Get Your Home in Shape with Flylady 31 Baby Steps

Day 16 – Get Some Encouragement

Before yesterday, were you someone who'd already been making your bed everyday? If not, how did it feel to do it yesterday?

Flylady 31 Baby Steps - Day 16 - Get Some Encouragement

Here are our daily habits! You're doing great!

Morning Routine

  • Make your bed
  • Get dressed to shoes
  • Check your daily routines in your home management binder
  • Come back to this post to see the next baby step, or check your emails
  • Become aware of a few of your negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones
  • Hot Spot – set your timer for two minutes to tackle one hot spot
  • Room Rescue – set your timer for five minutes to do a room rescue
  • Clean – set your timer for 15 minutes and clean (or declutter) one area

Evening Routine

  • Shine the kitchen sink
  • Plan your outfit for the next day at bedtime
  • Set your timer for two minutes to tackle one hot spot
  • Look at your home management binder checklists for tomorrow

Today we are going to read some encouragement as we are halfway through and might need some motivation to keep going! There are several places where you can find Flylady testimonials and talk to others who are on the same path you are:

  • My Facebook GroupThe Merry Messy Moms Group. See what other mamas are saying about the method and learn their tips and tricks! You can post a question or talk about something you're struggling with to get more help, also.
  • Hashtag #mymerrymessylifeflylady on Instagram – check out what others are posting about the method by searching for the hashtag, #mymerrymesslifeflylady
  • Testimonials – Marla Cilley has testimonials both on her website here, and in her books – Sink Reflections or Chaos to Clean in 31 Baby Steps.

Click below for the next day of the Flylady 31 Baby Steps – where it says Pages 1 2 3 4, etc.


  1. Love the 2 minutes! I’m not much of a visual cluttered. I put everything in drawers! Haha. So I cleaned the 2 drawers of my China cabinet. 2 minutes each drawer. Just doing this everyday will help me get rid of a lot of junk!

  2. After team driving with my husband and only being home 24 hours a week for 5yrs. Im finally home now with granddaughters… & the awful, chaotic, mess of a house. So very grateful to find your page. Im so overwhelmed and squirrel with a thousand other things i need to clean. I have true hope now to have a real organized & clean home to enjoy!

  3. I have taken to replacing most of the shoulds with coulds . Ex: I should do the dishes/I could do the dishes. Thanks to my French friends for their inspiration! (Other Europeans as well.)

  4. In addition to putting washcloths and dish towels into the laundry every day I also add pillowcases. Helps keep the sweat and whatever else emerges in the night off the face!

  5. My grandmother and all her friends always dressed in the morning. Down to a nice necklace. Our Mom as well. No slobby sweatpants!

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