Get Your Home in Shape with Flylady 31 Baby Steps

Day 9 – Five Minute Room Rescue

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 9 - 5 Minute Room Rescue

Morning Routine

  • 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
  • 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

Five Minutes, One Room

Today set your timer for just five minutes and clean up as much as you can in one room. You'll probably be amazed at how much you can clean up in that short amount of time! This helps us to realize that keeping our houses clean really doesn't take much time at all.

Timers Can Be Fun to Get Kids to Clean!

A timer is a great tool to make it fun for children as well! Tell them it's a race and they have 5 or 10 minutes to clean up their rooms. Have a little treat or prize for them when they finish! You'll get a lot more cooperation from them and less whining – just try it! The rooms that often need rescuing in my house are the playroom and the kids' rooms, and sometimes the kitchen!

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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