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Flylady Marla Cilley on Finally Loving Yourself

Flylady Marla Cilley, founder of, is a true inspiration. I found her site over ten years ago, as I was going through a divorce and knew I needed to find a way to take care of myself and my home.  I had started the search, thinking that I simply needed to find ways to clean and declutter, and to get my life back on track. What I found was Marla’s loving wisdom, her “Flying lessons,” her support, a lot of humor, a fun community, and a renewed sense of who I was. For this, I’m grateful. Tune in as I interview Flylady Marla Cilley on Finally Loving Yourself.

I’m so honored to have Marla as a guest for today’s episode as part of the “Loving your 2016” series. It was a true joy to speak with her, and to spend time soaking up her love and joy-filled philosophy. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the state of your home, or you’ve made organizing your life a priority for this year, I encourage you to listen, and to visit for more resources. She offers all of this for free – and you are in for such a treat.

Marla Cilley, the Flylady, on Finally Loving Yourself on Jump Start Your Joy

In this episode, Flylady Marla Cilley and I talk about:

– how Marla arrived at her current zone cleaning process, including the overwhelming amount of cards and lists that she started with, trying to “perfect” an organization process
– shining your sink, what it is, and how that changed Marla’s life
– that two resolutions that started everything
– Marla’s take on the word perfect (and how she corrects me when I use it!)
– the food addiction, and why foods evoke memories and provide an endorphin rush. (along with why Mac n Cheese was Marla’s go to food when she got stressed, and why I run for peanut butter and chocolate).
– an easier way to clean your bathtub
– a great way to keep bathtub toys stored, and Flylady’s first viral post on facebook
– making cleaning fun
– why having a wall calendar is important for organization and teaching our children
– why Marla calls “jobs” or chores “blessings”
– why it’s important to release things that don’t bring you joy
– the power and importance of complimenting other people

Resources – Marla’s website
Marla is the author of “Body Clutter,” and “Sink Reflections,” both are best sellers, and  I can not recommend them highly enough.
Sink Reflections – Marla’s first book (on Amazon)
Body Clutter – Marla’s second book (on Amazon)
Eric Dodge, Why Not Today (on Amazon)
Pam Young and Peggy Jones card file system (Side Tracked Home Executives) on Amazon

any day can be new years day by Flylady Marla Cilley