Get Your Home in Shape with Flylady 31 Baby Steps

Day 8 – Start Your Home Management Binder

Here are the daily habits we've built so far! Now we can see how we are building a morning and evening routine, which is the foundation of the Flylady system.

Flylady 31 Baby Steps - Day 8 - Start Your Home Management Binder

Morning Routine

  • Get dressed to shoes
  • Check your post-it, phone or written daily reminders
  • Read a chapter of one of Cilley's books, or reading her messages on her main website, or come 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
  • Take two minutes to tackle one hot spot

Evening Routine

  • Shine the kitchen sink
  • Plan your outfit for the next day at bedtime
  • Take two minutes to tackle one hot spot

Today you're going to start a home management binder! This part was fun for me, I felt like I was getting ready for the first day of school. Also, this helps us to treat home management like a job – because it is a job. Act like the Home CEO that you are!

You have a very important role as the home manager. As the mom, you set the tone, atmosphere and culture of the home. This is the space where the people you love most in the world will learn, grow and develop and you get the honor of making it a special, cozy, inviting space.

I have an in-depth post on how to create your own home management binder here, but for now, all you really need is to grab a three-ring binder that you most likely already have lying around your house and some notebook paper.

On one piece of paper, write “Morning Routine” and fill it in with what we've been doing, and on the another piece of paper write down your evening routine. Don't worry about it being perfect! This is a list you can change at anything – it's a living, breathing document that will change with you as your life changes.

Listen to today'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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