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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 8th Apr 18, 8:44 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 9th April 2018
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    • 8th Apr 18, 8:44 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 9th April 2018 8th Apr 18 at 8:44 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!

    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

    I have included a deep clean challenge this week. I thought as we are supposed to be heading into Spring, it would be nice if we did a bit of deep cleaning Obviously this is purely voluntary, you do not have to do it if you don't want to..

    Killer Kitchen - Monday
    Level One
    Clear and wipe work surfaces
    Open the windows and let in the spring!
    Level Two
    Sweep and Mop the floor
    Clean the guncky filters and drawers from DW's, WM's etc
    Wipe the cupboard fronts, appliances and all those manky corners!!
    Level Three
    Wipe the table, replace cloth if needed
    Clean all those small appliances, wipe their home then put them back..
    Wipe the icky things out of the fridge.
    • Clean oven/hob if you must.. *rolls eyes*
    • HHI .. with your clean iron!!
    • Clean windows and sills
    • Treat the pets for fleas!!! This is prime time for them to be developing an infestation.. the last thing you need in your house!

    Deep clean challenge day one.. I do not want anyone straining themselves so if this is too much or not sensible because you'll hurt yourself don't do it!! Listen to your body.
    • Empty the cupboards and clean the entire insides, start with the worst cupboard!!.. shelves, everything.
    • Get rid of the chipped plates etc.. the chipped parts harbour germs of disgusting proportions as the pottery but it porous they have lots of places to hide.. revolting.. get rid!
    • Figure out what needs using up first and work it into your meal plan this week!
    • Clear clutter from shelves and wipe them over.. I want to see empty spaces and shiny shelves!!

    Mad Tuesday - Living room, Hallway, Stairs
    Level One

    Remove clutter from floors, chairs and fireplace
    Open the windows and let in some fresh air
    Level Two
    Vacuum floors and sofas
    Wipe and water neglected plants
    Dust those flat fluffy surfaces
    Level Three
    Vacuum under the furniture you can move
    Clean windows, pictures, mirrors etc.
    Clear a hotspot
    Vacuum hall and stairs.. all the way up to the top!!!!!
    • Update financial spreadsheets/accounts.. if you have none to do.. DO SOME FILING.. all that paperwork HAS a home!!
    • Wipe woodwork in the hall and stairs
    • Wipe front door.. inside and out!
    • Wash any nets/curtains that need cleaning.. put up fresh ones!
    • Sort that corner full of shoes and coats and bags... I know you all put this off so Get it sorted.. before the proper nice weather hits!!

    Deep clean challenge
    • Drag out all the furniture and clean the skirtings and all the woodwork
    • Change the pictures in the frames that you have been meaning to update forever!!
    • Put all the paperwork in one heap and sort through it
    • Sort out the magazines and newspapers and sling them in the recycling... if it's anything like mine I have my own magazine shop building up.
    • Scrub the manky marks off the carpet
    • Scrub the manky marks off the sofas

    Study or other reception room & bathrooms - Wednesday
    Level One

    Clear the clutter from all these rooms!!
    Wash any curtains/blinds/mats etc that need doing
    Level Two
    Vacuum the floors
    Clean bath, toilets, shower and sinks
    Wipe down the tiles and defragment the pc while doing this.
    Level Three
    Declutter and dust the pc desk
    Wipe away cup rings and sticky things
    Wipe the keyboard, mouse, cables and sockets and suchlike.
    Clean the windows.
    • Vacuum under movable furniture
    • HHI..
    • Deal with any calls etc that need doing
    • Clear a hotspot
    • Replace any dead toothbrushes and sponges

    Deep clean challenge
    • Haul out the pc desk and deal with the destruction which lies beyond MSE land
    • Polish the cat & dust the menfolk
    • Wash the curtains/nets
    • Drag out the larger furniture you can manage and clean under and behind it.
    • Scoop all that hotspot into one heap.. and fling it in the bin.. keeping the bits you really have to, but put them away nicely.
    • Clean up any floor gibble

    Master bedroom & landing - Thursday
    Level 1

    Check fire alarms are working
    Remove and wash bed linen and duvet covers.
    Fling open the window and let in the spring!
    Level 2
    Dust surfaces & make sure no cobwebs..
    Vacuum & turn mattress before replacing with fresh linen..
    Air the duvet if the weather permits
    15 minutes floordrobe clearance
    Level 3
    Vacuum floors in bedroom and on landing
    Sort 10 things from your wardrobe (or someone elses) that you can get rid of..
    Clear a hotspot.. or spend 15 minutes clearing one.
    Extra tasks list, as usual choose one or more
    • 33 fling boogie time, go on grab a bag and clear that clutter
    • Clean windows in these rooms
    • Clear a box of clutter from the landing
    • Sort through that airing cupboard!!

    Deep Clean Challenge
    • Sort through a pile of landing gibble
    • Sort your 'stash' in your bedroom.. you know the place that you stuff things and think.. yep.. I'll sort that later.. The one you hide presents in, yep we're all guilty of it me included!!!
    • Dive under your bed and drag out all the boxes and get them reorganised..
    • Find the floor.. not just a bit of it.. ALL of it!!!!!!!! and vacuum it
    • Wipe over the skirting boards

    Friday - Childrens/spare rooms or a catchup
    Level One

    Clear the floor
    Spend at least half an hour doing something just for yourself.. a nice bath, a manicure.. just your time! Make that appointment to have you hair done!!
    Level Two
    Strip the beds and wash those sheets.. and any duvets that need doing
    Flip the mattresses over
    Binbag dance
    Level Three
    Vacuum the floor
    Deweb and defluff the room
    Clean the windows
    • Wash any curtains/throws/cushions etc that need it
    • Wipe sticky marks from walls and doors and skirting
    • Clean any tv's, pc's playstations in the room
    • Put the discs/videos in the correct boxes and books on shelves

    Deep Clean Challenge
    • Wipe the bed frames down
    • Drag the junk out from behind wardrobes, chests of drawers and under the bed.. deal with it appropriately.. and that does not mean stuffing it back under!! lol
    • Clear, wipe declutter and make pretty any shelves
    • Wipe over the big furniture.. wardrobes etc
    • Make the clothes in the drawer all neat and tidy
    Last edited by Natty68; 13-04-2018 at 8:28 AM.

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    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 10th Apr 18, 8:03 AM
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    Jojo the Tightfisted
    Where is everybody?

    I'm on a train to the seaside. No flying today.
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.

    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll
    Originally posted by colinw
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 10th Apr 18, 8:24 AM
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    Morning JoJo and everyone else. I was in bed until 7.30 when the dogs wanted to get up.

    Piggers - I have found what works for bingo wings - cutting the back lawn with shears.

    Today it is pouring with rain. I have just been playing with the dogs but am hoping to get in some walks. As I can't garden today, and have visitors tonight, I must do some flying indoors.

    Have a great day everyone.
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    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 10th Apr 18, 8:49 AM
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    Where is everybody?

    I'm on a train to the seaside. No flying today.
    Originally posted by Jojo the Tightfisted
    in bed... and then getting girls ready for school

    Piggers - I have found what works for bingo wings - cutting the back lawn with shears.

    Today it is pouring with rain. .
    Originally posted by Jazee
    Pouring with rain here too.. typical first day back to school really.

    I can't bend down to cut with shears.. but looking at the size of my lawn I'd only have to do it once or twice lol.. I might just stick with the weights.. super soggy out there.

    I really need to get something productive done today.. and figure out why my alarms went off 4 times.. though they worked haha. I've been awake nearly all night anyway thanks to OH putting on a stupid film which stirred up memories of childhood abuses.. blooming marvellous! As a result I don't really want to do very much at all.. other than rejoice in being almost child free for a few hours.

    kettle, food and arms I think.
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    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 10th Apr 18, 9:18 AM
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    JoJo I am here, I was ironing! all done and away

    Kitchen also done
    Mince out defrosting for dinner tonight

    Off for a walk around local market
    It is still raining is very soggy out there.......
    Sun, Sea
    Slinky start date 29.01.18 28 to go / -14 so far and counting!!
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 10th Apr 18, 9:46 AM
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    Job search done, bed is made, I am dressed, breakfast dishes are washed.
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    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 10th Apr 18, 10:20 AM
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    Emptied kitchen bin which I asked OH to do last night as the bins were being emptied this morning..
    TD on
    2x WM
    Filled half a binbag from the 3rd worktop.

    Today I am sorting the pan cupboard and putting the umpteen coffee machines away and making the kitchen a useable space again.. I need to paint it, I think waiting 2.5 years for someone else to do it is plenty.
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    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 10th Apr 18, 10:23 AM
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    Morning Jojo and everyone

    Carpenter arrived with his cousin at 08.20 and have already taken down one wall unit, drunk tea/coffee and started work on the ensuite door (replacing sliding door with hinged)

    I have
    - moved the car to make room for their van
    - removed ornaments and shifted furniture
    - dusted the wall unit
    - found the tins of paint for touching up the walls and painting the new door and frame
    - made some phonecalls
    - been to SW and lost half a pound despite eating chocolate, biscuits and cake all week (but I didn't change my signature after last week's disastrous result)

    My list for other things today:
    - phone friend in Germany
    - sort hymns for Sunday
    - do some accounting work for church
    - list child car seats
    - scan some pictures
    - do bits of painting
    - sort books
    - work on essay this evening while DH is out

    Catch up later x
    Last edited by ionafan; 10-04-2018 at 10:26 AM.
    • donnajt
    • By donnajt 10th Apr 18, 10:39 AM
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    Hi everyone, really sad to tell you my Mum sadly lost her fight against ovarian cancer last month, I'm devastated, never imagined this level of sadness existed, so the house is spotless (thanks to it being DD's 18th birthday) have also been coping by clearing cupboards - need to try and get some sort of normality back into life, so I'm back in Flying today, weight loss has gone completely out of the window but rejoining slimming world again tomorrow, i'm just eating eating eating and nothing touches the sides x anyway enough sadness, hope all is well, will go back and read this week's thread from start and find out what room i am cleaning today, lots of love to you all xxxx
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    • donnajt
    • By donnajt 10th Apr 18, 10:44 AM
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    Ty for fred.. let's hope tomorrow is less painful than today
    Originally posted by pigpen
    Pigpen - hope all is ok xxx
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    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 10th Apr 18, 10:51 AM
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    Hugs for you Donna xx

    Dusty bits in LR dusted, dogs walked, rubbish/recycling/composting sorted.
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    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 10th Apr 18, 11:06 AM
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    Donna... much love and hugs for you.. we are here if you ever need to offload xxxx
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    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 10th Apr 18, 11:38 AM
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    (((Hugs)) Donna - so sorry to hear your news. Be kind to yourself and don't try to be "normal" too soon: deep healing takes time x
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 10th Apr 18, 11:54 AM
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    Quick hoover through done. Must be time to make lunch now. No detail, but today is not going well so far.
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    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 10th Apr 18, 11:56 AM
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    Huge hugs to you Donna xx

    Back from hols, therefore Mount Washmore and catching up on DH business admin being done. Back later xx
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    • MadamMim2013
    • By MadamMim2013 10th Apr 18, 12:46 PM
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    Donna sending much love n hugs your way.. Be kind to yourself and go with whatever emotion comes your way, there is no right or wrong way to grieve, only your way!

    Not much happening here as still feeling really unwell, Drs this afternoon, hoping they'll help me. I called in sick yesterday (for my shift on weds am), discovered the person I spoke to hadn't registered my call or took me off shift!!.. Thankfully it's now been sorted.

    DS1 has sorted washing and will collect his bro from school for me later..
    I am Off to sleep as head is pounding again
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    • dancemum
    • By dancemum 10th Apr 18, 12:54 PM
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    Donna Sorry about your Mum x

    We are have just got back from parents!!!8217;. DS2 has managed quite well with our extra visits.

    I!!!8217;m exhausted.

    1 lot of washing done and it is languishing in the machine. Boy fed. I!!!8217;m on sofa now trying to find some energy to carry on.
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 10th Apr 18, 1:06 PM
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    Donna I am so sorry to hear your sad news. I cannot begin to imagine how you are feeling right now. (((HUG)))

    Natty oh poor Dave; there's not much that's more miserable than a mouthful of ulcers.
    - Booked Rosie onto an introductory scent work course from the end of the month.
    Originally posted by ionafan
    That sounds interesting; what does it entail?

    I've had an email from the boys' Dad; the family are safely home, and will be collecting the boys at 14:30. I am so going to miss them. But the good news is that they've booked them in for a two and a half week stay with us in July. It's been interesting - we even have a "milestone" for Indi in that he pooed whilst out on his walk for the first time ever; up to now he's only ever gone in the garden.

    We have 10 days dogless, the Dusty will be here on 20th. I hope to a) get my end-of-course exam done, and b) make some inroads into the Spring cleaning list in the meantime.

    It's bin day today. In this area, all food waste is supposed to be put in the green wheelie bins, NOT in the black landfill sacks. Some complete and utter wazzock put a chicken carcass in their black bag and put it out last night (the bin men come quite early these days) and of course the local vermin had torn open the bag and scattered the contents.

    It's just a good thing I am long-sighted, and recognised the chicken carcass for what it was before Buddy and Indi were able to get anywhere near it (we pass the place where the bin bags are put to get to the alleyway to go for walks) as chicken bones are so very dangerous for dogs. If ever I find out who it was......
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 10th Apr 18, 1:46 PM
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    Lame Wolf, go to this website for more information on scent work.

    Lunch cooked and eaten - duck egg omelette (the ducks belong to a friend from SW).
    Gradually working my way down the list of admin jobs.
    New door fitted to ensuite looks excellent
    Door on landing removed, for hinges to be refitted on other side.
    One bookshelf built, 2 more to be done.
    I shall have to touch up paintwork this evening
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 10th Apr 18, 2:24 PM
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    Second dog walk done. I'm going to read the paper now and do some puzzles then prep for visitors later.
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    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 10th Apr 18, 2:25 PM
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    most of my kitchen cupboards decluttered. I have a box of picked onions, beetroot, chutneys, sauces to go to the first person to remove them.. GROSS!! I have a box of 50 coffee jars, a box of 36 Gu glass dishes, 4 tapas bowls and an electric knife to go and I've just embarked on binbag number 2 for the wheelie and 2 boxes of recycling gone.

    This thinner me is VERY motivated to fling the house contents.. I shall have an empty house in 3.5 stone time if I continue at this rate. I'm really enjoying this positive change in me and other than a couple fo slip ups I've not seen hide nor hair of the beastly black dog for a while.. and things can stay that way!

    Off to wash my hair before I have to do the school run.

    WM's both refilled with dirty stuff but not full enough to wash as yet
    DW on again.. there is more to start a third load!

    I need to get in the shed to extract a box of more coffee jars.. they will be gone!!!

    I can't wait for a few days of decent weather so I can get in the sheds and start a massive fling out there.

    I also have 2 carriers of stuff for school craft bin.
    Last edited by pigpen; 10-04-2018 at 7:35 PM.
    LB moment 10/06 Debt Free date 6/6/14
    Hope to be debt free until the day I die
    Mortgage-free Wannabee (05/08/30)
    6/6/14 72,454.65 (5.65% int.)
    08/07/2018 52998.57 (2.41% int.)
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