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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.

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    • bossymoo
    • By bossymoo 9th Jul 17, 8:35 PM
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    Hugs valli I think it's nice to keep these special dates in our diaries. They are still our family xx

    Well I did a bit of weeding but it was hot hot hot. DS helped to cut the grass, just half a bucket full, lol, was only to even it up a bit after the miniature goats had eaten some patches and not others haha. Brown bin out front ready for emptying tomorrow.

    Have tidied kitchen after dinner, and sent kiddies to bed with a small basket of re-homeables that had gathered in said kitchen.

    I now have a full hallway floor although we ran out of beading today - need another 8' and the door plates need to go on. But I've put my new drawers and console table in place and it looks nice just need to get my fancy art up on the wall and a mirror for the other side.

    Most places seem fairly tidy, even DD room, just need to focus on the den (which we did earlier, but it's a tip again) and the spare room.

    Errands tomorrow:
    Go see about stair carpet
    Get more floor beading
    Tidy above rooms

    Away with the fairies
    • funfairprincess
    • By funfairprincess 9th Jul 17, 8:49 PM
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    Hi flyfriends

    More washing and drying done. I have plenty working stuff so it's all good. Off for a soak in the bath. See you all in the morning xxx
    I'm not a muggle...I'm just magically challenged
    • Valli
    • By Valli 9th Jul 17, 8:58 PM
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    "I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness" Emily Dickinson

    Thank you Honey Bear
    • Duckydo
    • By Duckydo 9th Jul 17, 9:00 PM
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    Evening all,
    Virtually no flying done here today, had a right dodgy tummy all day. Managed to pull a few weeds up while getting some fresh air but that's it.
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 9th Jul 17, 9:05 PM
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    Great to see so many returning and visiting Flyladies

    Excellent work Ionafan. You're excused MAD half hours this week!
    Originally posted by Valli
    Thanks Valli, but I expect every half-hour will be mad this week, with a 2yo and a 4 yo here without their parents! I have been saving large cardboard boxes so that we can build a Wendy house and a railway engine out on the lawn. DH will probably want to move out there and leave me in the house with the boys

    Finished second coat of oil on the decking at 8.00 and at 8.30 it rained - only a tiny shower, though. S*d's law.

    Our friend's birthday lunch was lovely

    I need a shower now. See you all on the new thread...
    • dancemum
    • By dancemum 9th Jul 17, 10:19 PM
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    Welcome back returners X

    Living room dusted
    HHG done
    Ironing done
    DH mowed the front lawn
    Lots of laundry dried outside
    Different park visited
    Ds2 had a massive meltdown again
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