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Weekly Flylady Thread 1st October 2018

edited 3 October 2018 at 9:29PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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edited 3 October 2018 at 9:29PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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 Mix-it up Monday - your bedroom and any connected areas eg en suite/dressing room

Level 1

Clear the floor
Open windows
Strip bed
Empty bins
Clean windows and mirrors
Make bed with fresh linen
Wipe switches and sockets with a just-damp cloth

Level 2

Dust everywhere
Wipe lotion and potion bottles with your (rinsed) damp cloth
If you have an en suite clean loo/basin/shower

Level 3

Sweep/mop/vacuum floor


peg out some washing
S&S bathroom
S&S kitchen

Terrific Tuesday....halls, stairs, landing and entrances

Level 1

Clean windows in these areas, dust any sills and vacuum drapes
With a damp cloth wipe sockets, switches and banisters
Thoroughly clean doormats
Wash down outsides of doors

Level 2

Check and clean lighting
Dust anything on walls
Put away coats etc not being worn
Dust any furniture

Level 3

Dust skirtings
Vacuum/sweep/mop as appropriate
Open doors and clean under them
Sweep steps


S&S kitchen
S&S bathroom
MAD half hours - hit that TOOTS list

Wonderful Wednesday - love your lounge

Level 1

Open the window and let in some fresh air
Empty bin
clean ashtrays
Deal with plants and flowers
Remove/rehome gibble

Level 2

Dust sockets, skirtings
Wipe electricals
Clean sofa/chairs and plump cushions

Level 3

Dust anything else
Ensure fires are ready to go - dust or rake out ashes or whatever
Sweep, vacuum or mop floor

S&S kitchen
S&S bathroom
MAD half hour

Thursday Thrills - Bathroom

Level 1

Remove shower curtains and towels - wash that shower curtain or wipe that screen
Wipe down tiles and/or and cubicles
Scrub bath
Give shower heads a bath in lemon juice
Polish all brightwork (chrome bits - taps & hoses)
Clean shower tray
Slosh a good glug of bleach down drains/overflows

Level 2

Flush loo and spray bowl with cream cleaner and SCRUB - under the rim, below the waterline and all over the bowl.
Flush loo again
Wipe seat, lid and outside of loo - including where you can't see...
Slop some bleach all over the inside of the loo
With a clean cloth wipe switches, pull cord, door handles and loo roll holder
Rinse loo brush and dry it outside in the sun

Level 3

Scrub the sink = don't forget the underneath the plug!
Bleach the drain
Wipe the pedestal/cupboard over
Polish and mirrors, glass and your heated towel rail
Clean the floor - vacuum or mop
Put out fresh towels


S&S kitchen
Ring a friend and plan a get-together
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


  • ionafanionafan Forumite
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    Thank you Valli for the new thread, and Natty for last week's. I shall do as much as I can, bearing in mind that
    - DH might have to go back to the lung function unit or see his GP, as he's complaining of discomfort in his chest
    - I've got a routine horse piddle appointment on Monday morning
    - I'm waiting for someone to ring me to arrange two meetings this week
    - I have to do a GIft Aid claim this week
    - we're supposed to be going to South Wales on Thursday to visit DH's cousins, just for the day - but I am insisting that we go overnight because I daren't drive that distance and back in one day if I get a rubbish night's sleep
    - my study is still a depressing mess.

    Big (((hugs))) to Fayolle, dancemum, Jojo, Froddy, LW, YL, roundtuit, Natty, MadamMin, Dizzy and anyone else who needs them xxx
  • pigpenpigpen Forumite
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    hi.. tracking... thank you xxxx
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    Hope to be debt free until the day I die
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  • ValliValli Forumite
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    Flylady 2018 Challenges - GO FLYERS GO

    SCRIMPERS (no spend October)

    atypical blonde
    Natty - 9lb lost so far.
    Honey Bear

    SLINKIES - weight loss challenge

    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
    LameWolf 2st/28lb
    Roundtuit 56lb
    Jazee 2st/28lb
    Pigpen *some*
    MrsMoneypenny 1st at least
    Froddington 2st
    Dancemum 3st
    Mademoiselle about 2 st
    Ionafan 1st 11lb 9lb (hope that's right!) Excellent work
    donnajt 3 st
    Mrs Chaos 16lb
    Faete 2st
    Natty 1st 7Ib {9lb lost}
    Kazwookie 2st tbc
    Honey Bear 5 kgs


    donnjt - £1k for hols

    H2H (hovel to haven)

    Mrs Moneypenny
    donnajt - by Summer
    Mrs Chaos
    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
  • Narc0lepsyNarc0lepsy Forumite
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    Thanks for lists. Mr N and I have a fair few listy projects too.
    In the meantime bil arrived safely with mil despite the closure of M27 prolonging their journey; I'd expected them to turn up soon after I came back from church, but it was nearer 5pm. Think some serious discussions will be taking place regarding mil who now forgets practically everything.

    For me it's gym in the morning, flower club and Zumba on Tues then uni I'm booked for Wed and Thurs.
    Remember...a layer of dust protects the wood beneath it.
  • MademoiselleMademoiselle Forumite
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    Morning all,

    I'm back in this week, and feeling motivated, long may it last.

    Great clearing out was done at the weekend, 2 trips to the tip with the trailer and 7 big bags of garden rubbish put out for today (that's the max they allow). Garden bags already started for next week. Boot full of stuff taken to charity shop too. Most of the stuff taken to the tip was from the garage so you can't tell in the house but it did lead to sorting out bits and bobs here and there in the house. It was also an opportunity to discuss just how much needs to be done.

    We are trying to get our garden back under some sort of control as it has been neglected for quite some time, to be honest we have cut the grass but nothing else so borders are like a jungle and the drive is overgrown with weeds. Best not mention the hedges. We cleared a good part of the drive yesterday and plan to keep is cleared whilst doing a bit more each week. Also cleared a small raised bed attached to the house so will plant a few herbs in that to make it look nice and stop the weeds taking hold again.

    Right, I'm off to shower, have breakfast and get on with today.

    See you all later
  • atypicalblondeatypicalblonde Forumite
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    Morning all,

    Thanks for the lists :) barely have time to read let alone post ATM. Thinking of you all though and flying where I can.

    Have lovely days all x
    MFW :)
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    Aiming to be MF 1.10.2020
  • Dizzy_ImpDizzy_Imp Forumite
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    Morning flyladies!

    Thanks for the lists - I do try to fly with them, honest Guv' :o

    Glad it is the [STRIKE]sleeping pit[/STRIKE] bedroom today. It needs attention to be sure.

    Supporting vibes with all people coping with elderly parents/relatives. Hoping that each situation eases and appropriate support is put in place x

    Need to pick up approx. 1 metric tonne of chicken corn this morning and make lentil soup (been craving this all weekend, for some reason)

    Time for breakfast club, so gotta fly!
  • kazwookiekazwookie Forumite
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    Thank you for all the lists.

    I'm up washed/ scrubbed/ and in office wear :) not going to take lunch today as I have a feeling / hope my boss' boss will take me to lunch today! :) if not I'll have to buy something.
    :) Sun, Sea :)

  • Mumof2_2Mumof2_2 Forumite
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    Hi and I'm back in! Many. thanks for the list.
    Been printing off the lists for last week each Monday morning and working through but want to try to do it the normal way this week ... will see how it goes. See you soon.
    Flymarkeeteer: £168 and counting
  • Honey_BearHoney_Bear Forumite
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    The easiest way to get spiders out of the bath is to hang a longish bit of loo paper over the side, so that the bottom of it sits in the bath and the other end lies on the floor. The spider then has something to grip on to so can climb out. I'd suggest a towel but the thought of their spider legs and feet on my towel is a bit :shudder:

    Hoping that chap comes back to finish the grouting, socket and leak so that the ktichen can be completely re-instated. OH and I did a lot of tidying yesterday to get things back to normal. He put the secondary glazing up and I eventually hung the front door curtain having cleaned the lobby area of spiders' nests. Clearing paperwork today until a dentist's appointment.
    Keeping it AF
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