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*~*~*~*~* PLEASE DON'T POST ON THIS THREAD! *~*~*~*~*

This thread is where we will post How to do BABY STEPS!

There is a thread titled 'Post All Your BABY STEP Q?'s here!'. for your questions, ideas, & comments!

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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 31 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~*~*~* I AM SO PROUD OF YOU! *~*~*~*~*~

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Donít get bogged down by wanting to know everything about our system. As your clutter goes away you will find that you will have time to do the zone detailed cleaning, weekly home blessing hour and some of the fun things we do in our email and on the website. You donít have to see the top of the staircase to take the first step or the 30th step; you just need to keep FLYing!

I am so proud of you!



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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 30 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~* CK YOU CALENDAR FOR NEXT MONTH APTMTS! *~*~*~

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Look at your calendar for next month. Does anyone have a birthday? We forget to send cards and purchase gifts. Put this on your errand list so you can to buy cards and gifts on your errand day. To learn more about a Basic Weekly Plan; You donít have to start doing it yet. Just think about it.

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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 29 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~*~*~* ENJOY THE WKLY PAMPER MISSION! *~*~*~*~*~

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We have worked very hard this past month. I hope that you have become familiar with our email FLY Washing system and you are seeing some progress in your home. It took me nine months of building my routines one habit at a time to get our home running on automatic pilot. Please do not beat yourself up over this. Anything you do today is better than it used to be! Celebrate each accomplishment and enjoy the process. Before you know it you will be having more time for the things that you love to do.

Right now I want you to look at the bottom of our homepage and find the weekly Pamper Mission and read it. Then think about when you are going to do it. You may have to put it on your calendar to really make it happen.



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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 28 *~*~*~*~*~

~* EAT GOOD FOOD, DRINK YOU WATER, & GET YOUR REST! *~

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Many times when we canít seem to get going it is because we are not taking care of ourselves by eating right, drinking our water or getting enough sleep. As part of your routines I want you to remind yourself to eat good food, drink your water and get your rest.



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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 27 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~*~*~* WHAT'S FOR DINNER? *~*~*~*~*~

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Today I want you to think about what you are fixing for dinner before 6:00 pm rolls around. You can do it as part of your before bed routine for tomorrow or as part of your morning routine for today. Write this in your Control Journal.

WHATS FOR DINNER?



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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 26 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~* LOOK AT THE BOTTOM OF ANY FLYLADY EMAIL! *~*~


Check Your Control Journal Every Morning, Afternoon and Evening

It takes us a month to establish a habit. I set it up this way because I knew that I would miss a day here and there and I didnít want to throw the baby out with the bath water. That was how I had always done it with my perfectionism. If I missed a day I gave up; well I factored in this part of our personalities into our FlyLady system. This is why we take a whole month to establish one habit.

Today I want you to go look at the bottom of any email that I have sent out. The first sentence is what I want you to look at and incorporate into you FLYing!




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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 25 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~*~* LEARN HOW THE ROUTINES DEVELOPED *~*~*~*~

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You have only been doing your routines for 25 days now. I am so proud of you. Keep in mind that you are not ever going to be perfect and we donít expect you to be. In fact we donít even like that P word. Right now you have your routines written down in your Control Journal. It will help you to practice them each day. These habits are not automatic yet; so you are still going to have to use your Control Journal, sticky notes and our reminders to help you establish your habits. Another tool you have is your calendar and stickers. We love giving ourselves a sticker when we are establishing a habit. I know that I have thrown a lot at you in the last 25 days but donít give up now. Every time you do your routine you are one step closer to developing your habit and running on automatic pilot. Today I want you to read how I started developing my routines one habit at a time. It took me several months to do this and here I am expecting you to get it in four weeks. Well here is the deal; I donít expect you to do this in one month. Be nice to yourself and donít beat yourself up. Your consistent BabySteps will get you there.

http://flylady.net/pages/WhyFly_Personal
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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 24 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~*~*~* SWISH N SWIPE *~*~*~*~*~

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One of the things that make our home always ready for company is the fact that our main bathroom is clean. Each morning as part of my Morning Routine I do something I call a Swish and a Swipe. This means I swish the toilet with a toilet bowl brush and I wipe down the counter tops and sink with a rag and put away all the things I have gotten out. This takes all of two minutes to keep our bathroom ready for anyone.

Add Swish and Swipe to your Morning Routine



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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 23 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~*~*~* SET YOUR AFTERNOON ROUTINE! *~*~*~*~*~

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Today we are going to add another routine to our day. I like to call this our get home from work routine or get home from school. Whatever you name it; it is your afternoon routine.

Make a new page in your Control Journal for your Afternoon Routine. As with any of your routines; you will have to adapt to fit your family. Your Control Journal is your guide for BabyStepping your way through you day.



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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 22 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~*~*~* WHERE'S YOUR CONTROL JOURNAL? *~*~*~*~*~

Check Your Control Journal Every Morning and Evening

Have you been procrastinating about building your Control Journal? I know that perfectionism can rear its ugly head and keep us stuck. If you just canít seem to get yours together; I have made one for you. It is in our FLY Shop

http://flylady.net/pages/FlyShop_CJ.asp

All the BabyStep directions are on the website too. Just click on the link underneath FlyLadys feet.

http://flylady.net/pages/cjmain.asp



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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 21 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~*~*~* CK OUT 'ASK FLYLADY'! *~*~*~*~*~

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Today I am going to show you something else on our website. Each day(Monday-Friday) our WebDude Lee puts up an Ask FlyLady Question and I answer it.

http://flylady.net/pages/askflylady1.asp



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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 20 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~*~* INCLUDE LAUNDRY IN YOUR ROUTINES! *~*~*~*~

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One of the many reminders that we send out has to do with our laundry; when you include laundry in your morning and evening routine this makes getting up and getting dressed much easier. Laundry doesnít take long to do when we donít procrastinate about one of the five steps: Sort, wash, dry, fold and put away. It only takes a few short minutes. When you include laundry in your routines everyone is blessed. Nothing says I love you more than clean underwear!



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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 19 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~*~*~* READ THE TESTAMONIAL *~*~*~*~*~

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Did you know that we have Eleven Commandments? You may want to print these out or write them in your Control Journal.

http://flylady.net/pages/FLYingLessons_1
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~*~*~*~*~* BABYSTEPS DAY 18 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~*~*~* READ FLYLADY'S 11 COMMANDMENTS! *~*~*~*~*~

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Did you know that we have Eleven Commandments? You may want to print these out or write them in your Control Journal.

http://flylady.net/pages/FLYingLessons_1
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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 17 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~*~*~* SET A BED TIME & STICK TO IT! *~*~*~*~*~

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Today I want you to think about what time you are going to bed each night. Set a specific bed time and stick to it. You need your rest. Put this on your Before Bed Routine.



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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 16 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~*~*~* READ AN EMAIL FROM FLYLADY! *~*~*~*~*~

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Today I want you to look in your inbox for an email from me. It can be a Morning Musing, a testimonial or an essay. Just take a few minutes and read over it. You never know what I am going to discuss.



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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 15 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~*~*~* MAKE YOUR BED! *~*~*~*~*~

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You are starting on our third week of FLYing. Each day you are going to your Control Journal and using your sticky notes to remind you along with the reminders that you are getting in our inbox. Our habits are coming along nicely and we are seeing changes in our attitudes and our homes.

On our new week of FLYing you are going to add Making your bed to your morning routine. If you will do this as soon as your feet hit the floor you are less likely to forget it.



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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 14 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~*~*~* READ AN ESSAY KELLY WROTE *~*~*~*~*~

Check your Morning Routine in your Control Journal

Check your Before Bed Routine in your Control Journal

There is tons of information on our website. I do not want you to get confused. Today I want you to go read an essay that Kelly wrote. Most of us are calendar challenged. Kelly has a way of making it so easy for us to understand.

http://flylady.net/pages/FLYingLessons_U
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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 13 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~* PICK 1 OF KELLY'S MISSIONS & DO IT! *~*~*~

Check your Morning Routine in your Control Journal

Check your Before Bed Routine in your Control Journal

Today I want you to find one of Kellyís Missions and go and do it. They are fast and easy! This is going to introduce you to how we break our home into zones so that we never have to spring clean again.

http://flylady.net/pages/FlightPlan_Miss
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Here is what we are doing so far. We are practicing our Morning Routines, decluttering for 15 minutes a day and doing our Before Bed Routines.






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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 12 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~*~*~* DELETE THE EMAILS FROM FLYLADY *~*~*~*~*~

Check your Morning Routine in your Control Journal

Check your Before Bed Routine in your Control Journal

Keep the sticky notes up to help remind you to look at your Control Journal. Can you believe that you have been FLYing for 12 days? I am so proud of you! BabySteps will get you there.

You have your basic routine started and these are what you do for now. Do not try to do too much too fast; you will just crash and burn. Continue to take BabySteps to build your Control Journals. Do not allow your perfectionism to take over. We are building our routines and our Control Journals one habit at a time.

Today I want you to delete from your inbox all the emails from FlyLady. Now donít cringe. They will all come back around and I write something new every day.



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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEP DAY 11 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~* ADD AN INSPIRATIONAL PAGE TO YOUR CJ! *~*~*~

Morning Routine

- Get up and get dressed to lace up shoes; fixing your hair and face
- Looking at your posted reminders in the kitchen and bathroom
- Reading 2 minutes of reminders
- Recognizing the negative voices and changing them; YOU ARE FLYing NOW!
- Put out your Hot Spots for 2 minutes
- 5 Minute Room Rescue (pick any room in the house) set your timer and go!
-15 Minutes Decluttering each day. You canít Organize Clutter!

Before Bed Routine

- Keep your sink shining
- Lay out your clothes for tomorrow
- Put out your Hot Spot (I have to do this twice a day) It makes me smile in the morning!

Today we are going to add another page to our Control Journals. We are going to call this our Inspirational Page. On this page I want you to spend 15 minutes writing down some of your favorite inspirational phrases. Some of mine are; You can do anything for 15 minutes, Housework done incorrectly still blesses your family and You canít organize clutter; you can only get rid of it. I know you have others that you love. Use this page as a place to write them down when you see something that touches your heart.






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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 10 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~*~*~* YOU CAN DO ANYTHING FOR 15 MIN! *~*~*~*~*~

Morning Routine

- Get up and get dressed to lace up shoes; fixing your hair and face
- Looking at your posted reminders in the kitchen and bathroom
- Reading 2 minutes of reminders
- Recognizing the negative voices and changing them; YOU ARE FLYing NOW!
- Put out your Hot Spots for 2 minutes
- 5 Minute Room Rescue (pick any room in the house) set your timer and go!

Before Bed Routine

- Keep your sink shining
- Lay out your clothes for tomorrow
- Put out your Hot Spot (I have to do this twice a day) It makes me smile in the morning!

We have already been using our timers for 2 minutes and now 5 minutes. Today we are going to learn the power of just 15 minutes. You can do anything for 15 minutes. This is all about getting started and giving ourselves permission to stop when the timer goes off. You cannot restart the timer either. This is not a race to finish in 15 minutes either! The timer helps to keep us focused on what we are doing.

Now set your timer for 15 minutes and go gather up all the trash you can find to throw away and put it in the garbage can outside. Then set your timer for another 15 minutes and sit down and put your feet up and read a favorite magazine till the timer goes off.



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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 9 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~*~*~* DE-CLUTTER A FEW MIN A DAY! *~*~*~*~*~

Here is what we are already doing; Look in your Control Journal; leave the sticky notes up to help remind you. It takes us 28 days to develop a new habit. These are just BabySteps on our way to a new way of living.

Morning Routine

- Get up and get dressed to lace up shoes; fixing your hair and face
- Looking at your posted reminders in the kitchen and bathroom
- Reading 2 minutes of reminders
- Recognizing the negative voices and changing them; YOU ARE FLYing NOW!
- Put out your Hot Spots for 2 minutes

Before Bed Routine

- Keep your sink shining
- Lay out your clothes for tomorrow
- Put out your Hot Spot (I have to do this twice a day) It makes me smile in the morning!

Today we are going to learn how to declutter our homes a few minutes at a time with some fun tools that I know you have been wondering about from the reminders you have been reading in our emails. Making it fun will get the job done!

http://flylady.net/pages/FLYingLessons_D
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Add a 5 minute room rescue to your Morning Routine.



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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 8 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~* GET A NOTEBOOK & PUT PAPER IN IT! *~*~*~

Here you are; you have been FLYing for a whole week. I am so proud of you. Lets review your new habits. I am going to break them down into what you do each morning and what you do each evening.

Morning Routine

- Get up and get dressed to lace up shoes; fixing your hair and face
- Looking at your posted reminders in the kitchen and bathroom
- Reading 2 minutes of reminders
- Recognizing the negative voices and changing them; YOU ARE FLYing NOW!
- Put out your Hot Spots for 2 minutes

Before Bed Routine

- Keep your sink shining
- Lay out your clothes for tomorrow
- Put out your Hot Spot (I have to do this twice a day) It makes me smile in the morning!

Over the last week we have introduced you to our reminders and the basis of our routines. As you establish these habits it will become easy to add another habit for you to practice.

Today I want you to find an old three ring binder and just put some paper in it. Then at the top of one page write Morning Routine and on the top of another page write Before Bed Routine all in pencil. This is a working document; do not allow your perfectionism to interfere with the process. Now you can write your simple routines on each page.



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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 7 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~*~*~* PICK OUT YOUR CLOTHES! *~*~*~*~*~

Getting Dressed to lace up shoes
- Keeping our sink shining
- Reading 2 minutes of Reminders
- Looking at our posted reminders in the kitchen and bathroom
- Recognizing the negative voices; change them and FLY!
- Put out your Hot Spot for 2 minutes; just pick one.

Today we are going to add a new habit to our before bed routine. Tonight before you hop in bed; I want you to pick out what clothes you are going to wear tomorrow. You can lay them on a chair, on a shelf or hook in the bathroom or on a hanger on your closet door knob.



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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 6 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~*~*~* HOT SPOTS! *~*~*~*~*~

Getting Dressed to lace up shoes
- Keeping our sink shining
- Reading 2 minutes of Reminders
- Looking at our posted reminders in the kitchen and bathroom

Are you hearing any of those nagging negative voices popping into your head? I want you to take a piece of paper and write down what you hear then I want you to turn those ugly words around and say something nice to yourself to negate the ugly words that they said.



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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 5 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~*~*~* WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU HEAR *~*~*~*~*~

- Getting Dressed to lace up shoes
- Keeping our sink shining
- Reading 2 minutes of Reminders
- Looking at our posted reminders in the kitchen and bathroom

Are you hearing any of those nagging negative voices popping into your head? I want you to take a piece of paper and write down what you hear then I want you to turn those ugly words around and say something nice to yourself to negate the ugly words that they said.



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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 4 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~*~*~* WRITE THESE DOWN *~*~*~*~*~

So far we are;

- Getting Dressed to lace up shoes
- Keeping our sink shining
- Reading 2 minutes of Reminders

Your next thing is to write these things down on a sticky note and post them on your bathroom mirror and above your kitchen sink. This is the beginning of your Control Journal. The little notes help us to remember the habits we are trying to establish



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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 3 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~*~*~* DO WHAT WE'VE ALREADY DONE! *~*~*~*~*~

Today you are doing what we have already done.

-Getting up and dressing to lace up shoes
-Keeping your sink shining
-Reading your reminders for 2 minutes.

Then I want you to read something on our website. This will help you to understand more about what we are doing and how together with our reminders, essays and testimonials you are going to see changes in your home and attitude.

http://flylady.net/pages/FlySpecial_FlyL
ifeLines.asp


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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 2 *~*~*~*~*~

GET DRESSED TO LACE UP SHOES

Today I want you get up and get dressed to lace up shoes when you first get up in the morning. This means fix your hair and face too.

In order for us to change ourselves we need to remind ourselves of what we are doing. I did this with yellow sticky notes throughout my home to guide me through my day. This was the beginning of my home control journal. I had little notes on my bathroom mirror to remind me to get dressed to shoes. When you see the many reminders in your inbox from Yahoo; just think of them as yellow sticky notes. You donít have to do them yet; they are just there as a little reminder. Read the subject line and you will be absorbing the flow of them. Do not allow those voices in your head to say this canít possibly work with so many emails. Then when you hear those voices say I donít have time, Set a timer for 2 minutes and just read a little and then delete at will.

Shine your sink before you go to bed.




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~*~*~*~*~* BABY STEPS DAY 1 *~*~*~*~*~

~*~*~*~*~* Shine Your Kitchen Sink *~*~*~*~*~

This is your first household chore. Many of you can't understand why I want you to empty your sink of your dirty dishes and clean and shine it, when there is so much more to do. It is so simple. I want you to have a sense of accomplishment. You have struggled for years with a cluttered home and you are so beaten down. I just want to put a smile on your face. When you get up the next morning, your sink will greet you and a smile will come across your lovely face. I can't be there to give you a big hug, but I know how good it feels to see yourself in your kitchen sink. So each morning this is my gift to you. Even though I can't be there to pat you on the back, I want you to know that I am very proud of you.

Go shine your sink! - FlyLady


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~*~*~*~*~* Shiny Sink 101 *~*~*~*~*~

Many members have asked "How do I clean my sink until it shines?". So, just for you, we have posted FlyLady's "Shiny Sink 101" essay. Here's to a great shine!

Note: Follow this procedure the first time you shine your sink. You do NOT need to follow this method everyday. Just keep up the shine with a little window cleaner.

Dear Friends,

I want you to smile from ear to ear when you gaze upon your shiny sink.

I have heard every excuse in the world. Even old sinks can look new again with a little elbow grease.

Here is how you do it:

BE SURE AND RINSE WELL BETWEEN EACH STEP OF THE WAY!

Take all the dishes out of the sink.


Run some very hot water into the sink. Fill to the rim. Only do one side at a time. Then, pour a cup of household bleach into the hot water. Let it sit for 1 hour. Now, pull the plug with a pair of tongs. If you don't have tongs, then scoop some of the water out of the sink into the other sink and use your hand to pull the plug (wear gloves and don't get the bleach-water on your clothes).


Rinse your sink well.


Use some cleanser (Comet, Ajax, or Baking Soda) and scrub your sink. Ensure you rinse ALL of the cleanser from the sink.


Take a sharp edge and clean around the rim of the sink, just like you would clean dirt out from under your fingernails.


Clean around the faucets too. You may need an old toothbrush or dental floss.


Now, get out your window cleaner, I use Windex, and give it a good shine.


If you still don't like the way it looks, then you could try some car wax. Just know in your heart that you have cleaned it very well now and it doesn't have to be perfect. Our perfectionism is what got us in this situation in the first place.


Every time you run water in your sink, take your clean dishtowel and dry it out (I lay out a clean one, every night with my before bedtime routine). Before you know it, you will be doing this everytime you leave your kitchen. The rest of the family will too. No more water spots. You will have a clean and shiny sink.


Don't have a fit if someone doesn't take as much pride in your sink as you do. It is very easy to fix. You have already done the hard part. You will never have to go through this process again. Daily maintenance will keep it looking this way all the time. Nasty hurtful word are not as easy to repair. Just be sure and tell your family what you are trying to do. They will think you have gone crazy.


If you don't have a dishwasher, don't worry. A dishwasher is just a dirty dish disposal. Clean out a place under your sink and put a dishpan in there. Teach your family, that instead of putting their dirty dishes and glasses in the sink, place them into the dish pan. Get into the habit of putting your dishes away as soon as they have been washed and are dry. No more leaving the dish drying rack on the counter or in the sink. Put it away under the sink when you have finished. If your old one is nasty, you may want to soak it in the sink full of bleach water at the same time you soak the sink or go buy a new set.


To insure that your family remembers this, put a note in the sink. It will get their attention and remind them where to put the dishes. Be patient! They have never been taught either. It is going to take some practice.


Now if you have a stainless steel sink, I recommend all of the above directions with one extra instruction added: after you soak your sink, rinse well, and use SOS pads to scrub it. This will buff the finish. It will look like new.

If you still can't get it to shine after the Windex, put a light coat of lemon oil or olive oil on it. I mean just a tiny bit on a cloth and rub it. This will make you smile. Some people have had very good results from Bar Keepers Friend.

Go Shine Your Sink!
FlyLady

Last note: ensure you don't mix cleansers like Comet, etc. with Windex (or other ammonia based cleaners), you can create dangerous gases! It is worth repeating: rinse well between each step.



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Beginner BabySteps
Dear Precious New Member,
I know that you have become overwhelmed by your home and the chaos that you have been living in. We are here to help you and it doesnít cost you a dime. Keep in mind that your home did not get this way overnight and it is not going to get clean in a day. We are going to teach you how to take BabySteps and establish little routines for getting rid of your clutter and maintaining your home. This system will work for anyone; it doesnít matter if you work outside of your home, stay home with children, retired or work at home. You can do this, you have just needed someone to pat you on the back and give you a great big hug to get you started.

The voices that you hear in your head keep telling you that you are behind and you have to get it all done now! We are going to quiet those negative voices that are beating you up constantly and replace them with a loving gentle voice that tells you that you are not behind and you can do this one BabyStep at a time!

Please do not get impatient with the process. Everything we do is going to help you replace those voices that put you down. We are here to lift you up and celebrate every little accomplishment.

Here is a hug to get you started; We are with you every step of the way. Do not allow those voices to get you upset by the 15 -20 emails you get from us each day. We will help you to understand them over the next 31 days. Digital clutter is so easy to handle with your delete key. If only our household clutter was that easy to get rid of.

{{{HUGS}}}

FlyLady and the FLY Crew

Your very first BabyStep is to go shine your sink. Donít listen to those voices that tell you that is not going to help your messy house. This is exactly where I started and this little habit has changed my life! Take this BabyStep in faith and go do it. Here are the directions for shining your kitchen sink.


Day 1

http://flylady.net/pages/FLYingLessons_S
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After you do this; you will keep it shiny by drying it out after each time you use it and making sure when you go to bed that it is shining so it will make you smile in the morning. This is how I get to hug you each day! That shiny sink is a reflection of the love that you have for yourself.

Our FlyLady system is all about establishing little habits that string together into simple routines to help your day run on automatic pilot. You can do this!

Now that you have completed that very important first step, here is a list of the rest of the Beginner BabySteps. Do not jump ahead and try to get them all done at once, simply go to the next step each day and complete it. You can do this!!


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*~*~*~*~* PLEASE DON'T POST ON THIS THREAD! *~*~*~*~*

This thread is where we will post How to do BABY STEPS!

There is a thread titled 'Post All Your BABY STEP Q?'s here!'. for your questions, ideas, & comments!

Thank You!

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