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    • Valli
    • By Valli 1st Oct 17, 8:50 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 2nd October 2017
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    • 1st Oct 17, 8:50 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 2nd October 2017 1st Oct 17 at 8:50 PM


    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.


    [/B] Thank you Natty for last week's thread.

    Please follow the forum rules 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!
    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!

    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...

    Kitchen & Dining Room

    Level 1
    Clear drainer and sink
    Open window
    clear floor
    empty bins
    Clear sides and wipe, inc. small appliances and put back only what lives there

    Level 2
    Wipe cupboard doors, drawer fronts and handles
    Clean and wipe/polish table
    Wipe/polish chairs - don't forget underneath seats where sticky fingers linger
    Wipe mats or wash and replace cloth
    Wipe sockets and switches

    Level 3
    Clean sills
    Wipe windows
    Dust dressers or other furniture
    sweep/mop floors

    Extras
    Check fridge for use-up stuff
    Do a freezer inventory - start using up/creating space for Christmas
    MAD half hour - plan to start nibbling away at a big job
    New month - do you need any cards? Buy December's cards too - because they mysteriously start to disappear from the shops
    Check smoke detectors and CO (carbon monoxide) detectors are fully-functional.
    HHI - keep on top of it!


    Trffic Tuesday - Lounge about

    Level 1

    Open the windows
    Empty bins
    Remove anything that doesn't live here
    Dust coffee table and tidy
    See to flowers

    level 2

    Dust everywhere
    Plump cushions
    Wipe sockets and switches
    Wipe sills
    Clean windows

    Level 3

    Vacuum all soft furnishings, curtains
    sweep/vacuum/mop floor
    Dust skirtings

    Extras
    Vacuum/dust radiators
    HHI
    Half term this month...start making plans - do you need craft materials for Christmas card making with the littleys?
    (laughs hysterically - I have to do it with 26 of them...)
    Plan something nice for the weekend




    Wonderful Wipey Wednesday - bathroom

    simple list - but effective

    remove all gibble
    fling towels in wash
    scrub bath, loo and sink. THOROUGHLY inc under rims and outside...

    fling bleach down all holes...

    dust everywhere

    polish mirrors and any glass

    sweep and mop floor

    S&S kitchen
    MAD half hour...

    Thursday Thrills - bedroom

    Before breakfast

    Clear your floordrobe/chairdrobe
    Open window
    Strip bed
    Eat breakfast

    Now for the room...
    vacuum/dust headboard/bedframe
    remake bed with fresh linen

    If you have time

    clean windows
    dust everywhere
    reduce dressing table clutter to what NEEDS to be out
    wipe switches/sockets/hairdryer
    vacuum floor

    Exreas
    S&S kitchen
    S&S bathroom
    MAD half hour

    Friday Fling and Fresn'h'up - alittle of what you fancy...

    Arm yourself with a damp cloth and a bin bag. 10 minute alarm on your phone.

    Walk into a room. Start countdown. Bin rubbish. Wipe anything grim. Staighten up, rehome any strays.
    Leave IMMEDIATELY the alarm rings...

    next room...

    do as many rooms as you have time for.

    HHI
    S&S kitchen and bathrooms.

    ENJOY THE WEEKEND WITH YOUR FAMILY X
    Last edited by Valli; 05-10-2017 at 10:49 PM.
    Make two - and freeze one!
    Don't put it DOWN - put it AWAY!
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    • lynnejk
    • By lynnejk 1st Oct 17, 10:24 PM
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    Evening all

    Thanks Valli for the new thread and hope you've all had a reasonable couple of weeks. Haven't had time to read all the last two weeks - sorry !

    We're back from our holibobs and raring to go - well kind of
    Had a great time, wall-to-wall sunshine and a few (or maybe more) bevvies.

    I've unpacked and done most of the washing. Trouble is that, with the awful wind and rain, I'm out of indoor drying space atm. Will get caught up later though.

    Been shopping, cooking and generally tidying around. I've managed to ignore the dust everywhere and will get onto it tomorrow.

    Kitchen & Dining Room
    Clear drainer and sink
    Open window
    clear floor
    empty bins
    Clear sides and wipe, inc small appliances and put back only what lives there
    Wipe cupboard doors, drawer fronts and handles
    Clean and wipe/polish table
    Wipe/polish chairs - don't forget underneath seats where sticky fingers linger
    Wipe mats or wash and replace cloth
    Wipe sockets and switches
    Clean sills
    Wipe windows
    Dust dressers or other furniture
    sweep/mop floors
    Extras
    Check fridge for use-up stuff
    Do a freezer inventory - start using up/creating space for Christmas
    MAD half hour - plan to start nibbling away at a big job
    New month - do you need any cards? Buy December's cards too - because they mysteriously start to disappear from the shops
    Check smoke detectors and CO (carbon monoxide) detectors are fully-functional.
    HHI - keep on top of it!


    Hugs, sticks and spoons if you're needing some
    Hope you all have a super Monday
    Lx
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    • froddington
    • By froddington 1st Oct 17, 10:31 PM
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    I'm here - thanks Valli

    Thanks everyone for you kind comments and thoughts - I will just have to see how it goes and, if things get too awful, I'll have to be signed off. I'm not going to make myself ill again! Just under 12 weeks to go .................

    Kitchen

    Level 1

    Clear drainer and sink
    Clear sides and wipe, inc. small appliances and put back only what lives there

    Level 2
    Wipe cupboard doors, drawer fronts and handles
    Wipe sockets and switches

    Level 3
    Clean sills
    Wipe windows
    sweep/mop floors

    Extras
    MAD half hour - plan to start nibbling away at a big job
    Check smoke detectors and CO (carbon monoxide) detectors are fully-functional.
    "There's only one way of life - and that's your own"
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    it's a sign you have been strong for too long
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    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 1st Oct 17, 10:32 PM
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    • 1st Oct 17, 10:32 PM
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    • 1st Oct 17, 10:32 PM
    Thank you Natty for last week, and Valli for this week's listy. I'm in, please.

    The kitchen could do with a good going through. I've just jammed some garlic bread in the freezer, and truly there is no space. Freezer living it is for the next couple of weeks. Whatever that may mean.

    Cheers, ATB. Thank you for leaving the wine out. I helped myself... x
    • Mumto5
    • By Mumto5 1st Oct 17, 10:33 PM
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    • 1st Oct 17, 10:33 PM
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    Sorry dismal fail last week. Will try harder this weeek.

    I have 3 bags in the boot of my car to go to CS. (despite inactivity last week, decluttering has been successful).

    I will triumph this week!
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 1st Oct 17, 10:58 PM
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    • 1st Oct 17, 10:58 PM
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    Thank you Valli for the new list and Natty for last week's.

    Sorry dismal fail last week. Will try harder this weeek.

    I have 3 bags in the boot of my car to go to CS. (despite inactivity last week, decluttering has been successful).
    Originally posted by Mumto5
    So why are you using the F word? I suspect that you managed to do more flying than I did!

    First thing in the morning, I must do my college prep and make sure that I've got everything I need packed ready for Tuesday - last week I left half the papers I needed at home Then we are going to another Macmillan coffee morning. The fridge is almost empty again but I will be able to cope without refilling it until Tuesday, apart from buying milk on our way home. If I'd had some money with me when I took Rosie out for her walk this afternoon, I could have got it then - bad planning!

    Hope everyone has a good week x
    • Valli
    • By Valli 2nd Oct 17, 12:17 AM
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    Sorry dismal fail last week. Will try harder this weeek.

    I have 3 bags in the boot of my car to go to CS. (despite inactivity last week, decluttering has been successful).

    I will triumph this week!
    Originally posted by Mumto5
    Erm - you have bags already in the car? So that's a dismal fail how? It's a house. It's work in progress. Always,. Because it will never, ever be COMPLETELY finished. 3 bags going out is excfelkent work!
    Make two - and freeze one!
    Don't put it DOWN - put it AWAY!
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    • zoelikesjam
    • By zoelikesjam 2nd Oct 17, 2:59 AM
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    I'm in this week not very well but determined to get some of this sh*t tip sorted. xxx
    May the force of the flyladies be with you
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    • Valli
    • By Valli 2nd Oct 17, 6:42 AM
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    Awake without the alarm. DW and WM on. So all good.

    Back to ZZZzzzzzzzzz
    Make two - and freeze one!
    Don't put it DOWN - put it AWAY!
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    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 2nd Oct 17, 6:44 AM
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    Morning everyone. Thanks for the list Valli.

    I have a later start today so will do the ironing first.

    Have a great day everyone.
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    • donnajt
    • By donnajt 2nd Oct 17, 8:04 AM
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    Morning All, thank you for the list Valli

    Although I didn't manage to get the days list completed daily, I did catch up over weekend, only for family to mess up again !!! grrr

    Got up and did the ironing this morning, glad its kitchen as I didn't wash up after dinner last night - ate so late and then straight into kids school bedtime routine, mad dash for homework, reading etc

    Kitchen & Dining Room

    Level 1
    Clear drainer and sink
    Open window
    clear floor
    empty bins
    Clear sides and wipe, inc. small appliances and put back only what lives there

    Level 2
    Wipe cupboard doors, drawer fronts and handles
    Clean and wipe/polish table
    Wipe/polish chairs - don't forget underneath seats where sticky fingers linger
    Wipe mats or wash and replace cloth
    Wipe sockets and switches

    Level 3
    Clean sills
    Wipe windows
    Dust dressers or other furniture
    sweep/mop floors

    Extras
    Check fridge for use-up stuff
    Do a freezer inventory
    MAD half hour - plan to start nibbling away at a big job
    New month - do you need any cards? Buy December's cards too - because they mysteriously start to disappear from the shops
    Check smoke detectors and CO (carbon monoxide) detectors are fully-functional.
    HHI - keep on top of it!


    hooray all done and feeling great sense of achievement
    Last edited by donnajt; 03-10-2017 at 8:53 PM.
    Declutter 2017 items in 2017
    Eat out of Freezer/Cupboards
    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 2nd Oct 17, 8:39 AM
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    Morning lovelies
    Thank you for the new thread Valli and for last weeks natty
    Hugs good wishes and posi or coping vibes to all who need them.
    Better go and make a start, want to do the kitchen list plus sone ironing and wallpaper a wall in the lounge if I can today.
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    • bossymoo
    • By bossymoo 2nd Oct 17, 9:09 AM
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    Morning!

    Thanks for the lists, ladies, I'm in, following my own lists.

    Have just sprayed the shower tiles with black mould stuff, will rinse later. Kitchen fairly straight so shouldn't take long to whizz round later. I need to nip out - may get a flu jab - and I have college work. I've done part 1 and prepped part 2 so it just needs fitting together so it reads well.

    Most rooms are reasonable, some "stuff" left the dining room last week - 2 bags for chazza, some SW recipe books sold and a laundry hamper sold. There was another to be collected but she never arrived and didn't seem to think it was worth contacting me

    Ebeast stuff didn't sell, no watchers even, probably because it was stuff I can't post. Will try once on FB selling pages then I'm giving them away!

    Right, account needs checking first!
    Bossymoo
    Teetering on the edge...


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    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 2nd Oct 17, 9:09 AM
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    Ionafan, when you go away and your OH walks the dog, hide the short lead from him, so he HAS to use the long lead, that way he wont get in a muddle and Rosie wont be able to go wandering off.

    Thank you for the lists ladies, not that I really followed them last week wops.

    So far today
    WM x 4 I think will be on the go
    Beds stripped one remade
    Whole house hoovered
    Toilets bleached
    Bins done
    Maggot bin still soaking
    Kitchen all done

    To do today
    Cut lawn weather permitting
    Put green house to bed for the winter
    Food shopping
    Rest

    The next couple of weeks at work are going to be interesting as major things are happening we have already been warned to expect to work long and a day off, but we will get the time back and 'be looked after'....................watch this space for further updates of the number of hours I will be owed!! So far for last week and earlier I am at 10 hours
    Sun, Sea
    • aklmatthews
    • By aklmatthews 2nd Oct 17, 11:28 AM
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    Morning everyone thank you for the list i am in again. Just got weighed and another 2lb lost so 25lb total off to start on kitchen feeling happy. Will catch up with everyone later hope you all have a good day.
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 2nd Oct 17, 1:11 PM
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    Are any of you lovely lot anywhere near Keele university?

    My daughter hasn't had her student finance through yet, her phone has broken, she has no idea where she is or how to get to uni from her house.. she may need help lol.. she is a twit!!

    2 x WM
    2x laundry on the line.. it's blowing a gale out there.. fabulous weather!

    twinkle was sick in her bed last night so all that is in the WM now..

    Sorting Next returns and then hopefully I am on my way to get stuff organised..

    Oh, and as a little aside note... the mortgage company have agreed I can take over the mortgage in just my name.. they are just deciding whether they need to get CF signature or not as he is not on the deeds.. if they decide they do need it they will take him to court and force him to sign and send him the bill.. Chelsea Building Society may be the best!! And Tom their mortgage advisor is wonderful.. they will be getting a shining review if they pull this off!!
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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 2nd Oct 17, 1:29 PM
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    That's brilliant news piggers


    Struggling financially
    • YORKSHIRELASS
    • By YORKSHIRELASS 2nd Oct 17, 2:47 PM
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    Pigpen this is no help but my son is hopefully on his way home from Keele University. He was supposed to come back yesterday after visiting his girlfriend but missed his train or something. He says the buses are very complicated so your DD is not alone in her confusion. Then again I dont think DS really wanted to leave his GF and come home.

    Feeling much more chirpy today, forced myself to go to the gym which helps. I have to rise above the situation at work because I have decided to stick it out for now.

    More paid stuff to do. Committee meeting tonight, not very enthusiastic.
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 2nd Oct 17, 3:18 PM
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    Wm is now finished
    All washing folded and away
    Food bought and away
    Phone calls made
    1 fat frog dealt with......... and binned
    Sun, Sea
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 2nd Oct 17, 3:27 PM
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    Ionafan, when you go away and your OH walks the dog, hide the short lead from him, so he HAS to use the long lead, that way he wont get in a muddle and Rosie wont be able to go wandering off.
    Originally posted by kazwookie
    Ionafan that ^ ^ ^ is exactly what I was going to say! In fact, put the short lead in your luggage, so that he can't inadvertently find it. It's easy enough to set a flexi-lead to a short length if you need to, so he'd be able to manage just fine with just the flexi-lead.
    I never let my guests off lead on their walks, even if I've been assured they have "perfect" recall; there only needs to be something just too distracting for just a second.....
    They get their off-lead exercise in the back garden.

    Very little Flying happening here; the girls simply take up all my time and energy (but they're worth it).
    Mr LW has gone outside to sweep up leaves - does that count?

    YL re work - would it help to imagine the idiots sitting there in their unmentionables? Might just take the edge off the situation.
    LameWolf
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