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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 11th Mar 18, 7:32 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 12th March 2018
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    • 11th Mar 18, 7:32 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 12th March 2018 11th Mar 18 at 7:32 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 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!very 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

    Here we go.......

    Magnificent Monday - Kitchen and dining room
    Level One...
    Clear and wipe worksurfaces
    Scrub down the front of units and large appliances
    Level Two...
    Sweep and mop the floor
    Wipe and replace small appliances
    Clean oven and hob
    Wash windows and sills
    Level Three...
    Wipe the table and chairs... clean cloth if necessary
    Degunge the fridge!
    • Thoroughly clean the cupboard full of tins!
    • Run the WM's and DW's through a clean cycle
    • Clean all the filters and door seals etc
    • Wipe a shelf or 3 and staighten all the stuff on them.

    Twinkly Tuesday ~ master bedroom and landing
    Level One...

    Make the bed...
    Clear the floordrobe
    Clear the landing of gibble
    Level Two...
    Dust and deweb
    Wash the windows
    Vacuum the floors.. and the mattress before remaking the bed
    Level Three...
    Strip and wash the bedding
    Wipe any grotty paintwork and furniture
    Check those smoke alarms!
    • Binbag dance
    • HHI
    • 15 minutes filing
    • Fill a binbag of old winter stuff for charity shop!!
    • 15 minutes in the garden dead heading or pruning... only if it!!!8217;s not raining
    • HHI

    Wednesday Wonders ~ Cruddy Study & Bathrooms
    Level One...
    Declutter floors!
    Mop/vacuum/sweep floors
    Level Two...
    Scrub tiles while running a defrag
    Clean the bath, basins, shower trays and loo's
    Collect all the laundry from upstairs
    Level Three...
    Wash windows
    Wash bath mats/shower curtains etc
    Degrot the desk and dust and polish the monitor and pc case etc
    • Empty and wash out bins
    • Wipe all the sofas/chairs in these rooms
    • Wipe paintwork in these rooms
    • Clear and wipe a shelf or two
    • HHI

    Thursdays are Trilling!! - Living pit, hallway, stairs!!
    Level One...

    Declutter the floors!
    Vacuum/mop floors & stairs!
    Level Two...
    Wash the windows and the front door.. inside and out!
    Vacuum under the furniture you can safely move!
    Level Three...
    Clean the sofas
    Declutter the inside of a cupboard or drawer!
    Wipe all the paintwork!
    Dust mantle and polish all the trinkets upon it.. and get all the junk off it!
    • Wipe and water the plants
    • Clean out the pets, get rid of that smelly bedding and replace with lovely smelling bits
    • Wash any smelly soft furnishings
    • Get a pile of filing done!!

    Friday - those frightening Friday kids rooms and spare rooms
    Level One...

    Vacuum the floor, even if it's just where you can see..
    Clear away anything that isn't in it's place, clothes, toys, books etc
    Level Two...
    Binbag dance
    Dusting.. all those shelves and flat fluffy surfaces!! Donít forget the light shade!!
    Wipe any sticky marks off walls and doors
    Time for the Friday Flylady Fling, in the toy box!!!! Aim for 27.. if no toy box youíll have to choose another area!
    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!
    • Wash a set of curtains, nets or throw
    • Make all those necessary phonecalls!
    • HHI
    • Make a half hour time out for yourself!!
    • Tidy up the garden! Trim hedges and grass etc...
    • Bake a cake
    • Spend an hour or so with the family having some lovely special family time.. just talking or watching a film with popcorn etc..
    Last edited by Natty68; 15-03-2018 at 10:14 PM.

    Struggling financially

    Mortgage Free as of 20.9.17
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    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 13th Mar 18, 6:20 PM
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    Long drive done
    Roads on drive closed for one reason or another left, right, and centre, about 20 miles extra driven on various different detours...............

    Ironing is done since I have been back
    Dinner is done
    Just got to clear up the kitchen in a bit.
    Sun, Sea
    Slinky start date 29.01.18 28 to go / -10 so far and counting!!
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 13th Mar 18, 6:29 PM
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    If it's just a straightforward chop off some length, would OH or one of your older DDs be able to do it?
    Mr LW does mine, because I have issues with being touched.
    Originally posted by LameWolf
    he usually does but he is superbusy or asleep.. i will get there.
    LB moment 10/06 Debt Free date 6/6/14
    Hope to be debt free until the day I die
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    • Valli
    • By Valli 13th Mar 18, 8:33 PM
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    My office colleague will be stunned tomorrow - desk clearer than it's been for weeks and I have dusted it. @ld1 polish, I have discovered, makes me sneeze! Stuff put in stockroom too so office MUCH tidier. Given boss out all day and colleague was out this morning there might have been a reason. Plus ALL monies banked/boxed/receipted as appropriate. All shredding shredded and bagged. Woot!
    *Proper* job tomorrow.
    "I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness" Emily Dickinson

    Thank you Honey Bear
    • By YORKSHIRELASS 14th Mar 18, 6:00 AM
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    Morning all

    Awake at silly o clock so decided to get up. Thinking about "stuff" some of which I can deal with now before the paid stuff.

    Yesterday was a looonnng day - but a productive one so thats good. Managed to get our bed and DS2s bed changed, all clean washing sorted and put away, the bathroom scrubbed and a very quick hoover despite being at both jobs!

    I am cycling to work again today which saves me a little money in petrol. Trying to do this twice a week at the moment and work up to three times a week in better weather.

    Right, precription form to find, food flask to fill for DS, washing to hang out, etc etc. Best get on.
    • Dizzy Imp
    • By Dizzy Imp 14th Mar 18, 7:30 AM
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    Dizzy Imp
    Morning all...

    I actually did loads of flying yesterday in the end. Took 20 black sacks (yes 20!!!) to the tip and sorted out a refund and exchange for the damaged bedroom furniture. Hoovered, tidied and dusted our bedroom and made a start on the landing.

    Also got a council chap to come out and deal with a van that has been abandoned at the very top of our drive since all the snow and went shopping to refill the cupboards.

    Oh, and hair extensions ordered and paid for. Credit card is now on fire!

    Well done on the cycling Yorkie! It makes my "undercarriage" ache, so I avoid it. And the gym. And exercise in general, let's be honest ...

    I hope you have polished your halo too Valli...well done!
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 14th Mar 18, 8:57 AM
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    Morning everyone. Hope it's sunny where you are.

    Haven't done anything from the list yet, just the dailies and dog walk.

    Have a great day everyone.
    Savings 2018: £1478.11
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 14th Mar 18, 9:39 AM
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    Sorted out DW, and put clean stuff away
    Been plannnig a project I think I might like to do, but research first..........
    Had a general tidy round
    Sun, Sea
    Slinky start date 29.01.18 28 to go / -10 so far and counting!!
    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 14th Mar 18, 9:54 AM
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    Morning.. after my productive day on Monday I did absolutely nothing yesterday apart from iron DH's two work shirts for the rest of this week.

    As it's such a nice Day I'm going to have my shower and walk the dog. I've got a couple of letters to post and a nice walk round the park will do me good !!!55357;!!!56898;

    My kitchen is still looking nice and tidy. I even cleared a major hotspot that had been sitting in the kitchen for over 8 months. Im feeling pleased that I tackled it !!!55357;!!!56898;

    Struggling financially

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    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 14th Mar 18, 11:01 AM
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    Morning all,

    It is such a lovely day today, the forecast is rubbish and back to being cold for the rest of the week so will get plenty of dog walks in today! I have gardened for half an hour - my least favourite task - but it looks prettier now.

    Our bedding has been washed and is on the line, the DW is going and the dog has had a long walk. All the windows are flung open.

    I have quite a few niggly bits to do, so will crack on with those then reward myself with another sunny walk and lunch.
    Mortgage 8.2.15 - £171,064.64 Mortgage 1.5.2018 - £99,980.45
    Aiming to be MF 1.10.2020
    • Narc0lepsy
    • By Narc0lepsy 14th Mar 18, 12:01 PM
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    ATB well done on your slinkiness.

    Got up at silly o'clock to take Mr N and friend to the airport. How can Stansted be allowed to charge £3.50 for a 10-min 'express dropoff' i.e. pull up to the kerb, fling open doors, decant passengers to grab luggage, slam doors and accelerate to the pay barrier? After visiting doc yesterday, Mr N has gone away stocked up with antibiotics for a chest infection, which is what I suspected.

    I load washing hung out.
    1 run done; back to my pre-hol pre-snow pre-using cough as an excuse 30 mins plus about another 2 mins because I could.
    Finished scoring up yesterday's assessment.
    Just started a report.

    Now I've got a week home alone to make a huge mess have a huge flying session. Apart from daily checks to MIL.
    Remember...a layer of dust protects the wood beneath it.
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 14th Mar 18, 12:55 PM
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    DW run
    WM x1
    1 class assembly done.. Dot read half of hers and started crying.. and some of the information was inaccurate..
    Lidl done.. purchased rainbow raincoats for the girls and some shiny hi-tops for Squeak and light up wellies for Twinkle and a couple of tshirts. 2 plants.. and OH bought a nail gun and a pillar drill.. because he could.

    Twinkle and I danced in the kitchen.. and she played outside in the sunshine.

    Stuffing big fat face and will see if Twinkle will nap so I can get something done.

    Parents evening today and Pixies is at 3:10 so I need to get a wriggle on. I bought a bunny shaped cake mould so want to do the girls a banana cake too.. but I migth do that tomorrow..they have trifle today which i made yesterday
    Last edited by pigpen; 14-03-2018 at 1:25 PM.
    LB moment 10/06 Debt Free date 6/6/14
    Hope to be debt free until the day I die
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    6/6/14 £72,454.65 (5.65% int.)
    15/05/2018 £53528.71 (2.41% int.)
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 14th Mar 18, 1:04 PM
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    My office colleague will be stunned tomorrow - desk clearer than it's been for weeks and I have dusted it.
    Originally posted by Valli
    Reminds me of one time Mr LW cleared out the computer supplies cupboard at work; he ditched a myriad broken keyboards, cables that either no-one knew what they were for, or they definitely didn't fit any of the current equipment, and a tonne of other junk. His colleagues commented that he was being very thorough, and his comment was "You haven't met my wife; she's positively ruthless!".

    He was SOADFA earlier, so he's been put to dust the lounge.
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 14th Mar 18, 1:19 PM
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    I haven't done quite what I planned this morning, but I have enjoyed myself pottering around in the garden for about an hour and a half. While DH hoovered through downstairs and steam mopped the utility floor I potted up some day lilies that were sprouting in their box (they were delivered just before we went away!), moved the veg trug and various pots, swept up loads of leaves, and rearranged the pots so that we cna now reach the downstairs bedroom window to clean it Not today, though - it was sunny when I went outside but cold and windy now.

    Leftover veg curry is being turned into a soup of sorts for lunch. Plan for this afternoon is a few zzz (we had another heavy college evening yesterday and I am very tired today), followed by walking the dog and finishing off a translation. I might even tidy the study!
    Wannabe Slinky! Target 10 st 10 lb
    02/01/2018: 11 st 10.5 lb
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 14th Mar 18, 1:51 PM
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    Mr LW has now been despatched to @ldi for milk and butter. I normally prefer to go to the SM myself, particularly if I want a whole list of stuff, as he can't always be trusted to get the right things; but surely he can't stuff up getting a 6-pint carton of milk and a pat of butter - can he??
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 14th Mar 18, 2:04 PM
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    surely he can't stuff up getting a 6-pint carton of milk and a pat of butter - can he??
    Originally posted by LameWolf
    You are a brave lady, LW! You know the answer... DH has offered to get the food shopping tomorrow on hus way home. I'm not sure that it is worth the anguish.

    Well done Narc0 on getting back to the running. I haven't been since last summer, and am trying to kid myself convinced that walking is just as effective. I went out for along walk this morning in the sun and breeze, but now it is cold and so windy. I have just rescued the washing from the line before it took off and ended up in HB's garden.

    A few bits of paperwork have been shuffled, and the calendar updated. The rest of March is a write off, and so is much of April. How can we be so busy when we don't actually do anything??

    I have a list of errands as long as your arm (including 2 bags for the chazzer) for this afternoon while I am waiting for DD to do her volunteering stint. It might be a push to get it all done in the hour's car park, plus grab some essential food bits. Then it will be back, do my volunteering, then flop.
    • By YORKSHIRELASS 14th Mar 18, 2:15 PM
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    Mmm, LW you do know that MrPigpen managed to buy a nail gun and drill in Li@l? Not holding out much hope myself.

    Sounds like everyone is making the most of the weather. I have cycled to work and back (padded shorts Dizzy). Washing is out. Paid stuff to do next before I have to pick DS up.

    Ebay parcel to post, cheques to bank, stamps to buy, milk and bread needed. Chicken, leek and ham pie for tea.
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 14th Mar 18, 2:16 PM
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    Hoovered downstairs
    Another tip run done
    Sorted out 4 boxes of 'crafting item' (when did I last do crafting??,) any way the 4 boxes are now 2, as the rubbish is gone.
    Sorted out bank as they sent a direct debit back to me..............why, just pay it.
    Council tax bill arrived today for 2018/2019 so set up Standing order to pay that, other wise I will forget.
    Hoovered out car and wiped it over inside.
    Man has been to look at my double glazing windows that have clouded up on the inside, seems they will quote for new ones, lets see how much they are first.
    Food eaten
    Sun, Sea
    Slinky start date 29.01.18 28 to go / -10 so far and counting!!
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 14th Mar 18, 2:17 PM
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    Yep, you're right, ladies. He managed to totally f*** it up big time.
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 14th Mar 18, 2:18 PM
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    Yep, you're right, ladies. He managed to totally f*** it up big time. Unauthorised items, AND he used contactless payment which is a BIG no-no in this house. I am FUMING.
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 14th Mar 18, 2:40 PM
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    Honey Bear
    Sorry to hear that, LW.

    OH came with me to the flooring shop and we've ordered the replacement vinyl to deal with a WM flood from about a month ago that will sort out an annoying area of the house. In the process he was let loose in a very odd pile it high and sell it cheap local emporium and managed to buy a carload of complete carp but he's happy and it's his money so I'm not complaining.

    Kelpie has discovered the wonders of cow's ears and will never be content with anything else as a treat, I fear.

    I'm now exhausted so I'm catching up wih C'leb Bake Off which OH has managed to keep from me - I can't be fagged to read the Radio Times and he usually alerts me to stuff he knows I like but this time, not so much. There will be words about that.
    Keeping it AF
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