Clean up the house before you go to bed. (20 minutes - tops)
Family room: Pick up and put away things:
· toys, mail, dishes, clothes, shoes.
Kitchen: Make coffee & locate breakfast items.
· Clean up, shine sink, lay out clean dishcloths, and run the dishwasher.
Dining room/Foyer: Clear the hot spots.
Mudroom/Desk: cleared of excess paperwork & ‘stuff.’
Think about tomorrow before you go to bed.
- Check your calendar and/or planner for appointments.
- Start "To Do" list for tomorrow.
- What can I do tonight that will make tomorrow morning easier? (Make lunches? Layout kids clothes?)
- Get purse/diaper bag/backpacks prepped for tomorrow
- Make sure children have their things gathered up and put away.
- Start Breakfast: Set table and prep what you are cooking
- Lay out your clothes for tomorrow
Now, if you are unable to do the entire three part Before Bedtime Routine, that is fine. Start small - just these three items:
Clean kitchen sink.
Lay out clothes/put clothes away.
this made the morning routine SO easy! the house was done, so all i had to do was jump into my day- Bible study, run, shower, breakfast, time with family, off to school, etc.
no stack of dishes from dinner that wouldn't fit into the dishwasher...
no mountain of laundry to wash, dry & fold...
no searching for coats, hats, backpacks, keys...
no piles of junkmail on the counter...
you get my point.
by attacking it 15 minutes each evening, the battle in the morning was already won.
so here's my morning routine- yes, i'm training for the half-marathon. normal people don't run at 5:30 when it's 3 degrees out.
5:00- Rise and Shine
· Get dressed for Running
· Feed dog & cat
· Coffee & BSF: 30 minutes
· 5:45- Run
· 7:15- Shower and clean the bathroom while there.
· Make your bed (unless matt is still there).
· Wipe sinks & swish the toilet
· Fix hair and face, get dressed to shoes.
· Leave 2nd floor with a load of laundry in hand and go straight to the washer.
· Empty the dishwasher.
· Start breakfast.
· Feed the family.
Think About Your Day
· Check your calendar.
· Check weekly plan
· Check menu for lunch & dinner.
· Reboot the laundry (put in dryer).
· Hit the hotspots.
If you did your Before Bed Routine there will not be any.
what are hotspots? places where you leave your crap, pardon my language.
our family hotspots:
Dining Room Table
Kitchen Sink & Counter
Family Room/Coffee Table
those are the 3 big things i began with from Flylady:
Shine Your Sink
yes, i've started doing other things- once i had those things in place, i wanted to do more. i wanted to create what she calls a "Control Journal."
i can't call mine a control journal- i desperately need God to be in control of my life, not ME! i grasp for the reins every chance i get, so i needed my home to be under His control as well.
i created a Home Journal instead.
i have written about it before, but it contains the following:
i honestly don't refer to it that often, but you could- you could make it a checklist for your day if you're into that! it's just a reference point for me, and it makes me feel peaceful to know that i have a time & a place set aside for everything.
i also do the 'missions' that come in the e-mails, but i didn't start doing those until a few weeks ago.
have i confused you more than before?
begin here: babysteps
then go here: begin the babysteps
and do one each day until you feel like you want more.
you may not like it- maybe i'm codependent & need flylady to survive! but don't give up before you try... check out her personal testimonial and see if you think her system can help your home.
yes- it's purple.
yes- it's cheesy.
yes- there are acronyms for everything.
yes- she'll call you a 'flybaby.'
get over it.
it's helpful information, and once you get it tweaked to fit your own household, you can decide if you want to return to the website.