Will They Leave Streaks

Dear FlyLady,

The only reason I use paper towels is because cloth leaves streaks on my windows and mirrors. Will the Purple Rags work streak free??


Flying in CA


Dear Friends,
I love using our  Purple Rags in a Bag. They do not leave streaks. We are always cleaning dirty dog paws off our doors. Here is a funny story about how we came up with the name.
We had a lot of fun naming our Purple Rags when we received a new tool for our FLY Shop! We tried to name this new tool for three days. Let me tell you what it is!
It is a package of 3 Microfiber shining cloths and they are FlyLady Purple! They are big too. I have used a microfiber cloth before and it was so little; 8 inch by 8 inches. This  purple rag is 15 inches by 15 inches. As with all of our tools we strive to give you good value for your money.
They will sell for $11.95 a pack and will help you go Purple (Less waste; More Fun). As we bounced names around, we began laughing at some of our ideas. When I looked at our other tools I saw an Office in a Bag and blurted out Rag in a Bag. Robert didn’t like that name because they are much nicer than the name “rag” implies. So we went back to the drawing board.
We kept coming back to Rags in a Bag. Then we starting thinking about the color and how we feel using them. Well here is the name:


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Tacos For Dinner

Screen Shot 2016-06-04 at 1.48.27 PMDear FlyLady,

I was never going to be the testimonial person. Not ever going to send an email to FlyLady….Famous last words.

I have been fluttering for about three months, and the difference in our house is amazing…Anyway I’m sidetracked already.

This morning as I was dropping my daughter off for a day at a very good friends house, she said to me, I’ll keep my stuff together mum.” I said “what do you mean” she said “Well mum their house is not like this house” I said “what do you mean?” She said, you know “it’s not clean like this house”

I was floored, I had just said to my DH last night that I hope my DD (she’s 7)is young enough to not remember the way it used to be and just to remember the way our house is now. I didn’t even realize that she noticed.

This is the same DD, I might add, who when I told her I was cooking Taco’s for dinner, climbed up looked at the FlyLady calendar and informed me that tacos were not on the meal plan for tonight! I love that she pays attention to our calendar, too. Hopefully she’ll pick up my calendar habit.

Lene FlyBaby in Australia


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Rehiding Hidden Treasures

Paddi P. Newlin’s Hidden Treasures  had such an impact on me that I reread it at least twice.  Using fiction to convey life’s truths is a time-honored craft of the best writers, and here we have it so close to home that I teared up more than once.  I am not the first reader who identified so strongly with these characters, and I know I won’t be the last.  In fact, I ensured it, at least for my copy of the book.
When a massive downsizing time became a necessary result of a stressful crisis in my life,  I was fortunate that it hit after several months of fluttering and decluttering.  It was still a difficult time,  but would have been so much worse if I hadn’t made such progress toward a more peaceful home.
One of the most emotionally challenging downsizing/declutterings for me was paring down a quite sizable book collection.  My bookshelves overflowed into stacks on coffee tables, nightstands, and the floor beside my bed.
Most of the books went to the local used book store, but one …
Inspired by the characters in Hidden Treasures,  I wrapped my copy in pretty paper, put a ribbon on it, and attached a card.  The card read, “Since you are now the owner of my favorite dresser, you deserve this wonderful book.  I hope it will mean something inspirationally powerful to you and that you might pass it on someday to someone special.”
Then i put the book in the back of the bottom dresser drawer and watched to see who would pick it out from the Moving Sale  ~” best offer by noon takes it”  on my front porch.
To my fellow Flybabies:  don’t wait to find your copy in an antique dresser or trunk: click online
and see for yourself why Hidden Treasures is as much of a treasure, as much of an inspiration, as any of the marvelous FlyLady tools and emails.
Relocated NC FlyBaby
P.S.  I brought all of my FlyLady tools to Kentucky with me and am spreading the FlyWord in my new state!


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I Am Feeling Better


Dear FlyLady,

I cannot say thank you enough for the stainless water bottle. I bought myself one and my 8 year old DS.

Over the past few weeks we have been sick and using the water bottle has saved us from becoming dehydrated. I have a difficult time eating and drinking when I am really sick and in the past have spent hours at the hospital getting IV’s to rehydrate me. Well I am grateful to say having the water bottle I stayed hydrated, me of all people.

Our water bottles get tossed into our tote bags and we go to dr. apts, baseball
practice driving in the car, you name it we take it with. I have been drinking so much more water than I have in years. I am also exercising and feeling better than any of my dr.’s thought I would feel or ever be able to do.

So thank you for all your reminders and monthly goals. BabySteps are giving me my life that I thought was gone back.

FlyBaby Laura in Montana

FlyLady Here: With flu season just around the corner (and already hitting home for some of us), staying hydrated is especially important to staying healthy and well. Remember to refill your water bottle throughout the day!


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They Were Right


I wish to write & tell you how much I love the purple rags in a bag.

I only decided to order them from the previous testimonials that I had read about cleaning mirrors & glass. When she said that she only used a damp towel to clean with and another dry one to wipe with after & it was clean with no streaks I thought that can’t be right but I was willing to try it because I trust FlyLady and all her products. I also wondered about the one who said she got her counters clean with water alone.

Well low & behold they were both right!

Now, it is a short trip to “crazy town” for me with a few things still. I mean that my perfectionism gets the best of me with coffee stains on my white counter top & streaks on my mirrors.

I don’t like to use so many bleaching products & paper towels & patience to try to just have clean counter tops & streak free mirrors.

I got the rags & washed them as you said & they worked great! First I used them on my mirrors; one damp one dry & they worked beautifully. Then I used them on my bathroom counter tops. I, too, smelled old cleaners & hairspray that I didn’t know was there & they really did clean them well. I cleaned the entire bathroom with them (the same two) excluding the toilet bowl.

With the last one I tackled my second frustration the coffee on my white kitchen counters it worked all by itself with just water! I was shocked. I had previously been using the expensive bleach wipes and even then they only kind of worked.

So this is for everyone who hasn’t tried them yet. You will love them. I am ordering more.

They are like the rubba scrubba when you order one to try it you end up ordering more.

Is it ok to wash them in warm water?

Thanks for everything you do!

Flying in Indiana



The Purple Rags are amazing!! You use them over and over again…no more paper towels in the trash!

These micro-fiber towels are dyed purple so we recommend you wash them in warm water to rinse out the extra dye. After you use them wash them separately (with nothing else!) with a little laundry soap and NO FABRIC SOFTENER. Hang to dry. NEVER use bleach!

Here is the link to the Purple Rags. Make sure to read the washing instructions on the page!

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September Habit #25 Chaos Started to Creep Back

Hi FlyLady!

I have been fluttering with you for many years but re-committed to the Fly Lady system in January. With a baby on the way I desperately needed to free my house of chaos. It took me the better part of my pregnancy, but when the baby came in June my house was clutter free!

As any new mom knows, keeping a routine or schedule is nearly impossible. The chaos started to creep back in but It was the idea of a Before Bed Routine that saved me!

I started with setting a before bed routine for baby, which then merged with a before bed routine for the downstairs (including a shining sink), which then merged with a before bed routine for upstairs (complete with an outfit for tomorrow!)!

Now a process that was taking what felt like HOURS is quick and easy. The poor kitties don’t go to bed hungry any more and hubby and I have even been able to find a little quiet time to rekindle the romance!!

Thank you Fly Lady for taking the chaos out of home and motherhood one bedtime routine at a time!

Flying in RVA

Rebecca here: This month we are focusing on the before bed routine.

Part of this routine is gathering up everything you need for the following day and putting it in one place. This place is your launch pad. You will be able to grab and go!

Where is your place? Do you have a bag? A water bottle or your office in a bag?

Please share your own tips or stories on the benefits and blessings of the Before Bed Routine.

Send to FlyLady@FlyLady.net with Before Bed Routine in Subject Line.

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My Deepest Influence

Dear FlyLady,

For a long time now I’ve been wanting to let you know how much you have helped me.  I’ve been fluttering for three years now, and there is such a difference in my home.  It’s not perfect, but that’s okay.  I’m still a work in progress, and so is my house.

Because I have cleared out lots of the clutter and established some good routines, I have been able to start a new project that is very meaningful to me.  I have started a blog in which I write about the people and events that have had the deepest influences on me.  For my third post, I wrote about you!  If you’d like to read it, you can find it here.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  You are such a blessing to all of us Fly Babies.

Jordan, NY


FlyLady Emily here: I loved reading Julie’s blog about how much FlyLady has helped her. If you want to share your own story of how FlyLady has influenced you, please send us an email with TESTIFLY in the subject line.


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Be Kind to Yourself

Dear Friends,

Do you ever get up in the middle of the night with a thought running through your head and you don’t want to forget it? Last night this happened to me. I decided that I could remember it, but then I remembered how sidetracked I can get, so I decided to write it down. Guess what I didn’t have any paper in the bathroom. So I was able to maneuver my way in the dark to the box of post-it notes on my table in the living room. Luckily they were not covered up by a hot spot. I also grabbed a pen and put them in the bathroom where those midnight editor thoughts come to me. I am so happy that my home is no longer an obstacle course. By the way, I wouldn’t dare turn on the light, because then I would wake up all the way and I would never be able to get back to sleep. By now you are all dying to know what came to me in the middle of night.

A lot of my God Breezes come in the form of a song or song titles. Last night was just that simple too. The phrase gets me to thinking and then I can write. The title that came to me along with the words and music was; Make It Easy On Yourself.

So here goes with my morning musing!

As SHEs we have a tendency to be too hard on ourselves. Why do you think we make huge lists? We just keep piling on so that we can at least look productive even if we get too overwhelmed by the list to even do anything on it! Suppose you did get something done. We were all taught that if you don’t get all done the things that are left go to tomorrow’s list. I am just getting sick thinking about a list that continues to be too big and I never seem to make any headway with it.

This is the reason I started by shining my sink! I knew that if I tried to do more for that month that I would give up again and throw in the towel for the very last time. I was so tired of being disorganized that I felt like such a failure. I needed something to make me feel better. I decided that I could do one little thing. I never dreamed that it would be the saving grace for me and thousands of others. We CAN accomplish something even if it is just one tiny thing. From that simple beginning with my sink, the other habits came so easily. All the while I would keep reminding myself that I only had to do this one thing. As a habit becomes automatic it is much less traumatic to pile on one more thing. This is how we all should be building our routines.

It took me around nine months to fully incorporate my habits into routines that help me to dance through my day. I like to think of it as giving birth to the new me!

Shining my sink is one of the last things I do before I head off to get ready for bed. It is part of my before bed routine. Is your before bed routine getting to be too big? Are you skipping it all together to just crash into the bed. This is what happens when we don’t pace ourselves and continue to pile on before our bodies and our minds have had a chance to incorporate these simple little steps into the flow of our lives.

It takes about a month of practice for one habit to stick with you. I went for months with the steps to my routines on post-it notes all over the house. That is when I had the idea to build the control journal. There is just something about being able to mark it off your list and go to the next item. It is even better to do the whole routine and then mark everything off the list saying, “I DID THAT ALREADY!”

So why are you trying to make it so hard on yourself by doing too much too fast and feeling like a failure! Life is just too short! Do you hear me! Make it easy on yourself by starting small and building upon those firm foundations. I did it and so can you if you will let go of your all or nothing thinking and your mission to continually punish yourself. OH and don’t you let perfectionism rear its ugly head again!

WE DON’T PUNISH OURSELVES ANYMORE! We are FLYing now and when you are loving yourself, you will do your best to be kind to you! When you are kind to yourself that kindness gets passed on to others!

Make it easy on yourself! Try BabySteps!


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A Reward For Myself

Dear FlyLady!

My feather duster arrived today and I couldn’t wait to get it dirty!!! Ordering the feather duster was a reward to myself for keeping my sink shiny and for keeping up my weekly home blessing tasks each day (I do one each day because I am a payroll she with two children – DD6 and DD4mos).

I HATE dusting. My mom taught me to dust by hand with spray and a rag – so tedious! Tonight before bed, even though I was really just ready to lay down, I couldn’t help myself…I just had to FLY through the whole house with the FlyLady Feather Duster. Wheeeee! I love it!!!

Thank you so much for everything you do for us.

A Gratful FlyBaby

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Why is Wearing Shoes so Hard?

Dear FlyLady,

Why do SHE’s have such a hard time getting dressed to lace-up shoes? I haven’t been working for you very long, but this habit and this babystep are the HARDEST for them from what I’ve observed.

FlyBaby N


I was on Facebook one afternoon when a Flybaby asked me this question. I told her that I thought it was because for half of our FlyBabies, they don’t feel like there is any need to get dressed because they are not going any place and the only people who will see them are their children.

Then I asked her, “What do you think the answer is?”

She said, “Well, I think it’s our inner brat. It seems like everything really is kind of difficult, but we see results right away, being told to put our shoes on doesn’t show quite the ‘super fast’ result. It takes about a week to realize the benefits, I think, it did me, so our inner brat is like, hey I can do all the other stuff why do I need shoes! So let me hold onto one thing I am in control of. Shoes EMPOWER US! They did me!”

I agree with her. We rebel because we don’t like being told what do to. This being said, we didn’t force anyone to join our group. We show you what has worked for us and hundreds of thousands of others. If you are rebelling lacing up your shoes then take the challenge to try it for one week. Wearing shoes is about being kind to you and your feet!

As for those of you who refuse to wear shoes in your home and require everyone to remove their shoes when they come into your home, I want you to get or clean-up a pair of shoes that you just wear in your home. Do not go outside with them. They are just to wear inside.

Shoes tell our head it is time to do something. They keep us from making excuses. We tell you to tie your shoes to your feet so you won’t lose them.

Getting dressed to Lace-up shoes is going to change your life! Just step out in faith for once in your life; you may be pleasantly surprised! Your feet are going to become soft and beautiful. You will not believe the difference wearing your shoes is going to make.

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