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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 9th Sep 18, 7:02 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 10th September 2018
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    • 9th Sep 18, 7:02 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 10th September 2018 9th Sep 18 at 7:02 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'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

    Monday Mayhem ~ Living Room, Hall and Stairs
    Level One..

    Vacuum through the living room, hall and stairs
    Level Two...
    Dusting, even if around everything
    Remove clutter making sure stairs especially are safe
    Clean windows and all glass.. including the tv screen
    Clear the mantel and only put back the items which are supposed to be there.. and that doesn't include letters, keys or other treasure!
    Level Three...
    Wipe and water plants
    Put all your hotspots in one pile and work your way through it..
    Vacuum under furniture you can manage to move without hurting yourself.

    Extra Mission: Pick one or more of the following tasks Ė
    • Have a bit of a tidy in the cupboard under the stairs.
    • Wipe down any paintwork that needs it.
    • Binbag dance.. Get a binbag.. fill it and bin it!!!
    • Wash any cushions, throws or curtains that need it.. Do you need your winter curtains up yet?

    Tuesday Bluesdays~ Kitchen and Dining Room
    Level One...

    Clear and wipe kitchen surfaces
    Level Two...
    Sweep and mop floors
    Sort & clean the fridge
    Wipe dining table..put a nice vase of flowers on it to make it look pretty!!!
    Level Three...
    Dust any extra furniture in dining area, checking for cobwebs on way round.
    Wipe all your small appliances..toaster, kettle etc..
    Wipe & declutter all the windows sills in these areas!!
    Clean cupboard door fronts and fronts of appliances .. don't forget those kick boards..
    Wipe door handles..
    Check those washing machine filters and drawers for ickiness!! Tumble dryer, cooker hood and dishwasher filters need to be done too!!
    Extra Mission : help yourself
    • Wipe down the hob and oven, go on you know you want to!!!!
    • Wipe down any tiles and shine those taps.. a toothbrush is great for cleaning away the gunk!
    • 32 fling boogie..
    • GO! buy yourself a treat.. you deserve it!
    • Empty the bin.. wash it out.. and make it smell SWEET

    Wednesday warts ~ Bathroom and Study/Pc Area
    Level One...

    Clean floors in these rooms
    Level Two...
    Clean baths, toilets, don't forget the outside! and sinks.. shine the taps with a toothbrush
    Clear any clutter from desk
    Polish the monitor drag out the pc case and dust the top and back!
    Wipe keyboard, house phone, sockets, switches and mouse etc
    Level Three...
    Wash your bathroom mats, nets, clean blind/curtains etc
    Wipe down tiles in bathroom.. defragment your pc while doing this.
    Empty and clean out all the upstairs bins!
    Clean shower screen/curtain if you have one/if required
    Pull out the pc desk and clean BEHIND AND UNDER it!!!!!!

    Extra mission: Take your pick!
    • Wipe the skirtings, door and window frames in these rooms
    • Fling all those empty bottles and tubes
    • replace any sponges, flannels, toiletries that need it
    • Clean the outside of all cupboards in the bathroom

    Thursday Throwout!!- Master Bedroom & Landing
    Level One...

    Check fire alarms are working.. mine needs a new battery... I didn't think it was working until it alarmed at me the other day!
    Remove and wash bed linen and duvet covers.
    Fling open the window and let in the rain/sunnyness
    Level Two...
    Dust surfaces & make sure no cobwebs..
    Vacuum & turn mattress before replacing with fresh linen..
    Air the duvet
    15 minutes floordrobe clearance
    Level Three...
    Vacuum floors in bedroom and on landing
    Sort through a cupboard and fling everything that is dead
    Clear a hotspot.. or spend 15 minutes clearing one.
    Extra tasks list, as usual choose one or more
    • 32 fling boogie time, go on grab a bag and clear that clutter
    • Clean all paintwork on the landing
    • Clean windows in these rooms
    • Clear out your spare linen.. all those holey sheets, manky duvet covers and stained pillow cases.. FLING!!

    Friday Frenzy ~ those frightening kids rooms and spare rooms
    Level One...

    Clear away anything that isn't in it's place, clothes, toys, books etc
    Make an appointment for some ME-time.. hairdressers? manicure? night out with friends? .. whatever just do it!
    Level Two..
    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!!
    Level Three....
    Clean 2 windows
    Sort through a cupboard/chest of drawers and get the clothes out which are no longer wearable, too small or out of season!
    Wipe any sticky marks off walls and doors
    Extra Task List
    • Find 5 things to ebay/freecycle
    • Wipe the radiators, skirtings and window & door frames!
    • Binbag dance!!! grab a binbag and fill it with stuff to leave the house.. rubbish or charity shop or to donate to a friend!
    Last edited by Natty68; 13-09-2018 at 7:36 PM.

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    • Valli
    • By Valli 15th Sep 18, 3:00 PM
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    Bathroom and kitchen cleaned; laundry ironed, and, because I have a frog and a toad to munch, I decided it was the perfect time to try to polish the brass door handle on the lounge door...I have given myself a strict talking to.
    "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
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 15th Sep 18, 4:01 PM
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    Jojo the Tightfisted
    Met friend for coffee, got told off because he reckons I'm shaking due to not eating enough. And threatening to call Himself to tell him if I don't eat more. I didn't think there was a problem, but then I worked out my change from the salon where I got my eyebrows done wrongly. So I bought some food on the way back.

    Bit of recycling put out, WM on (the door handle made a pinging/crunching noise as I opened it, which, as it's approximately 15 years old, probably means I'm going to be buying another within 6-12 months ), Little Tray of Evil cleaned.

    I have decided to stay in tonight and get the kitchen counters sparkly & do all the drying and washing up of mugs, so I don't have to worry about anything tomorrow when I'm out for about 10 hours.
    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
    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 15th Sep 18, 4:12 PM
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    Honey Bear
    because I have a frog and a toad to munch, I decided it was the perfect time to try to polish the brass door handle on the lounge door...I have given myself a strict talking to.
    Originally posted by Valli

    And I scrubbed the front steps and splashed huge amounts of water around while dealing with the ten pots on the front steps instead of dealing with a sticky bank reconcilliation, the summit notes and tax return. It took a whole bar of chocolate to deal with it all, too.

    I'll give myself a stern talking to when I've got the energy later.
    Keeping it AF
    • Narc0lepsy
    • By Narc0lepsy 15th Sep 18, 8:01 PM
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    ionafan I hope you had a lovely day celebrating all your hard work.
    jojo keep well
    Bit of a late start today after a fantastic night seeing Hamilton yesterday.
    Almost packed ready for hols. Lots of side benefits:
    Decluttered, tidied and dusted dressing table
    Decluttered and cleaned bathroom
    Sorted out clothes and put some in charity pile.

    Also took mil for a coffee
    Mr N watered greenhouse and picked loads of tomatoes; why do they all have to ripen as we're going away?
    Frantically deleting emails as my business account inbox is apparently full, really bad timing as no warning given and don't want to miss anything while I'm away.
    Fed birds
    Renewed library books
    Went to Mr T
    Kitchen floor appears to be drying off, but very slowly. Am fed up with circumnavigation wm in the middle of the kitchen and tripping up over the turned-back vinyl. Had a chat with insurance company in case we need to have a new floor and/or vinyl. Agreed to review it when we come back.
    Remember...a layer of dust protects the wood beneath it.
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 16th Sep 18, 1:07 PM
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    Hi Folks

    Guess you are all busy

    Carboot done, dry, fine, but quite windy, anyway a load of 'stuff' sold not for a lot but it is GONE.

    Just watch grand prix, then going to unpack car, and sort out 'stuff' I am keeping or CS etc, a couple of bits I think may sell on ebay so going to get them photographed and listed as ebya have kindly given me another 100 free listings.

    Sun, Sea
    Slinky is back on! - 23 and counting
    I can do this, I will do this...
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 16th Sep 18, 1:37 PM
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    Huge congratulations, Ionafan. I hope you are now getting your well deserved rest.

    We had a family day out yesterday. What with the early start, and lots of walking around, it wiped us out for the evening. This is our 3rd weekend in a row doing something, so much for Scrimper September. I decided to experiment with a recipe that I picked uo at the supermarket. Let's just say that the recipe is now in the recycling, and that cheese and biscuits was a saviour.

    This morning, I managed a couple of hours at the allotment, then back for a MAD in the back garden. I am now tackling the ironing pile. Beats thinking about the tax return.
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 16th Sep 18, 1:51 PM
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    Hello all. Manic few days with lots of driving,a break in and very little sleep while in pain from my wisdom tooth which is coming out in a couple of days. Today I have done the dailies, two dog walks and some potting on in the greenhouse once I'd got more compost. Also went to a car boot but there was nothing that caught my eye.

    See you all tomorrow.
    Spend less now, work less later.
    Savings thread #78 Apr £120.62 Total 2019 - £1344.19/£5k
    Keep Moving Challenge - walked 218 miles
    • Valli
    • By Valli 16th Sep 18, 6:20 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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