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Weekly Flylady Thread 10 April 2023

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edited 13 April 2023 at 8:08PM 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, rammel, 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 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

Bank Holiday Monday

S&S kitchen
s&S bathroom 
spend at least 30 minutes doing something you love and/or pampering yourself.  A nap, incidentally, counts as pampering too!  Read a book, gentle gardening, going for a walk, watching tv, listening to music, whatever.  Today is a day to “stand and stare”.

Tuesday - back at the flying!

Kitchen and dining room

Level 1

clear any pots, dry and put away
clean sink, draining rack etc
clear window sill, wipe frame and clean windows
clear worktops, wipe them and tiles/solashbacks
wipe what lives there and put back
wipe chairs/high chairs including out of sigh areas where sticky fingers go

level two
empty fridge, wash shelves and salad boxes etc
throw anything that is unusable
weave leftovers etc into meal plan
wipe out fridge and seals and return contents tidily
clear table in DR and clean it
replace cloth or wipe mats

level 3
wipe down all cupboards etc
sweep, mop or vacuum floor in both rooms

s&s bathroom

Wednesday…your bedroom

level 1

open the window to le5 in some fresh spring sunshine
strip the bed
clear the floor/chairdrobe

.evel 2

wipe windowsill and frame
clean window
vacuum/dust headboard etc
remake bed

level 3
dust all round
sweep/mop floor

s&s kitchen 
s&s bathroom

Thursday - Bathrooms, cloakrooms, en suites

Level 1

Open the windows
Empty the bins
Wipe sill and frame
clean windows - and any mirrors while you’re at it
wash out toothglases etc

Level 2

Remove all detritus, lotions, sponges etc from bath and/or shower
Spray with cleaner of choice
After 5 minutes rub down and rinse, using a bathroom sponge
Empty and wipe any shelves then wipe whatever you’re putting back as you go.
polish chrome towel rails 

Level 3
Clean loo outside and in - scrub under rim
Scrub basin
Clean crevices round taps
replace towels, mats and facecloths with nice clean ones
liberally bleach loo, drains and overflows 

s&s kitchen

Friday - a little of what you fancy - pick and choose and remember (for we are cunning) a tidy house LOOKS clean!  Allocate tasks to smaller flyers!

  • Open a few windows while (if) it's sunny and let in the fresh air
  • Straighten the living room - plump cushions, wipe coffee table, empty bins 
  • Run the vacuum cleaner round the furniture
  • Clean any window that hasn't been cleaned for a while
  • Straighten up the hallway - if you can shift stuff - excellent
  • bash doormats against an outside wall
  • water plants, sort through cut flowers and put any that are looking wilted in the compost bin
  • Wash a whiffy pet blanket - or a cruddy shower curtain - and stick on the line in the breeze
  • S&S kitchen
  • S&S bathroom
  • Make a dent in the ironing pile
  • Make sure smaller flyers know where bookbags/PE bags and kits and school bags are for Monday
  • Get school uniform ready for Monday
  • Open the front door and wipe the frame - especially at the bottom where dust and debris gets trapped
  • Check smoke detectors
  • Get ahead for next week and mealplan 
  • Phone a friend for a natter
  • binbag dance
  • polish school shoes 
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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