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Following FlyLady's BabySteps: Day 3

Updated on May 31, 2013
Yes, the sink looks great, but when are we going to move on to the rest of the mess?
Yes, the sink looks great, but when are we going to move on to the rest of the mess?

Lather, Rinse, Repeat

For some reason the back of a bottle of shampoo came to mind when I read what was required on Day Three of FlyLady’s BabySteps. Lather, Rinse, Repeat. So we will be doing the same things we have already done on the prior two days…shine our sinks and get dressed to lace up shoes. Another day that both my friend and I were pretty sure we could handle.

I was beginning to want to know more about FlyLady. I really hadn’t taken the time to look over her website except to look at my BabyStep for the day. Is that cowardly? Most definitely. To be honest, I really just didn’t want to be overwhelmed. I thought today I’d risk it as I clicked on Fly FAQ’s. Not really the best idea…purple puddles, swish and swipe, zones, Hot Spot, Fling Boogie, Home Blessing Hour…all these FlyLady words for…well I don’t know, I didn’t even bother to read past “purple puddles.” It was more than I was ready to tackle.

I did, however, find FlyLady’s Eleven Commandments:

  1. Keep your sink clean and shiny.
  2. Get dressed every morning, even if you don’t feel like it. Don’t forget your lace-up shoes.
  3. Do your morning and before bedtime routine everyday.
  4. Don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked by the computer.
  5. Pick up after yourself. If you get it out, put it away.
  6. Don’t try to do two projects at once. ONE JOB AT A TIME.
  7. Don’t pull out more than you can put back in one hour.
  8. Do something for yourself everyday, maybe every morning and night.
  9. Work as fast as you can to get the job done. This will give you more time to play later.
  10. Smile even when you don’t feel like it. It is contagious. Make your mind up to be happy and you will be.
  11. Don’t forget to laugh everyday. Pamper yourself, you deserve it.

Simple yet practical words to live by. My inner skeptic is beginning to fade away, maybe I have found a way to regain control. Something I almost thought was impossible.

Day Three - Do What We Have Already Done

When I got up this morning, I knew that I had three things to accomplish. Get up and ready to lace up shoes, keep my sink shiny, and explore BigTent. I took care of the first two right away, well except for the lace up shoes. I wore my knee high boots again. Might I add, boots are not very fun in the first warm days of spring, but I’m trying to follow her steps as closely as I can.

I came downstairs to behold…my shiny clean sink. I will admit, it did make me smile.

The rest of my family went out for awhile, so I hopped on Facebook and found a note from my friend. She had her first FlyLady dilemma that morning. She was up at an ungodly hour, which is typical of her at times. It was early enough that she still might go back to sleep. This was not handled in the FlyLady BabySteps. If it was me, I would have stayed in my jammies, I’m thinking I really will end up being the slacker of the two of us. Knowing that this happens to her frequently though, she really did need to decide how she was going to handle it.

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"I compromised. I got dressed, shoes on and hair brushed. I did not do anything special with my hair or do my makeup (I think even FlyLady would understand). I made a command decision that if I am still up at a somewhat normal hour (7 was my decision here) I will do the rest. I did clean out and shine my sink immediately when I got downstairs."

She went on to tell me that she never did go back to sleep, and she did her hair and make-up at 7. I’d have to agree with her that FlyLady would understand.

Our other requirement of Day Three was to check out BigTent. I created my account, posted my picture, and then wondered, what the heck is BigTent? Maybe a question I should have asked myself BEFORE I signed up. Anyway, BigTent is kind of like Yahoo Groups, so a group management site of sorts. FlyLady manages her group through BigTent and BigTent also sends out the e-mails to all the group member.

When I say e-mails, what I really mean is e-mailssssssssss. I got my conformation for signing up to be in her FlyLady group. It told me I would be receiving 10 - 12 e-mails a day. It’s a good thing I wasn’t drinking anything at the time or it would have been spewed across the keyboard. I don’t get that much spam e-mail in a day!

“To a brand new member, all these emails may be overwhelming. Read them as you have time, but until you work through the "Beginning Baby Steps", you may want to delete the daily emails.” ~FlyLady

Oh, I’ll be deleting them alright. That may be enough junk mail for me to completely remove myself from the site once I get through the BabyStep experiment.




Day Three complete.

My friend and I end Day Three with shiny sinks, something that we both admit does give us a sense of satisfaction. I am, however, beginning to wonder when we are going to get to the organizing and de-cluttering. For now, I’m still trusting in FlyLady’s method of madness…or maybe that should be method without madness.


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