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    • Valli
    • By Valli 4th Mar 18, 6:21 PM
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    Valli
    Weekly Flylady Thread 5th March 2018
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    • 4th Mar 18, 6:21 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 5th March 2018 4th Mar 18 at 6:21 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...



    Magnificent Monday - Kitchen and dining room
    Level One


    Clear and wipe worksurfaces
    Scrub down the front of units and large appliances - don't forget those icky handles!


    Level Two

    Wipe and replace small appliances
    Clean oven and hob
    Wash windows and sills

    Level Three

    Wipe the table and chairs... clean cloth if necessary
    Sweep and mop the floor
    Degunge the fridge!

    Extras

    Thoroughly clean the cutlery drawer!
    Run the WM's and DW's through a clean cycle
    Clean all the filters and door seals etc
    Before you put the cloth in the wash - wipe the catflap!
    HHI
    A new month has started - make sure you have all cards needed!


    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

    Extras
    Remove fly corpses from light fitting
    Clean pelmets and skirting and any dust traps
    Do something nice for those you love - bake a cake...or a batch of Twinks
    Work on one (at least) of your challenges...MAD half hour!


    Wednesday - Beautiful Bedroom

    Level 1
    Open the window
    strip the bed
    clean window
    make bed
    dust sill
    dust curtain rails/pelmets

    Level 2
    dust all surfaces
    wipe light pulls/switches
    wipe cosmetic bottles with a just-damp cloth
    polish mirrors

    Level 3
    vacuum/dust all light fittings
    clear detritus from bedside tables
    empty any bins
    vacuum/sweep floors

    extras
    clear bedside cabinets
    HHI
    S&S kitchen and bathroom
    MAD half hour - challenge time


    Thursday look after the lounge day

    Level 1


    Open windows and let in fresh air
    Empty bin
    Flick a cobweb duster round coving, along picture rail and over light fittings
    Vacuum or wipe sofa and swap cushions and/or seat pads
    Plump cushions
    Tidy and clean coffee/side tables

    Level 2

    Dust everywhere and wipe sticky spots inc switches with a damp cloth
    Don't forget skirting, tops of doors and sills and curtain tracks

    Level 3

    Thorough vacuum inc under furniture
    Don't forget the edges
    Wipe door - both sides
    Clean window

    Extras

    s&s bathrooms, kitchen
    HHI
    Plan some me time or down time for this weekend
    Challenge work - use your MAD half hour


    Final Flourish Friday - those neglected or high-traffic areas

    Halls, stairs, landing, porch


    Level 1


    Clear out the clutter
    Whack the mats against a wall
    Clean windows and mirrors


    Level 2

    Dust all horizontal surfaces
    Wipe banisters, light switches and sticky finger traps
    Assign shoe-cleaning duty to shoe owners


    Level 3
    Check high places and dark corners for webs
    Sweep, mop and vacuum the floor - whichever's best for your flooring


    Extras
    Assign a child to pocket checking - make sure nothing unpleasant is being harboured
    Give kiddies a bin bag - to fill from their OWN room
    Find a frog and start to nibble it and/or MAD half hour
    S&S bathroom and kitchen
    Last edited by Valli; 08-03-2018 at 9:53 PM. Reason: [
    "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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    • Itisme
    • By Itisme 5th Mar 18, 8:37 AM
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    Itisme
    Since yesterday I've been working at having less tabs open when online, with the help of a browser extension. I feel less overwhelmed that way, and so I'm trying to be more mindful each time I open a tab. The urge to open loads at once is just what I am used to, so it's difficult. As with anything -- baby steps!

    To Do
    Recycling and empty bin
    Shower and brush teeth
    Catch up on writing (started)
    Phone maintenance (did a lot on 18th, more end of March/early April)
    Review important e-mails (did some)

    Reward for getting each task done (or in some cases; started) -- a puzzle and/or colouring.
    Last edited by Itisme; 01-04-2018 at 2:41 AM.
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 5th Mar 18, 8:38 AM
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    ionafan
    Morning all

    Trying to be in this week. The house is a mess because I didn't lift a finger last week except to raise mugs of honey, ginger and lemon. I am still left with a bunged-up head and racking cough, but I can't ignore the piles of work and long lists of flying that have to be done this week. The toddler group that I'm starting up opens on Thursday and there is loads to prepare for that, and of course there's prep to be done for college tomorrow, but I have written myself some lists and will knuckle down to it.

    Thank you Valli for the list, but I will mainly follow my own routine this week. My flying for today will cover our bedroom and essential S&S-ing of bathroom, ensuite and kitchen. Rosie has her class this afternoon (she is not impressed that the snow has gone and we are left with mud everywhere)

    So far I have
    - got more plastic storage boxes out of the loft - DH bought them to transport his model railway when we first moved nearly 9 years ago; now I'm re-purposing them as toy boxes which will be stored at church [fer-ling!]
    - had help from DH in stripping the bed

    Off to put the bedding in the WM and eat breakfast (prepared by DH )

    (((Hugs))) spoons and sticks all round, as needed x
    Wannabe Slinky! Target 10 st 10 lb
    02/01/2018: 11 st 10.5 lb
    • Mumof2
    • By Mumof2 5th Mar 18, 8:42 AM
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    Mumof2
    OMG what I found lurking at the back of the fridge was beyond disgusting; bleugh - dealt with it all though and just trying not to think about it! DH keeps making stuff I don't know about it and stashing it away so it gets unused and then festers.

    Round keep doing what you're doing - anxiety is a pig (I know, I suffer too) and it bullies us as does anything MH wise. You are taking control by doing what you're doing and that's excellent. Can I ask if you've ever had CBT to help? I did and learned some good techniques. Not saying they always work but if I can get myself back to a reasonable level they can help me get clarity and see what's happening.
    H2H challenge: 3hours 30 mins
    Flymarkeeteer: 120 and counting
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 5th Mar 18, 9:01 AM
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    Jazee
    Me again. In the last hour I have quickly run the hoover round, checked all smoke/carbon monoxide detectors and have polished and wiped the entire HSL (which is quite easy as its recently been decorated and the doors are new).

    Job search now.
    Savings 2018: 1641.70
    • roundtuit
    • By roundtuit 5th Mar 18, 10:08 AM
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    roundtuit
    Round keep doing what you're doing - anxiety is a pig (I know, I suffer too) and it bullies us as does anything MH wise. You are taking control by doing what you're doing and that's excellent. Can I ask if you've ever had CBT to help? I did and learned some good techniques. Not saying they always work but if I can get myself back to a reasonable level they can help me get clarity and see what's happening.
    Originally posted by Mumof2
    Thank you Mumof2 xx I have had CBT (and talking therapy and hypnotherapy and one bloke who just said I was 'allergic to excitement' ) in the past, and I do have strategies to put in place (when I remember ) - distraction is one of them. I also break things down into baby steps and talk to myself telling myself I'm doing well as I progress. I don't know why ringing the garage is such a big deal for me - I use the village garage, grew up with the owner, had a Saturday job there when I was doing my A-levels and they are always lovely. Ten minutes after I phoned John was here with a gadget - started Pip, told me to let the engine run for 30 minutes to charge the battery, then take her down to the garage later and he'll check things out - but you can't check a battery while it's flat apparently.

    Round 1 is completed.
    Round 2 =
    1. unload WM
    2. WUDUPA a bowl of pots
    3. set up bullet journal for March
    4. do an on-line Mr T shop
    5. write a list for C00p of stuff to keep up going 'til Mr T delivers
    6. coffee

    Itisme - hello

    Rxx
    Slinky Challenge 2018 target - lose 56 lbs
    Start Date: 02.01.18. Lost 16/56
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 5th Mar 18, 10:25 AM
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    Honey Bear
    (((Hugs))) Frodders. Any chance it's something straightforward like a urine infection caD using your mum's confusion?
    Fingers crossed for Mr D Imp's interview news.
    Mumof2, you probably know MoD jobs are subject to security clearance. Because I was born in Germany (army brat) the agency I once worked for had not realised I was subject to an extra level of clearance, so my application had been put on the back burner. One phone call by me cleared it up, but if I hadn't chased it, I wouldn't have got the job. Five weeks is too long - can you or J ring them to see what's happening?

    Kitchen, sitting room and bathroom tidied.

    I'm hanging around waiting for someone to come and collect the jars for a second time I put on Gumtree for free. Kelpie is desperate for his second walk but I can't leave the house until OH is back because of this wretched woman. Gumtree now offers a Review for buyers so she's very, very silly.
    Keeping it AF
    • roundtuit
    • By roundtuit 5th Mar 18, 10:40 AM
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    roundtuit
    Just sticking my head round the door, mid-Round, to say that I've got the empty WM running on a hot wash - is that a clean cycle?

    If it is I am doing something from the list , if it's not, heyho, at least I'm trying. (Very trying some would say )

    Gone now
    Slinky Challenge 2018 target - lose 56 lbs
    Start Date: 02.01.18. Lost 16/56
    • Dizzy Imp
    • By Dizzy Imp 5th Mar 18, 10:48 AM
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    Dizzy Imp
    *Ahem* Fanfare please...

    I have sorted my wardrobe.

    Flung, donated, packed down and rediscovered lots of clothes, bags, shoes, belts, jewellery, scarves etc.

    I am uber proud of myself.

    *wanders off polishing halo.
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 5th Mar 18, 10:49 AM
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    ionafan
    Update

    I have
    - tidied my side of the bedroom
    - sorted washing
    - moved WMx1 to TD and started WMx2
    - given the kitchen a good S&S including windowsill and unit doors/handles, emptied bins
    - moved things round in the utility so that I can have space on the table
    - FUPA clean, aired washing
    - showered
    - given the bathroom a good S&S
    - washed one storage box
    - made
    - added more things to my list for this week
    - tried to ring DDiL2 but got no reply

    Now knuckling down to more paperwork

    ETA Fanfare for Dizzy!
    Wannabe Slinky! Target 10 st 10 lb
    02/01/2018: 11 st 10.5 lb
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 5th Mar 18, 11:34 AM
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    kazwookie
    I've

    Hoovered the whole house
    Emptied the bagless thingy yuk
    Cleaned / washed / wiped out the fridge
    Wm still on the go
    Cleaned the toilets
    Listed 10 items of his items on eby................
    Had a long phone call from else where in the world........ to tell me they are coming to the UK at the end of this month for a few weeks. and was I free on x day to pick them up from LHR (I wasn't but I'll make sure I am )

    Right off to get food!
    Sun, Sea
    Slinky start date 29.01.18 28 to go / -14 so far and counting!!
    • roundtuit
    • By roundtuit 5th Mar 18, 11:47 AM
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    roundtuit
    Fanfare for Dizzy There was a bright light in the sky earlier - it must have been Dizzy's polished halo

    Round 2 completed + another laundry shuffle done, and next bowl of pots is soaking.

    Round 3 =
    1. WUDUPA bowl of pots
    2. Sweetie's seed and water
    3. lunch
    4. take Pip to garage
    5. pay rent (PO is opposite garage)
    6. C00p shop - remember list

    I'm feeling so much better now that I feel more organised - calendar was stuck on 28th February - which is when the snow arrived here.

    Better crack on - I like this 'not working on a Monday' business

    Rxx
    Slinky Challenge 2018 target - lose 56 lbs
    Start Date: 02.01.18. Lost 16/56
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 5th Mar 18, 11:50 AM
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    Jazee
    Well done Dizzy.

    Job search done, but nothing new to apply for. Still waiting for collection of equipment so dogs have not been walked.

    Will see what I can do from the list before lunch.
    Savings 2018: 1641.70
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 5th Mar 18, 11:53 AM
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    LameWolf
    I don't know why ringing the garage is such a big deal for me - I use the village garage, grew up with the owner, had a Saturday job there when I was doing my A-levels and they are always lovely.
    Originally posted by roundtuit
    Roundtuit my friend, if we could see the logic behind these fears, we could logic the fear away. I'd sooner cut my leg off with a rusty bread knife than speak to someone on the phone (doesn't matter if I've made the call or they've called me, I PANIC big time).

    Anyways - I'm in as much as I can, as ever. I threw the Dys0n round the bungalow yesterday, and I blitzed the kitchen this morning - even WUDUPA - before I knew Valli had put the kitchen as Room of the Day; all because we had the council inspection today.

    Anyways, long story short, he's been, and we shall be licenced for another year. I rather think I may have bored him silly with all the pictures of dogs (I had to show my booking register, and demonstrate that I have all the relevant information about my guests to hand, including emergency contact and who their vet is). I probably burbled a lot cos I was so nervous; but he clearly considers me a suitable person to look after other peoples' dogs, and that's what counts.
    LameWolf
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 5th Mar 18, 12:11 PM
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    pigpen
    We are having one of those 'I'm tired so I'm going to scream non-stop until you jump off a bridge or put me in the bin' days from Twinkle.. I am almost at bridge point!! 4 hours of non-stop screaming is stupid... I did put her to bed.. she squeezed out a poop so I had to get her up again.

    1 ebeast item packaged..

    Would it be utterly mean to put her in her coat and strap her in the pushchair because she will be asleep in minutes? (My hallway is freezing, I wouldn't bake her!) She slept for 4 hours last time I did that, quite by accident.. OH called as I was going out and I spent 10 minutes trying to send him an email.
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    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 5th Mar 18, 12:34 PM
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    pigpen
    one.. sleeping.. baby..

    TFFT !!!!

    My brain is fried and my nerves shot.. tea and food I think!
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    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 5th Mar 18, 1:09 PM
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    ionafan
    We are having one of those 'I'm tired so I'm going to scream non-stop until you jump off a bridge or put me in the bin' days from Twinkle.. I am almost at bridge point!! 4 hours of non-stop screaming is stupid...
    Would it be utterly mean to put her in her coat and strap her in the pushchair because she will be asleep in minutes?
    Originally posted by pigpen
    No. Do it. Now!

    ETA - Just seen that she has dropped off without need for my advice!

    More boxes washed.
    Desk cleared.
    Text sent to workman.
    Duvet cover folded with DH's help
    Lunch made and eaten.
    Not much else achieved.
    Now off out with Rosie to class.
    Wannabe Slinky! Target 10 st 10 lb
    02/01/2018: 11 st 10.5 lb
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 5th Mar 18, 1:31 PM
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    pigpen
    Iona.. she is a turd.. She is horrible when she is hungry like OH and horrible when she is tired, .. not at all like me ... and given she doesn't eat or sleep if she can help it we have a very grumpy little girl most of the time.

    I've had food and a cuppa so I feel almost human.. so now I shall go attempt something useful.

    I peeled a thing off the wall in DD3's new room and found.... a blooming great hole in my wall... fuming!!!! Anyway, it is now filled .. and the smaller one covered by Mr T tape! so I shall sand that a bit.. I am waiting for my glitter delivery which should be tomorrow and I shall crazk on with Meems room.. DS2 wants blue but I am thinking his may be greyed or cream with blue accessories.. it is MY house after all. Bless him, he even makes his bed in a morning! It is a new thing.. and he has no junk piled on his bed.. and his room is tidy.... he needs a bin though.. I shall add it to my immense shopping list!

    Off to try on a dress, see if my weight loss enables me to fit in it!
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    Hope to be debt free until the day I die
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    15/05/2018 53528.71 (2.41% int.)
    • Narc0lepsy
    • By Narc0lepsy 5th Mar 18, 1:40 PM
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    Narc0lepsy
    Aagh haven't yet watched CTM yet as we were out last night, but had an inkling of the outcome from someone on FB. Oh well best to be prepared.

    So far today I've been to the gym.
    So sunny I had the sunroof open on the way home then went for a walk round the garden, which I haven't been round for a month. Crocus, hellebore, primrose, pulmonaria are out, buds everywhere and a blue tit was going in and out of a nest box, clearly furnishing it.
    Rang a friend who is just out of hospital.
    Vacuumed kitchen, hall and stairs.
    Read solar meter and put reading on web site.
    Remember...a layer of dust protects the wood beneath it.
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 5th Mar 18, 1:51 PM
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    kazwookie
    Food got and put away

    Piggers, I am glad you are getting some peace while someone else is sleeping, good luck on the dress fitting.

    LW glad you passed the inspection

    Off to do some volunteering work, as I could not go because of the snow, best ring the people first and check they are in..........
    Sun, Sea
    Slinky start date 29.01.18 28 to go / -14 so far and counting!!
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 5th Mar 18, 1:55 PM
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    Jazee
    LW - glad the inspection went well.

    The WM is now on the hottest wash to clean it through, and I have a very sparkly cutlery drawer. Still no flippin collection.

    Back to the list - for which I am very grateful, honest.
    Savings 2018: 1641.70
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