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The Fledglings' nests will be clean in 2013!

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superfluouscurves Mon 31-Dec-12 21:44:39

(With many thanks to Jdub for title inspiration!!)

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 (although some Fledglings find the compilation e-mails helpful)! 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 vocabulary along the way).

Huge thanks to Lauren for being our incredibly reliable and organised shining star in the East and leading us throughout the very busy month of December!!

Happy New Year Fledglings!!

All welcome!!

BitchyDragons Sat 19-Jan-13 15:45:16

I am off the hook too toffee as ds is at his dad's house. grin

Snow is almost gone sad

Engelsemama Sat 19-Jan-13 16:08:59

Well done Toffee! Most ofour loft stuff is either baby stuff that DS is now to young for or DH's stuff going back many many years. He has to declutter his crap so there is room for all our other stuff/storage, and then we can turn the loft into our study space so I have somewhere to work.

SilveryMoon Sat 19-Jan-13 18:49:49

Made beds
Swished and swiped
Everyone dressed
Wrapped birthday presents x2
laundry x2
Put out and cleared breakfast
Fed cats x2
Went to 2 birthday parties
Washed up
Stray items away
sorted dry washing
Non iron stuff away
Ironed stuff (left out last night away)
Boys bathed
Flat de-cobwebbed
Changed bedsheets

To Do Tonight
Wipe down living room tables x3
Lay out toms clothes
Washing up away
Shine sink
Clean kitchen
Ironing (maybe)
bed. Do not pass out on sofa

Make beds
swish and swipe
feed cats
rubbish out
Breakfast out and then cleared
All dressed
Menu plan
Write shopping list
Food shopping
Clean litter trays
Clean glass shelves/tv stand/photo frames etc
Check homework
Bags checked for week
Make sandwiches for week
Polish shoes
Cook dinner
Clean kitchen
lay out clothes
Shine sink

Think that's it. But sure I'm forgetting something!
Time now to read some stories with ds's and pack them off to bed. BBL to catch up.

LillethTheCat Sat 19-Jan-13 19:39:34

Just a quick one from me as DH is waiting for me to watch TV.

- Turn Washing Machine on
- Make beds
- Wipe inside of windows (even with a bit of air they still get condensation)
- Wipe bathroom sink
- Dry laundry
- Wash up
- take DD1 to birthday party
- hot spot
- put laundry away
- Wash up
- Shine Sink
- lay out tomorrow's clothes

tomorrows list
- Change bedding
- Wipe inside of windows (even with a bit of air they still get condensation)
- Wipe bathroom sink
- Wash up 3X
- hot spot
- Shine Sink
- lay out tomorrow's clothes
- Fill washing machine for Monday
- Build snowman with DS and DD1.
- Help DD1 and DS with homework
- Ring parents

Im putting this here so I dont forget on Monday, but I need to make a phone call regarding a small leak under the kitchen sink on Monday.

Have a good evening everyone

GoingGoingGoth Sat 19-Jan-13 19:48:07

Quick list today

Made beds
Scraped windows
Made 'picnic'
Took Dd to Science Centre for the day
Dinner cooking now

To do
Wash up & SS
Put dry clothes away

We had a small flurry of snow which got Dd very excited, but that's been it so far.

ToffeeWhirl Sat 19-Jan-13 20:05:46

<passes out at the size of Silvery's list>

<revives self with wine>

Bitchy - glad you are also off the hook. I have managed to avoid going out at all today.

Have spent the whole day sorting through boxes and boxes of baby clothes, letters, old bank statements, cookery books and who knows what crap in our loft. Managed to throw out another three bagfuls of junk. DS2 has purloined several old toys (his room looks like a junk yard now) and has been playing happily all day. I am so ready to get rid of as much stuff as possible. DH wonders why we didn't do it years ago and I have to remind him that you can't do ANYTHING with small children. It is only now our DC are seven and 13 that we have the free time to get on with sorting out.

DS1 went sledging with his best friend and is staying for a sleepover. He is in danger of turning into a normal teenager shock.

I have done absolutely NO FLYING. But we just want to get the loft finished now.

Cuddled and Blue - double bill of 'Borgen' tonight grin.

Cuddledup Sat 19-Jan-13 21:27:03

I'm SOOOO tired I'm desperate to get to bed at a decent hour... but just before head off I'll just do a quick ta da
Had lie in
Two loads of washing
unloaded / loaded dishwasher
Did errands
Took DD sledging
Took DH out for birthday lunch and discussed the 5:2 / fasting diet whilst eating a burger confused
Went to supermarket / took stuff to Oxfam
Decluttered medicine cabinet (which hasn't been done since we moved here 4 years ago blush
30 mins of de cluttering paper mountain - I found unopened post (circulars) from before Xmas!
Made marshmallows with DD - it takes AGES !
Decluttered fridge
Have just put on bread maker
After all the cooking the kitchen looks horrific. Dishwasher is full and running and sink is overflowing. No shiny sink here tonight shock

I can't bear to think about it!

MrsPennyapple Sat 19-Jan-13 21:27:53

Ok, have googled Flora Poste, I have never read Cold Comfort Farm so I'm not much wiser. Anyone shed any light for me? smile

DoubleMum Sat 19-Jan-13 21:28:17

No more snow here today but still lots left, so haven't left the house, and the children have had lots of outside play [and bickering].
Ta da:
washed bedding and remade bed
cleaned main bathroom
cleaned dishwasher
shined sink
hotspotted a little (but downstairs still v clear and long may it stay that way)

Otherwise a lovely restful day.

Cuddledup Sat 19-Jan-13 21:30:04

toffee agghh I'm missing Borgen AGAIn (haven't even seen it once since it started this season - ok I'm off to watch it in the bath with iPad and hopefully a glass of wine

Toodlepip ladies.... and thanks for the all the encouragement. My house is definitely looking much better.

superfluouscurves Sat 19-Jan-13 23:50:40

Hello everyone. Sorry I've neglected you all today.

Dh has full blown flu (as is sometimes the way of things, he had it before mil crisis - pushed on through - and now things are calmer - it's come back) and I've spent the day doing loads of office admin/trying to catch up with laundry/food shopping/tidying rez de ch/getting dd to start and complete her hwk (yay! success!)/polishing dd jodphur boots/changing the beds/keeping our bit of pavement clear of snow (strict laws about that here) and cleaning out rabbits etc - nothing hugely taxing but enough. Then watched family film, ate rather large beef curry blush put dd to bed and fell asleep on sofa at 9pm! Have only just woken up!!

Hope you all enjoyed your snowy Saturdays!

Links first, with apologies to those of you who like to know your baby-step a day in advance...


Baby-step no. 20 for Sun 20th Jan is an essential one including laundry in your daily routines. For me (sacrilegous though it is to say it) this is even more important than a shiny sink.

No zones or missions on a Sunday, but just for info, next week we will be starting in Zone 4: The Master Bedroom (January 20-26)

Sunday is renew your spirit day

Tomorrow's flight plan will update automatically.

Hope everyone has a restful Sunday!


lorisparkle Sun 20-Jan-13 00:15:25

Just managed to prise DH off the computer and now too late for a catch up.

Luckily on Thursday the head at my school (a special school too SilveryMoon) decided that because of transport she would gamble on the weather and shut the school on Friday. DH's school decided to shut fairly early Friday morning but DS's school opened in the morning then shut in the afternoon. I had a lovely morning DH and DS3 played in the snow and I attacked the kitchen. Because the house is looking so much better I was able to go out with the boys on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning without any housework related guilt!

Dishwasher emptied and filled
Laundry done, dried and put away
Hoovered up old mud from wellies that DSs brought into house
Made 5 snowmen and a snow cat
entertained the school 'pet' that comes home and the children have to write about
Fed and cleaned all children as required!

Must start on hotspots.....
General dishwasher / laundry / cooking duty
Bake a cake
Collect piano music as our new piano is arriving on Thursday

Hope you are all better sc and those who have snow are enjoying it!

superfluouscurves Sun 20-Jan-13 00:25:41

How did you all get on today?

Today's golden feather duster goes to Toffee and her dh for loft clearing

... although looking at Silvery's and Lilleth's lists, I think they come a close second!

Well done all! Hope you find some time in there for yourselves tomorrow (the more I read Flylady site, the more I think she is trying to tell us to ease off at w/es, or at least spend Sat with dc) not easy when you are working/home edding/looking after littlies during week though I know.

Silvery thanks - doc also said dd to only bath every other day because of v. v. dry skin and rash behind knees - I am also meany about it - would just rather live without all the protests!

Glad eveyrone got to their parties btw and that snow didn't get in the way.
We had fun letting the rabbits out on the snow covered lawn (vet said it is fine because they have thick velcro-like hair on underside of their paws). They went absolute wild for 20 mins running around in circles creating mad paw print pattern, then rushed back downstairs in to the warm grin!

Blue hope your ds1 OK

Sorry MrsPennyapple Sorry - didn't intend to make you sad or confused!!!! Cold Comfort Farm is one of my favourite books ... read it without fail every year contains a famous catch phrase "something nasty in the woodshed" which is all I was referring to smile following your post yesterday!! Arf at "shed any light?" though!! grin

Castlelough >"Took DH out for birthday lunch and discussed the 5:2 / fasting diet whilst eating a burger confused" I loved this bit of your list grin!!!! and hope your dh had a lovely day (assuming it was his b'day and not yours!) And thank you for your comment on MFP which also made me grin!! Your dd certainly had a lovely day today - sledgling and marshmallows - well done!

Glad you had a well deserved restful day Doublemum

and trip to science centre sounds fab Goth

Can we swap dh's please Engels?! smile

You are on a roll Ellie and hope dh did the business!

Glad you didn't have to do the business Bitchy!

Well done to Whoknows too for being on top of routines

See you in the morning everyone. Expecting big dump of white stuff overnight ...v. excited!! G'night!!

superfluouscurves Sun 20-Jan-13 00:28:00

x post

">Because the house is looking so much better I was able to go out with the boys on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning without any housework related guilt!" Yay and double yay Loris!!!!!!!

Forgot to say "congrats" to Doublemum on her decluttered/tidy downstairs btw!

superfluouscurves Sun 20-Jan-13 00:40:15

Silvery/Toffee*/*Lilleth sorry - have just re-read my post and that bit about Flylady wanting us to ease off at weekends sounds awfully preachy - which was not at all my intention blush YOu have all done brilliantly today!

And I haven't a leg to stand on either because I'm constantly doing missions and other stuff at weekends that I have neglected to do during the week!

SilveryMoon Sun 20-Jan-13 02:05:06

Sc I know what you mean. I do feel like I'm always cleaning and would love to spend more time with the dc's on weekends but it is difficult because at some point housework needs to be done. is a difficult balancing act. I'd love to be able to do it all once they've gone to bed but it never happens. Suppose we're lucky in that the place doesn't get too bad because we're never here.
The boys have had a really good day today and it was nice to be out having fun.
As helpful as this system is, it's definitely aimed at people who are at home.
Maybe as we move through it and zones get clearer there'll be time to do more during week to free up weekends but I can't ever see having enough energy to main clean after work on a Monday. Never say never though right?
Anyway, finished today's list all apart from not pass out on sofa. Whoopsi.

ToffeeWhirl Sun 20-Jan-13 07:30:52

<waves golden feather duster proudly>

Lilleth - Flylady is a working woman (worked in the US court system, I think), so I think she does intend the Flylady system to work for full-time employees, as well as those at home. I agree though, it seems very difficult to fit it all in.

DS2 is really not well (chesty cough), so will need some TLC today. In between cuddles for DS, DH and I will be tackling the loft again.

Have a nice Sunday all.

MrsPennyapple Sun 20-Jan-13 08:29:19

Thanks for clearing that up SC, I was just really curious! Might have to give it a read.

Trazzletoes Sun 20-Jan-13 08:42:14

Hi, just popping by quickly. Have been keeping on top of the washing up and finally have a reasonably tidy kitchen. 5 minutes daily on the bedroom is also going down well.

Hope you are all ok - I can't face catching up the whole thread!

DD's 1st birthday is tomorrow so had invited all the family over. No one is coming now because of the snow. Which is fine, because I'd rather they were safe but we can't reasonably re-schedule now til May because DS will be in hospital most of the time til then.

I am fucked off in the extreme that this bastard sickness is ruining my DD's birthday too. She gets little enough attention at the moment as it is.

SilveryMoon Sun 20-Jan-13 08:59:19

Happy birthday to your DD Trazzles

I am in the foulest mood today. Not quite sure why, but am sure it's got something to do with these kids climbing inot my bed at 6am for non-stop fidgeting. Gggrrrrr angry

It's just started to snow here. I need to do the food shopping. Great. Hoping ds2 copes ok because I'm really not in the mood

Castlelough Sun 20-Jan-13 09:36:25

Morning all! I have been residing in the naughty corner, inputting everything I eat into MFP - SC I have NOT been eating burgers! (Especially not in light of the fact that they appear to be full of equine 'dna' sad)
You have me muddled up with Cuddledup! But I did send you the MFP message!grin
Flying has been minimal, I'm afraid. Shiny sink, tidy downstairs, but not clean.
I have managed to lose 5.5 lbs since school started back two weeks ago, using MFP, running 3x per wk and trying to Shred on my non-running days. So body clutter has been going well!

Lori a new piano envyenvyenvy What kind are you getting? Who plays in your house? I am practising for Grade 4 in June. Swan plays piano too, I think she is at a higher standard than me though!

Trazzles sorry about DD's bday. Enjoy the snow!
I had better get going. Anniversary mass for DH's father. Followed by sandwich and tea making for relatives. Thank God I forgot all about my Christmas cake at Christmas - going to bring it out this afternoon! And off to Les Mis with a friend tonight! :-)

Glad we are working on our boudoirs next week. I have major work to do here....grin

Consils Sun 20-Jan-13 09:57:52

Clutter help needed; I have loads of plastic flowerpots and loads of redundant leads. What should I do with them?

Engelsemama Sun 20-Jan-13 10:17:42

Trazzle That sucks sad But instead enjoy a lovely afternoon with your scrumptious DC.

sc I forgot to mention that decluttering yesterday included DJ discovering his teenage porn stash grin Have never looked at playboy before, and was actually surprised at how tame they were (we're going back 20+ years). Still want to swap?

Consils do you love them (I guess not)? do you use them? can you make money from selling them? If the answer is no then chuck them out/recycle!

Toffee That is exactly our problem atm with DS (15mo). It's impossible for us to declutter the loft together when DS is awake so we had to wait until nap time yesterday. Wonder if we can make it 2 days in a row?

castle sounds like you're doing amazingly. I have just started running again but it's so slippery here I've done the Shred instead twice this week. But all sounds pretty tame when I read your post! My main problem is that I'm too greedy and snack after dinner in front of the TV. Still working our way through all the goodies that made their way into our house over Christmas: shortbread, crisps, amaretto cake, delicious wine. I have zero willpower sad

And on that note, it's roast chicken for dinner, but am going to go easy on the potatoes and make lots of veg. What can I do with celeriac apart from mash?

LillethTheCat Sun 20-Jan-13 11:19:02


Not a bad day today.

- Change bedding (stripped beds, just washing it now to make up later)
- Wipe inside of windows (even with a bit of air they still get condensation)
- Wash up
- Build snowman with DS and DD1. (Youd think they'd been to the arctic the way they were behaving when we got in)
- Ring parents

to do
- Wipe bathroom sink
- Wash up 2X
- hot spot
- Shine Sink
- lay out tomorrow's clothes
- Fill washing machine for Monday
- Help DD1 and DS with homework
- remember to put phone landlord re leak under kitchen sink on Mondays list

Ooh thats a good babystep re laundry since Ive been doing it ever since I tried Flylady last time grin

Sorry about your DDs birthday Trazzles Hope she has a good day anyway.

Silvery dont burn yourself out trying to do all the housework. How about at weekends just do some and put aside 2 hours for DC related things. I put it in my list and make time with the DCs as part of my to do list.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend.

bakerofcakes Sun 20-Jan-13 12:04:26

Morning everyone, sorry not been online much this week. Have been tired out in the evenings. Like some earlier posters, I don't like driving in the dark much either, and I am going to work and back in the dark down some quite open unlit roads and with the snow this week it is quite stressful. Glad the worst of it came down after I got home Friday tea time.

Have managed to keep up with my usual routines, but didn't do the missions, did do some decluttering in DS bedroom though, which was a tip. He doesn't live with me, but comes home on leave, creates chaos then clears off again. I have to sort it out as my grandchildren use his bedroom when they stay.

Did all the bathroom missions today, and actually cleaned the bathroom. Just having a break before I start the home blessing.

Hope all the children are enjoying the snow, mine went sledging yesterday while I looked after the little ones. They enjoyed their ride on the sledge round to my house, but that was enough for them.

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