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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 6th Oct 19, 8:15 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 7th October 2019
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    • 6th Oct 19, 8:15 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 7th October 2019 6th Oct 19 at 8:15 PM
    Thank you, Valli, for last week's 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.


    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.

    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 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 asier.
    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- thatís 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...

    Magical Monday - Barnacled Bathroom and Sociable Study/Pc Area
    Level One...
    Clean floors in these rooms (even if it is around the clutter)
    Throw away all those empty bottles of shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, hairspray etc. I know they make the room look pretty but they are just cluttering up the place..!!
    Level Two...
    Clean baths, toilets and sinks
    Remove and bin all those slivers of soap that you have been saving, do you really need them?
    Clear any clutter from desk
    Dust PC and desk and wipe off those cup rings!!
    Wipe keyboard, house phone, sockets, switches and mouse etc
    Level Three...
    Clear clutter from floor
    Wipe down tiles in bathroom.. defragment the pc while doing this (programs.. accessories..system tools.. defragment!.).. if you do the disc cleanup as well, clear all the cookies and temporary files too
    Delete 10 links in your favourites which you no longer use or are dead!
    Clean shower screen/curtain if you have one/if required
    Clean/wash the brushes/dust box/filters on the vacuum cleaner!!!! .. make sure they are completely dry before using it though.. I donít want anyone electrocuted!!
    Change hand towels and flannels
    Extra mission:
    • Wipe the skirtings, door and window frames in these rooms
    • Wash your bathroom mats, nets, clean blind/curtains etc
    • Grab a binbag and fill it with stuff to leave the house.. rubbish or charity shop or to donate to a friend!
    • Clean the radiators in these rooms
    • Pull out the pc and desk and clear under and behind it.. how much money did you find? Clean windows, hang up clean nets and draught-proof curtains and any table cloths/throws or other dust and grot gathering bits of fabric!
    • Wipe sticky and dirty marks off the walls and doors

    Tantalising Tuesday ~ Masterful Master Bedroom & Loopy Landing
    Level One...

    Check fire alarms are working
    Remove and wash bed linen.
    Level Two...
    Dust surfaces & make sure no cobwebs..
    Vacuum mattress before replacing with fresh linen.. do you need that winter duvet yet?
    15 minutes floordrobe clearance
    Level Three...
    Vacuum floors in bedroom and on landing
    Sort one area of clothes or linen storage making sure only what should be in there is, anything that's had it's day or doesn't belong there is removed
    Clear a hotspot., or spend 15 minutes clearing one.
    Extra tasks list:
    • 27 fling boogie time, time for that midweek fling, go on grab a bag and clear that clutter
    • Put away those summer clothes from someones cupboard and get out the winter woollies.. donít store anything that is past its best! Make a list of things you need to buy!!
    • Clean windows in these rooms
    • Check house for places where draughts are getting in.. doors, windows etc and see if there are ways to stop it!
    • Clean out that airing cupboard!!!!!! get rid of those things you don't need.. use dead towels as cleaning cloths etc.. be ruthless!!!! you REALLY don't need that 'thing' you've saved for 10 years.. 'just in case'

    Wishful Wednesday ~ those frightening kids rooms and spare rooms
    Level One...

    Vacuum the floor, even if it's just where you can see
    Level Two...
    Clear away anything that isn't in it's place, clothes, toys, books etc
    Dusting.. all those shelves and flat fluffy surfaces!! Donít forget the light shade and curtain pole!!!
    Level Three..
    Strip beds and replace with fresh linen .. check if duvets need freshening up too!!
    Sort through a cupboard/chest of drawers and get the clothes out which are no longer wearable, too small or out of season!
    Wipe any sticky marks off walls and doors
    Extra task list
    • Wash a set of curtains, nets, duvet or throw
    • Time for the Flylady Fling, in the toy box!!!! aim for 27.. if no toy box youíll have to choose another area!
    • 30 minutes ironing
    • Pull out the beds, furniture and clean all behind them.. the skirtings and light fittings and everything.. get rid of all the things that are no longer required!

    Tantalising Thursday ~ Kooking Kitchen and Dancing Dining Room
    Level One...

    Clean floors
    Level Two...
    Clear and wipe kitchen surfaces
    Sort fridge bringing what needs using soon to the front, clean out any spills or grots in there!
    Wipe dining table.. (clean table cloth if necessary)
    Level Three...
    Dust any extra furniture in dining area, checking for cobwebs on way round
    Wipe and replace all those small appliances.. kettle, toaster etc
    Descale kettle and iron
    Clean cupboard door fronts and fronts of appliances .. don't forget those kick boards..
    Check those washing machine filters and drawers for ickiness!! Tumble dryer and dishwasher filters need to be done too!!
    Extra Mission...
    • Wipe window sills and clean windows in these rooms
    • Wipe down any tiles and shine those taps.. a toothbrush is great for cleaning away the gunk!
    • Clean oven if you didn't do it last week
    • 30 minutes ironing.
    • Get in that food cupboard. Give it all a GOOD scrub out before placing the things you need to use soon at the front. Check dates and freshness on older things, and See if you can incorporate these into next weeks meal plan! Feel free to get carried away and do more cupboards!!!

    Friday ~ Luscious Living Room, Handsome Hall Stupendous Stairs
    Level One...

    Vacuum floors and sofas
    Level Two...
    Dusting, even if around everything
    Remove clutter making sure stairs especially are safe
    Clean TV, other electricals and cabinets
    Water any thirsty plants, wipe their poor neglected leaves!!
    Level Three...
    Wipe light switches, sockets (make sure they are not switched on!!) and banister
    Clean any other glass like mirrors, pictures etc
    Tidy shoes, coats and bags .. wash any that need washing in preparation for cold weather!! See if there are any that don't fit, past their best or just plain uncomfy which could leave the house!
    Put up linings or winter curtains to keep out those draughts.
    Extra Mission...
    • Paperwork clearance.. spend 15 minutes minimum sorting through those piles of paper.
    • Vacuum under furniture you can manage to move without hurting yourself
    • Clean a window or two.
    • Get yourself a bag or box, go around collecting things that are not in the place they should be, then put them back where they should be, or better still give them to their owners to put away themselves
    • 30 minutes ironing
    • Get those uniforms, games kits, coats and things in the wash which you will need on Monday
    • Clean light fittings, skirtings even the ones behind furniture. Clean fire-surrounds. Wipe sofa's down. Clear as may hotspots as you can.. see if you can get it all into one pile instead of 15!!!
    Last edited by Natty68; 11-10-2019 at 12:05 AM.


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    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 13th Oct 19, 11:29 AM
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    Jazee
    Birthday present complete and wrapped.
    Spend less now, work less later.
    Savings thread #78 Nov £0 Total 2019 - £4583.20/£5k
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 13th Oct 19, 12:15 PM
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    Jazee
    ASB, I'm just cleaning our washing machine with soda crystals on a hot wash. Maybe that will work for you.

    Wiped small appliances while waiting for my lunch to cook.
    Spend less now, work less later.
    Savings thread #78 Nov £0 Total 2019 - £4583.20/£5k
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 13th Oct 19, 1:03 PM
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    Jazee
    Done a quick hoover through upstairs. Time to sit down with a magazine.
    Spend less now, work less later.
    Savings thread #78 Nov £0 Total 2019 - £4583.20/£5k
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 13th Oct 19, 1:34 PM
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    Honey Bear
    Congratulations on your 27th wedding anniversary, Fayolle!

    (((Hugs))) Natty.

    Back in the game next week; this one's been a bit of a write-off.
    Keeping it AF
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 13th Oct 19, 3:57 PM
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    Jazee
    Hallway is now sparkling. Still waiting for a break in the rain to try taking the dogs out again.
    Spend less now, work less later.
    Savings thread #78 Nov £0 Total 2019 - £4583.20/£5k
    • roundtuit
    • By roundtuit 13th Oct 19, 4:13 PM
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    roundtuit
    In my QHC this morning I:

    set the timer
    un-paused Cat Stevens
    WUDUPA the pots that were soaking
    filled the kettle
    a couple of minutes shredding
    beep beep

    I was having a bop round the kitchen to 'Here Comes My Baby' when DS's dad arrived for coffee

    Had lunch with my Dad - gave me a chance to wear my striped & floral wellies I love my wellies

    Came home to watch Grand Prix highlights.

    Going to take chicken out of the freezer to thaw for DS's tea tomorrow, then make a list and pop to Mr c00p.

    Rxx
    Last edited by roundtuit; 13-10-2019 at 4:41 PM.
    IT ONLY TAKES SMALL DAILY ACTIONS
    FOR MAGIC TO HAPPEN
    Rosemary Ikpeme

    • roundtuit
    • By roundtuit 13th Oct 19, 4:57 PM
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    roundtuit
    Going to take chicken out of the freezer to thaw for DS's tea tomorrow, then make a list and pop to Mr c00p.
    Originally posted by roundtuit
    Done. Done and done.

    Noticed my calendar was still on September, so I've moved on to October, updated the calendar and caught up with / deleted emails at the same time.

    Rxx
    IT ONLY TAKES SMALL DAILY ACTIONS
    FOR MAGIC TO HAPPEN
    Rosemary Ikpeme

    • BadCat18
    • By BadCat18 13th Oct 19, 5:24 PM
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    BadCat18
    Hi all

    Progress update...

    Bathroom scrubbed
    Bins emptied
    Dailies done
    DH and I emptied, cleaned, moved out and cleaned behind 2 big bookcases and the bed in the spare room also moved the cupboard and desk in my office to clean behind, then emptied the desk, tidied the drawers, polished everything and put things back.
    All sparkling now, I had a little sit down and promptly fell asleep for 1/2 an hour!!!

    Supper is in the slow cooker, I plan on eating, cleaning kitchen and then having a nice bath before getting in to my jammies.

    Have a lovely evening all, see you on the new thread xx
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 13th Oct 19, 7:20 PM
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    Jojo the Tightfisted
    Shower room floor done and mop cover thingy put into the wash, as I quickly worked out that it was putting more dirt onto the floor than it was taking off. Mentioned it to DP and he said it was too much work and we should buy a better one. How hard is taking the thingy off and washing it after you've used it once, really?

    Anyhow, a freshly made bed beckons once this movie finishes.
    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
    • Valli
    • By Valli 13th Oct 19, 7:25 PM
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    Valli
    "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
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 13th Oct 19, 7:37 PM
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    ionafan
    Evening all.

    Church took up all this morning, then a light lunch, then a message from DS1 got me baking Twinks. I only meant to make half the recipe but realised as I combined the dry and wet ingredients that I had only halved the amount of margarine - oops! now I have leftovers

    DS1 arrived with DGD1+2, so I was able to offload gift them various items: DGD1's birthday present, a newspaper cutting, some buttons and ribbons, balls for their new dog, and some pieces of wood from the wardrobe packaging for their fire.

    In return DS1 put up the hooks for the Indian rug that hangs over the bed head in the downstairs bedroom, taking it one step nearer completion

    This evening I must cross-check my diary and the parish calendar up to the end of the year and see when we can fit in a 3-night visit from one of DH's cousins, to include a trip on the heritage railway, the market in the big city and other local places of interest in their festive array. DH will also have to take his turn looking after her, as he invited her!

    Round, I am determined that I will spend less time sitting at my computer, so I am trying to wean myself off FB. In any case, I'm fed up with all the FB advertising. It's hard, but once a day should be sufficient to keep up with all the important news. If any of my family or friends need me more urgently, they have my phone numbers
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