MOMRadio-MarlaCilleyOn this episode of Motivating Other Moms, Rosemary is joined by The Fly Lady. The two discuss the start of The Fly Lady ministry, turning chores into blessings and the family business dynamic. The Fly Lady shares her insights and tips with Rosemary about parenting, home life and getting organized. Rosemary shares her struggles and gets ideas and possible solutions.


“If I had 3 minutes, for me it would be making sure the dishwasher is empty.”

“If you want something to change, you’ve got to be the change in the world”

“Every sport has their own shoe.”

“If you are creative and get sidetracked, surround yourself with born organized people.”

About Our Guest

Marla Cilley is The FlyLady. She does not fly a plane! To keep a long story short, Marla loves to teach people to flyfish. That is how she got the name — FlyLady. Marla is a SHE (Sidetracked Home Executive). This system saved her life and continues to bless her. When Marla found the website years ago, she needed a user name for the forums. Everyone was trying to help her come up with one. When they found out that she loved to flyfish and she taught it at a local college, they came up with “FlyLady.” It is because of Marla’s SHEness that she can now teach others. On December 7, 1999, someone asked Marla for help, and the FlyLady mentoring group began. This group has always been her gift to whoever joined. All Marla ever wanted to do was help people.

And now, the name, FlyLady, has come to mean so much more. One of her members came up with a great acronym for it: Finally Loving Yourself (FLY) – this is the gift that FlyLady wants you to receive. It was only after Marla learned out how to “FLY” that she was able to become the person of her dreams. She has three rules that she lives by:

Don’t sweat the small stuff; what doesn’t matter, doesn’t matter.
Laugh everyday. Even if it is at yourself.
Love like there is no tomorrow.


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Key Takeaways

[00:00:47] Rosemary introduces The Fly Lady
[00:02:37] Blog talk vs iTunes
[00:05:10] The Fly Lady discusses starting out
[00:06:31] Without a website, how she started with The Fly Lady
[00:10:15] Where The Fly Lady got her name
[00:12:22] The Fly Lady talks about working for county commissioner
[00:14:26] What is the first step in becoming organized?
[00:16:56] Kids unloading the dishwasher
[00:18:19] The role of mom at home
[00:20:16] The Fly Lady describes The Launch Pad
[00:22:10] The ladies talk about the term “fly babies”
[00:23:40] All about feeling overwhelmed
[00:24:31] The Fly Lady describes an ideal morning routine with a toddler
[00:27:05] The importance of getting up early
[00:27:48] The Fly Lady’s philosophy on shoes
[00:28:55] The Fly Lady family dynamic
[00:29:52] Selecting tools & company dynamic
[00:36:10] The importance of bookkeeping
[00:38:52] Creativity versus born organized
[00:39:53] The Fly Lady talks about her new book
[00:43:22] What it was like shipping books before
[00:44:54] The Fly Lady talks about her website
[00:47:25] Where you can find The Fly Lady

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