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    • Valli
    • By Valli 14th Apr 19, 6:32 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 15th April 2019
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    • 14th Apr 19, 6:32 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 15th April 2019 14th Apr 19 at 6:32 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
    Sweep/mop/vacuum floor
    Wipe out or wash out whiffy bins
    Clean windows


    MAD half hour call one or join one
    If there's an area you need to work on/clear use your mad HalF Hour to do something towards your ultimate goal
    S&S bathroom
    Easter hols for some - make some time for yourself

    Tuesday Twinkles - Brighten that bathroom

    Level 1

    Fling open the windows
    Clear the bins, remove empties
    Flush the loo and squirt something down it to start the cleaning process
    Fling the towels in the WM
    Vacuum extractor cover and/or wipe
    Clean windows and mirrors
    Top up loo roll holder
    Wash/bleach pull cords - remove and soak!

    Level 2

    Clear lotions and potions from around bath and scrub inside and out.
    Prod a brush down the plughole to remove the ratty tails
    Polish the taps
    Slug of bleach down the drain
    Scrub the loo inside and out - and bleach it
    Thoroughly clean bath taps and plugs - especially hair traps
    Wipe shower head

    Level 3

    Scrub the sink
    Polish the taps
    Dust sills and shelves
    Wipe anywhere fingers linger with a clean cloth or an anti-bac wipe
    Mop the floor
    Polish mirrors
    Wash loo brush and let it dry outside in the sun, thus benefiting from the bleaching effect of the sun!


    S&S kitchen
    Sort out make up bag/box. Chuck anything that's been hanging around too long/you're not using and wipe what you're keeping and wash brushes and sponges
    Double up on a recipe in your meal plan and freeze so that you can have a day off over Easter

    Wednesday Hump Day - Lounge

    Level 1

    Open the window w-i-d-e even if only for five minutes
    Empty the bin
    Give the sofas and seats the once over - leather wipe or a just-damp cloth to move any marks
    Lift and swap cushions and seat pads - vacuum underneath before replacing any; don't forget crevices and backs
    Rinse and squeeze out the cloth and wipe sockets, switches and door handles
    Ensure electricals are clean - and wipe those remote controllers, too

    Level 2

    Make sure coffee tables etc are cleared and cleaned and polished before replacing stuff neatly
    Wipe any coasters
    Dust all surfaces - don't forget the skirting boards
    Give light fittings a dust, too
    Check ceilings, covings etc for cobwebs
    Deal with plants/flowers

    Level 3

    Vacuum the floor moving as much furniture as possible - don't forget the edges
    Polish the windows - and the TV screen - and mirrors
    Plump up cushions
    Make sure that nothing is in here which doesn't live here


    MAD half hour - Toots list?
    S&S in the kitchen and bathroom
    Join in an HHC - or call one!

    Thursday - final full flying day this week

    Level 1

    Open the window
    Strip the bed
    Fling the sheets etc in the washbasket/machine - should be a good drying day!
    Go and get your breakfast

    Level 2

    Dust the headboard or vacuum as appropriate
    remake the bed
    Clear the floordrobe/chairdrobe or any other clutter
    Dust all horizontal surfaces - vertical too, if you have time
    Polish any mirrors

    Level Three

    Clean the windows
    Vacuum the floor
    Make sure bedside cabinets are clear of clutter - both on them and in them
    Use a damp cloth to wipe those lotion and potion bottles.



    S&S bathroom
    S&S kitchen

    Good Friday

    s&S kitchen
    S&s bathroom
    Last edited by Valli; 19-04-2019 at 5:26 AM.
    "I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness" Emily Dickinson
    Janice 1964-2016

    Thank you Honey Bear
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    • roundtuit
    • By roundtuit 20th Apr 19, 10:04 AM
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    Shorts that keep falling down and are worn out, in the bin fling next size down now on me!
    Originally posted by kazwookie
    Go kazwookie xx

    I'm dressed, had breakfast, made my bed, put out rubbish and some recycling, fed birds, refilled bird bath.... second WM load has stopped swishing so I'll hang it out. Then recycle the cardboard I tore up whilst the toaster was toasting.

    May even tear up the second lot of cardboard and recycle that too - before I have a coffee. I know how to live the high life

    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 20th Apr 19, 10:54 AM
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    Honey Bear
    DH though it was a good idea on his way home last night...... Mr M,not pilfered from a local river, I might add

    ... and think about what to feed our friends who are coming for dinner tomorrow night.
    Originally posted by Fayolle
    Er, salmon?

    I did waaaaaay too much yesterday and feel a bit sore and worn out today despite sleeping extremely well. Taking it easy this morning, or I'll get grumpy later. The laundry's cleared completely again so that's good, paperwork nearly up to date apart from a bank statement this morning, new Ebay purchases have arrived which will require some extensive DIY-ing for the animals, so none of it too onerous and all of it will lead to better things for them.

    I also need to carry on setting up the new Tablet - learning new technologies doesn't get any easier as you get older. A three year old would have got the thing up and running in minutes.

    Have a lovely Easter Flyladies, and I hope everyone gets the opportunity to enjoy the fabulous weather.
    Keeping it AF
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 20th Apr 19, 10:58 AM
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    Er, salmon?
    Originally posted by Honey Bear
    So why did that not occur to me

    Flylady power, obviously
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 20th Apr 19, 4:09 PM
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    Love and hugs to everyone.. esp MrsMP and Jojo.. I hope your singing woke the bro up!!

    We spent 5 hours driving to Manchester and back yesterday and 6 hours emptying the house of OH's stepdads sister who passed away 3 weeks ago. I only met her the once and never visited her home while she was alive, it was not a place for small whirlwinds!! .. but.. OMG.. the beautiful cross stitch and the sewing she did.. it was all going to be burnt.. and my poor heart couldn't cope.. so I grabbed the lot, told her how amazingly clever and gifted she was and that the things she has put so much love into was going to make others happy and be loved and appreciated..

    As a result my house which I am supposed to be emptying it almost bursting more full than it has EVER been and I am desperately trying to deliver it to the places it is going to live.. I have a dining table in the middle of my front room, a dressingtable in the hallway, a chest of drawers in the car, another tale in the kitchen and numerous bags and boxes of ornaments and plates and bedding and I am utterly overwhelmed.

    My hayfever is raging so I drugged that so I'm a bit dopey.. double doses as single ones don't touch it.

    I have 3 small girls vomiting (and t'other end) and I am drowning!! I had Twinkle sat on a potty and vomiting into another earlier and crying she was hungry in between! She is slobbed watching Paw Patrol now.

    I desperately need an extra 5 sets of hands and some transport and OH to be at home for a couple of days!

    Had a giggle yesterday.. OH's sister has a wally of a man.. he decided I have a terminal illness I'm not telling anyone about which is the cause of my weight loss.. I said to tell him I am rumbled .. that was after I said tell him to go f*** himself! haha.. honestly.. what the heck does it have to do with anyone else?! Nutters!

    Suppose I should go at least pretend to make a bit of progress in my hovel..
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    • SSDD23
    • By SSDD23 20th Apr 19, 8:29 PM
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    Lots done today around being in the sunshine...

    One load of washing done, and put onto the airer in the garden. Then I decided our dressing gowns and big towels were due a wash so did those too. I ran out of room on the flimsy airer so made use of the walls and handles outside and also picked up a bigger and sturdier airer when I popped out.

    Up early this morning, so I was at Mr S at 9:15 this morning to get drain unblocker. Our shower drain regularly starts to clog up so I left it in for ages this morning, and it seems to have really done the trick. When I mentioned I was going to do this to OH, he kindly volunteered for the first time ever that his sink drain (we have two in the bathroom ) must clog up as his sink overfills. I saw this for myself this morning - he was shaving and I asked why he needed the sink so full up that it hit the overflow whilst he was shaving - he informed me the plug wasn't even in so that was tackled this morning too.

    Hoping to really enjoy the sun tomorrow, I didn't get to do much as I don't know anyone where we live and OH does a long days' work on a Saturday, so it gets quite lonely. As my brother kindly put it "it was your choice to move to a village in the middle of nowhere"

    All washing & ironing is currently up to date, although I may wash our cushion covers and throws tomorrow and make the most of the sun to dry them in
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    • Goodintentions
    • By Goodintentions 20th Apr 19, 8:56 PM
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    Good evening

    Not much Flying here today! It was Parkrun first thing. I had the pleasure of DS & DD2 for company today - which meant we had a McDs breakfast on the way home!!
    I then packed up some lunch, snacks and a flask of tea and headed to the allotment. I am trying to cover the grass with weed membrane & wood chips to make paths and a larger seating area. I am making progress, but it is quite physical and very slow. Also did a fair bit of weeding. After nearly 4 hours I came home! Not much has been done since - except a well needed shower!!

    I will try harder tomorrow - although I haven't decided what I am doing. I am torn between taking my mum to visit my brother or doing some much needed gardening. I don't want to lose momentum, so I may stay at home. I saw him last week, and he is doing really well after a big op the week before. Mum is seeing him hopefully on Thursday (he isn't local, so it will be a whole day trip)

    Nothing on telly, so I may have an early night and hope to have an early start in the morning! It's a shame to waste such lovely weather

    Hugs, sticks and spoon to those that need them
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 21st Apr 19, 1:41 AM
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    Jojo the Tightfisted
    Privacy etc
    Last edited by Jojo the Tightfisted; 23-04-2019 at 2:26 AM.
    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
    • Suffolksue
    • By Suffolksue 21st Apr 19, 6:00 AM
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    uand if I can't sing him awake ,I'll sing him away
    Jojo that is one of the kindest ,loveliest,saddest things I've ever read .
    My thoughts are with you .xx
    • Valli
    • By Valli 21st Apr 19, 6:07 AM
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    Jojo, totally agree with Suffolk Sue's comment. Wish I could give you a hug.
    "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 21st Apr 19, 6:57 AM
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    Hugs for anyone who needs them this morning, especially JoJo.

    We're going to a bbq today, will see what flying I can fit in first.

    Littleydog has lost a front tooth this morning, not sure if it's something I should worry about. Her teeth are in excellent condition for an older dog and she doesn't seem bothered.

    Happy Easter everyone.
    Spend less now, work less later.
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    Keep Moving Challenge - walked 308 miles
    • roundtuit
    • By roundtuit 21st Apr 19, 7:27 AM
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    Morning xx

    Love to jojo xx

    I'm up, dressed, made bed, fed birds, topped up birdbath, put out recycling, been to village C00P - picked up drinks, crisps and newspaper, put drinks in fridge, took miscellaneous items out of my handbag, put book, hat and sun cream in to my handbag. Left umbrella in there to use as a parasol if necessary....

    ...I will be spending circa ten hours on an airfield today. It will either be hot or hot, then again it may be hot. All to watch DS race - approx. 30 minutes track time!!! Crazy but heyho - I've promised to go and him on. (I hold my breath the entire time he's on track )

    I always think of Mum on race days as that's the day I use to sit with her to give Dad a break.

    Not thinking about it - going to make toast.

    Have a lovely day xx

    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 21st Apr 19, 10:21 AM
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    I've been on a roll this morning. Watered plants in and out with DH, dyed my hair, sorted my wardrobe, swept and hoovered throughout, cleaned all sinks and toilets and walked the dogs.
    Spend less now, work less later.
    Savings thread #78 June 987.37 Total 2019 - 2571.85/5k
    Keep Moving Challenge - walked 308 miles
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 21st Apr 19, 12:59 PM
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    Happy Easter

    Jojo thinking of you best wishes for your singing to your brother peacefully. xx

    Been out with OH to Stratford on Avon, it is getting packed with tourists.

    In the cool for now, then garden later on when the heat has dropped down a bit.
    Sun, Sea
    Slinky is back on! - 23 and counting
    I can do this, I will do this...
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 21st Apr 19, 2:25 PM
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    oh Jojo.. I wish I could be there just for you.. Singing him into the light and his afterlife is so heartbreaking but so very fitting and I'm certain he would absolutely love that. He only needs those who truly love him to guide him on his way.. You do what you need to do and let the rest of the so-called family do as they wish.. your 'mother' sounds pretty loathsome and you have clearly grown to be a wonderful caring person regardless. Much love xxx

    Sorted loads of stuff today.. several boxes and bags to leave today and tomorrow.. Some bits I need to clear space and find room for. I need a MAJOR culling in the middle room.. There isn't room to move in there at the moment. I'm thinking charity shop needs filling up again.. only sent 5 binbags this month.. totally not acceptable!

    Off to drink my cuppa then fling some more things before I have to cook dinner for the marauding horde.
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    • dancemum
    • By dancemum 21st Apr 19, 5:12 PM
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    Jojo so sorry, glad he has you. Huge hugs, thinking of you x

    Airing cupboard painted last night.

    DH has cut the back lawn.
    Ironing is done.
    Bedroom ceiling demoulded
    Boys bedroom ceiling and window demoulded

    Care home visited. It is lovely with lots of staff. Dancepops thinks he is in prison. Bumped into a friend who’s Mother is in there too.

    Visited dancegran too. She is staying in bed.

    Happy Easter �� to those celebrating x
    • Narc0lepsy
    • By Narc0lepsy 21st Apr 19, 5:42 PM
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    jojo agree with everything the others, just sing and we'll be with you.
    We've had a good time with my mum, lots of gardening, some walks, town chores, church and Mum and I went to a good ballet at the local theatre - sadly an hour before we were getting ready, Mr N had to go with MIL to Stevenage hospital again despite our pleas for a closer one. She's likely to be in until at least Tues. 5 mins after he got home at 10.30 pm yesterday the doctor who'd just come on shift rang to say did he know his mum was in's been sitting with her for 6hrs.....

    Condemnation to all terrorists, I find it hard to find forgiveness although I should.
    Remember...a layer of dust protects the wood beneath it.
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 21st Apr 19, 8:30 PM
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    Jojo the Tightfisted

    Edited just in case. Can't deal with the fallout if somebody spots it.
    Last edited by Jojo the Tightfisted; 22-04-2019 at 2:47 AM. Reason: Not liking being hit by adult relatives
    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
    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 21st Apr 19, 9:32 PM
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    Struggling financially

    Mortgage Free as of 20.9.17
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 21st Apr 19, 10:12 PM
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    (((Hugs))) Jojo. I'm glad you got to sing to your brother, even if only for a few minutes. I hope he gets his wish. Oh, and by the way, the very fact that you're on this thread means that you can't possibly be an a******e - I never heard of one of those that could fly! x

    (((Hugs))) also to dancemum and Narc0 xx

    After a frantically busy but absolutely lovely morning, followed by an hour of partying with 2 families from the Toddlers' Group, and by 3.00 sweltering in the heat, I fell asleep on the sofa for a couple of hours. I was woke up with a start as Rosie dashed out through the open French doors into the garden, as if she'd seen a squirrel, and then making the most dreadful high-pitched squealing sound that I have ever heard her make. As one of the heavy pots on the decking had toppled over, I think she must have bumped into it and maybe it landed on her, or else she dodged it but bashed herself against the sleepers that form the step up onto the lawn. When I got outside she was just sitting on the far side of the (very small) lawn, still squealing piteously. She stopped crying when I went and stroked her and spoke to her. I was afraid she might have hurt her back, but she stood up by herself and then hobbled across the lawn, at which point it became apparent that she had hurt her right front leg/foot. There is no sign of a cut or torn claw, and she refused to let me hold a damp cloth on the joint to try and reduce any swelling (none noticeable), but fortunately within half an hour she was walking more normally and going up and downstairs. I took her out for a very short stop-and-sniff stroll just before 8.00, and she managed the 150-or-so yards without difficulty, but I will be keeping a close eye on her and will take her to the vet if she continues to limp. Right now she's sleeping peacefully beside my desk.

    Tomorrow morning I must fly in order to get the house clean, if not totally tidy, and beds made up before DS2 and family descend on us. We're taking DGS3+4 to the theatre in the afternoon and leaving DS2 and DDiL2 to their own devices for a few hours

    Wishing everybody a restful Bank Holiday xx
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