning. All of a sudden he got in a hurry! What happens when you get in a hurry!

Procrastination places guilt on our heads. We don’t do well when well with this guilt and the stress that comes from waiting till the last minute. This stress is pushing our adrenaline buttons to put us into overdrive. So instead of taking your time and doing what you can, when you can; you are speeding down the highway to a head on collision!

Your adrenaline super fuel is what causes you to crash and burn! That “flash in the pan” burns out your engine and disables your thinking ability. You become the victim of your own procrastination. Please stop procrastinating! If you will only take BabySteps your journey will be slow and steady. Your home did not get dirty in a day and it will not get clean overnight! BabySteps will help you find the peace you are searching for.

Progress not Perfection!

FlyLady

 

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Swishing, Swiping, and Scrubbing

Swish and SwipeDear FlyLady,

My shower stall is a mess! It’s covered in mildew and icky orange stuff. How is the best way to clean it up?

Thanks a million.

Debbie

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Dear Debbie,

If you want to stop mildew and mold from growing in your shower, you need to get the air circulating. I was taught by a nurse that mold will not grow in moving air. To get the air moving, get a small fan and set it outside your bathroom to blow air into the room. Also, open the shower door or pull back the shower curtain. This will help the shower to dry. After the walls dry, you will need to close the shower curtain for it to dry.

I like to bless my sweet DH by cleaning his shower for him once a month. Since we got the Rubba Swishas in the FlyShop, I like to use one on corners around the floor. I don’t use the same one that I use on his toilet. That would just gross me out! Robert is really good about keeping his shower door open to allow it to dry.

You can clean your shower just a little each time you are in it. While the conditioner is on your hair, you can scrub a little area in your shower. After about a week of doing just a little every day, your shower will be clean and shiny.

Kathy uses our FlyLady Mop on her showers and bathtubs. Our FlyLady Mop has an adjustable handle. She sets the handle in its shortest position and uses it wet to scrub the walls or dry to soak up the moisture.

I also keep a Rubba Scrubba in my tub. I rarely take a shower since I love my bath time. My Rubba Scrubba helps me keep my tub jets clean. It hangs on a hook to the right of my tub. You can also use your purple rag to get rid of the soap film that is left behind. It works well. My sister-in-law could not believe what a great job it did on her shower doors.

To help eliminate mold and mildew I like to use a very mild solution of bleach water in a spray bottle. The recipe is 1 part bleach to 10 parts water. This will help to keep the mold and mildew from growing.

With my Rubba ToolsPurple Rags, and our FlyLady Mop, we keep our showers clean! My bathroom is always company ready and I love how my clean bathroom blesses me.

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What Is The Rubba Craze?

Rubba PackageDear FlyLady,

I’ve recently been thinking about purchasing some of the Rubba tools. I really haven’t seen tools like them in the stores where I live, but I’ve read testimonials raving about how fabulous they are.

One testimonial I read, you closed the email with, “Join in on the ‘Rubba’ craze! We have Rubba Scrubbas and Rubba Sweepas - if you don’t have yours yet, go check them out before they are gone!!”

Are these items being discontinued???? Or are they just in high demand as gifts? I really hope the answer is high demand.

Thank you for everything!!

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Dear Friends,

The Rubba Craze is all about our fun, fabulous Rubba tools: Rubba ScrubbaRubba Sweepa,Rubba SwishaRubba Dish Brushes and, theFlyLady Scrubba Scrubba.

They are not being discontinued! They are in high demand! It is because they are priced under $11.00! Anytime you can get a tool that does what it says it will and much much more, the word gets around!

They are being put on wish lists for all age groups. Just yesterday a 12 year old boy asked for one for his birthday.

The Rubba Tools are great to have in any home. The rubber bristles are no match for grease, grime, and other stains.  You can purchase each tool separately or in a package containing them all in the FlyShop.

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Ducks in a Row

Ducks in a RowDear Friends,

This morning I started to think about how this is our perfectionism creeping in once again. We don’t seem to be able to do anything, until we get all of our ducks in a row. As my son’s paternal Grandmother used to say. “You milk your ducks and I’ll milk mine”. That was her way of telling us to mind our own business. She was so right. I don’t know what this has to do with anything, but I loved her and she taught me a lot.

Our ducks tend to run into other people’s yards. Until we are able to take care of our ducks, we should not even try to tend to others. Have you ever watched a mother duck with her babies in a row behind her? They follow directly behind her. She is setting the example and she keeps them close to her. She cannot force her family to follow her; if she tried to line them all up it would be a big mass of confusion. As it is, she sets the pace and they toddle right behind her.

I know how you think. With our ability to hyper-focus and our perfection thrown in to boot, we have a tendency to want every thing perfect before we even start. How about that control journal of yours? You want it absolutely perfect before you begin to even think about establishing your routines. This is another excuse for not getting started. Do you hear me on this one? If the control journal is not perfect in your eyes, then you have already failed.

Well I am here to tell you, you are wrong. The control journal is just a notebook to hold your routines. Now listen closely to me. Routines can be established by using post-it notes or simple lists put in a notebook. We are not a publishing a book. It is a tool to guide you through your day; it holds your routines, important phone numbers, grocery list and menus. This is such a simple tool, but it doesn’t have to be completely finished before you start to use it.

Your baby steps will help you establish your routines one item at a time. You can do this, but don’t obsess about it. So if you have said to yourself, “I’ll establish my routines, but first I have to get my control journal made:; then you are deceiving yourself once again. It is not the control journal that establishes your routines; it is you. You do the work; you focus on the problem and tackle it with your eyes wide open.

Here is the order that your ducks should be in. You can not force them, you just start the process and it will all fall into place behind you.

Shine your sink
Get dressed to shoes, fix your hair and face.
Lay out your clothes for tomorrow
De-clutter 15 minutes a day

After you have established this small morning and before bed routine, you can begin to add more things. It is not that you even have to think about adding them, it is a natural progression. As you get good at something, you don’t have to think about it any longer. You will also be having more time to accomplished things and you will be looking for ways to fill this precious time. I know you don’t believe me, but it will happen if you will let and and not think about it too much. Let the system guide you. Babysteps!!!! You can use our Cozi calendar to help you get your “Ducks in a Row!”

Menu planning
Laundry routines
Basic weekly plan
Zones

These will all fall right into place, when you get the basics out of the way.

Are your ducks almost ready to FLY?

FlyLady

Duck Challenge: Put Post-it Notes on your bathroom mirror for your 3 BabyStep Morning routine.

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