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    • Valli
    • By Valli 6th Jan 19, 6:39 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 7th January 2019
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    • 6th Jan 19, 6:39 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 7th January 2019 6th Jan 19 at 6:39 PM
    Welcome to the first full thread of 2019.
    It's been lovely to see some newbies already and I'm so pleased to see some familiar faces posting. The thread became very quiet last year which worried me...I, for one, have massively appreciated the support offered by poster here and I know I'm not the only one. Here's to a 2019 with joys and fun and, hopefully less clutter and dirt...

    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...
    Manic Monday - Kitchen Kapers

    Level 1

    Clear sides and wipe down
    Replace what lives there, wiping kettle/toaster etc as you go
    Empty bin and wipe it out
    Wipe sill, sockets, door handles, drawer and cupboard handles and switches
    Clear and clean sink and accessories - wash drainers

    Level 2

    Wipe down all cupboard and drawer fronts, and along the top/bottom and inside
    Clean hob
    Sort fridge and wipe seals; wash salad boxes etc
    Wipe table/change cloth
    Dust dining area/room

    Level 3

    Pick a messy cupboard or drawer and clean it out
    Clean oven and hob
    Sweep/mop/vacuum floor

    MAD half hour - if you haven't written your Toots list, write it; if you have written it then look it over and see if you can break down a big job into steps or even cross something off.
    S&S bathroom.
    New month - make sure you have birthday etc cards ready - and stamps - then you are prepared for inclement weather!

    Tuesday Toils - reclaim your sitting room/lounge

    Level 1

    Open the window w-i-d-e even if only for five minutes
    Empty the bin
    Give the sofas and seats the once over - leather wipe or a just-damp cloth to move any marks
    Lift and swap cushions and seat pads - vacuum underneath before replacing any; don't forget crevices and backs
    Rinse and squeeze out the cloth and wipe sockets, switches and door handles
    Ensure electricals are clean - and wipe those remote controllers, too

    Level 2

    Make sure coffee tables etc are cleared and cleaned before replacing stuff neatly
    Wipe any coasters
    Dust all surfaces - don'[t forget the skirting boards
    Give light fittings a dust, too
    Check ceilings, covings etc for cobwebs - especially if you had a real tree or other living decorations

    Level 3

    Vacuum the floor moving as much furniture as possible
    Polish the windows
    Plump up cushions
    Make sure that nothing is in here which doesn't live here
    Wipe windows

    MAD half hour - clean out a neglected drawer
    S&S in the kitchen and bathroom
    Join in an HHC - or call one!

    Wishy Washy Wednesday Bathroom Blitz

    Level 1

    Shine the sink
    Clean the loo inside and out - scrub that rim
    Wipe the light pull
    Wash out grimy, gungy toothbrush holders - and is it time to change toothbrushes?

    Level 2

    Clear the bath and clean it completely
    Clear the shower cubicle/screen
    Waggle a fine bottle brush down the plughole and pull back up to remove trapped hair etc

    Level 3

    Empty bins
    Wash the windows
    Scrub the floor
    Replace the towels - and put the old ones in the WM for a HOT wash
    Wash out the toothbrush holder
    Polish all taps with a fluffy cloth
    Put a slug of bleach down all plugholes and overflows


    S&S kitchen
    MAD half hour

    Thursday Thrills - your bedroom should be a relaxing clutter-free space

    Level one

    Open the window
    Strip the bed
    Fling the sheets etc in the washbasket
    Go and get your breakfast/kids off to school etc

    Level 2

    Close the window (like you haven't already)
    Dust the headboard or vacuum as appropriate
    remake the bed
    Clear the floordrobe/chairdrobe or any other clutter
    (see - looks better already)
    Dust all horizontal surfaces - vertical too, if you have time
    Polish any mirrors

    Level Three

    Clean the windows
    Vacuum the floor
    Make sure bedside cabinets are clear of clutter
    Use a damp cloth to wipe those lotions and potions
    Make sure you're not using stuff that's been open a long time - products do oxidise/deteriorate over time and in light/heat.


    HHI - don't let it build up (we will gloss over my little heap then) - could do as part of a HHC
    S&S bathroom
    S&S kitchen
    Make some me-time plans - meet up with a friend or get yourself primped and polished

    Friday - Kids Room or Guest room

    Level 1

    Open the windows WIDE
    Strip beds

    after a suitable time (eat your breakfast)

    Make the bed

    Level 2

    Dust every single surface - get the kids to sort out what's on them
    Clean the windows
    Check all lighting is functional especially the bedside lamp

    Level 3

    Vacuum thoroughly
    Sort out a drawer or a cupboard


    S&S kitchen
    S&S bathroom
    make sure the people you love know you love them.
    Last edited by Valli; 10-01-2019 at 9:26 PM.
    "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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    • Valli
    • By Valli 13th Jan 19, 11:34 AM
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    Roundtuit (((hugs)))

    FFP you go girl! I'm eating breakfast
    "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
    • funfairprincess
    • By funfairprincess 13th Jan 19, 1:02 PM
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    In my slightly longer than HHC I have
    Got dressed
    Paid mobile phone bill
    Stuck the radio on
    Washed up
    Sorted the washing into loads
    Put the clean dry stuff in the appropriate rooms
    WM, TD, winterdyke
    Cleared the bunkers
    Put iron and board past
    Rehomed various gibble

    Just stopping for caffeine and nicotine then I'll start again
    HHC starting at 1.15 anyone?
    I'm not a muggle...I'm just magically challenged
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    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 13th Jan 19, 1:18 PM
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    Honey Bear
    HHC starting at 11.30 if anyone wants to join in?
    Originally posted by funfairprincess
    I unknowingly kept you company FFP with spring cleaning the superking, WM x 1 that is now pegged out, and the second load is now twirling. That took well over two and a half hours so I've done enough hard work for one day, I think. Semi-permanent lodger will move back into the superking later today and at some point I'll turn the double around this week, too, most likely Tuesday or Wednesday because I'm at the Foodbank on Monday.

    I have also been up to the attic and hoicked down the four 50 litre storage boxes of jars that have been building up as I decided not to make any crabapple jelly in 2017 or 2018, no pear and ginger chutney in 2018 and no jam last year either. They'll go to the scrap store at some point this week but in the meantime the kittens are playing in the tunnel made from their lids and loving it.

    OH has written his question for our MP's open meeting this afternoon with a bit of prodding and tweaking from me. I'm not sure what mine will be yet but when I hear what he's got to say no doubt something will crop up. He doesn't represent the party I belong to, but he's a local man and I have a lot of time and respect for him. I need to jump in the shower so I'm not 'cleaning fragrant' if you get my drift. It's going to be packed in the Guildhall this afternoon and one doesn't want to be antisocial.
    Last edited by Honey Bear; 13-01-2019 at 6:22 PM.
    Keeping it AF
    • funfairprincess
    • By funfairprincess 13th Jan 19, 2:07 PM
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    Thanks for the company Honey bear

    In my HHC I have
    Swept the floors
    Semi cleared the scullery table
    Cleaned the bathroom out
    WM and TD
    Emptied the condenser
    Put the kettle on

    Coffee cup about to be refilled then I'm off again hoovering and mopping I think.
    I'm not a muggle...I'm just magically challenged
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    • funfairprincess
    • By funfairprincess 13th Jan 19, 3:05 PM
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    Cushions plumped
    Carpet hoovered


    Coats and shoes sorted
    Carpet hoovered


    Toilet roll holder refilled
    Floor mopped


    Rest of table cleared and wiped
    Dishes put away
    Bunkers cleaned
    Kettle and toaster wiped down
    Cooker top cleaned
    WM and TD emptied and reloaded
    Winterdyke hanging
    Hot cup of coffee made and I'll drink it this time!
    Floor mopped

    Just about to fold what came out of the dryer. Rubbish still needs to go out but I'll get DD to help with that when she gets in from dancing. She also has her bed to make and her room to tidy, so I'll be popular

    I think I'm due a bit of me time now!
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    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 13th Jan 19, 3:05 PM
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    Lots of ((hugs)) Roundtuit and a load of sticks being thrown at that pesky BD.
    I went out for a 5 mile walk with a friend this morning. Somewhere I had never been to which was nice. Very breezy on the top of the hills so head cobwebs have definitely been blown away. My legs ache now though.

    It was a quick soup for lunch, wm has run, HHI and pizza for tonight’s tea made. I now need to turn some old tomatoes into sauce to top it. Then it is back to the RoD to sort through the clutter that I pulled out of the under bed storage yesterday. You wouldn’t believe how much I could fit in there! Or maybe you would...
    • funfairprincess
    • By funfairprincess 13th Jan 19, 4:44 PM
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    All washing is now folded and put away. Last load in TD, washing basket is empty for 2 minutes at least
    Mr A shop staple shop done delivery on Tuesday, while watching Potter.
    DD home and tidying her room. Auntie has sent some homemade soup and some cakes over so that's lunches sorted for tomorrow
    Just had a phone call to let me know I've no lift to work tomorrow so I'll have to catch the bus at 6.30 am early bed for me tonight.
    That's me I'm doing no more today, and I'm not cooking takeaway dinner tonight!
    I'm not a muggle...I'm just magically challenged
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    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 13th Jan 19, 6:24 PM
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    Jojo the Tightfisted
    Sorry, Roundtuit.

    Got bored with spending my birthday sat downstairs on my own whilst Himself merrily snored the entire day away, so managed to empty a huge carrier bag's worth of food that had been allowed to go off from the fridge, organise the washing up, put the recycling out and prise old teabags off the chopping board and every other surface.

    Himself heard me and appeared behind me. I have a bunch of red Tulips, which is nice.

    Just as well he didn't hear me talking to a friend earlier about how I'm past fed up and now just bored with his permanent inaction.

    He's sat in silence ever since, other than asking me to decide what to cook. And that's without knowing what I think of him/the situation at the moment.

    Not the best of days for me here.
    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 13th Jan 19, 6:30 PM
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    Aww Jo-jo (((hugs)))
    "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
    • Pollybear
    • By Pollybear 13th Jan 19, 6:47 PM
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    Finally made it on here. Sorry about your rubbish birthday Jo Jo but sending you good wishes anyway.

    I've been to the tip four times today with DD2, which included loading up her (big) car with knocked down wardrobes (complete with mould) and emptying it at the tip while the workmen there leaned back and watched. Shattered now. I did get a load of washing done and dried as well.
    • wishingthemortgaheaway
    • By wishingthemortgaheaway 13th Jan 19, 7:39 PM
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    I finished packing for my work trip

    Prepared my car for work trip (tire pressures, washer fluid, diesel etc)

    I prepared the husband for my work trip (meal plan pointed out, shopping list pointed out, washing machine instructions placed on top of washer)

    Then I left for my work trip 5 hours traveling time as expected.
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    • MadamMim2013
    • By MadamMim2013 13th Jan 19, 8:47 PM
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    HHC starting at 11.30 if anyone wants to join in?
    Originally posted by funfairprincess
    I too joined in without knowing..
    Today I have accomplished;
    Sorting the shed, fitting in my new set of ladders and throwing out some junk,
    Emptied the small dresser in kitchen, cleaned it, listed it on fb (sold & collected in less than 2 hours) cleaned mould off the wall, primed and sprayed with anti mould primer, dried and painted back to wall colour..
    Removed DS2’s old/broken bed by sawing it in 2, put outside in garden.
    Scrubbed walls in his room (by head and feet) painted back to wall colour.
    New (to us) bed for DS1 arrived, taken upstairs, fitted together, bed made and clothing in drawers... ooh cut away the carpet in that area and bagged up for the tip
    (New carpet arriving soon to be fitted)
    New (to us) bed for me arrived and is stacked in front room (DS1 will be having my current bed once new carpet is fitted, then this one will come upstairs)
    New (to us) bookcase arrived to replace dresser in kitchen.. put everything back on & my cooking books that finally fit
    I have also done washing & put it out on the line, dishes, cooked a chicken in the slow cooker (had with pasta for tea)
    Stacked the car with carp for a tip run in tomorrow morning (helped by DS1 & GF as I got stuck in the boot half under the old matress)
    Put washing away from airing cupboard
    Sorted weekly accounts & budgets..

    Annnd.. pheeeew... I am very pleased with my efforts today, that said, I know I shall suffer tomorrow and very possibly have to hibernate for the day (boiler man coming to repair so needed to be in anyhoo)
    Hmm.. just realised I need to measure up bedroom and get the carpet order in & book my fitter chap.. not quite done!
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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 13th Jan 19, 9:06 PM
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    Struggling financially

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    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 13th Jan 19, 9:13 PM
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    Jojo - sorry. That was a rubbish day for you.
    MadamMim - worn out just reading your post!

    Dinner done. Kitchen done. WULTD. Packed lunches done. Pjs next on the list.
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