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edited 12 July 2018 at 7:07AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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edited 12 July 2018 at 7:07AM in Old Style MoneySaving
:footie::dance: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'
WUDUPA ~ washed up, dried up, put away
WUALTD ~ washed up and left to dry
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...

Marvellous Monday - kitchen dining etc

Level 1

Check your fridge - clean any drains, make sure it's cold and clean
clear out any wilting veg
wipe seals
we need to keep food covered and cold in this heat - flies are multiplying
wipe all countertop appliances - kettle; toaster, coffee maker etc
move them and clean all worktops
Put some water in to cool

Level 2

Wipe cupboard fronts, drawer fronts and handles
Clean the windows
Sweep the floor
Mop or vacuum floor if appropriate

Level 3
Change tabel cloth and /or wipe mats
Polish table and chairs

Dust where necessary
Clean windows

Extras
S&S bathrrom
HHI
MAD half hour
Use the oven intelligently =- can you make two meals and save cooking time later?

Tip Top Tuesday - bathroom bliss

Level 1

Remove all towels/cloths etc and pop them into the wash - make it a HOT wash and give your machine a clean at the same time!
Get a clean, damp cloth and wipe all the place fingers touch
Scrub the loo inside and out.
Finish with a slosh of bleach
Polish the towel rail.

Level 2
Clean the handbasin(s)
Remove the plug and clean it thoroughly
Remove anything icky from the plughole
be a bleach baby and bleach that plughole!

Level 3
Clean baths and showers
Wash any shower curtains
Clean any shower screens - I use detergent in hot water to wipe off the scum and then finish with windowcleaner for a sparkle
If you use a wiper give the rubber blade a good wipe over
Mop the floor.

Extras
Empty a cupboard in there. Throw out anything icky and wipe the shelves over before replacing all tidily.

Top up the loo roll store.

Clean the window - wipe the frame before cleaning the glass.

Vacuum the dust out of the extractor fan cover - if you have one!

Empty the bin - and wash it and leave it outside in the sun to dry!

Get a bucket of hot water - give the loo brush a good rinse and put it out in the sun to dry! Don't forget the holder! Damp, scummy brushes breed germs. If it's too awful to contemplate, wrap it and bin it and buy a new one from a cheap household store.


Wipy Wednesday RECLAIM YOUR LOUNGE :footie::dance:

Level 1

Fling the window(s) open.
Empty bins
Attend to plants - wipe leaves, water
Attend to flowers - whizz or water; root out floppy flowerheads
Clean windows
Wipe window frames
Dust curtain tracks

Level 2

Plump cushions
Wipe or vacuum sofas and chairs as appropriate
Get a damp cloth and wipe switches and sockets
Clear clutter out

Level 3
Dust everywhere including skirtings, picture rails and dado rails
Vacuum as far as you can (inc under furniture)

Extras

Usual S&S in the kitchen and bathroom
HHI
MAD Half hour


Thursday Thrills

Hall, stairs, landing

Level 1


Clear any detritus
Bang mats outside
Wash front door inside and out
Sweep step

Level 2
Clean windows
Wipe sills
Polish mirrors

Level 3
Dust everywhere
Vacuum/sweep/mop floors

Extras
S&S kitchen and bathroom
MAD half hour
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
:heart:Janice 1964-2016:heart:

Thank you Honey Bear
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  • edited 14 July 2018 at 12:16PM
    ValliValli Forumite
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    edited 14 July 2018 at 12:16PM
    Flylady 2018 Challenges - GO FLYERS GO

    SCRIMPERS (no spend JULY)

    atypical blonde
    Lamewolf
    Pigpen
    Natty
    Kazwookie
    Jazee
    Honey Bear
    Valli
    Fayolle
    Yorkshirelass
    Lynnejk
    Mumof2

    [b[SLINKIES - weight loss challenge[/b]

    Lynnejk - 9lb
    Narcolepsy *some*
    Valli 2st/28lb
    Dizzy Imp 2st/28lb
    FurryBeastOz 2st/28lb
    nannygladys 3st/42lb
    Fayolle 2st/28lb
    atypicalblonde 2st/28lb
    Princess Money Penny
    Lil_me 5st/70lb
    JojotheTightfisted
    LameWolf 2st/28lb
    Roundtuit 56lb
    Jazee 2st/28lb
    Pigpen *some*
    MrsMoneypenny 1st at least
    Froddington 2st
    Dancemum 3st
    Mademoiselle about 2 st
    Ionafan[STRIKE] 1st 11lb[/STRIKE] 9lb (hope that's right!):T Excellent work:T
    donnajt 3 st
    Rosemary7391
    Mrs Chaos 16lb
    Faete 2st
    Natty 1st 7Ib {6lb lost}
    Kazwookie 2st tbc
    Honey Bear 5 kgs


    Flymarketeers

    FurryBeastOz
    Pigpen
    Valli
    Mumof2
    donnjt - £1k for hols

    H2H (hovel to haven)

    HoneyBear
    Froddington
    Roundtuit
    Mumof2
    FurryBeastOz
    funfairprincess
    Mrs Moneypenny
    hex2
    Fayolle
    lynnejk
    riotlady
    donnajt - by Summer
    Mrs Chaos
    Natty
    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
    :heart:Janice 1964-2016:heart:

    Thank you Honey Bear
  • edited 9 July 2018 at 11:42PM
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    edited 9 July 2018 at 11:42PM
    Thanking you.

    I'm kind of in but flying off piste.. or something like that!! ;)

    My hovel is squalid and I need to fling LOADS of stuff. This weeks challenge is mainly ebeast based... I just parted with £140 so I need to scrape that back!


    Marvellous Monday - kitchen dining etc
    Level 1

    we need to keep food covered and cold in this heat - flies are multiplying
    wipe all countertop appliances - kettle; toaster, coffee maker etc
    move them and clean all worktops
    Level 2
    Wipe cupboard fronts, drawer fronts and handles
    Clean the windows
    Sweep the floor
    Mop or vacuum floor if appropriate
    Level 3
    Clean windows
    Extras
    S&S bathroom


    Tip Top Tuesday - bathroom bliss
    Level 1
    Remove all towels/cloths etc and pop them into the wash - make it a HOT wash and give your machine a clean at the same time!
    Level 2
    Clean the handbasin(s)
    Level 3
    Mop the floor.
    Extras
    Clean the window - wipe the frame before cleaning the glass.
    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.)
    06/06/2020 £47457.61 (2.41% int.)
  • Mumof2_2Mumof2_2 Forumite
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    Hi and thank you so much for the list.

    At long last I have some fabulous news - J starts his new job next Monday!! This means I continue to work hard this week but then I drop my working hours as I'm chief shopper, kids taxi service, cleaner etc .... still going to work but half what I was doing.

    I am going to TRY to do Level 1s this week to get me in the hang of it but as usual may be a bit erratic.

    Hugs to all xx
    Flymarkeeteer: £168 and counting
  • FayolleFayolle Forumite
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    Thank you and I'm here again.

    Hurrah, Mumof2! :T
  • Jojo_the_TightfistedJojo_the_Tightfisted Forumite
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    [clicks send]

    I've done it. I've applied for the job.

    I hope I haven't overegged the disability side, but I couldn't see any way to apply without it, so I've told them in a nice, diplomaticway that I cannot keep up physically, I was placed in the job despite objections from Occupational Health and I've got tons of skills that will be useful without needing to scurry up a single ladder of heft gear around all the time.


    An ex manager is down for the reference, as I can't see the point of them approaching a place that is closed for the summer two days after the interview when they'll already be incandescent with rage at my having the temerity to apply somewhere else (and most likely try to refuse me permission to attend) and nobody there was even employed when I was doing the things the new job would require me to do; I expect that the least vindictive thing they could do is ignore the request on the grounds of being too busy/closed for summer - but going by previous references they've given out, it will be a tirade of how useless I am.


    Assuming I even get as far as interview and they don't just sling it in the bin for being crap physically.
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.
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    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll :D
  • pigpenpigpen Forumite
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    Jojo.. don't sell yourself short.. you deserve to have a nice calm working environment.. Of course you'll get an interview.. you're amazing! Can you have all of us as referees? We'd do you proud! xx Good luck xx

    Now to get this dollop of mine to apply for some jobs he is more suited to.. he hates this kitchen malarky!
    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.)
    06/06/2020 £47457.61 (2.41% int.)
  • ionafanionafan Forumite
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    Good luck, Jojo. You're worth it.

    Cheering with Mumof2 :T:T

    Thank you Valli for the new thread and Natty for last week's.

    My house is horribly dirty - mainly because I have so many windows open and the cars and tractors going up and down the unmade lane behind our house throw up lots of sand and dust (and we have a very small garden - only 5 fence panels long). My focus this week *still* has to be on this final essay. I can really only work at my computer in the morning, so I'm starting early every day to avoid as much of the heat as possible. I didn't take Rosie out until 9.15 last night because it was still so hot.

    The shower that was forecast for tomorrow has mysteriously disappeared, though the temperature is due to drop to a more manageable 22 degrees, and it now looks as if Tuesday 19th is the earliest we shall get some rain to settle the dust :( It's a good thing I'm not expecting any visitors.
  • wishingthemortgaheawaywishingthemortgaheaway Forumite
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    Morning all, I'm in this week but myOwn, approach as usual.

    Jojo - good luck with the job app. I'm just checking though, does the new job require a dbs check? If it does, you have to use your currant or most recent employer as one of your referees (I hope this can be avoided for you in your case).


    Hubby has left for his contracted job, 4 weeks in the lakes. Pickle
    And I head up on Friday. Here (in no particular order) is my list for the week. (Will add and edit as the week goes on)

    Flying this week

    Pack for going away
    Pack car
    Tidy our bedroom
    Tidy Pickle's room
    Tidy Bathroom
    Tidy hall, stairs and landing
    Tidy kitchen
    Tidy dining room
    Tidy front room
    'Leaving the house for 3 week's tasks' (will break down later)
    Birthday pressie for M
    Leaving gift for c
    Birthday cards for bil & sil
    Keep on top of washing
    Stuff to loft
    Tidy loft
    Stuff to cellar
    Keep cellar tidy
    Empty & defrost cellar freezer
    Sort food order for Lake District
    Sort back yard for 'going away'
    Bins out & Away (Thursday)
    Work for 1 day (Wednesday)
    Declutter wardrobe cupboard 1
    Declutter wardrobe cupboard 2
    Declutter wardrobe cupboard 3
    Declutter wardrobe cupboard 4
    Declutter wardrobe cupboard 5
    Declutter under our bed
    Declutter blanket Box
    Declutter bedside cabinet 1
    Declutter bedside cabinet 2
    Instructions for cleaner for summer deep clean.

    Flying time this week is 4 evenings
    Plus 2 full days whilst Pickle
    Is at the Childminder's.
    Also any
    Time I can snatch - like now, before Pickle gets up!

    Happy Flying everyone.
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  • Maisie_MMaisie_M Forumite
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    Hello


    I am in again this week.

    Marvellous Monday - kitchen dining etc

    Level 1
    Check your fridge - clean any drains, make sure it's cold and clean
    clear out any wilting veg
    wipe seals
    we need to keep food covered and cold in this heat - flies are multiplying
    wipe all countertop appliances - kettle; toaster, coffee maker etc
    move them and clean all worktops
    Put some water in to cool

    Level 2
    Wipe cupboard fronts, drawer fronts and handles
    Clean the windows
    Sweep the floor
    Mop or vacuum floor if appropriate

    Level 3
    Dust where necessary
    Clean windows

    Extras
    S&S bathrrom
    HHI - more like 2 as not done any since Wednesday :p
    MAD half hour
    Use the oven intelligently =- can you make two meals and save cooking time later?

    wash darks and whites
    return coffee pods, take kids to hobbycraft and cex

  • atypicalblondeatypicalblonde Forumite
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    Morning all,

    I am in, thanks so much for the lists :)

    So far this morning I have emptied some carp out of the car, unloaded DW, put a wash on and dispatched DH to work :p

    I have a list as long as my arm of things I want to complete today, which includes a lot more business admin for DH. Me getting the job means we really can start to address winding the business down slowly.

    Best crack on, have lovely days all x
    MFW :)
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    Aiming to be MF 1.10.2020
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