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    • Valli
    • By Valli 12th May 19, 7:16 PM
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    Valli
    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

    Extras
    HHI
    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

    Extras

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

    Extras



    HHI
    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

    Extras
    S&S kitchen
    S&S bathroom
    HHI
    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

    Extras

    Bin bag dance...you know you want to
    S&S kitchen
    S&S bathroom
    HHI
    Spend that me time on you!
    Last edited by Valli; 16-05-2019 at 8:22 PM.
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    Thank you Honey Bear
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    • tighteningthebelt
    • By tighteningthebelt 14th May 19, 8:21 PM
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    tighteningthebelt
    flitted round the living room today, but it was pretty ok. so... i deep cleaned the hoover, so enjoyable!
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    • asparklyblonde
    • By asparklyblonde 15th May 19, 6:00 AM
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    Morning all, quick visit from me, two loads of washing on line, DW unloaded, leaving for work soon x
    • BadCat18
    • By BadCat18 15th May 19, 6:03 AM
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    BadCat18
    Morning all

    Another early start but another lovely day, first load of washing out on line, second load of towels in swishing. Didn’t manage to complete planned flying after work yesterday due to finishing late, will try to catch up today.

    Aiming to start first bathroom tasks before starting paid stuff today, breakfast eaten and s/s of kitchen done, now to shower and dress and get on.

    Have a good day all.
    • dancemum
    • By dancemum 15th May 19, 6:18 AM
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    Thank you for your messages. x

    Millions of phone calls made
    dancegran supported with visits with forms to complete.
    Case may go to coroner
    Lots more calls to make and appointments to arrange

    Basics are wip and hob cleaned
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 15th May 19, 6:31 AM
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    Fayolle
    Morning
    HHI done, bedding stripped and wm loaded for later, plant Hokey Cokey done from greenhouse to outside.
    LR got its clean yesterday afternoon including the windows, so pleased about that.
    Extra work day today, hopefully via f&v market if i can get a parking space.
    (Hugs) dancemum x
    Have a good day everyone.
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 15th May 19, 11:49 AM
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    Up at stupid o'clock, to act as driver for someone who had an operation, all done, now home again, so having half an hour out, then going to set to and clean downstairs.

    Sun is out
    Ironing done yesterday
    Sun, Sea

    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 15th May 19, 1:17 PM
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    Jazee
    It's too hot to clean. Dailies are done, dogs had a quick walk and I'm enjoying the garden before my next shift.
    Spend less now, work less later.
    Savings thread #78 Oct £55.62 Total 2019 - £4283.17/£5k
    • SSDD23
    • By SSDD23 15th May 19, 3:25 PM
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    SSDD23
    Well, I just got in last night and sat down and did not get up again until I heard OH arrive home 2 hours early from work so we just chilled instead.

    This means I have to play catch up with two small people in the house for a few days, but tonight I plan to:
    - strip the bed and put the bedding in WM ready for tomorrow (tomorrow should be the last good day for drying outside here)
    - wipe down the bathroom and clean the shower screen
    - empty bins
    - clean out food waste bin
    - descale kettle and shower head
    - clean bathroom mirror

    That should keep me above water until Friday, I may end up not having my induction at work until Sunday or next weekend, but I want to give myself the breathing space in case it does end up being Saturday
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    • BadCat18
    • By BadCat18 15th May 19, 5:53 PM
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    BadCat18
    Finally finished paid stuff! Far too tired for flying now, will have to play catch up tomorrow. I think a glass of wine is calling me!

    Have a good evening all
    • YORKSHIRELASS
    • By YORKSHIRELASS 15th May 19, 6:29 PM
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    YORKSHIRELASS
    Hi all

    Exhausted and feeling generally bleugh. This was always going to be a tough week at work, and have got other things going on, just so tired and stressed.

    House is reasonably OK, so glad I have been putting tea in slow cooker, makes life a lot easier. Going to order a food shop to be delivered tomorrow, sort some clean washing, then an early night I think.
    • tighteningthebelt
    • By tighteningthebelt 15th May 19, 6:40 PM
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    tighteningthebelt
    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

    not bad at all, helps a lot when you're on top, thank you.
    i didn't take my shower curtain down, but i did soak the bottom six inches in a bleachy water mop bucket, then rinsed. it's done the trick.

    i did the boxing in too. sadly its upvc. it seems to have a electrostatic capacity to attract dust!

    I've a friend who's gone to hospital unexpectedly, so I also nipped round to hers to make sure there wasn't anything that would get nasty while she was away. threw bananas and some borderline grapes and milk. emptied bins, washed up, changed her bed. watered her pots, and did an s&s of kitchen and bathroom. It'll be nice for her to come back to now. Isn't it horrid when you've been away and left things a tip. I hate that feeling.
    "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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    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 15th May 19, 7:55 PM
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    Fayolle
    I managed to sneak a visit to the f&v market stall before work this morning so we are once again stocked with healthiness. I made a veggie chilli when I got home, and gave the kitchen a s&s.
    Iíve managed to sneak a MAD HH in the garden and sorted out a few pots and seeds.
    Thatís me done for the evening I think. I have a pile of paperwork but DH is hogging the laptop so Iíll do it another time. Back to conquering the knitting.
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 15th May 19, 8:46 PM
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    Honey Bear
    (((Hugs))) Dancemum and Mrs MP.

    House looks amazing after all the work yesterday - 5.40 am - 8.50 pm, and loads of stuff that I've been meaning to do for weeks have been completed. There's a load more to do but I'm shattered.

    Layla saw her normal vet today for an ongoing digestive problems. He listened to her heart and as well as the murmur he mentioned the problems with rythum the vet found on Monday. He's far more worried about that so is chasing a referral further afield for either an MRI scan or an ECG or both. She's perfectly happy and rather keen to eat anything other than (Kelpie's) turkey and rice on offer, so it was back to L!d1 this morning for more chicken and more cooking.

    Stray cat is with us, still hiding, staring at a bowl of Whiskas in a humane cat trap and weighing up its options. It doesn't have options, it just doesn't realise that yet. Woodside Animal Sanctuary have reserved a place for it, so it is a very, very lucky little cat - if only it knew. It's a No Kill rescue that is the only one in the area that deals with strays. I think it's an entire male, and so do they; the niff is a bit of a giveaway. The volunteer I spoke to yesterday was an RSPCA inspector for 30 years, and he arrived with the trap first thing this morning with a colleague. Wonderful people. As soon as it's in the trap I'll take it up there with a cheque and have offered to sponsor it for as long as its in their care.

    Meant to post that earlier. It's been a bit of a day again. 5.30 am to 9.40 pm and enough's enough. The stray's still here and is now very hungry so it will go into the trap tomorrow. Feels cruel, but it's for the best.
    Keeping it AF
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 16th May 19, 5:22 AM
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    Jazee
    Morning all.

    Between shifts I must fly today as I have been very lazy this week.

    Have a great day everyone.
    Spend less now, work less later.
    Savings thread #78 Oct £55.62 Total 2019 - £4283.17/£5k
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 16th May 19, 5:26 AM
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    kazwookie
    Morning

    Wm is on
    Kitchen is done
    Chicken defrosting for dinner tonight
    Off to see what the cat is chasing / batting around!!
    Sun, Sea

    • BadCat18
    • By BadCat18 16th May 19, 5:37 AM
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    BadCat18
    Morning all

    WM on, finally saw the bottom of the washing basket briefly. Hope work is less chaotic today but not counting on it! At least it’s nearly Friday.

    LR and kitchen tidied and bins emptied. Working from home so will do so more of level 1 after shower and breakfast. Have a good day.
    • asparklyblonde
    • By asparklyblonde 16th May 19, 6:25 AM
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    Morning all,

    Running late so quick visit from me. Rubbish out, DW unloaded, washing on line, hair washed and make up on. I've put almost 10lbs back on through very lazy eating habits so back in Slinky as of now. I know how to shift it, have done it before, so it will be gone in no time.

    Have lovely days all x
    • Mademoiselle
    • By Mademoiselle 16th May 19, 6:43 AM
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    Mademoiselle
    Morning all

    No flying done yesterday, a full day at work then a lovely long chat with OH. The TV wasn't on so we actually listened to each other.

    It looks like DD2 has found an internship/placement for the summer so that is a huge relief, just need to sort out how she is going to get there etc as it's in Ireland out in the sticks! Just waiting for the contract to come back approved by uni and employer then we can get on with the more practical stuff.

    Hairdressers this afternoon then onto work so I'd better get on with some flying this morning. There's ironing to be done.

    Slinky also needs to get going again here too so I need to tackle that.

    Have a nice day, and don't forget to SMILE
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 16th May 19, 6:56 AM
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    ionafan
    Morning all.

    (((Hugs))) to dancemum, mrs-mp, and Honey Bear.

    Nice to see you earlier in the week, Lame Wolf.

    Welcome to Newbies

    The roofer and his mates have been here since 6.45 this morning, finishing replacing the flat roof over our and our neighbour's back bedroom dormers. They started first thing yesterday, but by 2.00 it had got so hot that they couldn't carry on. He said he'd only ever had to do that once before!

    Yesterday I cleaned downstairs and did WMx3, then got called away to deputise for the vicar (who has a chest infection) on home visits, so that took up all afternoon. I also finished my house-to-house collecting for CA Week. Rosie got her walk too, but only a short one, as she hurt her right front paw again whilst chasing a 9-month-old retriever around. There's no sign of injury or swelling, and she doesn't react badly to my touching it, but I brought her home early rather than carry on through the woods.

    Today I must
    - water the veg beds
    - soak the alpines that we bought on Sunday
    - plant some more seeds
    - do WMx2 and hang out 2 days' worth of washing, once the roofers have gone
    - ring the bank (again!)
    - pay the roofer
    - clear my desk (again!)
    - bake cakes for the church fete on Saturday
    - make marmalade ditto
    - clean the kitchen
    - go to a staff meeting, taking some things with me for our Toddlers' stall, so that I don't have loads to carry on Saturday morning
    - take Rosie for her walk
    - plant out the alpines once the sun is off the raised bed
    - experiment with a new, hopefully easy, yogurt recipe
    - start doing the church Gift Aid claim.

    Yes, I need to work on Slinky again, too....
    • SSDD23
    • By SSDD23 16th May 19, 7:24 AM
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    SSDD23
    Well, I just got in last night and sat down and did not get up again until I heard OH arrive home 2 hours early from work so we just chilled instead.

    This means I have to play catch up with two small people in the house for a few days, but tonight I plan to:
    - strip the bed and put the bedding in WM ready for tomorrow (tomorrow should be the last good day for drying outside here)
    - wipe down the bathroom and clean the shower screen
    - empty bins
    - clean out food waste bin
    - descale kettle and shower head
    - clean bathroom mirror

    That should keep me above water until Friday, I may end up not having my induction at work until Sunday or next weekend, but I want to give myself the breathing space in case it does end up being Saturday
    Originally posted by SSDD23
    Miraculously I got all of this done! I did a few bits pottering before dinner and then OH decided to take the kids out for a walk as they needed to blow off some steam, I chose to stay behind and make the most of the hour I now magically had! So I managed to do the above and also:

    - Give the oven a quick clean
    - Ironed the clothes that came off of the airer
    - Put a toner on my hair, and a face mask on my face
    - Put a hair mask on my hair following toner
    - Do the washing up from dinner
    - Put some fabric freshener on the beds and sofas
    - Hoovered the kitchen

    It truly was a mad hour multitasking all of it, but it was worth it to be caught up washing put on early this morning and out on the airer before I left for work, so will iron whatever needs ironing from that later before I go to the gym
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