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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 19th May 19, 5:30 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 20th May 2019
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    • 19th May 19, 5:30 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 20th May 2019 19th May 19 at 5:30 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 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 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 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
    WUDUPA ~ Washed up, dried up, put away
    WUALTD ~ Washed up and left to dry
    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!

    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, Utility and Dining Mess
    Level One

    Sweep and mop floors
    Catch up with any washing up
    Declutter and wipe worksurfaces
    Level Two
    Wipe ALL large appliances and units and kickboards
    Wipe and replace all small appliances
    Wipe over sides and lid of kitchen bin, if necessary clean inside too
    Level Three
    Wash windows.. and dust blinds/wash curtains
    Clear and wipe out the oven and hob
    Wipe table and replace cloth if necessary
    When was the last time you completely cleaned your fridge and make it all nice smelling? Get rid of out of date/dead stuff, what can be made into a soup or something?

    Extras
    • Clean/Tidy under the kitchen sink, throw away anything that looks past its usefullness
    • Wipe down paintwork/sideboards/units in dining room
    • Clean filters and detergent dispensers
    • Clean out pongy pets
    • Clean the toaster Ė get rid of crumbs in the little tray, wipe with a damp cloth to get rid of Markís, smudges and smears
    • Clean out food cupboards, remove all items and throw out any use by dates that are out of date.
    • HHI

    Mad Tuesday - Living room, Hallway, Stairs
    Level One

    Remove clutter from floors, chairs and fireplace
    Open the windows and let in some fresh air
    Level Two
    Vacuum floors and sofas
    Wipe and water neglected plants
    Dust those flat fluffy surfaces
    Level Three
    Vacuum under the furniture you can move
    Clean windows, pictures, mirrors etc.
    Sort out the shoes and boots and fling the dead ones and the out grown ones
    Vacuum hall, landing and stairs.. all the way up to the top!!!!!

    Extras
    • Wipe woodwork in the hall and stairs & wipe front door.. inside and out!
    • Wash any nets/curtains that need cleaning.. put up fresh ones!
    • Wash those winter coats and put them away/fling the manky old ones.. including the one you have worn for about 10 years!! It is dead.. get rid!
    • 15 minutes filing

    Study or other reception room & bathrooms - Wednesday
    Level One
    Clear the clutter from all these rooms!!
    Ring someone you love just to tell them so.. we never do this enough!
    Wash any curtains/blinds/mats etc that need doing
    Level Two
    Vacuum the floors
    Clean bath, toilets, shower and sinks
    Wipe down the tiles and defragment the pc while doing this.
    Level Three
    Declutter and dust the pc desk
    Wipe away cup rings and sticky things
    wipe the keyboard, mouse, cables and sockets and suchlike.
    Clean the windows.

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

    Master bedroom & landing -Thursday
    Level 1

    Check fire alarms are working
    Remove and wash bed linen and duvet covers.
    Fling open the window and let in the spring!
    Level 2
    Dust surfaces & make sure no cobwebs..
    Vacuum & turn mattress before replacing with fresh linen..
    Clean lightshade. And remove dead insects
    15 minutes floordrobe clearance
    Level 3
    Vacuum floors in bedroom and on landing
    Sort 10 things from your wardrobe (or someone elses) that you can get rid of.. you WILL have nothing left lol!!
    Clear a hotspot.. or spend 15 minutes clearing one.

    Extras
    • 37 fling boogie time, go on grab a bag and clear that clutter
    • Clean windows in these rooms
    • Clear a box of clutter from the landing
    • Make any necessary phone calls

    Childrens/Spare rooms - Friday
    Level One

    Clear the floor
    Spend at least half an hour doing something just for yourself.. a nice bath, a manicure.. just your time! Make that appointment to have your hair done!!
    Level Two
    Strip the beds and wash those sheets.. and any duvets that need doing
    Drag the stuff from under the beds and place it in it's proper homes!
    Level Three
    Vacuum the floor
    deweb and fluff the room
    clean the windows

    Extras
    • Wash any curtains/throws/cushions etc that need it
    • Wipe sticky marks from walls and doors
    • Clean any tv's, pc's playstations in the room
    • 15 minutes filing!
    Last edited by Natty68; 23-05-2019 at 9:18 PM.


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    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 19th May 19, 5:59 PM
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    thank you for Fred.. will try to organise my life and join for accountability xx
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    • Jazee
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    Thanks, I am in.
    Spend less now, work less later.
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    Keep Moving Challenge - walked 308 miles
    • Valli
    • By Valli 19th May 19, 6:33 PM
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    Thanks for the shiny new thread Natty.

    I'm fluttering a bit this week, but the house is in an easy to maintain state, really (finally) and I can get the rooms turned round easily. So I'm not going to worry.

    I am, however, behind with various admin jobs so they need to be caught up on.

    Been to town and bought a card for the baby, which I've taken to mum's as she goes to my sister's on a Monday (sis is Grandma). I've also taken his dad's birthday card - ooh must write Henry into the Birthday Card book.
    "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
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    Thanks for the new thread. I am in for the new week.
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 19th May 19, 6:58 PM
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    Thank you for the thread. Iím in, but Iíll own up already to being behind tomorrow . DH and I are out in the evening. Yes, and on a school night as well!
    Congratulations on the new arrival, Valli.
    • tighteningthebelt
    • By tighteningthebelt 19th May 19, 7:50 PM
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    Hi all.
    another opportunity for me to get on top!
    "Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more" Louis L'Amour
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    • roundtuit
    • By roundtuit 19th May 19, 8:00 PM
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    I'm in. Thank you Valli and Natty for your valiant efforts to keep us all on the wagon xx

    pigpen - sorry I made you cry xx I'm watching for flying rocking horses heading South over the Humber!

    Love to all
    Rxx
    • dancemum
    • By dancemum 20th May 19, 5:29 AM
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    Congratulations on the addition to your family Valli x

    Still waiting for Coroner here. DS2 was not well behaved this weekend. I can’t cope with aggression at the moment.

    I have a large list which does have additional stuff on if I get a phone call.
    Dancegran has 2 appointments today too.

    Flying: taken empty loo roll downstairs to recycling

    Thanks for thread and your support x
    • asparklyblonde
    • By asparklyblonde 20th May 19, 5:36 AM
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    Morning all,

    I am in. Long list written for DH who is at home today, WM on, DW unloaded. DD doesn't want to go to school as Year 2 Sats this week, I've reassured her loads test results at 6 are not important, but shes still fretting, god knows what school have been saying to them.

    Right better scoff something then leave, have good days all xx
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 20th May 19, 6:17 AM
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    Good morning
    Iíve whizzed around first thing. QHI, WULTD,kitchen surfaces wiped and floor swept. What a difference a good nightís sleep makes.
    Definitely in my list for the week: clean hob and wash kitchen floor.
    Have a lovely day.
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 20th May 19, 6:30 AM
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    Morning all. Hugs for those who need them.

    Had a lie in this morning. First job was clearing up after a dog, I'm not even sure which one. They both looked guilty.

    Having first cuppa of the day and will do some essential paperwork before breakfast.
    Spend less now, work less later.
    Savings thread #78 June £987.37 Total 2019 - £2571.85/£5k
    Keep Moving Challenge - walked 308 miles
    • roundtuit
    • By roundtuit 20th May 19, 6:37 AM
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    Morning

    Hugs to dancemum, LW, Mrs MP, Jojo, and anyone else who wants/ needs a hug xx

    Mount Washmore is back Oh well, it was nice while it lasted. I've changed the towels in the bathroom, plus there are tea towels and yesterday's clothes. Hey ho - that's why it's called Mount Washmore!!!

    Work all week as usual - with one eye firmly fixed on the Bank Holiday weekend ahead I'll try and do a little fluttering each evening … teeny tiny steps count just as much as giant's strides

    Take care
    Rxx
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 20th May 19, 7:15 AM
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    Essential paperwork and bills sorted,still some phone calls to make later, and indoor plants watered. Just having breakfast so will then need to wash dishes.
    Spend less now, work less later.
    Savings thread #78 June £987.37 Total 2019 - £2571.85/£5k
    Keep Moving Challenge - walked 308 miles
    • wishingthemortgaheaway
    • By wishingthemortgaheaway 20th May 19, 7:57 AM
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    Morning all,
    Doing my best as always.
    Lots of troubles around still for many of you. Thoughts, prayers and virtual hugs abound.

    This morning I have:
    Taken dry washing off the airers
    Hung up one load
    Wmx1 (next job is to hang it out)
    Done a food shop (we were out of milk and it's a small list this week, so only took me 20mins to go to Ald1 and back.)
    Breakfast decluttered.
    Dw on.

    Still to do:
    Hang wet washing up
    Put all dry washing away where it lives (including stuff that hasn't been put away from being away)
    Empty dw when it pings
    Make tea.
    Tidy round every room in the house.
    Some gardening.
    Something fun with Pickle.
    Outstanding mortgage: £27,000
    MFW 2019 Challenge Member #28: £800.something/ £2860
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 20th May 19, 8:02 AM
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    Morning all

    Pigpen - breathe... sit down with a cuppa and write a list... and do one thing at a time.
    (((Hugs))) to dancemum.
    Extra big (((hugs))) to all Flykids doing SATs - especially asb's DD - or GCSEs.
    Hope Jojo is OK.

    … teeny tiny steps count just as much as giant's strides
    Originally posted by roundtuit
    Definitely!

    Today I basically need to
    - back up all computer files
    - spend half and hour in the kitchen and DR (mostly cleaning fridges and windows)
    - find a "lost" file on my PC (or maybe I never set it up for this tax year, in which case I must do so - not a big job)
    - do a food shop
    - get out in the garden as much as possible
    - do as much as possible of the church Gift Aid claim
    - go to the Old Wives' group this evening: we have owls coming to visit, so I must remember to take photos of everyone
    - arrange coffee with a friend later this week

    See you later x
    • nicki
    • By nicki 20th May 19, 9:00 AM
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    Thanks Natty!

    Morning all

    DS has gone off to school early so he can get some revision in this morning before his first A-level exam. He was stressed so much yesterday he kept falling asleep, twitching like crazy and biting everyones head off so I took him out for a few hours to walk around and play Pokemon with our friends (there was a 3 hour event on so lots of us met up). He seems much calmer now so I'm hoping he doesn't panic when sat in the exam room. He's got this (predicted grades are A*) and as long as he doesn't have a full blown melt down I know he'll be fine....doesn't stop me worrying though so I've promised him his favourite tea when he gets in


    Good intentions over the weekend didn't pan out. So although DS cleaned upstairs on Saturday, downstairs leaves a lot to be desired. My sleep pattern is shot again so I was awake at 4.30am. Gave up at 5.30 and got up. I'm having a "scruffs" day where I don't plan on leaving the house so I got stuck in straight away. I have 2 wash loads of sofa throws already out on the line and the third has just finished. I'm trying to get all the dogs bigger cuddly toys washed this morning so they've got all day on the line to dry.

    All the dailies are done, I've dealt with washing that was left on the airer overnight and created a nice ironing pile for DS to do tomorrow I've also had the food slicer out and thinly sliced 800g blocks of cheese x2 and a 500g chicken salami thing and divided it 3 ways so we're sorted for sandwich stuff for the next 3 weeks. I've made dentist appointments for DS and myself, and I'm just working my way through all the emails in my inbox which I've pinned to action later I'm getting there slowly. I have a couple of phonecalls to make today as well but one of them depends on me getting something on the computer done first.

    However I am sick of sitting at the computer (been here for over an hour already) so I'm going to go do some jobs in the kitchen from the list once I've hung this list out.

    Manic Monday ~ Kitchen
    Level One

    Sweep and mop floors
    Declutter and wipe worksurfaces
    Level Two
    Wipe ALL large appliances and units and kickboards
    Wipe and replace all small appliances
    Level Three
    Wash windows
    When was the last time you completely cleaned your fridge and make it all nice smelling? Get rid of out of date/dead stuff, what can be made into a soup or something? Cleared it of science experiments this morning as it's bin day.

    Extras
    • Clean/Tidy under the kitchen sink, throw away anything that looks past its usefullness
    • Clean filters and detergent dispensers
    • Clean out pongy pets
    • Clean the toaster Ė get rid of crumbs in the little tray, wipe with a damp cloth to get rid of markís, smudges and smears
    • Clean out food cupboards, remove all items and throw out any use by dates that are out of date.

    Kitchen is looking pretty good so this shouldn't take me too long HH-ishC (which will including hanging the laundry) is starting now!
    Creeping back in for accountability after falling off the wagon in 2016.
    Need to get back to old style in modern ways, watching the pennies and getting stuff done!
    • Goodintentions
    • By Goodintentions 20th May 19, 9:36 AM
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    Good morning

    Thanks for the list Natty - I'm in! DH is off this week, so hoping he will get some jobs done as well

    Well, I have already crossed one thing off the list - my fridge is shiny, sweet smelling and completely empty!! We have some food stuffed into a tiny freezer and 2 tiny fridges that i will have to transfer over later, after the new one has been switched on! (need to wait 6 hours....) We will also need to do a big shop as we have been running everything down for the last couple of weeks! I'm looking forward to having a proper meal rather than odds & sods from the freezer! There were lots of sharp intakes of breath from the delivery guys this morning, along with comments of 'taking the door off', and 'just leave it here' I pretty much ignored their comments and kept out of the way Needless to say, they got it in, without the removal of any doors!! Unfortunately, they have damaged the hall flooring, which I didn't notice until after they left!! it looks a bit better after using a hairdryer and standing on it (vinyl flooring). Hopefully it will settle.

    We now need to clean up - the house is a mess!! I also want to get some compost for the allotment, and there is always paperwork! I feel a bit overwhelmed tbh And we are away at the weekend for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival!

    Ok - that's enough procrastinating! I need to get up and find my get up and go!! (((hugs))) to those that need them, esp Dancemum, JoJo and even you Pigpen!!!
    • nicki
    • By nicki 20th May 19, 10:59 AM
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    Back again after a much longer HHC than planned If it's gone it's done I've cleaned the windows inside and out, cleaned the top of the cupboards (only a couple so doesn't take long but best bit was finding a sealed packet of chocolate lollypops from Easter ) as well as scrubbing the sink/drainer/washing up bowl after doing another batch of dishes. Wash load 4 has nearly finished. I've sliced up some cakes I bought reduced so they could go in the freezer. Just going to tackle the rest of the food cupboards/fridge/freezer while I still have some cleaning cloths left.

    Manic Monday ~ Kitchen
    Level One

    Sweep and mop floors
    Level Three
    When was the last time you completely cleaned your fridge and make it all nice smelling?

    Extras
    • Clean filters and detergent dispensers - need to finish the laundry first
    • Clean the toaster
    • Clean out food cupboards, remove all items and throw out any use by dates that are out of date.

    Right, on with the rest of the jobs. I'm hoping to get all the list done today except the filters, but I might be putting those in tonight to soak overnight.
    Creeping back in for accountability after falling off the wagon in 2016.
    Need to get back to old style in modern ways, watching the pennies and getting stuff done!
    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 20th May 19, 12:00 PM
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    I'm in myself to do a little bit of flying today... So far I've decluttered:
    • Old ink cartridges (changed to new ones on printer)
    • 5 cups of tea
    • Made the bed
    • Washed up breakfast things
    • Printed off PIP guide

    I need to get myself into gear today/tomorrow as I've got my PIP form to fill in and send off on Wednesday/Thursday. Thankfully I've got copies of all medical records from my new surgery, and copies of old filled in forms/letters etc. So it won't be too bad filling it in thankfully...

    I'm off into hospital on Thursday for an op so not sure if I'll be flying next week or not. To tell you the truth I'm scared about the op as it could be a biggie depending on results. Plus it got rushed thorugh a bit quick for my liking if you ask me. Exactly a month to the day from seeing the consultant to operation.

    Hugs and love to everyone that needs it, even though I haven't posted as much as I want to I am thinking of you all.


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