Habit 1 – Get Dressed To Shoes

Reformed 5 Year Pajama Junkie

I am pleased to say I have been doing this habit every day since March 2011 when I took a personal challenge to Flylady’s Monthly Habit for March – Get Dressed To Shoes. This winter I hope to gather all of the photos and the message for the day and put it into an ebook. You will then be able to see all 436 consecutive days in one place.

Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important parts of being able to help us get out of the depths of CHAOS. I have ‘Sleep Apnea’ and I use a ‘Bi Pap Machine’. It has been one of the tools that helped me develop the Habit 1 – Get Dressed To Shoes.
 
The message today is if you do not have good sleeping habits, the rest of the things you do in life will never be your best. I find when I am well rested everything seems to fall into place. That said if a crisis presents itself, I am also better able to handle it.
 
Stress plays a large part of our quality of sleep. I have recently experienced this and was so glad I had the 9 Habits I do daily well established. The 9 Habits are the CORE of Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System To Remove Clutter & CHAOS.
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9 Habits To Dance Till You FLY!

Many Cleaning & Organizing Systems Out There

There are many out there. The latest in popularity is the Konmari Method. She has great pointers. That said, what I have learned the most is that just like sleep, if you don’t have a set of habits you do each day established, it doesn’t matter what cleaning system you choose none of them will help you achieve what we all want.  A ‘Clutter Free’ enviroment that we welcome anyone into our home without the dreaded feeling of shame.

It wasn’t until I took Flylady’s March Habit Challenge in 2011 – Get Dressed To Shoes that I really understood the concept of established habits that make your day a day to take on any challenge.  This is how 9 Habits for Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System To Remove Clutter & CHAOS were born.

Join the fun! Join The Group! We would love to have you!
Marilyn

Want To Declutter? Can’t Get Motivated? Try This!

As long as there are new products, there will always be clutter. Why? Because we simply haven’t learned the skill when we buy something new, something must leave our home.

The Clutter No One Talks About

You know the stuff. If not, let me remind you. It is the stuff laying around in your homes that have absolutely NO VALUE.  Example, a used paper towel or kleenex that didn’t seem to make it to the trash. What about the cap to the bottle of water you drank?

Then there is something we call ‘Junk Mail’.  Sure, the best way to get rid of that clutter is to toss it right away. Yet many don’t. Rather they will pile their mail and deal with it later.

What about all those ‘Stash and Dash’ moments when company will be coming? Who has the time to sort whether it is trash or not? Instead we shove everything into the nearest drawer with the least amount of things.

Then there are the ‘Expired Items’. Last time you checked, they were close to the expiration date. Remember? Time marches on and now it has expired way past the date.

The Solution?

How about grabbing a plastic grocery bag and doing a 25 Fling ‘THROW AWAY’ Boogie? That’s right. It isn’t glamorous. In fact it can be down right boring.

My question is, do we always have to have something to stimulate us and make us think so hard? I am finding out I don’t. In fact one of the things I am asking new members and anyone that wants to get involved is to do the 25 Fling ‘THROW AWAY’ Boogie 5 days a week. Yes I am right in there with the rest.

We as a group have been doing this for 3 weeks now and I am telling you, I am seeing a difference in my home. I have been surprised at some of the things that are laying around unnoticable but in fact is trash.

If you want to get involved join the group! Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System To Remove Clutter & CHAOS.

Marilyn’s Way is

S.E.D.

To Be

Simple, Effective & Doable

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Habit # 1 The Easy Way To Get Dressed To Shoes!

Exercise Days

*Part of a 10 week series. To get involved join the Facebook group Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System To Remove Clutter & CHAOS

Some may wonder, what are FLYing clothes?  It is simple.  It is something you feel comfortable in wearing while you are FLYing. The purpose is to get you out of your pajamas that tells your mind to slumber rather than FLY.  So what I am going to do is give you some pictures of FLYing clothes that I have worn.

Your FLYing Clothes Are Determined By What You Are Doing For That Particular Day.
 
For example:   I am putting exercise into my FLYing at least 3 times a week.  They are not old worn out sweats.  I have 3 workout outfits that I wear that includes jackets.  Nothing fancy. Each piece from Walmart $10.00 a piece.  I layer with a sports bra and top with thin straps.  If I need to run to the store that is only 11 miles away, I can easily do it wearing the outfit.  I can also clean/FLY in it.  So now I know what 3 out of 7 outfits I am wearing for the week.
Errand Day
One day is Errand Day.  I usually wear nice jeans and a nice top.  One day is Renew Your Spirit Day and I wear a nice pair of slacks and top to church.  This leaves me with 2 days left.  What do I wear? I wear clothes that I feel comfortable in.  For me it is side elastic jeans and a top or a sports bra and top with skinny straps with a jacket over it.  That completes 7 days for me.  If there is something I am working on that I am afraid I might stain a top, I pull out my work shirt to cover any spills.  I also have an apron I will put on if I think I will get dirty.
 
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In A Nutshell, FLYing Clothes Are The Ones In Between Your Good Clothes And Your Grunge Clothes.  It Is The Type Of Clothing That You Won’t Feel Bad Wearing When An Old Friend Shows Up At Your Door Or Running To The Store Quick To Pick Something Up And You Run Into An Old Boyfriend.  You Have To Keep One Set Of Grunge Clothes For Certain Jobs.  I Call Them My Painting Clothes.  They Aren’t Super Grungy.  They Have Paint On Them Because I Am Painting.
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I hope this explains what FLYing Clothes are.  I had a problem at first and if you notice in any of my Individual Photos when I was doing the challenge “Getting Dressed To Shoes, Hair and Makeup”  It was tops and bottoms with a shirt.  It is as simple as this.  So please take a chance on the FLYing side and get out of your pajamas and “Get Dressed To Shoes!”
Marilyn 
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A Simple Way To Visit Your Favorite Facebook Group On Your Phone!

I happened to stumble upon this trick and thought I would share it with you!

Do You Have A Facebook Group You Frequent Daily?

Here is how to put a ‘Shortcut’ on your phone.

Go to facebook and click on the 3 horizontal lines.
Go to facebook and click on the 3 horizontal lines.
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It brings you to this screen. Begin to Scroll until…
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Click on the group that you want the short cut.
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It will bring you to the group you want to shortcut. Click on the 3 vertical dots where the arrow is pointed.
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It will bring this screen up in which you Click on ‘Create Shortcut’.
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There is your ‘Shortcut’ to Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System To Remove Clutter And CHAOS!

I hope this makes it easy for you to visit your favorite Facebook group! If you would like to join my group click on this link Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System To Remove Clutter And CHAOS and ask to join!

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Decluttering Your Home Out Of The Depths Of CHAOS

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a ‘Magic Pill’ that would solve the problem of ‘Clutter’ and ‘CHAOS’? I believe all of us would take it as if it were a vitamin and yet… How many of us take a daily vitamin?

Example Of Taking A Daily Vitamin

Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? And yet many have great intentions only to be stopped cold because one cannot make a decision as to which company to trust. Therefore, nothing happens.

Example Of Finding The Right System To Help You Remove Clutter And CHAOS From Your Home

Never has there been a time where so many are willing to offer what they think will work for you by means of getting your home in order. And that is where the problem lays. There are too many of them just like too many vitamin companies. It paralyzes us and nothing gets done.

The sad part of this is that in our quest, it ends up consuming too much of our time. Goals in life are missed because of this.

I created Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! To Remove Clutter And CHAOS. So what is so different from mine to others?

Habits

Habits turn into routines, routines turn into rewards = 3 R’s

Want To Know More?

The past 3 years my facebook group called Marilyn’s Way has had the privacy settings ‘Secret’. The problem with this is that no one has been able to find me.

After careful consideration I have decided to change the setting back to ‘Closed’. What this means to you is my group will be in the search groups of facebook so you can click the ‘Join’ button. I will also provide the link at the bottom of this post. But first…

Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System To Remove Clutter And CHAOS  Description

A simple, effective, and doable system to help you remove clutter and CHAOS from your home with the core of the system to be 9 specific habits practiced each day before anything else.

The system is set up into levels to help you build as you go and adjust as your life changes within the year.

We must first start with feet planted firmly on the ground. From there we learn to Dance Till You FLY! meaning First Love Yourself. Others come next.

This is how you will be able to take care of yourself, your family and your home.

Additional levels include Weekly Habits for specific days, Zone Cleaning Marilyn’s Way, Monthly Spotlight on one of the 9 Habits to practice and Monthly Events to help members Maintain the system.

What this is NOT:
A system that is very detailed.
What this IS:
The system is a basic platform of simple tools that will help you with finding your own way to make a system work for you.

The group is to complement my blog www.marilynswayhomegarden.com
To Remove Clutter And CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome)

How To Join

Click on the following link Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System To Remove Clutter And CHAOS and click ‘Ask To Join’. We will be standing by to add you. There is a Pinned Post that has all the forms you will need to try out this very simple, effective, and doable system to remove clutter and CHAOS from your home!

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April Ends May Begins

Did the month of April go by fast for you? It sure did for me. Activities that have been keeping me busy are my Facebook Pages and groups, teaching myself the technical aspects of blogging, (I swear I was born in the wrong generation when it comes to technology.) and gearing up for the gardening season.

When the technical aspect of designing my page  throws me a curve ball, I take a break and head outside making plans and switching perennial plants around in my gardens to create a new look.  This gives me the opportunity to allow new information that is foreign to me sink in.

I am determined to create a page that is enjoyable to visit. I hope you stay with me in this journey. In the meantime I have written almost 5 years of articles that I feel have great content. You can click on the menu that will take you to other blogs I have started and am working on having all of the posts available to you here.

For those who have been following me I thank you for your dedication to learn along with me finding your own way with the help of Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System’s 9 habits that help you free yourself, your family and your home from clutter and CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome) and allow you to enjoy your life as it should be.

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Do The 25 Scoop! And Cha Cha Cha!

When I created Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System (c) 2015  three requirements had to be part of the system.

           1.  SIMPLE

                    2.  EFFECTIVE

             3. DOABLE

In order for it to work it also had to be………

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 Many systems suggest ‘decluttering 15 minutes’ at a time. Have you ever set your timer and then froze wondering how to go about it? I KNOW I HAVE!!!

So much of our attitude sits between our 2 ears. We have to get creative in order for us to make this 1. Simple  2. Effective 3. Doable.

One of the ways I have learned to distract myself enough to get this part of taking care of yourself, your family and your home is to count the number of items. It doesn’t matter how big or how small they are. Just start counting. I chose the number of items to be 25 simply because that is the day of the month I was born. Nothing more.

What happens when the phone rings and a friend says, “I will be over to visit you in about 15 minutes”? Most of us will get a basket or tub, run through the house and begin to SCOOP things up. If we make our habits jive with our individuality our chances of sticking with it are great!

Take doing the 25 SCOOP a step further and………

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Next time you declutter put some music on and do a 25 Scoop And Cha Cha Cha!

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Can’t Get Motivated? Here’s A Tip That Will Work!

You know the days. They are the ones where you have so many things to do and yet become frozen in your tracks. So what do you do?

Take Out The Trash!

That’s right! Take out the trash! The first 2 minutes of starting something is the hardest. Why not do a task that doesn’t include much thinking.

The number 1 problem today is Information Overload.    It gets to the point where it makes one counter productive. Who hasn’t experienced surfing on the internet and 5 hours later none of the things you wanted to get done have even been started. Do this a couple of times and then we get into the next level, the Snowball Effect.

In order to snap out of this we have to break away from the computer or the television and simply move. The easiest way is to take out the trash.

Taking out the trash symbolizes that we must get the old out before we can deal with the new. It also gives us a chance to get some fresh air that allows ‘Positive Energy’ to begin to ‘Flow’ again. In other words, it is another way to Dance Till You FLY!

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Keep It Simple!

When All Else Fails, Keep It Simple!

How many times are we going to venture out looking for the ‘Perfect System’ to take care of ourselves, our family and our home?

Recently I ventured out doing this to make sure I was covering everything I needed to that would help my members of Marilyn’s Way. What did I find instead? CONFUSION.

Yes, there are some wonderful systems out there. Only in my dreams would I be able to do everything they ask. WHY?  Because in Dreams is where the perfect world exists.

The REAL World

Face it, we are in an age where information is available at the touch of a mouse. Never have we been able to find information so easily as we do right now. That said, are we using the filter Common Sense to keep us centered in our day? Apparently not. Instead we continue to look for the perfect _____________. Well, there isn’t one. So what is the next best thing? Keep It Simple.

So many of us want to be able to learn everything all at once.  The problem with this is failure seems to be the only thing that wins. Instead why not start at the bottom and work your way up? That is what Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs model suggests.

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That is how I set up Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System (c) 2015. Make sure you allow enough time in your day to accomplish the 9 habits. From there, you add the next level and so forth.

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Will there be days where you are not able to accomplish all the levels in the triangle? Of course there will. Do the best you can.

If nothing more, I have learned I must be consistent and prioritize my day. Doing this allows me to be the most effective I can be.

Fibromyalgia Flare

Recently I have been in the worst ‘Fibromyalgia Flare’ in over two years. I have certainly been challenged when it comes to taking care of myself, my family (furry 4 legged ones) and my home.

How did I keep my home from going back into CHAOS (can’t have anyone over syndrome)?  What did I focus on?

The first level of Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System (c) 2015. That is the 9 habits that will get you from one day to the next and keep you out of CHAOS.

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Sure there were days that I didn’t do a Load Of Laundry. That said, I simply would not let it go beyond 3 loads to wash. How have I been able to do the rest? By taking breaks and resting in between.

I kept it simple. I didn’t worry so much about the other levels to Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System (c) 2015. They would be there when I felt better.

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31 Days Of Cha Cha Cha Event!

Christmas will soon be over. More items will come in than go out. What does that spell? CLUTTER! CLUTTER! CLUTTER! 

What to do? Have a 31 Days Of Cha Cha Cha Event! It stands for ‘Throw Away’ ‘Give Away’ and ‘Put Away’. January is a great month for this event. Many will be taking down Christmas trees and decorations and will already be in the Cha Cha Cha mood!

Every day in January find something to Cha Cha Cha each day! It is a fun way of saying each day to Throw Away, Give Away, and Put Away 1 item and see what a difference it will make. If you are in the beginning stages of decluttering focus on 3 items each day.

It is your event to do as you choose. I know I can find one item of each for each day in January. Can you? Make the month of January a fun one to beat the winter blues! ~Marilyn.

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Special Note: I will be doing the Cha Cha Cha with you and blogging about things I learn along the way. Come join the fun in my ‘Secret Facebook Group’ ‘Marilyn’s Way!’ To do this simply send a friend request to me at http://www.facebook.com/marilynkayfoster and I will add you to the group where we discuss ways to remove CLUTTER and CHAOS from our homes and build great friendships along the way.

One thing that we all know is ‘Housework Never Ends’. We get up the next day and do it all over again. Learn how to make it easier on yourself by practicing 9 habits each day from Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System.