If you have been around the internet and blogging land for any period of time you have probably heard reference to FlyLady. FlyLady is a personal online coach to help people like me, who have no routine and no routine minded brains to get lasting and solid routines in place to bless their homes and their families. I found the site about a year ago after reading about it on another blog (I can’t remember which one!) and checked it out. At the time I wasn’t ready to become a “Flybaby” so I ignored it and moved on with my crazy, hectic life.
Recently though, I’ve realized how desperately we need routine around here. Routines are very important to children, but my children seem to really need one, and they thrive when we manage to get one in place. The problem is that Steven isn’t a routine person either, so the routines never last! Around Easter I went back to FlyLady’s site and signed up for her emails. And then I took the first step toward FLYing….I shined my sink.
Yup! That’s the first step. And that’s all I did!
Except for the monthly habit challenges for April and May, which were making your bed (something I did most days, now I do it EVERY day!!)
I love my bed!!! Don’t you just want to crawl in it!?!?! Well don’t! It looks too pretty-don’t mess it up!
and moving for 15 minutes a day (I didn’t fully complete this, but it did get me motivated!).
The habit for June,
drinking your water. I HATE water!! I just find it boring and uninteresting (Steven laughs when I say that!) but I have probably spent most of my adult life dehydrated and so that has to change. I’ll feel better, I’ll have more energy, and I’ll be able to take care of my family better! Water-who knew!?!?!
So I decided it was time to take the baby steps listed on her site and become a full fledged “Flybaby”. I’m on day 3 and I have so far survived, even though it required me to get dressed every morning down to the socks and shoes! I don’t wear shoes in the house-EVER! I barely wear shoes outside most of the time (It’s OK-I live in Kentucky!!!) But FlyLady insists that you get dressed down to your shoes every morning (including hair and makeup) so that you’ll be ready for anything and everything. (Right now though I do have my shoes off because I am chillin’!) So we’ll see-this might be my biggest hurddle to overcome! LOL!
Anyway, I’m excited to be starting on this journey toward FLYing: Finally Loving Yourself. It doesn’t matter if it’s because of perfectionism, or in my case plain laziness, loving yourself makes you want to be better, but you realize that it’s OK not to be perfect! You will look put together every day, even if you’re just rolling on the floor with the kids! You will drink water to keep hydrated. You will shine your sink because it makes you smile! Even if the rest of the house is falling apart, the sink is clean! You will make your bed because it’s one more thing that you can make look nice and you can feel good about it. You will have solid routines so that you don’t have to panic when something unexpected happens (like everyone sleeps in and you only have 20 minutes to get out the door!!!) because everyone’s clothes are laid out the night before and the house is clean because you did your fifteen minute rescue the previous night before you went to bed. I’m ready to get my house in order, get rid of the stuff we don’t need and organize the stuff we do. (I don’t know what happened but me and the boys did not inherit my mom’s organization gene! I think it skipped a generation! I hope my kids get it, but it’s not looking too promising!) I’m ready to be able to have some one call and say “We’re on our way!” and not panic, knowing that whole house looks great and not just the first floor!
I’m ready to start to FLY. Are you?