Get Your Home in Shape with Flylady 31 Baby Steps

Day 6 – Hot Spot Clean Up!

What were some of the negative thoughts or beliefs you discovered yesterday that will stop you from succeeding? What is the truth to cancel out that lie?

Flylady 31 Baby Steps - Day 6 - Clean Up a Hot Spot

Here are the daily habits we've built so far:

  • Get dressed to shoes
  • Shine the kitchen sink
  • Check your post-it, phone or written daily reminders
  • Read a chapter of one of Cilley's books, or read her messages on her main website, or come back to this post to see the next day's baby step
  • Become aware of a few of your negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones

Today we are going to take only two minutes to clean a hot spot! A hot spot is a place in your house where things tend to collect. Places like a desk, top of a dresser, a table, and kitchen countertops are the usual hot spot magnets. Set your timer for only two minutes and tackle one hot spot. The point here is not to completely finish but to get started and create a habit of regularly tackling hot spots. You'll probably be surprised by how much you can finish in two minutes, though!

Have Fun with Your Timer

Cilley says to use your timer or a stopwatch to time yourself as you get dressed, make your bed, empty the dishwasher, etc. Once I started doing this I was amazed at how little time it actually takes to do basic household chores! It helped my mindset to realize, this isn't hard or time-consuming. This chore will go fast and then I have more time for me and my family!

Two Hot Spots a Day

We will be addressing two hot spots a day. If your house is currently full of clutter, these four minutes a day are going to seriously add up for you! You'll be amazed at how much more clean and organized your home will be by even the end of next week.

Listen to this day's task on my podcast, The Merry Messy Moms Show

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  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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