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 15

Happy Saturday to you! Do you have plans this weekend? I’m glad the weekend is finally here (and that Hubby actually has weekends off for now).

For those of you who have been following my progress through FlyLady’s BabySteps, I’m back today with the results of Day 15 (remember, there are 31 days total).

So far, I’ve been building my Morning and After Dinner Routines. My current routines look like this:

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BabySteps Day 11

Good morning, readers! I hope the day has found you well.

Yesterday was Day 11 in my trip through FlyLady’s BabySteps toward a cleaner, more organized home. If you’ve been following my progress, you know that I’ve been building routines for my mornings and evenings. Each day, one new step is added to my routine.

Here’s what my routines looked like prior to starting Day 11.

Morning Routine

  • Get up and get dressed to shoes, including hair and makeup
  • Look at my posted reminders in the kitchen and bathroom
  • Read my FlyLady Morning Message
  • Recognize the negative voices and change them to positive ones
  • Put out a Hot Spot for 2 minutes
  • 5 Minute Room Rescue
  • Spend 15 minutes decluttering

After Dinner Routine

  • Keep shining my sink
  • Lay out my clothes for tomorrow
  • Put out a Hot Spot for 2 minutes

If you’re interested in my progress for my Room Rescue, look at my Before and After pictures. My After picture is what the room looks like after 3 days of doing a 5 Minute Room Rescue.

I’m really starting to see progress here. After three days (just 15 minutes total) I’m already seeing a significant change in this room. As Hubby remarked after my 3rd session, “It’s starting to look more like we just set stuff down — like we unloaded the vehicle here — instead of a pile of junk.” And I tend to agree. At this pace, I think this room will be embarrassment-free in a week or so.

Ok, on to the new task I was supposed to do for Day 11 of the BabySteps.

The task for Day 11 was to add a new page to my Control Journal — an “Inspirational” page. When I had previously completed my Control Journal, I actually left this section out because I thought it was not a necessary part of the Control Journal. I looked at it more as a suggested page as opposed to a section that really should to be included.

The FlyLady’s instructions for this task were to set a timer for 15 minutes and write down some of my favorite inspirational quotes. After completing the task yesterday (mostly so that I could honestly say to my readers that I had done it), I have now come to the conclusion that I’m going to add this section to my Control Journal, with the title “Inspirational Words”.

know there will be days at some point in the future when I feel like giving up or I just don’t feel motivated that day. When (not if, but when) that happens, I can flip to this section and read some words to inspire me to continue on.

Here’s what I came up with for my Inspirational Words:

  • Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” New Living Translation (Perhaps when I have worked up enough courage, I will write a post about why this verse is so important to me and, thus, why they were the very first words that popped into my head when I sat down to do this task.)
  • Be thankful for the hard times; they made you into who you are today.
  • Winners are not people who never fail, but people who never quit.
  • Faith is trusting God even when you don’t understand his plan.
  • God sees in you what you cannot see in yourself.
  • God spent a long time crafting you, and God doesn’t make worthless things.
  • Grace means that all of your mistakes now serve a purpose instead of serving shame.

And the last Inspirational Words I wrote down are better illustrated with a picture:

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I think these words are a wonderful note to end on, so that’s all for now. Thanks for reading!

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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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