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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 1st Jul 18, 8:44 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 2nd July 2018
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    • 1st Jul 18, 8:44 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 2nd July 2018 1st Jul 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 donít 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!

    Mysterious Monday ~ Bathroom, Hall, Stairs and Study/PC Area

    Level One...

    Open windows to let in air
    Wash and replace towels/flannels/bath mats with clean ones
    Clean cobwebs
    Level Two..
    Clean bath/shower/sink and toilet - Don't forget to give those taps an extra shine!
    Throw away any empty bottles
    Straighten computer desk
    Delete 50 emails - do you really need that sale email from Dotty P's?
    Level Three...
    Wash/vacuum floor
    Clean window
    Clean the windowsills
    Clean medicine cabinet - throw away out of date medicines.
    Put away any stray items in the hall and stairs - do you really need all that stuff cluttering up the stairs and hall/landing!!!
    • Wipe skirting boards up the stairs
    • Check supplies of paper/printer cartridges/stamps and envelopes
    • Throw away any pens that don't work
    • Clean fingerprints off light switches and doors.

    Twinkling Tuesday ~ Master bedroom and Landing
    Level One..

    Fling open windows to let air in especially as it's been hot and the room will be stuffy.
    Clean Cobwebs
    Check firealarms are working, change battery if necessary.
    Remove and wash bed linen and duvet covers
    Level Two..
    Vacuum & turn mattress before replacing with fresh linen..
    Clean under the bed
    Polish furniture
    Level Three...
    Straighten/sort through make up
    Throw away any empty/out of date bottles
    Clean glass and mirrors - make them twinkle
    15 minutes floordrobe clearance
    Clear a hotspot ~ or spend 15 minutes clearing one.
    Add a personal touch - flowers in a vase on a dresser, pretty bowl etc..
    • 36 fling boogie, go on grab a bag and clear that clutter
    • HHI
    • Clean windows in these rooms
    • Clean light switch of hand prints or smudges
    • Clean main light and any lampshades
    • Clear the top of a bedside cupboard/chest of drawers or shelf

    Wacky Wednesday ~ Those frightening kids rooms and spare rooms
    Level One..

    Open windows to air room
    Clean cobwebs
    Clear away anything that isn't in it's place, clothes, toys, books etc
    Straighten toy shelves
    Level Two..
    Polish furniture
    Vacuum the floor
    Dusting.. all those shelves and flat fluffy surfaces!! Donít forget the light shade and curtain pole!!!
    Strip beds, turn and vacuum mattresses!! and replace with fresh linen .. check if duvets need freshening up too!! Wash the curtains!
    Level Three...
    Sort out outgrown clothes and give to charity/neighbours/younger children.
    Put away stray items
    Clean fingerprints off light switches/doors/walls
    Clean under the bed - I know it's scary but it does have to be done. You could even delegate to a little pink if you don't fancy doing it yourself.
    • Clean windows
    • Clean/scrub bath toys
    • Wipe the radiators, skirtings and window & door frames!
    • HHI
    • Rearrange videos/games/books

    Tantalising Thursday ~ Dining Room and Entance/Porch
    Level One..

    Open windows and let air in
    Clean cobwebs
    Dust windowsills and front door
    Throw away any newspapers/magazines that aren't needed.
    Level Two..
    Put plants in shower & give them a good rinse. Remember to put them back before everyone has a shower in the morning - it might be a bit unnerving having to shower with a plant!!!
    Clean and dust shiny things/mirror and glass
    Clean lightswitches of hand prints or smudges
    Level Three...
    Move furniture, if safe to do so, and hoover underdeath
    Clean and straighten any drawer
    Add a personal touch to the table - pretty tablecloth, vase of summer flowers!!
    Clean TV, other electricals and cabinets
    Clean under sofa/chair cushions - lets see if you can find any money or even anything that you have lost recently
    Wipe down light fixtures - make those bulbs shine at night!
    • Refill bird feeders
    • Throw away any dead plants
    • HHI
    • Binbag dance - Get a binbag... fill it and bin it!!
    • Wash any cushions, throws etc that need it..

    Flying Friday ~ Kitchen
    Level One..

    Open windows, let the air and blow those cobwebs away..
    Wash knick-knacks/canisters
    Mop/brush floor
    Level Two..
    Clean sink and draining board
    Clean microwave inside and out
    Empty fridge, clean shelves and doors and move any nearly out of date stuff to front to use up next.
    Empty and clean rubbish bin
    Level Three...
    Clean under sink - throw away any manky looking bottles/rags etc..
    Straighten drawers/cupboards
    Clean fan/vent/hood filters
    Clean pet dishes
    Clean cupboard door fronts and fronts of appliances .. don't forget those kick boards..(only a few at a time!)
    • Check the smoke alarm - when was the last time you replaced the battery?
    • Clean the hob
    • Wipe down any tiles and shine those taps - make them twinkle!!
    • 29 fling boogie - GO!!
    • Buy yourself some flowers from the shop.. your reward for making the kitchen shine!
    Last edited by Natty68; 05-07-2018 at 10:22 PM.

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    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 8th Jul 18, 9:41 AM
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    Honey Bear
    Jojo, I hope he lives up to his promises. You certainly deserve it.

    What I did finally do is..... take the poinsettias (Christmas 2013 and 2015), which will not die, from their place on the kitchen windowsill and put them outside to take their chances. Felt a bit mean as they are still valiantly trying to grow ....
    Originally posted by roundtuit
    I did this with three orchids. One was a birthday present for a lodger who left years ago (she's now got a six year old daughter!) that we sent a photo of it to every year, faithfully, one was a parting gift from another lodger as a thank you and the third was a gift, 'because we obviously loved orchids'!! It didn't take long for the little bu**ers to throw in the towel and it was such a relief!

    Second lodger has now asked to do a second load. I despair. Neither of them will be getting any more invitations to join us for dinner. I've had enough of being endlessly generous and co-opeative.

    On the Slinky front - I've lost a kilo! I cut out sugar five days ago and apart from a blip yesterday the plan is working. It would have been selfishish, petty and churlish to refuse the offer of an ice cream yesterday so I don't regret it, but because I've been so conscious of what I'm eating for the past few days I'm eating a lot less. It's the first time for years that I feel in control of what I'm putting in my mouth and I'm going to shift 5kgs before I let up. I need this stomach gone.
    Last edited by Honey Bear; 08-07-2018 at 9:46 AM.
    Keeping it AF
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 8th Jul 18, 10:36 AM
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    According to the scales this morning I am 3 stone 3lb down since the end of January. .. I weigh less than I have since 2005 at the moment.. hopefully the next stone bracket before the end of the month.
    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.)
    13/05/2019 £50566.34 (2.41% int.)
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 8th Jul 18, 10:55 AM
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    Well done ATB

    That's rubbish, YL. A"best friend" ( or so I thought) did that to me a couple of years ago. It still upsets me to think about it, especially as I really did consider her to be one of my closest friends. I know I didn't say what she said I did, but sometimes the moral high ground is a tough place to be.

    Well done all slinkies. My scales are showing no change, which is better than a gain. Just 1/2 stone down from January, so ideas and willpower definitely need to be bucked up.

    Today...drum roll please...I. Have. Flown. Please don't all faint at once I have completely cleaned out the utility room, including behind the fridge, freezer and washing machine. The contents of the work surfaces are now on the kitchen table I am determined that it will not all go back, but currently I am at a loss just where it will all go. But if Piggers can play tetris on a large scale I surely should be able to manage a table's worth.
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 8th Jul 18, 11:18 AM
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    Fayolle, your half stone is here if you want it back. I am now my heaviest ever. I need to do something about it before size 16 becomes the norm but there are still 4 slices of wedding cake in the cupboard. The cake cost £800 so I'm not throwing out even a crumb!

    The hotspots are almost sorted and I've done 15 minutes in the garden. About to do another 15.
    Spend less now, work less later.
    Savings thread #78 May £22.85 Total 2019 - £1367.04/£5k
    Keep Moving Challenge - walked 254 miles
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 8th Jul 18, 11:37 AM
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    Bedroom pics...

    its a bit glittery!
    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.)
    13/05/2019 £50566.34 (2.41% int.)
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 8th Jul 18, 1:41 PM
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    Just popping in to congratulate atb.

    Brainfog bad - took 3 tries to type" congr....." (not typing it again)

    Prob lurking next week, heat is literally killing me.
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.
    • By YORKSHIRELASS 8th Jul 18, 2:19 PM
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    Congratulations ATB! Great news.

    Thanks for all the kind words about my so called "friend". Turns out she heard half a conversation, put two and two together and assumed that I had said something nasty about her. She then went on to tell other people. She has known me for years and that's what hurts. Why didnt she just challenge me before spreading it about? I know she has had some difficult stuff going on in her life and is feeling a bit vulnerable but I am the one who has stuck by her and done everything I can to help.

    So hot here. Sorry, I know we are not supposed to moan but I have stuff to do. Have tidied and dusted our bedroom, sorted washing, been to the shop for a couple of things. Paperwork to do for DH but seriously considering a nap first.
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 8th Jul 18, 3:18 PM
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    I hung out 2 loads of washing and folded the 2 which were dry..
    I decluttered some fruit down my throat..

    I'n so tired.. and cold.. and need to do dinner I guess..

    Moomin out and the 2 smalls are asleep.. the other 2 are still bickering sporadically.. if they think I'm having this over summer they can think again!
    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.)
    13/05/2019 £50566.34 (2.41% int.)
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 8th Jul 18, 3:37 PM
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    LW hope you feel better soon.
    YSL feel free to moan on here.
    Piggery how come you're cold?

    Did another 15 mins in garden, made DH some lunch and have since done nothing, which will continue apart from making dinner later.

    See you all tomorrow.
    Spend less now, work less later.
    Savings thread #78 May £22.85 Total 2019 - £1367.04/£5k
    Keep Moving Challenge - walked 254 miles
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 8th Jul 18, 4:16 PM
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    Jojo the Tightfisted
    Nervous times this morning.

    Got up after spending the night sleeping down the wrong end of the bed (with the cat) because the tower fan wasn't pushing enough air out to reach my side.

    When Himself got up, he brought the fan down and announced that he was going to take it apart to 'fix it' He threatened it yesterday, but I didn't really think it was going to happen.

    I frantically searched online for an instruction booklet. And downloaded it just in time to say that it's one screw to take the grille off, rather than all the other screws which are probably essential to its continued function.

    At that point, it was handed over to me because attempting to lever out the grill with a screwdriver wasn't sounding like a great idea - I use the principle that most electronic items are assembled by tiny handed ladies in distant countries, so tried to think of how they would put it together (couple of squeezes round the side and a snap into place all in one movement as it stood on a bench).

    So grille out, and as I was brushing out six years of ownership, neglect and sharing its airspace with the Hairiest Cat in the World, the breakers in the house consumer board trip with a THUNKKKK.

    I freeze on the spot in horror and look over to where the fan had previously been plugged in. It's unplugged. Either this is witchcraft or something else has gone wrong just as I'm up to my ears in electrical equipment. It's getting hotter in the room the longer the fan is off. The cat, who was laying on the coffee table, has now trickled off it to lie in a puddle of fluff on the floor. If this fan doesn't work anymore, never mind instant painful death, there will be a slow death of hot and sleepless nights for me. And possibly a quick, painful one for him for deciding to take the blasted thing apart in the middle of a heatwave.

    I (nicely) request Himself's presence. Long story short, after a bit of problemsolving (and explaining to him how to reset trip switches - including how if the kitchen circuit and the RCD are both tripped, you need to rest both of them), the kettle had just died on him.

    Bit of reassembly and Himself vacuuming up the feline detritus later and it's switched back on.

    He is now sleeping on the settee wearing Hawaiian print shorts and a vaguely coordinating Hawaiian print shirt that isn't done up properly, so is flapping gently around his belly like a tropical birdie's wings in the strong breeze from the now invigorated fan whilst I finish off the online order for a cheap kettle.

    He's such a catch.
    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
    • Valli
    • By Valli 8th Jul 18, 8:43 PM
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    New thread
    "I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness" Emily Dickinson
    Janice 1964-2016

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