If I had to pick just one part of The FlyLady method that I think is most important it would be the morning routine. A well-designed routine implemented regularly can make all the difference in avoiding household chaos.
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Everyone’s morning routine will look different. For instance, a stay-at-home-mom of toddlers will have a very different routine from someone who works outside the home and doesn’t have children. You have to consider your own circumstances and what works best for you. Here are some ideas to consider for a very basic morning routine:
- Get dressed (including shoes if you are adhering strictly to The FlyLady rules), do hair and makeup. Yes, even if you aren’t leaving the house. You’ll feel better about yourself and will likely be more productive.
- Make your bed. It’s best if you let it air awhile first, though.
- “Swish and Swipe” – this is what The FlyLady calls a daily quick bathroom cleanup. Wipe spots off mirror, then give the sink, counter and faucets a quick wipe. Swish the inside of the toilet with a toilet brush.
- Have breakfast or if, like me, you aren’t much of a breakfast eater at least drink a glass of water to rehydrate. This is where a coffee or hot tea addiction fits in, too.
- Put dishes in the dishwasher, hand wash, or at the very least, rinse and stack in the sink if you leave the house early for work.
- Throw in a load of laundry. Some people like to do all their laundry on one day and if that works for you, great. But if you are always behind, The FlyLady (and I) recommend a load a day to help stay on top of things.
- Make sure you know what you are having for dinner that evening. Do you need to thaw something? Is there an ingredient you need to pick up on your way home from work? If you don’t work outside the home, is there some part of dinner you can do ahead of time to ease the dinnertime crunch?
Just doing those few things every morning will make a huge difference. Even if the whole day goes awry and you do nothing else at least you’ve taken care of the essentials.
If you are just getting started, choose 3-5 things for your morning routine. Keep it very simple and practice it consistently until it becomes a habit. You can then add more to the routine but don’t get carried away at the beginning.
Here’s a good example of a morning routine:
Do you follow The FlyLady? Do you have a good morning routine? Leave me a comment and tell me what your routine includes.
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