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Gather ye dusters (fledglings) while ye May, for soon we shall be Flying ... !

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Slurrycart Fri 28-Apr-17 09:36:26

Welcome to the May 2017 fledgling Fly thread!

Feel free to park your mops and buckets here from the 1st of the month!

This is where we attempt to declutter our homes and follow the 30-step wisdom of Flylady (minus cutesy barftastic language and a surfeit of e-mails) with lots of chat and support and mutual motivation (and wine of course) along the way.

More info available here, here here and here.

As usual we will be following a three-pronged approach - and don't worry - we are all at different stages. (Some of us are still stuck at the decluttering stage after quite a few years blush):

1 - repeat or start baby steps (again!)

2 - repeat baby steps + do 15 mins a day decluttering in the current zone


3 - reinforce babysteps and/or do daily missions
And those of you who have decluttered and are really enthusiastic can throw some detailed cleaning in to the mix as well!

The idea is that we focus on short, ring-fenced, daily bursts of activity (steps and routines) that will help our homes run (more or less!) on "automatic pilot" allowing us to do far more interesting things instead!

This is a very long-running thread so we may appear cliquey but we really aren't! All newcomers, long-termers, lurkers and intermittent returnees welcome!

Helpful pointers: No perfectionism allowed! If it took a while to create the current C.H.A.O.S. (can't have anyone over syndrome) in your home, then it will probably take a while to reverse the situation (you can't clean clutter!). Small steps are the key! And you are never behind: just jump in where you are at!

Any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

Good luck!

Rosabellajames Fri 28-Apr-17 16:45:32

May I join you please? I've been looking on the April thread, but I have no clue how it works. I'm a busy mum of 3, my youngest decided to arrive early smack bang in the middle of a kitchen refit and is a true Velcro baby. My home is now chaos rather than the organised chaos that I like it to be. I only get maybe 5-10 minute windows of opportunity to scoot around - it'd be nice to have a bit of focus back rather than wandering round in a state of panic, only to never actually achieve anything grin

Wh0Kn0wsWhereTheTimeGoes Fri 28-Apr-17 16:50:07

Well, I have lurked through April and not posted but I am still trying to Fly, so, thank you SC and also Cotswold for last month.

Slurrycart Fri 28-Apr-17 19:38:06

Of course you may Rosabella! A warm welcome to you! Sounds as though you have a lot on your plate atm. Congrats on your new baby - enough to cope with by itself - never mind building work too!

Suggest you take a look at here and ignore the cutesy language (the underlying principles of the system are sound). Have a look at the baby-steps (yuck, hate that phrase too) and perhaps have a look around the site, and the launch pad.

Each day (or the night before) the thread leader (which will be me in May) will let you know which zone of the house we are in currently and then will post the baby-step, and the mission for that day. You might like to start with just familiarising yourself with baby-steps, or perhaps do a mission per day. The important thing to remember though is you can't clean clutter - so doing 15 mins decluttering in the current zone is also a good strategy - adapt the system to suit yourself and your indiv home though. Good luck!

Whey hey Whoknows there you are! Great to see you! smile

Slurrycart Sun 30-Apr-17 12:45:47

Right everyone, it's wagons roll again for the month ahead. (Hope this works from the depths of the countryside! Haven't had time to test it properly as yet!)

First though, most importantly, huge thanks and cake flowers gin to Cotswold for judicious, efficient, encouraging, and altogether fab thread leading throughout April cake flowers gin. (Particularly good of you Cotswold having done it so recently too!)

The links for tomorrow, 1 May 2017, are as follows:


The summary for Monday 1st May (available on the Flylady website here under "Today" and via the flight plan, which should update daily, can be found here ).

Newcomers: you may find these Flying lessons helpful. Also read the instructions for getting started! and how the weekly zones are organised here.

Baby-step no 1 for Monday May 1st is here. (Read and scroll down.) Shine your sink!

We will be working in Zone 1 this week (April 30 - May 6): : The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room here.

Spend 15 mins decluttering in the current zone.

When you have finished decluttering, the detailed cleaning list (if you are at that stage) for Zone 1 is here.

Monday's mission is here. Spend 10 mins in Zone 1 gathering up stuff (jackets, shoes, papers, junk) that not be there and either chucking it away or returning it to where it belongs.

The daily focus for Monday is the weekly home blessing hour or "home bleugh" as we call it. 10 mins spent on each of seven essential tasks. (Newcomers: some fledglings find it more convenient to spread these tasks out during the week. And many of us find that each task takes longer than 10 mins!)

The monthly habit for May is moving in May!! A good one that I intend to try and follow!

Daily reminders (which should also update automatically) are here.

Good luck fledglings - wishing everyone a productive Flying month - small steps at a time!


Enjoy your May Day holiday everyone!

Slurrycart Sun 30-Apr-17 12:53:42

NB Newcomers: I've managed to make the first lot of links look a lot more complicated than they are in reality!

Cagliostro Sun 30-Apr-17 13:05:27

Hello! Thanks for new thread and to Cotswold for April!

I'm signing in, not even pretending I'm going to get any Flying done for the moment 😂😳

Slurrycart Sun 30-Apr-17 13:15:11

Yay, hullo Cag! You have enough on your plate atm flowers cake [footstool] [fleecy throw]

Rosabellajames Sun 30-Apr-17 14:15:12

Ok, I think I understand how it works although I'm guessing it'll take a while to get into new habits. Can I ask what a swish and swipe is and you're ta dah please grin

Slurrycart Sun 30-Apr-17 15:19:22

Hi Rosabella

Swish and swipe is baby-step number 24 and the habit for July here. Further explanation here (scroll down). It's just a quick way of keeping on top of the bathroom and having all tools to hand.

Slurrycart Sun 30-Apr-17 15:20:41

Oh sorry, yes, "ta da" lists are just our way of listing what we have accomplished that day (in declamatory fashion ie "ta dah!") as opposed to "to do" lists which are self-explanatory!

Rosabellajames Sun 30-Apr-17 16:12:01

I see!! Makes sense haha thankyou

foxessocks Sun 30-Apr-17 16:13:03

Hi all! Just marking my place on the new thread. And also not sure which thread to post my usual stuff on so I'm plonking it here sorry...

Ta das for today
Daily routine
Dinner started
Dh and dd washed the car and did some gardening
20 minutes exercise

Want to do so.e ironing before the end of today but we'll see how it goes...

Sorry for positing this April stuff on May!!

Afreshstartplease Sun 30-Apr-17 16:36:19

Place marking!

MercuryRising Sun 30-Apr-17 18:28:25

I am going to have yet another go. I can't be any worse at flying in May tgan I was in April hmm

Stilllivinginazoo Sun 30-Apr-17 20:14:19

Place marking.
<puts kettle on forbrewas shiny new thread notes clear work surface --kettle pile will appear in days ahead--grin>
<waves to seasoned flyers and hello to Rosa congrats on new bambino

Afreshstartplease Sun 30-Apr-17 21:18:26

I may celebrate the new thread by sorting my kettle pile!

How old are your DC Rosa?

TooStressyForMyOwnGood Sun 30-Apr-17 22:26:09

Just checking in to say thank you for a brilliant April thread Cotswold smile. Banks for starting the May one SC. I'm happy to repay the favour and do the odd night of links if it helps if you struggle with wifi etc. at any point. Welcome Isabella smile.

CotswoldStrife Sun 30-Apr-17 23:04:53

Also place marking and welcoming Rosabella. May - bring it on. It starts with?!

CotswoldStrife Sun 30-Apr-17 23:06:23

That originally said 'It starts with a holiday, how good is that?!' but the last line seems to have disappeared. So it looks like May will be as successful as April for me weeps with laughter and slurps more wine grin wine grin

mermaidsandunicorns Sun 30-Apr-17 23:32:30

Placemarking x

Rosabellajames Mon 01-May-17 06:26:36

Morning! I have a dd aged 10, my ds has just turned 6 and my velcro insomniac baby dd has just turned 11 months. The kitchen still isn't finished or the living and dining room which we decided to decorate at the same time ??!!! Oh was doing so well with it, however because baby dd needs so much reassurance, his main priority is to give me a hand when he's home so I can get the chores done. We're not home very often though because of dance, swimming, singing, drama, football training, football matches, get the picture. I'm getting back on top of the home slowly (although some things are still boxed up) but it would be nice to have a bit of a routine again and just for someone to tell me what to do, baby dd is still up every 2-3 hours at night so sleep deprivation has turned my brain to mash potato.

We're up for the day, I'm going to have a cuppa and get my head around the tasks of today. Looking forward to a month of flying with you!

Stilllivinginazoo Mon 01-May-17 06:48:57

<offers Rosa anotherbrew>
My youngest(known as lil zoo) is 9,gets up at 5am everyday still.can I qualify for mash potato brain?!

Fed cat
Bleach lav
Wash on
Straightened front room
Empty bathroom bin
Empty kitchen bin
Recycling to kerb
Room check for ds-sorted
Room.check dd's-sorted(dd2 slept on sofa (has slept through me tidying up)

To do
Wash kitchen floor
Wash Dcs floors and polish
Hall,stair n landing

Lil zoo and ds baying for breakfast,so best get them fed and watered!!
<cheery wingflaps to all>

Slurrycart Mon 01-May-17 07:24:22

Hello, lovely to see everyone

DD and I are off in the rain to help our neighbour move some sheep. Then need to clean and pack up.

"See" you all later! Have a good day!

Afreshstartplease Mon 01-May-17 07:44:46

Morning all

Rosa sympathies for the lack of sleep! DC4 (6 Months) seems to now perminantly wake up every night after having slept through for a couple of months. Gutted.

We are generally up for the day around 6am

I think I too own mash potato brain

We are moving house in the next two months after doing a full refurb, I just know the mess I have now is going to get ten times worse

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