For a system that should prevent us from becoming overwhelmed, it’s actually fairly difficult to get an overview of FlyLady in a nutshell. The official FlyLady site is huge and very difficult to navigate and the emails get out of control very quickly, with no introductory course. Sure there are the beginner’s baby steps – but even they seem to skim over the fundamentals.
To help you to make progress in your FlyLady journey I’ve put together 5 reliable sources to learn about FlyLady in a nutshell. Less content, but more information. This should help you get to grips with FlyLady and not have to turn to alternatives to FlyLady.
1) My own guide to FlyLady in a Nutshell
I’m starting with my own simple guide to FlyLady in a nutshell. I’ve been working with the FlyLady system on and off since 2007, and recently re-started my journey with FlyLady. I’ve been dealing with methods to cope when FlyLady doesn’t work and getting a grip on the system.
Getting started with FlyLady
You start by shining your sink. There is an overcomplicated method for the sink shining thing, but in essence, you get your dishes washed, bleach the sink for half an hour, clean it up with some kitchen cleaning spray or cream, and finish it off by spraying it with window cleaner and drying off with a tea towel. Then every night after dinner you get your dishes done and spray the sink with the window cleaner and dry off with the tea towel.
In addition to the sink cleaning you should do this every evening:
- Choose your outfit for the following day
- Clear and wipe the kitchen worktops
- Clear off your coffee table, side table, and dining table of the day to day clutter
- Update your calendar/diary with your appointments
- Load your dishwasher
- Put away the laundry
- Get everything needed to leave the house ready in one place (referred to as the launch pad)
- Take some time to relax
- Go to bed no later than 11 pm
The next step
FlyLady’s second focus is about getting dressed to the lace up shoes. In end, I’ve swapped the shoes for slippers, but she really wants you to wear the shoes. She recommends you do this before you start your day, getting your hair done, and your makeup on too.
In addition to this you should do this every morning:
- Make your bed
- Wipe down the bathroom sink, surfaces, and the loo
- Empty the dishwasher
- Load the laundry
- Have a healthy breakfast and take your vitamins
- Check the calendar/diary
- Clear any evening clutter from your bedside table
- Spend 15 minutes getting rid of clutter in the focus zone until your home is clutter free
- Spend 5 minutes focusing in the messiest room in the house to declutter and tidy up
- Plan and make dinner
- Vacuum the house
- Mop hard floors
- Empty the bins
- Polish the mirrors and glass doors
- Change the bedsheets
- Chuck out any old newspapers or magazines
In addition to this:
- Meal plan and buy the food
- Pay your bills and do your paperwork
- Water your plants
- Spend time with your family
- Pamper yourself
Once you have decluttered your home, you then start working on the zone cleaning lists doing one zone per week. You can spend about 15 minutes a day working through these zone.
FlyLady also recommends using a timer and a “control journal”. This is essentially a home binder with your routines in. I’d recommend finding a free printable set of home binder sheets and using them.
2) Sink Reflections
Sink Reflections is far easier to understand than the website. The book from FlyLady breaks down the system in a much clearer way than the complex website and overwhelming emails. I’d recommend getting a copy and reading through it twice. It was a copy of this book combined with Hidden Treasures that really helped me to understand FlyLady in a nutshell.
3) Online Forums
The MoneySaving Expert forum is pretty great for FlyLady information. I’d recommend the Old Style subforum in which they hold a weekly FlyLady thread. It’s highly adapted, so if you are looking for a different take on the FlyLady system, I’d recommend it. If you want to follow the traditional FlyLady system then it may not be right for you.
4) Cora Interprets FlyLady
Cora has written a really great 5-part overview of the FlyLady system. It breaks down the system making it clear and easy to follow. Her site is pretty old, but the content is still useful so I’d certainly recommend you give it a visit.
The Wikipedia FlyLady page does a pretty good job of breaking down FlyLady in a nutshell. It goes through the history and the methodology really well. And with the great way that Wikipedia lists references, you can find the further detail easily and quickly. It will certainly help cement your FlyLady knowledge.
With research and different resources, it’s easy to get to grips with FlyLady in a nutshell. Don’t just focus on one source of information – compile a list of websites and books you can use to help you in your FlyLady journey. And if you’d like help with creating a morning routine that works for you, try Crystal Paine’s Make Over your Mornings course.
Do you have any recommended websites that have helped you with following the FlyLady system? Leave them in the comments below.