Weekly Flylady Thread 28th October 2019

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edited 28 October 2019 at 7:33PM 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...

FLYLADY THREAD PICK'N'MIX

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 - and bleach
Clean basin - don't forget to clean the underside of the plug
Wash toothbrush holders/toothmugs
Wipe loo roll holder

Level 3

Clean bath
Clean floor
Wipe door(s) down paying special attention to handles
Wipe pull switches
Check cabinets - wipe sticky shelves


Hall, Stairs and Landing

Level 1


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

Level 2

Dust skirtings
Attend to plants
Dust everywhere

Level 3

Sweep, mop, vacuum floors
Clean mats
Check outdoor/security lighting is fully functional
Check smoke alarms and CO monitors


Kitchen/dining room

Level 1


Clear sides and wipe down - wipe small appliances
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
Clean microwave
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
Recycle old newspapers and magazines
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 (if needed)
Remove rubbish
Deal with flowers
Remake aired bed

Level 2

Clean window
Dust level surfaces
Check lighting functional

Level 3

Dust skirtings
Wipe mirrors
Vacuum floor


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)
HHI

Other key tasks

Pick and choose if/as necessary


Month end budgets/finances need updating
Buy cards for November - and December.
Cards and gifts to post abroad need sourcing and sorting.
Check your emergency supplies - petfood/longlife milk etc - in date?
Check meds - you don't want to be running out over the festive season.
Check OTC remedies - get rid of any OOD; do you need to buy any (remember generic are cheaper!)

ADDED EXTRA

Check outside pipes/taps are protected from frost.
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 27 October 2019 at 10:10PM
    pigpenpigpen Forumite
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    edited 27 October 2019 at 10:10PM
    I'm not in but I'm here.. ty for Fred <3

    trying to persuade myself I do NOT need to go to the pub.. but I really do!


    Bathroom, WC
    Level 1

    Remove all rubbish (bin bag dance)
    Clean windows
    Polish mirror, shower screen
    Wipe shower cubicle out.. I just did that tonight.
    Level 2
    Clean loo - and bleach
    Clean basin - don't forget to clean the underside of the plug ~ BUY SINK TRAP
    Wipe loo roll holder
    Level 3
    Clean floor
    Wipe door down paying special attention to handles


    Hall, Stairs and Landing
    Level 1

    Clear rubbish/binbag dance
    Wipe all handles and stair rails/banisters
    Level 2
    Dust skirtings
    Dust everywhere
    Level 3
    vacuum floors
    Check smoke alarms and CO monitors ~ PUT UP CO MONITOR BEFORE DS2 DIES OF CO POISONING AND YOU WILL HAVE GUILT AND FEEL BAD FOREVER! (I have the attention span of a spoon)


    Kitchen/dining room
    Level 1

    Clear sides and wipe down - wipe small appliances
    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
    Clean microwave
    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

    Strip bed
    Remake bed
    Level 2
    Clear floordrobe and chairdrobe
    Vacuum floor
    Empty bin
    clear the clutter
    Level 3
    Polish mirrors
    Vacuum/dust light fittings and lamps

    Living room
    Level 1

    Open windows .. can't my kittens will escape!
    Empty out any rubbish
    Rehome anything which is out of place
    Level 2
    Dust electricals
    Level 3
    Lift chair/sofa cushions and vacuum under them
    vacuum sofas
    Dust lightfittings - and bulbs!
    Sweep/mop/vacuum floor

    Kids room/spare room/guest room
    Level one

    Open widows ... opening those poor widows again! lol
    Remove rubbish
    Remake aired bed
    Level 2
    Level 3
    Wipe mirrors
    Vacuum floor
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  • BadCat18BadCat18 Forumite
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    Morning all

    Thanks for the new thread!

    I’m just starting paid stuff, WM is swishing, I’m hoping for a day like yesterday so I can get a couple of loads done. Not looking like it at the moment so if not good will have to dry indoors.

    I have to go to the docs this morning so will do a couple of hours at the paid stuff then pop off for that. Not sure yet which bit of the list I will do... choices, choices...

    Hope you all have a good day, back later x
  • asparklyblondeasparklyblonde Forumite
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    Morning all

    It's half term :T:T I am enjoying a cuppa and hot buttered crumpets, bliss. I have a few niggly jobs to do today, all in or around the village, so nothing too hard :cool:

    The dog will get a long walk, and I will get some washing going shortly. Happy Monday all xx
  • roundtuitroundtuit Forumite
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    Morning :hello:

    How do you explain to birds that the clocks have gone back an hour? Last night I had Sweetie telling me it was bedtime at 9 - I caved in at 9.15 as tbh my internal clock agreed with him. And now the birds are sat outside waiting for their breakfast - and wondering why it's not appeared....

    …. birds are fed :D Well it is freezing out there so poor little beggars need their breakfast :) I've broken the ice on the bird bath, so they can have a drink too. There was a robin sat out in the back yard when I went out :D

    Golly - they were hungry...two Freddies and a dozen sparrows dining chez Roundtuit :T

    Flying? I'm showered and dressed, pack up is packed, bed is made, laundry shuffle completed and airer put away, recycling out.

    Have a good week
    Rxx
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  • MademoiselleMademoiselle Forumite
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    I'm in this week.

    DD2 is home and we have a day of appointments on Tuesday. But otherwise we will be sorting the playroom, reorganising her bedroom and getting internship letters and CVs sent off. She needs an internship for end of February so needs to get a move on.

    Slight hiccup to all these plans is that OH has lost his wallet and thinks he must have left it at other house (5 hours drive away) so I will text neighbours who have a key and ask them to go and look and then probably drive down there one evening and come back the next morning early. That'll teach him to rush us out.

    Off to put WM on, first of many as DD2 has brought 3 weeks worth of washing home plus bedding and towels. TD will be working overdrive.

    Hugs to all,
  • kazwookiekazwookie Forumite
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    Thank you for the lists.


    WM is on
    Kitchen is done
    I'm washed / dressed etc
    Mince out of freezer to defrost
    Cat fed
    Upstairs windows open


    Off to post parcel, and volunteer
    :) Sun, Sea :)

  • asparklyblondeasparklyblonde Forumite
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    Car loaded for tip / chazza, poo picked, hoovered round, washing on line, loads of other small bits done. Brrr it's cold here today! X
  • JazeeJazee Forumite
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    Morning all. Freezing here this morning so my new winter coat got its first outing along with gloves and woolly hat. The dogs wore their coats too and we had a lovely run through the leaves in the park.

    Back now and having a cuppa. Before going out I just did the dailies and got a wash load on. Next I'm going to cut the grass.

    Have a great day everyone.
    Spend less now, work less later.
  • GoodintentionsGoodintentions Forumite
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    Good morning :D

    Thanks Valli for the lists - I will do my best.

    I have had a leisurely lie in after feeding the animals at 6:40 and going back to bed with a cuppa! I don't usually do the morning feed, but DH & DS are away camping (yes, I did say camping!! :rotfl::rotfl:) for the night - they are back later today. Apparently it was cold!!! :rotfl:

    No work today. I have emptied the DW. Some bits weren't clean, so I have cleaned the filter and need to run a clean cycle. I don't have anything preprepared, so I am off to google O/S remedies - I'm sure vinegar will be involved!!

    WM is on. I need to do a couple more loads. I also need to empty the food bins (into various compost bins) and maybe clear some dying vegetation from the garden. I plan to put a an hour or so in at the allotment. I will need to do a food shop later - I need picnic food for tomorrow! Ok - I had better get a move on!!

    Hugs to those that need them. Have a good day everyone!
  • JazeeJazee Forumite
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    Grass cut back and front on long setting. Looks a bit hacked if I'm honest. Also did a quick hoover through.

    Going to look at living room list next.
    Spend less now, work less later.
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