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Weekly Flylady Thread Pick'n'Mix 13th October 2019

edited 13 October 2019 at 6:25PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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edited 13 October 2019 at 6:25PM 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'
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- that’s 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...


For personal reasons I'm not sure I will be able to post every night as normal, so (thanks to Fayolle I think but I'll check) this week's going to be a bit different


I'm not going to list the rooms by day, just by room but you are free to either do a whole room (all three levels) or mix up the levels across the week - so, for example, you might pick level 1 to do for all rooms. Just post what you HAVE achieved! Sharp-eyed flyladies will notice there are six lists...because YOU are picking and mixing. You might choose the worst room to really make a difference (and because you have the time) or the least minging because you're short of time.

Bathroom, Cloakroom, En suite

Level 1

Remove all rubbish (bin bag dance)
Clean windows
Dust all furnishings
Polish mirror, shower screen
Wipe shower cubicle out

Level 2

Clean loo
Clean basin

Level 3

Clean bath
Clean floor
Wipe door(s) down paying special attention to handles
Wipe pull switches
Check cabinets - wipe out - throw out OOD or not-being-used lotions and potions

Hall, Stairs and Landing

Level 1

Clear rubbish/binbag dance
Clean windows
Wipe all handles and stair rails/banisters
Wipe sockets and switched

Level 2

Dust skirtings
Attend to plants
Dust everywhere

Level 3

Sweep, mop, vacuum floors
Clean mats
Check outdoor/security lighting is fully functional

Kitchen/dining room

Level 1

Clear sides and wipe down
Replace what lives there, wiping as you go
Empty bin and clean it out too
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 or sponge 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
Sort fridge and wipe seals; weave stuff that needs using up into your meal plan
Dust dining area/room
Descale kettle if needed
Clear WM , TD and DW filters

Level 3

Pick a cupboard or a drawer; empty it, clean it out and put back its contents tidily
Sweep/mop/vacuum floor
Clean windows

Master Bedroom

Level 1

Open windows w-i-d-e unless it's persisting it down/freezing
Strip bed
Allow to air
Remake bed

Level 2

Clear floordrobe and chairdrobe
Clean windows
Vacuum, sweep or mop floor
Empty bin
Put as much stuff as you can away - clear the clutter

Level 3

Dust all sides and shelves
With a just damp cloth wipe all your lotion and potion bottles, hairdryers (especially if you use product while blow drying) etc. and put all perfumes away in a drawer. The sun/heat will damage the contents.
Rinse the cloth and wipe sockets and switches
Polish mirrors
Vacuum/dust light fittings and lamps

Living room

Level 1

Open windows
Empty out any rubbish
Clear and clean coffee table/side tables
Rehome anything which is out of place
Wipe coasters
Deal with any flowers/water & wipe plants

Level 2

Dust and polish any wooden furniture or just dust
Check corners for cobwebs/spiders and remove
Dust skirting boards
Wipe handles/sockets/switches
Dust electricals

Level 3

Lift chair/sofa cushions and vacuum under them
Wipe leather furniture/vacuum sofas
Dust lightfittings - and bulbs!
Dust skirting boards/dado rails etc
Sweep/mop/vacuum floor

Kids room/spare room/guest room

Level one

Open widows
Strip bed
Remove rubbish
Deal with flowers
Remake aired bed

Level 2

Clean window
Dust level surfaces
Check lighting functional

Level 3

Dust skirtings
Wipe mirrors

Daily little tasks that keep the whole house running smoothly

S&S kitchen (unless it's kitchen day)
S&S bathroom(s) (unless.. you get the idea)

Other key tasks

Pick and choose if/as necessary

Half term's looming - make plans/playdates. Include some me time for you
Make sure your emergency kit (torch etc) is easily locatable and has fresh batteries[/QUOTE]
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
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    Thanks Valli, I'll try to do some tomorrow and hopefully be in properly by Wednesday.
    Spend less now, work less later.
    Savings thread #104 Feb £200.00/total £297.22/£3600
  • ionafanionafan
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    Thank you Valli.

    I have no ironing pile so the iron can enjoy a rest this week and that's one thing crossed off the list:D
  • asparklyblondeasparklyblonde
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    Thank you Valli :)

    I am definitely in. I have such a busy week ahead, but the kitchen is spotless so I'm starting as I mean to go on. Bags, coats, packed lunches etc all out ready for morning.

    I'll put the WM on before bed. Have lovely evenings all xx
  • BadCat18BadCat18
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    Thanks for the new thread. I’m in again.

    Starting the week with a fairly presentable house. Didn’t get to do the oven today so that is definitely on my list for tomorrow. I will put the stuff on at lunchtime then I can leave it to work for a few hours and clean it after work. That’s it, I’ve written it down so now I have to do it!!

    See you all tomorrow x
  • roundtuitroundtuit
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    Thank you Valli and Natty for the lists xx

    I'm in. HHC each evening is doable - I'll report my progress afterwards :D

    Strictly has been watched; I'm going to declutter a couple of magazines now.

    Have a good evening everyone. See you tomorrow

    Rosemary Ikpeme
  • kazwookiekazwookie
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    I'm in, thankyou for all the lists
    :) Sun, Sea :)

  • I'm in this week.
    Hard work last week means things aren't too awful, but I know from previous experience keeping up with the lists is key to keeping it like that.

    I have a bomb site of a craftroom/conservatory to blitz this week, as well as a back garden full of old beds and ripped up decking.

    If I get those sorted the house will be more than fairly reasonable all round.

    As I'm hosting a little soirèe on saturday (knitting club also known as wine club ��) that's going to be a huge bonus for later in the week.
    :rotfl:If you have made someone laugh today... check your skirt isn't tucked into your knickers!!!:rotfl:
    Mrs B you're a legend.
  • asparklyblondeasparklyblonde
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    Good very early morning all

    Up stressing about work, when will I learn? Out all day so very little flying but the kitchen is lovely and dinner is prepped so being kind to self.

    Have fab days all x
  • BadCat18BadCat18
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    Morning all

    I’m up, showered and dressed and about to start paid stuff. Wash is swishing, will just fold the stuff on the airer before I go to the office.
    Dailies started, will finish them later. Also still have the plan to clean the oven!

    Have a good day all x
  • JazeeJazee
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    Morning all. I've only just got up. Rubbish night as DH kept me awake with his bad back. I only got sleep when he left the bed at 4am.

    Just having first cuppa then I'll prep some food for the dogs and then do the living room list.

    Have a great day everyone.
    Spend less now, work less later.
    Savings thread #104 Feb £200.00/total £297.22/£3600
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