Welcome to the September Fledgling Flylady Thread.
This thread is for people with CHAOS (can't have anyone over syndrome). We follow Flylady, the website with a mission!
All are welcome on this thread, experienced flyers and newcomers alike.
We try to follow the commandments of Flylady as we run our homes, loosely anyway. In between there's lots of chat and support as we go through our daily lives. We have coffee, cake, and a naughty corner for those who want to chat but CBA with their house some days. However you follow it, this thread is designed to make your life a little easier and more fun.
For those who are new to the system (and those needing a refresher), there are several aspects to the system:
1. Babysteps. These build a routine. Some are really useful, some are downright odd and some are, quite frankly, there to be ignored. They build a good foundation though.
2. Decluttering. Flylade is evangelical about clutter. In order to feel good about our homes we need to ditch the clutter. Flylady divides the home into zones, week by week and repeating monthly. As well as babysteps, we have to declutter in the relevant zone. Once that is achieved we move on to...
3. Missions. Also in the current zone, these are targetted tasks to tackle one particular aspect. One a day, they vary month to month.
4. Deep Cleaning. Once we have completely decluttered (some of us seem to be stuck permanently on that stage) there are deep cleaning lists for each zone. Achieve that and your house will be spotless!
One last thing - the Flylady website encourages us to subscribe to her emails - one word - DON"T! You will be overwhelmed by them. Instead come to this thread every morning and the relevant links for the day will be there waiting for you except when the thread leader has been on the
A big thank you to Bitchy for last month, and also for doing this Sunday's links as I am off camping.
Oh no, Bitchy, I hate this time of year for the same reason. We have had several of the beasts already. How can I stop them coming in? I hope that thread has some ideas. Am thinking of crawling round on hands and knees stopping up every crack.
Woken by DS1 at 5am Pancakes for b/fast Put rubbish out Ironing Packed lunch School run Listen to children reading at school Home again D/W unloaded and reloaded Washing on Swish and swipe in bathroom Room rescue in sitting room Room rescue in kitchen
DS1 has now gone back to sleep, but has an appointment with his CBT therapist at 11, so I have to wake him up. I worry about how he is going to get through the school day when his sleep is so erratic.
October? I don’t believe you! <checks calendar> What happened to September?! ellie I may be wishing away the years here but I cannot wait until DS is old enough to want to play games with me. DH never does he’s only sulking because I won the engels household year of scrabble championship the last time we did it feet my whole house exists of ‘finishing off’ projects bitchy last time I tried to catch a rather large spider, it jumped off the wall towards me and then disappeared down the side of the bed. Down the side of the bed that I sleep on. I did not sleep well that night.
Ta da Ordered personalized bag for DS to take to nursery – birthday or Christmas present, not sure Ordered a birthday T-shirt for DS (with a 2 on the back an a giraffe on the front!) Ordered more name labels for DS Emailed photos to friends Took DS up to playground for a run around, though he seemed more excited about the diggers and lorries at the top of the road Online banking
To do Order photos Book ferries for later in year Ironing Mission – lots of stuff in lounge that shouldn’t be here Washing on Yesterday’s washing out td, fold and away Dinner (sausage and cauliflower cheese bake with potatoes) Washing up Sort out my birthday cards for October Do some writing - I need characters for my murder mystery novel (if it's October it means I only have one more month to plan it!)
Right, about to send ds to school and head off and run some errands. I have been informed that it is bloody mating season for the bastard things. So now I have images of them having an orgy under my bed. Tomorrows job? pull everything out, have a deep clean and spoil their fun! Well if i can be arsed. Suppose something around here needs to be having fun.
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Had great Fri and Sat away (in lovely countryside without screens of any kind) but succumbed to bad cold/flu yesterday and travelled back rolled up like a sausage in the travelling rug... so please forgive lack of personals in this post.
Back to bed now and see you all tonight/tomorrow!
Huge bunch of to Whoknows for steering us all through September!
Ta Da Washed dishes Wiped around kitchen Cleaned bathroom and toilets Washed one load of towels Tumble dried 2 loads of washing Took the dry washing off the airer and hung the wet washing that doesn't tumble on it instead Tidied kitchen Booked DD's Trampolining class for Half Term
To Do Wash another load of towels Tumble dry the towels Ironing Put washing away Clean out fridge before Tesco delivery tonight Pay bills Put the bags/sleeping bags etc that DD took on Brownie camp back in the attic Collect DC from school Listen to DD read Cook dinner Take DD to Brownies Supervise DS2's trumpet practice as he has a lesson tomorrow Wash and dry swimming kits (all 3 had swimming with school today but DS2 also has an after school swimming lesson tomorrow) Wash today's school uniforms
Might be moved to tomorrow's list Tidy up living room Dust living room
two things done today! finally got through to SEN dept at sons' school. Had some good feedback. Did grocery shopping for next few days hung out washing bought cat food!!!!!
Good day yesterday. Ds2 joined a drama club, and did the Ealing Mini Mile in 9.22 minutes (he came 110th out 177! I am delighted he didn't come last) We also persuaded all three children to put their school bags in the hall, packed, before watching Downton a first! Okay dd went off without her science book next day but still. Made this morning much less stressful. Downton I love you! It is becoming a bit of a parody though..I loved the suitor of "Rose" much nicer than most of the men on D.
Glad to hear you got a good response from the SEN department Swanhilda
My DC are supposed to pack their bags the night before school and empty them when they get home. Doesn't always work though, last night I realised that there were 4 school jumpers that hadn't been washed and were still lurking in the depths of bags from Friday
I've had a sudden flash of energy which has led to progress on the lists:
Ta Da Washed dishes Wiped around kitchen Cleaned bathroom and toilets Washed one load of towels Tumble dried 2 loads of washing Took the dry washing off the airer and hung the wet washing that doesn't tumble on it instead Tidied kitchen Booked DD's Trampolining class for Half Term Tumble dried the towels Cleaned out fridge before Tesco delivery tonight Collected DC from school Paid bills Tidied up living room Dusted living room Hoovered living room Put swimming kits on to wash Emailed Agenda and last year's minutes to school ready for PTA AGM tomorrow Sent application form for a promotion in work (eek!) Wrote out meal plan for the week
To Do Wash and tumble dry another load of towels Ironing Put washing away Put the bags/sleeping bags etc that DD took on Brownie camp back in the attic Listen to DD read Cook dinner Take DD to Brownies Supervise DS2's trumpet practice as he has a lesson tomorrow Dry swimming kits Wash today's school uniforms Tesco delivery coming at 8pm
oooh I love wool. I want a reason to buy it...especially the really expensive stuff that is spun from handdyed sheep..
Jemima I feel dizzy reading your list, sorry if that sounds rude. It reminds me how completely cba [dropping activities like flies] I have become as a mother recently.. Today I had a delightful interlude watching telly with dd, some clip about a baby who ate fast food, (they were doing this in school) and solved one Maths problem serendiptioiusly with ds2 (now I know what a function is, and it isn't A Function) otherwise nothing! Ds1 has left his violin at school for the last two weeks, very convenient...
okay I cooked a chicken, cleared up supper and turned children's lights off at 9.30 (ds2 is already fast asleep at 8.45) and phoned a friend in the meantime. And sneaked in helping dd cover a book with sticky back plastic.
Dh did ds2's homework this evening with him. It went well with only a few minor skirmishes. School have told us they will be able to reduce the workload so that he can concentrate on doing it independently and write it himself/on computer without cracking up in process.
Toffee sleep patterns are difficult aren't they. I used to have rubbish ones as a teenager, and at university, I think I would have loved to have someone switch my light out and insist I went to bed at a particular time and wake me up at a particular time (not too early, but at 9.00am maybe ) It is very easy to get out of kilter. Apparently with teenagers the natural melantonin in teen brain shifts the hour that you feel sleepy in some way and that's why they can't wake up. Can't remember the details I'm finding at moment a horrible random tendency to wake in middle of night for an hour and then need a nap in the afternoon.
After spending all day Friday blitzing the house for our guests it looked pretty good when I had finished!
It was DD's birthday party Saturday and everyone had a great time which made all the stress of organising it worthwhile.
we had 16 people in the house afterwards so dinner had to be in 2 sittings as we didnt have enough chairs or plates or cutlery! only 11 had to be found bed/floor space so another epic mealtime was needed before they all departed just leaving the 3 of us!
today all I have done was pop out to refill the fridge for the week and have a 2 hour nap on the sofa. my aim is to keep on top of the chores now the house is a reasonable standard.