Monday, January 28, 2013

FlyLady - Pagan Style; Swish & Swipe (day 24)

As you may have noticed, I have been posting the FlyLady 31 Baby Steps and my thoughts on them. I have been adding my thoughts on how cleaning your house, even the simple stuff, can be part of a spiritual devotion, and how the babysteps and the FlyLady program encourage you to think positive about yourself, your home, your habits - all to make life a little easier and better for you!

Today is Day 24 of the BabySteps! So far we have developed a few simple habits of things to do on a daily basis; in the form of simple morning & evening routines. Our goal is to make these routines a habit... if we do them consistently enough then they just become second nature!

Morning Routine

  • Make Your Bed!
  • Get up and get dressed to lace-up shoes; fixing your hair and face
  • Look at your posted reminders in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Swish and Swipe*
  • Recognize the negative voices and change them. Remember, you are FLYing now!
  • Put out your Hot Spots for two minutes
  • Check Your Laundry
  • Five-minute Room Rescue (pick any room in the house). Set your timer and go!
  • Spend 15 Minutes decluttering each day. You can’t organize clutter!

Afternoon Routine

  • Check Kid's Backpacks for Flyers, News, Homework, etc.
  • Homework Time
  • Guide kids to do their daily chores
  • Check Hot Spots again
  • See more ideas for building your Afternoon Routine Here!

Before-Bed Routine

  • Keep your sink shining
  • Check Your Laundry
  • Lay out your clothes for tomorrow
  • Put out your Hot Spot. It will make you happy in the morning!
  • Go to bed at a decent hour! Set a bedtime and stick with it!
*For our 24th BabyStep, we add a "Swish and Swipe" to our Morning Routine.  This is what FlyLady calls it when we wipe down the bathroom counter and sink, and so a quick "swish" of the toilet with the toilet wand.  When we do this every morning it's easy to keep our bathrooms clean!  It just takes a minute or two, and instead of spending 10 minutes or more scrubbing when the sink/countertop/toilet get really nasty... this one or two minutes a day keeps our bathrooms fresh & ready for company!

In Feng-Shui, the bathrooms are an important room to keep clean.  A dirty bathroom blocks positive chi (energy flow) from flowing throughout the home, while a clean bathroom brings positive Chi and also attracts wealth and financial flow.  According to Feng-Shui, if we keep our bathrooms clean, tidy, and in good working order, our entire home can have a more positive energy flow and better financial health!    Adding this simple "Swish and Swipe" to our Daily Routine can help us easily maintain the positive feng-shui of our bathrooms!  And we won't have to apologize if we have unexpected guests!

(Sorry I missed a couple days of posting babysteps! Instead of skipping the days I missed I am going to take FlyLady's advice to heart... she says "You're not behind!  Just keep going!"  So I will continue from where I left off and we'll get back to it!)

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