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    • Valli
    • By Valli 3rd Sep 17, 9:59 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 4th September 2017
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    • 3rd Sep 17, 9:59 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 4th September 2017 3rd Sep 17 at 9:59 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 - Love your lounge

    Level 1

    Open Windows
    Plump cushions
    Empty Bins
    Remove anything which doesn't belong here
    Deal with magazines/newspapers - recycle the old ones
    Attend to cut flowers and pot plants

    Level 2

    Vacuum upholstery inc under seat pads
    Dust around everywhere
    Make sure logs are in and drying - autumn's looming
    Wipe light switches/sockets and places where sticky fingers linger

    Level 3

    Vacuum/mop floors
    Clean Windows
    Clean light fittings
    Make sure your sitting room/lounge/whatever you call it is ready for the most important people in your life - your family - to relax in.


    Check you have spare light bulbs in because they blow at the most inconvenient time.
    get all smoke detectors tested and replace batteries
    Make any routine appointments
    And if the kiddiwinks have gone back to school and you have time at home alone, then sit down with a book, and a cuppa, and RELAX for half and hour. If you haven't got any kids relax anyway...if reading's not your bag what about a nice, long UNINTERRUPTED bath...or snooze... you get the idea

    Triffic Tuesday

    Bathroom blitz....

    Are you ready Steve?. Uh uh, Andy? Yeah Mick? Okay alright fellas...

    Let's goooooooo

    Level one

    Open windows
    Remove rubbish
    Take toothglass downstairs for washing
    Remove towels

    Level 2
    Scrub bath/ shower and don't forget screen and taps
    Polish taps with mf cloth
    Wipe Bath panel
    Douse loo in loo cleaner
    Scrub out loo
    Wipe outside if loo with cloth
    Put loo cloth in wm

    Level 3
    Scrub sink
    Wipe/polish any cabinets
    Polish sink taps
    Vacuum/ mop floor
    Put out clean towels

    Remove fly corpses from light fitting
    Clean pelmets and skirtinga and any dust traps
    Do something nice for those you love - bake a cake...or a batch of Twinks
    If today is your first child free day TAKE TIME OUT for youself

    Wednesday Wipe day - kitchen dining

    Level 1

    Open windows
    Empty bins
    Clear sides, wipe, wipe what lives there and replace
    rehome all worktop gibble
    Clean table - polish/wipe and chairs, too

    Level 2

    Wipe down all cupboard and drawer fronts - don't forget handles and tops and bottoms where drips hide and dry - ugh
    Dust dining area
    Remove gibble from dining room (It's my dump - somebody else must be equally bad)

    level 3
    Clean and clear floors
    wipe sockets, switches skirtings


    Clean windows

    Thursday Thrills - Boudoir Beautification

    Level 1

    Open the windows W-I-D-E
    Strip the bed
    Remove rubish
    Clear floordrobe/chairdrobe/little heaps/big heaps

    Level 2
    make the bed with FRESH linen (mmmm) and put out clean nightclothes

    (even if you get nothing else done)

    Clean the window
    Dust everywhere

    level 3
    Vacuum lampshades and dust lightshades/chandeliers (and make sure the chain is still strong)
    Vacuum floor


    Have a nice, long bath so you slip between your sheets clean, fresh and relaxed...
    Check 'emergency stocks' (mine is UHT milk and catfood) are well in date so you don't have to venture out in foul weather
    MAD half hour - keep frog munching flyfolk

    Friday Fling - get set for the weekend

    Either - pick another bedroom and repeat Thursday


    get a just-damp cloth, a box and a binbag and spend 15 minutes MAXIMUM in each room tidying, straightening, wiping sticky marks and binning rubbish. Put anything that need washing in the laundry bin. Put of clean handtowels in the
    bathrooms and kitchen. Vacuum high-traffic areas. Now your WHOLE HOUSE looks clean!

    re-pressurise boiler
    shower or bathe (just me? okay - I have had a 'personal wash' - HATE starting the day withour a shower!)
    Last edited by Valli; 08-09-2017 at 7:09 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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    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 10th Sep 17, 5:42 PM
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    We've lit the woodburner
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    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 10th Sep 17, 6:36 PM
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    Jojo the Tightfisted
    Fayolle.. I have done nothing ..

    I have laundry to do and fold,
    uniforms to sort,
    socks to pair,
    DW to run,
    pack ups to sort,
    shoes to sort.. school are collecting old shoes to send to Africa so I have at least a binbags worth to fling in their needy direction.. they will need an extra boat by the time I've finished! I have so much to do and what am I doing??
    Considering whether OH would make a good swimming instructor,
    exploring swimm sessions in the local hydrotherapy pool for Twinkle.. I can't do public pools but I am less repulsed by the idea of a hydrotherapy pool.. yes I'm a freak it's fine, I already know!..
    Girls needs shower/bug check
    Reading books need reading

    And so far today I have.. filled 1 basket with laundry.. because the cat has pee'd on it and it was stinky.

    ok.. ok.. I'm moving... I hate that I am so lazy!
    Originally posted by pigpen
    Hydrotherapy pools are amazing. Lovely and warm and supportive; if I could have afforded it and had the time and inclination to travel so far, I'd have happily paid to keep going to the one at the big teaching hospital that gave me physio a few years back, as they offered after hours use for a few quid a week. I went for gym membership at a place that has a tiny, relatively warm and less used (due to being tiny) pool. Far less opportunity for other people doing what lots do in pools [shudder].

    Have decanted all girly clothes into the wardrobe in the spare room. Still think I can smell the Stinky Lodger in there, so have asked Himself to pick up an orange when he goes to the shop later, as I already have cloves. And don't want stinky clothes.

    Have gently explained to Himself that whilst Toad in the Hole is a great choice for today, it really doesn't go with tinned spaghetti and corned beef. He is now resignedly boiling some potatoes and searching for the gravy granules. Mind you, going by the smell of charred batter, I'm not convinced I'm having more than boiled potatoes and gravy today.

    Why can't he just get a job and thereby surrender the time and moral authority for me to take back 50% of the cooking? I'd also appreciate the opportunity to put my own white washing in with the darks and shrink jumpers in the tumble drier.
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.

    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll
    Originally posted by colinw
    • froddington
    • By froddington 10th Sep 17, 6:52 PM
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    Dizzy (((HUGS)))

    Thanks for this - I shall hang onto the hope, however tenuous.
    The big difference with me is that I've never had friends; I never really learned to socialise as a child - I couldn't relate to the other kids at all, and quickly found that staying away from them was my best option. I do remember once overhearing a neighbour whom I had to call "Auntie Wendy" remarking to my mother that if I was a boy, she'd wonder if I was autistic (back then, it wasn't recognised that girls could be on the autistic spectrum) and I do have to wonder if I am indeed on the spectrum, just not diagnosed.
    Originally posted by LameWolf
    It's quite possible - girls on the spectrum often present very differently to boys which is why it used to be thought of as a 'boy' thing. Working with children on the spectrum has shown me that no two are alike and, as pigpen said, I think everyone has some autistic tendencies! I know how difficult socialising can be for these children and, if a person has never been given the support and strategies for dealing with it, then how are they supposed to cope? Even today, lots of children don't get a correct diagnosis and miss out on vital support

    Flying lacking somewhat today but I have laminated all the timetable symbols for class and done some planning, had lunch with Mum and been to visit Dad.
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    it's a sign you have been strong for too long
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    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 10th Sep 17, 8:09 PM
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    Jojo the Tightfisted
    Have fed the unasked for microwave chicken in luminous red sauce that appeared on the plate with the not quite fully cooked potatoes, toad in the hole and about a teaspoon of chicken gravy to the cat.

    He had the accumulation of ingredients for his tea, so he claims.

    Going to nip out there in a minute and see if I can sneak a corned beef sandwich. I'm starving.

    One day I'm going to have to tell him he might be capable of cooking well, but I haven't seen much evidence of it for a long time and it's about time he stops doing this before he either poisons me, himself (as per the packet of pate he left out overnight and then proceeded to eat) or I poison him in an effort to get near my own bloody kitchen for a change.

    In the meantime, I'm off upstairs to change the bed and remind him about the light fittings.
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.

    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll
    Originally posted by colinw
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 10th Sep 17, 9:44 PM
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    Well the bathroom got cleaned and stayed that way for all of a couple of hours - result! Jam got made out of elderly NDN's rhubarb as she insisted it got put to good use. The first real roast of the season got cooked. Today was DH's birthday, so he got Yorkshires as a treat. Pudding and cake as well, so no complaints should be forthcoming . However poor DH had to spend his birthday looking at care homes for FiL, which wasn't the best of days all round.
    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 10th Sep 17, 9:57 PM
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    Sorry for the delay, my internet has been down for what seems forever today

    So without further delay the NEW THREAD

    Struggling financially

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    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 10th Sep 17, 10:18 PM
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    Far less opportunity for other people doing what lots do in pools [shudder]. .
    Originally posted by Jojo the Tightfisted
    This is my problem.. I wouldnt get in the bath with someone I didn't know, and people snot and spit in the public pools, they get in, unwashed, sluice their armpits.. they have bodily secretions.. I know I do too, I'm not ok with wallowing in mine either. They shed and ooze and icky..

    Our public pools only have ladders to get in mostly and my hips can't do those.. which restricts me massively. I can't get in with males and the female only sessions you can't take children and I need one to hide behind.

    I am aware I have a problem lol
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