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    • Valli
    • By Valli 7th Jan 18, 5:04 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 8th January 2018
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    • 7th Jan 18, 5:04 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 8th January 2018 7th Jan 18 at 5:04 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!

    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

    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!!!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 - Blitz those bathrooms

    Level 1

    Throw the windows open wide in your bathrooms, en-suites and cloakrooms
    Remove any rubbish from these rooms
    Flush loos and fling down some cream cleaner or loo cleaner
    Clear all the gibble from round the bath and out of showers
    Scrub bath and/or shower tray
    Wipe down edge of bath, panels and shower screens
    Wipe switches and sockets
    Check lighting is all working and not acting as fly cemetry - clean out if so
    Remove plugs and clean them, too including underneath; clear any traps

    Level 2

    Now the loo has had a soak scrub it out - don't forget under the rim
    Wipe all cistern, handles/buttons, outside of loo, seat and lid
    Flush loo and pour bleach round bowl
    Close lid
    Wipe toilet toll holder
    Check spare toilet roll stock has not mysteriously vanished

    Level 3

    Wipe sills and shelves
    Wipe soap bottles
    Polish towel rails
    clean out sink and polish taps
    Bleach down all drains and in all overflows
    Check for cobwebs in corners
    Sweep, wipe or vacuum floor as appropriate
    Put out fresh towels
    Dirty towels into the WM for a HOT wash


    S&S kitchen
    Check smoke alarms are fully-functional
    Mad half hour -
    if you're a H2H or a Flymarketeer use this time for that!

    Tuesday Twinkles Living room


    Empty out any rubbish
    Clear and clean coffee table
    Rehome anything which is out of place
    Wipe coasters
    Deal with any flowers/water & wipe plants
    Clear out fire/woodburner
    Get a just-damp cloth and wipe switches, sockets and places where sticky fingers linger

    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 - check for escaped baubles
    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! Challenge time for challengers!
    Binbag fling - grab a bin bag, run around the house and fill it with gibble and CHUCK IT OUT

    Wonderful Wednesday Boudoir beckons!

    Level one

    Open the window
    Strip the bed
    Fling the sheets in the washbasket
    Go and get your breakfast/kids off to school etc

    level 2

    Close the window (like you haven't already)
    Dust the headboard or vacuum as appropriate
    remake the bed
    Clear the floordrobe/chairdrobe or any other clutter
    (see - looks better already)

    Dust all horizontal surfaces - vertical too, if you have time
    Polish any mirrors

    Level Three
    Clean the windows
    Vacuum the floor
    Make sure bedside cabinets are clear of clutter


    If you need to keep meds upstairs (eg asthma inhalers) make sure they are in date and ready for use
    HHI - don't let it build up
    MAD half hour - use it for your challenges or sort a drawer in the bedroom

    Thrilling Thursday

    Hall, stairs, landing

    Level one

    Beat, vacuum or wash doormats
    Clean windows and mirrors
    Wipe switches and sockets
    Check corners and crevices - deweb!
    Put away summer coats/anything not currently in use

    Level two
    Dust, wipe or polish banisters and rails
    Clear out detritus
    Vacuum all floors or mop inc stairs
    Shift the shoe pile - put away anything not being worn

    Level 3
    Wash down front door inside and out
    Dust any furniture in these rooms
    Clean light fittings inc. wiping bulbs with a damp cloth - see how much brighter they are

    Check smoke alarms; CO alarms
    MAD half hour
    CHALLENGES - how are you doing?
    S&S kitchen
    S&S bathroom
    shops selling 'spring cleaning' stuff on offer - do you need anything?

    Friday Flight _ Kitchen and Dining Room

    Kitchen and Dining room

    Level One

    Change table cloth/wipe table mats
    Polish/wipe table and chairs
    Empty bins and wash them out
    Clear sides and wipe down sides and tiles
    Clean all appliances you keep out

    Level 2
    Clean cupboard fronts and wipe handles
    Wipe sockets and switches with a just-damp cloth
    Dust in dining room

    Level 3

    Clean and clear utility
    Clear sills and wipe
    Put out new or clean cloths and tea towels
    Mop/sweep/vacuum floor


    S&S bathroom
    Update your list of herbs and spices handily stuck inside the cupboard door so you know what you!!!8217;ve got in stock somewhere. Check all are (reasonably) in date, too.
    Choose a cupboard to clear and clean
    HHI - get that mountain down
    MAD half hour
    Last edited by Valli; 11-01-2018 at 10:06 PM.
    "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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    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 9th Jan 18, 7:18 AM
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    Morning. Super foggy here, so if it's like that with you, take care out and about.

    I am working at job 2 today to make up for taking time out last week and this week coming to get DD to appointments. As it's my major (may be read as only?!) true flying day, I am not best pleased. But this week was always going to be chaotic, so I'm trying to chill with it. I won't, but what's new.

    Washing has been shuffled already, and clean clothes returned to owners. Dinner is planned and defrosting. Iron pile is....non existent! Go me. Just finishing my porridge then I guess I will be doing a school run across country to avoid sitting in a queue for hours on end.

    Catch you all later.
    • Mademoiselle
    • By Mademoiselle 9th Jan 18, 7:45 AM
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    I progressed in the house yesterday and made a huge ingress into the mountain of washing and did not create an ironing mountain but today will be different. Off out in 10 minutes to pick up OH and take him to get a hire car whilst his is repaired, and I'm working from 1.30 - 7.30 so I guess not much will get done in the house. I have already put some washing in and will be home briefly before going to work, to eat so I will use that time to prepare dinner for tonight and turn washing round again. Tidied round living room and plumped up cushions so that's looking good, kitchen fine too as I washed up last night and put away this morning and OH emptied DW this morning.

    Hugs to all that want or need.
    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 9th Jan 18, 7:47 AM
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    Morning all

    Busy day yesterday, did first course in the morning then went mils and gave her kitchen a really good blitz, lots of ood food binned, cupboards scrubbed out and everything given a really good going over. Bought a load of her grubby stained tea towels bag to give a bleach and hot wash and promptly broke my wm! The filter was blocked so it started flooding out, now it has a warning light flashing. Dh thinks he's found a YouTube tutorial to fix it so we'll be trying that tonight. Upside is kitchen floor got a really good clean.

    No baby news yet, only in work lunchtime and afterschool club today so will try and crack on.

    Hugs to all that need them and I hope everyone has a great day. X
    SPC~11 No100 : : X4 O/t fund so far £2,300

    In a world that has decided that it's going to lose its mind, be more kind my friend, try to Be More Kind
    • wishingthemortgaheaway
    • By wishingthemortgaheaway 9th Jan 18, 7:59 AM
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    Morning all, what have you all done to me???
    Hubby went out to work at 5, by 5:10 I was up, by 5:20 I was dressed and downing my first caffeine fix.
    By 6:30 the front room has been blitzed as per today's tasks. The hoover is out, ready to do the vacuuming when I return from the childminder run. (6:30 is a little early to hoover in a terraced house)
    The (metal) waste paper basket & magazine racks have been through the dishwasher. The snuggle blankets are just finishing in the wm. ready to be hung to dry when I get back.
    Currently the non slip mats from the bath & shower are in the dishwasher in a last ditch attempt to rescue them before opting for new ones.
    Once that's done, I'll run an dishwasher cleaning solution through it.

    I just hope the rest of the day is as productive in a paid work capacity.

    Super flying everyone.
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    • Mademoiselle
    • By Mademoiselle 9th Jan 18, 10:13 AM
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    Doing better than expected, hire car collected, service booked for other car next week. 2nd load of washing in, 2 loads ironed and put away so still no ironing mountain.

    Just going to prepare dinner for tonight and then do myself an early lunch before going off to work.

    First coffee!
    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 9th Jan 18, 10:15 AM
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    Anyone want to join me for a hhcx3 I'm going to tackle the ironing basket that has strangely filled up since the new year.

    Oh the rule of switch it off then on again seems to be working, after leaving wm unplugged all night Ive chanced putting it on to the cycle I normally use and trying it. So far all is well. Lesson learned check the filter every month - yorkie wrappers do not wash well!
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    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 9th Jan 18, 12:01 PM
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    Morning all (just!).

    Well done on solving the wm problem, mrs-mp I must find out how to access the filter on my WM...

    I went to bed very late last night, having chosen my essay title and started researching for it - have got some really good leads, so am very happy.

    Also very happy at weigh-in this morning, as I have weighed in and have decluttered 5.5 lb in a week Last week I found I had put on 5 lb very suddenly , but I felt really ill with aching joints last Monday and Tuesday so maybe I had been suffering from fluid retention. Anyway, it's gone now, and another half pound with it, and I don't have to start paying my SW consultant again

    Flying wise, I have hung yesterday's washing on the airer, pulled our bedding straight and WUDUPA a couple of items.

    Busy afternoon ahead, so I must crack on. Will catch up late this evening (if I'm still awake after college!)
    Last edited by ionafan; 09-01-2018 at 12:04 PM. Reason: Can't spell!
    Wannabe Slinky! Target 10 st 10 lb
    02/01/2018: 11 st 10.5 lb
    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 9th Jan 18, 12:14 PM
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    One happy slinky reporting in

    Start weight - 12 stone 11 pounds
    Today: 12 stone 5 pounds

    Well done Iona
    Mortgage 8.2.15 - £171,064.64 Mortgage 1.5.2018 - £99,980.45
    Aiming to be MF 1.10.2020
    • MinnieMousesMummy
    • By MinnieMousesMummy 9th Jan 18, 1:02 PM
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    I have had a lazy start to the day, as I am still not feeling too well. I am going to post my list and try to get some stuff done.

    Marvellous Monday
    Sort through a pile of paperwork !!!8211; file or shred as required
    Discuss storage options for ds2!!!8217;s room with dh
    Clean the sink
    Check through the contents of the fridge
    Clean the work surfaces
    Sweep and mop the floor

    Tuesday - Master Bedroom
    Dust the surfaces
    Tidy away Christmas presents that have been abandoned at the bottom of the bed
    Sort through a pile of paperwork
    Connect up work blog and social media pages
    Contact uni for update on course change
    Hoover the bedroom floor
    Tidy up top of unit, as toiletries and makeup are spread everywhere at the moment
    Make hairdresser appointment for ds2
    Do 1 load of laundry
    Sort through home study courses and schedule work to meet deadlines
    Get a just-damp cloth and wipe switches, sockets and places where sticky fingers linger
    Take measurement for bedroom curtains and look for some online
    Check corners for cobwebs/spiders and remove
    Dust skirting boards
    Update diary
    Last edited by MinnieMousesMummy; 09-01-2018 at 1:14 PM.
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    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 9th Jan 18, 1:26 PM
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    Well done atb
    It's amazing what we can do when we put our minds to it - slinkies, H2Hers, flymarketeers and everyday flyers

    GWS MMM - rest between jobs x

    Dog walked, lunch cooking
    Wannabe Slinky! Target 10 st 10 lb
    02/01/2018: 11 st 10.5 lb
    • Narc0lepsy
    • By Narc0lepsy 9th Jan 18, 2:19 PM
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    Feeling smug. Sorry.

    Lost 5lb since 1st Jan. Good start to Slinkydom. It wonít continue, but itís a huge relief as I was soooo depressed last Monday.
    Originally posted by FurryBeastOz
    Well done, that is brilliant. Very envious but you put much more thought and effort into eating and exercise than I do. Though I did go to Zumba earlier.

    Have finished and sent the last report in my backlog. This afternoon will be blitzing office and getting paperwork ready for the next ones.
    Remember...a layer of dust protects the wood beneath it.
    • hex2
    • By hex2 9th Jan 18, 4:34 PM
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    Much scrubbing of the bathroom done her last night, have to admit it was a lot nicer for it. Hectic work day today so nothing done just yet.

    FFP I can't keep up at either but I need the old discipline of the list. I skim so apologies for anything important that I have missed
    Lamewolf hope the drive and scan went ok
    Mumof2 ouch! Hopefully they will be able to help once any diagnosis is confirmed.
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need' Marcus Tullius Cicero
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 9th Jan 18, 4:35 PM
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    MrsMP I have just done all my ironing, 2 empty baskets here any baby news yet?

    Been on my long drive, cold and misty out to sea today, didn't spend long looking at it today.

    Half a choccie fahter Christmas eaten
    Sun, Sea
    Slinky start date 29.01.18 28 to go / -14 so far and counting!!
    • Mumof2
    • By Mumof2 9th Jan 18, 4:36 PM
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    Great news for all the slinkies!!

    Cut right down on my use of the computer .... didn't know I am on here so much until I'm making a conscious effort not to.

    Done everything apart from this -

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

    Did intend to vacuum floor but have a rechargeable Dys0n and someone (mentioning no names - J) had left it uncharged so wasn't able to and now S is playing soldiers on the floor so no chance.

    Also for the H2H I've spent a good 30 mins at least picking up stuff and slinging/putting away/in for recycling etc so feel positive about that.
    • Faete
    • By Faete 9th Jan 18, 5:40 PM
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    I worked late last night so didn't get anything done, but today I had a quick blitz on the bath room as the living room isn't in too bad shape.

    • Scrubbed the bath and shower screen
    • Scrubbed the loo and added a Fresh Disc squidgey thing
    • Dusted the ceiling for cobwebs - where do they keep coming from?
    • Restocked the loo rolls
    • Put down fresh bath and loo mats and hand towels
    • Generally tidied up
    That's a hell of a lot more than I normally do on a work day!

    Is the Slinkies thing a weight loss record? If so, I'd like to participate as I have two fat stone to shed!

    Fae xx
    ďAnyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination." Oscar Wilde
    January Grocery Challenge - £189.44/£300.00
    • FurryBeastOz
    • By FurryBeastOz 9th Jan 18, 7:03 PM
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    The Xmas tree has finally left the building. All decorations waiting to go in the loft.

    Our wonderful cleaner came today so the house is almost ready for photos. Just need to put away some items. And clear the e-bay pile. I listed a whole lot more last night so fingers crossed it sells.

    Not going to have done well with Slinkydom today - I went to Mr T!!!8217;s Hangry. Cue pork pies and Costa. AND to add insult to injury we!!!8217;re havin Raclette tonight.

    Ive just booked in for Spin tomorrow in an attempt to undo some of the damage!.
    Goals - Weight loss 6/26lb at 22nd Jan 18
    • roundtuit
    • By roundtuit 9th Jan 18, 8:01 PM
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    Hello everyone

    Just dropped by to update my signature for the Slinkies challenge

    Minimum flying done today Made bed, fed birds, put rubbish & recycling out. That was done before I went to work. Plan to do more this evening has been abandoned - I've cooked my tea and eaten it and read my book. I'm drained - they had the radio on slightly louder in the office today and I couldn't tune it out the constant noise wears me down; by the time I left work I was contemplating throwing the dratted thing out of the window. Rationally I know I should just ask them to turn the volume down, but I didn't have the right head on to have the confidence to ask I'm useless.

    Can I have a hug please?

    Slinky Challenge 2018 target - lose 56 lbs
    Start Date: 02.01.18. Lost 16/56
    • wishingthemortgaheaway
    • By wishingthemortgaheaway 9th Jan 18, 8:19 PM
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    Hugs - noise like that is very wearing. I'm the opposite, I need the noise of a radio to drown out the babble of people's working noise, especially the tapping of keyboards.

    I am officially pooped! After my hugely successful morning pre work, work was good, but no opportunity for flying.

    So here's my list from today;

    Cook tea
    Update ynab categories
    Dry washing away
    Put pickle's wardrobe together
    Air the upstairs (open all the upstairs windows)
    Sort out wing back chair to be fixed
    Walker toy into boot of the car

    Living room:
    Empty rubbish bins
    Clear coffee table & wipe
    Clear clutter and regime
    Wipe coasters
    Wipe switches, sockets and handles
    Wipe window sills
    Clear wool stash
    Sort electricals and technical corner
    Binbag fling
    Sort toys in front room
    Hoover front room (including the corners/edges)
    Ring and organise blind repair

    Two jobs not done:
    Walker toy to carboot pile
    Mad half hour in loft.

    Off to check tomorrow's tasks now. Hoping I don't get a phone call for supply work now.
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    • Valli
    • By Valli 9th Jan 18, 8:50 PM
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    I have trawled through this thread and attempted to add people to challenges.

    let me know if I missed anyone.
    "I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness" Emily Dickinson

    Thank you Honey Bear
    • katto
    • By katto 9th Jan 18, 9:04 PM
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    Iíve not been massively productive - busy couple of work days - have swished and swiped bathroom, hoovered lounge and cleared/dusted coffee table. Have just got two house bunnies and can see constant hoovering in my future! So cute - so messy!

    Iím doing quite well about taking lunches to work so far this year - really want to have a good month financially and taking lunch from home definitely will help. Just being organised will help.

    Thanks for the lists - Iím not doing much as so tired but a little is better than none!
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