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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 8th Oct 17, 9:09 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 9th October 2017
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    • 8th Oct 17, 9:09 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 9th October 2017 8th Oct 17 at 9:09 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.

    Please follow the forum rules 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’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...

    Magical Monday - Barnacled Bathroom and Sociable Study/Pc Area
    Level One..
    Clean floors in these rooms (even if it is around the clutter)
    Throw away all those empty bottles of shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, hairspray etc. I know they make the room look pretty but they are just cluttering up the place..!!
    Level Two...
    Clean baths, toilets and sinks
    Remove and bin all those slivers of soap that you have been saving, do you really need them?
    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...
    Clear clutter from floor
    Wipe down tiles in bathroom.. defragment the pc while doing this (programs.. accessories..system tools.. defragment!.).. if you do the disc cleanup as well, clear all the cookies and temporary files too
    Delete 10 links in your favourites which you no longer use or are dead!
    Clean shower screen/curtain if you have one/if required
    Clean/wash the brushes/dust box/filters on the vacuum cleaner!!!! .. make sure they are completely dry before using it though.. I don’t want anyone electrocuted!!
    Change hand towels and flannels
    • Wipe the skirtings, door and window frames in these rooms
    • Wash your bathroom mats, nets, clean blind/curtains etc
    • Grab a binbag and fill it with stuff to leave the house.. rubbish or charity shop or to donate to a friend!
    • Clean the radiators in these rooms

    Tantalising Tuesday ~ Masterful Master Bedroom & Loopy Landing
    Level One...

    Check fire alarms are working
    Remove and wash bed linen.
    Level Two...
    Dust surfaces & make sure no cobwebs..
    Vacuum mattress before replacing with fresh linen.. do you need that winter duvet yet?
    15 minutes floordrobe clearance
    Level Three...
    Vacuum floors in bedroom and on landing
    Sort one area of clothes or linen storage making sure only what should be in there is, anything that's had it's day or doesn't belong there is removed
    Clear a hotspot., or spend 15 minutes clearing one.
    • 27 fling boogie time, time for that midweek fling, go on grab a bag and clear that clutter
    • Put away those summer clothes from someones cupboard and get out the winter woollies.. don’t store anything that is past its best! Make a list of things you need to buy!!
    • Clean windows in these rooms
    • Check house for places where draughts are getting in.. doors, windows etc and see if there are ways to stop it!

    Wishful Wednesday ~ those frightening kids rooms and spare rooms
    Level One...
    Vacuum the floor, even if it's just where you can see
    Level Two...
    Clear away anything that isn't in it's place, clothes, toys, books etc
    Dusting.. all those shelves and flat fluffy surfaces!! Don’t forget the light shade and curtain pole!!!
    Level Three...
    Strip beds and replace with fresh linen .. check if duvets need freshening up too!!
    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
    • Wash a set of curtains, nets, duvet or throw
    • Time for the Flylady Fling, in the toy box!!!! aim for 27.. if no toy box you’ll have to choose another area!
    • 30 minutes ironing

    Tantalising Thursday ~ Kooking Kitchen and Dancing Dining Room
    Level One...
    Clean floors
    Level Two...
    Clear and wipe kitchen surfaces
    Sort fridge bringing what needs using soon to the front, clean out any spills or grots in there!
    Wipe dining table.. (clean table cloth if necessary)
    Level Three...
    Dust any extra furniture in dining area, checking for cobwebs on way round
    Wipe and replace all those small appliances.. kettle, toaster etc
    Descale kettle and iron
    Clean cupboard door fronts and fronts of appliances .. don't forget those kick boards..
    Check those washing machine filters and drawers for ickiness!! Tumble dryer and dishwasher filters need to be done too!!

    • Wipe window sills and clean windows in these rooms
    • Wipe down any tiles and shine those taps.. a toothbrush is great for cleaning away the gunk!
    • Clean oven if you didn't do it last week
    • 30 minutes ironing.

    Friday ~ Luscious Living Room, Handsome Hall Stupendous Stairs
    Level One...
    Vacuum floors and sofas
    Level Two...
    Dusting, even if around everything
    Remove clutter making sure stairs especially are safe
    Clean TV, other electricals and cabinets
    Water any thirsty plants, wipe their poor neglected leaves!!
    Level Three...
    Wipe light switches, sockets (make sure they are not switched on!!) and banister
    Clean any other glass like mirrors, pictures etc
    Tidy shoes, coats and bags .. wash any that need washing in preparation for cold weather!! See if there are any that don't fit, past their best or just plain uncomfy which could leave the house!
    Put up linings or winter curtains to keep out those draughts.
    • Paperwork clearance.. spend 15 minutes minimum sorting through those piles of paper.
    • Vacuum under furniture you can manage to move without hurting yourself
    • Clean a window or two.
    • Get yourself a bag or box, go around collecting things that are not in the place they should be, then put them back where they should be, or better still give them to their owners to put away themselves
    • 30 minutes ironing
    • Get those uniforms, games kits, coats and things in the wash which you will need on Monday

    FRIDAY EXTRA - Don't forget your ME time this weekend, even if it's just a nice relaxing bath!!! Go on you deserve it
    Last edited by Natty68; 13-10-2017 at 6:46 PM.

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    • x_raphael_xx
    • By x_raphael_xx 12th Oct 17, 3:44 PM
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    Still feeling rotten today, feel exhausted and haven't done anything.

    We'll I have hung the washing, emptied the DW, collected my car from the garage and got a quote to fix a window & install a doggy door in the back door.
    So not too bad.

    No actual flying however, house is tidy at least.
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    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 12th Oct 17, 4:17 PM
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    I put 5 things into the washing machine.. and hung out 9 things.. inc. 6 towels

    That is my day summed up.
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    • By YORKSHIRELASS 12th Oct 17, 7:02 PM
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    So... Valli, did you actually get up in the middle of the night to use the steam Vax thingy. That is some flylady dedication.

    DS2 been home recovering from sickness bug. DH been home doing some decorating because he is feeling off it. DS1 got home from work an hour before me. Did I really expect someone to have started cooking tea when I came home from a day at work? Sigh.

    So two lots of paid stuff done, threw some chicken into a jar of sauce to make curry for me and DS1, one load of washing in to hang out tomorrow. Need to check online banking and really should try and do a little more paid stuff.
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 12th Oct 17, 8:01 PM
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    It must have been the sheer jealousy of Vali having a steam thingy that got me going this morning...

    Before I went to work, I had done HHI, put DW on, dug some ribs out of the freezer for dinner, and cleaned the bathroom. When I got back, I dusted and vacced downstairs, emptied the DW, ran the WM, did a couple of bits of admin on the laptop, and stuck the ribs in to marinade. The kitchen has been sort of tidied, so not so bad. Tomorrow is generally a no fly day, so I'm getting ahead while I can!
    Next week, I really must get back to more efficient meal planning as I'm winging it at the mo, and forgetting to get stuff out of the freezer and not doing packups for the next day. The SC needs to be back in full time action.
    • Valli
    • By Valli 12th Oct 17, 8:18 PM
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    So... Valli, did you actually get up in the middle of the night to use the steam Vax thingy. That is some flylady dedication.
    Originally posted by YORKSHIRELASS
    no that was when I got up to go to the loo as I always try to put DW and WM on as is cheap rate .

    But the cat had messed the floor (stealing food) so a bit got steamed again this morning
    "I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness" Emily Dickinson

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    • By YORKSHIRELASS 12th Oct 17, 8:42 PM
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    Ha Valli I know you were excited about the steamer but I was actually slightly worried about you. Feel strangely relieved that none of us have got to the point of cleaning in our sleep.

    Mind you I think I have just been sleep-working. I am so tired. Clocking off now. Dad to hospital for a check up tomorrow so day off paid stuff no. 1. Lots of other stuff to do though.
    • bossymoo
    • By bossymoo 12th Oct 17, 8:51 PM
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    I've been AWOL what with it being Thursday and all. But, having got home at 7:20 I've fed and bathed the kids, put them to bed and came back down to clean the kitchen which was just full of carp. I've also stuck a wash on as there's a few bits I need for the weekend.

    Chazzer bags ready for tomorrow, curtain pole not collected why do people do that - you either bl00dy want it or you don't. Pfft.

    Lowlight of day: freezing cold tonight at the 3G pitch. Highlight of the day: seeing a live one-man haka performance DS said he wants to learn it it might help with their football lol

    Away with the fairies
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 12th Oct 17, 8:54 PM
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    I spent the whole morning talking to my friend over bacon sandwiches, coffee and cups of tea Then I went to MrS for the bi-monthly shop of things that I can't get at @!&| - it was expensive After lunch I managed to get out in the garden for an hour or so, swept up all the leaves that had fallen on the lawn this week and even tidied up the borders. Rosie had a good long walk with me before tea, and this evening I have spent an hour on the phone to my SiL.

    Other flying has consisted of washing and drying my warm jacket, S&S'ing the bathroom and kitchen and making the bed.

    It's been a good day, though I haven't got round to doing any studying, and I shall simply have to get on with it tomorrow.

    (((Hugs))) all round as needed for those who are poorly, tired, overworked, underpaid or just plain fed up x
    High-fives to everyone else
    Last edited by ionafan; 12-10-2017 at 8:56 PM.
    • lynnejk
    • By lynnejk 12th Oct 17, 10:21 PM
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    Evening all

    High-fives returned Iona

    Had a lovely treat today. Was watching from the balcony the gannets wheeling and diving and a pod of dolphins appeared ! We only get to see them about twice a year, at the most, and they were really close to our side as well. About eight of them and they were having a lovely game, chasing about and leaping out of the water - wish the weather had been better for some piccies.

    Went for my ECG today. DH took me on his way to work, I was in there for thirty minutes and then it took me two hours to get home with the buses - sigh. Pleased I took a book with me.

    Dailies done
    Spanish lessons done
    Bed hoovered, turned and put on clean bedding

    Magical Monday - Barnacled Bathroom
    Clean baths, toilets and sinks
    Wipe down tiles in bathroom
    Wipe the skirtings, door and window frames in these rooms

    Tantalising Tuesday ~ Masterful Master Bedroom [

    Wishful Wednesday ~ spare room

    Tantalising Thursday ~ Kooking Kitchen and Dancing Dining Room

    Hugs, gws vibes, spoons and sticks as needed
    Hope you all have a fantastic Friday
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    • PiggyBankShaker
    • By PiggyBankShaker 13th Oct 17, 9:29 AM
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    Hi Fliers,

    Went AWOL yesterday, chest infection was way worse. All breathless and tired. However, managed to get the kids to swimming lessons and fed them afterwards, so I don't feel bad about not doing any flying. Then DS woke up at midnight with a pain in his ear so I only had about 5 hours sleep last night... Still, I feel better today so I need to catch up on chores. Already put the bin and recycling out and sent the kids off to school with packed lunches.

    Level 1
    Washing up
    Change bed and wash sheets
    Vacuum landing and stairs
    Walk dog

    Level 2
    Clean fridge
    Clean kitchen windows
    Coat of paint on upcycling project

    Level 3
    Sort and tidy 1 cupboard
    Spend 15 minutes tidying the playroom

    Hope everyone is well and that your Friday is awesome!
    Trying to declutter, tidy and clean in time for our 10-year 'housiversary.'
    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 13th Oct 17, 9:52 AM
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    Morning All

    Piggybankshaker - take it easy today love, sounds like you need some RnR to recharge your batteries x
    Lynn - sorry to hear you had a rotten journey home. Thank goodness for good books!

    Up since 5.30 with DS so lots done already:

    - kids to school / pre-school
    - two loads of washing on line
    - one load on heated airer
    - DW unloaded and reloaded
    - beds made.

    I've had a late breakfast and will be popping out shortly to get some much needed supplies. Was going to walk to try and get my step count up but it's just started raining. Hoping DH will be home from work in time to assemble some shelves for DS room.

    Looking forward to wine & burgers tonight. Back later xx
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    • bossymoo
    • By bossymoo 13th Oct 17, 9:55 AM
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    Get well soon PBS xx

    Drum roll: I took the toys to the charity shop! *glow* they've been sat in my dining room most of the summer gathering dust, no interest in attempted sales. Now they are gone. Lady in the shop was very pleased to have them, they had a recent break-in. I stayed a while for a chat, I don't know her but she seemed quite shaken about it still so I figured a friendly ear wouldn't go unnoticed.

    Also purchased some Halloween sweeties while I was there

    Today, I need to clean the main bathroom (did my little one last night), clean out the furries cage, chop some veg and leave instructions for feeding children and animals at the weekend. May even pop out and buy a cooked chicken and some steam-veg to make mums life easier since she'll be looking after 3 + 2 this weekend!

    Also need to pack my overnight bag, don't need much, we're not going anywhere fancy...

    Hugs all round and positive weekend wishes xxx

    Away with the fairies
    • x_raphael_xx
    • By x_raphael_xx 13th Oct 17, 11:14 AM
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    Hey all, starting to feel a little better today. Didn't wake up at 3am again so that helped. Little bit of a headache and stuffy nose still, but throat is a lot better.
    All bodes well for my half marathon on sunday. Unfortunately bf is starting to feel ill.
    I'm going to stick to the basics again today, don't want to push myself too hard.

    We could do with putting a sports wash on (they do better without fabric softener) as bf wants to wear his new 10k tee-shirt we got for the race last sunday. Apart from that its just dishes, I'll put the DW after lunch.

    I'm off to the theatre tonight to watch a Japanese production of Macbeth. My all time favourite play, should be good!
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    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 13th Oct 17, 3:41 PM
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    Hello everyone.

    Enjoy your weekend Bossy. Hugs to everyone who needs them.

    I'm off the paid stuff today. DH and I have a rare 3 days together. So far today, I have done dailies, had my haircut, had new tyres fitted to car, done a bit of shopping and two dog walks.

    I am going to catch up with some reading now.

    Have a great afternoon/evening everyone.
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    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 13th Oct 17, 4:01 PM
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    I also had my hair cut
    VAT done
    Bank account closed and moved else where. (poor service)
    Checked electric and gas bill, seems ok £100 in credit, but with the winter coming on, I'm gonig to let it for now until the spring, then re take on the DD set up.
    Shoppnig done
    Volunteering job done

    To do
    Pack up a parcel
    Sort dinner

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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 13th Oct 17, 6:46 PM
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    OMG everyone, I am so sorry but Friday's list didn't get put up today.. it was a day of rushing about etc...

    But I have put it up just incase anyone fancies doing it over the weekend...although I see you have all been good and done well without the list today

    Once again, so sorry.. Hope you can all forgive me for my tardiness xxxx

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    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 13th Oct 17, 7:14 PM
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    I'm off to the theatre tonight to watch a Japanese production of Macbeth. My all time favourite play, should be good!
    Originally posted by x_raphael_xx
    I'm jealous - that sounds really interesting.

    I've got another filthy rotten cold. And Mr LW helped me wash my hair this morning, and a huge great handful of it fell out. *cries* I really am so sick and tired of the carp this lupus throws at me.

    Sorry for the whinge; I don't have anyone else I can tell.
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    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 13th Oct 17, 7:19 PM
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    OH off today so we went out for dinner.. we've not done that for nearly 2 years so I think we deserved the treat..

    all the washing done.. just airing some off and it can all go away.

    Pixie de-flea'd .. she had none last Sunday and has great big monsters when she came out of school today!
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    • By YORKSHIRELASS 13th Oct 17, 7:55 PM
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    Hi all

    Dad taken to his hospital appointment grumpy and irritable (perhaps understandably) so I forced myself into jolly cheery mode and let it all wash over me.

    Some paid stuff, some laundry sorted, everyone fed with DHs help, kitchen cleaned - although floor needs doing. DH seems to be coming down with DS2s bug.

    I have to make decisions soon about work. As you know I am currently juggling two jobs. There is a possibility that I could re-train and take qualifications so that I could apply for a promotion in job no. 1 but I would have to keep both pt jobs in the meantime. This might be doable if I could get some help at home with the cooking, cleaning, laundry etc but I just cant see that happening. Or it may happen until the novelty wears off.

    I want to do this - and of course it would benefit the family because I would be bringing in more money but its seems stupid to take on even more on. Just dont know.

    Anyway, hope you are OK LW, it is a hideous condition.

    Thank goodness its the weekend.
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 13th Oct 17, 8:54 PM
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    Parcel wrapped
    Rubbish out
    Dinner done

    I still have the ironing to do
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