January Habit #23 Shiny Sinks Lead to Good Habits

Dear FlyLady,

Thank you so much for everything you are doing. I am physician by profession and I recently became a full time mom to my two kids and quit because I just wanted to be mom! I do work on the weekends. Being home put me in the slump and I would not get dressed, stayed without a bra all day long and would rub this affect on my kids as well.

Slowly over the next six months, my husband started complaining about chaos. I would retaliate and tell him that I am busy homeschooling, cooking etc and the cycle would continue and we would get into an argument. Finally I realized what was happening. It was chaos. No routine. No habits. I am homeschooling my kids who are watching me constantly. I want them to know early on the value of habits and routine and discipline.

So on October 20 2012, I started my first flybaby step of keeping the sink clean, this actually meant several steps happening together, cleaning counter tops, putting leftovers in the fridge, loading the dishwasher and then finally shining the sink all of which actually happened over 5-10 minutes.

I am proud to say that I have not missed even one day. Slowly my list has grown, now my bedtime routine is shining the sink, cleaning the counters, loading the dishwasher and also mopping the floor. And the best part.. it is being noticed!!!

The kitchen is spotless by 9.30pm and in the morning , it is a pleasure to come in to. Along the way, I did pick up few more habits, like loading the dishwasher right away with plates or cups instead of piling them in the sink.

These days, my kids rinse their plates, bowl, cups immediately after they are done and put it in the dishwasher.

I have also started putting my morning clothes out and doing a bed time routine for myself. I actually use a timer to stop myself from late night web browsing. So that I can sleep at a decent hour.

My morning routine is almost set except for exercise. My next step is to start exercising… that is a big one. Any flying ideas or tips for that? And after that is meal /menu planning. I do plan for the day but I wish I could do it weekly.

I love it.

thank you again.

Padma

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