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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 16th Jun 19, 8:17 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 17th June 2019
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    • 16th Jun 19, 8:17 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 17th June 2019 16th Jun 19 at 8:17 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...

    Musty Monday ~ Kitchen and Dining Room
    Level One...

    Sweep and mop the floor
    Clear and wipe worksurfaces
    Level Two...
    Sort fridge bringing what needs using soon to the front, clean out any spills or grots in there!
    Wipe dining table.. and check the underside.. (clean table cloth if necessary)
    Wipe and replace all those small appliances.. kettle, toaster etc
    Level Three...
    Dust any extra furniture in dining area, checking for cobwebs on way roundÖ lightshades need doing!
    Sort your drawer of large cutlery things.. slotted spoons, spatulas.. clean out the drawer, flin the things you don't need/use and make it all neat and tidy!
    Clean cupboard door fronts and fronts of appliances
    Clean oven if you didn't do it last week

    • Wipe window sills and clean windows in these rooms
    • Thoroughly clean a cupboard or the drawers!
    • Put WM's/DW's on a 'clean' cycle.. make sure those doorseals and filters are clear.. soda crystals and white vinegar get rid of unpleasant smells and germs
    • 30 minutes ironing!!!
    • Wipe the inside of the unit doors
    • Empty the pan cupboard!! Sort those oven trays, tighten handles on pans.

    Tantalising Tuesday ~ Living Room, Hall and 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
    Level Three...
    Wipe light switches, sockets (make sure they are not switched on!!) and banister
    Clean any other glass like mirrors, pictures etc
    Change any dead lightbulbs!

    • 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

    Humpday Wednesday ~ Master Bedroom & Landing
    Level One...

    Check fire alarms are working
    Remove and wash bed linen and duvet covers.
    Fling open the window and let in the summer!
    Level Two...
    Dust surfaces & make sure no cobwebs.. (make sure to do the bed base..!)
    Using a flour sieve, shake bicarbonate of soda evenly all over the mattress. Leave for a few hours and then hoover it all off. {It will lift any nasty smells or odours}
    Vacuum mattress before replacing with fresh linen
    Level Three...
    Vacuum floors in bedroom and on landing
    15 minutes floordrobe clearance
    Clean lightshade, and remove dead insects...
    • Wipe down lightswitches
    • 37 fling boogie time, time for that midweek fling, go on grab a bag and clear that clutter
    • Sort through someone's wardrobe.. what can you fling?
    • Clean windows in these rooms
    • Clear a hotspot.. or spend 15 minutes clearing one.
    • Clear a box of clutter from the landing
    • Make any necessary phone calls
    • Replace any dead lightbulbs with ones that work
    • Sort out your airing cupboard if you have finished all your jobs

    Tantalising Thursday ~ Bathroom and Study/Pc Area
    Level One...

    Clear floors of guff and stuff
    Wipe down tiles in bathroom.. defragment your pc while doing this.
    Clear any clutter from desk
    Dust PC and desk and wipe off those cup rings!! (baby wipes are fantastic for this!!)
    Level Two...
    Wipe keyboard, house phone and mouse (these usually have more germs on than your toilet so important)..
    Wash your bathroom mats, nets, clean blind/curtains, shower curtains etc
    Empty and clean out all the upstairs bins!
    Collect all the dirty laundry
    Level Three...
    Clean baths, toilets, don't forget the outside! and sinks
    Clean shower screen/curtain/bath mats if you have one/if required
    Clean the brushes/dust box/filters on the vacuum cleaner!!!! .. make sure they are completely dry before using it though.. I donít want anyone electrocuted!!

    • Wipe the skirtings, door and window frames in these rooms
    • Wipe down 2 doors.. room doors.. both sides
    • Sort a wardrobe or part of, a drawer or set of drawers making sure it has what needs to be in it and any 'extras' are put where they should be and anything no longer needed is "rehomed".
    • Fling all those empty bottles and tubes
    • Replace any sponges, flannels, toiletries that need it

    Fandabidozy Friday ~Childrens rooms and spare rooms
    Level One...
    Clear the floor
    Vacuum the floor, even if it's just where you can see
    Deweb and fluff the room
    Level Two...
    Clear away anything that isn't in it's place, clothes, toys, books etc
    Drag the stuff from under the beds and place it in it's proper homes!
    Dusting.. all those shelves and flat fluffy surfaces!! Donít forget the light shade!!
    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

    • Wash a set of curtains, nets or throw
    • Time for the Friday Flylady Fling, in the toy box!!!! aim for 27.. if no toy box youíll have to choose another area!
    • 30 minutes ironing
    • Clean any tv's, pc's playstations in the room
    • 15 minutes filing!
    • 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!!
    Last edited by Natty68; 20-06-2019 at 8:54 PM.

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    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 18th Jun 19, 5:59 AM
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    Morning all. Not sure how much flying will get done here today as I'm exploring a local town. Only 5 miles away and I've been here a decade but never properly been to the town centre before.

    Have a great day everyone.
    Spend less now, work less later.
    Savings thread #78 July £484.42 Total 2019 - £3270.01/£5k
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 18th Jun 19, 6:36 AM
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    Been with OH for a walk in the park already !!
    Papaer work heap sorted through, some it shredded
    Ironing at the ready for later on
    Off volunteering
    Plants ready to be planted.

    Valli hope you are feeling better
    Sun, Sea
    Slinky is back on! IT IS ON HOLD OWING TO AN ACCIDENT- 20 and counting
    I can do this, I will do this...
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 18th Jun 19, 7:30 AM
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    Up early as car is being picked up for a service. They havenít turned up yet. Part of me hopes that they have forgotten as I now really need the car by lunchtime and chances are it wonít be back.
    So Iím hanging around in the kitchen so that I donít miss them. WULTD after what would appear to have been hungry midnight teenagers although they did tidy it all up into neat piles. DW emptied and is now running on a deep clean. It might have to be paperwork next as I can sit at the kitchen table for that.
    • BadCat18
    • By BadCat18 18th Jun 19, 7:37 AM
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    Morning all

    At my desk waiting for some training to load so thought I would catch up here. Dailies started before work but not finished yet.
    S/s kitchen done
    Living room tidied ready to clean later
    Washing swishing
    Breakfast eaten and dishes done

    Will take washing out and probably put on airer when I have a tea break in a bit
    A little bit of paperwork sorted, other flying will be done later on...

    See you later, have a good day all x
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 18th Jun 19, 11:19 AM
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    Honey Bear
    Dog walked, loo scrubbed, dishwasher emptied so it can all be handwashed, DW engineer booked for 5.0 pm this evening, dog insurance heart claims chased, Bull**** Bingo cards made up for tonight's debate.
    Keeping it AF
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 18th Jun 19, 12:08 PM
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    Bins brought back in. 4 plants repotted. Wm x1 done and hanging indoors as it keeps trying to rain. I decided to tackle the utility room so that I could hear the doorbell (parcel expected) and phone (waiting for garage call). Surfaces and shelves cleared and wiped. Mindful of watching Eat Well For Less, we will now be having ...eclectic ....meals for the next week or so. Threw out 2 bags of ancient dried beans etc which looked unsavoury (how did they hide last time round??) and a bag of flour with the dreaded creepy crawlies in.
    Lunch then meal planning, volunteer meeting later.
    • Valli
    • By Valli 18th Jun 19, 12:57 PM
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    flying gingerly...

    rubbish out
    dried washing ironed and set to air
    lots more washing on line
    bed stripped
    rhubarb and ginger jam labelled and away
    donated jam jars away
    shopping bags returned to car boot
    DW emptied
    chairs and table returned from whom they were loaned to and put away
    lots of sitting down in between
    "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
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 18th Jun 19, 2:53 PM
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    Exploring done, there was not much to explore so we went for a carvery lunch at a village pub instead - £5 each, very MSE.

    Back at home, I've done the dailies, second dog walk and won the battle with the weeds temporarily in the back garden.

    Resting a bit now before going out tonight.
    Spend less now, work less later.
    Savings thread #78 July £484.42 Total 2019 - £3270.01/£5k
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 18th Jun 19, 3:50 PM
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    Volunteering done
    WM done
    Gardening done
    It's raining now so inside hoovering done
    Sun, Sea
    Slinky is back on! IT IS ON HOLD OWING TO AN ACCIDENT- 20 and counting
    I can do this, I will do this...
    • dancemum
    • By dancemum 18th Jun 19, 4:45 PM
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    Drove relative to hospital appointment (brought back memories)
    Towels washed
    Frog Emails sent
    • BadCat18
    • By BadCat18 18th Jun 19, 5:23 PM
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    Work done
    Dailies done
    Cats taken to vet for booster jabs, now back home and sulking... the cats, not me!
    Supper on the go
    Washing got soaking wet so is now being run through machine again! When will this weather improve?!
    Didn’t get to the list properly today, if I have any energy will quickly vac after supper so that I stay on top of things.

    Hugs and get well wishes to those who need them x
    • MadamMim2013
    • By MadamMim2013 18th Jun 19, 6:28 PM
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    Thanks so much for the thread & lists.. it’s much appreciated.. I am still in, just reading along mainly and hanging on to my sanity with both hands.. (DS2 & my mother chipping away at it currently!)
    Have managed to vaccum through downstairs,
    WUDUPA x2 (1 lot also done by DS1)
    Washing done & on horsey (bloomin rain.. boo hiss)
    Airing cupboard emptied contents packed away..
    Dusted front room
    Took DS2’s bike for repair
    Made a rather nice Korma for tea

    Now doing not a lot.. early night as 3am wake up for work tomorrow
    Last edited by MadamMim2013; 18-06-2019 at 6:29 PM. Reason: Oops
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    • BadCat18
    • By BadCat18 18th Jun 19, 8:25 PM
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    DH cleaned the lounge and the stairs while I washed up after supper so at least I stay on track.
    Busy work day again tomorrow so early night on the cards for me too.
    WM loaded ready for the morning, just going to put the supper dishes away and reset the kitchen.

    Bye for now!
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 18th Jun 19, 10:40 PM
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    I am rubbish.. I have done absolutely nothing all week!!!

    My bathroom sink is pouring water everywhere.. it flooded the litter tray so Polly piddled EVERYWHERE!!! My house is honkin' ... I could cry...

    I need someone to come help me!
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    • asparklyblonde
    • By asparklyblonde 19th Jun 19, 5:59 AM
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    Morning all, I'm tired, grumpy and utterly fed up of this weather. My body thinks it's autumn so I am craving comfort food, no good for my renewed Slinky efforts at all.

    DW about to go on, WM on, then it's off to work for me. Have fab days all x
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 19th Jun 19, 6:18 AM
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    Morning all,
    Another one fed up with the weather, fed up with lack of oomph, and ditto being behind. One step forward and 20 leaps back. What a difference a bit of sunshine would make to us all. Soundslike what we really need is a flylady holiday to somewhere warm and sunny to restore the collective mojo.
    I attacked the bedroom in a fit of something yesterday evening, so bed stripped and remade, dusty surfaces sorted and vacuumed. I finally got to one of Jazeeís lists and found a pair of earrings for this morning. Tbh not sure that I can be doing with the extra effort, but if so, just why do I have earrings cluttering up a drawer?
    Full day at paid stuff. DD at home and Iím waiting for her to get bored. Unfortunately all the jobs that we lined up for her are outside so we will have to have a rethink. She is an effective flinger so thatís useful.
    Must dash. Have a lovely day all.
    • BadCat18
    • By BadCat18 19th Jun 19, 6:30 AM
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    Morning all

    About to start busy day, dailies done...

    DH hoovered main bedroom and the landing last night and bedding will be done on Saturday so I think I will fly in the spare bedroom this afternoon as it could do with a clean and a bit of flinging!

    Have a parcel to send back and another box for work to be collected today so that will be two large things out of the house, will try and do a quick bin bag dance for some charity shop items before I pop out to return the parcel later on.

    Breakfast eaten and I am showered and dressed, will just do the few dishes from this morning and then get to it.

    Have a good day all x
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 19th Jun 19, 7:55 AM
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    Feel tired this morning, goodness knows why..........

    Kitchen is done
    Machine walk is done
    Ironing heap made
    Item that has bid on is going to be packed in a bit

    Have good day
    Sun, Sea
    Slinky is back on! IT IS ON HOLD OWING TO AN ACCIDENT- 20 and counting
    I can do this, I will do this...
    • BadCat18
    • By BadCat18 19th Jun 19, 12:15 PM
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    Parcel collected
    Lunch scoffed
    Did a quick fly round and s/s of kitchen and bathroom while I waited for leftovers to reheat
    Mopped kitchen and dining room before coming back up to the office for more work
    Need to pop out to take parcel back after work, not sure if I will have time to do a fling boogie as well.
    Did some tidying in spare room this morning, just putting things away really makes it look so much better
    Wm swished and it’s on the airer..... again!

    House is looking quite good and I am pleased.

    Have a good afternoon all x
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 19th Jun 19, 8:23 PM
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    Kitchen and bathroom S&S'd
    Complicated phonecalls made
    Complicated emails replied to
    Straightforward letter written and posted
    My nails shaped and varnished by my friend (1.5 hours)
    Visiting done (2 hours)
    Dog walked
    Diaries coordinated with DH - hard work!

    Not much, but better than nothing.
    Stress level high today: migraine loitering in the wings
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