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Making a New start, Stepping into the New year

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BlackCatinChristmasChaos Fri 28-Dec-12 04:28:55

Hi all, After a pretty rough ride last year (2012) I think I feel ready to start again with babysteps
So who's with me for the journey?

Old and new steppers are welcome!

Lets do this one small step at a time!

AdoraJingleBells Sun 30-Dec-12 01:05:07

Collie my OH sleep walks when he's stressed. Are you a bit stressed about the state of the housework? How about making a list of chores and deliberately leaving it in the kitchen, tell yourself that it is not to be viewed until tomorrow

We walked the dogs, at 8pm it was still 29C. It's getting hotter here each yearshock

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Sun 30-Dec-12 10:44:32

morning all,
dishwasher done
washing machine on
cake delivered

still to do
get dressed
tidy sitting room

inlaws arriving after lunch

TheOnlyPink Sun 30-Dec-12 11:05:10

I usually only lurk on MN, but I would love to join in here. My house is a nightmare and find it very hard to keep up with it all. I tried it last year, but I had just had a baby and was very easy to find a million excuses. He is now 1 and my 5 year old is at school, so no more excuses!

I will start on the 1st too, although I am going to sort DS1 bedroom today, he is getting a new bed and other furniture and space has to be made. Have been putting it off since thursday!

FleeBee Sun 30-Dec-12 11:29:13

Please can I join? I tried last year but wasn't really prepared due to issues with DD2 things hopefully will be better now! I'm visiting family until 3rd so will catch up with everyone in the New Year smile

CollieAndTheEyeV Sun 30-Dec-12 11:47:09

Definitely a bit stressed Adora, and the house is definitely a part of that. It's the bit that I feel is within my ability to control. Well, kind of, if the DCs and DH were a bit tidier too! I do usually keep on top of the laundry though, except it's gone to rack and ruin over Christmas so perhaps that was the motivation for my latest sleep-walking.

DH and I de-cluttered some toy boxes yesterday when DCs at GPs. They've not noticed what's gone smile
More to do upstairs though...

BlackCatinChaos Sun 30-Dec-12 11:55:18

Anyone is welcome to join, just jump on board! smile

Today I need to:
do shopping list
do lunch
load washing machine --something I have been neglecting to do lately--
put away dry washing from last time
"what's for dinner?"
and some decluttering

<leaves welcoming biscuits and [brews] for all>

BlackCatinChaos Sun 30-Dec-12 11:55:48


Scout19075 Sun 30-Dec-12 13:02:27

We're at the in-laws until next weekend (after the New Year) so not much flying can be done. I did, however:

* dry a load of laundry (having been here a week already and another week to come some washing/drying was in order), fold said load and put it back into our bedroom
* tidied away some of SmallBoy's trains/tracks (not all over them, since they're played with almost constantly, but the bits that were scatted around and not used)
* went to Asda (we don't have one near us so it's a novelty for me) and bought some heavily discounted wrapping paper (that's us sorted for Christmas 2013!) and a new DVD for me SmallBoy (it's SB's really but it will help save my sanity)

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Sun 30-Dec-12 16:03:22

right made a bit of progress
sittingroom tidy and hoovered (not decluttered though)
dressed smile
Hung out washing - but as it is now dark going to go and get it in.. hope it has dried abit

Inlaws here. Trying to work out how to have a money conversation with them.
they offered something a while ago but not mentioned it since. we now need to work out if they were serious and how it would work.. how to do that without sounding moneygrabbing

TheOneWithTheHair Sun 30-Dec-12 16:34:01

I de-treed and hoovered my living room and swept the hall.
Made lunch
An making dinner
I got dressed

That's about it today. blush
I spent the rest of the day playing with ds2 and crocheting some leg warmers for dd.

bessie26 Sun 30-Dec-12 17:48:58

Oooh lovely to see so many old & new flyers here! grin

Have been out today so haven't done much, but have just shined my sink <polishes halo>

LadyL82 Sun 30-Dec-12 19:48:09

My sink is still shiny! I'm planning on doing 15 mins de-cluttering when kids in bed. Feeling very positive about fly lady! Even got DDs to do the kids daily challenge of picking up paper clutter from bedroom floor. Recycle bin was nearly full when they had finished! Hopefully they will pick up these good habits and keep them into adulthood.

oooggs Sun 30-Dec-12 19:58:35

It would like to join in and give this a try please...... Sink not shined (didn't know this was step 1) but I have just washed the kitchen and utility floors and now can't get to the sink!!!!!!!

Will start properly on the 1st when in a better frame of cleaning/tidying mindwink

TheOnlyPink Sun 30-Dec-12 20:42:36

Got alot more than I planned done today. DS1 room decluttered, just need the last few odds and ends done tomorrow.
Got my kitchen gleaming after dinner, have my sink sparkling now!

Need to do a good grocery shop tomorrow. Along with getting more organised around the house I want to start budgeting better. Have been doing a meal plan for years, so now want to do a more economical one.

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Sun 30-Dec-12 22:13:02

ok, dinner done, dishwasher on again.
money conversation started, harder than I thought!!

Some progress this evening - cleared and cleaned under the sofa, we had a whole cupboard's worth of stuff stored under it, now it's completely clear and ready for DS to shove his toys under .
We want to order a new sofa soon so this has been nagging at me for a while, nice to have got it done! smile

carrotsandcelery Mon 31-Dec-12 00:31:24

Tentatively dips toe into thread.

bluecarrot Mon 31-Dec-12 01:25:55

I'd like to join please. I've been getting the emails for about a month but at the minute I'm only picking bits to do ( mainly decluttering and Kelly's missions.) I've also started getting bits together for a control journal type thing though perfectionism is rearing its ugly head!

Will be baby stepping properly from 1st though smile

Step minus 1 (ie. tomorrows task) is to set up a filter and route all the testimonials into it. I hate those things.

AdoraJingleBells Mon 31-Dec-12 01:40:34

I did some flying this eveninggrin, we'd been out and took DDs to the cinema among other things. I'm feeling the need to excersise and so did 20 minutes vigorous vacuuming and moping as we got back too to walk the dogs. Did that yesterday.

BlackCatinChaos Mon 31-Dec-12 04:28:45

<Waves to carrots> smile

Everyone seems to be off to a great start! grin
I got a few bits done yesterday and even made some biscuits. Just need to keep going with it now but must remember to take things slow.

Scout19075 Mon 31-Dec-12 07:15:36

BlackCat, why were you up so early?

I woke up feeling a bit bluergh so a rest this morning when MrScout is up to take over SB might be in order. However, my goals for today are:

* go to the town center for the bank
* go to HobbyCraft
* place Amazon order for books
* place curriculum order from US site (may involve phone call for international shipping)
* trace & cut out finger puppet pieces for next 5-10 letters of alphabet/phonics
* repile, maybe even pack (!) pile of Santa presents in bedroom (they were piled but it seems to have spread/tipped and it's driving me nuts and tripping me up in the dark)
* email friend from home to thank her again for presents
* write Congrats card to friends who had baby girl just before Christmas

Doesn't feel like much today but that's what happens when I'm at the in-laws.

Scout19075 Mon 31-Dec-12 07:29:30

I forgot to mention all the usual stuff of:

* getting SmallBoy and I up & dressed
* keeping SB fed and watered (a bit easier when we're at in-laws as MiL does most of cooking
* emptying bathroom bin of nappies and taking them out to big bin

SpangleMaker Mon 31-Dec-12 07:47:02

Sounds like lots of progress is being made smile

I was out most of yesterday but got a bit done - washing/hoovering/cleaned kitchen worktops. I forgot to shine my sink last night though blush you won't kick me out, will you??! I've always been much better at morning than bedtime routines: I relish the 'me' time after DC are in bed, get engrossed in something then suddenly realise it's late and rush off to bed. I'm determined to try harder this time as it would give me a much better start to the day ahead.

Anyway, today's tasks:
- shower & dressed (not done that yet, another 'oops' - brew and t'internet more appealing)
- Sainsbury's for top up shop
- pick up parcel for post office
- pay milk bill
- order a birthday present from Amazon (and maybe sneak in a book or two for me)
- tidy & hoover our bedroom

Have a great day, everyone!

SpangleMaker Mon 31-Dec-12 07:50:51

Scout reading your list just reminded me I need a congrats card for a friend who had a baby just before Christmas.

Your alphabet finger puppets sound interesting. How do you make them?

PeppaPrig Mon 31-Dec-12 07:54:07

Marking place to join and catch up later.
Happy New Year!

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