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    • Valli
    • By Valli 18th Aug 19, 6:29 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 19th August 2019
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    • 18th Aug 19, 6:29 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 19th August 2019 18th Aug 19 at 6:29 PM
    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'
    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- that’s 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...

    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 or sponge 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
    Descale kettle if needed
    Clear WM and DW filters

    Level 3

    Clean oven - don't forget lamp covers - remove them and wash them if you can
    Sweep/mop/vacuum floor
    Wipe out or wash out whiffy bins
    Clean windows - and wipe the frames inside and out as far as you can

    Don't forget to post any cards - remember next Monday is a BH in England and Wales
    Mad Half Hour
    Binbag dance

    Terrific Tuesday Bathroom Blitz

    Level 1

    Shine the sink
    Clean the loo inside and out - scrub that rim
    Slug some bleach down
    Wipe the light pull switch (and any other pull switches)
    Empty the bin

    Level 2

    Clear the bath and clean it completely - check plughole is hair/gunk free
    Clear the shower cubicle/screen
    Fling towels, cleaning cloths and bathmats in the WM - on a HOT wash.

    Level 3

    Wash the windows
    Scrub the floor
    Replace the towels
    Wash out the toothbrush holder
    Clean any extractor fans/vents
    Wipe down any units
    Polish all taps with a fluffy cloth


    S&S kitchen
    MAD half hour

    Wednesday HUMP DAY - the boudoir. Your space to re-charge and re-energise

    Level 1

    Open windows w-i-d-e
    Strip bed
    Allow to air
    Remake bed

    level 2
    Clear flooLdrobe and chairdrobe
    Clean windows
    Vacuum, sweep or mop floor
    Empty bin
    Put as much stuff as you can away - clear the clutter

    Level 3
    Dust all sides and shelves
    With a just damp cloth wipe all your lotion and potion bottles, hairdryers (especially if you use product while blow drying) etc. and put all perfumes away in a drawer. The sun/heat will damage the contents.
    Rinse the cloth and wipe sockets and switches
    Polish mirrors

    S&S kitchen
    S&S bathroom

    Thursday Thrills - those neglected or high-traffic areas

    Halls, stairs, landing, porch

    Level 1

    Clear out the clutter
    Whack the mats against a wall
    Clean windows and mirrors

    Level 2

    Dust all horizontal surfaces
    Wipe banisters, light switches and sticky finger traps
    Sort shoes - assign shoe-cleaning duty to shoe owners. Do any need repairing? Throwing?

    Level 3

    Check high places and dark corners for webs
    Open the door and clean/wipe the frame.
    Sweep, mop and vacuum the floor - whichever's best for your flooring


    Assign a child to pocket checking - make sure nothing unpleasant is being harboured - throw any tissues. Do any coats need washing or cleaning?
    Give kiddies a bin bag - to fill from their OWN room
    Find a frog and start to nibble it and/or MAD half hour
    S&S bathroom and kitchen

    Friday Flourish Living room

    Level 1

    Open windows
    Empty out any rubbish
    Clear and clean coffee table/side tables
    Rehome anything which is out of place
    Wipe coasters
    Deal with any flowers/water & wipe plants

    Level 2

    Dust and polish any wooden furniture or just dust
    Check corners for cobwebs/spiders and remove
    Dust skirting boards
    Wipe handles/sockets/switches
    Dust electricals

    Level 3

    Lift chair/sofa cushions and vacuum under them
    Wipe leather furniture/vacuum sofas
    Dust skirting boards/dado rails etc
    Sweep/mop/vacuum floor

    clean windows in lounge
    Binbag fling - grab a bin bag, run around the house and fill it with gibble and CHUCK IT OUT
    S&S kitchen
    S&S bathroom
    Last edited by Valli; 22-08-2019 at 8:14 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
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    • BadCat18
    • By BadCat18 24th Aug 19, 6:42 PM
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    Evening all

    Have ticked a load of jobs off my list today! I am not going to list everything, it will take too long! Whole house has been cleaned, 5 loads of washing washed and dried, supper cooked and eaten, bit warm but I did my menu plan before seeing the forecast and it was already out of the freezer!!!!

    I have just reset the kitchen and am now sitting in the garden with a glass of wine. Very civilised!

    Plan for tomorrow is to do the garden and tidy the garage, DH will do a tip run and I am going to load some things into my car to take to charity on Tuesday. I also need to start sorting some things for holiday next week but I think that will be Mondays job.

    Have a lovely evening all xx
    • By YORKSHIRELASS 25th Aug 19, 6:15 AM
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    Morning all

    Well done BadCat, you had a busy day!

    DH did the garden yesterday while I washed windows and did a few inside jobs. Then we went to the annual village fete and consumed a couple of glasses of beer in the sun which left us both very sleepy.

    Cycling this morning, then family BBQ later, and we need to take dog to parents at some point as we have a couple of days away. House is looking OK, my office needs a good dust and hoover - for some reason it gets very spidery in there.

    Have a good Sunday everyone x
    • BadCat18
    • By BadCat18 25th Aug 19, 6:31 AM
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    Thanks YL! Morning everyone,

    Up early this morning, didnít sleep that well, busy brain....

    WM is swishing, just the bedding left to do after the marathon session yesterday! Garden and garage to do today, hoping DH will get up soon so we can make a start, want to get it all finished before it gets too hot!

    Have a lovely day all x
    • roundtuit
    • By roundtuit 25th Aug 19, 6:53 AM
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    That all sounds very positive, Round. I'm so pleased work went well.
    Originally posted by Honey Bear
    Thank you Honey Bear xx

    Yesterday: WM x 3 dried outside, folded and brought in. I was tired and hot so I listened to my body and rested - with a book that will go to cs when finished (so I was decluttering? yeah?)

    It worked though Wide awake at 6.30 am today so I got up, made my bed, set WM swishing with towels / tea towels - oh yeah: I had a shower and changed the towels in the bathroom yesti too - went outside and stood on the lawn in bare feet and soaked in the morning for five minutes. It was wonderful out there. Then came in to savour my brew.

    I have a plan / goal for the week. It occurred to me that once I get caught up with the laundry and backlog of pots I tend to stall as I don't know what to do first. So I'm thinking ahead: and I want to clear the table end of the kitchen so that I can actually use the table to sit and journal, try out my new sewing machine, assemble vision boards, write poetry, (all the things I would like to do rather than slouch in front of mediocre tv eating carp!). Sudden thought: we could even eat out meals on it

    I bought a coat stand and shoe rack months ago - they are still in their respective boxes No shoes on the table, but that's where every coat in the house is stored chucked when we come in It feels do-able and it can be done one item at a time at my own pace. Watch this that space!

    Right - breakfast first... all this thinking has made me hungry!

    Have a lovely day ladies
    Rosemary Ikpeme

    • juliejim
    • By juliejim 25th Aug 19, 8:29 AM
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    Morning All

    Well I now have a floor!

    The plan for today is to do some painting and that's about it I think.

    Have a good day all


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    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 25th Aug 19, 9:12 AM
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    Morning all. All dailies and watering done. Also repaired a zip on a dress for DD. Just about to put second quick wash in machine that can then be drying while I'm out competing in a match today.

    Keep hydrated everyone and have a great day.
    Spend less now, work less later.
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    • BadCat18
    • By BadCat18 25th Aug 19, 9:42 AM
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    Sounds like you have a plan Round well done...

    Bedding washed and on line.
    Garage done, my car boot full of stuff to take to charity. DH car full for a tip run which he will do now. Garage looks so much better, still too much in there IMO but there are lots of things that DH wonít part with... at least itís tidy now so a step in the right direction.
    DH has just finished the garden so that looks good too.
    I have a big box of books which I need to go through and try with the online book buyers, if they donít want them they will be added to the charity stuff in my car. Going to have a cuppa and tackle that next.

    Have a good day all x
    • juliejim
    • By juliejim 25th Aug 19, 11:48 AM
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    Kitchen painted but decided that it needs papering so we need to go and look for paper as well as tiles!
    DH has done a tip run.
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    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 25th Aug 19, 11:54 AM
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    Blimey you are all busy, what with floors / painting / tip runs etc, well done xx

    I've been volunteering they needs what I normally do done because of the heat today by 11.30am so an army of us all turned up and got it done by 11.20!! same format tomorrow as well, early start...............

    WM done out on line
    Tidied round

    Drink plenty of water and keep cool.
    Sun, Sea

    • BadCat18
    • By BadCat18 25th Aug 19, 1:41 PM
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    Books done.. most added to charity pile but at least they are also gone out of the garage, my poor little car well loaded up for Tuesday morning!

    Have had lunch and a bit of a snooze, definitely needed that, I was flagging. Going to make some potato salad and marinade some chicken now for supper.

    So nice to think that there is an extra day off tomorrow, the weather looks like it is going to stay good too.
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 25th Aug 19, 2:33 PM
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    Back from match which took 3 and a half hours but I'm through to the final to be played later in the week. It was too hot to carry on today.

    Second load of washing is back in machine but first is now all away.

    I'm now too tired to do any flying so will watch some catch up tv, and then potter about tomorrow.
    Spend less now, work less later.
    Savings thread #78 Sep £320.25 Total 2019 - £4227.55/£5k
    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 25th Aug 19, 9:43 PM
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