Weekly Flylady Thread 27th June 2011

pigpen Forumite Posts: 40,413
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edited 29 June 2011 at 11:35PM in Old style MoneySaving
Welcome to the weekly Flylady thread. If you need help organising your week when it comes to housework, or just the motivation to do the dreaded housework tasks you have to do, come and join us, hopefully make it a little easier. You never know, you might start to enjoy it!

There are levels 1, 2 and 3. Level 1 being very basic it has been requested that this is just vital tasks for basic cleanliness, level 2 usually has some decluttering and clearing, level 3 which is more advanced and time consuming. If you want to do level 2 you add the tasks on level 1 with the level 2 tasks, if you want to do level 3 you add the tasks on, easy peasy. Choose a level to aim for but be realistic, if you've got a busy day on or are just starting etc aim for level one, if you get higher then great, if not then not to worry its only suggestions. Every room comes back around next week. Trust me some days I'll only be doing level one myself. Then for our super high flyers there are the extras.. a mixture of decluttering, cleaning and general improvement of your home. Don't feel you have to do any of it, just do what you can, anything you do which you didn't before is a step forward and to be rejoiced!
Also adding a declutter mission each day. Another one where it's up to you if you want to do it or if you need to. This follows requests from members who are looking to declutter. Binbag dances, hotspot clearing, cupboard sorts, drawer sorts etc will all be on this list. Any problems with this or any suggestions do please just ask.
A few of the basics before we start the week
Hotspots are any areas which if one thing gets put there, loads of other things follow!
Daily routines/todailies are anything you need to do today and every day stuff like laundry, 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/binbag dance - stick on some loud music, grab a binbag or carrier bag and whizz 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!
5GC five minutes gardening.. make it lovely for your family and enjoy it!
Other abbreviations you may find useful
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 ~ Editted to add
gibble ~ miscellaneous crap that appears forever homeless
Dot-to-dot ~ this is a AnW'sMum's way of tidying - 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!

The Spoon Theory
Ok here goes this week!
Monday - Sitting Room and Hallway
Level One
Open the windows and turn on some music!
Vacuum floors and sofas!
Declutter the chairs, floor and top of any cupboards!
Level Two
Vacuum under any furniture you can.. please don't injure yourselves!
Sort out coats, shoes and bags
Clean any ornaments, glass, mirrors, pictures etc
Level Three
Check those smoke alarms!
Wipe sofas, paintwork and dusty places
HHC in the hallway.. vacuum floors/stairs, wipe paintwork, fling that junk mail!.. if there is a charity shop bag.. FILL IT!
Empty and wash out vacuum cleaner.. don't forget filters!

  1. Catch up on some calls/emails
  2. HHI
  3. Clean switches and sockets
  4. Wipe the windows in these areas
Tuesday ~ Kitchen and Dining Mess
Level One
Sweep, vacuum and mop floors
Declutter and wipe worksurfaces
Oven and hob cleaning week... and it is level one so none of you can get out of it.. :p
Level Two
Wipe table replacing cloth if necessary..
Clear out a cupboard.. the larder unit or pantry if you have one or just the general messiness of cupboard.. the one where you stuff all things useless.
Wipe and replace small appliances.. Clean one thoroughly!
Level Three
Wipe units and large appliances.. don't forget kickboards!
Wipe the tops of the wall units.. lining them with old wallpaper or newspaper keeps them clean!
Dejunk window sills, dust blinds and wash windows!

  1. Wash light shades and clean bulbs
  2. Clean out the smelly fridge
  3. Sort out and restock baking cupboards
  4. Scrub sink and shine the taps!
Wednesday - Bathroom and Study/Pc Area
Level One
Clean floors in these rooms
Clean baths, toilets, don't forget the outside! and sinks.. shine the taps with a toothbrush
Level Two
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
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

  1. Wipe the skirtings, door and window frames in these rooms
  2. Fling all those empty bottles and tubes
  3. replace any sponges, flannels, toiletries that need it
  4. Make a long list of those things you need to get for going back to school in September!!
Thursday ~ Master bedroom & landing
Level 1

Check fire alarms are working
Remove and wash bed linen and duvet covers.
Fling open the window and let in the air
Level 2
Dust surfaces & make sure no cobwebs..
Vacuum & turn mattress before replacing with fresh linen..
Clean lightshade. And remove dead insects
15 minutes floordrobe clearance
Level 3
Vacuum floors in bedroom and on landing
binbag dance
Clear a hotspot.. or spend 15 minutes clearing one.

  • tidy a cupboard
  • Clean windows in these rooms
  • Clear a box of clutter from the landing
  • Make any necessary phone calls
Friday ~ Childrens/Spare rooms
Level One
Clear the floor
Spend at least half an hour doing something just for yourself.. a nice bath, a manicure.. just your time! Make that appointment to have your hair done!!
Level Two
strip the beds and wash those sheets.. and any duvets that need doing
Drag the stuff from under the beds and place it in it's proper homes!
Level Three
Vacuum the floor
deweb and fluff the room
clean the windows
  • Wash any curtains/throws/cushions etc that need it
  • Wipe sticky marks from walls and doors
  • Clean any tv's, pc's playstations in the room
  • 15 minutes filing!
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24/06/2023 £35737.18 (4.81% int.)


  • tootifruities
    tootifruities Forumite Posts: 1,384 Forumite
    Hello and you are very welcome to join us on the flylady thread -we are delighted you want to try it.
    I hope you will find the following helpful but please dont be afraid to ask anything -no matter how silly it might seem.We all have the t-shirt!
    If you want to get your house ship-shape then you have definitely come to the right place!
    Dont worry if you dont have time to post or read all the thread.

    Hope we see more of you!

    1. A new thread starts on a Sunday evening via a link from the current thread so keep a watch out and dive in! (Click on the big writing)
    2. Make sure you read the first post carefully as it contains all the info and abbreviations that we use!
    3. A new list is added to the 1st post every evening by pigpen-the order changes every week
    4. Dont get stressed with the mess just try to do the list to whatever level you can manage depending on your home circumstances - work, children, OH's!
    5. Even if you only manage level 1 everyday when you come back to that room next week you will find it is easier and as time goes on it becomes more manageable and you will see huge differences. I know it sounds impossible but I can vouch for the fact it works!
    6. Remember your home didnt get in a mess overnight so dont expect it to get tidy in a day!! Dont try to do the whole house at once - you will tire yourself out and sicken yourself -we have all tried it! BABYSTEPS -little and often and you will be amazed at the improvement.
    7. Post what you have done and forget about what you missed. There is no such thing as failure here!
    8. If you want to post a list and strike out what you have done -choose the 'go advanced' (its down at the bottom of the messages) and then highlight the line you want to strike out -press the S with the line through it (its near the end of the list of symbols above your page) and it will say'strike' at each end -when you post your message it will show with a line through it!
    9. If you want to answer a particular post then press 'quote' and you will then be able to type a reply. To help keep the thread tidy & short if there is only a small bit of the post that you want to reply to then just delete the bits you dont want but be sure to leave the 'quote' at each end.
    10. Dont worry if you cant keep up with the thread it moves very fast -just pop in and post so everybody know hows you are doing!
    11. To defrag your pc (it appears on the list!) go to Start>>All progs>> Accessories >>System tools >>Disk defragmenter. You should do both C &D discs but 'C' is the important one - the more often you do it the less time it will take.
    12. All posts should include some mention of the flying you have been doing - except at the weekend when we can chat more!
    13. Frog list - this is a list of annoying or horrid jobs that you have been putting off doing for too long - stop procrastinating!
    The support, encouragement and friendship on here is simply THE BEST! ask any questions and we will give you our tuppence worth - sometimes sensible sometimes totally insane!

    We dont bite -well most of us dont -have fun!!
    WELCOME to the totally bonkers mad house!!

    :heart: R.I.P.:heart:
    Money Saving Diva
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    Money Saving Diva
  • toottifrootti
    toottifrootti Forumite Posts: 6,427 Forumite
    Thanks for the new thread pigpen x
    Peace will be mine
    could do better - must try harder
    Live each day as if its your last

    DFW Nerd #1000 Proud to be dealing with my debts

  • pigpen
    pigpen Forumite Posts: 40,413
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    just us 2 in this week lol...

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  • fedupandskint
    fedupandskint Forumite Posts: 10,358
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    I'm in again this week and have made a start on the kitchen today
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  • chocolateteddy
    chocolateteddy Forumite Posts: 516
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    I'm in after having a week of CBA!!! But house doesn't look too bad and I spent this afternoon filling 1 huge binliner with paper for recycling and made a start and I can now see the floor in the frontroom/playroom (my ROD:eek:) so not bad going. My kitchen is tidy so ready to go but looking at list I see we have Monday off;);)
    .... turns computer off and runs out of room before Pigpen has a chance to update first post with mondays chores:D
    Thanks to MSE savings we got to go to Disneyworld Florida.

  • JennyJewell
    JennyJewell Forumite Posts: 1,574 Forumite
    Hello :)
    Was going to post that I'm in but thought I needed to wait for list to come up, lol :) (Have posted on last thread :) ) Many thanx to pigpen, toots and asbo for thread, lists and neverending support :)
    Jen x
    Everything happens for a reason :)
  • chocolateteddy
    chocolateteddy Forumite Posts: 516
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    Sorry if I am being incredible thick but just noticed we have a

    toottifrootti and a
    tootifruities in this thread. Are they the same person as I didn't notice slight difference in names and have been reading posts as if they are?!
    Thanks to MSE savings we got to go to Disneyworld Florida.

  • JennyJewell
    JennyJewell Forumite Posts: 1,574 Forumite
    Was the list there all the time and I didn't see it?! Thank you anyway :)
    Jen x
    Everything happens for a reason :)
  • wendywitch
    wendywitch Forumite Posts: 1,291 Forumite
    Can I rejoin again guys? I've been away for a long time, had so many problems and the house has suffered. I am off work with depression again so need the motivation from all of you to get it sorted.

    Myself and my DD's have been working hard on the pit they call a bedroom for most of the day.
    It's a lot better than it was, though there is plenty still to do. We have 3 black sacks of bootfair/charity stuff so far.

    Have made a meal plan for the coming week using up all the olds and sods from the bottom of the freezers. We've run the freezers down so that we can defrost and clean them by the end of the week.
  • chocolateteddy
    chocolateteddy Forumite Posts: 516
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    No Jen it wasn't there when you posted -Pigpen just updated first post - darn it going to have to do some flying tomorrow now:)
    Thanks to MSE savings we got to go to Disneyworld Florida.

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