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TooStressyForMyOwnGood Tue 28-Feb-17 22:11:01

Hello all and welcome to the March Flylady thread! Welcome to all current posters and also to any returners plus of course anyone who would like to join. The more the merrier. Jump in where you are.

We are a friendly group who (sort of) follow the Flylady system in hopes of a more organised home and life. Some of us manage that better than others smile.

Since last month seemed to be ok I'll follow the same format of personals throughout the day (or in the evening if I haven't had a chance in the day) and links in the evening. Please, though, let me know if you want me to change anything or if I have posted anything wrong.

It's my first time running this thread so here we go with links... Please if anything is wrong feel free to correct me. Hopefully it will all go swimmingly this month but I apologise in advance for anything not slick! I'm starting a day early as have work tomorrow and I am slow at this but will try to stay on the old thread until tomorrow. Thanks again SC and Cotswold as I have basically copied your notes again.

Flylady advises decluttering for 15 mins a day. I tend to manage 5 but I know lots of people have great results with 15.

For a summary of what's going on, go to or just follow this thread

Newbies, welcome, have a look around the Flylady website - it can sometimes be a bit disorganised. Unless you want to, beware of signing up for her emails - there are hundreds and all the info is on the website anyway. Here is the getting started link

You can post what we you done (ta das) and any to do lists if you want to- I definitely find this helpful.

TooStressyForMyOwnGood Tue 28-Feb-17 22:13:43

Here is the daily summary for Wednesday...

All information also available on the Flylady website The
flight plan
should update every day.

We are in Zone 1 this week: the entrance, front porch and dining room

Spend 15 mins (or as much as you can manage if you can't do 15) decluttering in Zone 1.

When you have finished decluttering, (I am jealous!) the detailed cleaning list for Zone 1 is here

The mission for the day is:-

We are going to have a multi room mission today, it might take you longer than 15 minutes to do it, so set your timer for each room and FLY through it!
For the Front Porch, Entrance and Dining Room, put out the fires that are burning in your hot spots. Get rid of the pile of shoes by the front door, get rid of the pile of junk mail and put away the magazines and school papers that are piled on the dining room table.

The daily focus for Wednesday is: anti-procrastination
Essential although I often procrastinate about this ;)

Daily reminders reminders (radio show times are probably not accurate for UK but can listen to previous shows/podcasts)

Baby-step no 1 - shine your sink
Flylady says this is essential. I personally don't stress too much about this as when I did it felt as if I was always failing at it. I try to keep the area around the sink relatively tidy instead. I also find making my bed a more effective motivator. Each to their own smile

Flykids mission:
We are going to do what is called a Hot Spot Fire Drill!
This is when we look around our rooms at the flat surfaces of our furniture. The desk, the dresser and the nightstands. These are the places that we will just pile things on instead of throwing them away or putting them away. These are the hot spots.
To help us clean these places up we are going to do a fire drill! We are going to set a timer for 5 minutes and see how much and can throw away and put away off of those Hot Spots!

Ready.. set.... GO!!
Your rooms will look neat when your flat surfaces are clear.

Happy flying.

PurpleDaisies Tue 28-Feb-17 22:21:05

Thanks for this toostressy. I'm very much looking forward to a new month and tidying the house into submission. smile

TooStressyForMyOwnGood Tue 28-Feb-17 22:47:50

Me too Purple smile.

TooStressyForMyOwnGood Tue 28-Feb-17 22:49:25

Doh just realised I forgot to delete the bit in my OP about it being my first time running the thread. Can't really use that excuse anymore grin.

PurpleDaisies Tue 28-Feb-17 22:50:01

grin you did a great job!

foxessocks Tue 28-Feb-17 23:29:19

Thanks toostressy!

CotswoldStrife Tue 28-Feb-17 23:32:45

Woo hoo! Thanks for leading the thread in February Stressy, it was fabulous! Looking forward to March!

Cagliostro Tue 28-Feb-17 23:34:21

Hi Stressy can't believe it's March already. You did a fabulous February thread! Thanks for stepping in for another month. thanks star

I have ended the month in a rather unproductive manner. Nothing new there then!

Stilllivinginazoo Wed 01-Mar-17 06:27:53

Checking in for march!
Great leadership toostressy thanksflowers

grinat submission of mess
I need learn how to fight cos mine isn't so subservient!!

<puts tea urn out and croissants on shiny new thread worktop>

I need get butt in gear
Lil zoo doing dance class at school at 8,so we all need be out door by 740(gulp)

Afreshstartplease Wed 01-Mar-17 06:43:21

Happy March !

Ty for the new thread

I think I might try harder to actually follow fly lady this month

PurpleDaisies Wed 01-Mar-17 08:54:17

So far I've managed to get up and dressed...

I've got a couple of gym classes booked (making the most of it before work starts), a dress to return, forms to drop off at school, and crochet to do.

I'm also going to follow the flylady plan more closely and see how that goes.

<waves to everyone on the lovely shiny new thread>

PurpleDaisies Wed 01-Mar-17 08:54:58

Forgot, Gwyl Dewi Sant! daffodil

Stilllivinginazoo Wed 01-Mar-17 09:11:40

Zoolets informed me as you ts st Davids,happy st David's day is dith gwelyd dewi hapis,but as I wasn't in Sunday school with them they could have just got me to tell you all I look like a hamster!confusedgrin

Fed cats
Wash on
Pack ups made
Zoolets fed and watered

Dash round like loon to be iyt door on time and 735(5 mins til leave) text came dance class cancelled
Lil zoo was crushedsadas we were near ready I went shops for bread milk and bananas that I forgot yesterday before drop them

Got in to a text(phone was charging) remind me I making salt play dough fir mums n tots tomorrow and instructions.realise no food coloring so out again for that(sigh)

Now in and ready fir some breakfast before I do anything else

On tenterhooks waiting fir ds secondary place to be confirmed (crosses fingers,legs and eyes)

TooStressyForMyOwnGood Wed 01-Mar-17 10:07:18

Hello all, at work, will be back on later.

foxessocks Wed 01-Mar-17 11:17:48

Ta das
Dishwasher emptied and back on
Rubbish out to bins
Quick tidy up

I'm now in soft play hell. There is a woman on the sofa next to me reading a book and drinking tea. How is this possible? My dd is not shy but she wants me to play too and she has such short legs she gets stuck halfway up quite often. At what point will I be allowed to sit and read a book here??!

I need to reread what the mission is today as already forgotten but will try and do it today as failed yesterday and didn't do the decluttering either oops. House is a bit of a mess tbh.

foxessocks Wed 01-Mar-17 11:18:44

Btw I'm on mumsnet purely because my lovely friend has taken over for five minutes! If I was here by myself I'd have no chance!

foxessocks Wed 01-Mar-17 11:19:28

Fingers crossedzoo for the school place

Afreshstartplease Wed 01-Mar-17 12:29:12

Ta Da-

Front porch
Coats and bags decluttered
Bags cleaned out
Shoe basket decluttered
Skirting boards wiped

Don't have one!

Dining room
Don't have one of these either but will do the table end of my kitchen

Dry washing away
One load washed and now in dryer
Washer reloaded
Worktops clear
Breakfast pots washed
Bin emptied
School run etc done

Afreshstartplease Wed 01-Mar-17 12:30:28

God dammit!

Why did I imagine hallway was on today's list

Sulking now

PurpleDaisies Wed 01-Mar-17 17:20:56

How's everyone got on? I've had a productive day with some nice bits and I'm having a small rest and a brew before dinner. We're doing pancakes because we were both too tired yesterday!

I did the mission and the porch, hallway (I'm definitely counting mine as part of this zone afreshstart so you should carry on feeling smug!) and dining room mission and they look great. I currently have the pile of clutter in front of me so that needs sorting and putting away. I've bought some daffs for St David's day.

Ta da's
Gym (ouch already)
Dropped forms off
Mini shop
Lovely lunch and newspaper reading time (we'll gloss over the fact the crochet I was going to do was on the dining room table)
Removed porch, hall and dining room clutter

To do
Rehome clutter
One more form!

mermaidsandunicorns Wed 01-Mar-17 18:02:31

Checking in for march busy busy day didn't get much done and the dc's jumped in every single puddle on the walk home from school so mud everywhere arrgh

Cagliostro Wed 01-Mar-17 19:18:31

Well I'm sure you look like a very beautiful hamster zoo 😂 Poor lil Zoo though, how disappointing sad

Hope everyone waiting for secondary places has got the place they need!

I count the hallway for this zone because we don't have a porch grin or much of a hallway TBH it's tiny.

Nice day here - DSS' birthday so he was round for lunch cake and games! Lots of laundry sorted (not put away yet though!) bit of tidying in between resting, trying to get the place less horrible! Another lesson at 8 so earning my keep today. grin Did some project stuff with the Caglets as well.

Cagliostro Wed 01-Mar-17 19:18:50

Have to confess the tidying has involved some stash and dashing though 😳😳😳

TooStressyForMyOwnGood Wed 01-Mar-17 19:58:36

Hello all, thanks for the nice comments about the thread 😊. Happy St David's day!

Ta da:-
Both DDs in bed
DH cooking tea

To do:-
Put away clean laundry and put on more
5 min declutter
Evening routine
Before bed routine
Sort out world book day costume for DD2
Lay out homework that DD1 needs to do tomorrow morning
Some thank you letters from DD2

Look through a presentation - I have an interview on a Friday for some freelance work. It's apparently informal but judging by the presentation I have to give, practical skill and the fact there is then an interview I do not believe informal for a second!

Really hoping to sit down at some point and watch telly.

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