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.
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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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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.

Finish It Up Fridays!

Recently I have found a name and a description for the 5 working days of the week. I like the addition to Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System. Of course it is always optional and can be used for variety.

Why I decided to have some fun names for each day of the working week is to provide structure. Remember Sundays many families have sat down to a chicken dinner. When one thought of Sunday they immediately associated it with church and chicken dinner. Today I am writing about Friday.

‘Finish It Up Fridays’ is simply that! Whatever projects you have been working on during the week, today is the day to finish them up so Saturday can be fun time and Sunday a day of rejuvenating yourself. Examples of ‘Finish It Up Fridays’ are:

  • Undone Paperwork With A Deadline
  • Balancing Your Checkbook
  • Any Household Project You Started During The Week
  • List Is Endless

If we learn to plan our lives one week at a time, the days and months go so much better. Why? Because breaking things up by days, weeks, months, quarters, and years makes ones life a bit more manageable and isn’t that what we all are searching for?

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First Ripened Tomatoes Of The Season Always Makes Me Happy!

You would think this Monday is simply like every other Monday but not today!  I went out to my garden to pick more green beans.  I stayed focused and got them picked.  I knew I would also need to pick the cucumbers and so I did that as well.

Then it happened!  Out of the corner of my eye I saw the color red.  It took me a moment for color of red to register in my mind that the red was in fact a group of ripened cherry tomatoes!

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Dance Like No One Is Watching

And that is exactly what I did!  There is something about seeing the first ripened red tomato.  It always makes me happy.

Then I picked them.  I looked at one of them, wiped it off  with my shirt and popped it into my mouth!  There is nothing that tastes better than a home grown tomato.

BLT – Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato Sandwiches Are In The Near Future

I decided to take a closer look at my tomatoes called ‘Celebrity’.  The majority of them are still green, but there are two that are beginning to turn red.  I better write down bacon on my grocery list because it is coming soon!

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Find Some Joy In Your Day!

If you are a gardener like I am, you will know of the excitement I feel when the first tomato ripens.  Don’t stop there.  Nature is all around us and make a point to look around.  Find something that will fill you with joy like I experienced today!  Maybe it is a butterfly, a hummingbird, the mum plants that are flooding the stores, the flowers that are blooming around you.  Then, dance like no one is watching!

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Get Up Close And Personal With Marilyn’s Way 9 Habits!

When I named my blog and facebook page Marilyn’s Way To Organization For Home And Garden and calling it Marilyn’s Way for short, it has always meant for you to find ‘Your Way’.  I simply give you a guide of 9 habits that everyone should do each day to get from day to day smoothly.  How you do it is totally up to you!

You see the 9 habits are the foundation in which you can build upon and personalize for yourself.  When I was searching for a way to get rid of my CHAOS and clutter I kept failing because I was trying to do it their way.

The one thing I did learn was practicing a specific habit until it becomes natural.  I did just that when I took the personal challenge of Flylady’s March Habit Getting Dressed To Shoe, Hair, Makeup and posting a daily photo and mini blog for 436 consecutive days.  I was a pajama junkie of 5 years and needed to change if I was to have any chance of getting rid of CHAOS and clutter.

I have a few things stacked up against me to complete this.  I suffer from Major Depressive Disorder or Clinical Depression, FibromyalgiaAdult Attention Deficit DisorderSevere Sleep Apnea, Cycolthymic or Mild Bipolar Disorder, and Hypothyroidism.

After looking at my list you may wonder, why even get out of bed?  I tried that.  I felt worse.  Then I went through a period of staying up for 2 days just so I could do everything that most organizational systems ask of you because it takes longer with some tasks for me than most. How did that work you may wonder?  It didn’t.

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That is when Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System was born featuring 9 habits to do each day that will assist in getting you out of CHAOS and clutter so you may take care of yourself, your family and your home.  It doesn’t matter how you do any of the habits.  You do them however they will work for you.

Why are the 9 Habits Successful?

Because you come to realize that they are the foundation and must be done each day to keep the status quo.  Eventually you find your own rhythm to Dance Till You FLY!  From there, you can personalize it even more by practicing a set of ‘Weekly Habits’ for a specific day of your choice.  I chose to name them in dance style terms to make it fun. The third part are the ‘Zones’ that are actually Monthly Habits for a specific zone or room for one week of the month.

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What About All The Rest?

If you become consistent with the 9 Habits, the Weekly Habits and the zones the rest will take care of itself.  How may you ask?  Because they become so automatic that they free up your time to do seasonal projects or extra decluttering when you can.  Just like our body’s foundation is the skeletal part of our body so are the 3 parts to Marilyn’s Dance Till You FLY! System.

Get up close and personal to Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System keeping it simple to work for you and your way.  I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of living to do and I don’t want to spend my every waking moment cleaning.

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If you like what you read and feel it may help others, please SHARE.  I did all the hard parts of this by trying different ways until I came up with these to focus on.  Upon deciding them I took every type of lifestyle into consideration.  From there I invite you to get up close and personal and tweak the system to work for you!

If you would like to join the secret facebook group Marilyn’s Way where we talk about ways of getting rid of CHAOS and clutter to practice the system send me a friend request by clicking on my name Marilyn Foster and I will add you!

A Fast Way To Clean Your House!

Have you ever heard the the number of things we can remember at the same time is 3?

Just for fun click on  and play this quick game called Memory 3.  How did you do? It tends to get overwhelming towards the end doesn’t it?  Did you notice you began to just think color?  Did you also notice how you were looking at 3 of the balls at one time?

Now think about cleaning your house.  Most of us start out with the larger number of balls trying to remember where pairs of one color is.  Odds of getting it right are slim compared to starting out with 3.  Right?

So how is this going to help you create a ‘Fast Way To Clean Your House?’  By creating habits in groups of 3 for each routine of your day ‘Morning, Afternoon, and Before Bedtime’.  Notice the number of routines is 3.

What Do The 3 Habits Cover?

3 areas of your life.  That is yourself, your family and your home.

3 Habits For Each Routine Equals 9!

What are these ‘9 Habits’?  They are one part of 3 to the system I created called ‘Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY!’  Whatever you do in a day, always leave enough time in your day for these 9 habits.  Some take longer than others but all equally important for you to begin to have good days in which you can build upon.  Here are the 9 habits.

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Start practicing these habits today for 3 days and you decide if this is something that will help you find a ‘Fast Way To Clean Your House!’

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Fast Way To Clean Your House!

Have you ever heard that the number of things we can remember at the same time is 3?

Just for fun click on  and play this quick game called Memory 3.

There are 9 levels. How did you do? It tends to get overwhelming towards the end doesn’t it?  Did you notice you began to just think color?  Did you also notice how you were looking at 3 of the balls at one time?

Now think about cleaning your house.  Most of us start out with a large amount of tasks to do just like the larger number of balls trying to remember where pairs of one color is.  Odds of getting it right are slim compared to starting out with 3.  Right?

So how is this going to help you create a ‘Fast Way To Clean Your House?’  By creating habits in groups of 3 for each routine of your day ‘Morning, Afternoon, and Before Bedtime’.  Notice the number of routines is 3.

What Do The 3 Habits Cover?

3 areas of your life.  That is yourself, your family and your home.

3 Habits For Each Routine Equals 9!

What are these ‘9 Habits’?  They are one part of 3 to the system I created called ‘Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY!’  Whatever you do in a day, always leave enough time in your day for these 9 habits.  Some take longer than others but all equally important for you to begin to have good days in which you can build upon.  Here are the 9 habits. 9habitsnameform9 Habits To Marilyn’s Way To Dance Till You FLY! Start practicing these habits today for 3 days and you decide if this is something that will help you find a ‘Fast Way To Clean Your House!’ mwtoorganizationforhomeandgarden3 If you liked what you read, please share.  If you would like to join Marilyn’s Way Secret Group on Facebook where we talk about our clutter and CHAOS in our homes to using tools that will allow you to ‘Dance Till You FLY!’ send me a personal friend request by clicking on my name Marilyn Foster and I will add you!

It’s Great To Have Your Home Company Ready!

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The only thing that went wrong this morning before Direct TV showed up to do an upgrade is I wore my watch while taking a shower!  Luckily it is waterproof!

I am so happy I have gotten to the place where I can say my home is company ready and I am not having to constantly be apologizing for the mess OR staying up all night the day before to get my home in shape.

I bet you are wondering how I do it.  Over three years ago it wasn’t the case.  Dishes would be piled up and laundry backed up.  Lots of unopened mail stacked up.  So what is different?

I tried various systems on the internet that said you could get rid of clutter and have a clean house in X amount of days.  I would get started and none of them would work because it would be something different to do each day for 31 days.  By day 8 or 9 I would quit.

The closest I got into a system was Flylady.   She has a wealth of information.  Many have been successful with it.

Myself on the other hand could not do all of what Flylady asked because of being ADD and also having Fibromyalgia.  The combination takes up way too much energy to get through everything.

Do I decide to throw in the towel?  No.  I was still sick and tired of living among clutter and always having dirty dishes in the sink and smelly laundry in the wash.

I set out to find a way to have the basics done each day every day.  This is where Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! was born.  I read about the power of three.  It states the most a person can remember similtaneously is 3 things.  Our days are already broken into 3 routines.  They are Morning, Afternoon and Before Bedtime.  Easy enough to remember.

What if there were 3 habits for each routine that one practices each day every day that involve yourself, your family and your home?  Is this possible?  The answer is yes!

What if you began to practice a total of 9 habits each day as stated above and it allows you to gain free time?  Is that possible?  The answer is yes again!

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Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. -Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr has a quote “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”  So many times we as humans think we have to see the whole staircase before we can move forward.

My next question is this.  Is there any particular subject you can say you know everything there is to know about it?  If you are honest, you will say no.  Why?  Because as a human race we are constantly evolving.  It is one of our strong desires.

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Along with the 9 habits there are weekly habits for specific days to focus on.  I give you the habits, you decide the days!

Lastly, we focus on our homes one zone at a time each week.  There are a total of 5 zones.  This is where we declutter first and detail clean second.

In a nutshell there are 3 routines each day and 3 parts of the system with a built in 3 day/3 load limit that I will cover in the future.  Don’t worry.  It isn’t complicated.  It is just something I built into the system that gives one breathing room.

On Mondays I write about the system in the Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! Series.  I have covered 5 weeks to date.  My goal is to give you just a little information that will stay with you verses the other.  Therefore you don’t have to see the entire staircase in order to take the first step.  I will be here to guide you.

If you are tired of searching for the perfect system to declutter and clean your home, there is no perfect system.  The closest you will get is by establishing daily habits that take care of yourself, your family and your home.  From there you can design your system your way and that is what Marilyn’s Way is all about.  I hope you will join me.

I also have a group on Facebook you can belong to so you have support.  Just let me know here by commenting in the comments section of this blog and I will get you in.  It is by invitation only for ones that are serious about learning an easy way to take care of yourself, your family and your home so you may live and enjoy your life!

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Up To The Minute Gardening Marilyn’s Way

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I always get excited the day I plant my vegetable garden.  So much hope and anticipation is formed.  How will my garden be this year?

I have to say since I reclaimed gardening, I have been very fortunate with having successful gardens the past three years.

What will my 4th year back into gardening be like?  Stick around.  I plan to keep you updated to the miracle of planting a seed that grows into a plant to harvesting the vegetables at the end of gardening season.

It really is a ‘Circle Of Life’.  I think that is why I am so fascinated by it.  Without further ado, I am headed out to the garden!

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I’m a gardening!
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Equipped with garden shoes!
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Blank canvas. Ready for possibilities!
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Going through it with my mini tiller.
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Landscape fabric for weed control.

I was out there for 45 minutes and it is hot!  It is 89 degrees.  Time for a different game plan.

Luckily I know of a different way to get the garden in without getting heat stroke.  It is something I take from Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System.  It is called 15ers or 15 minute spurts of doing something and then a 15 minute break.  Now you wouldn’t think one could get very much done doing it that way.  For me having fibromyalgia and a chance of heat exhaustion I have no choice.

Three years ago when I decided to take up gardening again after being ill for 5 years I knew if I wanted to do it I was going to have to come up with  a plan my way.  That is how the name Marilyn’s Way came to be.

I wasn’t going to be able to do it like most gardeners do.  Yet, I wasn’t ready to give it up.  I wanted to be outdoors in the summer after spending all winter cooped up.  I was determined.  Instead I have learned to do a little at a time and then come back into my home to take a break and do one of my nine habits I do each day to keep my home from getting cluttered and disorganized.

I am cooled off and hydrated with Powerade Zero.  Off to the garden I go again.  I want to stay out there for 30 minutes but if it is only 15 minutes I can handle I will do it that way.  I have the garden plan in my head so now I am ready to start planting.

Stay tuned.  Tomorrow I will show you what I get done.  Happy Gardening!

Will you be gardening this year?  I would love to know how you do it your way!

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How A Rainbow Is Made

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Last night the wind came up suddenly.  I happened to be in a protected area.  I knew it was strong because I watched the blooms of a crab apple tree fly off.

Next came the rain and it was just that.  Sometimes when wind is that strong and the temperature drops hail can form.  Thankfully it just rained.

It was a fast passing cloud that went by.  How do I know? Well I looked out of the east window of my living room and there was a beautiful rainbow peaking out from the edge of the trees.

Naturally I had to go outside to see if I could see the end of the rainbow.  Not only that, I was able to see the entire arch!  I can’t even remember the last time I saw a rainbow as beautiful as this one.  I took photos to share with you all.  To be honest, this rainbow was more beautiful than the photos I took.  That said I still wanted to show them to you.  I hope it makes your day a bit more pleasant.

If you would like to know more about How A Rainbow Is Formed click on the link.  One thing I learned is a rainbow is actually a circle!

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The church is to the east side of my house.
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The old Blacksmith building is to the south of my house.
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The sun was the very reason for this beautiful rainbow after the rain.
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The Opera House on the south side. I kept walking back to see how much of the rainbow I could see.
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As I walked back, I could see how vibrant the rainbow was.
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Between Prairie Lodge and the Fire Hall is the other side of the rainbow.
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Here is a closer view of the rainbow by the Fire Hall.

What experiences have you had with rainbows?  When was the time you were able to enjoy one?  I would love to know!