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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 7th Oct 18, 5:38 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 8th October 2018
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    • 7th Oct 18, 5:38 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 8th October 2018 7th Oct 18 at 5:38 PM
    Welcome to the weekly Flylady thread. If you need help organising your week or getting motivated when it comes to housework then come and join us.

    Thank you to Valli for last weeks thread.

    Each day has a list of tasks which works on how much time and motivation you have. 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 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!
    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:

    Mooooooooooooonday ~ Kitchen and Dining room!
    15 minutes...

    Declutter and wipe the worksurfaces.. and sink.. polish those taps!
    Sweep and mop floor
    30 minutes to spare...
    Empty and clean out a cupboard.. fling all that is dead, mouldy or inedible.. and that includes all weevilly things too!!!!
    Wipe units and cupboard fronts
    Wipe and replace all small appliances
    Got an hour...
    Clean the oven and hob
    Clean out the fridge.. you do not need furry food!
    Dust and deweb.. and Wipe some paintwork

    • HHI
    • Binbag dance
    • wash out bins
    • Wash the windows

    Tuesday ~ brats room.. if you have no brats do your own room!
    15 minutes...

    Declutter the floors
    Strip the bedding get it washed dried and the beds remade!
    30 minutes to spare...
    vacuum the floors
    Straighten a cupboard of clothing
    Wipe the paintwork
    Got an hour...
    Tidy a box of 'stuff'
    binbag dance!
    dust and deweb

    • HHI
    • Wash windows
    • Fill a binbag for charity shop!
    • Wipe over ALL the upstairs doors!!

    Wednesday ~ Living room, hall and stairs!
    15 minutes...

    Declutter floors
    Vacuum right through
    30 minutes to spare...
    Dust, deweb and defluff all those electrical appliances to!
    Wipe and water plants
    Wash sofas/covers and any soft furnishings that need it
    Got an hour...
    Polish mirrors, glass and metals!
    Wipe radiators and paintwork
    15 minutes filing!

    • 32 fling boogie!
    • HHI
    • Sort through a drawer or cupboard
    • Check window seals for any draughts and stop them up if necessary.. we will be draught free this winter!

    Thursday ~ Study, Landing, Porch and other neglected bits!
    15 minutes...

    Declutter the floors in the study and landing
    Vacuum these areas!
    30 minutes to spare...
    Declutter and dejunk the porch.. this is where first impressions of your house are made!
    Sort through coats, bags, shoes etc.. are there any that can be flung? Who needs a new winter coat this year?
    Wash the front door and wipe paintwork!
    Got an hour...
    Binbag dance!
    Wash any sofas/chairs in these areas
    Dust and deweb.. esp the porch!!

    • Wash any smelly pet bedding
    • Wash any grubby windows
    • List 5 things on ebay!/freecycle.. or just fling them to charity shop!
    • Change the curtains to the thicker winter ones!

    Friday ~ Bathroom and Study
    15 minutes...

    declutter floors
    Scrub the bath, loo, basins, bidets, showers etc etc
    30 minutes to spare...
    Empty and wash out bins
    Scrub tiles and polish mirrors
    Vacuum/mop floors
    Got an hour...
    Wipe chairs and sofas
    Wash shower curtains, bathmats etc
    Recycle the empties and decant dribbles

    • Clean out and tidy cupboards
    • Replace and curly toothbrushes
    • Shine the taps with one of the old ones
    • Check all the smoke alarms.. don't forget all rooms with high sleepers in MUST have their own alarm in!
    Last edited by Natty68; 11-10-2018 at 8:15 PM.

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    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 7th Oct 18, 7:23 PM
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    I'm in, thank you for all the lists.

    Roast chicken done, ages since I have roasted anything, enough chicken left over for at least another 3 meals of some sort.
    Sun, Sea
    Slinky is back on! IT IS ON HOLD OWING TO AN ACCIDENT- 20 and counting
    I can do this, I will do this...
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 7th Oct 18, 8:06 PM
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    Honey Bear
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    OH did roast chicken for us tonight, too. It was the first time we've had chicken in ages.

    Spice cupboard turned out and moved to another cupboard so the lodgers will have a dedicated floor standing cupboard next to the fridge, out of the cooking area. Nearly all of them were out of date. *fling*

    There's a shelf in the meter cupboard in the double bedroom that's been a gritty, dusty void since I bought the house 25 years ago. I think it's the only part of the entire house that is totally unreconstucted. (It's in the old scullery, apparently the copper was still in there when the previous owner bought the house.) I've found where I'm going to keep spare lightbulbs, which has been an issue forever. I don't know why it took me so long to figure it out - the circuit breakers trip whenever a bulb goes so it's the obvious place for them.

    Tax return done. After being a Flylady for nearly five and a half years I am, at last, frogless. It's such a relief and I honestly thought I'd never, ever clear them because as fast as I got one done, another three were alwasys nipping at my heels and a new one invariably cropped up along the way. It was something I was aiming at all the way through the year as *the* central plank of Hovel to Haven. I have massses of things that need doing, but none are frogs and pretty much all of them can wait until I feel like doing them.

    From tomorrow I'm going to be sewing, with a Christmas Fair on 4 November as the target date. Such a relief to be able to concentrate on it at long last. It's been a long and very, very frustrating year while I haven't been able to get on with it.
    Keeping it AF
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 7th Oct 18, 8:26 PM
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    I have stuffed my face with chicken and stock from the SC (as has the very cheerful feline who had the sense to follow me, sit on the kitchen table beside a tea plate rather than get under my feet and look cute).

    Seemed like it took a second muffin, a bowl of cereal and said chook to get me feeling vaguely human - or at least for my head to stop pounding quite so much.

    I'm therefore going to spend the rest of the evening lazing around in bed.

    Night, all!
    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
    • froddington
    • By froddington 7th Oct 18, 8:44 PM
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    Hi everyone - hope all is well. Sorry I've been MIA but thank you for the thoughts and hugs. Things are still difficult with Mum but I have had a lot of supply work which has eased money worries. I have also got 3 new baby ratties, opened a new Rainbow Unit (which is going well) and been accepted for a Girlguiding cultural event in Uganda in December

    I have skimmed the threads over the last few weeks but have retained little info so please take congrats, hugs, thoughts and vibes as necessary xx

    I need to be in this week - thanks Natty - so will sort a mini list that should be doable!

    Mooooooooooooonday ~ Kitchen

    Declutter and wipe the worksurfaces
    Vacuum floor
    Wipe units and cupboard fronts
    Wipe and replace all small appliances
    Clean the hob
    Binbag dance
    Wash the window
    "There's only one way of life and that's your own" - Levellers

    "I'm feeling like a Monday but someday I'll be Saturday night" - Bon Jovi
    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 8th Oct 18, 5:10 AM
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    • 8th Oct 18, 5:10 AM
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    Morning all,

    I am very much here in spirit, life is just so busy now and I am really tired by the evenings, falling asleep by 8:30.

    I properly put the kitchen to bed last night so not much to do this morning. Salad made, weigh in done, need to go and rouse the troops. Burgers with a big side of veg for dinner.

    Best get on have lovely days all xx
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    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 8th Oct 18, 6:43 AM
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    Morning all. Glad you're sounding more positive Frodders.

    Today I plan to dust the LR, hoover/sweep/wash all floors and change the bedding as a minimum in addition to the dailies and dog walking.

    Have a great day everyone.
    Spend less now, work less later.
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    • Dizzy Imp
    • By Dizzy Imp 8th Oct 18, 6:53 AM
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    In I'm this week...broken, sore and shattered after a rather challenging week, but today is a new day!

    Builders have said they're coming today (we will see) and I've got to ring the service engineers after pulling a handle clean off my range cooker...oopsie...

    Catch up later x
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 8th Oct 18, 6:55 AM
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    • 8th Oct 18, 6:55 AM
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    Morning all.

    Lovely to 'see' you, Frodders.

    Thank you for the lists. After a super busy weekend, I luckily have a day at home today, although the rest of the week will be juggling paid stuff.

    I inadvertently ticked off a job from today's list on Saturday when I found weevils in the new bag of flour. And the one next to it. And the next one. Different types of flour, I hasten to add, before you think that I have 25 kgs of plain flour in my cupboard. Flour thrown, cupboard cleaned out, and apples were not turned into pie after all.

    Today I need to do something about the kitchen and dining room, and I have a list of small but annoying jobs to do. And the tax return. Serious frogless envy here, HB.

    I will start by pegging out the just washed towels. Really all I want to do is to have a little snooze...
    • Valli
    • By Valli 8th Oct 18, 6:56 AM
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    Morning all. Thanks for the new week, Natty.

    Have put two loads through WM, third going through as I type. DW run too.
    Got a coffee in bed, will get up shortly. Stiff ankles this morning, hardy surprising given yesterday's hike.

    Nice to see you Froddy. Well done on the GG front.
    Excellent frog munching HB!
    "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
    • Mumof2
    • By Mumof2 8th Oct 18, 8:02 AM
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    Morning all, I'm in please. Made a big change as am stopping doing my paid job (typing) due to really bad pains in my elbows, arms and hands - osteopath says I have bad inflammation of the elbow and it's all the typing that does it. Going for an interview this afternoon about a dog walking job so will see how it goes.

    Froddy so glad you getting more help and many congratulations on your trip in December!

    Honey Bear oh to be frogless, that would be amazing.

    Fayolle ugh to weevils in the flour - horrid things aren't they.

    Right enough typing.... best get on x
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    • Narc0lepsy
    • By Narc0lepsy 8th Oct 18, 8:49 AM
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    I'm sort of in, although this week looks so busy I sat down last night and wrote a list by going through the diary and breaking down all that needs to be done in preparation for each activity. At least my cold seems to be abating, felt rubbish most of last week so having credit card compromised yet again, difficult student who I'm going to have to see again plus various other hassles just dragged me down e.g. my favourite radio station that I always listen to in the car is now only available on line.
    Slight progress in kitchen; wm definitely not leaking, floor almost dry and we think won't need replacing so need a few more days with newspapers under vinyl to enhance final drying. Of course dw is still in the garage and am still in the middle of the kitchen, fast becoming an island for food preparation and dumping things on.

    Frodders exciting about your trip and babies.
    FBO good to "see" you. I'm sure I could untidy a shoebox in minutes.
    Hugs to everyone else.
    Remember...a layer of dust protects the wood beneath it.
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 8th Oct 18, 10:32 AM
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    Honey Bear
    Lovely to see you posting again, Frodders. (((Hugs)))

    Hiya ATB!

    Up early to take black kitten to the vet for some dental attention, so Kelpie and I went straight on to the field because it was close by. For the first time he galloped about a bit on his own which was lovely.

    Have been to the post office to send the tax return figures off (hurrah), made a couple of urgent phone calls, put the ingredients in the BM and switched it on (I keep forgetting and we've eaten all the random stuffy crusty ends in the freezer) and have started cracking out the sewing stuff. Utter bliss.
    Keeping it AF
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 8th Oct 18, 12:07 PM
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    Pretty pleased with progress so far today, thanks to the kitchen list and my own lists. Kitchen and dining rooms are looking much better, and the floors are finally clean in both rooms although probably only for a few hours. The last of the tomoatoes have been sorted (thanks for the reminder, Jazee), along with the basil which is now in the freezer. I've pulled all my seed packets from various places and gone through them, so that one evening I can amuse myself making a seed order from the new catalogues.

    My summer clothes have been consigned to the loft, and the winter ones brought down. That should guarantee us an Indian summer. Apart from a pair of ancient shoes, nothing got flung as I had worn it all.

    I need to put a sausage casserole in the sc, then it is an afternoon free for paperwork. I can't wait - although I do have some bulbs to plant, so I could quite easily get distracted.
    • Mademoiselle
    • By Mademoiselle 8th Oct 18, 1:56 PM
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    Sorry I'm late today.

    Worked this morning and just been to have eyebrows etc done, legs waxed and toenails done, nice to have some me time. Going to have a quick cup of tea then need to fly round the kitchen.

    Hope to get on with some sorting this week as OH is away all week so an easy week for me. Someone coming tomorrow to look at possiblity of putting a pellet stove in our playroom which is no longer used and has become a dumping ground. This would allow us to turn it into a big dining room and hopefully stop it becoming a ROD!

    Hoping to get slinky challenge going properly again this week. I want to lose 6 more kgs (about 1 stone) Ideally 3 to be gone by christmas. But actually quite pleased with myself as lost 9 kgs between January and July and only put 2 kgs back on over the summer. Favourite ski trousers have been tried on and they fit (for the first time in a few years) all be it a bit snug if I need to wear thermals under them.

    I'm off to start in the kitchen

    Have a good afternoon everyone
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 8th Oct 18, 3:30 PM
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    I'm not quite dead..

    ty for list... I'm not doing it.

    Chasing washer replacement, chasing SS and schools and hospitals and drs and everything else.. and to top it all i have laryngitis so cant use the phone!

    CF excelling his idiocy.. the karma bus is right there at the top of the hill... just waiting..

    And the guy who came to repair my boiler on Thursday has broken it further.. it now needs not only the gas safety valve replacing the diverter valve is stuck in position half open/closed too.. and the timer ticks like a bomb.
    Last edited by pigpen; 08-10-2018 at 3:32 PM.
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    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 8th Oct 18, 4:51 PM
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    I have an interview for taking on extra duties at work on Wednesday. When the email came through, I assumed it was saying thanks but no thanks, but, even if they're simply going through the motions, it was nice to have at least a vague hint they're not planning on making me redundant quite yet. Or any acknowledgement at all...

    Had a senior moment when I couldn't find my phone, though. Searched everywhere I had been (not far, just within the department) and concluded it had either been nicked out of my bag or I'd left it on the settee this morning. Fortunately, I'd just left it at home (as I'd have been kerfuffled without it - my only way of talking to Himself, sorting out bank transfers into his account AND my only alarm clock).

    Much concealing of building issues done today as the ever present threat of Ofsted grows nearer. Would be better if these things could be actually fixed, but whilst they aren't, at least I can do something to hide them under the auspices of making the learning environment look pleasant with resources. It's amazing how much can be done with sheets of A3, being a dab hand at knocking up posters and a heavy duty staple gun .

    Still need to do some washing up. It can wait until after my cuppa, though.
    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
    • Mademoiselle
    • By Mademoiselle 8th Oct 18, 5:18 PM
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    Kitchen tidied, except for the floor, why do I hate doing the floors? I have large quarry tiles and they never look clean so I can't be bothered to clean them, I just poke the hoover round.

    A couple of bits made it to the bin, old pair of shoes no longer worn or wearable, a waste paper basket that was falling to bits. More paper into recycling.

    I have a paperwork task that I must do tomorrow, otherwise it will turn into a frog.

    Going to make a cup of tea and finish putting kitchen to bed then will sneak off and watch tv in bed, a treat for me as OH is away.
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 8th Oct 18, 5:21 PM
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    Work done, spent the whole day shifting stuff around, I am worn out to say the least.

    I have now over eaten..............and have hic ups!

    Kitchen to do..........
    Sun, Sea
    Slinky is back on! IT IS ON HOLD OWING TO AN ACCIDENT- 20 and counting
    I can do this, I will do this...
    • FurryBeastOz
    • By FurryBeastOz 8th Oct 18, 5:23 PM
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    Making a trip up to the big smoke this week. Paying large amounts of money to try and make myself more employable!

    The house was clean AND tidy when I left. I don’t hold out much hope for Friday even if he is away Tuesday night.
    Goals - Weight loss 6/26lb at 22nd Jan 18

    Mmmm. 26lb at 1/7/18. Oops
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