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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 17th May 17, 11:53 AM
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    Absolutely bucketing down here. Got soaked doing the grocery shop, but it's done. Meal plan involves a lot of freezer diving for the next week or so.
    WM just finishing, ditto DW. DD's bed changed. Dusted dining room this morning and rehoused the spiders that had taken up residence. Bedroom dusted, including the venetian blinds which were dusty in the extreme. I need to get the vacuum cleaner out but have to dash off to get my hair cut in a mo. It'll be a waste of time in this weather, and I'll look like an untamed poodle as soon as I get out. And not in a good or cute way.
    • greent
    • By greent 17th May 17, 2:20 PM
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    I am claiming a victory this week in that I am managing to feed all children and they are dressed in clean uniform for school each day - and have been going to bed at an appropriate time (often swiftly followed by me!) I think that will be about the best I am going to achieve, in all honesty - although I must do some ironing tonight to ensure there are uniforms for tomorrow!
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    • karenccs67
    • By karenccs67 17th May 17, 2:58 PM
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    I've had enough today, the miserable weather doesn't help.

    DW on
    S&S bathroom
    Hall, stairs & landing hoovered & polished
    Kitchen hoovered for the millionth time, black flooring ... Big mistake!
    Bin emptied
    Lounge hoovered, furniture polished and 3 drawers cleared & sorted out

    Bedrooms & bedding tomorrow before funeral, and hopefully I will get time to clean the Windows next week.

    I think we will have a takeaway tonight, I can't be bothered to peel spuds & veg etc, it's a rare treat.
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    • dancemum
    • By dancemum 17th May 17, 4:55 PM
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    Karenccs67 My OH brought some black furniture with him when he moved in and we still have a desk and bookcase left. They need dusting immediately after they have been done. I will replace them one day as they drive me mad.

    I have spent the rest of my day playing with my new steam cleaner.
    I have done the kitchen sink, cooker,cupboard doors, French Windows, loo, bathroom sink, living room windows,front door and door step. I'm hoping it will fit back in its box as storing it will be a problem.

    Had to re vac the downstairs as DH's waterproof trouser linings have disintegrated. They went everywhere when I sorted the coat hooks.

    Bedside table sorted and lots thrown.

    I'm making dinner now.

    Hope Squeak is ok x
    Last edited by dancemum; 17-05-2017 at 4:58 PM.
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 17th May 17, 5:57 PM
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    Thankfully we did all the bedroom yesterday (I must be psychic!) including the windows inside and out. Cos I've pretty much lost today to a filthy migraine, and my shoulder has been agony all day (cue rather more Oramorph than I like taking).

    Mr LW had ideas of tidying the front garden today, but it's been persisting down all day, and he's a wimp where rain is concerned.

    We have to go into town tomorrow; I have just one potato left in the basket; and we need milk, too. So F&V market and @ldi at the very least.

    Comfort food tonight - tomato soup (simmering on the stove as I type) with HM bread.

    Karen I hope the funeral goes as well as these things can tomorrow.

    YL it sounds like you're getting the beastly 'orrible cold that's doing the rounds; Mr LW and I have both had it. Dose yourself up with whatever's your preferred cold remedy, and get as much rest as you can.
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 17th May 17, 6:28 PM
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    Honey Bear
    Good to see you posting again Bossy.
    I hope Pigpen, Mr Pigpen and Squeak are all okay.
    Healing vibes for you Yorkshire Lass.
    Hurrah, ATB! I'd say *kerching* but it's your own money so *kerching* doesn't really apply.
    Grr about the assignment date, Ionafan. Sounds like you'd feel a bit better with a lot of fresh air and a few early nights.
    Sounds more than enough, GreenT. Sometimes it's all we can do just to keep our head above water, so good on you for managing that.

    Oh yes - I have ordered a new it wrong that that was the best part of my day
    Originally posted by Fayolle
    Nope. That means ironing will be easier and as ironing is a bit froggie, that's a good thing.

    It's finally stopped raining so there will be several loads being zipped through the WM and pegged out tonight because I'm mostly out for the next couple of days. Plus which there has been very little flying today as I've been out for most of it, but OH and the lodger are out tonight so I'll zip around with a duster (I can write things in it in some places) and smarten everything up before it all gets 'orrible again. Rare for me to have some semblance of control in most of the house, and my office is a shambles again but hey ho.
    Keeping it AF
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 17th May 17, 6:38 PM
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    I attempted an update yesterday. typed it.. got distracted and forgot to post it.. sorry..

    Squeak has ABs and tonsillitis
    Dot has ABs and impetigo
    I have ABs and UTI and IBS and half a pharmacy.

    OH actually seems to be enjoying being at work. The hours are a total *female dog* .. I can't sleep once he gets up at 4am.. I have never slept on my own I have terrible nightmares as I have to be touching or able to touch someone at all times.. yes I am a child!!

    I am enjoying the 'just me and Twinkle' time at the moment and might actually start on doing a list occasionally when I can be bothered.

    Twinkle decided yesterday that she can crawl... and today she shredded an 4rgos book... why do they ALL do that??

    Piddling down here all day.. both my coats are hung up drying and OH took dil and Grandbeast home from school to keep them dry.
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    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 17th May 17, 6:55 PM
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    OH actually seems to be enjoying being at work.
    Originally posted by pigpen
    Hurray for that! Hoping you and your girls get over your ailments as swiftly as possible.
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.
    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 17th May 17, 10:19 PM
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    Evening all,

    V v tired but poor DS having nightmares so I keep getting up to settle him. Only an hour of paid stuff tomorrow, then at home all day with DS. DH now away until Sunday.

    Will put a wash on first thing, and hopefully peg out as forecast is dry for tomorrow hurrah!

    Right, here's hoping he's settled now, I feel like I could sleep for 100 years at the moment....

    G'night all x
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    • By YORKSHIRELASS 18th May 17, 7:15 AM
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    Hi all

    Well at least if the job is going well Pigpen that's something.

    I have a bad cold. DS1 is now unemployed. The dog has an eye ulcer (trying not to think how we will pay for an operation if he needs one). DHs acid reflux is playing up (stress?) In the midst of all this DS2 is doing his GCSEs. At least I have real things to worry about not imagined ones!!!

    Both lots of paid stuff today. Not sure what else, just trying to keep things clean and tidy and make use of the fact that DS is at home to help.

    Oh and the sun is shining here so that's something!
    • Dizzy Imp
    • By Dizzy Imp 18th May 17, 7:17 AM
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    Dizzy Imp
    Supa-mega fail on the bedroom yesterday. But I did do the ironing. Saw (pardon the pun) a tree surgeon about the monster sycamores threatening to take over the world that are too large and close to the house. He's coming back tomorrow and Saturday to fell and log them. One more thing ticked off my list. he's back an hour!!!

    I'm not sure where the day went TBH.

    Today includes helping a friend transport plaster board to the tip as she knocked down her dining room wall with a hammer yesterday....

    Organising my plasterer and carpenter for the day. Site meeting with the foreman after lunch regarding additional drainage and ordering clay paint which is very expensive

    DH has a follow up appointment for his knee replacement surgery and has informed me he has an interview for a promotion next Thursday or Friday. Eek! Wish him luck please!

    Right, I must sort out my barnet...

    Glad Squeak is on the mend. Sorry but not much else stayed with my tiny brain this morning.
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 18th May 17, 7:21 AM
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    The sun is out here, so gardening will commence at about 8am, to catch up from yesterday where rain stopped play!

    Kitchen is done
    Sun, Sea
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    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 18th May 17, 7:31 AM
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    Morning all,

    Awake half the night with DS who still managed to get up at 5.30 to play ninja turtles...

    Oh YL I'm sorry to hear of your troubles. Please please remember to take care of YOU in the midst of all this.

    Best get cracking, it's sunny here so need to get that WM going.

    Have fab days all xx
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    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 18th May 17, 7:35 AM
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    Morning all. Sunshine and blue skies here, and my garden has enjoyed the 2 days of gentle rain

    Glad to hear that Squeak hasn't got appendicitis and that your OH is enjoying work, pigpen. AB-working vibes to you all x
    Hope you feel better soon, YL.
    How's the shoulder today, LW? Not long now until you welcome another doggy guest!
    Wow, dancemum - you had a blast with the steam cleaner!
    Good luck to your DH, Dizzy.

    Yesterday I managed to get out into the garden for a couple of hours, even though it was raining. That was good for me, and I slept better last night. I also had a productive meeting with my placement supervisor which has given me a boost.

    Today's plan:
    - check finances
    - prep veg and put stew in SC

    - get my placement agreement typed up (yes, that's my job, not the supervisor's!) and email it to supervisor for his approval/amendment and signature, then return it to college
    - update DH's medical notes
    - do my nails before I shower, then put on nail varnish that I forgot yesterday
    - S&S kitchen
    - finish mending the hinge on the bathroom cupboard door (I've already filled the screwholes in the fibreboard with matchsticks and wood glue, which is all over my hands, so probably a good thing that I'm doing my nails today )
    - S&S bathroom, including taking down the airer and putting clean washing away
    - work on my essay
    - send some emails
    - S&S ensuite and remake guest bed, now that DH can manage the stairs again
    - drive DH to the funeral of one of his wargaming friends; while he's there, take his railway uniform to the dry cleaner's and do F&V shopping
    - more gardening this afternoon
    - aim to read 2 articles for my course

    Also to be done today: persuade / cajole / threaten DH into
    - replying to letter from DVLA
    - clearing his piles of magazines and books from the LR and the kitchen table
    - sorting his ISA
    He went out yesterday evening (against doctor's orders, of course) with a friend to the local railway society's meeting and came back happy, so I have a chance of succeeding!

    Have a good day all x
    Last edited by ionafan; 18-05-2017 at 7:44 AM.
    • Valli
    • By Valli 18th May 17, 7:39 AM
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    Morning all

    Good news about Squeak Piggers

    YL that sounds like a lot of stress

    Have four lots of washing to peg out, have been resisting using T D
    "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 18th May 17, 8:34 AM
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    Morning all. I've had a quick skim read so hope poorlies are better soon, that all those with job interviews have great ones, and that essays/exams are completed successfully.

    This morning I have done the ironing. About to look at the list before job searching again. I think I may have an offer of a temporary position, need to find out more today.

    Have a great day everyone.
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    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 18th May 17, 2:34 PM
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    I have been gardening since about 8am to 2pm, it looks loads better, I have also done 2 tip runs as well.

    Now having a well earned rest
    Sun, Sea
    Slinky start date 29.01.18 28 to go / -10 so far and counting!!
    • dancemum
    • By dancemum 18th May 17, 5:21 PM
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    Ground floor dysoned
    HHG done (I only went to open the back gate so DH could take the wheelie bin out on his way home).
    Pharmacy visited to collect ds2's prescription
    TV stand dusted
    Bathroom S&s
    1xwm done (a record low amount today)
    Carrier bags folded and rolled
    Stick cleaner cleaned and de haired and charged
    Local butcher visited to get something for dinner

    I thought I had done a lot more.
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 18th May 17, 5:24 PM
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    How's the shoulder today, LW? Not long now until you welcome another doggy guest!
    Originally posted by ionafan
    Thank you for asking; unfortunately it's still extremely painful. I'm coping with a combination of the infra-sonic machine, Tiger Balm, and Oramorph - plus a good helping of sheer bloody-mindedness.
    I sort of managed my yoga routine this afternoon (I have more movement in it later in the day) but I know I'm not really doing the poses properly.
    Never mind - Cassie will be here tomorrow, so the whole world will look better.

    ETA I forgot to mention - I will of course send healing energy for YorkshireDog's eye.
    Last edited by LameWolf; 18-05-2017 at 5:46 PM.
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    • Biscuit monster
    • By Biscuit monster 18th May 17, 9:04 PM
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    Biscuit monster
    Evening all,

    Daily stuff done
    Half hour gardening at the back, and another at the front. Dock leaves and dandelions are taking over the world!
    Grass mowed.
    Online governor training course started
    One million cups of tea made for builders
    Half an hour ironing.

    I need an early night, hardly any sleep happened last night, I'm pooped.

    LW, I really hope your pain eases then you can enjoy the doggy x
    YL hugs x
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