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Weekly Flylady Thread 6th March 2023

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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.

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- 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!
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!!

here to read Toots wonderful welcome guide

Magnificent Monday - Kitchen and dining room
Level One..
Clear and wipe work surfaces
Open the windows and let in the spring!
Level Two...
Sweep and Mop the floor
Clean the icky filters and drawers from DW's, WM's etc
Wipe the cupboard fronts, all the appliances and all those manky corners!!
Level Three...
Wipe the table, replace cloth if needed
Empty and clean out the fridge.. including the drain hole bit at the back..
Clean oven/hob
Pick a cupboard and empty and clean it out and replace only what you wish to keep!

  • 32 fling boogie!
  • HHI .. I really need to do this!!! 
  • Clean the grill pan.. 
  • Clean windows and sills

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!!

Wacky Wednesday ~ Study or other reception room & bathrooms

Level One...

Clear the clutter from all these rooms!!

Ring someone you love just to tell them so.. we never do this enough!

Level Two...

Vacuum the floors

Clean bath, toilets, shower and sinks

Wipe down the tiles and defragment the pc while doing this.

Level Three...

Wash any curtains/blinds/mats etc that need doing

Declutter and dust the pc desk

Wipe away cup rings and sticky things

Wiipe the keyboard, mouse, cables and sockets and suchlike.

Clean the windows.


  • HHI..
  • Clear a hotspot
  • Degunge around the bottoms of the taps!
  • Wipe cupboards and polish mirrors!

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!!
  • Tidy up the garden! Trim hedges and grass etc...
  • 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..

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