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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!!

superfluouscurves Mon 21-Jan-13 14:16:59

Sounds like you are in need of a good rest day Feetheart - hope chest infection clears soon

Crikey Lilleth your list of 'cancelled' appts is almost as long as your 'to do' list - what a nuisance for you

Bitchy I am doing the very same short list!!! grin

Ooh I love a quick trip to Hema Engels - addicted to their salty licorice!

Good luck with OU work whoknows (dd is on her third pair of gloves since Sept hmm)

Good luck with boudoir decluttering Bakerofcakes (doing the same thing here!)

Silvery having listened to a couple of the songs, I daren't watch any of the videos! grin

Cuddledup I'm with you re: 5:2 Sounds like excuse which it is but loads of stress here, house is freezing, brain not in right place to start diet atm. I'm starting properly on Feb13 - but doing proper planning/prep in advance and gradual tuning up of daily walks exercise regime before then plus gradual withdrawal from alcohol/coffee. Hope bus trip not too onerous this am.

Waves to Nicknacks (again) and everyone else!

We have all moved here btw!

superfluouscurves Mon 21-Jan-13 10:49:27

Trazzles a very happy first birthday to your dd! Hope you all have a lovely day (even though it is quieter than anticipated owing to weather)!

feetheart Mon 21-Jan-13 10:39:34

Quick list as its already after 10am and I'm not dressed yet. Admittedly school is closed so we are treating it as an extra w/e day - DS and I on separate computers, DD still in bed and, sadly, DH in office in garden working (the joys of self-employment!)

- Washing on - done
- 3 out of 4 fed - done
- Ring Bag2School people re our collection tomorrow - need to let them know asap if school is closed tomorrow done
- Figures for accountant for tax return
- Contact Winston's Wish re Brighton Marathon - I was signed up to do it but have had chest virus thing for nearly 6 weeks and haven't been running at all so am too far behind with training to catch up now sad Hoping to defer until next year and do it properly.
- Morning routine
- 15 mins in our bedroom
- Library with DC
- Get DC to finish homework

DD just appeared so I'd better get dressed then make pancakes as promised last night. Mmmmm - second breakfast smile

Have a good day everyone.

LillethTheCat Mon 21-Jan-13 10:38:38

Morning, Proper snow day today, everything has been cancelled for me.

- wash up
- Wipe bathroom
- Turn on washing machine
- Make beds
- 2nd load of washing in machine (thought Id may as well since Im not going anywhere now)
- Snowball fight with DS, DD1 and DH
- Wipe inside of windows (even with a bit of air they still get condensation)

to do
- Shine Sink
- wash up 2X
- Dry Laundry
- Put laundry away
- fill washing machine for Tues
- lay out clothes for Tues
- hotspot
- quick tidy of bedroom (we dont actually have a bed ATM and sleep on two mattresses so there is no under the bed so will clear a bit of the floor instead)

not doing
- Go to Business course (been cancelled)
- Go to ECDL course (been cancelled)
- Ring up landlord about kitchen sink (if I ring them up today no-one will come due to the weather so it will take weeks, will wait until Wed and they will most likely come out that day or Thurs)
- go to dentist (been cancelled)

Best crack on and do stuff. BBL

superfluouscurves Mon 21-Jan-13 10:23:24

January thread Part II over here!!

Waves to Nicknacks!!

NickNacks Mon 21-Jan-13 10:14:29

Hi just wanted to pop on and let you know I am still flying with the aid of a cleaner who starts this week but the thread was just too much for me to keep up with.

I hope you are all keeping well smile

superfluouscurves Mon 21-Jan-13 10:11:16

Will do Bitchy!

superfluouscurves Mon 21-Jan-13 10:10:36

I hate to tell everyone, but Flylady does songs too...

scroll down shock

[SC sprints away with fingers firmly in ears]

Lovely sunny day here, no more snow but non melted yet either. DS grumbled all the way to school about not being allowed to take his scooter, but the entire route is packed sludge/ice, so it would have been lethal. Went to town afterwards to buy both DCs thermal gloves as the hands have been the rate determining step in how long the DCs have felt able to stay outdoors in the snow, think I should possibly have got some for myself too, but CBA to go back now. Might go in on the way back to school this afternoon.

Need to get on with home blessing and OU work now. Back later.

BitchyDragons Mon 21-Jan-13 10:09:43

Also SC can we have a part 2 thread pretty please. This one will be full by the end of day or first thing. Thank you!

BitchyDragons Mon 21-Jan-13 09:53:52

Today I have a short list: whole fecking house grin

Ds is stuck with his dad as the report for the road i need to use is that it is closed, as are all the alternatives unless i do an extra 200 miles. So he can stay stuck tbh

Engelsemama Mon 21-Jan-13 08:36:08

Thanks for the suggestions sc I think it will be celeriac soup on the menu tonight!

We had snow yesterday afternoon and it's coming down again now. Roads look pretty clear. I have to go out and fill up car and pop to Hema for some bits though - I would much rather stay inside!!!

Today's list
Online banking
Order birthday present for friend
Fill up car
Pop to Hema
One load of washing (in at the moment)
Make delicious celeriac soup for dinner
Do some schoolwork for tomorrow (I have been a very lazy teacher since Christmas)
Perhaps brave a walk in the snow or at least a play in the back garden with DS

SilveryMoon Mon 21-Jan-13 07:46:34

Fly lady has videos on YouTube? So logging on to that today!

ToffeeWhirl Mon 21-Jan-13 07:34:04

I've never watched Flylady on YouTube, Cuddled. I might pop over there for some inspiration this morning.

Thanks for the encouragement, SC. It feels really good to have labelled boxes in the loft, instead of piles of stuff. Once the junk is out of the house, I need to work out how to store/present our memorabilia, eg. family photos, boys' artwork, cards and school work, letters, etc.

All the schools are closed here today. I may end up with three boys at home as DS1's friend may join us. DH is going to attempt to get into work. He is hoping his winter tyres will get him there.

Having emptied the contents of the loft into the house, it now looks like a bombsite, so today I'm crisis cleaning.

Cuddledup Mon 21-Jan-13 06:53:57

Superfluous re: 5:2 diet - me and DH talked about it, but he doesn't need to do it as he doesn't eat carbs (i.e.:pasta, potatoes,rice) and has lost a few stone in 2 years. When the weather warms up I may do it but at the moment as long as the cold weather lasts it's feast not famine in this household!

Ta da
Got up and dressed to slippers

To do
Unfortunately DD's school isn't closed so I've got to spend 15 mins waiting for her school bus (which will inevitably be delayed) and then I've got to bus to work and be late! Grr

Re: Getting overwhelmed by Flylady's lists etc, I have also suffered from this and have given up in the past but then I remember her phrase " Just jump in where you are now" and how we should give up on perfectionism. Also if I'm feeling uninspired I watch her Youtube videos which always make me roar with laughter.

Have a good day all and try not to slip over on the ice

bakerofcakes Mon 21-Jan-13 06:09:20

Just a quick check in whilst listening for travel news, hoping for a snow day, but not looking likely.

Desparately need some work done in my bedroom, it was used as a dumping ground during my Christmas clean up, so time to get it sorted out. 15 mins a day decluttering should sort it out.

SilveryMoon Sun 20-Jan-13 22:54:59

No school tomorrow! Woo-hoo. The boys school is still open though.
Tonight, I tried knitting again, and have remembered why I didn't stick with it last time.
I've also sat here for a long time soaking my fingers to get these acrylic nails off.
Giving up now so will need to do it again tomorrow. But I now have little bits of acrylic on my freshly hoovered and mopped floor.
Off to bed now, see you all tomorrow

superfluouscurves Sun 20-Jan-13 21:43:23

Forgot to wave to Lauren pushme MummyD ComradeJ and Nicknacks and I'm sure, many more!!


superfluouscurves Sun 20-Jan-13 21:41:39

Well done for getting through your list Goth and for having the bravery to cut your dd's hair!! Sympathies over dolls house btw - I don't know where dd's new Playmobil house is going to go ...there's no room for it in the playroom ...I'm just hoovering around it atm.

superfluouscurves Sun 20-Jan-13 21:37:22

Blimey Whoknows hats off to you for >sledging>soft play>study>sledging>hwk supervision>sports centre>swimming>then sledging again (never mind 5 loads laundry)!!! You must be exhausted!! Esp. as you and your dh are on different schedules atm. (Be careful not to overdo sledge-pulling in light of recent op either!!!) Hands over restorative brew

Well done, you've been busy too Blue! (I'm rather good at that last item on your list btw!!) Arf at tea-tray sledging!! grin

GoingGoingGoth Sun 20-Jan-13 21:35:38

Evening :-)

Started Weekly bleugh today as meeting up with some Woolly Huggers tomorrow <excited>
Changed beds
1 load washing

Cut DD's hair shock she's been nagging for it to be shorter for months, and as I haven't found a hairdresser yet, I said I could do the MN cut, and she said yes! It looks ok, and she likes it-phew

Took Dd to feed ducks & visit play park

Build wooden dolls house with Dh. MIL bought it, she has a mania for buying Dd too much stuff. Don't want to sound ungrateful, but we only have so much space, and she doesn't need to buy DD's affections!

Dinner, wash up & SS

Still no snow here apart from the occasional flake.

superfluouscurves Sun 20-Jan-13 21:27:31

Trazzles so sorry that your plans for your dd's first birthday will have to be postponed. That must be so disappointing. No wonder you feel so frustrated. sad
Well done for keeping on top of washing up/kitchen & bedroom btw which is no mean feat with everything else you are juggling atm. Respect to you.

Castlelough and Cuddledup so sorry for mixing you both up yesterday (that's what comes of posting far too late at night!!)

Castlelough brilliant going with weight loss - well done!!!! (And blush for incorrectly accusing you of eating horse burgers!! That's unforgiveable!! grin I'm obviously going a bit batty in my old age!! At least DEFRA now has the bit between its teeth [sorry!] grin
Hope anniversary mass for your fil was a comfort and that you enjoy Les Miserables tonight!

Cuddledup arf at eating burgers while discussing weight loss!! (That's my kind of diet preparation!!) Hope your dh had a lovely birthday! (Dh and I are also contemplating 5:2 btw - so far we have decided on Tues & Thurs as fast days - going to take careful planning though - did you both decide to go for it in the end?)

Engels celeriac soup is really good, HFW recipe here or, I really like it in a winter salad: shred finely (add lemon juice so it doesn't discolour), add to shredded carrot, season well and drizzle with fairly robust home-made vinaigrette (can add walnut halves if you like) and toss together. A classic French variation is celeriac remoulade but I don't particularly like heavy mayonnaise dressings... . But you can always do a "slimmers dauphinoise" to go with roast chicken ie finely slice celeriac and carrots at an angle, lightly butter oven-proof dish, stack in alternate layers (add bit of garlic if you want) seasoning as you go, add chicken stock (or chicken stock made from cube) and place in oven while chicken is roasting. Arf at your dh's 'specialist' magazine collection btw grin

Well done re: your efficient lists Lilleth and thanks for heads up about thread - can't believe we are at 962 posts already!!!
You and Silvery have both had hugely productive days - well done! (Silvery hope you felt less stressed as day went on)

I see you have been plugging away too BakerofCakes doing all the bathroom missions and home bleugh in one day! Top marks!

Loris¨sorry that your ds2, ds3 and dh are suffering again - hope they recover soon. V. envy of you and others on here who can tickle the ivories ... Well done re: your list and hope school pet survived the weekend grin!!

Crikey Toffee 13 bags!! That's brilliant!!!!! [SC faints on reading the sentence >"DH has restacked the boxes we need to keep, all neatly labelled with contents". The words "died" and "gone to heaven" spring to mind!! grin Well done BOTH of you!!! And aw at hearing your ds1 laughing smile that's so lovely after everything he's been through! smile Hope your ds2 recovers soon.

Consils well done re: the decluttering. Agree with others that best bet might be to get them to your nearest tip/recycling centre....

Really recommend it MrsPennyapple - it's a bit of a 'Marmite' sort of bk though - you'll either love it or hate it!

Huge waves to Whoknows Ellie Feetheart PA Justgettingonwithit Honu Madwoman Arses Doublemum Carpe Goth Gossip Bitchy ep1977 Blue Mercury Lplate Snowgirl Jdub and many others I am sure I have forgotten!

'See' you all tomorrow when I intend to follow Ellie's good example and actually start doing all the routines and steps properly and not in my usual half-arsed fashion grin

BlueEyeshadow Sun 20-Jan-13 21:14:37

Ta da!
Finally managed to take the boys sledging (on a tea tray as we don't have a sledge)
Finally built a snowman with DS1 (snow on the ground for a week!)
Cooked roast dinner
Cleaned kitchen up again
Slobbed around feeling full.

Really hoping they'll go into school tomorrow, but betting they won't as it's been snowing all evening. Going a bit loopy with it all now. Still, friends supposed to be coming over after school, which will be nice if they make it... The forecast for next week does include some positive numbers though, for a change!

Still plenty of snow here, we had about 5" on Friday, no more has settled but it hasn't really gone away either.

DH has been at work for the entire weekend (I've only seen him for half an hour since Friday morning as he stayed out on Fri night, I went out the minute he walked in last night and he still isn't back tonight). So not very productive Flying wise but the DCs and I have had quite a nice time (tempers have frayed a little at times but nothing major).

Ta-da! (whole weekend)

5 lots of washing done and put away
Our bed sheets changed
Run vac round
Keep kitchen fairly clean
Clean bathroom
Henna hair (did those two in the wrong order and need to clean the bathroom again tomorrow)
General tidying blitz tonight

Took the DCs to the local softplay today and managed a bit of OU work in the cafe while they let off steam. We used the sledge to get there, then did a bit of sledging properly in the playing field on the way home, so that was nice. Homework was then done and back to the sports centre for swimming lessons, we walked this time, it's only about half a mile, I sometimes drive in order to get home more quickly, but it was nice walking back on the silent snowy roads. A bit of a palaver changing though with thick coats, gloves, hats, scarves as well as all the usual clothes.

superfluouscurves Sun 20-Jan-13 20:30:50


OK lovely fledglings, we are starting week 4.

Tomorrow's baby-step, no 21, for Mon 21st Jan is one you can ignore if you want - it's about going to website and checking out daily 'AskFlylady' Q & A

Tomorrow, until the 26th, we will be in Zone Zone 4: The Master Bedroom here

Try and declutter for 15 mins per day in current zone.

If your Zone 4 is already decluttered, you can progress to detailed cleaning

You can find tomorrow's daily mission and all the missions for this week here here Tomorrow's mission involves fishing & then hoovering under the bed (I can't believe I actually did this last week - whey hey - that's a first!!! grin)

Monday is home bleugghh day here (Fat Fairy recommends 10 mins per task)

As you know by now, the habit for January is here keep shining that sink!

Summary of above = flight plan

Reminders (just because I haven't posted them for a while) here

Have a productive week everyone and go safely in the snow!!


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