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    • Valli
    • By Valli 9th Jul 17, 8:55 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 10th July 2017
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    • 9th Jul 17, 8:55 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 10th July 2017 9th Jul 17 at 8:55 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 don!!!8217;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!
    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

    ok Here goes this Week...

    Marvellous Monday - Kitchen and Dining Room

    Level 1

    Clear sills and wipe
    Clean Windows
    Wipe tables and chairs - don't forget underneath where sticky fingers linger
    Wipe switches and sockets

    Level 2

    Empty bin
    Clear sides and wipe down
    Wipe kettle and other small appliances
    Empty toaster and wipe crumb tray
    Check fridge and fruit bowl for anything that needs using or flinging.

    Level 3

    Wipe down cupboard fronts
    Sweep and mop floor


    MAD half hour - post yours!
    Make a me-time appointment for sometime this week - manicure, hair, coffee with a friend...
    Household accounts - are they up-to-date? Budget on track?
    If your weather forecast suits - and you're up to date with your laundry - wash any throws ready for winter.
    Check you meal plan for the week - can you double up on one meal to make a freezer filler ready for a lazy day.

    Tuesday Twinkles 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

    S&S kitchen - keep it tidy
    Wipe down all tiles in here
    Wash towels in a hot wash
    Put out fresh fluffy towels
    MAD half hour - spend ONLY hald an hour on a huge task - throw yourself in it then stop after 30 minutes. You can come back to it another day
    Don't forget yourself - do something for YOU even if it's only a quiet time with a book!

    Wonderful Wednesday Living room


    Empty out any rubbish
    Cleat coffee table
    Rehome aything which is out of place
    Wipe coasters
    Deal with any flowers/water & wipe plants
    Clear out fire/woodburner

    Level 2

    Dust and polish any wooden furniture or just dust
    Check corners for cobwebs/spiders and remove
    Dust skirting boards
    Wipe handles/sockets/switches
    Dust electricals

    Level 3

    Lift chair/sofa cushions and vacuum under them
    Wipe leather furniture/vacuum sofas
    Sweep/mop/vacuum floor

    clean window in lounge
    MAD half hour - only half an hour - this is a nibble not a mouthful!
    Binbag fling - grab a bin bag, run around t he house and fill it with gibble and CHUCK IT OUT
    Sorth out your handbag - dry orange peel is NOT permissible handbag content (just me then? oops)

    Thursday Thrills 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 floor - sweep - mop -vacuum - sandblact as appropriate

    S&S kitchen
    S&S bathroom
    MAD half hour


    open windows
    SPEND 10 minutes in each room doing this

    empty bins
    straighten furniture/plump cushions
    make beds
    remove gibble and put it away
    have a just-damp cloth to remove sticky smears/wipe coasters

    S&S kitchen
    S&S bathroom

    Last edited by Valli; 14-07-2017 at 8:49 AM.
    "I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness" Emily Dickinson

    Thank you Honey Bear
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    • mummyyof5
    • By mummyyof5 12th Jul 17, 4:36 PM
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    Well..did get all my ironing pile cleared but was felled by a killer migraine almost straight after.. Yesterday was a write off..only managed to fill and empty DW,,holding on to my head so it didnt drop off at the same time.
    Felt a little better took DS2 to hospital..he had an op last week to drain a large cyst on his arm...has to be rebandaged about 3 times a week..Then we went food shopping ,took DD1 and Darcy..had to get BabyD a cake.
    Came home...played with baby ,got het to sleep,cleaned hob,DW and 2 loads of washing out.
    OH picked son up from his trip.
    He has now taken DD and the girls home
    I have just unpacked LOs case..everything is wet 1st load in machine.

    Off out for a meal for BabyDs birthday tonight ,need to shower LO before we go..he says he showered yesterday but his hair...which is long anyway

    Hoping for a day in tomorrow to play catch up x
    Feeding 6 Adults 1 Teen a 8 year old with hollow legs and a very fussy 5 year old. Also 3 cats and 3 fishies
    To include all Food,Toiletries and Petfood.
    • Narc0lepsy
    • By Narc0lepsy 12th Jul 17, 4:41 PM
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    Can't believe I've got another cold when I'd not got rid of the cough from the last one!
    Bathroom done to about level three-quarters yesterday; also lounge/diner as I had an assessment in there and it had to be reasonable.
    Have done about an hour in the garden.
    Emptied recycling box in office which is currently my ROD and fast becoming a frog.
    Mr N picked a load of fruit.
    Walked up to PO.
    Did a bit of research into B&B/cottages for August as we're going to a friend's party in Suffolk and have a few RSPB/NT/WWT places we wanted to visit in Norfolk so trying to combine the two.
    Not a great deal else other than coughing, sneezing and generally feeling sorry for myself. Maybe dancing this eve will brighten me up - haven't been for ages with all these 'mini-breaks'. Talking of which I need to write up the conferences/training I went to.
    Remember...a layer of dust protects the wood beneath it.
    • hex2
    • By hex2 12th Jul 17, 4:48 PM
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    I checked the paperwork and realised my MOT ran out yesterday cue much panic. Booked in, and Ill just have to cope till Friday. My own fault, thought it was due the week we came back. It also made me deal with some of the other frogs, so 230 shaved off the insurance renewals for the cars and motorcycles. Not a bad days work, although I've only done an hour of the paid thing and really need to do another couple tonight.

    I did some of the dailies so DW and WM on. While i was out picking up the boys the puppy found the log pile by the wood burner...

    oh dear!
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need' Marcus Tullius Cicero
    • boddy
    • By boddy 12th Jul 17, 7:04 PM
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    Evening everyone.

    Bed changed and bedding washed.
    Towels washed.
    Bedroom dusted and hoovered.
    Chilli chicken curry made.
    Dailies done.

    DD came for lunch before she went to work. I then had a walk as it was such a lovely day.
    • Duckydo
    • By Duckydo 12th Jul 17, 10:04 PM
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    Evening all,
    had a productive day got the bedrooms tidies, a bit of a necessity in DD bedroom as the monkey had emptied out her bottom drawer of clothes . Cleaned the bathroom, tidied the hall of gibble and put away abandoned toys throughout. Dusted the living room and hoovered all of downstairs, steam mopped the kitchen floor, no more doggy footprints , WU, folded dry washing and took upstairs.

    We're away from Friday for two weeks camping, though it is broken up in the middle by coming back home for a friends 40th birthday. So cut the grass while it's dry and planted out any plantlets that needed going in the ground now. Also been through the camping checklist to update it now that DD isn't so teeny. Just other stuff to take such as the potty now . Made a meal plan for the two weeks, and started reorganising what we're taking into the trailer.

    Tomorrow's plan is to dust and hoover upstairs, get any last bits for camping (need a low table for DD to eat off of seeing as she won't fit in the travel highchair anymore), and pack.
    • funfairprincess
    • By funfairprincess 12th Jul 17, 10:05 PM
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    Hi flyfriends x

    Toothache appointment sorted I will need sedated to get a filling, I know I'm a big fearty!
    OH says it's the fan in my oven that's about to go it's making some racket so I'll phone the repair man and see what he says. I'm not holding out much hope as the cooker is about 5 or 6 years old now.
    Work was miserable today, hopefully tomorrow will be better.
    I put some washing up in the sink but that's been it. Went straight to the pub after work and I'm a few glayva down
    Off to bed I may be a bit crabbit tomorrow morning!
    I'm not a muggle...I'm just magically challenged
    • lynnejk
    • By lynnejk 12th Jul 17, 11:05 PM
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    Evening all

    Bit disappointed about Mr Murray - but he did look in real pain and I think he should have given in earlier. Shame about Djokovic as well, but at least he was a bit more realistic about his abilities.

    Did the dailies
    Cleaned all the floors
    Put out all the recycling
    WUDUPA and wiped over the hob and all the bunkers

    MAD today - cleared out the single kitchen wall cupboard, threw out odds and sods and a couple of ood things, washed out cupboard and replaced tidily.

    Hugs, gws vibes, sticks and spoons to all needing some
    Hope you all have a super Thursday
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    • bossymoo
    • By bossymoo 13th Jul 17, 7:07 AM
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    Ooo am I first up?

    Sent kids back to bed at 5am sounds like they are snoozing still. Jobs this morning include a visit to @ldi although it's uniform and if the nutty women from last year are there again I'll not bother - they were almost feral in their fight to get all the sizes

    Then next door to bee n queue for hopefully some floor edging.

    After that it's home again for tackling bedrooms and some home finances later... then the usual Thursday evening shenanigans...

    Away with the fairies
    • Valli
    • By Valli 13th Jul 17, 7:21 AM
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    Up early as my car is due for service/MOT (mine runs out Saturday) and I take it to a place near work so I will walk up there after drop off. I have a couple of errands to do, too.

    Union meeting last night and road home closed so I had to reroute from motorway junction and didn't get home until gone 10, by which time all I had the energy for was a last binbag run to fill the black bin and put it out. Just remembered cat litter tray so scraped that out and flung it. I apologise to all my neighbours for being on the front in night attire 5 minutes sago. Bin being emptied as I write!

    Have a good day all x
    "I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness" Emily Dickinson

    Thank you Honey Bear
    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 13th Jul 17, 7:51 AM
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    Morning All,

    I didn't manage to get back on here yesterday, finally flopped in a heap at 7.30 and watched a couple more episodes of Riviera.

    Kitchen is a bit of a tip, so am in the process of tidying that. Have unloaded DW and WM is on. I have one hours' paid stuff this morning, best friend is minding DS so that makes life easier. Then we are going out for a lunch - a bit of an indulgence, but there is a meeting today (I'm not attending - firmly declined) about the stuff that is going on in the background and I need to take my mind off what is happening.

    Shopping being delivered later, and burgers for tea.

    Oooh thanks for the tip about uniform Bossy, our local one is Batley I'm guessing you go the beeston one?
    Have fab days all xx
    Last edited by atypicalblonde; 13-07-2017 at 7:56 AM.
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    • Pollybear
    • By Pollybear 13th Jul 17, 9:21 AM
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    Morning all.

    Washing out on the line and I've vacuumed through downstairs (again). DD1 and DGD2 coming soon and we're going to view a house - for them, not me. I'm just going for a nosey

    Nothing prepared for a meal yet, there is stuff in the fridge but I don't know what we're going to feel like so I'll decide later.

    Oh, and parcel due to be delivered today so must remind DH as he is staying in.
    • dancemum
    • By dancemum 13th Jul 17, 10:38 AM
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    Morning folks x

    Phew just having a cuppa. Help yourselves if you want one X

    House vaccummed
    Bath, shower & loo cleaned twice
    2xwm out on whirlie
    Towel wash WIP
    Furniture rearranged in LR as aunt has given me another glass cabinet for ds2' Lego models. Cube table decluttered to said aunt. Win win
    Kitchen windowsill wiped
    2xkitchen worktops cleaned
    Toaster decrumbed
    Shelves of doom quick tidied
    New cabinet cleaned

    LR Windows cleaned inside and out
    Bathroom bleached

    Ds2' bed stripped
    Ds1 despatched to an interview

    Decided to wash his mattress cover too which then presented me with a mattress that needs turning and I couldn't manage it alone.

    Roses deadheaded
    Dry washing brought in.
    Hob cleaned
    Recycling wheelie put out
    Last edited by dancemum; 13-07-2017 at 2:45 PM. Reason: To add more flying
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 13th Jul 17, 3:35 PM
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    Just back after a 'morning' at paid stuff. Had to jump out for an hour to get DD to school at break time, then back in to it. Was glad to get back, as I think I met every hazard ever mentioned in the highway code during that hour!

    Off to start the flying, but it will be our bedroom today. DD away at the weekend, so ample opportunity to get to her room undisturbed on another day!

    Duster in hand, I'm hopefully now good for a HHC, if anyone cares to join me
    • boddy
    • By boddy 13th Jul 17, 3:54 PM
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    Been a busy day up to now.

    Went to my Qi Gong class this morning. Then met DD for lunch and shopping. Came back to find council men with wheel things in the lane. The whole lane is being relaid and we are getting speed bumps finally! The Lane comes off the shopping area and it's like a race track or car park at times.

    Dailies done.
    Sides tidied.
    Shopping put away.
    Bathroom and kitchen S&Sed
    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 13th Jul 17, 3:54 PM
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    Lovely lunch out, bought a couple of nice bits for the house, also managed to get some of the Aldi uniform bits

    Need to pay a couple of DH business bills, feed the kiddies and bring the dry washing in. Will also water the pots again.
    Mortgage 8.2.15 - 171,064.64 Mortgage 1.5.2018 - 99,980.45
    Aiming to be MF 1.10.2020
    • hex2
    • By hex2 13th Jul 17, 4:12 PM
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    paid stuff done, still playing catch up on home based paid stuff. Still need to wash, pack and clean but I am at least off tomorrow.

    Tonight I must do:
    iron for tomorrow
    packed lunches
    at least an hour on tedious paid
    clean out rubbish from car and check lights etc

    post office collection
    business bits
    wash everything
    pack some stuff
    repack once everyone has gone to bed....
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need' Marcus Tullius Cicero
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 13th Jul 17, 4:21 PM
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    Bedroom dusted, I even got the step out to dust on top of the wardrobe. Threw 2 hats into the cs bag while I was at it. Spare bedrrom dusted, although I admit to dusting round most things. DH uses it as a dumping ground, so that needs to be added to the MAD list. Bedroom vacuumed, bins emptied. Time for a cuppa while waiting for the school bus to get back in - late again.
    • bossymoo
    • By bossymoo 13th Jul 17, 8:35 PM
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    Been one of those days. Not sure I've achieved anything. Well, I put a mirror up. The rest of the day has gone to pot really.

    Early night, and tomorrow is a new day...
    Night all xx

    Away with the fairies
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 13th Jul 17, 9:08 PM
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    MAD HH turned out being sorting out 2 x freezers. I'm not sure that I made that much difference but it did create a bit of space. Seeing as I have Done a Valli and cooked 2 to freeze 1 for the past 2 days, every bit of space counts.

    Dinner cooked, kitchen S&S, pack ups done, pots watered including NDN's. Everybody settled down. Good night all. X
    • embb
    • By embb 13th Jul 17, 10:32 PM
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    Not had chance to post today so just popping in before bed to say thanks for the good luck for littley, you flyladies have done it again....she got the job , shell be trained to nvq level 3 as a mortgage adviser in a very swanky finance firm, shes still buzzin, and STILL spending the wage she hasnt got yet lmao

    Night guys xxxx
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