Fly Lady's March Habit: Getting Dressed to the Shoes

I've decided already that this month's habit of getting dressed to the shoes just isn't for me.  I understand the idea behind getting up and getting fully dressed, all the way down to lace up shoes, every day before starting on your work around the house, I really do.  It's supposed to be a great motivator to get to work and to stay at work.  But as much as I love shoes (and I really, really love shoes), I don't like wearing them in the house.  I'm much more likely to get to work on whatever project I have going on around the house if I don't have to put my shoes on.  They weigh me down and make me feel like not moving.  Ever see a cat with tape on it's paws?  That's kinda how I feel about shoes in the house.  In fact, as a massage therapist, I don't even wear shoes at work.


Getting up and getting dressed every day is something I will work on, but to be honest, I'm probably not going to be very good at it.  I like pajamas.  I love pajamas.  There are days when I change out of the pajamas I slept in and into the pajamas I plan on wearing all day.  I have a lot of pajamas and wear a different set every night and it seems silly to me to put something I only wear to sleep in for one night into the dirty clothes the next morning.  They need a little more use before getting put into the dirty pile.  I prefer to get up, have my coffee and breakfast, and immediately get started on what I need to do for the day.  In my pajamas!  If I have to go outside to take the trash out or check the mail I don't mind doing it in my pj's.  I've even worn my pajamas to the grocery store.  Why should I do housework in anything less comfortable than my pajamas?  Of course, I get dressed to go to work, and to make Den happy I don't go to the grocery store in my pajamas anymore, but I see no reason not to wear them as much as I want when I'm at home.

I'll try to make a compromise on this month's habit.  After all, there is a point to getting dressed every morning.  I will try to lay out two outfits every night before I go to bed.  One outfit for cleaning house in, which will probably consist of a track suit or yoga pants and a t-shirt, and another outfit better suited for life outside the house, most likely jeans and a t-shirt or a flowing skirt for doing massages.

Since I don't really like this month's habit, I've decide to come up with my own habit to work on.  Well, it's not exactly my habit, it's another tool from Fly Lady.  She has routines, detailed lists of what to accomplish, to keep her on track during the day.  I've come up with my own routines to help keep me on track.  So this month I will focus on doing my routines, especially my morning routine, every day.  I also plan on focusing on last month's habit of de-cluttering for 15 minutes a day.  I definitely need work on that one!  At least my sink is shiny!


  1. I haven't been able to get dressed to shoes, but just getting out of my jammies as soon as I get out of bed has made a huge difference for me. I also can't stand wearing shoes around my house and my argument is that it tracks in even more dirt. Course, I'm the type of person that slips of my shoes when I work in an office too ;) Personally, I don't see anything wrong with going out in public with yoga pants and t-shirt especially if you're just going to the store. That's just me, though. I don't even wear a bra unless I'm going to someplace like a church and even then it's just a sports bra to keep the girls in check. Around the house I normally wear some sort of cami under my shirt (and I'm fairly well endowed, last check these girls are DD's). Anything else is just too uncomfortable for my own home.

    The great thing about Fly Lady is you can customize things like this to make it work for you. Don't bother with the shoes! Maybe a compromise is some sort of around the house slipper or flip flop? I do so much better with just getting dressed and not worrying about my feet. It's not like the Fly Lady police are going to come get you. LOL

  2. Hahaha! Fly Lady police...freeze! Where are your shoes?!? Hahaha!

    I think I'd be more worried about my sink and any hot spots if the FL police showed up at my door than having shoes on my feet--thank god her system is customizable!

    I do run my errands in yoga pants and t-shirts all the time, especially if I've worked out before the errands--no sense in coming home to change before going back out, right? And I feel ya with the no bra thing, I never wear one at home either; I'm all about comfort at home. I do wear one to work because I want to make sure I don't give off the wrong signal, especially to new male clients, if you catch my drift.

    Part of reinventing myself this year is working on my personal image as well as getting my act together, and making sure I look good before I walk out the door (even if it's in yoga pants and a t-shirt) is something I'm trying to move higher on my priority list and actually think about. But it's really hard because I'm pretty much a super-low-maintenance kinda girl. Getting dressed every morning, even in yoga pants and shirt, will force me to consider what I'm wearing and what I look like, and if I lay out my clothes the night before I won't just throw on whatever I can grab out of my closet at the last second as I'm running late out the door.

    Then again, I'm still in my pajamas today! Ha!


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