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    • Valli
    • By Valli 11th Jun 17, 9:37 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 12th June 2017
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    • 11th Jun 17, 9:37 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 12th June 2017 11th Jun 17 at 9:37 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 Natty 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 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!

    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...

    Marvellous Monday Bathrooms, Shower Rooms and Cloakrooms

    Level 1

    Open window
    Empty waste bins
    Wipe shower screen or wash shower curtain
    Clean shower tray
    Clean taps, pipes and shower head
    Wipe tiles down

    Level 2
    Dust windowsill
    Clean windows
    Polish any mirrors
    Scrub toilet
    Wipe down outside of toilet

    Level 3
    Clean pull cord and door handles
    Scrub basins
    Polish taps
    Polish towel rail
    sweep/mop floor

    Wipe down all tiles in here
    Wash towels in a hot wash
    Put out fresh fluffy towels
    MAD half hour - pick a TOOTS list project - or an ongoing task eg drawer sorting/weeding/cupboard tidying/sewing box sorting out and work for half-an-hour only and make a difference OR spend 10 minutes in each reception room, straightening/tidying/bin emptying/putting away cushion plumping - a tidy room automatically looks clean! Post your progress!

    Tuesday Twinkles Living room

    Level 1

    Open the windows WIDE
    Empty the bin
    Clear the coffee table - polish and dust
    Wipe coasters, light switches, door handles and sticky sockets
    Deal with any withering or wilting flowers
    Treat the pot plants to some water and a wipe/spruce up

    Level 2
    Vacuum or wipe sofas and chairs including under seat cushions
    Fold throws and hang
    Vacuum drapes
    Wipe sills
    Polish windows and mirrors

    Level 3
    Dust everywhere
    Wipe skirtings, dado and picture rails
    Flick a feather duster over pendant lights and wall lights
    vacuum/sweep floor
    Steam mop/mop hard floors

    Catch up with the ironing
    Have you time for a MAD half hour?
    Give doormats a bashing outside.
    Make sure nothing is turning into compost in the fridge - weave those withering veggies into your meal plans
    S&S kitchen and bathroom (which shouldn't be too onerous - given it was cleaned yesterday, wasn't it?)

    Wonderful Wednesday

    Kids' Rooms/ Spare rooms/guest rooms

    Level 1
    Open the windows wide
    Binbag dance
    Strip the bed and turn the mattress - if you can
    Clean under the bed if accessible
    Remake the bed

    Level 2
    Dust any shelves and sills and flat surfaces
    If a guest/spare room check the lighting is fully-functional
    Wipe switches/sockets/skirtings

    Level 3
    Clean the windows
    vacuum curtains/dust blinds
    Deal with the floor

    Peg out some washing
    do a MAD half hour somewhere
    Book out some me time - nail or hair appointment/coffee with a friend - something to look forward to!

    Thursday Thrills Kitchen Kapers

    Level 1

    Wipe table - don't forget to wipe under, too , where sticky fingers linger and drops go to die.
    Polish it, pop on a new cloth, wipe table mats
    Wipe/polish chairs and seats and don't forget underneath!
    Wipe chair and table legs

    Clear kitchen sides and wipe worktops and splash backs. Replace what belongs there; rehome - or fling - what doesn't

    Level 2

    Wipe cupboard fronts including edges where drips live and die
    Wipe fascia boards
    Polish DR furniture
    Wipe gpdoir handles light switches and similar grease and grime traps

    Level 3
    Wipe sills
    Polish windows and door glass
    Sweep, mop and/or vacuum floors

    s&s bathrooms
    Give doormats some attention
    MAD half hour attend to the garden and water plants in pots if you can think of nothing else
    Enjoy the nice weather - meet up with someone for a coffee and a natter in a nice cafe...

    Frantic Friday - catch up day - pick a room which needs the FLYLADY sparkle (hall/conservatory/bedroom)

    Level 1

    Clean floor
    Binbag dance
    rehome anything out of place
    clear floordrobes
    Open windows
    Strip beds

    Level 2
    Reamke beds
    Vacuum soft furnishings
    Wipe switches
    Dust everywhere - incl light fittings

    Level 3
    Clean windows and mirrors
    Wipe sills
    Clean floor

    peg out some washing
    Make sure you have suncream in, and hats etc
    make some HM ice lollies (Freeze - yoghurts/fruit juice/diluted squash/angel delight) and ice cubes ready for the heatwave
    MAD half hour - tackle those froggies!
    HHI - it'll be too hot to iron this weekend - get it out of the way ASAP
    Last edited by Valli; 16-06-2017 at 7:48 AM.
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    • bossymoo
    • By bossymoo 11th Jun 17, 10:01 PM
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    Thanks valli and natty for last week.

    My MAD this week will be sorting the many piles of kids artwork and learning logs from nursery and school. My other paperwork is dealt with and all efficient so I'm thinking I can clear this big box too. And it's recycling bin week!

    See you all tomorrow x

    Away with the fairies
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 11th Jun 17, 10:34 PM
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    I'm lurking..
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    • lynnejk
    • By lynnejk 11th Jun 17, 11:04 PM
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    Evening all

    Thank you Natty and Valli for doing all the lists every week

    I didn't do much today, apart from the dailies, due to watching the tennis French final.

    However the kitchen is all WUDUPA and the bunkers clean and tidy
    Recycling sorted and dispatched with DH for the RC station
    All the pots and containers watered on the balcony

    My MAD this week will start with sorting the paperwork 'frog' on my desk.

    Hugs all round, sticks and spoons if you need some
    Hope you all have a super Monday
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    • Narc0lepsy
    • By Narc0lepsy 11th Jun 17, 11:13 PM
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    I'm back from hol.
    Caught up with emails.
    Emptied suitcase.
    That's about it as I have returned with a cold; fortunately was fine while away.
    Had notification while away that I was successful in getting the contract for the next 2yrs assessments at uni again.
    Came back to letter giving appointment for shoulder ultrasound-guided injection : during the few days Mr N and I are away at the end of the month. Will have to ring tomorrow (if I have a voice) and change it.
    Mammogram tomorrow.

    Hugs to all in need.
    Remember...a layer of dust protects the wood beneath it.
    • Mumof2
    • By Mumof2 11th Jun 17, 11:23 PM
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    I'm in please .... off to bed now as only just finished typing!!

    Night all and hugs to all who need one x
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    • Duckydo
    • By Duckydo 11th Jun 17, 11:30 PM
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    I'm in this week. Got my list sorted tomorrow and am going to stick to it, if I don't feel free to give me a kick. Going to try and JUST do the lists and not push myself too much.
    Also really need to force myself to go to bed on time, I've gotten into a bad habit of staying up late/early and then dropping off in the afternoon.

    Hugs to all x
    • Dizzy Imp
    • By Dizzy Imp 11th Jun 17, 11:47 PM
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    Dizzy Imp
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    I'm in this week. Super-mega fail last week.
    Thanks for the lists x
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 11th Jun 17, 11:56 PM
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    Thanks Valli - I'm in, and I'm actually ahead of myself, having cleaned the bathroom and ensuite this evening Plenty more to do, though! DH's friend arrives on Wednesday and is staying for a whole week - just what I need (not).

    And thanks to Natty for last week's lists.

    (((Hugs))) to FBO.
    Pain-be-gone vibes to pigpen.
    Well done on the new contract, Narc0
    Congrats to your DD, Mumof5. Have they set a date for the wedding yet?

    I must tot up the hours I've spent on this placement - must be near the end now. I'm hoping to finish at the end of this month rather than run into July.

    Thought I had Old Wives' meeting tomorrow night but on checking the diary I see that is next Monday. Good.

    Hope everyone has a good week x
    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 12th Jun 17, 6:20 AM
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    Morning all

    I'm in, thanks for the lists

    Loads of paid stuff to do today, some of which I am dreading so big girl pants on! Speaking of which, ate far too much last week and my usual size 14 leggings are a bit snug, must do better this week.

    My MAD half hour today will be clearing more stuff out of the garage and doing a tip run after work.

    Back later to report progress, have great days all x
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    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 12th Jun 17, 7:13 AM
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    Morning all.
    Thank you for the lists this week and last week. I'm in please. I'm going to try to make better use of my evenings this week, as I have definitely fallen off the fly wagon after work, which means massive catch ups later in the week. Paperwork not looking too bad after the MAD sessions a week or so ago. I think it might have to be the front garden again, weather permitting.
    Well done Narc0 on the contract.
    Have good days all.
    • Valli
    • By Valli 12th Jun 17, 7:43 AM
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    Morning all

    My mad is paperwork, bank account and transferring to my new (academic year) diary.

    Off to toothsmith for crown appt shortly, so homing will have GUAG to do list later.

    Hope you all gave a good day

    Congrats Narco.

    Never worry about 'failing' flying. The dust will wait for you - it's going nowhere unless you shift it!
    "I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness" Emily Dickinson

    Thank you Honey Bear
    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 12th Jun 17, 7:59 AM
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    Morning all
    Thank you for the lists Valli and natty. Imback in again now I have a bit more time to fly.
    16 bags of clothes left the house at the weekend -14 to the CS and 2 to the catches bank dd3 finally sort out the ones she'd left here. Attic is looking so much clearer.
    I'm using up a fair bit of my crafting stash as I've been making hearts for Manchester, London and the local school fete. So slowly working through the smaller scraps of fabric and ribbons that were too small for anything else but too big to bin (crafters will understand that logic)
    Anyway I'm at work this morning but home to fly later so I will try and stick to lists this week. My MAD wil be bouts of ironing and more heart making to use craft bits up.
    Hugs to all and sorry I've been awol. X
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    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 12th Jun 17, 8:59 AM
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    Morning all. Hope you're all ok.

    Today I have done the dailies, walked the dogs and cut the back grass. I will do today's list tomorrow.

    Paid stuff now.

    Have a great day everyone.
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    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 12th Jun 17, 9:58 AM
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    Thank you for all the lists

    Been up since 6am
    Ironing is all done
    Tip run is done
    Food shop is done
    Sockmount sorted and away
    Bins done
    Floors done

    Off to voluntering job for a few hours
    car needs hoovering out
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    • Mumof2
    • By Mumof2 12th Jun 17, 10:23 AM
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    WM chugging away now and done my 2 bits of paid work. Just printed off the list for the bathroom (HATE this room but needs doing!) and will report on progress later.
    H2H challenge: 3hours 30 mins
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    • katiecat
    • By katiecat 12th Jun 17, 10:31 AM
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    Thanks for the lists.

    Have only quickly read last weeks thread but hugs to those who need them.

    Off to get dresses (up since 7am oops) then start on

    Will do half hour on sorting bank account.

    Hope all have nice day

    • FurryBeastOz
    • By FurryBeastOz 12th Jun 17, 11:36 AM
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    Congratulations Narc0lepsy. Great news. Sod's law about the appt.

    How difficult is it to find a lawyer to talk to? They are normally coming out of the woodwork. I am waiting about 4 call backs and don't want to try anyone further afield in case someone gets back to me. Grrr.

    So, as I can't go anywhere. I'm flying. HHC anyone?
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    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 12th Jun 17, 11:41 AM
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    Honey Bear
    I'm in properly at long last. Everywhere in the house needs a thorough drubbing so I'll be following the lists all week and not trying to do it all in one day. Thank you Valli and Natty. I'm not sure what my MAD will be, probably working my way daily through my office. I can't believe how cluttered it is. Trying to do it all in one hit would be soul-destroying.

    Huge congratulations on the contract, Narco.
    Hang on in there FBO. We're rooting for you.
    Keeping it AF
    • neveah
    • By neveah 12th Jun 17, 1:04 PM
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    Morning all can I join you all again please I'm aiming for level 1 then see what happens xx
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