Weekly Flylady Thread 28th December 2020

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May I wish each and everyone of you, regulars, oldies, newbies, returners and lurkers a very Happy 2021 may it be filled with happiness and not too much dust.

This week will see a LOT of newcomers which happens every year, sadly many of these ladies and gents do not stay long. This influx usually means the thread is very very busy, please do not lose heart if you cannot keep up with everyone else or reading the thread, don't try to reply to everyone and please remember to include something about flying in your posts, chat is for the weekend when your home is looking beautiful!!! Things will settle again in a couple of weeks so don't worry it will return to normal and we will hopefully have some new fledglings.

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 Valli for last week's thread

Every room comes back around next week so please don’t stress about catching up


Also adding a declutter mission each day. Another one where it’s up to you if you want to do it or if you need to. This follows requests from members who are looking to declutter. Fling boogies, hotspot clearing, cupboard sorts, drawer sorts etc will all be on this list. Any problems with this of any suggestions do please let me know.

A few of the basics before we start the week

Hotspots are any areas which 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 binbag and whizz 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- 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!

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!


I am adding just the day but you will notice it has a bit of everything in each day, 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.

Monday Mayhem

Level One
If you have a special meal New Years Day make sure you have everything you need!
S&S kitchen
Level Two
S&S bathroom & loo
Level Three
Change any bedding you need to get washed
HHI .. We will not have any left for New Year!
Catch up on some laundry ..

  • Extras
  • Dust round the whole downstairs
  • Do a crazy HHC decluttering downstairs
  • Make sure you spend at least half an hour doing something for yourself!
Tuesday Twinkles
Level One
Clean 5 windows! inc sills.
Sweep and mop the kitchen floor!
Level Two
Wash a duvet cover or 3 that need doing!
Clear out a cupboard.. the one you ALWAYS put off doing!
Fill a binbag to go to charity shop
Level Three
Vacuum up the stairs.. and the landing and at least 1 bedroom!
Wipe all the paintwork down in one room
Scrub the bath/shower.. and the sinks.. and the tiles!
  • Descale the kettle and iron
  • Clean out the microwave
  • Clean out the TD filter and the WM filters and drawers.. and the DW filter
  • Clean the crumbs out of the toaster before it bursts into flames!
Wednesday Whims
Level One
Wipe and water any neglected plants
Level Two
HHC in the master bedroom
Change 2 lots of bedding that haven't been done recently!
Wash the upstairs windows!
Level Three
Fill a binbag of stuff to go to charity shop
Fill a binbag of rubbish
Put away any unwanted gifts to use as presents next year
  • Prepare any special foods you want for New Years Day
  • Wash/clean pet bedding bowls tanks etc
  • Find out when your bin collection is and make sure it is full to the brim before putting it out
  • Collect dirty laundry from about the house!


Level One
Clear the floors in the childrens room.. throw out any broken toys and find some that are no longer needed that can be sent to charity shop or given away.
Level Two
Change the childrens bedding/wash curtains
Vacuum mattress (after turning & wiping any waterproof sheets) and floors
Wash window
Level Three
Sort through a clothing cupboard.. anything outgrown?
Put any discs back in cases and books back on shelves etc
Dust.. lightshades, curtain poles, games consoles/PC's etc


  • Make sure coats and shoes and uniforms are ready for school next week
  • Wipe any sticky handprints and dirty marks off walls and doors
  • Wipe down the paintwork & radiators
  • Clean out any pets!
  • Final HHI of the year - don't worry if you can't clear the ironing just do what you can, then hide the rest like I do 😉 


As it is New Years Day I'll let you have a day off.... but your dailies need doing 😉😉


:(Struggling financially :(

:) Mortgage Free as of 20.9.17 :)


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