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    • Valli
    • By Valli 14th Apr 19, 6:32 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread 15th April 2019
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    • 14th Apr 19, 6:32 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread 15th April 2019 14th Apr 19 at 6:32 PM
    Welcome to the Weekly Flylady Thread

    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!

    Some of our abbreviations: DH- dear husband, OH- other half, KH/CF- affectionate term for ex husband or partner DS/DD- dear son/daughter, DGC- dear grandchild, WM- washing machine, DW- dishwasher, LR/DR- living/dining room, RoD- room of doom, 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/Dining Room

    Level 1


    Clear sides and wipe down
    Replace what lives there, wiping as you go
    Empty bin and clean it out too
    Wipe sill, sockets, door handles and switches
    Clear and clean sink and accessories - don't forget those out-of-sight places - under plugs and under draining racks
    Clean/polish table - wipe mats/change cloth
    Check fruit and wash bowl
    Throw away your manky dish cloth and replace with a new one!

    Level 2

    Wipe down all cupboard and drawer fronts, not forgetting handles and tops and bottom as well as fronts!
    Clean hob - thoroughly. Wash all detachable parts too.
    Sort fridge and wipe seals; weave stuff that needs using up into your meal plan
    Dust dining area/room

    Level 3

    Clean oven
    Sweep/mop/vacuum floor
    Wipe out or wash out whiffy bins
    Clean windows


    extras

    MAD half hour call one or join one
    If there's an area you need to work on/clear use your mad HalF Hour to do something towards your ultimate goal
    HHI
    S&S bathroom
    Easter hols for some - make some time for yourself




    Tuesday Twinkles - Brighten that bathroom

    Level 1


    Fling open the windows
    Clear the bins, remove empties
    Flush the loo and squirt something down it to start the cleaning process
    Fling the towels in the WM
    Vacuum extractor cover and/or wipe
    Clean windows and mirrors
    Top up loo roll holder
    Wash/bleach pull cords - remove and soak!

    Level 2

    Clear lotions and potions from around bath and scrub inside and out.
    Prod a brush down the plughole to remove the ratty tails
    Polish the taps
    Slug of bleach down the drain
    Scrub the loo inside and out - and bleach it
    Thoroughly clean bath taps and plugs - especially hair traps
    Wipe shower head

    Level 3

    Scrub the sink
    Polish the taps
    Dust sills and shelves
    Wipe anywhere fingers linger with a clean cloth or an anti-bac wipe
    Mop the floor
    Polish mirrors
    Wash loo brush and let it dry outside in the sun, thus benefiting from the bleaching effect of the sun!

    Extras

    HHI
    S&S kitchen
    Sort out make up bag/box. Chuck anything that's been hanging around too long/you're not using and wipe what you're keeping and wash brushes and sponges
    Double up on a recipe in your meal plan and freeze so that you can have a day off over Easter


    Wednesday Hump Day - 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 and polished 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
    Deal with plants/flowers

    Level 3

    Vacuum the floor moving as much furniture as possible - don't forget the edges
    Polish the windows - and the TV screen - and mirrors
    Plump up cushions
    Make sure that nothing is in here which doesn't live here


    Extras

    HHI
    MAD half hour - Toots list?
    S&S in the kitchen and bathroom
    Join in an HHC - or call one!


    Thursday - final full flying day this week

    Level 1

    Open the window
    Strip the bed
    Fling the sheets etc in the washbasket/machine - should be a good drying day!
    Go and get your breakfast

    Level 2

    Dust the headboard or vacuum as appropriate
    remake the bed
    Clear the floordrobe/chairdrobe or any other clutter
    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 - both on them and in them
    Use a damp cloth to wipe those lotion and potion bottles.

    Extras

    HHI

    S&S bathroom
    S&S kitchen


    Good Friday

    s&S kitchen
    S&s bathroom
    Dailies
    Last edited by Valli; 19-04-2019 at 5:26 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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    • dancemum
    • By dancemum 14th Apr 19, 7:46 PM
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    I will do my best concidering the week ahead. Thanks for the thread and support x

    Cutlery and utensil drawers cleaned whilst cooking dinner
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 14th Apr 19, 8:28 PM
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    Thank you Valli. I will do what I can this week. Must clear the study bedroom for DGS3+4 next weekend

    Had a busy day today, so "morning off" tomorrow - it's officially church work, but I don't actually have to do anything except be at an event, and DH will take me out to lunch afterwards
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 14th Apr 19, 8:32 PM
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    Have been out twice to gigs, Friday and Saturday, Himself did a bit of work (for which he hasn't been paid by the person who promised pay on the day yet - GRRRRRRR) and, having lost half of last week to work, he now has a busy week, including rehearsals, another bit of work for the bloke who hasn't paid him for the first one , a big gig at the weekend and, apparently, an interview for a short term job at a very naice private school. However, he did cut my hair and dye it, so I am looking vaguely less like a human disaster zone than I have been recently.


    Spent today lazing about, other than sending him out to get proper food, as the last couple of days has meant snacks grabbed at opportune moments. He's now upstairs doing whatever he is supposed to do in preparation for the interview.



    Manic Monday - Kitchen Kapers/Dining Room

    Level 1


    Clear sides and wipe down
    Replace what lives there, wiping as you go

    Wipe sill, sockets, door handles and switches
    Clear and clean sink and accessories - don't forget those out-of-sight places - under plugs and under draining racks
    Clean/polish table - wipe mats/change cloth
    Check fruit and wash bowl
    Throw away your manky dish cloth and replace with a new one!


    Level 2

    Wipe down all cupboard and drawer fronts, not forgetting handles and tops and bottom as well as fronts!
    Clean hob - thoroughly. Wash all detachable parts too.
    Sort fridge and wipe seals; weave stuff that needs using up into your meal plan
    Dust dining area/room


    Level 3

    Clean oven
    Sweep/mop/vacuum floor
    Clean windows


    extras

    S&S bathroom Had to do this to remove hairdye, as it looked as though we had a serial killer in our midst.
    Easter hols for some - make some time for yourself


    Bin out, recycling out.

    Due to the unwelcome AF visit and hairdying, I've also bunged a load of bedding and towels in a hot wash, now in the TD.

    Also descaled, scrubbed and disinfected the Felines' Little Box of Evil and refilled it with an entire bag of litter, plus a few handfuls of unused Hamster Bedding. The little rodenty wotsit has been dead for two years, so I'm sure he won't mind too much and the instant cat smell of a visit has been eliminated as far as I can tell.
    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
    • froddington
    • By froddington 14th Apr 19, 8:50 PM
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    I'm in - thanks Valli

    I did manage to do a fair bit last week but not as much as I wanted to

    This week's priority is to clear the hallway which is full of stuff for homeless shelter, charity shop, Rainbows and school as well as rubbish!!

    Will aim for a few bits from each day's list too . . . . .

    Manic Monday - Kitchen Kapers

    Level 1

    Clear sides and wipe down
    Replace what lives there, wiping as you go
    Clear and clean sink and accessories

    Level 2
    Wipe down all cupboard and drawer fronts
    Clean hob - thoroughly. Wash all detachable parts too.

    Level 3
    Vacuum floor
    Clean window

    extras
    MAD half hour - hallway
    Easter hols for some - make some time for yourself; Mon - cinema; Tues - lunch with J; Weds - lunch with D!!
    "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
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 14th Apr 19, 9:41 PM
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    • 14th Apr 19, 9:41 PM
    Iím in. Thank you Valli, and Natty for last week. Dinner cooked, kitchen tidied, pack ups done. Yay itís a 4 day week coming.
    ((Hugs)) dancemum.
    • Mademoiselle
    • By Mademoiselle 15th Apr 19, 6:50 AM
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    • 15th Apr 19, 6:50 AM
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    • 15th Apr 19, 6:50 AM
    Trying again this week. Although going to holiday house on Tuesday afternoon as have workmen in there Wednesday and Friday and friends arriving Thursday for a long weekend. I spring cleaned it last time we were there so should be ok, although the grass will need cutting. Here place is nice and tidy downstairs, washing is under control. Need to meal plan and shop for OH & DD1 who are staying here until Friday. Also need to get DD2 to pack her stuff up to go back to uni straight from holiday house.

    Must also make sure admin is up to date and get insurance claim sent off.

    Not at work until 6pm so should be able to get on with some stuff

    Hugs to all
    • wishingthemortgaheaway
    • By wishingthemortgaheaway 15th Apr 19, 7:16 AM
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    • 15th Apr 19, 7:16 AM
    Morning all.
    Last day of completely solo parenting today - hubby back Friday, but the Childminder is taking the strain tues, wed & thurs.

    This morning:
    Beds made
    Dw empties
    Wm- dirties in, but not full so will go on tonight or in the morning.
    Breakfast made
    Day bags sorted.

    Today is:
    cinema trip with small
    Sort work bag for tomorrow (some schools have random holidays round here)
    Keep Pickle alive.
    The 100 payment countdown (each payment = £400) 2018 Starts at 13/100 o/s £34,750.
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    • noendinsight
    • By noendinsight 15th Apr 19, 7:58 AM
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    Hello,
    Am I ok to join in please?
    I've been trying to follow the American version of flylady without much success. I'm hoping that dealing with each room each week, like you do here, instead of each month will help.
    I work term time so am off at the moment & DD2 is going to an origami workshop this morning so I can try to get a head start.
    Lou x

    Manic Monday - Kitchen Kapers/Dining Room

    Level 1
    Clear sides and wipe down
    Replace what lives there, wiping as you go
    Wipe sill, sockets, door handles and switches
    Clear and clean sink and accessories - don't forget those out-of-sight places - under plugs and under draining racks
    Clean/polish table - wipe mats/change cloth
    Check fruit and wash bowl
    Throw away your manky dish cloth and replace with a new one!

    Level 2
    Wipe down all cupboard and drawer fronts, not forgetting handles and tops and bottom as well as fronts!
    Clean hob - thoroughly. Wash all detachable parts too.
    Sort fridge and wipe seals; weave stuff that needs using up into your meal plan
    Dust dining area/room

    Level 3
    Clean oven
    Sweep/mop/vacuum floor
    Wipe out or wash out whiffy bins
    Clean windows

    extras
    S&S bathroom
    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 15th Apr 19, 8:12 AM
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    ionafan
    Hello,
    Am I ok to join in please?
    Originally posted by noendinsight
    Of course! Welcome, noendinsight

    Just passing time while I hold on for Customer Services... no change in my queue position for 5 minutes

    I have S&S'd the kitchen and got a load of washing together.

    Ah, just gone up a place in the queue. Back later!

    (((Hugs))) spoons and sticks all round, as needed xx
    • shirlgirl2004
    • By shirlgirl2004 15th Apr 19, 9:08 AM
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    I keep trying to be in but fall after the first couple of days but here we go again.
    1 x WM 1XDW
    Robot cleaning master bedroom and landing
    S&S bathroom & ensuite and downstairs WC; wash hand towels
    • SSDD23
    • By SSDD23 15th Apr 19, 10:04 AM
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    Happy Monday ladies x

    Off to a smooth start as OH and I got most of the housework caught up yesterday, all washing done, ironing done, etc so should just be keeping on top of that today.

    To do when I get home:
    - Wipe down kitchen sides
    - Wipe down bathroom sides/sinks
    - Make lunches for work for next two days

    V cheerful today as I did some car insurance quotes last night and even with 2 accidents I got a quote for £650 for the year/£50 per month. Renewal with current co was over £2000 and £190 a month, with a black box! So so glad I looked
    "The harder you work for something, the greater youíll feel when you achieve it"
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 15th Apr 19, 12:51 PM
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    Thank you for all the lists.

    Been busy
    Machine walk done
    Whole house hoovered, bagless thingy emptied
    WM x 3 done all out on line
    Been to volunteering for 3 hours
    Food shop done and away
    Lunch of toast eaten
    -1 lb for this week....................it keeps going
    Loads of other small boring stuff done.

    SSDD23 it is always worth checking the web before buying anything, car ins / house ins/ white goods/ holidays etc etc there are often better deals around. As far as I am concerned any saving is better than no saving even if it is a £1 here and there it all adds up in the end.
    Sun, Sea
    Slinky is back on! - 23 and counting
    I can do this, I will do this...
    • dancemum
    • By dancemum 15th Apr 19, 3:26 PM
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    noendinsight Welcome x

    All wall cupboards scrubbed
    All worktops cleaned
    Toaster decrumbed

    Dancepop’s bedding washed and line dried
    3 x wm out on whirlie
    Frog eaten- my coat washed as it is fawn coloured and mingling.

    flc

    i had to collect DP’s clean clothes from my aunt. DS2 didn’t want to go but can’t be left on his own. Eventually after smacking my arm several times and threatening me with a washing basket he relented. My sister collected DP’s clothes to take to him when visiting today. Over a sandwich we made a list of questions,opinions and worries for the hospital and my sister took it with her. Apparently the OT wasn’t happy with our thoughts. They are arranging a family meeting on the ward for Wednesday afternoon so hopefully DP will be kept in until a least then. He is a little more with it today. We are anxious about him going home and the social worker said we had valid concerns.

    Can anyone point me in the direction of information on power of attorney as we have to look into them?
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 15th Apr 19, 5:07 PM
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    Dance pm sent.

    Gardening done, weeds pulled out
    Washing in off line
    Cat played with a piece of moss and had a wonderful game in the sun with it.
    Dinner cooked but OH is on the phone to sky 'discussing' the amount they are charging, and offering to cancel his account if they don't reduce the fees, personally I really don't know why we have it, but he pays for it, I don't.
    Sun, Sea
    Slinky is back on! - 23 and counting
    I can do this, I will do this...
    • Narc0lepsy
    • By Narc0lepsy 15th Apr 19, 6:40 PM
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    Thanks for the lists.
    Welcome noendinsight

    MIL is now in the care home for at least 2 weeks, so hopefully Mr N and I can catch up on our lives, flying and sleep. We have done the best we can for her. Now, by way of a change, I have 3 days to get the house in order before my Mum comes to stay!

    Today I've actually felt really tired, so didn't go to zumba. However, I have nearly finished a report, done 3 things off our 'garden list', potted on a few seedlings and watered the rest of the greenhouse, rung 2 friends, done a bit of research for a new Freeview box as ours is playing up, made up the guest bed with clean sheets, done another load of washing........and I've fallen asleep twice!!
    Remember...a layer of dust protects the wood beneath it.
    • Valli
    • By Valli 15th Apr 19, 7:06 PM
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    Sorry Dancemum...I can't help.
    "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 15th Apr 19, 7:23 PM
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    noendinsight Welcome x


    Can anyone point me in the direction of information on power of attorney as we have to look into them?
    Originally posted by dancemum



    I haven't done it, but found this :


    https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/power-of-attorney/
    • shirlgirl2004
    • By shirlgirl2004 15th Apr 19, 8:27 PM
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    No info dancemum on POA but do please do it and everyone else as the alternative is Deputyship and that is expensive and an absolute pain.
    • Valli
    • By Valli 15th Apr 19, 8:33 PM
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    Valli
    I have a temporary 5-day insurance policy

    very thankful to DD's housemate who has been a huge help over the smashed motor.
    "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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