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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 6th Oct 19, 8:15 PM
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    Natty68
    Weekly Flylady Thread 7th October 2019
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    • 6th Oct 19, 8:15 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 7th October 2019 6th Oct 19 at 8:15 PM
    Thank you, Valli, for last week's 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.

    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.


    It is your responsibility to read the forum rules, please follow them on this thread as Flylady has been here a LONG time and is a fabulous support and resource for lots of us.

    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 donít 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 asier.
    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- thatís 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...

    Magical Monday - Barnacled Bathroom and Sociable Study/Pc Area
    Level One...
    Clean floors in these rooms (even if it is around the clutter)
    Throw away all those empty bottles of shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, hairspray etc. I know they make the room look pretty but they are just cluttering up the place..!!
    Level Two...
    Clean baths, toilets and sinks
    Remove and bin all those slivers of soap that you have been saving, do you really need them?
    Clear any clutter from desk
    Dust PC and desk and wipe off those cup rings!!
    Wipe keyboard, house phone, sockets, switches and mouse etc
    Level Three...
    Clear clutter from floor
    Wipe down tiles in bathroom.. defragment the pc while doing this (programs.. accessories..system tools.. defragment!.).. if you do the disc cleanup as well, clear all the cookies and temporary files too
    Delete 10 links in your favourites which you no longer use or are dead!
    Clean shower screen/curtain if you have one/if required
    Clean/wash the brushes/dust box/filters on the vacuum cleaner!!!! .. make sure they are completely dry before using it though.. I donít want anyone electrocuted!!
    Change hand towels and flannels
    Extra mission:
    • Wipe the skirtings, door and window frames in these rooms
    • Wash your bathroom mats, nets, clean blind/curtains etc
    • Grab a binbag and fill it with stuff to leave the house.. rubbish or charity shop or to donate to a friend!
    • Clean the radiators in these rooms
    • Pull out the pc and desk and clear under and behind it.. how much money did you find? Clean windows, hang up clean nets and draught-proof curtains and any table cloths/throws or other dust and grot gathering bits of fabric!
    • Wipe sticky and dirty marks off the walls and doors

    Tantalising Tuesday ~ Masterful Master Bedroom & Loopy Landing
    Level One...

    Check fire alarms are working
    Remove and wash bed linen.
    Level Two...
    Dust surfaces & make sure no cobwebs..
    Vacuum mattress before replacing with fresh linen.. do you need that winter duvet yet?
    15 minutes floordrobe clearance
    Level Three...
    Vacuum floors in bedroom and on landing
    Sort one area of clothes or linen storage making sure only what should be in there is, anything that's had it's day or doesn't belong there is removed
    Clear a hotspot., or spend 15 minutes clearing one.
    Extra tasks list:
    • 27 fling boogie time, time for that midweek fling, go on grab a bag and clear that clutter
    • Put away those summer clothes from someones cupboard and get out the winter woollies.. donít store anything that is past its best! Make a list of things you need to buy!!
    • Clean windows in these rooms
    • Check house for places where draughts are getting in.. doors, windows etc and see if there are ways to stop it!
    • Clean out that airing cupboard!!!!!! get rid of those things you don't need.. use dead towels as cleaning cloths etc.. be ruthless!!!! you REALLY don't need that 'thing' you've saved for 10 years.. 'just in case'

    Wishful Wednesday ~ those frightening kids rooms and spare rooms
    Level One...

    Vacuum the floor, even if it's just where you can see
    Level Two...
    Clear away anything that isn't in it's place, clothes, toys, books etc
    Dusting.. all those shelves and flat fluffy surfaces!! Donít forget the light shade and curtain pole!!!
    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!
    Wipe any sticky marks off walls and doors
    Extra task list
    • Wash a set of curtains, nets, duvet or throw
    • Time for the Flylady Fling, in the toy box!!!! aim for 27.. if no toy box youíll have to choose another area!
    • 30 minutes ironing
    • Pull out the beds, furniture and clean all behind them.. the skirtings and light fittings and everything.. get rid of all the things that are no longer required!

    Tantalising Thursday ~ Kooking Kitchen and Dancing Dining Room
    Level One...

    Clean floors
    Level Two...
    Clear and wipe kitchen surfaces
    Sort fridge bringing what needs using soon to the front, clean out any spills or grots in there!
    Wipe dining table.. (clean table cloth if necessary)
    Level Three...
    Dust any extra furniture in dining area, checking for cobwebs on way round
    Wipe and replace all those small appliances.. kettle, toaster etc
    Descale kettle and iron
    Clean cupboard door fronts and fronts of appliances .. don't forget those kick boards..
    Check those washing machine filters and drawers for ickiness!! Tumble dryer and dishwasher filters need to be done too!!
    Extra Mission...
    • Wipe window sills and clean windows in these rooms
    • Wipe down any tiles and shine those taps.. a toothbrush is great for cleaning away the gunk!
    • Clean oven if you didn't do it last week
    • 30 minutes ironing.
    • Get in that food cupboard. Give it all a GOOD scrub out before placing the things you need to use soon at the front. Check dates and freshness on older things, and See if you can incorporate these into next weeks meal plan! Feel free to get carried away and do more cupboards!!!

    Friday ~ Luscious Living Room, Handsome Hall Stupendous Stairs
    Level One...

    Vacuum floors and sofas
    Level Two...
    Dusting, even if around everything
    Remove clutter making sure stairs especially are safe
    Clean TV, other electricals and cabinets
    Water any thirsty plants, wipe their poor neglected leaves!!
    Level Three...
    Wipe light switches, sockets (make sure they are not switched on!!) and banister
    Clean any other glass like mirrors, pictures etc
    Tidy shoes, coats and bags .. wash any that need washing in preparation for cold weather!! See if there are any that don't fit, past their best or just plain uncomfy which could leave the house!
    Put up linings or winter curtains to keep out those draughts.
    Extra Mission...
    • Paperwork clearance.. spend 15 minutes minimum sorting through those piles of paper.
    • Vacuum under furniture you can manage to move without hurting yourself
    • Clean a window or two.
    • Get yourself a bag or box, go around collecting things that are not in the place they should be, then put them back where they should be, or better still give them to their owners to put away themselves
    • 30 minutes ironing
    • Get those uniforms, games kits, coats and things in the wash which you will need on Monday
    • Clean light fittings, skirtings even the ones behind furniture. Clean fire-surrounds. Wipe sofa's down. Clear as may hotspots as you can.. see if you can get it all into one pile instead of 15!!!
    Last edited by Natty68; 11-10-2019 at 12:05 AM.


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    • roundtuit
    • By roundtuit 9th Oct 19, 9:48 PM
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    roundtuit
    Get me - popping in on a Wednesday

    WM x 1 draped on the airer
    dry clothes - previously on the airer - folded ready to take up
    rubbish bags knotted and put in dustbin
    cans rinsed and recycled
    bin and recycling box put out ready for binmen tomorrow
    changed Sweetie's seed and water
    made my bed
    fed the birds
    paid the rent
    full day at paid stuff too
    not in that order though

    Love, get well soons, hugs, and posivibes being sent to all
    Rxx
    IT ONLY TAKES SMALL DAILY ACTIONS
    FOR MAGIC TO HAPPEN
    Rosemary Ikpeme

    • Mademoiselle
    • By Mademoiselle 10th Oct 19, 6:52 AM
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    Mademoiselle
    Morning all,

    I'm up and need to get a move on today. House needs cleaning. Nothing like visitors arriving Sunday evening and OH wanting to go away for weekend to get my hind quarters into gear.

    Place is reasonable tidy, washing is not up to date but under control. So had better get a move on.

    WM on

    Heading off in search of the hoover and a duster.
    • asparklyblonde
    • By asparklyblonde 10th Oct 19, 7:17 AM
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    Morning all,

    Quick one from me, feeling a bit better, work again today. DH at home again so he has a list. WM on now, DW to go on soon. Have fab days all x
    • BadCat18
    • By BadCat18 10th Oct 19, 7:32 AM
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    BadCat18
    Morning all

    Didnít get back on for an update last night, just did dailies, ate supper and reset kitchen, too tired for anything else.

    Just about to start paid stuff this morning. WM is on, not sure about forecast but may try to get it out on the line for an hour or so. Flying will commence once Iíve had chance to look at my work list. I know I have a late meeting today so I may be able to take some time out for flying in the middle of the day.

    Have a good day all. Hugs to those in need x
    • Mademoiselle
    • By Mademoiselle 10th Oct 19, 8:14 AM
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    Mademoiselle
    Not a good start, found hoover but it felt very heavy, oops bags bulging (I have recently just been using the small rechargeable stick one fo the floors), so go in search of new bag to discover that I have 2 packets for one we no longer have but none for this one. So added to list and kitchen worksurfaces cleaned instead. But it's still progress.

    Another quick coffee and then back to it.
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 10th Oct 19, 9:13 AM
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    kazwookie
    Morning


    My hind quarters have been busy as well


    WM on, clothes to go out on line, it is sunny here, but not very warm, so I'll see if they dry
    Whole house hoovered, bagless thingy empties, and the filter thing cleaned as well.
    Ironing done as well.


    Now going to do VAT
    Sun, Sea

    • Mrs Beatson
    • By Mrs Beatson 10th Oct 19, 11:21 AM
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    Mrs Beatson
    Oi oi 😘
    Don't mind me, just joining in to catch myself up after 2 weeks of not doing any housework because we gutted and redecorated the boys room..

    =to be done

    Tantalising Thursday ~ Kooking Kitchen and Dancing Dining Room
    Level One...
    Clean floors (youngest is doing that tonight for forgetting to wash his breakfast bowl up)
    Level Two...
    Clear and wipe kitchen surfaces
    Sort fridge
    Wipe dining table.. (clean table cloth if necessary)
    Level Three...
    Dust any extra furniture in dining area, checking for cobwebs on way round
    Wipe and replace all those small appliances.. kettle, toaster etc
    Descale kettle and iron (not required)
    Clean cupboard door fronts and fronts of appliances .. don't forget those kick boards..

    Check those washing machine filters and drawers for ickiness!!
    Tumble dryer filters need to be done too!!
    (The Husband's job. You dont keep a dog and bark yourself, eh? )

    Wipe window sills and clean windows in these rooms

    Wipe down any tiles and shine those taps.. a toothbrush is great for cleaning away the gunk!

    Clean oven if you didn't do it last week.
    No hate that job.

    30 minutes ironing.
    Waiting for tumble dryer to finish..

    Get in that food cupboard.
    Did spice shelves as food cupboards are organised

    That'll do for today, as it's washing and ironing day too today for me.
    I've tidied the bathrooms, and washed the dogs bed too AND done the kitchen skirtings which were, frankly, rancid.
    If you have made someone laugh today... check your skirt isn't tucked into your knickers!!!
    Mrs B you're a legend.
    Originally posted by SarahShattered
    • Mademoiselle
    • By Mademoiselle 10th Oct 19, 12:26 PM
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    Mademoiselle
    Me again,

    2 hours and 3 shops later I now have hoover bags (they'd better fit), to be fair I did also get diner for tonight, a few essentials and called into to order another pellet stove for the playroom and to arrange service for the one in the living room. Have also found quote to redecorate said room so will sign that too.

    So that means I have 6 weeks to get the room cleared and sorted. Now that the girls have grown up 24 & 21 we have decided to turn it into a dining room and more importantly the stove should mean that our kitchen will now get nice and warm. Just need to decide on the colour for the walls; but probably white as there are a couple of oak beams and the floor is very old reddy/brown hexagonal quarry tiles which are staying. It is a very light room as one wall is sliding windows all the length , and sloping roof has 2 roof windows. Window frames and door frames wood (oak), doors themselves are 2/3rds glass with oak bottoms.

    Enough ramblings from me, off to put bag in hoover and USE it.
    • asparklyblonde
    • By asparklyblonde 10th Oct 19, 4:36 PM
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    asparklyblonde
    Hi friends,

    Work done, cottage pie in the oven (made by DH), washing on heated airer, other bits done... I am going to cosy up in my PJs and bring everyone's fleecy PJs down to wear after swimming! Have lovely evenings all xx
    • BadCat18
    • By BadCat18 10th Oct 19, 6:11 PM
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    BadCat18
    Hi all

    Busy day of paid stuff done
    Bins emptied ready for collection tomorrow
    Dailies done
    Paperwork done
    2 washloads done, one dry and in airing cupboard, other one finishing off on airers, should be dry in the morning
    Downstairs hoovering done
    Bathroom s/s done

    Just going to put supper in the oven, while it cooks I will make shopping list and menu plan for next week. Kitchen is pretty clean, will wash up, wipe down alter supper and mop the floor then it will be ok for me!
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 10th Oct 19, 6:46 PM
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    Fayolle
    Hello everyone

    A quick pop in from me.
    Busy day at paid stuff, bed settee delivered and now taking up the living room until DH re-clears his treasures from where said bed settee should be. Wm x 2 run, grocery shop done but no petrol as garage shut for a week. Grrrr.
    En-suite and downstairs loo cleaned. Dinner just cooking, HH paperwork done so hopefully nothing but to flop later after dinner.
    27 years ago today that DH and I tied the knot. And he has still survived. Amazing.
    • redofromstart
    • By redofromstart 10th Oct 19, 8:23 PM
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    redofromstart
    oi oi MrsB great to see you back

    If only I could remember my original account log in but good to know I was right in my cut and paste speculation.

    Cleaning is happening at snails pace here, hoping to catch up with myself next week but busy work has meant nothing beyond dailies this week, and not always those. My sink is not remotely shiny.
    Last edited by redofromstart; 10-10-2019 at 8:25 PM.
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 10th Oct 19, 8:28 PM
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    pigpen
    Magical Monday - Barnacled Bathroom and Sociable Study/Pc Area
    Level One...
    Level Two...
    Level Three...
    Wipe down tiles in bathroom..
    Extra mission:

    Tantalising Tuesday ~ Masterful Master Bedroom & Loopy Landing
    Level One...

    Remove and wash bed linen.
    Level Two...
    Level Three...


    Wishful Wednesday ~ those frightening kids rooms and spare rooms
    Level One...

    Level Two..
    Level Three..

    Tantalising Thursday ~ Kooking Kitchen and Dancing Dining Room
    Level One...

    Clean floors
    Level Two...
    Level Three...
    Wipe and replace all those small appliances.
    Clean cupboard door fronts and fronts of appliances


    Friday ~ Luscious Living Room, Handsome Hall Stupendous Stairs
    Level One...

    Level Two...
    Clean TV, other electricals and cabinets
    Level Three...
    Wipe light switches, sockets

    Last edited by pigpen; 11-10-2019 at 10:09 PM.
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    • Mrs Beatson
    • By Mrs Beatson 10th Oct 19, 8:45 PM
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    Mrs Beatson
    Ohhh hey you 😘😘
    If you have made someone laugh today... check your skirt isn't tucked into your knickers!!!
    Mrs B you're a legend.
    Originally posted by SarahShattered
    • wishingthemortgaheaway
    • By wishingthemortgaheaway 10th Oct 19, 9:33 PM
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    wishingthemortgaheaway
    Downstairs of the house tidied.

    Bathroom still looking amazing.
    4 days of Pickle fun coming up.
    Outstanding mortgage: £27,000
    MFW 2019 Challenge Member #28: £800.something/ £2860
    • Valli
    • By Valli 10th Oct 19, 10:03 PM
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    Valli
    well I'm F/T next week, too...
    house rapidly descending into grimness.
    Mrs B welcome home
    "I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness" Emily Dickinson
    Janice 1964-2016

    Thank you Honey Bear
    • BadCat18
    • By BadCat18 11th Oct 19, 6:47 AM
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    BadCat18
    Morning all

    Another full day of paid stuff awaits me... at least it’s Friday! Just having a cuppa, WM is on, shower and breakfast next for me and then I will try to do dailies before work.

    Have a good day all x
    • asparklyblonde
    • By asparklyblonde 11th Oct 19, 6:53 AM
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    asparklyblonde
    Morning all

    I fell asleep at 6.45 last night and didn't awake until 5.45! Must've needed it!

    DH at home all day so he can do the list. He is out tonight so I've made it clear I want to come home to a lovely tidy house today. Absolutely pouring with rain here, when will it end?

    Have fab days all xx
    • Mademoiselle
    • By Mademoiselle 11th Oct 19, 7:13 AM
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    Mademoiselle
    Morning all

    Yesterday I did finish clearing junk in our bedroom, looks much better, also hoovered everywhere with big hoover to not looking so bad.

    Won't get much flying done today as working at the creche this morning then need to go shopping and prepare for weekend away and visit from cousin when we get back on Sunday. DD1 has also said she will try and join us for dinner on Sunday evening. I need a plan.

    House is nice and tidy, just need to bring bins in before I go to work if they've been emptied.
    Half an hour until I need to leave so off to iron.

    Have a nice day
    • Mrs Beatson
    • By Mrs Beatson 11th Oct 19, 8:45 AM
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    Mrs Beatson
    Mrs B welcome home
    Originally posted by Valli
    awww thank you Valli
    If you have made someone laugh today... check your skirt isn't tucked into your knickers!!!
    Mrs B you're a legend.
    Originally posted by SarahShattered
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