Weekly Flylady Thread 26th June 2023
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
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.
Thanks to Valli for last week’s thread.
Every room comes back around next week so please don’t stress about catching up
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!!
Click here to read Toots wonderful welcome guide
Ok here goes this week!
Mad Monday ~ Living room
of Lushiousness and Hallway of Happiness
Open the windows and turn on some music - something that you can sing along to loudly while working.
Wipe and water the plants.
Declutter the chairs, floor and fireplace.
Clean any glass, pictures, windows and mirrors - make them sparkle sparkle!!!
Find 10 things to get rid of ... no men/women/children/pets!!!
Dust or polish furniture.
Vacuum floors and under furniture - don't hurt yourself, and if pregnant/injured/unable then ask someone nicely to do this for you..
Check for cobwebs and get rid..
Wipe down the inside of the front door and windows - make these shine..
Spend 15mins tackling a hotspot!
- Wash any nets that need doing
- Wash windows
- Have an isolation childrens party & tidy up afterwards!!
- Wash any throws/cushions/dog beds that need cleaning
- Groom the pets, also deflea any that need doing.
Tootling Tuesday ~
Kitchen of Klutter and Dining room of Despair!
Open the windows and let in the light
Clear and wipe the worksurfaces & table
Wipe the little appliances and put them back in their homes
Wipe over the cupboards and large appliances
Clean out drawers and filters on the big appliances and the kettle!
Sweep and mop the floor
Shine the grotty windows, make them sparkle and let in the light!
Drag everything out of the junk cupboard.. wipe it out and put back the bits you are keeping.. Get rid of the things you will never need or use!!
- Fill a bag for charity shop
- Deweb the downstairs of the house!!
- Scrub down the woodwork.. skirtings, door frames etc
Wonderful Wednesday -
Bedroom of Duvet-nia & Landing of Loveliness
Open the window and air the room
Strip off smelly bedding and feed it to the washing machine..
Vacuum the mattress and air the duvet
Remake bed with the clean bedding
Put the floordrobe in the wardrobe
Find 10 things to get rid of!
Vacuum the landing and bedroom.. starting at the bottom of the stairs!!!!
Remove anything that should be elsewhere.. your bedroom is NOT a shed!!
Remove some dust bunnies and wipe over the light shades
- Wash any curtains that need doing
- Binbag dance
- Clean the windows
- 15 minutes sort out of the landing gibble.. see if you can find something to rehome!
Therapeutic Thursday -
Bathroom of Bubblovia and Sparkling Study
Clear the floors of clutter
Open the windows and air the rooms
Clean/vacuum the floors
Shine the bath,toilet and basins etc
Twinkle the tiles
Get rid of those nasty germs off the telephone, keyboard, mouse, monitor, sockets and switches.
Declutter the pc desk
Make the mirrors sparkle in these rooms..
- HHG.. if you have nice weather pot up any plants that need redoing, get rid of some of those nasty weeds.
- Fill the bath with lovely warm bubbles.. and get in it!!!!!! enjoy!!!!!!!
- 15 minutes filing
Frivolous Friday - The
Land of 'Spare Oom' and the neighbouring
Land of Child Grot
Open the windows and collect the smelly laundry!
Strip the beds that need doing
Spend half an hour doing something for yourself!!!!! even if it is just sitting out in the gloaming with
Find the floor.. books on shelves, toys in boxes, games in cases and restacked.
Vacuum new found floor
Wipe windows, pc's, screens etc
Have you got Father Day cards all bought? If not the shops are open all weekend!!
Wipe away any sticky messes and grub-spots
Make sure the drawers are all orderly.. nothing dangling out!
Drag the junk out from under the bed and put it in its proper places!
- Find something to freecycle.. you could even fill a box of junk to car boot
- Find something to ebay
- Find something to send to charity shop
- Find something to give to someone you know
- Get rid of them then!!! lol
- Spend time with loved ones
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