BabySteps Day 25

Good morning everyone (afternoon to those in later time zones)! I’m back this morning with Day 25 of the BabySteps process. Yesterday was Day 25. Here’s what my day looked like:

Morning Routine

  • Got up and made my bed
  • Got dressed to shoes
  • Swished and Swiped bathroom
  • Recognized negative voices and changed them
  • Rebooted laundry
  • Thought about dinner (Cabbage and Sausage Skillet with deviled eggs)
  • Put out Hot Spots for 2 minutes
  • 5 Minute Room Rescue (sadly I skipped this yesterday)
  • Spent 15 minutes decluttering
  • Looked at Control Journal
  • Read my FlyLady emails

The new task for the day was to read FlyLady’s testimonial on how she first developed her own routines.

Afternoon Routine

  • Start Dinner (Our dinner was actually leftovers yesterday, so this started pretty close to dinner)

After Dinner Routine

  • Keep sink shining (working on catching up from last week)
  • Laid out clothes for today
  • Put out HotSpot before bed
  • Looked at Control Journal checklist
  • Went to bed (pretty sure last night was the first night I’ve actually gone to bed at my previously chosen bedtime of 9:30. So proud of myself on that one!)

That was my day yesterday! Today, I’ve moved on to Day 26 so stop back tomorrow for an update on how I’m doing.

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BabySteps Days 23 & 24

Good morning everyone! Yesterday was a busy, busy day for my family, so I did not have a chance to get yesterday’s BabySteps post out. Instead, this morning’s post will cover Saturday and Sunday on my progress through FlyLady’s BabySteps. So here goes:

Saturday: Day 23

Saturday morning opened with my Morning Routine. The routine I have built so far in my BabySteps program is as follows:

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BabySteps Day 22

Good afternoon everyone! I’m back with the results of Day 22 on my process through the FlyLady BabySteps — albeit, slightly later than normal.

It’s been a busy Saturday morning for my family. We were awakened by The Boy at 7 am. Then we decided to have a family outing to Walmart for some new pants, followed by a stop at the grocery store to pick up this week’s groceries. By the time we got home, had lunch, and cleaned up, it was already noon and I was/am exhausted. I seriously debated taking a nap, but I knew I needed to get this post out, so here I am!

As I posted previously, I got a little off track with my routines this week, but yesterday I worked on getting back on track. I completed my Morning Routine which was as follows:

  • Get up and make my bed
  • Get dressed to shoes, including hair and makeup
  • Recognize those pesky negative voices and make them positive
  • Hot Spot for 2 minutes
  • 5 Minute Room Rescue (I actually spent these 5 minutes in a different room yesterday, so no picture available. I returned to the Laundry Room today and will have a picture available in tomorrow’s post.)
  • 15 minutes of decluttering
  • Look at Control Journal
  • Read FlyLady emails

My new “task” for the day was to take a look at the Ask FlyLady section of their website for 5 minutes (timer set and all). Easy task, said and done.

Last night was to be my Before Bed Routine. Due to my extreme lack of sticking to my routines this week, I wasn’t completely able to finish my Before Bed Routine, but I got some of it done. I will note unfinished tasks below.

Before Bed Routine

  • Keep sink shining (couldn’t shine the sink because I ran out of room in the dishwasher, but still had dishes left. Working on this today, and by the end of day, I should be completely caught up in this arena.)
  • Lay out clothes for next day (done)
  • Put out HotSpot (done)
  • Look at Control Journal checklist (done)
  • Time for bed (As you may remember, I had previously decided on a 9:30 bedtime. Hubby worked late last night, so I didn’t quite make it to bed at my appointed time.)

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BabySteps Day 19 & Day 20

Morning everyone! Did you miss me yesterday? I did have a new post, but if you’ve been following my progress through the BabySteps, you may have noticed that yesterday’s post was not BabySteps related. (Shock! Horror!)

I promise you, it was not because I missed a day or because I forgot to post about it. There was actually good reason to combine Days 19 & 20 of the BabySteps process — reason being, Day 19 was exactly the same as Day 18. There was no new task to add to my routine; everything was the same.

The only extra thing for the day was to read a testimonial someone had sent from however long ago about a Bed and Breakfast she and her husband had gone to which actually turned out to be their own home because the FlyLady system had revolutionized her home. Nice to read for motivation purposes, but I figured my readers would not enjoy reading the same routines from Day 18 on Day 19 as well.

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BabySteps Day 17

Good morning everyone! How are you on this Tuesday morning? Well, I hope!

This morning I’m back with another post on how I’m doing with the FlyLady’s BabySteps. I’m working toward a Clutter Free home, but I’m taking those BabySteps to get me started.

Research shows that it takes 21 days to form a habit; but as FlyLady says, “It takes SHEs 28 days.” SHE is FlyLady lingo for Sidetracked Home Executive. That’s how I see myself. I’m a Home Executive who frequently gets sidetracked. To get myself back on the right track and form new, healthier habits, I’m using FlyLady’s 31 days of BabySteps (FlyLady has added an extra 3 days for good measure, haha).

These 31 BabySteps will get me started and on the way to forming habits that will help my home eventually become a Clutter Free Zone — at least, that’s the goal!

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BabySteps Day 16 – Revisited

Hello everyone! I’m back with a new post about my progress through the FlyLady’s BabySteps. As you may have read in yesterday’s post, Saturday was supposed to be Day 16 for me, but that did not happen. Life happened instead. So, today I’m back to tell you how Day 16 actually went for me.

Here are my routines that I have built so far…

Morning Routine

  • Get up and make my bed
  • Get dressed to shoes, including hair and makeup
  • Recognize the negative voices and make them positive
  • Put out my HotSpot for 2 minutes
  • 5 Minute Room Rescue (see pics below)
  • Spend 15 minutes decluttering
  • Look at my Control Journal
  • Read FlyLady emails (yes, that’s plural — read below for why)

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My Control Journal

You may be wondering What IS a Control Journal?

My Control Journal is my personal manual for managing my home. In it, I can keep any information that will be helpful to me in keeping everything organized that pertains to home management. It can be a binder, notebook, or whatever form you want it to be in.

For my purposes, I am using a 1.5″ 3-ring binder.

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It’s nothing fancy. In fact, it’s kind of boring-looking because we only have a black and white printer. Maybe some day in the future I’ll print the cover onto colored paper to give it a little oomph, but for now, this is what I’ve got.

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