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Weekly Flylady Thread 29th April 2019

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edited 2 May 2019 at 9:26PM in Old style MoneySaving
Welcome to the Weekly Flylady Thread

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!

Some of our abbreviations: DH- dear husband, OH- other half, KH/CF- affectionate term for ex husband or partner DS/DD- dear son/daughter, DGC- dear grandchild, WM- washing machine, DW- dishwasher, LR/DR- living/dining room, RoD- room of doom, 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...

Manic Monday - Kitchen Kapers/Dining Room

Level 1

Clear sides and wipe down
Replace what lives there, wiping as you go
Wipe sill, sockets, door handles and switches
Clear and clean sink and accessories - don't forget those out-of-sight places - under plugs and under draining racks
Clean/polish table - wipe mats/change cloth
Check fruit and wash bowl
Throw away your manky dish cloth and replace with a new one!

Level 2

Wipe down all cupboard and drawer fronts, not forgetting handles and tops and bottom as well as fronts!
Clean hob - thoroughly. Wash all detachable parts too.
Sort fridge and wipe seals; weave stuff that needs using up into your meal plan
Dust dining area/room

Level 3
Make a start on Spring cleaning - plan to empty, and clean out, one cupboard or drawer each week
Clean oven
Sweep/mop/vacuum floor
Wipe out or wash out whiffy bins
Clean windows and frames - use a soapy cloth and open the windows and wipe frames and de-grot


MAD half hour call one or join one
S&S bathroom
May looms - what cards do you need? Bear in mind there are TWO Bank Holidays in May
Spend half-an-hour in the garden - weeding and tidying

Tuesday Task - Lounge/sitting room

Level 1

Open the window
Empty the bin, any ashtray, take out junk
Give the sofas and seats the once over - leather wipe or a just-damp cloth to move any marks
Lift and swap cushions and seat pads - vacuum underneath before replacing any
Rinse and squeeze out the cloth and wipe sockets, switches and door handles
Sort newspapers/magazine etc and recycle the old ones

Level 2

Dust all surfaces - don't forget the skirting boards and curtain tracks
Give light fittings a dust, too
Check ceilings, covings etc for cobwebs and destroy!
Carefully clean electricals

Level 3

Vacuum the floor
Polish the windows
Plump up cushions
Make sure that nothing is in here which doesn't live here

MAD half hour - Toots list jobs?
S&S in the kitchen and bathroom

Wipy Wednesday - bathroom, wet room, en suite(s)

Level 1

Fling open the windows
Clear the bins, remove empties - rinse and recycle please!
Flush the loo and squirt something down it to start working
Fling the towels in the WM
Top up the loo roll holder

Level 2

Clear lotions and potions from around bath and scrub inside and out.
Prod a brush down the plugholes to remove the ratty tails and/or lift and clean hair traps
Polish the taps
Slug of bleach down the plugholes and in overflows
Clean the plugs - don't forget underneath!
Scrub the loo inside and out - and bleach it
Wash toothbrush holders/glasses

Level 3

Scrub the sink
Polish the taps
Dust sills and shelves
Wipe anywhere fingers linger with a clean cloth or an anti-bac wipe
Mop the floor
Polish mirrors
Dust/wipe any storage units
Put out clean hand towels, bathtowels, flannels etc

S&S kitchen
BINBAG dance - especially if your bin will be emptied this week.

Thursday - Hall, stairs, landing and study (or other room in need of TLC)

Level 1

Open the windows WIDE
Strip bed (if any) and remake
Empty bins
Bash doormats
Clean windows

Level 2

Dust every single surface
Check all lighting is functional inside and out
Water/wipe plants
Wipe doors and frame

Level 3

Vacuum thoroughly
Sort out a drawer or a cupboard


S&S kitchen
S&S bathroom

Friday Flourish - the boudoir. You deserve a clean, tidy, restful bedroom - and you NEED it too, to re-energise

Level 1

Open windows w-i-d-e
Strip bed
Allow to air
Turn mattress if (a)necessary (b)you have assistance or (c) muscles
Remake bed

level 2
Clear floordrobe and chairdrobe
Clean windows
Vacuum, sweep or mop floor

Level 3
Dust sides and shelves and sills and skirtingss
With a just damp cloth wipe all your lotion and potion bottles, hairdryers (especially if you use product while blow drying) etc.
Polish mirrors

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

Have a lovely weekend/bank holiday
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


  • JazeeJazee Forumite
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    Thanks Valli, I'm in.

    Plans for tomorrow include prepping a presentation and driving to where it's going to be given, craft club and bowls match.

    Flying may consist of drying washing, changing bedding, dusting Lr if I have time.
    Spend less now, work less later.
  • roundtuitroundtuit Forumite
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    Thank you Valli xx and thank you Natty for last week xx

    Back to work tomorrow :o but I'm hoping to keep on top of the dailies - which will leave the weekends free for flying.

    Hugs to Mrs MP xx

    Rosemary Ikpeme
  • tighteningthebelttighteningthebelt Forumite
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    New here. Hi!
    House not too bad at the moment. Looking to develop routines and I know I do better with a little accountability. Need to keep on top of the garden regularly too, it's only small but I can't let it build up else it will get the better of me!
    There are the targets. Excited to be with you all.
    A bit of grin and bear it, a bit of come and share it
    You're welcome we can spare it, yellow socks
  • ValliValli Forumite
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    And we're thrilled to have you, tightening! Welcome to the thread.
    (You might get your name shortened to ttb lol)
    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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    Thanks Valli. I'm in.

    Big (((hugs))) to mrs-mp, Narc0 and anyone else in need atm.

    Welcome ttb :wave:

    Rosie is having her mad half-hour, squeaking and shaking all her toys in turn. How the squirrel has survived so well since Christmas, I do not know except that she does not actually chew them. The mouse has lost its squeak, we have no bandits but a one-armed elephant, and Father Christmas (who spent almost a year behind the sofa :o) is still wearing his bobble hat.

    Must go and get the cake out of the oven. Catch up tomorrow x
  • Mumof2_2Mumof2_2 Forumite
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    Thank you Valli, I am in just with the Level 1s for now.

    Hi and welcome ttb.
    Flymarkeeteer: £168 and counting
  • Jojo_the_TightfistedJojo_the_Tightfisted Forumite
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    Trying to regain some sense of normality ready for back to work on Wednesday. Not working so far, any more than the fabled sleeping pills I've been given by the GP as though they're radioactive or explosive, going by the way I've heard them referred to in the past. Is it possible to be immune to the things?

    Anyhow, Himself has been keeping the kitchen clean, has vacuumed throughout, cleaned the bath, washed up every time something has been used and just finished flipping and turning the mattress, vacuuming it thoroughly and remaking the bed. And saying he will personally handwash all clothing until we are in a position to get a replacement WM.

    I have gathered together some makeup from where it had been left in handbags and under the coffee table and he's bundled it up in a small crate and taken it upstairs. And left the house with him to try and get something for tea, but couldn't find what I wanted and started feeling weird and wobbly, so we came back and I had scrambled egg instead (I've not been able to stomach meat since last week for some reason).

    Can I make a suggestion for a new nickname? Tibs?
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.
    colinw wrote: »
    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll :D
  • FayolleFayolle Forumite
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    Yes please, I’m in. Thank you, ladies for the threads. X
    Welcome back Mumof2:wave: . Welcome TTB / Tibs!
    ((Hugs)) to Jojo, Mrs MP and Narc0.

    Kitchen and dining room are in dire need. I will do what I can when I get back from work tomorrow evening.
  • MademoiselleMademoiselle Forumite
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    Morning all, I'm in this week and hoping to get on with a few things.

    My admin is nearly up to date so would like to get that right up to date so that the desk is clear.

    Yesterday OH worked with me to get our bedroom sorted. Floor cleared, and table top and bedside cabinets. I still need to sort my clothes out as there are far too many that I don't wear and will never wear so they can be rehomed .

    My tshirt quilt for DD2 is ready to be sewn together so looking forward to getting my new sewing machine out and trying it. Very excited about this and am enjoying some 'me' time.

    Off to move my car so plumber can get in and then get on with a few chores.

    See you later.
  • kazwookiekazwookie Forumite
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    Thank you for all the lists.

    Wm x 2 overnight now out on line
    Wm is on again just waiting for that to finish
    Shoes 11pairs! removed from hall way and put away in a tidy manner
    Toilets cleaned
    Kitchen cleaned

    No weight loss this week, not happy with myself, but this week is to refocus and try again.

    Off out volunteering in a bit.

    Hugs all round
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