Weekly Flylady Thread 22nd January 2018
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!
Please do remember we have to abide by MSE rules; each post should, ideally, include some mention of flying.
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...
Monday Marvels - Lounge and anywhere you can easily tag onto it
Clear the sill and dust the curtain rail/blind etc
Clean the windows
Empty the bin
Rehome lost and wandering gibble
Sort through newspapers and magazines and fling anything outdated into the recycling
Lift the sofa cushions and swap them - vacuum underneath while you're at it
Vacuum/wipe sofa and soft furnishings
Chuck any burnt out candles
Wipe switches and sockets and sticky finger spots with a just-damp cloth
Dust everywhere -don't forget the skirting
Water/attend to plants
Replace faded/dead flowers
Polish coffee/lamp tables
Plump scatter cushions and fold throws and drape artistically over sofa
Clear a drawer or a shelf in this room
Pull out electricals and clean them carefully
MAD half hour - work on your challenge - meal plan/post sales/write a TOOTS list for what needs to happen in THIS room to make it a haven
Tuesday day of scrubby delight - kitchen and dining room
Clear table, dust/wipe mats and/or change cloth
Clear kitchen sides
Wipe what you put back and small appliances
Clear dead stuff from fridge
Empty bin and wipe out
Wipe tiles and splash backs
Wipe cupboard fronts
Clean cupboard and drawer handles
Clean sink and shine those tabs
Change tea and hand towels
Does the oven glove need washing
Put out a new dishcloth
Dust in dining room
Clean out microwave
Clean WM and TD filters
If you still are minded to fly do the windows
MAD half hour
Make sure all smoke detectors are working
Wednesday WipeDay - Blitz those bathrooms
Throw the windows open wide in your bathrooms, en-suites and cloakrooms (milder weather is forecast - let's get the fresh air in)
Remove any rubbish from these rooms
Flush loos and fling down some cream cleaner or loo cleaner
Clear all the gibble from round the bath and out of showers
Scrub bath and/or shower tray
Wipe down edge of bath, panels and shower screens
Wipe switched and sockets
Check lighting is all working and not acting as fly cemetry - clean out if so
Now the loo has had a soak scrub it out - don't forget under the rim
Wipe all cistern, handles/buttons, outside of loo, seat and lid
Flush loo and pour bleach round bowl
Wipe toilet toll holder
Check spare toilet roll stock has not mysteriously vanished
Wipe sills and shelves
Wipe soap bottles
Polish towel rails
clean out sink and polish taps
Bleach down all drains and in all overflows
Check for cobwebs in corners
Sweep, wipe or vacuum floor as appropriate
Put out fresh towels
Dirty towels into the WM for a HOT wash
Check toothbrushes and replace if necessary
Empty and wipe out bathroom cabinets and rearrange contents prettily. Has anything died in storage? Fling it!
Mad half hour - what are you doing? Challenge work? Toots list work? (even if it's just writing it...)
month end approaches - write list of birthday cards etc for February
Thursday Thrills - ladeez we are going to make an ENTRANCE
Hallways, stairways, corridors, landings and THE FRONT DOOR
Sweep (or donkey stone lol) your front doorstep!
Get a bucket of soapy water and wash down the insides of doors (front and back?) then brave the elements, open them, wash down the lintels and door jambs and sills and the door itself.
Polish any door furniture with a soft cloth
Beat, vacuum or wipe door mats
Clean glass in/by doors
remove any gibble from entrances
Dust all light fittings
Wipe sticky switches and sockets
Dust any furniture in these areas
MAD half hour - work on your challenges OR clean out a 'man' drawer - empty it, wipe it out and out back only what you need.
Check all outside lighting is fully-functional.
Friday Fling Bedroom - The Boudoir
Open the window wide
Strip the bed
Fling the bedding in the washing machine
leave to air
Clear floor and chairdrobe
Dust all surfaces
wipe bulbs in lamps and lights
vacuum floor (or sweep/mop)
MAD half hour - challenge/toots
Plan some me time ...hair appt, nail appt, bubbly bath, date night, night with the girls/wine and laughs
Don't put it DOWN; put it AWAY
"I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness" Emily Dickinson
Thank you Honey Bear
Thank you Honey Bear
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