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Weekly Flylady Thread 24th February 2020

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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

Magnificent Monday - Kitchen and dining room
Level One..
Clear and wipe worksurfaces
Scrub down the front of units and large appliances
Level Two...
Sweep and mop the floor
Wipe and replace small appliances
Clean oven and hob
Wash windows and sills
Level Three...
Wipe the table and chairs... clean cloth if necessary
Degunge the fridge!


  • Thoroughly clean the cupboard full of tins!
  • Run the WM's and DW's through a clean cycle
  • Clean all the filters and door seals etc
  • Wipe a shelf or 3 and staighten all the stuff on them.
  • Twinkly Tuesday ~ master bedroom and landing
    Level One...

    Clear the floordrobe
    Clear the landing of gibble
    Level Two...
    Dust and deweb
    Wash the windows
    Vacuum the floors.. and the mattress before remaking the bed
    Level Three...
    Strip and wash the bedding
    Wipe any grotty paintwork and furniture
    Check those smoke alarms!

  • Binbag dance
  • HHI
  • 15 minutes filing
  • Fill a binbag of old winter stuff for charity shop!!
  • 15 minutes in the garden dead heading or pruning

Wednesday Wonders ~ Cruddy Study & Bathrooms
Level One...
Declutter floors!
Mop/vacuum/sweep floors
Level Two...
Scrub tiles while running a defrag
Clean the bath, basins, shower trays and loo's
Collect all the laundry from upstairs
Level Three...
Wash windows
Wash bath mats/shower curtains etc
Degrot the desk and dust and polish the monitor and pc case etc


  • Empty and wash out bins
  • Wipe all the sofas/chairs in these rooms
  • Wipe paintwork in these rooms
  • Clear and wipe a shelf or two
Thursdays are Trilling!! - Living pit, hallway, stairs!!
Level One...
Declutter the floors!
Vacuum/mop floors & stairs!
Level Two...
Wash the windows and the front door.. inside and out!
Vacuum under the furniture you can safely move!
Level Three...
Clean the sofas
Declutter the inside of a cupboard or drawer!
Wipe all the paintwork!
Dust mantle and polish all the trinkets upon it.. and get all the junk off it!
  • Wipe and water the plants
  • Clean out the pets, get rid of that smelly bedding and replace with lovely smelling bits  
  • Wash any smelly soft furnishings
  • Get a pile of filing done!!
Friday - those frightening Friday kids rooms and spare rooms
Level One...
Vacuum the floor, even if it's just where you can see..
Clear away anything that isn't in it's place, clothes, toys, books etc
Level Two...
Binbag dance
Dusting.. all those shelves and flat fluffy surfaces!! Don’t forget the light shade!!
Wipe any sticky marks off walls and doors
Time for the Friday Flylady Fling, in the toy box!!!! Aim for 27.. if no toy box you’ll have to
choose another area!
Level Three...
Strip beds and replace with fresh linen .. check if duvets need freshening up too!!
Sort through a cupboard/chest of drawers and get the clothes out which are no longer wearable,
too small or out of season!
  • Wash a set of curtains, nets or throw
  • Make all those necessary phonecalls!
  • HHI
  • Make a half hour time out for yourself!!
  • Bake a cake
  • Spend an hour or so with the family having some lovely special family time.. just talking or watching a film with popcorn etc..

:(Struggling financially :(

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