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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 16th Jul 17, 7:29 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 17th July 2017
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    • 16th Jul 17, 7:29 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 17th July 2017 16th Jul 17 at 7:29 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 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


    Right here goes:

    Monday - Kitchen and Dining Room
    Level One

    Drink plenty of's going to be a hot one today.
    Clean the sink, drainer and taps
    Wipe the work surface you can see
    Level Two
    Hoover and mop the floor
    Sort out and wipe out the fridge
    Level Three
    Clean the WM filters and drawer
    Wash the window
    Wipe over the hob and oven door
    • Clean some shoes
    • HHI
    • Deal with a hotspot

    Tuesday - Living room, Hall and downstairs Loo
    Level One

    Drink plenty of's going to be a hot one today.
    Hoover/wipe the sofas
    S&S the sink and toilet
    Level Two
    Dust the electricals, front, back, sides and underneath
    Hoover the floor
    Wipe the windowledge
    Level Three
    HH tidying, decluttering, sorting
    Wipe some paintwork, skirting boards, behind the toilet/sink
    • Order pet supplies or make vet appointments
    • Clean out pets/pet bedding
    • Check you know when sports day/end of term is
    • No pets or kids?read a book or do some craft

    Wednesday - Master Bedroom and Landing
    Level One

    Drink plenty of's going to be another hot one today.
    Change the bed, hoover the matress, turn it if you can
    Level Two
    Hoover the stairs, landing and bedroom
    Wipe the window ledges
    Level Three
    Dust any dusty bits
    Deal with hotspots/floorobes
    Wipe the bedstead
    • Arrange for boiler service or chimney sweep
    • Recycle any paper/magazines lying around
    • Do something you want to do rather than feel you should!

    Thursday - Bathrooms
    Level One

    Drink plenty of's going to be another hot one today.
    Clean toilets and sinks
    Level Two
    Change the towels
    Hoover and wipe the floor
    Wipe the splashbacks
    Level Three
    Clean out the plug holes
    Shine the mirrors
    Clean the bath and shower
    • HHPaperwork
    • Declultter a drawer
    • Me Me Me time

    Friday - Children's Bedrooms or spare rooms/rooms of Doom
    Level One

    Strip, wash and replace bedding
    Level Two
    Hoover floor
    HH tidying or decluttering
    Level Three
    Wipe the skirting boards
    Wash an item of soft furnishings
    Clear then dust a flat surface (or 2)
    • Find a new recipe to use
    • Sort out your receipts/purse
    • Check dates on passports/MoTs/insurance etc
    Last edited by Natty68; 20-07-2017 at 10:39 PM.

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    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 16th Jul 17, 7:55 PM
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    Oooh, am I first again?

    Thank you Natty for the new thread, and Valli for last week's. I shall do what I can.

    I have already cleared the ironing pile this evening, and the kitchen and DR are already in good shape - just need a bit of lick and polish

    Tomorrow I also have to
    - deal with a huge frog
    - mend the back fence with the neighbour working on his side at the same time
    - weed the back borders
    - plant some bulbs (very late for summer flowering)
    - juggle the hostas
    - start setting out all the plants that are (still) in pots
    - read at least one item off the college reading list

    Everything has to be ready for a home inspection mid-week so that we can collect our dog asap Will post a photo of her when she is officially ours! We went to see her this afternoon and took her for a walk. She's not over-keen on DH atm but more confident with me.

    Now off to hunt for a dog-friendly holiday home for all three of us in September...
    Last edited by ionafan; 16-07-2017 at 7:59 PM.
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 16th Jul 17, 8:07 PM
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    Waving as passing, been a very busy week

    Daily stuff has been done
    Long lists made for tomorrow.............
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    • froddington
    • By froddington 16th Jul 17, 8:17 PM
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    I'm here - thanks Natty

    Valli - I've had two punctures in the last 3 months; not up to changing the wheels myself so well done you! Annoying though, isn't it?

    ionafan - have everything crossed for a successful doggie adoption xx

    Have read last week's thread but mind is a sieve at the moment so hugs, congrats, and thoughts to all who want or need them.

    Seven more school days then I might be able to think clearly about this hovel!

    Going to pick some things off each list that I can realistically get done this week so I don't feel such a failure ..................

    Monday - Kitchen

    Clean the sink, drainer and taps
    Wipe the work surface you can see
    Hoover the floor
    Sort out and wipe out the fridge
    Wipe over the hob and oven door
    Deal with a hotspot
    "There's only one way of life - and that's your own"
    Depression is not a sign of weakness;
    it's a sign you have been strong for too long
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    • funfairprincess
    • By funfairprincess 16th Jul 17, 8:37 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 8:37 PM
    Hi flyfriends x

    Thanks to Natty and Valli for the lists xx

    I've been awol, Friday went to the pub straight after work had a few got DS1 to pick me up, came home got changed and dragged OH, DS1 and his GF out to the pub round the corner.
    Spent all of Saturday morning cleaning before DGS1 came to stay over.
    You wouldn't know that I had done a stroke of work as my LR floor is covered in sylvanian families

    Off to clear the LR floor and do a quick S/S of the scullery and bathroom.
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    • boddy
    • By boddy 16th Jul 17, 8:40 PM
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    Evening everyone. Thank you Natty and Valli

    Sundays are a pottering day for me.

    Load of washing done.
    Garden tidied.
    Tidy up around the house.
    • bossymoo
    • By bossymoo 16th Jul 17, 8:46 PM
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    Hi thanks for the lists ladies, I'm in. Disappeared through a busy weekend but we survived and ready to tackle the week ahead.

    Sports day bags packed, need to do lunches and get uniforms ready. 8 school days left for us.

    Stair carpet coming tomorrow and I must get my DR in order. And of course go to sports day if I can around the carpet fitter.

    Oh goodness I need to pull up the old underlay too

    Away with the fairies
    • FurryBeastOz
    • By FurryBeastOz 16th Jul 17, 9:31 PM
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    Ok. Back at work tomorrow and I'll be working every day. So I'm going to have to be organised.

    Kitchen ok. Need to shine the sink first thing (too much drying at the moment) But sides will be sparkling before I leave.

    All food prep done. I'm on 'bikini competition training' so I've done a lot of chicken.

    My plans to drop a weeks worth of kit at the gym in town were scuppered - no lockers for hire. So I'm lugging all my kit 2miles even before I start. Maybe I'll try and drop it off at 0645 then park and walk. We'll see.

    Have a great week people.
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    • Valli
    • By Valli 16th Jul 17, 10:11 PM
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    I'm in, thanks Natty x

    House is a tip. I have car boot contents in the house as I need access to flat tyre in the morning. Plus DDs stuff. Goinfpg to schmooze the aged ps to see if we can store her uni stuff there. Then, maybe, I can start to make this house not a possible target for the 1-800-got-junk crew.
    "I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness" Emily Dickinson

    Thank you Honey Bear
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 16th Jul 17, 10:24 PM
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    Evening all,

    Thank you Natty for the new thread, and Valli for last week's. I'm in again please.

    Sorry for having been awol over the weekend, but DH and I had a night away with DSisiL and BiL as DD is away. We haven't caught up like that for ages - probably years. The result was no flying, but there is always next week. WM has run since we got home, and packed lunches sorted for tomorrow.

    Exciting news, Iona. Looking forward to seeing pictures.
    Very impressed, Valli, with your car prowess.

    Another one here who isn't a million miles from Fairford, Pollybear!
    • MinnieMousesMummy
    • By MinnieMousesMummy 16th Jul 17, 10:32 PM
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    Hello, I have been awol for a while but as some may know I said that I would return when I got back of my hols, well that time has come. Woohoo Just got my 5 year badge

    Monday - Kitchen and Dining Room
    Drink plenty of's going to be a hot one today.
    Clean the sink, drainer and taps
    Wipe the work surface you can see
    Sweep and mop the floor
    Sort out and wipe out the fridge
    Clean the WM filters and drawer
    Wipe over the hob and oven door
    Deal with a hotspot

    Complete work that is in for today
    Post on new FB work page (anyone want to have a nosy let me know, I will send link as not sure if allowed to post it here.)
    Check survey sites
    Check emails and get rid of 50 (backlog to catch up with due to hols)
    Check prices for car insurance
    Do holiday let ironing

    Think that is everything that I need to do on Monday. Hope everyone has a good week. Now think its time for me to get an early night as it going to be hard to get back into a routine in the morning.
    Last edited by MinnieMousesMummy; 16-07-2017 at 10:35 PM.
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    • Narc0lepsy
    • By Narc0lepsy 16th Jul 17, 11:06 PM
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    thanks for lists.
    Had a nice weekend with BIL staying, kept pretty tidy but ate too much. Very envious of those ladies who have lost weight - I keep having setbacks owing to socialising, greed and lack of willpower. Any hints to combat those are gratefully received.
    Not too manic a week, relatively speaking, but huge lists of complex stuff to wade through and want to continue decluttering which is a bit of a mission.
    Remember...a layer of dust protects the wood beneath it.
    • dancemum
    • By dancemum 17th Jul 17, 12:00 AM
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    I'm in thank you for the lists. X

    Ironing done
    HHG done

    Nearly caused myself a mischief trying a handstand yesterday at the studio. My shoulder isn't well enough to hold my weight.

    See you tomorrow x
    • Dizzy Imp
    • By Dizzy Imp 17th Jul 17, 7:07 AM
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    Dizzy Imp
    Morning all!

    I'm in again this week. Thanks to Valli and Natty for the lists. Been decorating in the house most of the weekend and am due to scrub the middle room floor tonight with a neutralising solution, in preparation for sealing the stone tomorrow. Waiting for a delivery of more clay paint too, so will be flitting between the caravan, house and driveway gates until that arrives.

    Happy flying ladies x
    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 17th Jul 17, 7:51 AM
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    Morning All

    Thank you for the listies, I am in

    Last week of term here so need to get cracked on with flying before chaos descends for 6 weeks! I have already stripped our bedding and that is in the WM. Will set DW on before school run.

    I have 2 hours paid stuff today then will crack on with some work for DH and continue to work through the laundry pile. Will also dust and hoover our bedroom - it desperately needs it.

    Will report back later - have great days all xx
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    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 17th Jul 17, 8:53 AM
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    Honey Bear
    Everything has to be ready for a home inspection mid-week so that we can collect our dog asap Will post a photo of her when she is officially ours! We went to see her this afternoon and took her for a walk. She's not over-keen on DH atm but more confident with me.

    Now off to hunt for a dog-friendly holiday home for all three of us in September...
    Originally posted by ionafan
    Fortunately the home inspection people aren't worried about a bit of dust, Ionafan, or I'd have been turned down several times over! As long as it's not a midden they'll be more than happy if it's a loving home for a dog that needs own. Have you got a collar, lead and bed?

    Nearly caused myself a mischief trying a handstand yesterday at the studio.
    Originally posted by dancemum
    I'm so glad you haven't grown out of wanting to do them, Dancemum!

    Listy beckons and I've done two things that aren't on it, so progress, but not so much as you'd notice. Back later to report achievements.
    Keeping it AF
    • Pollybear
    • By Pollybear 17th Jul 17, 8:57 AM
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    Morning all.

    I've cleaned round the kitchen this morning, after making our picnic ready to go out for the day. The sun is shining Washing on the line too.

    Have a good day all.
    • dancemum
    • By dancemum 17th Jul 17, 9:03 AM
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    Morning X

    2xwm done, 1 out on whirley so far

    Bathroom S&s
    Ds2 decluttered on to school bus.

    Medicine cabinet sorted and lists updated
    I need to pop to the chemists

    Honey bear Thanks, a few more stones off and I will try again. I need to improve my upper body strength as it is feeble.

    Must crack on. Back soon x
    • trinity_enigma
    • By trinity_enigma 17th Jul 17, 9:40 AM
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    Well i didn't even have time to visit the forum last week. Not sure why but time just disappeared each day.

    Will drop dd at nursery then head head out with ds to do the weekly shop then I'm going to tackle the kitchen!

    Determined to do better this week.
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 17th Jul 17, 9:42 AM
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    feeling grotty today.. ate a few chicken dippers yesterday.. ones tum does not like meat still, and likes fish even less.. and piggy me ate both.. so today I pay for it. I feel so sick I cannot eat despite being ravenous.. I may try a clear soup base thing see if I can handle that, getting something in usually helps with the nausea.

    Handstand!!??? I couldn't do them as a child I'm not even attempting now.. I was always very good at hula-hooping though.

    2 loads of laundry in before school run and 1 load out to dry.. I neeed to reshuffle now.

    My hips/knees are killing me after a crazy weekend of lifting and shifting.. DD2 moved home from uni so my frontroom is lost to a mountain of binbags.. 4 are to leave but ye gods only know where the rest is going.. I think boxing and loft for a lot of it!

    Todays list goes..

    hair wash if I can cope with it
    laundry x 8billion
    DW x2 or 3
    and 2 school runs

    I'm really tired. I don't want to do any of it.

    Pollycat is happy DD2 is home, DD2 is not happy about sharing a room with DD3 hahahaha..
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