Big Enough For Our Family

Screen Shot 2016-06-04 at 1.48.27 PMHi, FlyLady and crew!

I know you must get countless testimonials on the calendar, but I had to chip in my two cents worth. Since I got married 20 years ago (yea us!) I have been a staunch calendar user.We are both members of singing groups with busy performance schedules, and some times things overlapped or conflicted, so my motto has always been, “If it’s not on the calendar, we don’t get to do it!”

We have slowly trained ourselves to write it on the calendar, and to CHECK it nightly. (I guess I had a precursor to my bedtime routine already!) But as we had kids and they got bigger and busier, no calendar was really adequate.

So, I thought, I’ll order the Flylady calendar. Even if it’s not any better than anything else I’ve used before, at least it’s not any worse. Wow, was I amazed!

The kids, and even my DDH(dear darling husband) commented that this calendar was big enough for everybody’s stuff, and “no foo-foo pictures to look all girlie!” (my DS16)

So thank you FlyLady, for helping this singing homeschool family FLY!

Flybaby Kathi

FlyLady here: Our calendar is just great for families with busy schedules – if you have not gotten yours, don’t procrastinate!


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Bless The World

Dear FlyLady,

I broke our dust mop by banging it on the side of our house to get the dust off. My DH is BO he asked me to buy a new dust mop.

So, I got yours without hesitation. I will never break the handle because you can take the cloth off to shake outside to bless the world!!! The dust flies off the cloth when you shake it outside. The cloth releases the dust much easier than a traditional dust mop. It is so easy to attach the cloth to use. It is so much better than a traditional dust mop.

Thank you so very much for all the help and encouragement you give every day. Bless you and all those you work with. I can never thank you enough.

FlyBaby in West Islip, New York

FlyLady here: I am so glad this FlyBaby loves the FlyLady mop, too! It is a great tool. You are no longer filling up the landfills! This is really a way to go green!!


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High Performance Water Bottle

Dear FlyLady,

Thank you for finding high quality products that work!  I LOVE THE WATER BOTTLE.  Why did I wait so long to purchase one???
I should really drink water all the time.  I teach fitness classes and run half marathons.  Drinking water is so important for me so that I perform well and remain safe.  The trouble is convenience. I don’t always drink the level of water that I should because I don’t have it handy.  I have probably bought at least 10 different water bottles in the last year alone.  To have each one have something I don’t like: hard to drink out of, hard to clean, hard to fill, spills my water on floor when teaching, doesn’t keep water cold, leaky, sweaty, funny taste….etc.
WOW your water bottle is amazing.  I have only had it one week and I noticed a HUGE increase of my daily water intake; at least 24oz a day.  I’m feeling better, look better, and performing better.  Not only that but other instructors and students are asking me about my water bottle because it looks nice and performs well.

FlyBaby in NC



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Food For Thought: Good Oil vs. Bad Oil

Hello Friends,

There is a good deal of confusion around which oils are good for cooking and which are not.

Fat is essential for human health. We need fat in our diets for hormone health, cell building, energy, and even for keeping our skin in good shape. There are certain vitamins (A, D, E and K) that require fat to help us absorb them as well.

Unfortunately, however, the average American’s diet today is high in poor quality fats, specifically, vegetable oils. Vegetable oils are relatively new to the human diet (within the past hundred years or so), and they are actually doing more harm than good in the human body. Especially when they are used in cooking.

Canola oil, corn oil and margarine are all examples of vegetable oils that increase inflammation and free radical damage in the body.

The majority of your fat intake should be coming from healthy oils like coconut and olive oil (the main two oils I personally use), and whole foods like avocados, salmon, grass fed animals, nuts and seeds.

With all the oils that look up at you from store shelves, which one should you use for what so that you get the most that you can out of those good fats?

Good Fats

  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Fish oils
  • Walnut oil
  • Macadamia nut oil
  • Grass-fed butter
  • Ghee
  • Flax oil (but needs to be kept refrigerated and is very unstable so not recommended)

Fats to avoid

  • Margarine and other artificial trans fats
  • Vegetable oils
  • Oils made from GMO grains
  • Grape seed oil (it’s very high in Omega 6 fatty acids which we need to be consuming less of)

You want to cook with stable cooking oils like avocado oil and coconut oil.

EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) should never be heated up because doing so not only destroys the benefits of the olive oil, but it can also turn that healthy oil into a damaging trans fat that will actually harm your health.

This may be the first time you’ve heard of there being a significant difference between olive oil and extra virgin olive oil. EVOO is what you get after the first press of the olive. The result is a rich, pungent oil, best for drizzling over salads or breads.

When the oil is pressed multiple times, you have a lighter oil that is best for cooking. The more the olives are pressed, the lighter the oil.

I wouldn’t recommend cooking with nut oils, they’re so expensive they aren’t really a reasonable option anyway. Flax is excellent for you, but I don’t recommend buying it in a liquid oil form because of how unstable it is. It goes rancid very quickly.

At the end of the day, you need to know that vegetable oil is to be avoided at all costs (margarine, canola oil, corn oil). Save those fancy nut and seed oils for salad dressings and use coconut oil, avocado oil, ghee for cooking.



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Getting A Cleaning Rag Dirty

Hi there!

I hope all of you out there in FLY-Land are doing well.

I just wanted to tell you about my door. I never really payed attention to the door before joining FlyLady. I have started washing it (when it’s not freezing outside) at the beginning of the month when it comes up. Since I started washing my door, I’ve noticed that the bottom half is splotchy and a lighter blue than the top.

No matter how many times I washed it or what kind of soap I used, it never went away. I didn’t pay it much mind, though, as most of my neighbors in the little duplex apartments that I live in have the same problem. I assumed it was fading caused by the sun or something.

Well, the other day I was outdoors rinsing off the car with one of those pretty purple rags. Since the car had already been washed, the rag wasn’t dirty and I decided to wipe down the door because I was in the vicinity. At the top of the door I just got dust.

Imagine my shock when I got to about the middle of the door and the rag started to turn light blue! I wasn’t even using soap, just water. I worried a bit about ruining my nice purple rag with blue splotches, but then immediately chided myself for worrying about getting a cleaning rag dirty.

My door is now a nice medium blue from top to bottom. (Oh, and whatever that light blue stuff was washed right out. The rag is still pretty and purple.)

Thanks again for the great products.

FlyBaby D

On the FLY in Japan.


FlyLady here: The Purple Rags in a Bag are great! You use them and then wash them, hang them to dry and then use them again. No more paper towels to buy and throw away.


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August Habit #29 Get A Head Start

I have finally figured out what works for my family (3 DC, DH and fur baby). I wash DH and my laundry at night and move to dryer in the morning. My DC’s (Dear children) laundry gets washed in the morning and moved to dryer in the early evening when we are all back home.

Sheets are washed on Sundays so we start the new week in clean bedding and a more restful sleep. I wash our fur baby’s bedding every other Sunday when she gets a bath.

One tip I have figured out that helps me so much is I reload the washing machine with detergent, softener, vinegar (I use it as bleach in all loads) and I put new dryer sheets and the dryer balls into the dryer as soon as I take a load out. This lets me be ready to start washing or drying without the possibility of forgetting something!

Hope that helps some FlyBabies!

Flybaby Stephanie

FlyLady here: Our habit for August is working on Laundry.

A load a day keeps CHAOS away!

Do you have a story or tips that will help other FlyBabies with this habit? Please send them to with LAUNDRY in the subject line.

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My Family Notices

Dear FlyLady,
I never thought I would write a testimonial, but as I was doing your weekly home blessing hour (listening to you coach me through it) today, I didn’t have any trash to take care of, so I decided to attack a hot spot on the computer desk and trash some of it.  I had to laugh because I found the late library books we couldn’t find anywhere!  I was thinking that this week I just needed to go to the library and ask how much the books cost and pay for them because we had looked for a month without success.  So thanks for saving me a heap of money!  You are awesome and have been such a blessing in many ways.I’ve been fluttering for a few months, certainly not keeping up with everything, but what I do keep up with has helped tremendously.  My family notices and likes how the house looks.  I have even inspired my husband to get going on some of his own projects without saying anything except when he compliments me on the house.  I tell him some of your quotes like “Even housework done imperfectly blesses our family” and “You can do anything for 15 minutes.”   He likes them because he is a terrible perfectionist and tells me he often doesn’t start things because of it.  Thank you so much for helping me bless my family, not to mention finding those library books!
Fluttering in VA


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Cheapest Remodel of All

Dear Friends,

We can get so stuck in a rut when our homes are in bad shape. The best remodel of all is to get rid of the clutter and start to really see your home.

Did you know that when I got my home in order with all the clutter gone that I started to love it? I mean I really liked my home even with the 70’s green shag carpet. It is amazing what you can see when your eyes aren’t glued to the clutter everywhere.

When clutter is on every surface you can’t feel comfortable in the space. We need clear areas to feel peace. Clutter causes us to have that closed in feeling and we have to get out of our homes to feel better. Wouldn’t you like to enjoy being home? Get rid of your  clutter and you will find that you don’t have to move to find the perfect house; you are already living in it.

I know you don’t believe me, but the cheapest way to remodel your home to eliminate the clutter so you can actually see what needs to be done to spruce up your living areas. A little paint or soap and water can drastically change your outlook. With the clutter gone you can see and enjoy the forest without all the trees getting in your way. We have had FlyBabies who no longer needed to move, because all of a sudden their home got bigger without wall-to-wall clutter taking up every corner and flat surface in their home. We even have gotten an email about clearing off the magnets and paper clutter from the refrigerator. That one clutter clearing exercise made their kitchen feel larger.

Look around your home and see if you can open up some space by cleaning out a hotspot.

Some of you have complained that you don’t want to clean when you have such yucky furniture. Well decorators like to call this eclectic. We have seen those TV decorators take out half the furniture and add a pillow or two and change a whole room. Did you know that you can do this too, but not until the clutter has left the building. Less is more!

We get to feeling sorry for ourselves because we can’t afford this or that, when all we really need is to be happy with what we have and clean it up a bit. Don’t get stuck in a rut of “ole poor me”! Count your blessings by blessing your home with a little TLC: Tender Loving Care. You have neglected it for long enough, just like you have neglected yourself.

Each day we continue to do the same things over again; washing clothes, doing dishes, folding clothes, dusting and sweeping floors. It is a never-ending procession of things that need done.  When you look at these chores as work, you start to dread doing them. Change your attitude from work to blessing. When you do things for your family and to your home to help your family, you are giving them tender loving care. I like to call this blessing our home. As you pick up a dish to wash it, be thankful that you have had food to feed your growing babies and nourish your bodies. As you fold that unending pile of laundry, your hand loves each and every member of your family. Let go of the martyred attitude and nurture your family with love and kindness. Now I am not saying that you are to do all the work. It is up to you to set the example in love and they will follow. It is all about your attitude toward your home, family, and your life.

I want you to FLY. It is hard to do if you are stuck in the muck of a pity party about the way your home looks and ultimately feels. You can change this by letting go of your victim way of thinking and put a new happy spin on your life. Blessing your home is much more fun than cleaning house!

Release Your Clutter and find your new home with the cheapest remodel of all!


Your paper clutter is a big part of the clutter in your home. 95% of the paper clutter in your home is trash! You can’t organize clutter; you have to get rid of it. You can do this! Get rid of your paper clutter 15 minutes at a time. Your home is so much easier to bless with your clutter eliminated.

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It is 14 inches wide and 21 inches long when opened.

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It Actually Works

Dear FlyLady,

I just purchased your duster and I’m so impressed.

I have had feather duster in that past that only pushed the dust around, so I wasn’t even expecting yours to actually work.  I bought the feather duster and the  Body Clutter book really as a donation to you for all that you have done for me and my family.  I still can’t believe the difference, and I never feel like I’m doing housework.  I feel like I’m playing and having fun.

Anyway, back to the duster.  It is the most amazing thing I have ever come across.  It has so much static cling that it nearly sticks to my walls.  I can actually hear the static when I lift it off my tables. I go outside and tap tap tap, and I can’t believe all the dust that it collects.  I find myself looking for things to dust now, and I’m not a person who would ever dust.

Thank you so much for making it and thank you so much for all your help.  Right now we have a 20 foot stock trailer sitting outside completely full of trash and junk to go to the dump.  And nearly another trailer load sitting in bags to go to the good will shop.  I think my friend daily for telling me about you.  She says you have changed her life too.

God bless you FlyLady,

FlyBaby in Western Oklahoma

FlyLady here: The feathers are a dust magnet but not with static electricity. It is all the tiny feathers that grab the dust.


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How Can 15 Minutes Make a Difference?

FlyLady TimerDear FlyLady,

My home is filled with clutter, how can only doing 15 minutes a day of decluttering make a difference?

FlyBaby M.


Dear FlyBaby M,

Your home did not get dirty in a day and it is not going to get clean overnight. You will be shocked at how good your home will look after a month only 15 minutes a day of decluttering.

When you first joined our little cyber-family, all I asked you to do was go shine your sink, lay out your clothes for tomorrow, get up and get dressed to shoes, do a simple morning routine (swish and swipe is part of that), and declutter for 15 minutes a day.

You have been a collector of clutter for many years and now we have to establish a simple little habit to help us reduce that clutter in babysteps. If I told you to back a truck up to your home and start throwing stuff away, you would run as fast as you could to get away from this crazy woman. This is why we do it in babysteps. You don’t even realize you are getting rid of your clutter. We start with a very simple hot spot fire prevention. I still have to do this twice a day to keep my favorite hot spots from taking over my living room.  We have developed some fun ways to reduce our clutter in a painless way.

27 Fling Boogie
5 Minute Room Rescue
Out with the old when you bring something new home
Hot Spot Fire Drill
Daily Mission

Over a period of about nine months of doing this every day, you won’t have too much to get rid of. I like to think of this as giving birth to a new you! With your habits combining into routines, you will find that house-cleaning is no longer something that you dread, but something that gives you pleasure because you are blessing your home, your family, and most of you blessing yourself. After all, you have to do this for you and no one else.  When you get rid of your perfectionism and try it the FLY way, you will see those ineffective habits FLY out of your door and new FLYing Routines come home to stay. Your CHAOS will become only a bad dream and your new life will have you shining like your kitchen sink!


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