FLYing through April: Fledglings Spring into Action

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GoingGoingGoth Sun 31-Mar-13 17:38:37

Welcome to the April Fledgling FLYers thread

... where we (loosely) follow the step-by-step Flylady housekeeping system (in our own, unique, relaxed style) with lots of and chatting along the way.

This little-and-often system is designed so that we can follow a series of steps and routines each day (which gradually become second nature) in weekly designated zones of the house; defining and minimising housework - which in theory should leave us with more time to do other, more interesting things instead!

At the same time it is intended to reduce that panicky "rabbit in headlights" feeling we get when we are overwhelmed and everything needs doing all at once.

To avoid being inundated with details, we advise not signing up to the Big Tent

We are in the process of following Flylady's steps and routines using a three-pronged approach (dependent on the stage everyone is at):

- start or repeat baby steps

- repeat baby steps + do 15 mins a day decluttering in the current zone

- reinforce babysteps and do daily missions if you have finished decluttering.

[And if you are really enthusiastic and have finished decluttering - you can go on to detailed deep cleaning in each zone.]

Flylady site is here

Don't worry if you are behind; just jump right back in and it will all come around next month again anyway!

All the links for the babysteps and missions will be posted here every day and we'll all be here to cheer each other on.

Thanks to SC, Blue & Silvery for leading us through since January and for the brilliant OP I've just cut and pasted.

Swanhilda Wed 01-May-13 22:31:26

doh! new thread is clearly somewhere in May!

Swanhilda Tue 30-Apr-13 23:22:17

[waves] sorry computer has been down and out recently

kitten (one of four) asleep on my lap smile
floor swept
recycling out
rubbish out (new system, and no more bins in the front garden blushsmile

done
ds2 haircut
netball
piano
hoovered boudoir almost
2 loads of washing
pile of ironing created
sat in sun and had coffee with dh at 11am, one of perks of him working from home

otherwise, I am very behind with everything! And still feeling knackered.

GoingGoingGoth Tue 30-Apr-13 22:27:36

FINAL ROUNDUP grin

WhoKnows has an app! envy I know what you mean re MFP, I'm a bit stuck too (cake doesn't help) Please let us know how you get on with the 5:2.

Blue finished her project ahead of the deadline, and managed to update her blog. Need more details on blog <nosey emoticon>

Bitchy has temperamental central heating and is back on form with lists! I'm concerned that you say you lack motivation - just what could you manage!
AND eat the chocolate

Doris somedays getting dressed can be an enormous success, you count it if you want to, we don't judge. Toddler gymnastics sounds fun.

Engels is flag-waving. The Dutch system does seem sensible, I think hanging around your whole life waiting for a parent to die is a bit meh

LPlate has a working washing machine (eventually), good luck with Mt Washmore.

Silvery had a massive list, the cd task sounded Herculean

Louise popped in, slow Flying is good, hope you have a good weekend away.

Castle attended a family mass which excuses her from Flying.
Thanks for the wine am heading for the naughty corner before Silvery & Bitchy drink it all!

Evening all,

Congratulations on the new King Engels, I was thinking of you wehn I heard about it on the news.

Silvery - I long ago gave up reading Bitchy's lists. I just acknowledge their presence!

Lplate - glad your WM is restored to working order.

Ta-da!

Morning routine
School run
Check school garden - will need watering tomorrow
Gossip with friend
Home
Breakfast
Washing on line
Work
Shopping at lunchtime
Home
School run
Phonics work with DD (her reading as a whole is great but her phonics is poor and teacher wants us to work on it)
Supervise DD washing up
DD changed for ballet, she went with a friend which gave me a free hour to get on with stuff at home, normally Tuesdays are a real rush
Made dinner
Cleared up
Lounge detailed cleaning - cobwebs, high shelves dusted, fingerprints wiped from doorframe and lightswitch
Watered all my pots in the garden
Sent DS off to Cubs
Sorted out huge pile of clean washing
Baked cakes with DD
Popped round to a friends with a bottle of wine as thanks for something
Fetched 4 Cubs home (they all live nearby but it takes 20 mins to deposit them all at their own homes and stop them rioting in the street
Reading with the DCs
Washing in WM ready to go on line in the morming
Just got a couple of Brownie / Cub badges to sew on and that's me for the day.

I have been sticking somewhat half-heartedly to MFP for weight loss and hit a plateau (which has lasted about 2 months blush). So I have decided to 5:2 it, today was the first of the 2 fasting days, set myself a limit of 600 calories and so nearly made it, DD baking cakes was very hard though, I did eat a bit of buttercream. Going to see if I can do it again on Thursday (my other work day, no chance on home days). Roll on breakfast tomorrow!

CHBitchy Tue 30-Apr-13 21:19:59

<wanders in having done yet more stuff>
<snaffles wine>
<takes one look at bed full of stuff>
<sits in the naughty corner and ponders the benefit of copious amounts of chocolate>

Louise85 Tue 30-Apr-13 21:09:25

Big waves - been reading up & u all seem to be doing great!! I've been doing some very slow flying...house is up for rent again, so had to keep it decent for viewings...looking forward to moving so can do some major decluttering again

See you all sometime in May thread after my lovely weekend away visiting old friends grin

SilveryMoon Tue 30-Apr-13 21:01:54

My lists are nothing comapred to bitchy's. I look at hers and think "fuck that, I'll have to put reading it on my to-do list" wink

SilveryMoon Tue 30-Apr-13 21:00:28

castle you don't wanna be leaving those laying around............they'll be gone in a flash <chink> wine grin thanks

Castlelough Tue 30-Apr-13 20:39:20

<averts eyes from the long, long lists --especially those of Bitchy and Silvery-->

Ta Da:
*morning run
*attended mass for my aunt (involving a 5-hr round trip, driving) and copious cups of tea afterwards and chats with the relatives.
*dinner
*posted first babystep on the May thread <eek!>

To Do:
some *actual flying.... blush
*some gardening
*visit dMil
*practise piano
*lay out clothes for tomorrow

Engels I was thinking of you earlier when I heard about the new king in the Netherlands! Hope you are having a lovely day!
Waves to everyone else, especially Goth - thanks and wine for the fantastic job you have done.
<leaves several bottles of wine cooling in the naughty corner for Goth and anyone else who may pop by.... grin

SilveryMoon Tue 30-Apr-13 19:44:16

Evening all.
I did some detail cleaning in the living room today. Before work I pulled all the cd's out (4 carrier bags worth) from the shelf down the side of the sofa. When I got back I scrubbed the shelf, dusted off all the cases and put all cd's back in their right cases. Took forever
Now just need to complete my evening routine, so need a list
ta da
up and made beds
showered and dressed
swished and swiped
fed cats
got breakfast and cleared away
rubbish out
dropped kids off
went to work
tesco run (for wine)
collected boys
home
warmed up dinner for them (spag bol from yesterday)
detail
fed cats
made tomorrows lunch
sorted dry washing
sorted through school bags
put out clothes

to do
me and dp to have dinner
catch up on thread
clean kitchen
ironing
defrost chicken for tomorrows dinner
non iron clothes away
empty washing machine and hang to dry

What am I forgetting?

GoingGoingGoth Tue 30-Apr-13 19:32:12

Who-hoo! Brilliant news LPlate grin

LPlateFlyer Tue 30-Apr-13 18:20:26

Yay!!! <happy dance!!!> My washing machine is working!!!!

Finally got hold of the repair man and the part came in today so he fixed it this afternoon. What a relief!!!!!

Right, I know what my next job is.....

GoingGoingGoth Tue 30-Apr-13 17:39:40

Ta-dah
Beds
Dd to school
Quick trip to shops for phone & fresh veg
played on new phone
Hung out 2 loads laundry
Another load laundry on
Got cat out of house, he complained but had a lot of fun running up the trees.
Litter tray
Rubbish & recycling out
Washing up
Washed recycling box
Refilled bird feeders
Laundry in -cat outside again
Dry laundry away -cat let himself back in grin
Parcel up squares for Woolly Hugs
Post Office
Collect DD from school,
via shops got green beans and a new school water bottle for DD
Wash up
Supervise homework-in process (so far so good)
Prepare dinner- ditto

To do
Wash up & SS
Paperwork
Ironing

CHBitchy Tue 30-Apr-13 16:18:50

Sorry queen of the lists today.

ta da
Up and out
3rd load washing
move mountain of towels upstairs
take bed apart and put stuff way in storage inside it
change bedding
internet stuff
put ds' spare duvet away
sort through old training stuff.
find important contact info
double check all timings for this week
physio exercises
folding
ironing
15mins in dining room
15mins in lounge
make up ds' kit for tonight.
15mins in my room
a minor clothes cull.
take ds' clothes up into his room
more folding
15mins more in the lounge
take my clothes upstairs
15mins more in my room
try and figure out what vaccinations and when ds had.
update medical info sheet for ds (again)
fill in paperwork for school trip
another load of washing
more folding
30mins more in lounge
30mins more in my room
Hoover through downstairs
Drink far too much coffee
transfer paperwork from broken file box into new file box
gather stuff together for loft
take spare clean bedding up stairs
empty lounge bin
blow the dust and decide proper dusting actually needed in lounge.
return upstairs stuff from lounge
more washing
more folding
more ironing
put stuff into loft
30mins decluttering office
find craft boxes ready for putting away in office
find lawn mower (being borrowed)
find saw and cut item needing cutting
training x 2
play where the fuck is that phone number from

Got just enough time to wash the car whilst tea is cooking. might go get on with that....

LPlateFlyer Tue 30-Apr-13 14:30:17

Hi all.

Silvery - I think they go through those phases every now and then. I know mine, who are 3 and 6, are at that stage at the moment and it is driving me around the bend at times!

Washing machine still out of action - and have 2 lots of bedding plus 1 duvet to wash sad, so DH has volunteered to do a Laundromat run tonight. Hopefully he's home in time to do it.

Will have to hand wash a few things to keep on top of it though - which is going to be a real PITA.

Spent a few hours blitzing the kitchen this morning which is looking a LOT better. Have decluttered the plastics box as I could never find sandwich containers and drink bottles etc when I needed them. I find I have to do this every few months as it really gets out of control.

A busy week at work for the rest of the week, not quite sure how I'm going to cope with that!

Roll on May......

CHBitchy Tue 30-Apr-13 14:21:29

ta da
Up and out
3rd load washing
move mountain of towels upstairs
take bed apart and put stuff way in storage inside it
change bedding
internet stuff
put ds' spare duvet away
sort through old training stuff.
find important contact info
double check all timings for this week
physio exercises
folding
ironing
15mins in dining room
15mins in lounge
make up ds' kit for tonight.
15mins in my room
a minor clothes cull.
take ds' clothes up into his room
more folding
15mins more in the lounge
take my clothes upstairs
15mins more in my room
try and figure out what vaccinations and when ds had.
update medical info sheet for ds (again)
fill in paperwork for school trip
another load of washing
more folding
30mins more in lounge
30mins more in my room
Hoover through downstairs
Drink far too much coffee
transfer paperwork from broken file box into new file box
gather stuff together for loft
take spare clean bedding up stairs
empty lounge bin
blow the dust and decide proper dusting actually needed in lounge.
return upstairs stuff from lounge

CHBitchy Tue 30-Apr-13 12:37:45

ta da
Up and out
3rd load washing
move mountain of towels upstairs
take bed apart and put stuff way in storage inside it
change bedding
internet stuff
put ds' spare duvet away
sort through old training stuff.
find important contact info
double check all timings for this week
physio exercises
folding
ironing
15mins in dining room
15mins in lounge
make up ds' kit for tonight.
15mins in my room
a minor clothes cull.
take ds' clothes up into his room
more folding
15mins more in the lounge
take my clothes upstairs
15mins more in my room
try and figure out what vaccinations and when ds had.
update medical info sheet for ds (again)
fill in paperwork for school trip

Right next job find a saw and make something smaller. don't ask

GoingGoingGoth Tue 30-Apr-13 12:26:12

Afternoon all,

My reliable boring phone has been showing the 'white screen of doom' with increasing regularity, so I've given in and got a smart phone,mainly because I'll then have a hot spot for my iPad, I'm not a complete Luddite.

Ta-dah
Beds
Dd to school
Quick trip to shops for phone & fresh veg
played on new phone blush
Hung out 2 loads laundry
Another load laundry on
Got cat out of house, he complained but had a lot of fun running up the trees.
Litter tray
Rubbish & recycling out
Washing up
Washed recycling box
Refilled bird feeders

To do
Laundry in
Ironing
Dry laundry away
Parcel up squares for Woolly Hugs
15 min tidy lounge
Vacuum (everywhere)
Post Office
Collect DD from school,
via shops - need thin green beans (love Sainsbury's frozen) and a new water bottle for DD for school, as old has been used as a football angry (there were words said this morning)
Possible trip to library
Prepare dinner
Supervise homework
Wash & SS

That'll do for now

CHBitchy Tue 30-Apr-13 10:35:43

ta da
Up and out
1 load washing
move mountain of towels upstairs
take bed apart and put stuff way in storage inside it
change bedding
internet stuff
put ds' spare duvet away
sort through old training stuff.
find important contact info
double check all timings for this week
physio exercises

Lacking motivation today. Planning day so I could say I am doing that and not bother but really I need to pretend it is anti procrastination day as there is a whole heap of important stuff that needs doing.

More coffee is the answer, right?

Engelsemama Tue 30-Apr-13 09:27:22

<creeps back in for last day of month>

Bank holiday here (getting a new king today!) so short list...

To do
Washing-up
Washing
Gardening (lots of things to do)
Watch coronation while quaffing some sparkling wine and stuffing face.

DorisShutt Tue 30-Apr-13 07:52:59

Quick list as it's a manic day today.

Can I count up and dressed as a success? It may be my only success today!

So,
- WAH stuff out of the way.
- Finish tidying house for guests coming later. Actually, it needs a full scale tidy, but I'l going to have to resort to the time honoured method of shoving it all in my bedroom.
- Mop kitchen floor - DH dropped coffee over it.
- Out to drop DS at a friends while I pop to have a scan.
- Toddler gymnastics for DS (and me)
- Friend round after gymnastics

Then die in the corner.

Blue do you have a blog? I'm always looking for new blogs to follow...

Castlelough Tue 30-Apr-13 00:33:36

What is wrong with my [happy] faces................smile - there, that's better. smile smile smile

Castlelough Tue 30-Apr-13 00:30:45

Ooh it is very late.....am I always the last to post? blush Will have to improve on that for May blush....

A great day today - had tons of energy after my early morning exercise which involved more walking than running, in the end.

Ta Da:
*Work
*Coached the school camogie team after school.
*Grocery emergency dash
*Unplanned nap (for almost three hrs shock)
*Supper, dishwashing, kitchen rescued, laundry re-booted and away [happy], clothes laid out for tomorrow [happy], an hour of gardening [happy], popped in to see dMil and dSil....and finally bed!

Have taken a day off work tomorrow; am going to go to my Aunt's Month's Mind mass, which is at the very odd time of 11:00 on a Tuesday morning. Hoping to squeeze in my morning exercise first and then make the 2.5 hr drive there. Will be nice to catch up with my cousins and some family members [happy].
And then I will be back to take up the reins from Goth grin.
thanks thanks for this month Goth.

CHBitchy Tue 30-Apr-13 00:21:01

Was just being grumpy and refusing to admit that it might actually be May already shock whoknows

Early night stuffed up due to weird broken central heating that decided randomly to cook everyone. Early start to tomo so it is a bit of a pita.

Quick waves to all. Work sent off ahead of the deadline, and got another big project in for Thurs!

Up far too late because I wanted to finish a blog post before I drowned in work again. No flying today, but still productive and DS1 had a friend round which was nice.

Must go to bed.

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