Get Your Home in Shape with Flylady 31 Baby Steps

Day 17 – Go to Bed at a Good Time

How are you doing so far? Do you feel more encouraged and empowered after yesterday? I hope so! Keep going – if you've fallen off the wagon, you can get back on at anytime!

Flylady 31 Baby Steps - Day 17 - Go to Bed at a Good Time

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

As you already know, sleep is essential to feeling our best! We can't thrive when we are running on fumes. Now, if you've got a newborn, save this step for later. There's just no way to get around less sleep during those first few newborn months! But for the rest of us, it is so important that we get into bed at a good time to train ourselves to get a good night's sleep.

If you've got a smart phone or smart watch, use a bedtime reminder app to train yourself to start going to bed earlier. During COVID 19 quarantines in the spring of 2020, I got into a really bad habit of staying up till 1 a.m. watching Netflix. During the summer, I retrained myself to go to bed around 11 p.m. and the bedtime reminder on my smart watch has helped since then! It's like having a coach on your wrist, one you can't talk back to (wink, wink). Well, you can actually talk back to it, but it doesn't care! LOL

For me, my good bedtime is 10:30 to 11:00 p.m. If I go to bed at that time, I wake up at 7 a.m. feeling great! Pick which time is good for you and add that to your home management binder under your Evening Routine.

Listen to today's task on my podcast, The Merry Messy Moms Show!


  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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