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The Fledglings' nests will be clean in 2013! Part II.

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superfluouscurves Mon 21-Jan-13 10:22:20

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

OK, because we are all so good at chatting housework, we need a second January thread ... .

... where we (loosely) follow the step-by-step Flylady housekeeping system (in our own, unique, relaxed style) with lots of wine along the way.

This little-and-often system is designed so that we 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 us 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 we get when we are overwhelmed and everything needs doing all at once.

To avoid being inundated with details, we advise not signing up to the Big Tent

We are in the process of 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.]

Flylady site here

Don't worry if you are behind; just jump right back in and it will all come around next month again anyway!

Carry on everybody!

Crikeyblimey Wed 23-Jan-13 19:49:31

Darn it - posted too soon.

After work ive washed up and SS after dh cooked dinner
Cubs run
One load of washing washed and in dryer.

That will have to be it for menu think (except I'll fold and put away washing before bed).

Have good days tomorrow everyone.

superfluouscurves Wed 23-Jan-13 19:52:24


Baby-step no. 24 for Thurs 24th Jan is here add swish and swipe to your morning routine! A really helpful one!!

Tomorrow, are continuing in Zone 4 the boudoir here

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

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

Tomorrow's mission is here quickly clearing the stuff on your bedside tables before it becomes a full-blown hotspot. (Apparently this is fun, not a chore confused)

Thursday is errand day

The habit for January is still shining your sink!

And if I've missed anything or you want a quick reference to tomorrow's tasks, have a look at tomorrow's flight plan which should update daily.

Hope newcomers getting along ok - don't hesitate to ask if not! BB in the morning!
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superfluouscurves Wed 23-Jan-13 19:55:52

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[Hands Crikeyblimey hot cup of brew to warm up the wait!]
You've done well with your chores today! Hope you have a good day tomorrow too!

Have a good evening eveyrone!

BitchyDragons Wed 23-Jan-13 20:01:34

Good luck and hope you feel better tomo SC

I was thinking i could make a list for tomo, but everytime i do that things never go to plan so I think that i am going to start with a simple list and then add stuff to it in a manner fitting however much coffee i have drunk. Can't do errands as the town i need to use is cut off by ice and snow. They will wait.

To do:
ds to school
ds and homework
something fun with ds
early night.

speaking of early nights, i am again going to try for an early night, just hoping i don't wake up at midnight unable to go back to sleep for most the night again. So annoying when that happens.

superfluouscurves Wed 23-Jan-13 20:13:10

[Hands soft feathery pillow and Belgian hot chocolate to Bitchy]

New list strategy sounds good/pragmatic/do-able btw.

LillethTheCat Wed 23-Jan-13 20:36:24

- Turn on washing machine
- Make beds
- Wipe inside of windows (even with a bit of air they still get condensation)
- Dry Laundry
- Go buy a carpet
- wash up 2X
- Put laundry away
- fill washing machine for Thurs
- Shine Sink
- lay out clothes for Thurs

- Turn on washing machine
- Dry Laundry
- Put laundry away
- fill washing machine for Thurs
- Make beds
- Wipe inside of windows (even with a bit of air they still get condensation)
- wash up 2X
- Shine Sink
- lay out clothes for Thurs
- coursework
- finish taking things out of front room (dont know what time they are coming so dont want to have nowhere to sit tonight or tomorrow)
- Get carpet fitted
- Move stuff back into front room (or at least make a start)

Must go, sorry its not a long one. Hope everyone has had a good day.

MercuryRising Wed 23-Jan-13 20:47:33

Evening all.

Big hugs to you Engels

Glad you are feeling better Sc and that ds finger wasn't broken Bitchy

Just wanted to report briefly that I completed my to do list grin and I am now feeling very smug as it is the first time in over a week that my house has looked reasonably tidy!

Im off to relax now as dh is having an early night so I don't have to watch his rubbish on tv.

Good night ladies and big wing flaps to all.

Cuddledup Wed 23-Jan-13 21:33:18

Evening all,
Am feeling v humbled by everyone's ta da lists in spite RL issues.
In honour of Anti Procrastination Day
at work I have: tackled a mountain of filing and de-cluttered loads - hurrah!
at home I have: drawn up a list of jobs I've been avoiding for weeks (booking appointments, writing various business letters etc)
I have started working my way through the list. grin
FInally the sink is shining.....(that's the only bit of housework I've done!)
Off to bed now whilst it's still a decent hour.

Evening all,

Glad to hear that DS's finger is not broken Bitchy and that you are feeling better SC.

Sorry to hear about your building woes Shifty.

SC - My DS is having difficulty getting off to sleep too at the moment, he says he never gets to sleep till 10.30 (which is not true) but I think it is often 9 or later. We are trying to pull back bedtime a bit earlier and we always go upstairs an hour or so before bed to read, chat, sort out clothes, generally wind down, but he and DD love to play together and they often get very involved in a game or something which does nothing to calm them ready for bed.

Well, I didn't do much Flying today (Mondays and Fridays are my main Flying days), but did manage to fit in

Help at school
Admin stuff at home
Paid work
OU work
Coffee with friends - essential!
Meeting at school - very useful
Dinner and make packed lunches
2 loads of washing done, dried and put away
Take DD to Brownies - to find it was cancelled due to more snow falling, but it was quite nice out walking together as the snow fell.

Night all.

BeginnerSAHM Wed 23-Jan-13 22:51:29

Evening all,

Just a quick one from me as am v tired (again...!).

None-fying things done today:

CV updated and sent off
Met friend for lunch in town
Eyebrows threaded while there...

Done (from my to-do list)
Dressed to shoes
tidy up breakfast
shine sink
fold and put children's washing away (not mine though...)

So - list nearly achieved, but it was very unambitious.

Bled radiators (house still f-ing freezing)
Went through pictures with DH and chose which rooms to put most of them in (moved in 18 months ago but still no pics up)
Lots of washing up/dishwasher and wiping and drying of kitchen surfaces (including actually drying up washing up, putting away and polishing draining area - never happened before)
Collected DC2 from nursery at 3.00 and then DC1 from playdate later

Whoknows and SC - gah... so sleep issues don't go away when they are 9!? Actually, I remember having problems myself too. Good luck and hope DCs get more sleep tonight.

Well done Mercury! And Crikey.

Shifty - I can see how enthusiasm could wane... Sounds like you are in the middle of serious work! It'll be worth it in the end (I'd have thought!).

Got to go to a Job-finding seminar thing tomorrow so there won't be much flying.

Night night all.

BitchyDragons Wed 23-Jan-13 23:07:14

On a complete side note fancy giving a bit advice here?

Beginner - we've never really had sleep issues with DS so hopefully this is just a phase, it isn't causing any problems other than grumpiness in the mornings. Fussy eating on the other hand.....

BitchyDragons Wed 23-Jan-13 23:17:44

I think the sleep issues thing is a bit dependant. i know i am a worrier and an analyser and had to have effectively rewound the day in my head and worked my way through everything that had happened as part of my winding down process. I have always found to very difficult to settle. ds has a sleep disorder. i pretend to know nothing about normal children when it comes to sleeping.

<slopes of realising this isn't exactly an early night> blush

Don't really know what the consensus is on the hair Bitchy but I'd be wary of trashing the condition of it.

BeginnerSAHM Thu 24-Jan-13 08:01:33

Sure it is a phase Bitchy. I think it's an age where minds tend to whir but I have no experience and little knowledge so I'll shut up now!!

Hair - hmmm - I think it looks v cool and stylish non-teenagers can definitely pull it off. I don't think I could though - am totally

BlueEyeshadow Thu 24-Jan-13 09:31:59

Can I just say waaaaahhhh!! please? Came down to London y'day & through general idiocy have missed train back. Am on the next but have had to pay almost £50 for a new ticket plus will have to shell out for taxi to get DS2 from nursery in time. sad angry blush

Jdub Thu 24-Jan-13 09:58:09

Hello good people,
After a day off yesterday, I was on super booster and actually had a productive day/evening -

up and breakfasted
school paperwork and filing
put laundry away
finish those last few thank you cards
wash kitchen and hall floor

to do
dust dcs bedrooms
hoover stairs and upstairs
put more laundry on
meal plan - involving a haggis - is it Burns night this weekend?
put outdoor xmas lights in loft (it's been too cold to open the loft hatch as it's in the eaves and lets a huge waft of icy air into my bedroom!!)
bag up stealth toy cull for charity shop

Have a productive day everyone!

BitchyDragons Thu 24-Jan-13 11:23:15

ta da
ds to school
1 load laundry
collect washing up from bedrooms - cups mostly
hand washing
wash car - can see the number plates again
move all books to top of stairs for sorting to go back on the shelves
let mother put world to rights
check email
15mins in my room
start deep cleaning bathroom.

LillethTheCat Thu 24-Jan-13 11:54:23

Just a quick one

- wash up after Breakfast
- Turn on washing machine
- Dry Laundry
- fill washing machine for Thurs
- Make beds
- Wipe inside of windows (even with a bit of air they still get condensation)
- finish taking things out of front room

to do
- Put laundry away
- Get carpet fitted (coming at 1 apparently)
- Move stuff back into front room (or at least make a start)
- wash up 2X
- Shine Sink
- lay out clothes for Thurs

Its bloody echo-y in our front room with no furniture in here. Looking forward to the carpet getting fitted though. Im proper grown up now, getting excited by a carpet grin

Bitchy Its your hair you do what you like with it, you can always cut it out later (or dye it all) if you decide you dont like. It is only hair after all.


BitchyDragons Thu 24-Jan-13 13:38:38

ta da
ds to school
1 load laundry
collect washing up from bedrooms - cups mostly
hand washing
wash car - can see the number plates again
move all books to top of stairs for sorting to go back on the shelves
let mother put world to rights
check email
15mins in my room
start deep cleaning bathroom.
Sort all books and put onto shelves in a logical order which won't stay for long once people start using books again
put away fragile christmas presents somewhere safe
find cordless drill so dad can borrow
15mins in ds' room
more laundry
progress the deep cleaning of the bathroom
15mins in the giant storage of stuff <overwhelmed>
find ribbon for edging, put with blanket for pinning tonight need to get edging this off to do list!
Clean all the mirrors
Find the bin for my bedroom.
10mins decluttering in wash room

bakerofcakes Thu 24-Jan-13 13:40:10

Afternoon fledglings, I have two days off work, so time to catch up with the thread, do some flying and spend some time chilling out.

usual morning routines (apart from getting dressed)
caught up on mumsnet, facebook, ravelry (knitting site),
done some internet window shopping
ordered a much wanted Moshi Monster hmm
drank tea (several times)
been outside and taken snow pictures
taken photos of finished knitting projects (for ravelry)
done some knitting
Monday's mission - I have drawers under the bed so I tidied them, managed to declutter quite a bit, but still put a lot back, you can't get rid of everything grin

Having lunch now, but off to tackle Tuesday's mission next.

GoingGoingGoth Thu 24-Jan-13 14:13:17

Afternoon all,

Missed yesterday, as had a bad stomach. Dh kept me supplied with brew & hot water bottles, and I caught up on Murder in Paradise, so there was a plus side, although I'd rather have a better reason for lazing around all day.

Dd to school
Laundry on
Food shopping done
Dinner thawing out (thank god for batch cooking)

BeginnerSAHM Thu 24-Jan-13 14:43:27

Wow - still impressed with how efficient you all are... Do any of you use the Home Routine app? I like the idea of not creating more paper but think a physical control journal may suit me better - when I get to day 8 or whenever it is!

ShiftyFades Thu 24-Jan-13 15:36:15

Roofers are here grin
Soon our current lounge will be watertight after nearly 4 months of: drip drip drip pour drip drip pour.... grin

And then the actual builders (have forgotten what they look like) can get on with it wit no excuses!!! gringringrin
I think it'll take a couple of weeks to dry out so roll on Feb grin

bakerofcakes Thu 24-Jan-13 15:52:03

beginner I use a notebook and make all sorts of lists. I like the feeling of satisfaction I get when I tick something off. I did stick lists up on the fridge of my morning/tea time routines, but after doing them for about three months, it has become automatic now. I also have a calender in the kitchen with important stuff on. I bought a page a day diary but seem to have got into the habit of using my notebook instead.

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