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    • Valli
    • By Valli 12th May 19, 7:16 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 13th May 2019
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    • 12th May 19, 7:16 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 13th May 2019 12th May 19 at 7:16 PM
    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.

    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 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 (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'
    WUDUPA ~ Washed up, dried up, put away
    WUALTD ~ Washed up and left to dry
    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!

    Some of our abbreviations: DH- dear husband, OH- other half, KH/CF- affectionate term for ex husband or partner DS/DD- dear son/daughter, DGC- dear grandchild, WM- washing machine, DW- dishwasher, LR/DR- living/dining room, RoD- room of doom, 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...

    Manic Monday - Kitchen Kapers/Dining Room

    Level 1

    Clear sides and wipe down
    Replace what lives there, wiping as you go
    Empty bin and clean it out too
    Wipe sill, sockets, door handles and switches
    Clear and clean sink and accessories - don't forget those out-of-sight places - under plugs and under draining racks
    Clean/polish table - wipe mats/change cloth
    Check fruit and wash bowl
    Throw away your manky dish cloth and replace with a new one!

    Level 2

    Wipe down all cupboard and drawer fronts, not forgetting handles and tops and bottom as well as fronts!
    Clean hob - thoroughly. Wash all detachable parts too.
    Sort fridge and wipe seals; weave stuff that needs using up into your meal plan
    Dust dining area/room

    Level 3

    Clean oven - don't forget lamp covers - remove them and wash them if you can
    Sweep/mop/vacuum floor
    Wipe out or wash out whiffy bins
    Clean windows - and wipe the frames inside and out as far as you can

    Mad Half Hour
    Binbag dance

    Triffic Tuesday - living room loveliness

    Level 1

    Open the window
    empty bins
    discard (recycle) out of date newspapers and magazines
    Vacuum or wipe sofas etc and plump cushions - don't forget to clean under seat pads!
    Tidy/dust/wipe coffee table

    Level 2

    Clean the window
    Dust the fireplace/mantel
    Dust any ornaments in/around/on fire
    Remake fire
    Wipe sockets/switches and handles
    Clean remotes

    Level 3

    Dust everything else
    Sweep/mop floor, moving any furniture you're able to
    Wash any throws


    S&S bathroom
    S&S kitchen (but it will be the list tomorrow so don't worry)
    MAD half hour

    Hump Day - Wipy Wednesday
    (Bathrooms and en suites)

    Level 1

    Remove shower curtains and towels - wash that shower curtain - get it on the line!
    Wipe down shower screens and cubicles
    Scrub bath
    Give shower heads a bath in lemon juice
    Polish all brightwork (chrome bits - taps & hoses)
    Clean shower tray
    Slosh a good glug of bleach down drains/overflows

    Level 2

    Flush loo and spray bowl with cream cleaner and SCRUB - under the rim, below the waterline and all over the bowl.
    Flush loo again
    Wipe seat, lid and outside of loo - including where you can't see...
    Slop some bleach all over the inside of the loo
    With a clean cloth wipe switches, pull cord, door handles and loo roll holder
    Wash loo brush and holder and dry them outside in the sun - death to all germies!

    Level 3

    Scrub the sink = don't forget the underneath the plug!
    Bleach the drain
    Wipe the pedestal/cupboard over
    Polish and mirrors, glass and your heated towel rail
    Clean the floor - vacuum or mop
    Put out fresh towels


    S&S kitchen
    Cook a 'double' meal and freeze the spare ready for when you need/deserve a lazy evening
    Book out some me time...or some couple time...or both
    Go through your odd socks - if any of them have been there a l-o-n-g time bite the bullet and bin them!
    MAD half hour

    Thursday Thrills - the boudoir. You deserve a clean, tidy, restful bedroom - and you NEED it too, to re-energise

    Level 1

    Open windows w-i-d-e
    Strip bed
    Allow to air
    Turn mattress if (a)necessary (b)you have assistance or (c) muscles
    Remake bed

    level 2
    Clear floordrobe and chairdrobe
    Clean windows
    Vacuum, sweep or mop floor

    Level 3
    Dust all sides and shelves
    With a just damp cloth wipe all your lotion and potion bottles, hairdryers (especially if you use product while blow drying) etc. and put all perfumes away in a drawer. Take it from a former lab. tech.
    Polish mirrors

    S&S kitchen
    S&S bathroom
    MAD half hour - hit that TOOTS

    Friday Flourish - Hall, stairs, landing, lobby, porch...whatever gunky passageway needs some TLC

    Level 1

    Clean windows - this includes wiping frames and sills
    Bang mats outside
    Take a feather dusty to all those nooks and crannies and tickle out those eight legged fiends
    Put as much as you can away out of sight - if necessary fling old coats
    Polish any wooden balustrades or bannisters
    Wipe sticky door plates and handles
    Dust everywhere
    Clean light shades
    Check outside lights are working
    Dust skirtings
    Vacuum, sweep or mop floors as appropriate
    Wash down doors - inside and out
    Polish door furniture
    Clean icky cat flaps


    Bin bag know you want to
    S&S kitchen
    S&S bathroom
    Spend that me time on you!
    Last edited by Valli; 16-05-2019 at 8:22 PM.
    "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
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    • BadCat18
    • By BadCat18 19th May 19, 11:07 AM
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    Update from me, WM x3 currently swishing, basket not empty here but getting there! Top floor stairs and landing vac done, scrubbed bathroom and en suite, tidied living room,, quick cuppa now then back up to put fresh bedding on, clean bedroom and vac bottom stairs. DH has finished work and mowed the lawn and tidied the garden so all quite productive in the BadCat house!

    Right, cuppa slurped, onwards we go!
    • roundtuit
    • By roundtuit 19th May 19, 12:56 PM
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    Beans on toast with egg on top for lunch - my favourite
    WUDUPA pots and pans used at lunch
    Cleaned out Sweetie - his cage needs a good scrub really, but I've thrown out all the loose stuff and he's now doing his 'what have you done? You know I don't like a clean floor?' inspection He is funny

    • BadCat18
    • By BadCat18 19th May 19, 2:39 PM
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    And I’m done!!! Wash all dry and ready for DH to iron this evening, bedroom lounge dining room and kitchen cleaned. Bolognese made for meal in the week and 1 for the freezer. Bread just baking and chicken ready to roast for supper. Pack ups made for tomorrow and Ikea furniture put together!! I think I shall have a soak in the bath after supper, just need to do a little work prep and that is it!

    Didn’t quite achieve as much during the week as I wanted to but definitely felt like the weekend was easier with not quite as much to do so that is a good result. Will keep on going with flying I think....

    Have a good evening all
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 19th May 19, 2:46 PM
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    Before I went out I scrubbed the kitchen sink and s&sd the downstairs toilet. Back now and don't plan to do much more than prep tea and packed lunches.
    Spend less now, work less later.
    Savings thread #78 June 992.38 Total 2019 - 2576.86/5k
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 19th May 19, 3:01 PM
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    I survived getting the bathroom sorted.. it took a little longer than anticipated but I also added the fitting of a raidator and he didn't overcharge me I don't think.. and I can now have a shower in my own home.. so it is in use daily.. I bloody love it.. don't ever take for granted the simple things like being able to have an actual wash!! I'm so SPARKLY!!!! I feel like a fairy!

    Blods again on Friday morning at 11.. I had a call at 3:30 saying they had the FBC back and it was horrendous and i had to go for transfusions right now and half the other stuff was low/borderline and they don't know how I'm still standing.. Waiting on the thyroid function ones and then another phone call no doubt... they are being hysterical about that but they won't tell me why there is allegedly an issue or a cause and refusing to do a referral to endocrinology to find out why they think there is a problem.. numbers on a piece of paper do little to convince me.

    Washing all done and folded.. not away though because I have no time to do anything.. I haven't even picked up the laptop since Tuesday maybe? ..

    My whole house is in utter disarray and I have had AF trying to do me in all week so nothing has been done since the beginning of the week.

    I've been spending money on little christmas presents for the girls.. some colour in canvasses for Squeak and bubble bath for Dot.

    I have also decided I am going to have a word with Dots teacher and see if we can get some help in an ADHD assessment.. she is driving me insane and while she is very very able at school and her behaviour has improved the overall lack of focus, lack of sleep, jumping up and down, echolalia (currently shrieking Pringles every 10 seconds!!) and the hand flapping is driving me doolally-tap.. Simple instructions such as take your pjs away/brush your teeth, get out of the door (to school not to stand randomly in the street) are all really painful experiences.. and the eating of everything from rocks and hair (not always just her own) to licking shopping trolleys and cars is just too much ... I am not imagining this is not standard behaviour!

    we have Twinkle an afternoon nursery place from September.. right this second I cannot wait.. she is being a pain! If she rocks her stupid horse on my feet once more they are both going in the bin!

    Round.. the singing made me cry.. it is those little things that are the light in the tunnel.The mess in my house is the only thing I can see.. it is driving me insane.. I just want to cry!

    *fling stupid horse to the other side of the room... child now howling!* 5 times I've told her to move it away from my feet and she rocked on them again!

    She has wailed and snivelled all day, I think she is coming down with a cold or something. The other three are soooooo very loud.. and I have a headache.

    Oh.. I dumped a huuuuge pile of stuff at my sisters..

    We got new car seats for the middle 2 so I have 2 empty boxes and 2 big car seats added to my house mess.. I have a radiator in the back room from the bathroom.. and the bathroom cabinets on the landing..

    I need some help, I am really stuck .. I can't find energy or time to make a start on the flinging and the entire task is so overwhelming.

    And love and hugs and sparkles to everyone..

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    • asparklyblonde
    • By asparklyblonde 19th May 19, 5:23 PM
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    Two loads line dried, five items listed on fleabay and two have already sold, duck cooking for dinner.

    Starting to write DH a list of tasks to crack on with tomorrow.

    Have lovely evenings folks
    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 19th May 19, 5:33 PM
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    Getting done early incase I forget later... Enjoy the new thread xxxx

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