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    • Valli
    • By Valli 8th Jul 18, 9:19 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 9th July 2018
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    • 8th Jul 18, 9:19 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 9th July 2018 8th Jul 18 at 9:19 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'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'
    WUDUPA ~ washed up, dried up, put away
    WUALTD ~ washed up and left to dry
    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...

    Marvellous Monday - kitchen dining etc

    Level 1

    Check your fridge - clean any drains, make sure it's cold and clean
    clear out any wilting veg
    wipe seals
    we need to keep food covered and cold in this heat - flies are multiplying
    wipe all countertop appliances - kettle; toaster, coffee maker etc
    move them and clean all worktops
    Put some water in to cool

    Level 2

    Wipe cupboard fronts, drawer fronts and handles
    Clean the windows
    Sweep the floor
    Mop or vacuum floor if appropriate

    Level 3
    Change tabel cloth and /or wipe mats
    Polish table and chairs

    Dust where necessary
    Clean windows

    Extras
    S&S bathrrom
    HHI
    MAD half hour
    Use the oven intelligently =- can you make two meals and save cooking time later?

    Tip Top Tuesday - bathroom bliss

    Level 1

    Remove all towels/cloths etc and pop them into the wash - make it a HOT wash and give your machine a clean at the same time!
    Get a clean, damp cloth and wipe all the place fingers touch
    Scrub the loo inside and out.
    Finish with a slosh of bleach
    Polish the towel rail.

    Level 2
    Clean the handbasin(s)
    Remove the plug and clean it thoroughly
    Remove anything icky from the plughole
    be a bleach baby and bleach that plughole!

    Level 3
    Clean baths and showers
    Wash any shower curtains
    Clean any shower screens - I use detergent in hot water to wipe off the scum and then finish with windowcleaner for a sparkle
    If you use a wiper give the rubber blade a good wipe over
    Mop the floor.

    Extras
    Empty a cupboard in there. Throw out anything icky and wipe the shelves over before replacing all tidily.

    Top up the loo roll store.

    Clean the window - wipe the frame before cleaning the glass.

    Vacuum the dust out of the extractor fan cover - if you have one!

    Empty the bin - and wash it and leave it outside in the sun to dry!

    Get a bucket of hot water - give the loo brush a good rinse and put it out in the sun to dry! Don't forget the holder! Damp, scummy brushes breed germs. If it's too awful to contemplate, wrap it and bin it and buy a new one from a cheap household store.


    Wipy Wednesday RECLAIM YOUR LOUNGE

    Level 1

    Fling the window(s) open.
    Empty bins
    Attend to plants - wipe leaves, water
    Attend to flowers - whizz or water; root out floppy flowerheads
    Clean windows
    Wipe window frames
    Dust curtain tracks

    Level 2

    Plump cushions
    Wipe or vacuum sofas and chairs as appropriate
    Get a damp cloth and wipe switches and sockets
    Clear clutter out

    Level 3
    Dust everywhere including skirtings, picture rails and dado rails
    Vacuum as far as you can (inc under furniture)

    Extras

    Usual S&S in the kitchen and bathroom
    HHI
    MAD Half hour


    Thursday Thrills

    Hall, stairs, landing

    Level 1


    Clear any detritus
    Bang mats outside
    Wash front door inside and out
    Sweep step

    Level 2
    Clean windows
    Wipe sills
    Polish mirrors

    Level 3
    Dust everywhere
    Vacuum/sweep/mop floors

    Extras
    S&S kitchen and bathroom
    MAD half hour
    Last edited by Valli; 12-07-2018 at 7:07 AM.
    "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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    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 10th Jul 18, 11:44 PM
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    Well.. as we all know my life never goes smoothly...

    Next door are up to some unknown mischief with the sewage from the house.. This evening I have toilets backing up, pipes spewing waste matter all over my back garden.. the flies will be having a party my lunch time tomorrow .. I have a 4 hour wait for someone to come out to sort it an 11 people in my house..

    For the love of chickens.. I think I may be throwing a rage fit on the neighbours heads at 7 in the morning when the twonks turn up.. I will be tired and angry and very ragey!!
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    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 11th Jul 18, 6:52 AM
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    Morning All

    Up early again, so DW and WM are doing their thing. I am dressed and have made our bed; DS is dressed and fed and DD has just surfaced.

    After school run I need to go to Aldi, go volunteering, dump some tat treasures at the charity shop then have a snooze. Feel run down and sniffly.

    Aggh Piggers what a nightmare I hope you get it sorted ASAP.

    Best crack on have lovely days all xx
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    • Valli
    • By Valli 11th Jul 18, 7:13 AM
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    Valli
    Toilet brushes drying outside and one has been binned - thank you Valli for the reminder, but how do you always know these things??!
    Originally posted by Fayolle
    Much like horoscopes, really (and about as scientific lol) there is bound to be something on each list which exactly fits someone!

    Today's list is intended to make sure that, when you watch the footy you don't spot things that need to be done! Come on England!

    Off today for DD's graduation

    Going to fling on something and do ironing & have breakfast before I shower.
    Last edited by Valli; 11-07-2018 at 7:30 AM.
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    Thank you Honey Bear
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 11th Jul 18, 7:25 AM
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    Have a lovely day, Valli.

    Piggers - yuk. Good luck.

    A day of errands, appointments and driving...school, market, dentist, Mr L, hairdressers, Mr M, DD volunteering, errands....and maybe home.

    Oh and the LR needs a going over as it has been really neglected over the past few weeks due my serious case of cba- ness.

    Catch you later.
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 11th Jul 18, 7:28 AM
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    Hope the sewage problem gets sorted very quickly, pigpen.

    More supporting vibes to LW.

    Are you developing a split personality, Mademoiselle?

    Enjoy your DD's moment in the limelight, Valli

    My house is pleasantly cool this morning so I am plodding on with the essay prep (not got on to the actual writing yet). I have already
    - pulled down the blinds in the kitchen and DR to keep them cool
    - put away last night's washing up
    - cut off all the growing parsley and coriander that I bought on Sunday, and frozen it; put the shorn-off plants outside with the other plants that get watered regularly in the hope that I shall get a second crop
    - refilled the fruit fly trap - trying red wine vinegar instead of cider vinegar this time (the fruit flies have gone up-market )
    - rescued another blackening banana by slicing and freezing it; an occasional frozen slice is very refreshing in the heat - tastes like ice cream, but free on SW
    - made and drunk a cuppa
    - checked my bank account which is as expected It wasn't me that won the Euromillions!

    To do today:
    - strip and wash bedding
    - S&S kitchen
    - S&S bathroom
    - hoover downstairs again
    - send DH on an errand
    - my friend is coming to do my nails at 10.30
    - go to college library this afternoon
    - persuade Rosie to wait for her walk until this evening - I can't stand football!
    - work
    - feed us
    - work
    - feed us
    - work

    Catch up later. Hope everyone has a good day x
    Last edited by ionafan; 11-07-2018 at 7:33 AM.
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 11th Jul 18, 8:06 AM
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    Piggers yuk, hope it is sorted out soon.

    Valli, have a wonderful day with your DD, you must be very proud of her.

    It is very cool here this morning
    I think some weeding will be done.
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    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 11th Jul 18, 10:44 AM
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    Lovely and cool here too. I'll be out in the garden soon. The dogs have already had a walk. A bit of a different day here today, birthday celebrations and the footie although I am working later.
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    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 11th Jul 18, 11:06 AM
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    My list of jobs to do is spilling over into needing another couple of alphabets.



    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
    • Mademoiselle
    • By Mademoiselle 11th Jul 18, 11:16 AM
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    Are you developing a split personality, Mademoiselle?
    Not quite, definitely want England to win the final but France is my second choice.

    A few bits done this morning, WM x 2, DW emptied, HHI x 2 still a bit left to do but not too much so will finish that off whilst wathing Tour de France this afternoon. Car service later, currently teting DD2 GPS as it stopped working just when she needed it but it looks like it's a problem with power cable or charger socket in her car so should be fixable. A few bits of paperwork filed away.

    Going to make after (early) lunch coffee and go and tidy round living room.
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 11th Jul 18, 12:11 PM
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    Just updating my list - if it's gone, it's done.

    - hang out 2nd load of bedding
    - S&S bathroom - DH was in there for aaaaages and I can't do it now that I've just had my nails varnished
    - go to college library this afternoon
    - persuade Rosie to wait for her walk until this evening - I can't stand football! I capitulated to her soulful eyes and took her for a quick walk before breakfast, but she'll want to go out again this evening
    - feed us
    - work
    - feed us
    - work

    Jojo, Greek or Russian next?
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 11th Jul 18, 12:19 PM
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    Loo's sorted.. thank goodness!!!

    Just sorting toys while OH is home and girls are not.. Twinkle is napping.. I'm thinking food is necessary next.. I've filled a binbag and a wash basket and a box to leave the house which will NOT be being left in the bedroom!!!



    Dry laundry in and folded
    2x WM .. Pixie had 2 piddly accidents last night.. though one we suspect was deliberate.
    1x TD .. I refuse to peg out tiny socks!
    1x DW


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    • Mademoiselle
    • By Mademoiselle 11th Jul 18, 1:15 PM
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    Ironing cleared, more washing in and sorted waiting to go in, I am just about back up to date including all the bedding I brought home.

    I need to clean, house is not so untidy (compared to how it has been in the past) but boy it is filthy! Thick dust and loads of cat fur everywhere, can't remember when I last vacuumed properly and washed the floors, yes I can, floors washed weekend of Royal wedding as all furniture was moved about so did it before furniture was put back. I just CBA! If anyone has any spare GUAG.

    OK, going to go and do something, should I start in the best or worst place? I can't half procrastinate!
    • wishingthemortgaheaway
    • By wishingthemortgaheaway 11th Jul 18, 5:26 PM
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    Wednesday is a work day... may get some done tonight during the footy...

    Flying this week

    Pack for going away
    Pack car
    Tidy our bedroom
    Tidy Pickle's room
    Tidy Bathroom
    Tidy hall, stairs and landing
    Tidy kitchen
    Tidy dining room The dining room table is clear!!!!
    Tidy front room
    'Leaving the house for 3 week's tasks' (will break down later)
    Birthday pressie for M
    Leaving gift for c
    Birthday cards for bil & sil

    Keep on top of washing - 1 load to go on tonight.
    Stuff to loft
    Tidy loftthis needs an enormous position on the list as it was a big job! 3 bags of rubbish to the tip and lots of stuff listed on a fb freebie thread
    Stuff to cellar
    Keep cellar tidy -going well so far!
    Empty & defrost cellar freezer
    Sort food order for Lake District
    Sort back yard for 'going away'

    Bins out & Away (Thursday)
    Work for 1 day (Wednesday)
    Declutter wardrobe cupboard 1
    Declutter wardrobe cupboard 2
    Declutter wardrobe cupboard 3
    Declutter wardrobe cupboard 4
    Declutter wardrobe cupboard 5
    Declutter under our bed
    Declutter blanket Box
    Declutter bedside cabinet 1
    Declutter bedside cabinet 2
    Instructions for cleaner for summer deep clean.

    Monday extras
    Sorted the drinks cabinet - highlighted three gin bottles with only a single measure In each one- 1 per night I think!

    Tuesday extras
    Tip run
    Act as delivery driver
    Small food top up shop

    Wednesday extras
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    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 11th Jul 18, 6:10 PM
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    Jojo, Greek or Russian next?
    Originally posted by ionafan
    I think we're up to about Omicron now.

    Boss definitely seemed happier today, though. Which meant I could make a point of sitting downstairs in front of the fan for half an hour until the midday sun went off the massive full height windows in the room where I spent the day working.


    Got a rejection letter from the other place this afternoon. I'd love to know how they've managed to find so many people with the very specific experience they asked for that I don't even make the shortlist.

    Oh well, I shall just have to keep looking. Whilst waiting for the inevitable redundancy letter to appear at some point in the next nine months.

    In fairness, the coming changes at work will probably reduce my (physical) workload immensely - and it's not as if I can't pick up any other jobs there as people inevitably leave - but I just don't want to be there anymore.



    Got home to find Himself has been busy cleaning floors and doing things in the kitchen as it's been a bit cooler today. I haven't actually gone into the kitchen to see the countertops, but I'm quite happy deluding myself that he's done them as well.
    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
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 11th Jul 18, 6:19 PM
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    OH dropped at the pub.
    Dinner don e before he went
    I have the evening to myself, telly is off, I'm going to water my pots.
    Washed all my wall plates today and rehung them, boy where they dusty.
    Watched some tennis.

    Jojo, sorry you got rejected, but keep looking, you never know what may be around the corner.
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    • Narc0lepsy
    • By Narc0lepsy 11th Jul 18, 10:40 PM
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    JoJo sorry about the job, hope something else comes along.
    LW coping vibes.

    Well pretty much the only flying yesterday was done by the RAF as we went up to see the flypast, had lunch then visited the Royal Mews.

    Today:
    went to Body Attack
    blitzed bedroom, yes I'm juggling rooms around from the list
    watered plants
    filled bird feeders
    potted up some pepper plants.
    Done various bits of admin
    Put away contents of a couple of washing baskets.
    Remember...a layer of dust protects the wood beneath it.
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 12th Jul 18, 7:37 AM
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    Morning

    Wm is on
    Kitchen is swept, sides are cleared down.

    To do
    Post office to post 2 parcels!
    Sort out a timetable for OH significant birthday, as we need to take photos for him / of him and the 'family' 'think' wedding style so the list will, go OH plus DD, OH plus DS, OH plus each grand child in turn, then various family set ups, so I am making a list of what and when, then giving it to SIL as he has the loudest voice to get 20+ people in the right order.

    Weed the garden.

    Back later, have a good day
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    • Dizzy Imp
    • By Dizzy Imp 12th Jul 18, 7:41 AM
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    We have rain! Not too much, but it's cooled things right down!

    Sorry to hear about the job Jojo. Keep looking, maybe something else will come up x

    LW - big hugs and wet dog snogs from my lot to you. Hang in there xxx

    Ooh Narc0 - you were lucky to see the flypast. The Red Arrows went over our house a few weeks back and the boys were so excited

    They're now in the bath, so I'd better get a move on myself!
    • Maninblack32
    • By Maninblack32 12th Jul 18, 8:00 AM
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    Flying advice please !!!55357;!!!56842;

    I've moved into a much bigger house !!!55356;!!!57313; So I'm having to adapt my weekly and daily lists.

    Question is those with bigger houses how do you split it down? For example I have 4 bathrooms now. Do you do all on the same day or spread out and do with bedrooms?

    I've got 6 bedrooms and a utility and a double garage so any advice how to split this down?

    I'm doing my normal SSs and hitting hot spots but just wondering how to best break down into zones. Feel like all I'm doing is cleaning lol xx
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 12th Jul 18, 8:44 AM
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    Flying advice please !!!55357;!!!56842;

    I've moved into a much bigger house !!!55356;!!!57313; So I'm having to adapt my weekly and daily lists.

    Question is those with bigger houses how do you split it down? For example I have 4 bathrooms now. Do you do all on the same day or spread out and do with bedrooms?

    I've got 6 bedrooms and a utility and a double garage so any advice how to split this down?

    I'm doing my normal SSs and hitting hot spots but just wondering how to best break down into zones. Feel like all I'm doing is cleaning lol xx
    Originally posted by Maninblack32

    I do what is desperate and I have time for.. and don't do the rest.. and I delegate to other household members.
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