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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 2nd Jul 17, 9:34 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 3rd July 2017
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    • 2nd Jul 17, 9:34 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 3rd July 2017 2nd Jul 17 at 9:34 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 something Flylady-related!

    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


    Right here goes:

    Magnificent Monday ~Crabby kitchen!
    Level One

    Clear and wipe worksurfaces
    Empty and wash out the bin.. make it smell sweet!
    Level Two
    Wipe all appliances.. large and small
    Wipe over units and kickboards
    Sweep and mop the floor
    Level Three
    Sort and wipe a cupboard.. throw away all those germ harbouring chipped plates and mugs!
    Thoroughly clean the oven and hob
    Wipe the table.. does it need a clean cloth?

    • Wash any filters that need it.. don't forget the extractor hood!
    • Wash the windows if they need it
    • Clean/descale a small appliance.. shake the crumbs from the toaster.. defuzz the kettle...
    • Scrub out the fridge.. incorporate those 'slightly wilting' things into your meal plan!

    Tingling Tuesday ~ Living Room/s, Hall, Stairs
    Level one

    Declutter the floors and flat surfaces
    Empty and wash out wastepaper baskets etc
    Level Two
    Wipe sofas
    Vacuum floors... or mop them.. whatever..
    Wipe over any paintwork/doors etc
    Level three
    Vacuum under furniture you are able to move without injuring yourself
    Wash any soft furnishings
    Do a BIIIIIIG declutter... toys gone, shoes gone, paperwork gone...

    • Wipe and water neglected plants
    • Dust and deweb
    • Wash any windows that are in need
    • Binbag dance!

    Wrinkly Wednesday ~ Bathroom and Study/Pc Area
    Level One

    Clean floors in these rooms
    Level Two
    Clean baths, toilets, don't forget the outside! and sinks
    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
    Wash your bathroom mats, nets, clean blind/curtains etc
    Wipe down tiles in bathroom.. defragment your pc while doing this.
    Empty and clean out all the upstairs bins! (the proper bins not the rooms that look like bins!)
    Clean shower screen/curtain if you have one/if required
    Clear a mega hotspot!.. shred it.. and fling it.. or just burn it!

    • Wipe the skirtings, door and window frames in these rooms
    • clean the radiators in these rooms
    • Fling all those empty bottles and tubes
    • Gather up the dirty laundry upstairs!!
    • HHI... a bit more gone!

    Tantalising Thursday ~ Master bedroom, hall, stairs and landing!
    Level One
    Strip, wash and replace the bedding.. leave the mattress and duvet to air!
    Declutter the floor.. and vacuum it!
    Level Two
    Put away all the shoes and clothes and bags and belts and ties lying around!
    Wash the curtains/nets and clean the window before rehanging them!
    Dust away the webs and fluff
    Level Three
    Sort through a box of stuff... I have about a million to do!
    If it hasn't been done in a while vacuum and turn the mattress
    Tidy up a cupboard of clothing

    • HHI
    • Binbag dance
    • If any children are due shoe checks/opticians/dentists today is the day to sort these out!

    Final Friday ~ Frightening Kids rooms and Spare rooms
    Level One.
    Clear away anything that isn't in it's place, clothes, toys, books etc
    Make an appointment for some ME-time.. hairdressers? manicure? night out with friends? .. whatever just do it!
    Level Two
    Vacuum the floor
    Dusting.. all those shelves and flat fluffy surfaces!! Donít 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
    Clean 2 windows
    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

    • Find 5 things to ebay/freecycle
    • Wipe the radiators, skirtings and window & door frames!
    • HHI
    • Binbag dance!!! grab a binbag and fill it with stuff to leave the house.. rubbish or charity shop or to donate to a friend!
    Last edited by Natty68; 07-07-2017 at 10:46 AM.

    Struggling financially

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    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 6th Jul 17, 6:43 PM
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    So good to see you, LW, and hopefully see you back full time very soon.

    Well done ATB. More ((hugs)) because it sounds like you need them.

    So this morning started on a roll. I stuck the curtain linings, that I had finally got round to replacing with black out ones, into the WM to be done before going to work. Took out said linings and it was like a snow storm! Although I had followed the washing instructions, the coating had disintegrated in the WM. Cue much muttering as I then not only had to hang out the offending linings, shaking "snow" everywhere, but also had to sweep the floor and clean out the inside of the WM. Not a happy bunny....

    Came back from work and did a quick top up shop at the nearest Co-0p, then forced myself to clean the bathroom and downstairs loo. Then vaccummed the bedroom floor, before flaking out from the heat. I obviously peaked early, as I have done nothing since. Just pulled some tea together for me and DD, then will try to muster the energy to water the pots again. Can't face my MAD of paperwork right this minute....
    • FurryBeastOz
    • By FurryBeastOz 6th Jul 17, 8:59 PM
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    Welcome back LW We missed you

    Hope RL gives you a break. Best wishes for MR LW's speedy recovery.
    Goals - Weight loss 6/26lb at 22nd Jan 18
    • bossymoo
    • By bossymoo 6th Jul 17, 11:32 PM
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    Good to "see" you LW xx

    Didn't realise it was so late. I have half a floor in my hallway might pop to carpet place in the morning...

    Today has disappeared in a whirl and I'm not sure what I've done, it was hot hot hot this afternoon but none of the forecast storms. I did clean out the piggy hutch. And do the whole gymnastics / football merry-go-round. And eat too much

    Off to bed now. Will do better tomorrow!

    Away with the fairies
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 7th Jul 17, 8:00 AM
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    Many thanks for your post, LW. Hope MrLW makes a speedy recovery.

    More (((hugs))) to atb.

    Yesterday was hot! But I spent an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening clearing 1/3 of the borders in the back garden - it looks sooooooooooo much better now! Everything is terribly dry, but the new outside tap makes watering very much easier, and means that we don't have to carry full cans so far. I have sunk a flowerpot next to my poor little apple tree and am giving it a drink every time I walk past it. It has already perked up in 24 hours.

    The morning was spent at the optician's with DH. We found some specs that suited him very well - like oversized Harry Potter glasses - but the frame was too small for him and isn't made in larger sizes, so he has had to have his second choice

    Oh, and I walked through another shop and bought a lovely folding wooden bistro set (reduced price ) for the back garden. We sat outside to eat our lunch

    I also made good the wall in the utility where the plumber had drilled a hole for the water pipe to go through, so today I can put everything back.

    In the afternoon I had one of my end-of-placement conversations at a GC cafe but was not tempted to cakes or plants. Very useful chat.

    Then DH and I went to look for a dog at a rehoming centre. Found one we both liked, but it was new in and being assessed today, available for rehoming from tomorrow. We would both have to go together to reserve it, but unfortunately DH is working on the railway tomorrow, so we shall not get that one

    Today I am planning to sort out all the tools and hardware before putting them away. We seem to have acquired 3 large and 5 small paint roller trays, and have pot after pot of old used screws. Did I tell that my DH is a hoarder?

    (((Hugs))) spoons and sticks all round x
    • Valli
    • By Valli 7th Jul 17, 8:34 AM
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    Morning flyers

    have two (small) loads of washing on the line - I wash by colour, so this happens with reds/oranges particularly. I have now washed all DD's muddy run 'outfit' and am pleased to say it is all clean - careful soaking/water changing did the trick!

    DW run and emptied, sink drainer cleared and recycling taken out to bin.

    Out on an errand shortly, then the paid stuff this afternoon.

    I'm hoping for a more peaceful weekend - my watch battery gave up almost two weeks ago and I haven't had time (see what I did there) to take it for a replacement.

    But I am on allotment duty next week as the Aged Ps are off to beautiful Budapest. Jo estat! (that's hello - don't know goodbye!)
    "I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness" Emily Dickinson

    Thank you Honey Bear
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 7th Jul 17, 8:59 AM
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    Morning all. Hope you're all ok this morning.

    Hugs to ATB, good to see LW posting again, and how exciting for Iona to be getting a dog.

    I have finally caught up with the dailies this morning. DH is on holiday from tomorrow although I am still working next week, so I don't expect to get a lot done.

    Paid stuff now and DH is treating me to a meal out tonight to start his hols.

    Have a great day everyone.
    Savings 2018: £1288.56
    Garden spends 2018 - £90.17 (compost, solar lights, begonia plants)

    • FurryBeastOz
    • By FurryBeastOz 7th Jul 17, 9:42 AM
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    Major panic clean and shop today. I've been so scatty and lethargic and I have guests tomorrow afternoon/evening. They are Dr friends of DH so best spit and polish.

    Have done menu plan. Going to drag DH to shops on way home from CrossHouse hospital - he still can't drive. The living/dining room tidy, downstairs hoover.

    I have got to fit in a trip to the gym (DH didn't fancy sitting waiting while I went at 0630.) Then a trip to opticians and pick up the nice local meat I ordered for tomorrow.

    Chances of BBQ weather - low, so it's all interchangeable.

    And breathe
    Goals - Weight loss 6/26lb at 22nd Jan 18
    • bossymoo
    • By bossymoo 7th Jul 17, 10:27 AM
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    I'm just hanging around at the moment, I ought to put a wash on. Feels upside down with hallway stuff in the living room...

    Have taken some laundry away, tidied LR, refilled DD hair detangling stuff, emptied DW and washed the breakfast things. Don't really know what else to do!

    I suppose I could go sort the den and my desk, maybe form a bit of a plan. I don't want to pop out yet in case I need to go for more flooring, slightly concerned we will be one plank short and I'll have to buy a whole pack for it

    Finger swollen, must sort my lettuce pot, suspect there may be a nettle in the bottom ouch. In fact, I could do with de-weeding the top patio too

    Away with the fairies
    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 7th Jul 17, 10:47 AM
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    Sorry for the delay with today's list, the heat got to me. It's up now Bet you all thought you were going to get a day off in this heat didn't

    Struggling financially

    Mortgage Free as of 20.9.17
    • bossymoo
    • By bossymoo 7th Jul 17, 8:18 PM
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    Good to see you're all busy

    Floor still half done. Sunday apparently...

    Kitchen is a tip. I'm sure I must have done something today...

    Away with the fairies
    • Duckydo
    • By Duckydo 7th Jul 17, 8:37 PM
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    Yesterday was spent doing bits in other rooms that I hadn't quite finished off, and dusting and hoovering upstairs. Which meant that the house was 'clean' i.e. majority was clean, just picky bits like skirting boards etc which get left most of the time seeing as they need sanding and painting anyway.

    Today, I decluttered a physio appointment this morning, shoulder is doing well, been given new exercises to do. Physio thought I was inventive using my improvised 1kg weight (a 500ml bottle of water filled with wet sand) Quick stop at Mr T to do a top up shop, and DD had a go on one of those ride of car things outside the shop. This afternoon we've just been playing while watching the tennis, and making quick runs up the stairs for little wee's (oh the joy of potty training!), and I've also been trying to read dodgy handwriting from 1860s censuses; going through DH family tree to what I've missed.
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 8th Jul 17, 12:32 PM
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    Afternoon all. Am I really the first to post today?

    Yesterday disappeared in a rush of dog viewing (not one for us), visiting a friend, and putting everything back in the tool cupboard which we'd had to empty and move for the plumber. DH was hoarding a load of rusty old screws which he'd kept when we demolished a home-made bed which was included in the sale of this house. I have said very firmly that they are all going to the tip! We've also decluttered some paint roller trays and other decorating bits which can go to the charity shop.

    This morning I have been cleaning off the decking, prior to re-oiling it later this afternoon or tomorrow. I suddenly realised that I couldn't do it with DGS3+4 here, or with a new dog. The damp areas under the pots are drying out fast It's hard work, and very warm. My poor garden is parched

    I've also done WMx1 and put away yesterday's dry washing.

    I still need to clear the back bedroom aka my study and make up the bed and cots for DGSs.

    Catch up later x
    • Valli
    • By Valli 8th Jul 17, 12:57 PM
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    mmm thread seems the least busy it's ever been since I've been here.

    Have ironed, pegged out more and am trying to shift stuff (DDs uni stuff) to where it will cause me less stress and do various 'bitty' jobs I have been waiting for time to do.

    Ans I MUST get a watch battery sorted this afternoon. And go to Sav3rs.
    "I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness" Emily Dickinson

    Thank you Honey Bear
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 8th Jul 17, 5:10 PM
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    Afternoon all. Busy day here. Walked dogs. Nipped into town with DH to get some bits, then back home to sort out broadband issues, then down to local church for their open day and then on to bowls.

    DH is now cooking me tea. Still need to walk the dogs again and water the gardens.

    Hope you're all ok. Have a great evening.
    Savings 2018: £1288.56
    Garden spends 2018 - £90.17 (compost, solar lights, begonia plants)

    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 8th Jul 17, 5:15 PM
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    Nipping by to report a triumph - Belgian lace dress I thought was ruined has been successfully rescued - thanks to Dyl0n SOS Colour Run Remover.
    Note to self - do NOT allow DH anywhere near my hand-washed clothes in future, specially when one item runs better than Usain Bolt.

    Gotta dash - Cassie-dog has been fed, but Mr LW is looking decidedly hungry - which will mean grumpy if I don't deal with it pronto.
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.
    • Valli
    • By Valli 8th Jul 17, 5:27 PM
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    Excellent work Lamewolf!

    I've clenaed the bathroom and was fed up with the grubby-looking pumice stone - so I have had it in a dilute bleach solution, now got it outside finishing off in the sunshine. Much better.

    Managed to find the GUAG to nip into town. Watch battery replaced. One of 3 pairs of shoes (Clarks sale *cof*) returned. More shoes taken to cobblers for new heel tips. Sav3rs visited. I that shop.
    "I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness" Emily Dickinson

    Thank you Honey Bear
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 8th Jul 17, 5:30 PM
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    Grass is cut, back and front, downstairs is hoovered too. Forgot to mention those earlier.
    Savings 2018: £1288.56
    Garden spends 2018 - £90.17 (compost, solar lights, begonia plants)

    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 8th Jul 17, 6:32 PM
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    Nothing achieved here.. I spent the afternoon in bed feeding the baby.. and I watered plants, folded 1 load of laundry hung out 3 wet loads and scrubbed the paddling pool. I did dinner for the masses.. fish and rice to give me a dodgy tum (and massive wind ) chicken and salad for larges and small sausages and potato blobs for the smalls and slop for Twinkle as she refuses to eat actual food.

    I really need to get my act together, we have Pixies home visit for starting school... yes school!!!!.. next week and I dont have a single presentable room in the house!
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    • katiecat
    • By katiecat 8th Jul 17, 9:00 PM
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    Hi all
    Have been shopping and put vacuum round front room.
    then spent rest of day in the garden,

    Just eaten tea so will tidy kitchen next and then feet up for the evening.
    • bossymoo
    • By bossymoo 8th Jul 17, 10:33 PM
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    Been out most of day but still managed to make a mess in kitchen all sorted now.

    Went to get more flooring plus new door plates and a runner. Must stop spending now...

    Been sat in a beer garden most of afternoon - party. Nice chat with friends as kids played on the bouncy castle. Glorious weather

    Tomorrow is football and gardening!

    Away with the fairies
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