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    • Valli
    • By Valli 26th May 19, 5:49 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 27th May 2019
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    • 26th May 19, 5:49 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 27th May 2019 26th May 19 at 5:49 PM
    Welcome to the Weekly Flylady 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.

    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'
    WUDUPA ~ Washed up, dried up, put away
    WUALTD ~ Washed up and left to dry
    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!

    Some of our abbreviations: DH- dear husband, OH- other half, KH/CF- affectionate term for ex husband or partner DS/DD- dear son/daughter, DGC- dear grandchild, WM- washing machine, DW- dishwasher, LR/DR- living/dining room, RoD- room of doom, 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...

    Bank Holiday Monday

    S&S kitchen
    S&S bathroom
    Have a lovely day

    Tuesday Trial by scrubbing - - Kitchen/Dining Room

    Level 1

    Clear sides and wipe down
    Replace what lives there, wiping as you go
    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 and replace wth a new one!

    Level 2

    Wipe down all cupboard and drawer fronts, not forgetting handles and tops and bottom as well as fronts!
    Empty out one cupboard or drawer and clean. Put everything back tidily. Fling anything OOD or useless.
    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

    Level 3
    Clean oven
    Sweep/mop/vacuum floor
    Wipe out or wash out whiffy bins
    Clean windows and frames - use a soapy cloth and open the windows and wipe frames and de-grot


    MAD half hour call one or join one
    S&S bathroom
    Meal plan and include something you cook two of - cottage pie/fish pie/casserole and freeze for a lter lazy day
    Spend half-an-hour in the garden - weeding and tidying

    Hump Day - Wipy Wednesday
    (Bathrooms and en suites)

    Level 1

    Remove shower curtains and towels - wash that shower curtain - get it on the line!
    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
    Slosh a good glug of bleach down drains/overflows

    Level 2

    Flush 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 inside of the loo
    With a clean cloth wipe switches, pull cord, door handles and loo roll holder
    Wash loo brush and holder and dry them outside in the sun - death to all germies!

    Level 3

    Scrub the sink = don't forget the underneath 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
    Book out some me time...or some couple time...or both
    MAD half hour

    Thursday Thrills - the boudoir. You deserve a clean, tidy, restful bedroom - and you NEED it too, to re-energise

    Level 1

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

    level 2
    Clear floordrobe and chairdrobe
    Clean windows
    Vacuum, sweep or mop floor

    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. Take it from a former lab. tech.
    Polish mirrors

    S&S kitchen
    S&S bathroom

    Friday Frenzy - pick a room - any room
    Conservatory, dining room, kids room, spare room,...

    Level 1
    Open the windows
    If there's a bed in here strip it and wash the bedding
    If it's other soft furnishings vacuum
    Throw out any obvious rubbish
    Clear the floor

    level 2
    Wipe the windows/frames/sills
    Remake the bed (if there is one)
    plump cushions

    Level 3
    dust and vacuum

    Buy fresh flowers and put them somewhere you will see them, often
    Wipe and water houseplants
    S&S kitchen
    S&S bathroom
    MAD half hour

    If the chillies are back at school Monday -
    find the bookbags (and check for notes!)
    get the uniform/school clothes ready for Monday
    make sure PE kits are ready - sports day looms!
    locate water bottles, lunchbags etc
    make sure all school event dates are in your diary!

    make sure you've got your preferred tipple chilling
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Last edited by Valli; 30-05-2019 at 8:38 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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    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 2nd Jun 19, 9:30 AM
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    Dailies done, dogs walked and second of three wash loads in machine.

    Just having a cuppa and will then get as much of DHs paperwork done.
    Spend less now, work less later.
    Savings thread #78 June £992.38 Total 2019 - £2576.86/£5k
    • roundtuit
    • By roundtuit 2nd Jun 19, 10:03 AM
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    Hot! Melt! Drip!

    WUDUPA x 2 + baking tray = no dirty pots
    put out rubbish & replaced bin bag
    put out recycling - rinsed cans and ripped up cardboard
    fed birds
    glass bottle soaking ready to be recycled

    brought airer in so I can stop weather watching! It's not raining - it won't since I haven't pegged out the washing!!! aka Sod's Law I believe - but I'm fed up with checking every two minutes whether it is or not.

    Having five minutes now with a cool drink.
    • Valli
    • By Valli 2nd Jun 19, 10:32 AM
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    Pegged out washing, ironed yesterday's then brought in what was in the line (mainly bedding) as it was virtually dry and ironed that. Good move; it's raining!
    "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
    • BadCat18
    • By BadCat18 2nd Jun 19, 11:30 AM
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    Another 2 loads washed, not raining here yet but I don’t think it will be long!

    Hoovered right through, quick wipe over of bathrooms... so much easier now that I do this every day. Washing from yesterday and day before put away.
    Thorough clean of conservatory done, windows inside and out and DH got the cobwebs in the roof bit that I couldn’t reach! Also mopped the floor in there, looks better now.

    DH gone to shop for bits that were missed. Not sure if we will go out this afternoon as looks like it will rain. May just curl up with a cuppa and a book.

    Have a good day all.
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 2nd Jun 19, 12:26 PM
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    Car boot done, car upacked, and stuff got ready for next week.
    Salad lunch eaten
    DW upacked and repacked
    Sun, Sea
    Slinky is back on! - 23 and counting
    I can do this, I will do this...
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 2nd Jun 19, 1:18 PM
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    DW and WM run and unpacked / dried. No rain, just wind here. Planted courgettes enough to feed a small country if they donít get eaten by the allotment wildlife. Off out in a minute to the theatre then post theatre dinner. Curling up with a book or the papers sounds like a much more appealing option right now.
    (Hugs) all round where needed.
    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 2nd Jun 19, 7:22 PM
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