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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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    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 7th Oct 19, 11:38 AM
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    Food shop done and away
    HM soup made, cooling, ready to portion up and freeze, looks about 10 portions so enough for lunches when the weather is wet and cold, the rest will be frozen until required.

    Natty make sure you take someone with you when you see your boss, and get them to take notes etc.
    Sun, Sea

    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 7th Oct 19, 11:42 AM
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    Dailies half done and Poppet has been for her booster which I combined with a dog walk. Final prep for presentation later is done.
    Spend less now, work less later.
    Savings thread #78 Nov £0 Total 2019 - £4583.20/£5k
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 7th Oct 19, 12:48 PM
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    The geraniums and fuchsias from the back garden are potted up and the worn out petunias (which have given us great colour all summer) have been consigned to the compost bin, together with the contents of both my shredder and DH's and the remains of a box of compost maker. It is cold and damp out there - I was glad to come in.

    Parsnip soup is now simmering on the hob [nom-nom] Just time to sort the birthday presents before lunch
    • Mademoiselle
    • By Mademoiselle 7th Oct 19, 1:27 PM
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    More washing done

    Bedroom floor cleared. Am now attacking the big box that contains everything that was in the old bathroom units (new bathroom was fitted in June). Most of it is junk and is going in the bin. 3 pairs of my shoes that are old and horrid and haven't been worn for a few years are now in the bin too.

    How sad is it to enjoy seeing the bin fill up, likewise charitybags.

    More ironing beckons;
    • BadCat18
    • By BadCat18 7th Oct 19, 5:33 PM
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    Paid stuff done
    Cleared, cleaned and tidied desk, did all my filing and cleared a pile of shredding for both work and home. It doesn’t really look any different as the pile of paper was hidden away... but I know it’s gone!
    A few bits of house admin done.
    Recycling bin emptied and a bit of a tidy in the utility room done
    Going to sort another load of washing to be done tomorrow and then have an early supper before getting ready to go out.

    Have a nice evening all x
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 7th Oct 19, 6:11 PM
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    Jojo the Tightfisted

    Got back and found Himself to be actually making a point of getting food going straight away, so I've had three crumpets with Cheese and Marmite, a large mug of tea and an enormous bowl of broccoli and blue cheese soup with a bread roll. I'm now burping cheesily whilst he goes round the shop for whatever it is he's forgotten. Whilst studiously avoiding whatever he has done to the kitchen. Not my job this week - none of it is.

    I have no idea how I'm going to make it through a thirteen hour work day tomorrow. I suppose I'll have to breezily insist upon having a chair, eat tons during the day and then pay for a cab back. There were reasons why I couldn't cope with the old job - and the extra long days were one of the things; I just don't have the physical capacity for them, although at least this place has promised that there are far fewer of the things and the jobs required are considerably less physical.

    There's a diocese inspection coming up as well this week. Have to make sure we're Doing Jesus Right. I think I'm well prepared.

    Last edited by Jojo the Tightfisted; 07-10-2019 at 6:14 PM.
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    • By YORKSHIRELASS 7th Oct 19, 6:48 PM
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    Aww Natty that sounds so unfair, hope it all gets sorted quickly.

    And JoJo even tired and with a bit of a headache you made me laugh!

    Busy day at the paid stuff but all fed and kitchen mostly sorted so that's good, even managed a bit of hoovering. If I sit down now I might nod off though.
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 7th Oct 19, 6:48 PM
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    Evening all. Hope the interview went well

    I'll be playing catch up tomorrow but had a great presentation this afternoon. Really engaged audience and we had cake, biscuits and chocolate. Well, they did but I was talking.
    Spend less now, work less later.
    Savings thread #78 Nov £0 Total 2019 - £4583.20/£5k
    • wishingthemortgaheaway
    • By wishingthemortgaheaway 7th Oct 19, 7:46 PM
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    Evening all,

    Natty, I hope you get a resolution. Make sure they have followed their own safeguarding procedures properly. Not fair and not fun.

    Washing tub now not empty (thanks to swimming and it being post bedtime for small)

    House as tidy as I left it this morning. Haven't decluttered the bathroom as yet. Just watching last week's gbbo, but then I may just get off my bum and do it.
    Outstanding mortgage: £27,000
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    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 7th Oct 19, 9:09 PM
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    Huge huge hugs Natty.. surely it is up to 'them' to prove it was you? There are some malicious people out there who will do anything to cause upset. I hope it is all straightened out very soon. TY for Fred! Now you're here, let us support you xxx

    Boog AND DS2 had interviews today.. Boog also applied for 8 other jobs. He WILL have a job by the end of this month if it kills me! Waiting to hear if either or both have a trial shift! *everything crossed*

    S&S of the kitchen
    Shower scrubbed
    Girls scrubbed
    New glasses chosen for Dot. They are hideous but she loves them. She couldnt see the board in class so had to keep getting up to read it WITH her old glasses on!! Part mole like her dad!
    More laundry done
    vacuumed right through downstairs
    Posted Boogs DVLA form with his birth certificate he needed for this afternoons interview! Oops!
    Made DS2 a hair mincing appointment at 9:45 for 11:30.. he looks so much nicer washed and shaved!

    Kittens sleeping thank goodness so all is quiet in here for a change!
    Last edited by pigpen; 08-10-2019 at 12:21 AM.
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    • Narc0lepsy
    • By Narc0lepsy 7th Oct 19, 11:30 PM
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    More, rather late hugs for Natty why are people so unkind/unfair?

    Gym this morning.
    More kitchen tetris.
    Took box of baking tins etc to lovely new owners.
    Went to Mr T on way back from my drum lesson.
    Waved Mr N off for his biking-with-the-boys trip to Spain, where the weather forecast is much better than here.
    Paid cc.
    Various admin tasks from my list.
    Almost almost finished new template for reports.
    Remember...a layer of dust protects the wood beneath it.
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 8th Oct 19, 6:47 AM
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    Just lost a post

    Narc0, I was thinking of you yesterday when a commotion high up in the trees alerted me to a flock of fairies in the wood

    Pigpen, fingers crossed that your two have done well at their interviews.

    A busy day of driving and meetings for me today, with little time for flying but the possible bonus of a cuddle with my littlest goddaughter The bathroom is still clean and the kitchen and living room are tidy enough for me to cope with.

    Hope everyone has a good day x
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 8th Oct 19, 7:03 AM
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    Good morning

    Itís my day off today so Iíve got lists and errands on the go.
    Iím meeting my old boss for lunch which will involve an hourís drive each way. Iíve promised DD that Iíll take her to school so that she can have an extra time in bed as she says sheís not sleeping very well. Iím debating whether to nip into Mr T on the way back as I donít know when Iíll be able to get anywhere for the rest of the week.
    Bins are out for collection, so Iíve already emptied the kitchen bin and cleaned it. The duster is out so I guess Iíll flick it around before I have to leave.
    Back later. Have a good day.
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 8th Oct 19, 7:37 AM
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    Morning everyone. My list for today.

    Prep dogs food
    Have breakfast
    Wash dishes including those from last night
    Get dressed
    Hoover through
    Dogs to groomer
    Walk dogs
    Exercise class
    Work meeting
    Whatever I can get done from list

    Have a great day everyone.
    Spend less now, work less later.
    Savings thread #78 Nov £0 Total 2019 - £4583.20/£5k
    • wishingthemortgaheaway
    • By wishingthemortgaheaway 8th Oct 19, 7:59 AM
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    Full work day today.

    I've taken all the dry washing off the airers, some put away. Some waiting for me t get back from the Childminder run to fling in drawers before I have to click on.

    GBBO tonight - need to find time and something to bake - it shouldn't be this stressful - I think I'm bowing out of bake along after this series.

    Didn't get the bathroom sorted last night grrrrr - it's stressing me out so i need to make time sometime.

    Hope everyone has a good day.

    Outstanding mortgage: £27,000
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    • BadCat18
    • By BadCat18 8th Oct 19, 8:20 AM
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    Morning all

    Late in today, just having second cuppa.
    Made early start on paid stuff so no flying done yet, will do later. No master bedroom here as it’s still out of commission, will concentrate my efforts elsewhere today.
    A few errands to run at lunchtime or after work and we are out this evening so I should get moving!

    Have a lovely day all x
    • asparklyblonde
    • By asparklyblonde 8th Oct 19, 8:51 AM
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    Morning all,

    My body has finally said enough is enough, and I've developed horrid sinusitis. I am therefore in bed, my lovely friend has taken the kids to school and work will just have to manage without me. Rest, tablets and fluids for me. The kids and DH can have pizza for tea and I won't fret about anything.

    Have good days all xx
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 8th Oct 19, 10:03 AM
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    ASB hope you're better soon.

    I am gradually working my way through my list. Dogs are at groomer, I'm having a cuppa. One wash load to go on line next, it's a beautiful day, then I'll hoover through.
    Spend less now, work less later.
    Savings thread #78 Nov £0 Total 2019 - £4583.20/£5k
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 8th Oct 19, 10:59 AM
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    GWS vibes coming your way, ASB.

    Iíve been working through my list but have added on more than Iíve ticked off. Iíve given the bedroom a good clean and sorted out my shoes and boots. The dw has just finished. Yesterdayís towels have finished drying on the line, but todayís wash is hanging indoors as itís come over very grey.
    Kitchen and utility floors swept and mopped which is todayís bonus job.
    Off out for lunch shortly. Iím hoping it will be a quick catch up as Iíd really like to do a few more jobs before I have to be out all evening with DD.
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 8th Oct 19, 12:29 PM
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    Dogs picked up and walked,also did errand en route. Washing now indoors as it's starting to rain. I've made yogurt and done the hoovering. Dailies completed.
    Spend less now, work less later.
    Savings thread #78 Nov £0 Total 2019 - £4583.20/£5k
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