Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@.

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • Valli
    • By Valli 1st Oct 17, 8:50 PM
    • 20,087Posts
    • 228,200Thanks
    Valli
    Weekly Flylady Thread 2nd October 2017
    • #1
    • 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!
    DEBT ATTACK - Debts to attack 1-£6150.87 24/04/2017 £5303.03 22/07/2017 BT -
    £5342.65
    2 Virgin CC £585.88 31/7/2017 £494.88 11/8/2017
Page 4
    • bossymoo
    • By bossymoo 4th Oct 17, 9:43 AM
    • 6,821 Posts
    • 87,026 Thanks
    bossymoo
    Morning!

    A day with no distractions today! I've already had a mad half hour of exercise, just grabbing some breakfast and a coffee. I will also do some more mad dining room sorting...

    I'm also quite mad that DD doesn't want to wear her new coat, on a cold, wet and windy morning, because some boys in her class have been calling her "chubby" . There is honestly not an ounce on that child that shouldn't be there, and the two boys in particular are actually a bit overweight themselves. One of them is wider than her even with her padded coat on. And do you know what? Even if she was chubby, so bl00dy what? She doesn't go around calling out all kids that are a different size/shape/colour/accent or whatever. Oooo I want to bash the little swines for wanting her to feel bad

    /rant

    I might try tackle my bursting wardrobe too, today. Anger-flinging might produce some good results
    Bossymoo
    Teetering on the edge...


    Sealed Pot Challenge 10 - #91
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 4th Oct 17, 10:32 AM
    • 36,016 Posts
    • 464,164 Thanks
    pigpen
    Bossy.. go read the link I shared on my FB yesterday... usually this is fobbed off with 'it's because they like you' .. and 'stay away from them' ..I'd go in to speak to staff because it could well have consequences into adulthood.

    Too much tired, not enough sleep.. DD2 had me up until after 2am, Twinkle was up at 4 and the others at 6..

    Kitchen is less full of dirty pots and I took 2 huge carriers to school for 'junk modelling' .. and half a wheelie bin of recycling.. my kitchen is still gross! I am too tired to do anything about it today
    LB moment 10/06 Debt Free date 6/6/14
    Hope to be debt free until the day I die
    Mortgage-free Wannabee (05/08/30)
    6/6/14 £72,454.65 (5.65% int.)
    06/06/2017 £56823.12 (5.15% int.)
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 4th Oct 17, 10:43 AM
    • 317 Posts
    • 3,688 Thanks
    Fayolle
    Bossy - give her a big hug from her Fly-aunties and tell her that we think she's amazing, because of course she is!

    I am not going to get distracted today from Valli's list. I was going to head back over to the allotment yet again as it isn't raining at the mo, but I was awake again at 1am, so quite frankly got a bit of cba. Towels were washed and dried yesterday, so I have stripped the beds and that is blowing outside. I'm keeping one eye on the weather as it can't seem to make its mind up. Errands to run this afternoon in small town, so I will meet DD after school as well.

    Went on a slow jog this morning, showered and hairwashed when I got back. Just having a coffee and something to eat....I will not get distracted from the list....
    • sammiell
    • By sammiell 4th Oct 17, 10:54 AM
    • 755 Posts
    • 15,706 Thanks
    sammiell
    Kitchen & Dining Room

    Level 1
    Level 2
    Wipe/polish chairs - don't forget underneath seats where sticky fingers linger

    Level 3
    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

    Trffic Tuesday - Lounge about

    Level 1

    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...

    dust everywhere

    polish mirrors and any glass

    sweep and mop floor
    MAD half hour...
    Bit late posting this week but have been flying
    thanks for the lists
    • bossymoo
    • By bossymoo 4th Oct 17, 1:19 PM
    • 6,821 Posts
    • 87,026 Thanks
    bossymoo
    I've calmed down now

    But my wardrobe has seen the benefits lol. It's very tidy, I've flung lots - a whole bin liner full - and organised the rest. I can actually see my clothes, and I have a stash box for the winter festival

    I've even got some books to donate

    Right, I'll got tidy the kitchen and dust and sweep again
    Bossymoo
    Teetering on the edge...


    Sealed Pot Challenge 10 - #91
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 4th Oct 17, 2:02 PM
    • 317 Posts
    • 3,688 Thanks
    Fayolle
    And the list is done! Even the floors. Drumroll please...

    For my half hour MAD I turned out a cupboard shelf and a drawer of old towels. I've rehoused the best ones and the others are in a pile to go to the Dogs Trust next time I am near. I got a bit carried away and have just rescued the bolognaise sauce which I had forgotten I had left cooking on low. Luckily just in time.

    I've just had a long phone call with an old friend. Unfortunately she didn't mean to dial me, but she recovered that quite well. I've often wondered what I did wrong / to upset her as she just stopped responding to my texts. Having spoken to her today, I think she just moved on, and I was no longer in the plan. A shame, but I guess that's life. No suggestion was made for a meet up....

    I'm going to wash up again, then I'll be off to town to tick off some errands. Catch you all later.
    • YORKSHIRELASS
    • By YORKSHIRELASS 4th Oct 17, 3:00 PM
    • 4,322 Posts
    • 34,938 Thanks
    YORKSHIRELASS
    Hi all

    Feeling quite chirpy today (although the decorating mess on the landing is getting to me a little but it will be worth it in the end).

    Paid stuff no. 1 done, home to swish the hoover round, put the dw on and put a hotpot in the sc. On with more paid stuff now.

    JoJo many years ago I worked in accountancy practice. We were not allowed to wear trousers (yes really) .. in fact heels, skirt suits and tights were pretty much compulsory. I used to go out auditing in dusty factories, warehouses and shop basements but I would have never dared challenge the dress code.

    Things have been much better at work since I challenged the boss on a couple of things. Dont want to be negative but I am not sure it will last. Wondering if I should give it a couple of weeks and then say thank you for taking my comments on board I am feeling a lot more positive about x and y. Or just leave it for now.

    Right job no. 2 awaits.
    • macpep1
    • By macpep1 4th Oct 17, 3:26 PM
    • 1,741 Posts
    • 26,888 Thanks
    macpep1
    Hi Everyone


    May I come back & join you all? Good to see a few familiar faces still around. I need to get my house back into some sort of organisation as I have things falling out of cupboards when I open them & I just stuff them back in. Not had the best few years I was on medication but been off it now for a few weeks & starting to feel like the old me. I thought of you all this morning when my 18 week old kitten (who has been with us for 4 weeks & has settle in great) sat on my bed & peed on it I have no idea why as we got the litter her breeder had her on & she has used her litter box with no problem, it was cleaned out yesterday & my bed sheets were only just changed on Monday so I am totally confused. I will print the list off & see if I can do a couple of HHC's tonight as this is the only night kids don't have something on.
    Gratitude is the best Attitude
    Long Term Flylady
    • aklmatthews
    • By aklmatthews 4th Oct 17, 6:54 PM
    • 132 Posts
    • 973 Thanks
    aklmatthews
    Bean busy with work so nothing done in the house today but as on top of things it's not a problem house still looks ok and my bathroom is tiny so will catch up on today's list over next couple of days.
    • FurryBeastOz
    • By FurryBeastOz 4th Oct 17, 7:03 PM
    • 1,092 Posts
    • 14,409 Thanks
    FurryBeastOz
    JoJo many years ago I worked in accountancy practice. We were not allowed to wear trousers (yes really) .. in fact heels, skirt suits and tights were pretty much compulsory. I used to go out auditing in dusty factories, warehouses and shop basements but I would have never dared challenge the dress code.
    Originally posted by YORKSHIRELASS
    Hasn’t changed much! I ended up at a meat market in a straight skirt and heels as a sub for someone who called in sick. When I was training we were allowed trousers, but nothing like a jumper when on a farm in January doing stock take (and I mean STOCK)

    Thankfully I tend to work on smaller start ups these days and I’m office based. I live in woolly cardigans.
    *** Debt Free***
    NST October 1/18
    Goals - Weight loss 0/13lb from 1st Jul 17
    GC To 1/10/17 £2416.17£3,500, 69.03/74.79% of the year. Had to raise budget
    • Valli
    • By Valli 4th Oct 17, 7:09 PM
    • 20,087 Posts
    • 228,200 Thanks
    Valli
    just dashing in

    Bossy please mention that to teacher/school. It's against theri anti bullying policy. Name-calling (repeated) is bullying.
    Make two - and freeze one!
    Don't put it DOWN - put it AWAY!
    DEBT ATTACK - Debts to attack 1-£6150.87 24/04/2017 £5303.03 22/07/2017 BT -
    £5342.65
    2 Virgin CC £585.88 31/7/2017 £494.88 11/8/2017
    • YORKSHIRELASS
    • By YORKSHIRELASS 4th Oct 17, 7:31 PM
    • 4,322 Posts
    • 34,938 Thanks
    YORKSHIRELASS
    Gosh yes I missed your post Bossy, that made me so angry. I am sure that with you fighting her corner she wont let it bother her but still.
    DS once said he would like to go to the gym but would feel really self conscious because he is too skinny!

    Feet up - at 7.30pm - get me! Wont be a late night I dont think.
    • lynnejk
    • By lynnejk 4th Oct 17, 11:29 PM
    • 4,928 Posts
    • 51,587 Thanks
    lynnejk
    Evening everyone

    It has been slowly getting colder here all week and this afternoon I gave in and dug out a thin thermal vest - winter has arrived in our house. It's now 9 degrees and absolutely tipping down with rain.

    Sorry to read that Bossy - children can be soo cruel. I remember when DS had a problem because he had ginger hair, but didn't want me to do anything about it.

    Well done on the sewing job HB. I know exactly what you mean - especially when you want to find something particular/quickly. When I started my de-clutter earlier in the year I bought a box of labels on a roll and, as I checked and re-bagged 'stuff', I stuck a label on each one. Soo much better.

    Dailies done
    Spanish lessons done
    Gave the porch a quick clean and tidy
    All recycling sorted and put out ready to take

    Well, we are off to Valencia 25th November for a week to meet up with DS. Flights and accommodation all sorted and booked

    We have heard from the holiday company by email and been invited for an interview on the 27th of this month - so a little more hopeful there.

    Kitchen & Dining Room
    Clear sides and wipe, inc small appliances
    Wipe cupboard doors, drawer fronts and handles
    Wipe sockets and switches
    Extras
    Do a freezer inventory

    Trffic Tuesday - Lounge about
    DONE

    Wonderful Wipey Wednesday - bathroom
    scrub bath, loo and sink. THOROUGHLY inc under rims and outside...
    fling bleach down all holes...
    MAD half hour...


    Hugs, sticks and spoons as needed
    Hope you all have a super Thursday
    Lx
    £10day..2014=3213..2015=3421..2016=3238..2017=1984....OCT=238.67/310
    GrocC..2014=2162..2015=2083..2016=2181..2017=1486....OCT=151.55/200
    Bulk buy.......OCT=21.09
    GC.NSD....2015=216....2016=213....2017=126....OCT=12/15
    SPC130x57...2014=1178...2015=1287...2016=4616. ..2017=764.96
    OS WL= -2/8 ......CC =00......Savings = £10,250
    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 5th Oct 17, 7:16 AM
    • 2,411 Posts
    • 14,988 Thanks
    atypicalblonde
    Morning all

    This week is flying by, can't believe I haven't managed my usual morning posts! Its wet underfoot this morning and very blustery but we are promised a sunny day, let's wait and see.

    V proud of myself as managed a no spend week so far and being taken out for lunch tomorrow as I may just be turning another year older so that will be nice.

    Need to do loads of batch cooking today, I also sorted my kitchen cupboards out yesterday and have a huge pile for the charity shop but it's all heavy stuff and I'm trying not to use the car much and walk instead so will take it in dribs and drabs.

    Bossy - I went into lioness mode on your behalf. Hope DD is ok.
    YL - so chuffed you're feeling a bit brighter, long may it continue xx
    MFW
    Mortgage 8.2.15 - £171,064.64 Mortgage 10.9.17 - £122,780
    Aiming to be MF 1.10.2020
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 5th Oct 17, 7:41 AM
    • 9,306 Posts
    • 118,061 Thanks
    kazwookie
    Hugs all round

    Daily stuff done
    Sandwich made for work
    Cat next to me
    It is chucking it down
    Sun, Sea
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 5th Oct 17, 7:55 AM
    • 317 Posts
    • 3,688 Thanks
    Fayolle
    Morning.

    Exciting news Lynne!

    Tipping it down here, and soooo dark. DD packed off in the pouring rain to catch the bus as I can't take her to school and get back to Job 2 in time. Well I can just, but once a week on the bus isn't too much hardship for her, except when the weather is so dismal.

    DW emptied, QHI done, WM loaded for when I get home. DH seemed to find shoving a bit of ham between 2 slices of bread beyond him this morning, so I did his lunch before he left. If he thinks he is sneaking to the canteen to get chips, he has another think coming.

    YL - I remember the days of going out on site with high heels and smart suit too! And freezing because I couldn't get a jumper under the suit jacket. Although we weren't prevented from wearing trousers, thank goodness!

    My word, but it is pelting down. And blowing a gale. Stay warm and cosy everyone!
    • bossymoo
    • By bossymoo 5th Oct 17, 9:14 AM
    • 6,821 Posts
    • 87,026 Thanks
    bossymoo
    Morning,

    Quick check in before I whizz off to college.

    Have tidied kitchen, swept piggy cage and remembered my books!

    Will be lighting a candle for the lovely Cycling Yorkie this evening xxx
    Bossymoo
    Teetering on the edge...


    Sealed Pot Challenge 10 - #91
    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 5th Oct 17, 2:19 PM
    • 2,411 Posts
    • 14,988 Thanks
    atypicalblonde
    I've been what I call 'un-shopping' 2 very heavy bags of donations dropped off at the CS, book returned to the library and various bits and pieces donated to pre-school. It's lovely to return home much lighter than when you left

    Both kids wardrobes have been completely gutted and only stuff that fits remains. I have re-jiggled the airing cupboard and cleared out the medicine shelf in the kitchen. Flingety fling!
    MFW
    Mortgage 8.2.15 - £171,064.64 Mortgage 10.9.17 - £122,780
    Aiming to be MF 1.10.2020
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 5th Oct 17, 2:45 PM
    • 36,016 Posts
    • 464,164 Thanks
    pigpen
    ATB we did that this week too.. I'm sending DD1 home with 2 carriers of clothes. sent a carrier of veg to DS1
    LB moment 10/06 Debt Free date 6/6/14
    Hope to be debt free until the day I die
    Mortgage-free Wannabee (05/08/30)
    6/6/14 £72,454.65 (5.65% int.)
    06/06/2017 £56823.12 (5.15% int.)
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 5th Oct 17, 6:41 PM
    • 36,016 Posts
    • 464,164 Thanks
    pigpen
    1 part of worksurface cleared and wiped and lovely.
    2x DW
    table cleared and cleaned and wiped..
    Recycling/maggoty bin out
    worksurfaces swept.

    Not a lot.. but it is a start!
    LB moment 10/06 Debt Free date 6/6/14
    Hope to be debt free until the day I die
    Mortgage-free Wannabee (05/08/30)
    6/6/14 £72,454.65 (5.65% int.)
    06/06/2017 £56823.12 (5.15% int.)
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

257Posts Today

1,177Users online

Martin's Twitter
  • RT @LordsEconCom: On Tuesday Martin Lewis, Hannah Morrish & Shakira Martin gave evidence to the Cttee. Read the full transcript here: https?

  • Ta ta for now. Half term's starting, so I'm exchanging my MoneySavingExpert hat for one that says Daddy in big letters. See you in a week.

  • RT @thismorning: Can @MartinSLewis' deals save YOU cash? ???? https://t.co/igbHCwzeiN

  • Follow Martin