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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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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 15th Apr 18, 12:40 PM
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    Wonderful news LW about Mr LW.

    Nothing much done yesterday. Up early as per normal today as the darling cats woke me up for breakfast biscuits.. They always seem to do this when DH doesn't get up at sparrows lark. So I took advantage a watched the Grand Prix

    Don't really want to do much today although I do need to hoover the house, so I think I will do that in a minute before my shower.

    Shall be trying out a new recipe today - a roast dinner in a Yorkshire pudding. It's from Good Food magazine so hopefully it turns out ok.

    Oh well time to push the Hoover around.. lol

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    • By YORKSHIRELASS 15th Apr 18, 1:22 PM
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    Hi all

    Feeling a bit tired and flat today for no particular reason. Have checked finances and done two loads of washing - its still nice weather here.

    DS2 collected from GFs and a few bits of food shopping done. DS1 nagged to collect up dirty laundy which still hasn't appeared.

    Might just sit and chill for a bit.
    • dancemum
    • By dancemum 15th Apr 18, 1:40 PM
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    Back from a successful 3 hours in the park

    Only 1 meltdown. DS2 is reasonably happy.

    Pots washed
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 15th Apr 18, 1:48 PM
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    yay.. another ebeast sale.. off to find that while Twinkle naps. The other 3 are as miserable as sin today... I may have to put them all in the bin.. Squeak has decided she thinks it is ok to hit Dot.. cue rage..

    I have massive pain in my hips today.. so the point I am angry and short tempered and being a witch..

    I have 1000 loads of washing to fold.. which requires standing.. and I do not want to do it.. I want to rip off my own legs and feed them to the neighbours dog..

    I have managed to deflea the 4 naughties, and 1 cat, 2x WM, hung 2 loads out, 2 loads in the dryer.. there is more to hang out but I ran out of room, and pegs. OH loaded the DW but he has just trotted off to work. I need to get Dot to a party for 2:30.. but I am feeling I need to delegate that to a large offsprung.. I don't think I can walk there and back twice.

    And I dealt with DS3's infected finger.. he is at the quack on Wednesday so I'll have them look at it if it is still icky.
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    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 15th Apr 18, 1:50 PM
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    LW... you need one of these...
    Originally posted by pigpen
    Brilliant - thanks for that, link bookmarked.
    Mr LW was suggesting a flashing light thingy, but they cost silly money. That one looks affordable.

    Trying to get back on track after a totally manic week with one thing and another - what with Mr LW's appointment (the consultant shook Mr LW's hand at the end of the appointment - I think he was pleased to give someone some good news). We've also restocked the freezer after Buddy & Indi's stay; we'll be running it down again shortly as they are coming back for a 17-night stay in July.
    Also major money outage as we had the following all pretty much in one hit:
    • Car insurance
    • Mobility scooter annual service
    • Mobility scooter insurance
    • Prescription prepayment certificate
    So lots of flying our of my purse. Thankfully we don't have to pay car tax!

    So I have four days to clean the bungalow before Dusty arrives on Friday.

    As it was nice yesterday, I did 2 x WM loads (Mr LW's clothes and the bedlinen), and got it all dry; Mr LW then cut the back lawn (makes it easier to locate the poo) - I felt guilty leaving him to work out there alone, as he hates gardening, so i went out and dug up some weeds and did some general tidying - my back knows all about it today!

    ETA: Just showed Mr LW the link Piggers kindly provided; product duly ordered.
    Last edited by LameWolf; 15-04-2018 at 2:12 PM.
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    • froddington
    • By froddington 15th Apr 18, 2:04 PM
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    Hi all, I'm back home after a lovely few days. No rain whilst I was away but, of course, it's raining now!

    Hope everyone is ok - have a hug if you need one x

    Narc0 - Happy belated Birthday xx

    LW - so pleased to read the news about Mr LW

    Need to go and buy ratty food or I'll have some grumpy boys tonight!!
    "There's only one way of life and that's your own" - Levellers

    "I'm feeling like a Monday but someday I'll be Saturday night" - Bon Jovi
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 15th Apr 18, 2:48 PM
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    Twinkle snoozing, Dot deposited at party (DD3 took her) .. more drugs choked down.. so I am going to fill a binbag for the bin, maybe 2 .. and find my ebeast item to post and take 12 more pics and sort through my clothes.. They don't all fit and I shall aim to find 10 things to fling..
    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.)
    08/11/2018 51894.38 (2.41% int.)
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 15th Apr 18, 4:16 PM
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    unfortunately the pain won and I achieved nothing except decluttering of more drugs and a cup of tea.. lol
    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.)
    08/11/2018 51894.38 (2.41% int.)
    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 15th Apr 18, 5:05 PM
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    I am soooo over the Easter holidays now. Sat on the sofa with wine and fed the kids sandwiches for tea

    Roll on 9am tomorrow and some peace!
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    • mummy2threeboys
    • By mummy2threeboys 15th Apr 18, 5:31 PM
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    Hi..Hope to join in, Been flying the past 2 weeks, Suffer from depression and in a good place now, sorry lots to read so will just jump in. Kicthen has never been so clean! Have a good day x
    Compers challenge 27/70
    • Valli
    • By Valli 15th Apr 18, 7:00 PM
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    "I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness" Emily Dickinson
    Janice 1964-2016

    Thank you Honey Bear
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