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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 7th Oct 18, 5:38 PM
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    Natty68
    Weekly Flylady Thread 8th October 2018
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    • 7th Oct 18, 5:38 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 8th October 2018 7th Oct 18 at 5:38 PM
    Welcome to the weekly Flylady thread. If you need help organising your week or getting motivated when it comes to housework then come and join us.

    Thank you to Valli for last weeks thread.

    Each day has a list of tasks which works on how much time and motivation you have. 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
    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!

    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:

    Mooooooooooooonday ~ Kitchen and Dining room!
    15 minutes...

    Declutter and wipe the worksurfaces.. and sink.. polish those taps!
    Sweep and mop floor
    30 minutes to spare...
    Empty and clean out a cupboard.. fling all that is dead, mouldy or inedible.. and that includes all weevilly things too!!!!
    Wipe units and cupboard fronts
    Wipe and replace all small appliances
    Got an hour...
    Clean the oven and hob
    Clean out the fridge.. you do not need furry food!
    Dust and deweb.. and Wipe some paintwork

    Extras
    • HHI
    • Binbag dance
    • wash out bins
    • Wash the windows

    Tuesday ~ brats room.. if you have no brats do your own room!
    15 minutes...

    Declutter the floors
    Strip the bedding get it washed dried and the beds remade!
    30 minutes to spare...
    vacuum the floors
    Straighten a cupboard of clothing
    Wipe the paintwork
    Got an hour...
    Tidy a box of 'stuff'
    binbag dance!
    dust and deweb

    Extras
    • HHI
    • Wash windows
    • Fill a binbag for charity shop!
    • Wipe over ALL the upstairs doors!!

    Wednesday ~ Living room, hall and stairs!
    15 minutes...

    Declutter floors
    Vacuum right through
    30 minutes to spare...
    Dust, deweb and defluff all those electrical appliances to!
    Wipe and water plants
    Wash sofas/covers and any soft furnishings that need it
    Got an hour...
    Polish mirrors, glass and metals!
    Wipe radiators and paintwork
    15 minutes filing!

    Extras
    • 32 fling boogie!
    • HHI
    • Sort through a drawer or cupboard
    • Check window seals for any draughts and stop them up if necessary.. we will be draught free this winter!


    Thursday ~ Study, Landing, Porch and other neglected bits!
    15 minutes...

    Declutter the floors in the study and landing
    Vacuum these areas!
    30 minutes to spare...
    Declutter and dejunk the porch.. this is where first impressions of your house are made!
    Sort through coats, bags, shoes etc.. are there any that can be flung? Who needs a new winter coat this year?
    Wash the front door and wipe paintwork!
    Got an hour...
    Binbag dance!
    Wash any sofas/chairs in these areas
    Dust and deweb.. esp the porch!!

    Extras
    • Wash any smelly pet bedding
    • Wash any grubby windows
    • List 5 things on ebay!/freecycle.. or just fling them to charity shop!
    • Change the curtains to the thicker winter ones!

    Friday ~ Bathroom and Study
    15 minutes...

    declutter floors
    Scrub the bath, loo, basins, bidets, showers etc etc
    30 minutes to spare...
    Empty and wash out bins
    Scrub tiles and polish mirrors
    Vacuum/mop floors
    Got an hour...
    Wipe chairs and sofas
    Wash shower curtains, bathmats etc
    Recycle the empties and decant dribbles

    Extras
    • Clean out and tidy cupboards
    • Replace and curly toothbrushes
    • Shine the taps with one of the old ones
    • Check all the smoke alarms.. don't forget all rooms with high sleepers in MUST have their own alarm in!
    Last edited by Natty68; 11-10-2018 at 8:15 PM.


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    • Narc0lepsy
    • By Narc0lepsy 8th Oct 18, 10:23 PM
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    Narc0lepsy
    Went to gym
    Did small flower arrangement for guest room as a friend is stopping over.
    Vacuumed hall, lounge/diner, guest room, bathroom and kitchen
    Polished various bits of guest room, bathroom and en suite
    Mr N did a better blitz on en suite and went to Mr T
    Had lunch with friends
    Wrote a bit more of a report

    Thought my cold was improving, but a persistent headache has . . . Persisted in waves of what seems to be toothache. Can't decide if it is toothache or something sinus-like. However it does seem to be real waves of severe , almost nauseating pain, so I'm thinking tooth; I do have a cracked one which the dentist is keeping an eye on. Rats, I don't have time to fit in the dentist.
    Remember...a layer of dust protects the wood beneath it.
    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 9th Oct 18, 5:57 AM
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    atypicalblonde
    Morning all,

    Poor nights sleep here. I have some tiny lumps under my left armpit which are really painful, probably just swollen lymph nodes or similar but they blimmin hurt.

    Beds made, kiddies getting dressed, I'm off to work in ten minutes. Have lovely days all xx
    MFW
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    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 9th Oct 18, 6:22 AM
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    Fayolle
    Morning all.

    ATB - take care and don't forget to look after yourself in all your busy-ness. X

    I hope the toothache disappears, Narc0.

    It's put me right out, having to go to work today. It's funny how quickly you can get used to a change of routine. Still, last night, after a supreme effort and motivated by HB, I cracked the tax return. I'll give it the once over tonight or tomorrow, and then it should be good to go.

    Clean washing sorted. A random box of food pulled from the freezer for dinner. DH is going to love it - lentils are involved, which are not top of his list.

    Just remembered - car needs petrol on the way to work. Must dash, have a good day.
    • Valli
    • By Valli 9th Oct 18, 7:35 AM
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    Valli
    Morning all have put a washload on (3rd) and made a coffee. Back in bed for a bit.
    Have a huge ironing pile to tackle.
    And a dirty house.

    Well given no-ones posted since I posted this ^ this morning I might as well edit...

    so

    I have cleaned the kitchen
    I have cleaned the bathroom
    I have ironed one heap
    I have washed a load more and pegged it all out
    Done a work job
    Changed DS's bed and cleaned his room, with windows open so everywhere smells sweet again, and done a bit of judicious flinging of cosmetic type stuff that's been lingering a long time so is well ood.
    I also washed, dried and ironed the pillow protectors from his bed
    Just having a then need to tidy up and put machines (vacuum and steam cleaner) away.
    I do love cleaning up on sunny days when I can open windows.
    Last edited by Valli; 09-10-2018 at 4:01 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
    • Mademoiselle
    • By Mademoiselle 9th Oct 18, 6:09 PM
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    Mademoiselle
    Back home but did Fly this morning before going out to work.
    Bed made
    Lounge tidied
    Kitchen tidied and wiped down.
    Hoovered thoroughly all of downstairs.

    Man came and quoted for pellet stoves, just need to persuade OH and find the funds. Also went and got a second quote.

    Lovely long chat with DD1 who has had a worderful day today working in hospital today. She is student doctor and here they do 6 weeks working the 6 weeks studying then repeat. It's so good to have her so happy and motivated despite finding the days long.

    Still have some admin work to do but I'm not going to do it tonight, so hopefully will find time tomorrow evening as working all day.

    A few bits have made it to the bin so hoping one day this house will be nice. Might try and do a bit in the bathroom tonight as need to find some more shower gel.
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 9th Oct 18, 6:27 PM
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    kazwookie
    Jumps in

    Been at work
    Broken three nails err
    OH away
    Mince for dinner
    Kitchen done

    I hope every one is ok as it is very quite here
    Sun, Sea
    Slinky is back on! - 23 and counting
    I can do this, I will do this...
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 9th Oct 18, 7:05 PM
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    ionafan
    Yesterday I finished weighing out the ingredients, and today I have mixed and baked my two big birthday cakes (to share with family and friends) and our mini Christmas cake (just for the two of us ).

    I have also
    - WUDUPA the baking things
    - done some prep for the course I'm doing this term
    - sent out the toddler group reminder, including an appeal for the Food Bank
    - cooked lunch
    - taken Rosie for a walk
    - been to college to swap my library books and catch up with some friends who are doing a 3-year course
    - also taken in some books from our local specialist library which is closing down, for the Librarian to have first pick for the shelves and the students second pick
    - passed on two children's car seats to a friend for use with their refugee project

    ...so a certain amount of flingage has taken place and my toots list has got a bit shorter

    Now for GBBO
    • Mademoiselle
    • By Mademoiselle 9th Oct 18, 7:32 PM
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    Mademoiselle
    Cleared up after dinner

    And did the admin task that I was going to put off. Still worried that it is going to become a frog (insurance claim in a rented property) but doing my best to keep it under control. Although OH has now sent me another task to sort out but this new one will result in us getting money so more motivation. Can't do new task until bank is open so will try and call tomorrow but I guess it will have to wait until Thursday as groups all day tomorrow.

    Enjoy GBBO tonight, our version is tomorrow night. I sometimes manage to find GBBO on youtube but lousy quality and not always. Cup of tea, book and early night.
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 9th Oct 18, 8:06 PM
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    Jojo the Tightfisted
    Evening [cough, splutter, gasp]. I'm not well. Why they insist on kids coming back to school when they are obviously still ill - and very obviously still infectious, going by how I have felt overnight and today - is beyond me.


    Had a couple of long conversations with Himself last night and this evening. Due to the daftness of his mother and the obstinacy of his father, he's decided to come back home for a while so they can individually find out the consequences of their individual stupidass decisions.

    Once his father is physically able to access his flat again, he'll go back for a bit and sleep on a blow up mattress in the hallway (no room anywhere else) to help/let him see the reality of trying to live there again when he's now disabled and that it was never a comfortable place even when fit and healthy. And his mother can have the expense of paying for burst pipes, floods, mould and/or squatters when she gets back from her fancy holiday with her boyfriend, rather than pay about thirty quid in gas and electric for Himself to housesit for the period.

    I'm not impressed with either of them at the moment. They sound like a pair of bloody children - and particularly dim ones at that. I don't think Himself is particularly impressed, either, particularly as I'm being crucified financially by all this. (I have the feeling one of my best mates has been talking to Himself as well - he was threatening to do it when he saw that I'd lost weight).


    I am going to have a long bath and go to bed in the hope that I wake up tomorrow with my throat not swollen up so much. After all, I've got that interview in the afternoon - and my manager has offered to talk me through what an extra duties interview is likely to be like. It's nice to feel supported for a change.
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.

    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll
    Originally posted by colinw
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 10th Oct 18, 6:13 AM
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    Fayolle
    Good luck with the interview, Jojo.

    Yesterday was busy at work, and a long day out of the house - long by my standards these days anyway! Consequently, it was enough to keep on top of the washing, ironing, feeding the troops and giving the kitchen a s&s.

    DH has taken today off to finish a couple of outside jobs before the threatened wind / rain, which means that he is not only under my feet, but he will be wanting attention and a spare pair of hands. It also means that I had to confess that I was actually popping into work for an hour to try to catch up. He was not impressed, especially as it will be unpaid. Oh and it is our wedding anniversary today. 26 years. By the skin of our teeth at times.

    Back later, have a lovely day all.
    • Mademoiselle
    • By Mademoiselle 10th Oct 18, 6:28 AM
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    Mademoiselle
    Hope you're feeling better this morning JoJo and good luck with the interview. Don't forget to SMILE, proven to reduce stress in both the person smiling and being smiled at.

    Congrats on anniversary Fayolle

    A good nights sleep here, although it always takes me longer to fall asleep than I would ilike. So ready to attack today. Bedroom, living room and kitchen are looking fine and I appreciated that I had tidied round last night when I came down this morning. Enjoying calm and quiet and a cup of coffee.

    Full day at work today and then shopping on the way home. DD1 coming for quick lunch tomorrow to pick up some bits she needs, unfortunately I'm working late afternoon and she's got lectures in the evening so it will only be a brief visit.

    Off to work to try and turn my classroom into an aquarium complete with ticket booth for role play!

    Hugs to all that need/want.
    Last edited by Mademoiselle; 10-10-2018 at 6:30 AM.
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 10th Oct 18, 7:21 AM
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    Good luck from me too, Jojo. Hope you're feeling better today.

    Happy Anniversary to Fayolle and MrOlle.

    It's going to be another glorious day here today. I would dearly love to go out with DH and enjoy the autumn colours, especially as the rest of the month is going to be very busy and I shall be away for 2 days next week, but first he has to go to the GP for another check-up, and I have a lot of prep to do for tomorrow. Perhaps if we come straight back from the surgery and I get my head in gear for a couple of hours, we could go out for a drive somewhere. But the garden needs attention too - I need to bring in the geraniums and fuchsias and re-stock the planters with the spring bulbs, pansies and primroses that we bought on Monday. Mowing the lawn might also be a good thing. And then I've still got a pile of books to take to DS2, which means a 75-minute drive each way but also a chance to see DGS3+4. Decisions, decisions...

    But first I must S&S bathroom, deal with WMx1 and tidy round everywhere. Will report back later.

    (((Hugs))) spoons and sticks all round as needed, but especially to Jojo, dancemum, atb, Narc0, Froddy and LW xxx
    • Valli
    • By Valli 10th Oct 18, 7:40 AM
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    Valli
    Morning all

    Happy anniversary (and well done) to Fayolle and hubby.

    3 loads through wm overnight. Which I can leave out due to forecast. Also DW to empty. Ironed more last night and aim to iron more before I leave for work.

    Better get up and get showered.
    "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
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 10th Oct 18, 11:58 AM
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    Honey Bear
    I hope today goes well for you, Jojo.

    Congratulations Fayolle and Mr Fayolle! I don't anyone gets to even a tenth anniversary without it being by the skin of their teeth! Happy 26th!

    Kitchen and ensuite sinks done, ensuite loo done and cistern leak reproted to plumber - the cistern leak is down to his team because it was supposedly repaired last week. Plumber chased and advice sought re a niff of gas in a lightwell - as it's outside even I could have told OH it was the responsibility of Wales and West but he didn't mention it yesterday when he first smelt it.



    1xWM and I might do another with the shower curtains and a grubby net curtain. Other than that we're up to date and I cleard my ironing now that the board is set up for sewing. Not making as much progress on that as quickly as I'd like, but I always forget how much preparation there is to do before actually bunging things under the needle.
    Keeping it AF
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 10th Oct 18, 12:11 PM
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    Not quite dead yet.....

    I have two choices. I can Fly and not post, or post about Flying and not actually do any!

    I did manage to give the bungalow a really good Dys0ning on Monday, ready for the meet'n'greet with Mishka the Siberian Husky, which took place yesterday.
    LameWolf
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 10th Oct 18, 6:04 PM
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    Hmmm. They've offered it to me, but not at the expected rate, just as an overtime claim. I suppose they're new to it, so I'll have to list what I do until they can see how much work is involved. At least I can do it at home, rather than staying in work for longer each day, though (and that means it can't be argued that I have time during the day for it to be absorbed into my usual workload/pay).

    I really don't fancy going to choir tonight, but if I don't, I'll miss all the nuances and whatnots - and I need all the help I can get in remembering how the blessed tunes go.


    But hopefully, Himself will be able to confirm when he's coming home when he calls tonight.



    ETA: Oooh! A hundred thousand thanks!
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.

    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll
    Originally posted by colinw
    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 10th Oct 18, 6:09 PM
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    Sooo tired.

    Will check in properly tomorrow xx
    MFW
    Mortgage 8.2.15 - £171,064.64 Mortgage 1.5.2018 - £99,980.45
    Aiming to be MF 1.10.2020
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 10th Oct 18, 6:37 PM
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    Busy at work
    Tired as well

    Jojo well done on the job, can you try and see if they will renegoiate on the pay.

    Basics only done
    Sun, Sea
    Slinky is back on! - 23 and counting
    I can do this, I will do this...
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 10th Oct 18, 7:10 PM
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    Jojo the Tightfisted
    Busy at work
    Tired as well

    Jojo well done on the job, can you try and see if they will renegoiate on the pay.

    Basics only done
    Originally posted by kazwookie

    Oh, I will do. Keeping accurate records and a nice chat with the person who made the decision after a few weeks should illustrate how much skill and time is involved in doing a proper job. I'm at an advantage in some ways, because I know what I'm talking about, rather than blithely wittering buzzwords and hoping to get away with lots of money for doing very little because nobody else knows what's actually involved.


    Decided against choir tonight. So I'm going to eat sausage casserole from the SC, drink tea and get another early night (hopefully).
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.

    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll
    Originally posted by colinw
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 10th Oct 18, 7:36 PM
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    Congratulations, Jojo!

    atb, do you think you ought to make an appointment with your GP asap? I know you're trying to do a full-time job and fly and look after your family, but I'm worried about you.

    Glad you're still able to post occasionally, LW. Has the husky booked in with you?

    DH went to the GP this morning saying that he is not really feeling better after taking ABs for a week, and was swiftly booked in for a chest xray this Friday afternoon.

    We decided to go out for lunch and enjoy the warm sunshine, so I knuckled down and worked until midday, then we went to the NT property where I used to volunteer. I'd love to still be a volunteer there, but life in general and DH's GP / hospital appointments in particular get in the way. We ate lunch outside in the orchard, then DH ambled his way to the secondhand bookshop (no purchases ) and gardens, while I took Rosie for a nice long walk round Big Pool and back through the woods. She had a great time! Then it was my turn to go and look at the galleries and see some of my favourite pieces again.

    We came home early enough for me to empty the patio pots, replant them with pansies and bulbs (this must be a record for me, getting bulbs planted within 3 days of buying them ), pot up the geraniums and fuchsias and bring them indoors, tidy up some other potted plants, and mow the lawn, before cooking tea. Meanwhile DH was far too shattered by walking a total of about 400 yards all the time we were out to do anything but sleep for an hour.

    This evening DH was feeling better for his sleep so he has been out to a local breast cancer support group (he had a C scare about 12 years ago, before I met him) and I have tidied round, WU and caught up with emails. He's just rung to say they've finished and please would I collect him, so I must grab the car keys.
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