Weekly Flylady Thread 27th January 2020

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edited 30 January 2020 at 10:20PM 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.

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 Valli 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 content! (i.e. it should be on-topic)

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 former Flylady 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 stopping, 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!
Frog (or other amphibian) ~ google 'eat that frog'
Spoons ~ google 'but you don't look sick' and/or 'The Spoon Theory'.

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

Here goes this Week....

Monday Madness- Bathroom and Study/Pc Area
Level One...
Clean floors in these rooms
Level Two...
Clean baths, toilets, don't forget under the rim! and sinks
Clear any clutter from desk
Dust PC and desk and wipe off those cup rings!!
Wipe keyboard, house phone, sockets, switches
Level Three...
Wash your bathroom mats, nets, clean blind/curtains etc
Wipe down tiles in bathroom.. defragment your pc while doing this.
Empty and clean out all the upstairs bins! (the proper bins not the rooms that look like bins!)
Clean shower screen/curtain if you have one/if required
Clear a mega hotspot!.. shred it.. and fling it..or just burn it!
  • Wipe the skirtings, door and window frames in these rooms
  • Wipe down the doors and frames in these rooms.
  • clean the radiators in these rooms
  • Fling all those empty bottles and tubes
  • Replace sponges/flannels/toothbrushes that are in need

Terrible Tuesday - Kitchen and Dining Room
Level One...

Clear and wipe kitchen surfaces
Level Two...
Sweep and mop floors
Sort fridge bringing what needs using soon to the front, clean out any spills or grots in there!
Wipe dining table.. (clean table cloth if necessary)
Level Three...
Dust any extra furniture in dining area, checking for cobwebs on way round
Wipe and replace all those small appliances.. kettle, toaster etc
Clean fridge and see what needs using first (why do I have 4 jars of cranberry sauce in mine?)
Clean cupboard door fronts and fronts of appliances .. don't forget those kick boards..
Check those washing machine filters and drawers for ickiness!! Tumble dryer and dishwasher filters need to be done too!!
  • Wipe window sills and clean windows in these rooms
  • Wipe down any tiles and shine those taps.. a toothbrush is great for cleaning away the gunk!
  • Clean oven if it really needs it.. or just do the hob.. mines gross.. you need to shame me into cleaning it!
  • HHI .. bit of a catch up!!
  • Write an inventory of your cupboards contents and what needs using first
  • Empty the cutlery drawer.. clean it out, wash the cutlery tray, chuck those baby spoons you don't use any more.. how many medicine spoons do you actually need? get rid of everything you don't use and make the drawer look nice again!

Wednesday - Beast Pits and Spare Ooms!
Level One...

Strip bedding.. and wash
Vacuum off the dustmites and turn the mattress!
Level Two...
Clear the floors of gibble!! and vacuum them
Wash windows
Wash curtains/beanbags/bears .. whatever needs doing
Level Three...
Tidy up all the books and games on the shelves
Find 5 things EACH to go live elsewhere.. they have to be your own!!
Take ALL the dirty laundry downstairs and put it in the laundry mountain..
Wash dirty laundry!!!
  • Binbag dance!
  • Sort through the school uniform pile.. what is outgrown? What is unwearable?
  • Wipe the paintwork.. doors, desks, skirting,
  • IF you can.. move the bed and vacuum underneath!

Thursday - Master Mess-room.. & landing
Level One...

Strip bedding and wash it
Turn and vacuum mattress and redress!
Level Two...
Wash the window
Floor clearance!! Find the carpet.. or at least some!
Find the floor on the landing!
Level Three..
Vacuum floors
Wipe the bed frame of dust and deweb the room
Fill a binbag of rubbish
  • S&S kitchen
  • HHI
  • Tidy a chest of drawers.. tuck in all those bits hanging out
  • Straighten up the airing cupboard

Friday -fun and frolics..
Level One...

Clear the bathroom and cruddy study floor!!
Empty bins and wash them out
Level Two...
Wash shower cuartins, bath mats rugs etc that are smelly
Recycle all the empties!
Defrag the PC/virus scan/spyware scan which you scrub down the tiles!
Level Three..
Polish mirrors and other glass
Wipe out any cupboards and check what needs restocking
Clean the loos (inc outside), bath, basins (inc pedestal), shower trays etc
  • HHI
  • Wipe the radiators
  • Wipe the paintwork, esp. round the loo!
  • Clean out any smelly pets!
  • Those with children, when they get in wash any coats that are in need.. it's been a week for mud!

:(Struggling financially :(

:) Mortgage Free as of 20.9.17 :)


  • skint_breeder_5skint_breeder_5 Forumite
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    Thank you Natty and Valli for listys....I shall make a start in the morning
    The cold never bothered me anyway
  • ionafanionafan Forumite
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    Thank you Natty. According to my diary, I have a very full week ahead, so i will not have much opportunity to fly, but I am starting the week with a clean and tidy house - except for the utility, which is covered in Rosie's muddy footprints :eek: I will tackle that when it stops raining ;)

    Special (((hugs))) to YL xx

    You've done well this week, round x

    (((Hugs))) spoons and sticks to all in need xx
  • nmmnmm Forumite
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    Thank you Natty and Valli for lists, tomorrow is the day the clutter leaves my desk!!!!!
    Cross Stitch Cafe Member No1
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  • kazwookiekazwookie Forumite
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    I'm in thank you for the lists

    Woke up this morning with a hacking cough..........................
    :) Sun, Sea :)

  • FayolleFayolle Forumite
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    Good morning
    Thank you for the lists. I’ll be in as much as I ever can be.
    Have a lovely day all.
  • JazeeJazee Forumite
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    Morning all. Hope you're all ok today.

    I really want to complete the jobs that weren't done at the weekend. DH has a day off so fingers crossed. Also need to take dogs to groomer and meet up with friends later.

    Have a great day everyone.
    Spend less now, work less later.
  • roundtuitroundtuit Forumite
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    Morning :wave:

    Thank you for the lists xx

    First load of new bedding is swishing :D

    I've brought down my old dressing gown to wash and tear up in to cleaning cloths. So I'll have to wear my new one now! :) Every little helps :D

    Round 1 (aka dailies :o) =
    get washed and dressed
    [STRIKE]make the bed[/STRIKE]Done
    WUDUPA - one bowl will do it :T
    feed the birds
    put out the rubbish and recycling
    laundry shuffle

    Rosemary Ikpeme
  • BadCat18BadCat18 Forumite
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    Morning all

    Full day of paid stuff just about to start and I’m out this evening, flying likely to be minimal. House looking pretty good after the weekend efforts but I have to stay on top of it as we go away next weekend. So far I have...

    Washed and dressed
    Made bed
    Tidied sofa cushions etc in lounge
    WM is swishing
    Litter trays refreshed
    Put away a few dishes from last night
    Had breakfast

    Ok, off to work I go, will make another cuppa when laundry finishes so I can swap it over.

    Have a lovely day all x
  • roundtuitroundtuit Forumite
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    Round 1 completed + pegged out 1st WM load and 2nd load is swishing; glass for recycling is soaking; decanted bird seed in to container and picked up and binned a piece of rubbish that had blown on to the drive - every little helps :D

    Breakfast now :D

    Rosemary Ikpeme
  • ValliValli Forumite
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    I am clearly going insane...

    anyway thanks Natty. In in Valli fashion!
    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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