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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!

TheOnlyPink Mon 31-Dec-12 09:18:27

SpangleMaker, thats my downfall too. Once the kids are in bed I have no interest in doing anything. Some nights if the living room is a state I will give it a quick going over, but thats purely so i can chill out and not have it making me feel guilty. More often than not i just move the stuff to the dining room!

Going to take it slow today too
~Go to doctors appointment (had been putting this off for a few weeks, so using flylady and not procrastinating!)
~Find a home for the Christmas presents that arent open yet (theres too much out as it is, i'm not letting them add to it.)
~Shine my sink after dinner

Clarabumps Mon 31-Dec-12 10:24:27

Can I join??I've never used fly lady properly so I'm hoping this might be it for me?! Really need to de clutter and properly gut this house. There seems to be stuff everywhere.
I really think it affects my mental health then the house is a total bombsite..

Clarabumps Mon 31-Dec-12 10:24:50

*when the house is a total bombsite

bluecarrot Mon 31-Dec-12 10:53:34

Morning ladies smile feeling like I should do a mix of crisis clean and home blessing today. A thin layer of stuff has settled in our home as we have spent a lot of time away from home this last week.

First, I'm going to pamper myself by quickly moisturising from head to toe, then by 11am ill be setting the timer

Kitchen - recycling needs washed and surfaces cleaned.
Laundry (new wash in wet stuff hung up, dry stuff folded and put away)
Bathrooms - no clutter, just cleaning
Porch, Hall stairs and landing. - clutter
Den - clutter
My bedroom - wrapping station still on floor from yesterday.

Daughter is in bed unwell (asleep since 7pm last night when nornally sleeps 11-8 at most) so ill not have music on - even earphone as ill want to hear her if she calls me- and I won't vacuum yet. Maybe in the hour and a half it'll take me, she will wake up.

TheOneWithTheHair Mon 31-Dec-12 11:01:52

Morning everyone. Well I've unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher and done breakfast. I've also finished making some bed socks for ds2.

Still to do:
Sort laundry
Tidy my bedroom
Hoover the bedrooms and stairs
Go to Sainsburys.

I'm going to try to get dh go to Sainsburys as I'm really not in the mood.

I suffer from SAD and am finding it really hard to get motivated but I'm kind of looking forward to starting the babysteps tomorrow. I'm hoping it will give me a boost.

Hope your dd feels better soon bluecarrot.

carrotsandcelery Mon 31-Dec-12 11:25:15

<waves back at Cats>

<waves to Scout and Adora too>

<Looks for bessie>

BlackCatinChaos Mon 31-Dec-12 13:17:26

TheOneWithTheHair You are not alone, I also have had depression but am (hopefully) on my way to getting better.
Scout I was up so early as I just woke up and couldn't get back to sleep. I did go back to bed though later on.

I haven't done my shiny sink yet but then we officially start on the 1st wink. I am dressed though --but should be at this time of day-- grin

BlackCatinChaos Mon 31-Dec-12 13:28:19

Gonna have a go at decluttering the living room again it has become over crowded with toys etc.

TheOneWithTheHair Mon 31-Dec-12 13:41:57

Well I did manage to persuade dh to do the shopping and he's making pizza with the dcs for dinner so I don't have to do that either. grin

I have done the hoovering and laundry though and tidied my room. I've got dressed and as extras I've washed up and changed all the bedding.
I haven't been too lazy.

Time to sit down now. grin

carrotsandcelery Mon 31-Dec-12 13:45:49

So far today I have:

swished and swiped the main bathroom
cleaned all the kitchen worktops thoroughly
cleaned the kitchen sink

Dh has:

unloaded the dw

Dd has:

hoovered the hallway and kitchen
tidied away some of her Christmas loot

Ds has:

not even got dressed or cleaned his teeth yet <sighs>

TheOneWithTheHair Mon 31-Dec-12 13:49:23

grin Is your ds a teen carrots? I have one of those. He's 16 but he's up and out already. shock

bluecarrot Mon 31-Dec-12 14:15:23

No TOWH. She just turned 10 but hasn't slept much different since she was three ( perhaps a trade off for baby her that slept through the night right from day one, except for feeds)

She's managed to drag herself downstairs and log onto moshi monsters ( bought a membership with Xmas money) but looks white as a ghost. Still, I stopped my crisis-blessing to make her food as she hasn't eaten in days but asked for eggy bread. Just so glad to see her eat.

Porch halls and landing.
1 bathroom.
Beds stripped and one set bedding in machine now.
Dry laundry sorted.
Recycling sorted

To be done

More laundry
Tidy my room
Tidy DDs room ( wouldn't normally, but she's not well and the books and toys are piling up on floor around her bed. Will take 5 mins)
Bring stuff upstairs and put away.
Other bathroom sorted - currently has plant pots soaking so no hurry on that.
Clean bikes while sun shines.
15 min declutter
Mission from the other day- sort decorations I didn't use this year.
Clean fridge out.
Finish wrapping gifts ( have purchased gifts and cards for all occasions up til end March)

TheOneWithTheHair Mon 31-Dec-12 15:00:10

Sorry I meant corrotsandcelery. grin

Glad your dd is feeling well enought to eat something though bluecarrot. I have one of those too. She's 9 and her bedroom is ok atm but I have picked everything up off the floor and put it in bin bags before now. She got it back a carrier bag at a time when she was good but she had to put it away properly. She was not amused!

Paintyourbox Mon 31-Dec-12 15:19:41

Hi everyone- can I join?!

<waves at Bessie>

Today I decided to attack the bathroom- recycled 2 black bags of old, hard towels. Cleared out the old products that were well and truly past their date and swapped some other stuff that I hadn't opened.

Now for DDs room...

Helenagrace Mon 31-Dec-12 15:44:03

Professional organiser dropping in to wish you all well. I often recommend Flylady to clients and also recommend the Home Routines app. It's not very expensive and gives you customisable lists for morning, evening and zones. It's easy to use and just resets itself. I use it myself.

AdoraJingleBells Mon 31-Dec-12 17:28:03


I've looked for that app a few times before but can't find it. This could be because of my location, or my general uselessness with technologyconfused

Anyhoo, hi Ya carrots, thought you'd disappeared for good for a while there, good to see you backgrin, is Zoo around?

I have decided to concentrate on me for the next few weeks, but not exactly abandon the housework. I need to excersise and have spent enough years allowing other people's demands to stop me. So, I walked one of the dogs before my breakfast today - can't handle all four together - and will do the same each morning despite protests from the family. Other than housework I need to prep food to take to a BBQ later. Will report back in tomorrow.

Happy New Year everyone.

Helenagrace Mon 31-Dec-12 18:04:52

Hi adora I just found it on the App Store. I just searched for home routines. It's been upgraded but it's still there. Maybe it is your exotic location!

SpangleMaker Mon 31-Dec-12 18:06:03

Done everything on my list bar hoovering our bedroom, that will have to wait until next year grin

helena I have the home routines app and it's very good for reminding me what I should be doing on a particular day, my problem is doing it! It beeps at me every night at 10pm to tell me to do my evening routine but I ignore it more often than not. I think with me it's a case of shaping my routine to fit the reality of my day. I tend to imagine there are more hours in the day than actually exist!

I hope your DD is feeling better bluecarrot

Happy New Year everyone!

BlackCatinChaos Mon 31-Dec-12 18:15:27

<Leaves out some wine and brew for everyone>

Happy New Year to all! Lets hope it a good one!!!

ChristmasKnackers Mon 31-Dec-12 18:21:53

This looks brilliant. Can I be in too.

CollieAndTheEyeV Mon 31-Dec-12 19:09:18

TOWTH I suffer with SAD too. I used to take ADs for it, but in recent years I've been trying to manage with just a lamp as I was trying to conceive or subsequently breast feeding. This year I've had a bad time and it's dawned on me I don't need to suffer like this anymore as I'm not doing either TTC or BF. Today I made that call to the GP and have arranged an appointment to see if ADs are suitable given I'll be feeling this way for another 3 months - halfway through my usual SAD shitness.
I guess that fits in with Flylady's anti-procrastination?

Other achievements today:
Dog given a long walk (in torrential rain!)
De-cluttered manky bath toys.
Bathroom cleaned from ceiling to floor. It's sparkling. smile
Aldi shop done.

Still to do:
Make Singapore noodles. (I like cooking so this is a treat dish before the post Christmas diet starts tomorrow).

Onwards and upwards (except for weight, hopefully that will go downwards!)

carrotsandcelery Mon 31-Dec-12 19:16:24

TOWTH - my ds is only 8 but can be a bit tricky (mental health issues). He did eventually get dressed and went off to play at a friend's.

He is back in his pjs now though wink

I have just remembered the load of washing I put in this morning.

TheOneWithTheHair Mon 31-Dec-12 19:21:56

Ah sorry carrots. It just sounded teenagery to me.

Collie did you find the ADs helped. I'm a bit scared to go down that route. Was it long before they kicked in?

I've done everything on my list. Yay. I like that feeling. I can relax house guilt free this evening. smile

XBenedict Mon 31-Dec-12 19:25:51

Can I join? I plan to have an organised new Year! Will start tomorrow although my washing machine is broken so laundry is tricky at the mo sad

carrotsandcelery Mon 31-Dec-12 19:33:55

grin No worries TOWTH - one of the specialists did comment that many of his traits are very teenage! grin He is currently hanging upside down from the sofa so there is still some 8 year old in there too. wink

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