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    • Valli
    • By Valli 15th May 17, 8:44 AM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 15th May 2017
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    • 15th May 17, 8:44 AM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 15th May 2017 15th May 17 at 8:44 AM
    Welcome to the weekly Flylady Thread. You're more than welcome to join us in the everlasting battle against dust, grime and gibble. The aim of our thread is to make those onerous tasks less daunting, and to support each other - and to make time for the finer things in life!

    Thank you Natty for last week's thread (link to follow)

    It is your responsibility to read the forum rules, please follow them on this thread as Flylady has been here a LONG time and is a fabulous support and resource for lots of us. All posts should have some Flylady-related (ooh a compound adjective) content!

    The idea is that even if you are really busy you don't need to fall off the wagon!

    Every room comes back around next week so please don’t stress about catching up

    These lists are only suggestions and not a must do list; you are more than welcome to post and follow your own lists.

    Also adding a declutter mission each day will help to gradually clear the clutter and make flying easier.

    A few of the basics before we start the week

    Hotspots are areas where if one thing gets put there, loads of other things follow!

    Daily routines are anything you need to do on a daily basis like washing, swish and swipe kitchen and bathroom, ironing, making beds, vacuuming high traffic areas, making meals etc.

    Night-time routines are all things which make getting ready in the morning easier, preparing clothes for the next day, making lunches, swish & swipes of the kitchen and tidying the living room before you go to bed plus personals like shower/brush teeth etc.

    Fling Boogie - stick on some loud music, grab a bin bag and whiz around the house finding items that can go out with the rubbish, recycling, for charity shop, basically anything that will stop it cluttering your home.

    Swish and swipe/S&S means have a quick wipe over an area such as a sink or toilet to prevent the build up of dirt. This is usually done on a daily basis

    HHE/HHC/HHI Half Hour exercise/challenge/ironing ... run around for 30 minutes to the Benny Hill music frantically cleaning exercising or ironing.. other music may be used if you prefer!
    WM ~ Washing machine
    TD ~ Tumble dryer
    SC ~ Slowcooker
    BM ~ Breadmaker
    DW ~ Dishwasher
    SOAADFA ~ Sit on 'bottom' and do 'nothing'
    KH/XH/FW ~ Ex-husband and other not so polite versions
    DH/DD/DS/DW/DP ~ Dear husband/daughter/son/wife/partner/whatever
    OH/SO ~ Other half/significant other
    NN ~ nice neighbour
    Toxic (friend/mother/sister/whoever) ~ person in your life that seems to exist to make your life miserable
    AF ~ Aunt Flo 'time of the month'.. nothing to do with flying but it comes up often.
    ETA ~ Edited to add
    Gibble ~ miscellaneous crap that appears forever homeless
    Dot-to-dot ~ pick a small area (not a whole room) like a chair/coffee/table/shelf/worktop or wherever- thats your first 'dot' - totally clear it - clean it - and only put back what should be there - deal with what you have removed (not just move it somewhere else) then if you have time move on and do the same to another 'dot' -the idea is just like a dot to dot puzzle, you aim to join up all the dots and have a tidy room. The trick is to keep each dot tidy until you get them all joined up! All credit to AnW's Mum for this one
    RoD ~ Room of Doom, the one room that feels like it is a permanent pit and cannot be used to its potential!

    Mr S/A/T/M/L/Al - supermarkets Sainsburys, Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Lidl, Aldi. You get the picture!!

    Click here to read Toots wonderful welcome guide

    ok Here goes this Week...

    post under construction - JUST LOST LIST AAAAARGH

    Monday Munchroom Mess - Kitchen and Dining Room

    Level 1
    Empty bin and wipe it out
    Clear sides and wipe down
    Wipe stuff as you put it back - kettle etc
    Clear table; dust, wipe/polish - don't forget the legs
    Clean whatever you sit on - barstools (I'm cross now as this is list two lol) or chairs! Don't forget the legs - and turn them over and look under the seat...told you! How icky does it get where fingers go and eyes don't see!

    Level 2
    Rinse out that cloth and wipe sockets and switches and door handles
    Wipe down cupboard fronts and fascias - paying special attention to handles
    Spring clean - pick a neglected drawer or cupboard, empty it and wipe it out.
    Wipe window sills and clean the windows
    Clean out fridge and weave anything on its last leg into your mealplan
    Wipe splashbacks/tiles

    Level 3
    Dust any dining room furniture
    Wipe skirting boards
    Sweep/mop/polish floor

    Extras
    Binbag Dance
    HHI
    S&S bathroom
    check diary for the week
    Deal with a pile!
    sweep/mop/vacuum floors


    Triffic Tuesday - out on the tiles
    (Bathrooms and en suites)

    Level 1

    Remove shower curtains and towels - wash that shower curtain!
    Wipe down shower screens and cubicles
    Scrub bath
    Give shower heads a bath in lemon juice
    Polish all brightwork (chrome bits - taps & hoses)
    Clean shower tray
    Good glug of bleach down drain

    Level 2
    F;ush loo and spray bowl with cream cleaner and SCRUB - under the rim, below the waterline and all over the bowl.

    Flush loo again
    Wipe seat, lid and outside of loo - including where you can't see...
    Slop some bleach all over the loo
    With a clean cloth wipe switches, pull cord, door handles and loo roll holder

    Level 3
    Scrub the sink = dont forget the plug!
    Bleach the drain
    Wipe the pedestal/cupboard over
    Polish and mirrors, glass and your heated towel rail
    Clean the floor - vacuum or mop
    Put out fresh towels

    Extras
    HHI
    S&S kitchen
    Cook a 'double' meal and freeze the spare ready for when you need/deserve a lazy evening
    Book out some me time...or some couple time...or both
    Go through your odd socks - if any of them have been there a l-o-n-g time bit the bullet and bin them!
    If you're working your way through your kitchen cupboards clean out another one!


    Wonderful Wednesday - boudoir beautification

    Level 1
    Open windows
    strip your bed
    Dust/polish vacuum bed/headboard etc
    Make the bed with fresh linen

    Level 2
    Clear the floordrobe/chairdrobe
    Dust and polish furniture

    Level 3
    Clean windows
    Vacuum/mop floor

    Extras
    S kitchen
    S&S bathroom
    HHI
    Have a wonderful Wednesday

    Thrilling Thursday - love that lounge

    Level 1
    Binbag dance - and shift the gibble out - get it homed!
    Open the window for a freshen up
    Deal with any wilting blooms - and houseplants
    Clean windows
    Wipe sills
    Vacuum pelmets

    Level 2
    Clean sofas and chairs - lift those seat pads and vacuum under them, too
    Plump cushions
    Dust lightshades, table lamps and any other lighting

    Level 3
    Dust everywhere - including tops of soors, cupboard and skirting boards
    Vacuum/sweep/mop floor

    Extras
    Chuck any old magazines/newspapers into the recycling bin
    S&S kitchen
    S&S bathroom
    Open windows to air the house after all that rain - if it's sunny

    Friday Finale

    High traffic areas

    hallways, stairs, utilities, lobbies...mix it up

    Beat any door mats
    Clean any windows
    Dust dusty spots
    Move excess coats and shoes
    Polish any mirrors
    Wipe any sills
    Wipe all light switches and door handles
    Wash OUTSIDE of front door
    Sweep/mop/vacuum floors
    Clear any gibble
    Binbag fling...all that stuff you put down and left - can it go?
    Put all junk mail in recycling - cut windows out of envelopes first - SHRED bits with personal information on first
    Check outside lights are working


    Extras
    HHI
    S&S Kitchen
    S&S bathroom
    make sure everything is in its home...tidy is half the battle!
    Last edited by Valli; 19-05-2017 at 9:03 AM.
    Make two - and freeze one!
    Don't put it DOWN - put it AWAY!
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    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 15th May 17, 8:59 AM
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    • 15th May 17, 8:59 AM
    Thanks for the list Valli, I'm in after a fashion.

    Morning flyladies. Hope you're all ok.

    So far today I have done the dailies, dusted the dusty bits in the LR and done a very quick hoover through. Paid stuff now which consists of looking for a new job.

    Have a great day everyone.
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    • Narc0lepsy
    • By Narc0lepsy 15th May 17, 11:14 AM
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    Thanks for the lists, even if I seem to be wading through treacle work-wise and the house only gets the occasional look-in. Had to get a bit done yesterday as we had visitors so my reward was their whippet acting as my hot water bottle this morning.

    Mr N is my flylady at the moment, hope he leaves me something to do after he retires or else I'll have to sign off and sign him up (except he'd be too busy flying to post).

    best wishes for sickies and sick children; welcome to newbies and hugs for anyone else as I do some report writing before I decide it's time for a coffee.
    Remember...a layer of dust protects the wood beneath it.
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 15th May 17, 11:25 AM
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    Mr N is my flylady at the moment, hope he leaves me something to do after he retires or else I'll have to sign off and sign him up (except he'd be too busy flying to post).
    Originally posted by Narc0lepsy
    It's good when they help, isn't it? The only problem is when they don't do the tasks quite to the required standard.

    Mr LW is currently dusting the lounge, and I've had to carefully explain to him that he needs to remove all the stuff from the top of the china cabinet, take the runner off the top (it's a pretty lace one I bought in Brugge), shake it outside (I don't want to wash it this time) and dust the whole top of the cabinet.

    As for me, I'm off to do the kitchen as per today's list (don't faint, Valli I'm actually sort of following the official list today!!)
    Mr LW really annoyed me yesterday evening, and I'm still cross, so it's better if I work in another room I think.
    LameWolf
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.
    • rb6ac
    • By rb6ac 15th May 17, 11:49 AM
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    Hi everyone!

    I've been following the thread on and off for years but determined to stick to it this time as I moved house on the weekend and it'll be nice for the housework not to pile up in this place! Granted I'm cheating slightly as we bought a newbuild so it's currently very clean so I breezed through level 1

    Thanks for the lists as always!
    Beth
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 15th May 17, 11:58 AM
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    Welcome rb6ac! And welcome to your new home, obviously. If you can stay on top of it that should make life very straightforward.

    Amazing feeling when I woke up this morning. Normally I have an urgent 'thing' that needs doing often feel very lethargic at just the thought of having to get stuck in. I've still got a listy as long as my arm, but nothing that absolutely must be done today. I think I'm sort of frog-free. It feels rather odd. I'm clearing paperwork while I just enjoy the feeling. It's taken four (or is it five?) years of flying to get me here but that just goes to show how utterly chaotic things were.

    So, big thanks to Natty and Valli for the lists, and to all Flyladies for being there.

    By the way, we've got a dead dehumidifier that I really like but changing the fuse hasn't made it work. Does anyone have any suggestions about how to see if it can be fixed?

    Ditto a DAB radio that just sort of conked out. I can't bear the thought of them going to the tip without at least trying to see if they can be repaired.
    Keeping it AF
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 15th May 17, 12:13 PM
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    • 15th May 17, 12:13 PM
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    • 15th May 17, 12:13 PM
    I'm in thank you for all the lists . xx

    My dehumidifer when I use it, has to assembled correctly other wise it won't work, ie the draw in ,the hose inthe sink and lower than the drain etc etc, as you sure it is all in the correct place and everything 'pushed' home?
    Are you sure the wall socket you have it plugged into is working?

    OK, I have :- since 7.30am this morning
    WM x 3
    TD x 4
    Bought food and put away
    Posted ebay sale!
    Stripped bed, remade
    Hoovered the whole house
    Dusted the whole house
    Cleaned out every bin in the house, all rubbish outside in larger bin
    Made a heap of paperwork to attack this afternoon
    Kitchen sides / hob etc cleaned
    Kitchen floor also done
    and breathe
    Now sat near cat having 10 mins before I start again
    Sun, Sea
    • Biscuit monster
    • By Biscuit monster 15th May 17, 12:27 PM
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    Wow Kaz you've been busy!
    Welcome rb6ac x
    I'm at the paid stuff, so I'm just checking in to say thanks very much for the lists.
    This morning I wm'd, dw'd, swished the bathroom and hoovered the kitchen before I set off to work.
    See you later x
    • Narc0lepsy
    • By Narc0lepsy 15th May 17, 1:20 PM
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    • 15th May 17, 1:20 PM
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    • 15th May 17, 1:20 PM
    It's good when they help, isn't it? The only problem is when they don't do the tasks quite to the required standard.
    Originally posted by LameWolf
    Yes I'm very lucky, and his standard is way higher than mine.

    So far today I have:
    - emptied DW and put everything away
    - paid cc bill
    - sent summary email regarding a recent student
    - sent reminder to late payer
    - started another report
    - checked and written down library times for MIL

    Must be about lunch time now but so far so good.
    Remember...a layer of dust protects the wood beneath it.
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 15th May 17, 1:48 PM
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    LameWolf
    Welcome rb6ac enjoy your new home!
    I think I'm sort of frog-free.
    Originally posted by Honey Bear
    I have an entire pond-full; shall I send some of them your way?
    LameWolf
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.
    • lynnejk
    • By lynnejk 15th May 17, 3:46 PM
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    Afternoon everyone and welcome rb6ac

    Thank you Valli and Natty for the lists

    Gosh - some of you have been soo busy already.

    Bed made and bathroom s & s'd.
    Put out rubbish. Sorted and put out recycling ready to go.
    Finished a Mr T order for Thursday to use a MOC
    I made a potful of mince for DH last night and have sent him a portion for his 'dinner'. with carrots and pots. Today I have frozen the rest in portions.
    Also finished beef casserole and it's in SC for tonight's dinner.
    Emptied the fridge, wiped it out, threw out all the really cr*p stuff and put the just useable veg on to cook for soup to finish later.
    Had lunch
    I have just WUDUPA everything in the kitchen.
    Kitchen bunkers and cupboard fronts all wiped down.

    Now going to have a cuppa and a sit-down for a while. Then I'll do some of my Spanish lesson.

    All I have left to do now is fry off other three lbs of minced beef and freeze and do some veggies to steam for my dinner.
    Lx
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    • Dizzy Imp
    • By Dizzy Imp 15th May 17, 4:09 PM
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    Hello ladies and a special wave to welcome rb6ac

    I'm in this week, but might be flying off list as I've got another busy week. Currently sitting in my van waiting for Small to finish karate and Tiny is asleep! Can you believe it?!? There is nothing except the chirping of the birds to be heard. This will last for a further seven minutes precisely...

    Lots done today but still mountains to do...as always...
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    • greent
    • By greent 15th May 17, 4:42 PM
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    Thanks for the list Valli Will be doing fluttering more than flying this week, I think - busy week with both school jobs and also need to sort some paperwork for accountant for OH's co (which also pays me - so another job ) and extra kids activities on an evening this week.

    Most of the kitchen sides are shiny - 1 area 60 x 60 needs a wipe and polish. DW will go on after dinner and WM went on this morning - have just loaded some of it back in to TD as it's been raining on and off all day will have to put some to airdry overnight. Ironing mostly up straight - will do some more when smalls are asleep - and will try and get it put away tonight/ in the morning too! Ran a cursory vacuum around kitchen floor before work - that's about as good as it's going to get tonight, I think!

    Overtired, lacking in sleep and too much to do - standard for a lot of us, probably - but so much easier to deal with when it's nicer weather!

    Hugs where needed x
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    • dancemum
    • By dancemum 15th May 17, 5:34 PM
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    Sneaks in at the back, hope no one notices. I'm in this week.

    Valli Thank you for the list and Natty Thanks for last week's one.

    Dailies have been done.

    Had a checkup this morning with my dentist. Had an unexpected filling. Jab didn't work properly, had more so has taken all day to wear off. Met friend for lunch at a small garden centre but struggled to eat.

    Hope Squeak is ok and OH's company is understanding Piggers X

    Just cooking tea then off to tap dancing.
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 15th May 17, 5:53 PM
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    Been to Milton Keynes to spend my Christmas voucher in MS but came back with nothing, I think their stuff I saw today awful, was going to spend it on food, but I didn't feel I could spend a large voucher on food, so came home

    Bins out
    Sun, Sea
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 15th May 17, 7:45 PM
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    Thank you Natty for last week's thread and to Valli for this week's. I'm in please, just looking for my guag.
    Welcome to rb6ac

    Had a miserable day at work, tomorrow had better improve, but I have my doubts. Before I left this morning, I loaded the WM, emptied the DW, s&s the downstairs loo and bathroom. Didn't think that I had managed to do any of today's list, but yet again Valli you are a mind reader and an angel ....I tidied up the kitchen after dinner, swept the floor and put out the recycling, so all crossed off the list! Bonus!
    • karenccs67
    • By karenccs67 15th May 17, 8:03 PM
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    Evening everyone , thank you for the new thread.

    So today I have :-

    Emptied & refilled the DW
    Cleaned the appliances
    Cleaned the inside of the kitchen cupboards
    Cleaned the cupboard doors
    Wiped the surfaces
    Hoovered & steam cleaned the floor
    Cleaned the hob
    S&S the bathroom

    And then DH & DS came home .... Does anyone else wonder why they bother ...

    Tomorrow I'm going to clean the bathroom, I spotted a couple of spots on the shower curtain so I must wash it. I'm going to a funeral Thursday afternoon and we are going away on Saturday for a few nights, so this week I will do what I can when I can. DH off next week ... I've no idea what I will get done with him home!
    ***Dont save what is left after spending, spend what is left after saving***
    • Valli
    • By Valli 15th May 17, 8:12 PM
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    Valli
    Didn't think that I had managed to do any of today's list, but yet again Valli you are a mind reader and an angel ...
    Originally posted by Fayolle
    This is quite true lol...
    Make two - and freeze one!
    Don't put it DOWN - put it AWAY!
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    • YORKSHIRELASS
    • By YORKSHIRELASS 15th May 17, 10:49 PM
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    I am here. Stressful, problem filled day but a solution found to one difficult issue which is a relief. Kitchen is sort of ok. That's all I can say really!

    Catch up tomorrow x
    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 16th May 17, 7:36 AM
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    Morning all,

    I'm in, thank you for the lists xx

    We never did get the £800 released back to us last week. After too-ing and fro-ing with Owners Direct by email, who basically say "wait, it'll be sent back to you eventually" I have had enough and will be writing a complaint letter addressed to the company directors at their head office today.

    So far, I have steam cleaned the kitchen floor (muddy doggy prints), fed and dressed the kiddies, dressed myself and made the beds. WM is doing its thing and will be put on the heated airer - it's very muggy here but rain threatens. Black bin has been emptied and dragged back in. Today, as well as the list, I need to:

    - Do three hours paid stuff
    - Take something back to a shop
    - Send above letter
    - Buy some mushrooms
    - Shuffle some money into savings
    - Collect DS from MiL
    - Visit grandma
    - Go and pay in a cheque
    - Chase up some consultancy money owed to me

    Will be back later to report if I've achieved all of this!

    Have fab days all x
    Last edited by atypicalblonde; 16-05-2017 at 7:39 AM.
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