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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 10th Sep 17, 9:55 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 11th September 2017
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 11th September 2017 10th Sep 17 at 9:55 PM
    Welcome to the weekly Flylady thread. If you need help organising your week or getting motivated when it comes to housework then come and join us.

    What is FLYLADY? Well, it's our version of the US flylady idea - but we work on the principle that housework is not fun, it's boring, can be time-consuming, is often thankless but, unfortunately, necessary. It's here on Old Style to provide the support we all need and to make the whole task easier and quicker. We also accept that, sometimes, life just gets on top of us and we can't keep up, maybe because we're time-poor, not in the best of health and/or we have littlies who need us. We are definitely NOT control freaks aiming for perfection and utterly spotless show-homes.

    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!

    Right now the thread is looking very quiet...but please do remember we have to abide by MSE rules; each post should, ideally, include some mention of flying.


    Thank you Valli for last week's thread

    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!
    RoD ~ Room of Doom, the one room that feels like it is a permanent pit and cannot be used to its potential!

    MAD half hour- Mad is the abbreviation for Make A Difference.
    The idea is that you have a Forth bridge (ie never-ending - or just huge) task but that you work on it in half-hour bursts. This way you know you ARE stooping, and that you won't get it finished but you will make a difference - so it might be clearing out - the garage or shed, or clothes sorting, or weeding - you get the picture - but rather than keep going until you've lost the will to live you do half an hour...but, eventually those half hours will get the job done!

    Thank you Valli for last week's thread

    Click here to read Toots wonderful welcome guide

    Ok here goes this week!

    Monday Mayhem - Living Room, Hall and Stairs
    Level One...

    Vacuum through the living room, hall and stairs
    Level Two..
    Dusting, even if around everything
    Remove clutter making sure stairs especially are safe
    Clean windows and all glass.. including the tv screen
    Clear the mantel and only put back the items which are supposed to be there.. and that doesn't include letters, keys or other treasure!
    Level Three..
    Wipe and water plants
    Put all your hotspots in one pile and work your way through it..
    Vacuum under furniture you can manage to move without hurting yourself

    Extras
    • Have a bit of a tidy in the cupboard under the stairs.
    • Wipe down any paintwork that needs it.
    • Binbag dance.. Get a binbag.. fill it and bin it!!!
    • Wash any cushions, throws or curtains that need it.. Do you need your winter curtains up yet?


    Tuesday Trauma - Kitchen and Dining Room
    15 minutes...
    Clear and wipe kitchen surfaces
    Level Two..
    Sweep and mop floors
    Clean the fridge.. get rid of all those furry things growing in corners!
    Wipe dining table.. (clean table cloth if necessary)
    Level Three...
    Dust any extra furniture in dining area, checking for cobwebs on way round
    Wipe and replace all those small appliances.. kettle, microwave etc
    Clean cupboard door fronts and fronts of appliances .. don't forget those kick boards..
    Clean out your mankiest kitchen cupboard..

    Extras
    • Run the WM through 'clean cycle'.. hottish wash with a splosh of vinegar, soda crystals bleach.. whatever you fancy just clear those pipes of gunge!
    • Wipe down any tiles and shine those taps.. a toothbrush is great for cleaning away the gunk!
    • 31 fling boogie..
    • Wipe over the oven and hob - you know you want to ...
    • Empty the bin.. wash it out.. and make it smell SWEET


    Wednesday wobbles- Bathroom and Study/Pc Area
    Level One..

    Clean floors in these rooms
    Level Two...
    Clean baths, toilets, don't forget the outside! and sinks.. shine the taps with a toothbrush
    Clear any clutter from desk
    Dust PC and desk and wipe off those cup rings!!
    Wipe keyboard, house phone, sockets, switches and mouse etc
    Level Three..
    Clean those extractor fans
    Wash your bathroom mats, nets, clean blind/curtains etc
    Scrub down tiles in bathroom.. defragment your pc while doing this.
    Empty and clean out all the upstairs bins!
    Clean shower screen/curtain if you have one/if required
    Collect all the dirty laundry

    Extras
    • Wipe the skirtings, door and window frames in these rooms
    • Fling all those empty bottles and tubes
    • Replace any sponges, flannels, toiletries that need it
    • Make a long list of those bodies you need to purchase Christmas gifts for!!.. 104 days lol


    Thursday Throw!- Master Bedroom & Landing
    Level One...

    Check fire alarms are working
    Remove and wash bed linen and duvet covers.
    Fling open the window and let in the rainy sunnyness
    Level Two...
    Dust surfaces & make sure no cobwebs..
    Vacuum & turn mattress before replacing with fresh linen..
    Air the duvet
    15 minutes floordrobe clearance
    Level Three...
    Vacuum floors in bedroom and on landing
    Sort through a cupboard and fling everything that is dead (organic or non organic!)
    Clear a hotspot.. or spend 15 minutes clearing one.

    Extras
    • 32 fling boogie time, go on grab a bag and clear that clutter
    • Clean all paintwork on the landing
    • Clean windows in these rooms
    • Clear out your trousers/skirts


    Friday Flyday- those frightening kids rooms and spare rooms
    Level One...

    Clear away anything that isn't in it's place, clothes, toys, books etc
    Spend at least half an hour doing something for yourself!!!!! paint your nails, make an appointment to have your hair done, a lovely soak in the bath.. whatever you feel like!! I'm having my nails done this morning as usual
    Level Two...
    Vacuum the floor
    Dusting.. all those shelves and flat fluffy surfaces!! Don’t forget the light shade and curtain pole!!!
    spend at least an hour with your family... playing, reading or just watching a dvd and having a hug!
    Strip beds, turn and vacuum mattresses!! and replace with fresh linen .. check if duvets need freshening up too!! Wash the curtains!
    Level Three..
    Clean 2 windows
    Sort through a toybox and make space for santa coming!!
    Wipe any sticky marks off walls and doors

    Extras
    • Find 5 things to ebay/freecycle
    • Wipe the radiators, skirtings and window & door frames!
    • HHI
    • End of week fling!! grab a binbag and fill it with stuff to leave the house.. rubbish or charity shop or to donate to a friend!
    • Work yourself to level 3 in your messiest room!!
    • Spend at least an hour with your family... playing, reading or just watching a dvd and having a hug!
    Last edited by Natty68; 14-09-2017 at 10:27 PM.


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    • lynnejk
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    Evening all

    Thank you for last week Valli and this week Natty

    I'm here this week but have lots of 'bits' to sort as well, so need to get really organised.

    Monday Mayhem - Living Room, Hall and Stairs
    Level One...

    Vacuum through the living room, hall and stairs
    Level Two..
    Dusting, even if around everything
    Remove clutter making sure stairs especially are safe
    Clean windows and all glass.. including the tv screen
    Clear the mantel and only put back the items which are supposed to be there.. and that doesn't include letters, keys or other treasure!
    Level Three..
    Wipe and water plants
    Put all your hotspots in one pile and work your way through it..
    Vacuum under furniture you can manage to move without hurting yourself

    Extras
    • Have a bit of a tidy in the cupboard under the stairs.
    • Wipe down any paintwork that needs it.
    • Binbag dance.. Get a binbag.. fill it and bin it!!!
    • Wash any cushions, throws or curtains that need it.. Do you need your winter curtains up yet?


    Hugs to all, sticks and spoons if you need some
    Hope you all have a lovely Monday
    Lx
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    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 10th Sep 17, 10:19 PM
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    I'm not intending doing anything so if I do.. whoop-dee doo!
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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 10th Sep 17, 10:22 PM
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    Evening all,hope everyone is well.

    Sorry for going MIA last week, unfortunately I had some major stuff going down at home with DH..

    I am going to post this on here, but for those that know me on FB please don't post anything on there until I have.. At the moment I'm keeping it purely on here because members of DH's family are on my FB.

    Well I'm sure some of you have probably guessed by now what is actually wrong with DH by him being on a chemo drug. Unfortunately he told me Thursday after I had been to therapy and I was talking things over with him about what had happened at therapy. He admitted that he hadn't been truthful with me about his appointments. He also gave me the letters that his consultant has been writing him. I was starting to wonder why I had to keep taking him up the hospital for appointments. But DH being DH he didn't want me to go in with him, I was always left in the cafe at the hospital mainly because he said I was dealing with enough and he wanted to be independant. Well now I know..he didn't want me to go in with him to find out what he had without him telling me first.

    I imagine you've guessed now, sadly he has some form of cancer.. His white cells are not responding to treatment and now his red cells are reading abnormal. They've upped his drugs to 30mg a week as well as some other sorts of drugs..but they have to be careful due to the drugs reacting with his heart drugs...

    I am trying to keep it normal at home..and be strong for him. Although not helping my mental health that much but that is to be expected I imagine.

    Hugs and spoons to everyone. xxx


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    • Valli
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    oh Natty (((hugs))) and fingers crossed and fack cancer
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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 10th Sep 17, 10:33 PM
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    oh Natty (((hugs))) and fingers crossed and fack cancer
    Originally posted by Valli
    Thanks Valli, I'm not sure it's sunk in really. I've gone onto my usual autopilot when things are too horrible for me to cope with.

    I'm doing exactly what I did when I was taken into care - carrying on and just getting on with life if you see what I mean.

    The good news it is perfectly curable and should have no lasting effects, well that is what his Dr has said in his letter.
    Last edited by Natty68; 10-09-2017 at 10:37 PM.


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    Natty - sending lots and lots of coping vibes, hugs, thoughts and prayers for you and Dave xxxx
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    I'm in - thanks Natty

    Monday Mayhem - Living Room, Hall and Stairs

    Level One...

    Vacuum through the living room, hall and stairs

    Level Two..
    Dusting, even if around everything
    Remove clutter making sure stairs especially are safe
    Clean windows and all glass.. including the tv screen

    Level Three..
    Put all your hotspots in one pile and work your way through it..
    Vacuum under furniture you can manage to move without hurting yourself
    "There's only one way of life - and that's your own"
    Depression is not a sign of weakness;
    it's a sign you have been strong for too long
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    • ionafan
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    (((Hugs))) Natty. I'm sending you and Dave a handful of spoons with my love and prayers for you both xxx
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 10th Sep 17, 11:00 PM
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    Huge hugs Natty and you always know where we are if you need to offload. My stepdad was dx with Bowel cancer a few months ago, has had op which removed everything and added a stomabag.. He has a very good prognosis too.. Just keep swimming my lovely.. xx
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    • By Fayolle 11th Sep 17, 7:18 AM
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    Huge hugs Natty. All my spoons are by the door waiting for you to help yourself. Xx
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 11th Sep 17, 7:44 AM
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    Hugs Natty xx

    I'm in sort of in my own way

    Starting the day with
    WMx 2
    Hoovering
    Packing 2 x ebay sales
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    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 11th Sep 17, 7:46 AM
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    Natty - sending you lots of love and strength xxx

    Quick post from me - been up since 6 so all dailies done, beds made etc. Written a list for today so will be flying but off list.

    Have good days all back later xx
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    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 11th Sep 17, 9:09 AM
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    (((Hugs))) Natty. Back later with an update, but I couldn't just read and run.
    Keeping it AF
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    • By bossymoo 11th Sep 17, 9:11 AM
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    Oh natty so sorry, love, and Valli is absolutely right. F¥ck cancer much love to you both xx

    And thank you for the lists - I'm off list but I probably do need to vac down my stairs.

    But first I'm meeting a pal for coffee. And I'm on a mission to find DD some pe trainers, and DS some slippers.

    Group flylady hug needed I think xxx
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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 11th Sep 17, 9:20 AM
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    Aww thank you everyone. I am sitting here with tears in my eyes at the love coming off you guys. It feels good having let it out to someone who isn't closely connected to us or will blab it out on FB. For some reason SH doesn't want to tell his family.. I suppose he knows what he's doing. But thank God's they do know he seriously ill..let them draw their own conclusions I suppose. And all I can say is thank the God's for my therapy unit..and the people in it who have been through therapy with me for the !!!! times.

    Dave has been working from home for the past two months now, he refuses to take time off sick. And thankfully work have been brilliant..they have said he can take as much time as he wants..abd if working from home helps him then they won't pressure him to take time off. Strange how things work isn't it..he says he's feel more sick if he wasn't working. Odd man.

    Thank you everyone.


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    • By pigpen 11th Sep 17, 10:09 AM
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    Natty.. due to my stepdads employment (window cleaner) and his surgery and stoma he is unable to work at all and it probably is worse. The boredom and just sat wallowing makes it so much worse, so while he can and while it is helping and making him feel useful and productive and keeping his mind active I agree he is doing the right thing working through it.. He is another one who is unable to sit still and be 'useless' xxx

    OH taken the raincover to work in the car I think so of course it is bucketing down.. I have a spare raincover but it doesn't quite fit the pram properly but Twinkle stayed dry nd hell, it's not a hurricane! I am interested to know how those poor animals at the Zoos are.. the people had every opportunity to ship out, they didn't!

    The weird guy next door but one has been out and chopped another section of lower braches off the huge huge huge leilandii in next doors garden.. not his own garden, the neighbours! It is VERY top heavy now and I am very concerned that it is more likely to blow over onto my house.. I'd have a word but he doesn't speak a word of English.. I just want to know what his plans are.. less tree = more light = less moss and soggy grass in my garden so I'm not going to complain.. the magpies who were nesting in there look a bit perplexed though lol.

    Pixie wet the bed last night so in the torrential rain I have a full bed of bedding to wash and get dry! As well as the 5 loads already piled up.
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    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 11th Sep 17, 10:27 AM
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    So far:

    - school and pre-school run (in the rain)
    - letters posted
    - butcher visited
    - Asda trip done
    - Washing over heated airier
    - DW unloaded

    Just having a cuppa then need to hoover the stairs. CBA mopping today - it will be covered in muddy wet footprints before I know it! x
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    • lauradora
    • By lauradora 11th Sep 17, 10:52 AM
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    Mornin all!! Going to try and get my bum into gear this morning. have already applied for one job though

    Natty, sorry to hear that thought your fb had gone quiet, hugs to you.

    See y'all later xxxx

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    • By Dizzy Imp 11th Sep 17, 11:02 AM
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    Oh Natty - such awful news. So, so sorry to hear this. Massive big hug from me and dog snogs from the hounds. Really hope you can hold everything together xxx

    Thanks from me to all you lovely ladies for the support last week. Stupid nerves getting the better of me, which is annoying, but I'm trying to keep a lid on it. I'm not particularly outgoing, although I try very hard not to be stand off-ish and to be friendly and interested in other people. It is exhausting though.

    MrsMP - the wedding pictures are beautiful - glad the day went well

    My plumbing heroes are here and have promised me running water, a connected DW and sink in the kitchen and a working washing machine by the end of the day .

    The steel shuttering for the concrete wall core is being maneuvered into place by some fancy forklift machine and typically, it's pouring down.

    Flying it is then...
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