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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 4th Jun 17, 10:34 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 5th June 2017
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    • 4th Jun 17, 10:34 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 5th June 2017 4th Jun 17 at 10:34 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!

    Right now the thread is looking very quiet...but please do remember we have to abide by MSE rules; each post should, ideally, include some mention of flying.

    Thank you Valli for last week's thread

    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. 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- 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!

    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

    Right here we go!!!

    Muggles Monday ~ Kitchen & Dining Room
    Level One...
    Open the windows and let in the light
    Clear and wipe the work surfaces & table
    Wipe the units and appliances
    Clear and wipe table, replace cloth if necessary
    Level Two...
    Wipe the little appliances and put them back in their homes
    Wipe over the cupboards and large appliances
    Sweep and mop the floor
    Clean out drawers and filters
    Level Three...
    Thoroughly clean the cereal/baking
    Shine the grotty windows
    Clear and wipe window sills
    Wipe the inside doors.. inside.. and out!!
    • HHI
    • Fill a bag for charity shop
    • Deweb the downstairs of the house!!
    • Wipe out the fridge.. meal plan for the rest of June!
    • Scrub the sink and tiles
    • Clean the lightshades
    • Bake a cake/buns or prepare a new meal for our family!

    Thumping Tuesday ~ Living Room, Hall and Stairs
    Level One…
    Open the windows and turn on some music!
    Wipe and water the plants
    Wipe over sticky sofas.
    Level Two…
    Dusting, even if around everything
    Remove clutter making sure stairs especially are safe
    Clean TV, any fluffy electricals and defluff behind the radiators!
    Level Three…
    Wipe paintworks and any grubby marks off walls etc
    Vacuum under any furniture you can.. please don't injure yourselves!
    Clean any other glass like mirrors, pictures etc
    Tidy shoes, coats and bags .. wash any that need washing and putting away not we have warmer weather!!
    HHC in the porch

    • Clear a hotspot or 3!
    • Clean light shades/fittings and lamps
    • Clean a window or two.
    • Wash any smelly soft furnishings!
    • Clear one hotspot, or just spend at least 5 minutes tackling it
    • Wash a pair of curtains, or some nets or a throw from a chair or bed
    • Groom the hairy pets... or the children lol
    • 29 fling boogie

    Wishful Wednesday ~ Working from Own Lists

    Thursday Scrubfest- Bathroom and Study/Pc Area
    Level One…

    Clean & wash floors in these rooms
    Air the room.. fling open the windows and let in the summery air!!
    Replace sponges and toothbrushes that need doing!!
    Level Two…
    Clean baths, toilets, don't forget the outside and under the rim and sinks.. shine the taps with a toothbrush!!!!
    Dust PC and clear any clutter from desk and wipe off those cup rings!!
    Clean the windows in these rooms...
    Wipe keyboard, house phone, sockets, switches and mouse etc
    Level Three…
    Wipe down tiles in bathroom.. defragment your pc while doing this.
    Empty and clean out all the upstairs bins!
    Clean shower screen/curtain if you have one/if required
    Collect any stray laundry from upstairs.
    HHG.. if your garden is already beautiful go out and enjoy it for half an hour!!

    • Wipe the skirtings, door and window frames in these rooms
    • Fling all those empty bottles and tubes
    • Binbag dance.... ready.. set.. go!!!!!!!!
    • Empty out the bathroom cabinet.. clean it.. fling what you don't need and stash the rest in a beautiful manner.. in alphabetical order please!
    • Wash your bathroom mats, nets, clean blind/curtains etc whatever needs cleaning.
    • Do any toothbrushes/sponges etc need replacing?
    • HHI... a bit more gone!
    • Throw out/get rid of 3 things from every room in your house!!

    Carry over from Wednesday - Master Bedroom and Landing
    Strip off smelly bedding and sling it in the wash, replace well before bedtime!
    Vacuum the mattress and air the duvet
    Find 10 things to get rid of!
    Make sure those smoke alarms are working!!! (DO NOT put this off as it was a life saver for me when we had our little kitchen fire!!!)
    Remove anything that should be elsewhere.. your bedroom is NOT a shed!!
    Remove some dust bunnies and wipe over the light shades
    15 minutes sort out of the landing gibble.. see if you can find something to rehome

    Freaky Friday- those frightening kids rooms and spare rooms
    Level One…

    Clear away anything that isn't in it's place, clothes, toys, books etc
    Spend at least half an hour doing something for yourself!!!!! paint your nails, make an appointment to have your hair done, a lovely soak in the bath.. whatever you feel like!!
    Level Two…
    Vacuum the floor
    Dusting.. all those shelves and flat fluffy surfaces!! Don’t forget the light shade and curtain pole!!!
    Strip beds, turn and vacuum mattresses!! and replace with fresh linen .. check if duvets need freshening up too!!
    Level Three…
    Drag everything out from under the bed too.. there is floor under there!!
    Sort through a cupboard/chest of drawers and get the clothes out which are no longer wearable, too small or out of season!
    Wipe the grotty patches of the walls and woodwork
    Wipe the radiators, skirtings and window & door frames!
    • Wash a set of curtains, nets, duvet or throw
    • Sort through one box or toys.. if you have no children find a box of junk.. is there anything that needs to go?
    • End of week fling!! grab a binbag and fill it with stuff to leave the house.. rubbish or charity shop or to donate to a friend!
    • Clean out any pets!
    Last edited by Natty68; 08-06-2017 at 10:58 PM.

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    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 10th Jun 17, 9:30 AM
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    Hope things resolve for you soon FBO.

    I have done the dailies and the first 30 mins of MAD sorting. Also deleted and filed some emails and sorted out a frog. Just the one mind.

    Off to the vet now.
    Savings 2018: £1478.11
    • Mumof2
    • By Mumof2 10th Jun 17, 10:33 AM
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    FBO I don't know your situation but really hope this gets resolved - not nice to be going through.

    Jazee hope visit to vets goes well for Poppet!

    Yorkshire Lass sorry to hear about teenage angst; we're going through similar and I think S is getting really emotional etc and hormonal stuff going on so more to come .... sigh

    ATB Indian takeaway sounds lovely!

    Done the typing job I had in but more to come later. Got washing on, S is freaking out about going to a Festival and the Scouts are going (he's just joined but is in floods of tears just saying he doesn't want to go, though he's been every other year?) and Z is doing a Regatta in town. Think I may vacuum shortly. MIL around so I'll probably be dragged out to see her and be all nice and smiley grrrr.
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    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 10th Jun 17, 10:41 AM
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    Hello, me again. Just back from the vet who is very pleased with how Poppet's scar is healing, so from tomorrow I'll take her on short lead walks. LittleyDog is refusing to go out without her.

    Just having a cuppa, then I'll do another MAD half hour.
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    • Mumof2
    • By Mumof2 10th Jun 17, 10:47 AM
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    That's good news Jazee; I bet she'll enjoy her walks and LittleyDog will of course be pleased!!
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    • bossymoo
    • By bossymoo 10th Jun 17, 10:58 AM
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    Ex-boss be nice vibes for FBO and froddy xx

    Glad poppet is almost ready for walkies!

    Just sat in car watching DS training thankfully rain has stopped! I brought my coffee and a book

    All looks good at home, boys tidied up after themselves yaay.

    Need to do some laundry this aft!

    Away with the fairies
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 10th Jun 17, 1:15 PM
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    Didn't get another MAD done as DH came home early from work, so I left him to mind the dogs while I went shopping.

    Having lunch now, then will do another MAD.
    Savings 2018: £1478.11
    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 10th Jun 17, 10:18 PM
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    Just collapsed into bed.

    Paid stuff was exhausting, house was a tip when I got home....

    Just put the last of the clean laundry away and put the kitchen to bed. DH working tomorrow so I've made his packed lunch.

    See you all tomorrow x
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    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 11th Jun 17, 8:39 AM
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    Morning all

    It is super quiet on here - hope everyone is ok. WM is doing its thing, and I have just done some invoicing for DH. Need to have another cuppa than galvanise myself to crack on! Aldi run at 10am.

    Have fab days all xx
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    • bossymoo
    • By bossymoo 11th Jun 17, 8:50 AM
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    We're here!

    Just hung the washing out, now having some fruit and yogurt, then we need to get ready. Football (again) then home for lunch then out to a nearby steam rally.

    Must resist my mother inviting herself here again as she did yesterday since one of her respite kids basically tore through the house, went in DS room and wouldn't come out when asked DS is a bit miffed he can't get his nerf gun unjammed now. Happy to go out and about with them, but said I'd like her to tell him not to call DD names again

    Can't see a lot else getting done really. Have a decorator coming at tea to time to quote for hall stairs and landing painting. I'm not doing it... Lol.

    Oh, piggies have been in conservatory but back outside now, so will clean up in there when I've time.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekends, everyone xx

    Away with the fairies
    • By YORKSHIRELASS 11th Jun 17, 8:56 AM
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    Eye still sore from visit to optician on Friday but nothing really visible, other than maybe a little bit of puffiness. Hoping this doesnt stop me getting out on the bike later or I will not be happy.

    Bright and breezy here, but not exactly blazing hot! First load of washing out on line, will do our sheets when DH gets up.

    Glad Poppet is on the mend. And Mumof2 its hard. DS2 is polite to us, keeps his room tidy and does (mostly) what he is asked to do. He just spends 90% of his time in his bedroom or out and sometimes it feels like having a stranger in the house. His Dad can talk sport or politics to him but with me I just feel like there is nothing that connects us any more. And because I dont really know what is going on with him I worry, probably unnecessarily.

    Anyway, no real plans for today, house is reasonably OK, want to get some laundry done.

    Have a good Sunday everyone x
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 11th Jun 17, 9:35 AM
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    All good intentions binned as I am in so much pain I can't even think straight.. patience level 0, pain level about 8 or 9.. one step further and I won't be able to confine crying to when noone is looking.
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    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 11th Jun 17, 11:42 AM
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    Oh piggers I hope things look up soon x

    Aldi done and all put away. Kiddies playing out and will do lunch shortly. The floors really need doing but I CBA x
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    • Mumof2
    • By Mumof2 11th Jun 17, 3:06 PM
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    Pigpen can you get in to the GP tomorrow - are they able to help you? So sorry you're in so much pain hun xx

    Kids been at each others throats, DH not feeling well (and v grumpy) - another day in paradise. Going out in a bit as think it'll do us good to be out in the fresh air.
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    • Valli
    • By Valli 11th Jun 17, 3:12 PM
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    aw Piggers (((hugs))

    practically confined to barracks today - Race for Life in town (and yesterday there was a cycle race too - loads of roads closed) and the 'neighbours' are having a few people in their garden

    Have line-dried 3 washloads.
    "I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness" Emily Dickinson

    Thank you Honey Bear
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 11th Jun 17, 3:54 PM
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    the 'neighbours' are having a few people in their garden
    Originally posted by Valli

    Wish i was one of them!

    Sorry I've been MIA this week. Lots to do, no time to do it, and very tired.

    I stripped our bed this morning and have washed the bedding, so I have got to remake the bed before I fall into it tonight.
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 11th Jun 17, 4:38 PM
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    Honey Bear
    So sorry to hear you're having a carp day, Piggers. *Healing vibes* for you.

    I'm amazed at how long it's taking OH and me to bounce back from one night's lost sleep. We're both staggering about crashing into things, clearing up after the animals and doing laundry and tidying up without achieving very much else. Back to normal tomorrow I hope.

    A second seagull chick, the size of an orange covered in down, has just landed in a neighbour's grate, having fallen three floors down the chimney. No chance of getting it back up there - it would involve scaffolding. So, another one for the garden and rabbit hutch. They're friends already - hurrah!
    Last edited by Honey Bear; 11-06-2017 at 4:57 PM.
    Keeping it AF
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 11th Jun 17, 6:50 PM
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    Sorry for MIA but been busy, the house however is clean and sorted

    Grass has been cut

    Hugs all round
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    • dancemum
    • By dancemum 11th Jun 17, 8:21 PM
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    Peeps around the door and tiptoes in at the back

    I have been flying but RL has gotten in the way of posting X

    Hope everyone is well X

    Ironing done
    Tv stand dusted
    Bathroom cleaned

    I'm awaiting a design and quote for the area between the house and conservatory to be "pebbled".
    • bossymoo
    • By bossymoo 11th Jun 17, 8:35 PM
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    dancemum I saw you

    Well I'll be off to bed soon I think. I'm bushed. Weekends are busy! But it's been a very successful one - for the kids at least. DS won his match and they had a couple of mini train rides and won some prizes, plus had a lolly. And we avoided visitors (mostly) afterwards.

    Kitchen cleaned after dinner, washing brought in, pig hutch cleaned, kids bathed, bags and lunches sorted for morning. I'm popping to the shops in the morning. Seriously, that child needs to stop growing...

    Away with the fairies
    • FurryBeastOz
    • By FurryBeastOz 11th Jun 17, 9:00 PM
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    I have a spotless kitchen. And a restocked and tidied spice rack. A clean dressing room, hall and bathroom. A hoovered bedroom and Spare bedroom. 3 loads of washing done.

    Avoidance strategies. I've been trying to keep my mind occupied or I am getting paralysed with fear. Hopefully by this time tomorrow I will have a lawyer and a letter will be wending its way to my ex-boss saying s*d off. Fingers crossed.

    As I now have a sick note until the end of the month, I will be doing a lot of flying. Hopefully.
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