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    • Valli
    • By Valli 15th May 17, 8:44 AM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 15th May 2017
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    • 15th May 17, 8:44 AM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 15th May 2017 15th May 17 at 8:44 AM
    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!

    Thank you Natty for last week's thread (link to follow)

    It is your responsibility to read the forum rules, please follow them 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!!!8217;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'
    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!

    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...

    post under construction - JUST LOST LIST AAAAARGH

    Monday Munchroom Mess - Kitchen and Dining Room

    Level 1
    Empty bin and wipe it out
    Clear sides and wipe down
    Wipe stuff as you put it back - kettle etc
    Clear table; dust, wipe/polish - don't forget the legs
    Clean whatever you sit on - barstools (I'm cross now as this is list two lol) or chairs! Don't forget the legs - and turn them over and look under the seat...told you! How icky does it get where fingers go and eyes don't see!

    Level 2
    Rinse out that cloth and wipe sockets and switches and door handles
    Wipe down cupboard fronts and fascias - paying special attention to handles
    Spring clean - pick a neglected drawer or cupboard, empty it and wipe it out.
    Wipe window sills and clean the windows
    Clean out fridge and weave anything on its last leg into your mealplan
    Wipe splashbacks/tiles

    Level 3
    Dust any dining room furniture
    Wipe skirting boards
    Sweep/mop/polish floor

    Binbag Dance
    S&S bathroom
    check diary for the week
    Deal with a pile!
    sweep/mop/vacuum floors

    Triffic Tuesday - out on the tiles
    (Bathrooms and en suites)

    Level 1

    Remove shower curtains and towels - wash that shower curtain!
    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
    Good glug of bleach down drain

    Level 2
    F;ush 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 loo
    With a clean cloth wipe switches, pull cord, door handles and loo roll holder

    Level 3
    Scrub the sink = dont forget 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

    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 bit the bullet and bin them!
    If you're working your way through your kitchen cupboards clean out another one!

    Wonderful Wednesday - boudoir beautification

    Level 1
    Open windows
    strip your bed
    Dust/polish vacuum bed/headboard etc
    Make the bed with fresh linen

    Level 2
    Clear the floordrobe/chairdrobe
    Dust and polish furniture

    Level 3
    Clean windows
    Vacuum/mop floor

    S kitchen
    S&S bathroom
    Have a wonderful Wednesday

    Thrilling Thursday - love that lounge

    Level 1
    Binbag dance - and shift the gibble out - get it homed!
    Open the window for a freshen up
    Deal with any wilting blooms - and houseplants
    Clean windows
    Wipe sills
    Vacuum pelmets

    Level 2
    Clean sofas and chairs - lift those seat pads and vacuum under them, too
    Plump cushions
    Dust lightshades, table lamps and any other lighting

    Level 3
    Dust everywhere - including tops of soors, cupboard and skirting boards
    Vacuum/sweep/mop floor

    Chuck any old magazines/newspapers into the recycling bin
    S&S kitchen
    S&S bathroom
    Open windows to air the house after all that rain - if it's sunny

    Friday Finale

    High traffic areas

    hallways, stairs, utilities, lobbies...mix it up

    Beat any door mats
    Clean any windows
    Dust dusty spots
    Move excess coats and shoes
    Polish any mirrors
    Wipe any sills
    Wipe all light switches and door handles
    Wash OUTSIDE of front door
    Sweep/mop/vacuum floors
    Clear any gibble
    Binbag fling...all that stuff you put down and left - can it go?
    Put all junk mail in recycling - cut windows out of envelopes first - SHRED bits with personal information on first
    Check outside lights are working

    S&S Kitchen
    S&S bathroom
    make sure everything is in its home...tidy is half the battle!
    Last edited by Valli; 19-05-2017 at 9:03 AM.
    "I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness" Emily Dickinson

    Thank you Honey Bear
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    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 19th May 17, 10:28 PM
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    Well done Jazee!
    LW have a lovely time with Cassie.
    YL - Look after yourself, what with everything else that's going on.

    Bad flylady reporting in. Thank goodness it's Friday.
    • dancemum
    • By dancemum 19th May 17, 10:52 PM
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    Well done everyone X

    House s&s'd and dailies done

    Went to the weigh bridge and got a shiny sticker for losing 10% of my body weight.
    • Duckydo
    • By Duckydo 19th May 17, 11:16 PM
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    Limping at the 11th hour. Not been a good week for me at all
    On Sunday the BD came visiting and decided to take up residence, que multiple anxiety attacks, exhaustion and general carpy feelings. Luckily had counselling on Monday, so was given mindfulness homework to do; also had the docs that day and have been sent for blood tests to check if there's anything else going on.

    On the flying side I've managed to hoover the downstairs, clean the inside of the bin (we've got a 3 bin thing for separating the rubbish from the recycling), keep up with the dailies including all washing, and completely cleared, cleaned and reorganised the bookcase in the living room.

    Will gladly dole out as many hugs as anyone wants, but am keeping all the sticks and spoons for myself
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 20th May 17, 7:12 AM
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    Cat is fed, ! and now fast to sleep again
    Listy made for today
    It seems to have stopped raining here, so gonig to risk putting out washing to get it dry
    Sun, Sea
    Slinky start date 29.01.18 28 to go / -10 so far and counting!!
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 20th May 17, 8:53 AM
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    Morning all. I am busy here throwing sticks to all of you with BDs chasing you and spoons for those who need a little more support. Thanks for all your posivibes yesterday.

    Today, I need to stay patient and calm as DH and I are tackling the cupboard of doom and the room of doom together. Stuff MUST go.

    First up though, I'll wash the breakfast dishes and take the dogs for a walk.

    Have a great day everyone.
    Savings 2018: 1573.11
    • rb6ac
    • By rb6ac 20th May 17, 10:05 AM
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    Hope everyone is able to have a relaxing weekend and love to those that have had a tough week. Going to catch up on Wednesday and Fridays lists today and looking forward to next week's thread!
    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 20th May 17, 1:58 PM
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    Sorry not had a chance to pop in all week.
    Hugs to everyone and I hope you are all well.
    I'm doing full time plus afterschool till the summer hols now so going to be really busy.
    Currently doing housework catch up from last week and waiting for a paper mache dinosaurs head to dry so I can start painting it.
    Going to see Adam ant tomorrow

    Hugs I'll try and pop back in soon.
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    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 20th May 17, 3:08 PM
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    Oh Adam Ant have a lovely time!

    Whole house hoovered
    WM x 2 done , and out to dry, until the heavens opened, so rushed to get it in again.
    Patio table and chairs got out of store and powered washed down, they were filthy.
    Rubbish out
    Post office trip done
    Food shop done
    And (drum roll please) after waitong for about 4 months for OH to re glaze the greenhouse, I have done it myself, as I am fed up of waiting.
    I am going to have a major sort out in green house and if I can grow anything this year, toms and cues.
    Sun, Sea
    Slinky start date 29.01.18 28 to go / -10 so far and counting!!
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 20th May 17, 4:55 PM
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    Ooh Mrs MP - lucky you, Adam Ant. His was the first concert I ever went to. I can even remember the date.

    Still sorting the cupboard of doom here but have stopped for sweets.
    Savings 2018: 1573.11
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 20th May 17, 6:25 PM
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    Oooh Adam Ant! My first concert was Paul Young. I can still sing all the words...!

    Well done Kazw!

    So flying wise today I have managed to empty the DW, fill and empty the WM. Hang out washing, wait for the rain, bring washing back in. BUT...and another drum roll please....I have finally taken a massive chunk out of a frog that has been sitting croaking in the corner for 2 years. It's not completely gone, but will be this next week. And I couldn't have done it without you wonderful fly ladies and your inspiration. So a massive thank you to one and all, and enjoy the rest of your weekends x
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 21st May 17, 6:35 AM
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    Washing sorted
    Looks like a good day today with clear sky, lets hope it stays that way!
    Sun, Sea
    Slinky start date 29.01.18 28 to go / -10 so far and counting!!
    • Valli
    • By Valli 21st May 17, 6:46 AM
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    Just put another washload in, and switched on DW.

    Going to be a good drying day...and week.

    TOok kitten to vets. You all need a pic, still.

    Anyway she's now de-bugged and microchipped and inoculated. Old cat still needs doing, though she's de-bugged too. Things not going well with them, have discovered old cat is stress prone. This is going to be expensive...
    Last edited by Valli; 21-05-2017 at 11:00 AM. Reason: typos
    "I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness" Emily Dickinson

    Thank you Honey Bear
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 21st May 17, 8:31 AM
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    Morning flyladies, good luck with the kitties Valli.

    So far today I have changed the bedding which is now in the machine and am just having breakfast.

    Cupboard of doom took until 9pm last night. Room of doom is pretty much ok too. DH didn't help until the last two hours, during which time he just went through his stuff - "do you remember when I bought this?" - and then didn't exactly put everything back where I wanted it, so not everything I need is accessible. I'll need to get back in there again some time.

    Plans for today:
    Dog walk x 2
    Hoover/sweep/mop through house
    Do some potting on in the greenhouse
    Run with DD

    Have a great day everyone
    Savings 2018: 1573.11
    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 21st May 17, 12:30 PM
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    Afternoon All,

    Was up early this morning but too weary to post, my GUAG has totally left me. I have felt quite flat for a few days, unlike me, things just seem a bit Groundhog Day-ish and constantly looking after everyone is tiring me out. DH back later today, looking forward to seeing him but he will be very tired so neither use nor ornament, so basically one more person to have to look after!

    I have some ebay items finishing tonight so that will be nice to get some extra pennies in. Washing is on the line and there is a beef topside in the slow cooker. Just cooking kids lunch then will think about mine.

    See you all on the new thread x
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    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 21st May 17, 3:11 PM
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    Quick visit - Flying today has consisted of cleaning up after a poorly doggie at 03:45 a.m. Bless her, she came into the bedroom to let me know she'd been unwell. Thankfully Mr LW got up as well, to help.
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.
    • dancemum
    • By dancemum 21st May 17, 7:38 PM
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    Dry day here at last. 3x wm dried outside.

    Ironing done

    Half back garden weeded

    Had a family walk.

    Changed hotel booking to one night and now it will just be me going to Uni city to collect ds1 and belongings. Ds2's behaviour has been awful. He has been attacking. (All calm now).

    Apple and raspberry crumble made for DH. I'm contemplating making some twinks and doing overnight oats for tomorrow's breakfast.

    Hugs, sticks and spoons available, help yourselves x
    • By YORKSHIRELASS 21st May 17, 8:31 PM
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    Great news Fayolle. Sorry you are feeling down atb I feel a bit the same, hoping next week is better for us all.

    Lots of jobs done around the house, it all looks reasonably OK. Kitchen is annoying me a bit as clutter is started to appear, will deal with that this week.

    The dogs eye is much better, hoping the visit to the vet tomorrow is the last. Managed a cycle ride this aft but struggled, not sure if its the after effects of the cold, my mental state or something else but it was hard work.

    Anyhow, new week, new start right? See you all on the new thread.
    • Valli
    • By Valli 21st May 17, 8:37 PM
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    must be catching - I'm feeling gloomy too.

    Made a veggie chilli.
    "I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness" Emily Dickinson

    Thank you Honey Bear
    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 21st May 17, 10:33 PM
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