Remember, remember to Fly through November, but Fledglings will chatter a lot

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If you are strugging with C.H.A.O.S. (can't have anyone over syndrome) and S.T.U.F.F. (something that undermines family fun) then this is the thread where we (loosely) follow the step-by-step Flylady housekeeping system (in our own, unique, relaxed style) with lots of chat, support and wine and cake along the way.

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

At the same time it is intended to reduce that panicky "rabbit in headlights" feeling when you are overwhelmed and everything needs doing all at once. No problem if you miss a day or two; just jump right back in and it will all come around next month again!

We advise not signing up to receive the Flylady e-mails as you will be inundated! All the information you need will be linked here on a daily basis.

From the first of the month, we will be 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.]

More info here on getting started and Flying lessons. Here's the launch pad for more experienced fledglings. Don't be put off by the barf-tastic language of the site - the underlying system is sound!

Humungous thanks to SlimChance for leading us through October and such a copy-and-pasteable OP.... thanks

All welcome!!

IBelieveInEngels Thu 31-Oct-13 11:10:53

Hooray!

BitchytheGreat Thu 31-Oct-13 11:13:40

Novemeber. The great oh fuck thread. Love a great oh fuck thread. Nearly christmas folks. Nearly christmas!

<sticks tongue out and bounces off giggling>

Slimchance Thu 31-Oct-13 12:02:53

[Just parking my bucket until Monday.] Thanks for spanking new thread Blue (love the title btw) wine

Oh lawd Bitchy rub it in why don't you [puts head in hands and rocks a bit]

Tot straks Engels!

saturn Thu 31-Oct-13 18:12:39

Sneaking in quietly to mark my place for November...don't know where October went, but fresh start tomorrow...

Hi to blue, bitchy, SC and Engels who have made it here before me...wine

NickNacks Thu 31-Oct-13 18:38:31

Hi everyone. Ready and waiting for tomorrow, starting nicely with the cleaner coming... smile

owlface Thu 31-Oct-13 18:57:21

Ooh I want to join in please! DD has just started crawling and is picking up all my clutter, aarghh!

Signing in here too, thank you to Blue for November.

Starting November with a spotless hall, cleared it this morning so that the water leak fixing men could lift floorboards if necessary. They said they would replace the section under the drive first, but it took ages to find where it entered the house (it was the last place anyone would have guessed) so I had to leave them to it and go out. Came back to a cryptic job sheet through the door, so not really sure if it's been fixed. It was a frustrating morning, lots of hanging about outside talking to water men and neighbour (it looked at one point as though the pipe went under her garden), plus no water inside.

Anyway, picked up MIL from the station and she spend the afternoon with us, I took the DCs trick or treating (DS went along quite happily with DD and friend after all), we went to a nearby estate where lots of friends live and met lots of others doing the same so that was nice. MIL then dropped back to the station. I'm really tired for some reason.

So, a fresh start tomorrow.

Sorry, missed an important bit there, thank you to SC for October!

Pumpkintopf Thu 31-Oct-13 21:24:20

Can I join you please? Getting a bit fed up with the hundreds of emails direct from flylady and the relentless positivity thinking this might be easier and more fun smile

Hi to Pumpkintopf and owlface - welcome aboard. smile You definitely want to unsubscribe from those emails, Pumpkintopf and there'll be plenty more fun and swearing on here! wink

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Anyway, the first babystep is here - start off with a shiny sink.

The first mission is to deal with hotspots in the front porch, entrance and dining room.

JustGettingOnWithIt Thu 31-Oct-13 22:21:15

thanks SC for October (sorry it became impossible to keep up here) and more thanks to Blue for Nov.
Hello to Owlface and Pumpkintopf and waves to everyone else.
Exhausted and really struggling tbh, and need very big boot up butt to cope with it all, but have caught up rest of last months thread and managed to carve a pumpkin and we're about to eat it's innards, so tommorow's another month...

ToffeeWhirl Thu 31-Oct-13 22:33:43

A big thanks to SC for fabulous thread leadership last month and an equally big thanks to Blue for taking over the reins this month.

Have had a hectic day, starting with a meeting first thing. Afraid I have lost all motivation for Halloween this year, but it turns out that the DC can manage quite well without me now. So, DS2 decorated the house with his friend, then went off trick or treating with a bunch of school friends and their mums, whilst DS1 carved his own pumpkin and handed out sweets at the door.

Tomorrow I will be crisis cleaning.

Welcome, Pumpkin and owlface.

Hope the water is fixed now, WhoKnows. How's the poorly pussy cat?

Well done on carving a pumpkin and cooking with it too, Just. That's more than I managed to do this year.

<waves to Bitchy, Engels, Saturn, Nicknacks and any lurkers>

Am exhausted and looking forward to bed...

BitchytheGreat Fri 01-Nov-13 00:33:18

Naughty corner bar is now open. And will remain open and occupied until a minor major miracle occurs.

BitchytheGreat Fri 01-Nov-13 00:34:10

And fucking hell do i hate november already!!!!!!

dizzyday07 Fri 01-Nov-13 02:09:46

Found you all. Thanks to Blue for running the show this month. I shall try and stick with you!

SplatPancake Fri 01-Nov-13 08:06:27

Dipping toes in, house chaotic at best of times but we're also in throes of kitchen extension and refit, and oh god, I just can't face it ...

feetheart Fri 01-Nov-13 08:50:40

I'm in smile

HUGE thanks to SC for last month and Blue for this one thanks

Need to work this morning (monthly invoices, bank rec, beginning of the month stuff) but will be back in a while.
Did start the day with Kensington Buns (PA's version of Chelsea Buns but with chocolate and marshmallows instead of yucky dried fruit) - thanks again for that recipe PA

I do actually have a decent sized hallway to tidy for the first time ever this month grin
Sending sympathetic vibes to Splatpancake re extension work - it is grim but it does eventually finish.

MercuryRising Fri 01-Nov-13 08:58:44

Being back on this thread has made a massive difference to my house in the last week so I'm definitely in for Novembersmile smile
Thank you for October sc
Welcome pumpkin and owlface
Bbl with a to do list.

Babapeela82 Fri 01-Nov-13 09:20:20

Mind if I join you? Have been an on/off 'flybaby' (ick) since DS1 was a baby, but have been ignoring the sickly sweet emails for a while now.

GoingGoingGoth Fri 01-Nov-13 11:18:31

Hurray, found you!

thanks to SC for November and wine for Blue for November

Hello to Pumpkin and Owlface

Done
Morning routines
Dd to school
Bank
Post Office
1 load laundry washed & hung out (plus remainder of yesterday's)
Paperwork

To do
Drink more brew
Windows
Wash cat bowls & mat
Litter tray
Rubbish & recycling out
Finished laundry away
Mission

Quite excited as we'll get our first veg box delivered today (by bike!)

GoingGoingGoth Fri 01-Nov-13 11:19:11

Hello to Baba too blush

StillWearingOddSocks Fri 01-Nov-13 11:55:32

Hello! Well here we go again. The first baby step is the one I hate the most.

Mum here at the mo & we still have halloween strewn around us. Not sure what to do today....exhibition or just a cafe. I could just sleep. Zero motivation.

House feels cold & damp today. I think I have post halloween come down! Xx

laurenamium Fri 01-Nov-13 13:19:32

Thanks blue for the new thread and sc for last months!

Had a bit of a house day work wise so we have baked (awful tasting) cupcakes and brownies. This has led to lots of washing up and surface cleaning!

Ta da:
Baked
Swept kitchen floor
Cleaned counter tops

To do;
Tidy playroom confused
Tidy DD room
Shine sink
Hoover
Put bedding away
Dry and put away DD laundry
Ride and stables
Date night

BBL!

Babapeela82 Fri 01-Nov-13 14:53:33

Still, I'm with you on that one, never got the joy of the shiny sink thing - it's just a PITA to me. But then I am a grumpy old bag confused

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