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There will be no soot in the Fledglings sacks as they FLY through December and into the New Year

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laurenamium Thu 29-Nov-12 19:30:51

If your house is a mess and 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 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 weekly designated zones of the house; defining and minimising housework - which in theory should leave you 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 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 anyway!

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 (and you may discover a few of our subversions of the vocabularly along the way).

Many thanks to blue for leading the thread through November (and sc for such a good OP, which has been cut and pasted twice!) thanks and I'll post the first babysteps and mission tomorrow evening.

All welcome!!

IWipeArses Sun 02-Dec-12 09:15:35

Morning! I got the floor mopped, so allowed myself to go to bed, but it wasn't a good one, DD had me up for 2 hours in the early hours. confused

Toffee, enjoy feeling cosy with your fire. Really hope the engineer gets out to you soon though.

WhoKnows, sounds very satisfying.

Kirk, washing the nappies is priority, to me getting the nappy bucket emptied is more essential than a shiny sink. Trying to be too rigid with it has defeated me for years. For instance, I will never wear shoes in the house! grin

Engels, that's a good to do list. I hope I can get into the routine of getting the kitchen clear after dinner. It's my Achilles heel.

Castle, hope you're feeling better.

To do -
breakfast for all
laundry - rinse and spin load that's in, put another load in, put clean washing away
bathroom cleaning
out for dinner
home for tea
shine sink
finish tesco order
do some list assessment

TrazzleMISTLEtoes Sun 02-Dec-12 09:45:01

IWipe I refuse to wear shoes indoors as well... I found a pair of flip flops I got free with a magazine and wear them instead because slippers aren't quite the same.

It's about being up and at them really though - I have fallen out of the habit of being made up (sleep is more important at the moment!) but that's what makes me feel like I'm actually ready for the day.

ZebraInHiding Sun 02-Dec-12 09:55:45

I would love to join you but I am terrible about checking in daily and catching up with personals, so I am mostly marking my place so I can read along...<waves weakly> blush

TrazzleMISTLEtoes Sun 02-Dec-12 10:07:59


Come along in.

Feel the love.

I'm sporadic at best.

NickNacks Sun 02-Dec-12 10:17:29

Welcome zebra

I'm also waving weakly this morning but for different reasons. I'm ever so slightly lie lie lie it's huge hungover this morning.

Unfortunately I have some jobs that must be done today so will grab some tea and toast and crack on.

How are you this morning lauren ?

swanthingafteranother Sun 02-Dec-12 11:19:35

Aha! I had forgotten it was December, and we had to remind Ds2 to start his Advent Calendar this morning...cue a lot of Lego when he was meant to be getting ready for church hmm Written last whingy post on Nov thread. Thank you Whoknows

So, a typical Swan morning from the house hurricane of doom. Dd has departed for snowboarding in a flurry of gloves that match, that's not warm enough...where's L's present? have you any cash.?. Oh, so you were meant to be in netball too!!!Why didn't you let them know?shock [Luckily turns out no more fixtures till 13th Jan...but only found that out when picked up by snowboarders hmm
Sons emerged in various unironed items (despite there being smart clothes in drawer for church), where are your coats...oh there are none...have a mansized anorak instead or a football top covered in egg over your ironed shirt...husband combusting...why did he ever decide to miss out on the Emphemera Book Fair and offer to take them to church, poor fellow...blush

so this morning
make lunch
sweep floor
wipe table
hoover up something horrid in playroom
hang out clothes
another wash in

breakfast in sink
assembled lasagne ingredients
protein for breakfast
dd piano practice
present for friend
all gone to Mass
lay table for lunch

Kirk1 I remember washing nappies, it was an incredible sense of achievement and so much less rubbish to take out! So a little bit of a saving there in housework stakes. Uniform also takes up so much energy doesn't it? It would be easy if they didn't have to have any other clothes, or just one set for weekends.
purple batch cook lasagne...I will dream on..I never seem to get ahead to that stage.

swanthingafteranother Sun 02-Dec-12 11:23:58

Toffee why or why do they always clunk out when it is cold weather..I suspect it is overload when we try and put on everything at once. TG for your beautiful new stove. Is there a lovely swimming pool you can go to for showers etc? Our immersion has been broken for a long time, I dread to think what will happen if the main boiler goes.

GossipWitch Sun 02-Dec-12 12:14:22

Hello all, well its all going off since I last posted, so sorry for all of you who are having a hard time. sad

So just out of interest who has done all there christmas shopping?
despite me having a flychristmas journal and being incredibly organised about it I haven't, as finances have proven tough and were still waiting on certain monies to come in before we splurge, which is really annoying as I have the majority of presents done by september, normally, and it looks like I will be doing an xmas dash on christmas eve!!

cranverry Sun 02-Dec-12 14:22:53

Can I join please? I have a baby and a toddler and our house seems out of control with toys, books, random pieces of food, laundry... We are moving in 4 months and I'd like to be moving with as little clutter as possible.

swanthingafteranother Sun 02-Dec-12 14:30:23

lasagne made and eaten
food defrosting for next proper meal tomorrow (pork)
soup to use up old carrots in progress for supper
recycling out
hall rescued
ds1 music homework (Indiana Jones)
dw on
washing hung out

now I am off shopping again for presents. Little and often maybe.

strictlycaballine Sun 02-Dec-12 15:10:20

Eh up everyone. Shiver me timbers. Woke up very early this morning to the sound of dd shrieking with excitement and a blanket of snow on the garden (unfortunately snow is now being washed away by freezing drizzle) but rabbits were very bemused (they had never seen it before) and left lots of maniacal circles of paw prints all over the lawn before returning downstairs to their indoor quarters.

Had lovely (rare) 5 hrs alone with dh yesterday as dd was at a party but felt unwell (dizzy and wierd) in the evening and had to go to bed (which was quite stressful as I kept thinking about all the things I should be doing).

Really battling to get anything done atm. There's just so much stuff to sort out in addition to the usual cooking, cleaning, domestic stuff (twice as much now home and office cleaners away for Christmas). So just came on here to say "yaaaaarrrrrrggggghhhhhhhhh"!! Ah..... that's better grin

A very warm welcome to Cranvery Zebra

(and to Kirk and Purpletoes again)

Don't feel badly eveyrone - Flying with toddlers and babies is tough going - just little steps is all that is required - 15 mins at a time - or 5 mins here and there.

And don't worry about posting regularly either - dip in and out as much as you like! smile

Respect to those of you using environmentally friendly nappies too.

Toffee so sorry to hear about your heating - thank heavens you have a lovely real fire (something we aspire to one day)

[hands over double espresso to Nicknacks]

Great to see Arses Mercury Honu Dizzy and Nightshade back!!

Swan respect to you for ploughing on through your hectic Sunday and producing lovely home-cooked food at the end of it [SC thinks guiltily of the all the veg in the fridge that are stillwaiting to be turned in to soup]

Hey Trazzles your house sounds cosy - I would get frostbite if I wore flip-flops here grin

Whoknows well done re: the decluttering - donutting sounds like fabulous fun btw!

Hope you are OK Castlelough Take it steady x

Bitchy bloody well done on having finished all the present buying/making/wrapping and delivery on 1st December [doffs hat]

PA if you are out there and can access Internet - hope your house move went ok and you still have cleaner!!

Lauren thanks for links and hope you are not feeling too down x

Mahoosive waves to Feetheart Ellie Carpe Madwoman Justgettingonwithit Sowornout and eveyrone else I have inevitably missed!!!

Keep warm everyone and enjoy the rest of your Sundays!!

strictlycaballine Sun 02-Dec-12 15:17:14

oops, that should have read Cranvery and Zebra

Missed out Engels too!!

Incidentally, think I could just about survive without a td (just one 9 yr old dd) but absolutely could not live without a dw. They use less hot water (especially teh way I do the washing up) and end up paying for themselves in the end. It sterilises everything at 60°c too. I put everything in it: pots and pans, toothbrushes and combs, rabbit bowls (not together obviously).

Kirk1 Sun 02-Dec-12 15:58:44

Thanks everyone for words of encouragement! Just arrived home from hectic morning and afternoon activities. I've been face painting (with toddler in towblush) for the children's centre Christmas fair. Only two hours but busy! Am now exhausted but feeling happy to have accomplished something worthwhile.

Swan, thanks for the reminder of why I'm doing the cloth nappies, I was always terrible about emptying the bin regularly and I'm sure disposables smell worse than just the baby odour of the cloth nappies. Right-o, I need to take advantage of baby nap time to get dinner done....

TrazzleMISTLEtoes Sun 02-Dec-12 16:27:26

Kirk just to say that I'm watching you <menacing glare> and noted fashion photographer MISTER Nigel Barker is STILL mine no matter what thread we're on... <growls> grin

laurenamium Sun 02-Dec-12 19:28:17

Hi all, I have a hangover from hell! sad but it was definitely worth it last night was a fantastic night! How was your night nicknacks?

toffee what a nightmare about your boiler! They always seem to wait for what seems like the coldest weather before they pack in as well!

kirk I agree with the other flyers, and definitely prioritising things like nappies over having a shiny sink sounds like the best idea!

Well done on the decluttering whoknows sounds like you got loads done this weekend. smile

Huge welcome to zebra and cranverry, come on in the naughty corner is always cosy!

Gossip my christmas shopping is just about finished, I have been following the bargain christmas threads since they began in October and I have managed to save a fortune using discount codes etc that others posted on there!

sc you deserve a flylady medal for flying in the office as well as at home so close to christmas! A day just you and your DD sounds lovely though. I love days like that smile

<waves to iwipearses, trazzles, swan, engles and everyone else I have missed!>

laurenamium Sun 02-Dec-12 19:48:05

Links for tomorrow...


Tomorrow it is babystep three: [[ checking out the big tent]] . This is one to avoid. Don't sign up to the emails or you will be swamped!

Decembers monthly focus is pampering . Sounds good to me!

Mondays daily focus is the home blessing hour . My favourite grin.

The mission is here. Hopefully it will update over night as it is still on this weeks missions.

We are moving into zone 2 the kitchen. For those who are up to detailed cleaning the detailed cleaning lists are here


laurenamium Sun 02-Dec-12 19:49:09

Sorry babystep three is checking out the big tent

NickNacks Sun 02-Dec-12 20:49:46

Thanks for the links lauren

My night was also excellent apart from the 3 toes which have no skin on them due to shoes rubbing sad so I've been hobbling around today.

Looking forward to tomorrow. smile

MercuryRising Sun 02-Dec-12 21:26:07

Hi all I am very pleased with myself. After putting off decluttering the dcs room for months inspired by you all I have finally done it! 3 black bags of crap later and it is looking fab smile I also cleaned under the TV cabinet which is exactly the right height to showcase the dust bunnies that had taken up residence beneath it blush and decluttered the microwave!

Gossip I haven't finished my Christmas shopping yet but DP has the day off tomorrow so we are hoping to finish buying for DCs then we only have family and each other left to buy. I really hoped to be done by now but because of other financial commitments the rest probably won't get done until the week before. Oh well at least it will feel lovely and festive when I'm running around like a maniac.

Jdub Sun 02-Dec-12 22:11:36

Evening all! Been a weekend of really fun children's parties (at other people's houses) but tonight, at least, I have washed my kitchen and hall floor, filed a load of school stuff and cleared the mantle piece of ds2's birthday cards in preparation for the Christmas ones!

Tomorrow's to-dos include amongst other things, the completion of thank you cards!

Time for a cuppa! Night all.

GoingGoingGoth Sun 02-Dec-12 22:13:18

May I join in, have lurked for the last thread, about time I got off my arse and did something.

laurenamium Mon 03-Dec-12 08:37:48

Morning all!

Welcome to the thread goinggoing

Just a list dump here, I finish work at 1:30 but have LOTS to do after a really lazy weekend!

To do:
DD and mindee to playgroup
Home bleugh
My laundry
DD laundry away
Wash bedding
Front room hotspot
Put tree up and associated cleaning
Wash inside of windows and put snow flakes up in front room and playroom
Tidy playroom
Walk dogs
Food shop
Wash dog beds
Invoices and newsletters
Put things in summer house now the floor is down
Pay council tax
I don't have a kitchen bib for mission so will clean out my cutlery drawer

I think that's it hmm BBL!

ToffeeWhirl Mon 03-Dec-12 09:36:55

Our boiler is back on - we have hot water and central heating again grin.

Kirk1 Mon 03-Dec-12 09:55:08

Morning! today's aim is:

2 loads of washing,
Put out the bins for tomorrow they come early....
Find the kitchen floor. I know it's under there somewhere. Any idea how I train the family to PICK UP things they drop/knock over? I always seem to end up with drifts of discarded stuff in the corners especially in the kitchen.

Trazzle still not willing to share the lovely MISTER Nigel Barker? sad I'll have to let him down gently then...

IWipeArses Mon 03-Dec-12 09:56:07



done -
washed all the pots shock

to do-
everyone dressed
hang laundry
load in
DS to school or no?
clean fridge
Tesco delivery
today's mission sad

do for now

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