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Lost the plot with clutter? Want sparkle(r)s in your sink? Come Fly with flare on the November Fledgling thread!

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Sludgecolours Tue 31-Oct-17 15:14:29

If 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 and cake along the way.

This is where, from the first of the month (seriously, HOW is it November already?!), we follow – loosely – the rules of FlyLady [see website here ]. (Pls ignore the barftastic language, and we suggest NOT signing up to the emails as there are rather a lot of them. All the info you need will be posted here on a daily basis.)

Helpful info on getting started here!.

We adopt a three-pronged approach:

-start or repeat baby steps

- repeat baby steps + do 15 mins a day decluttering in the current zone or area (yes, just 15 mins focused work a day makes a difference!)


- 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.]

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 not only welcome to join in but positively encouraged to do so!

Another NB
Start where you are. There is no need to worry about being perfect – perfectionism = paralysis! There is no such thing as ‘falling behind’ with FlyLady, if you miss anything, just move on and continue as normal the next day.

Any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

Good luck!

Cagliostro Tue 31-Oct-17 15:45:46

Thank you so much sc and thank you to cotswold for a fabulous October thread!

Stilllivinginazoo Tue 31-Oct-17 16:47:00

Signin in
<drags rocking chair into naughty corner for cag and cagletini>

Thanks lead us thru october cotswold
Cheers shiny new thread sc(will you be returning to that moniker?)

HillsBesideTheSea Tue 31-Oct-17 17:29:07


Ds has gone out. No fricking idea when he is due back because I was at work when he want. He is half there with regards to parental expectations on teens hmm aka he has his phone, battery and credit. But it does mean I just can't curl up and put my pjs on yet thlsad

TaylorTinker Tue 31-Oct-17 17:32:12

I'm in. I'd joined a declutter a thing a day but I need to brush up on daily and weekly habits and pass it on to the rest of the family too.

lizziesnips Tue 31-Oct-17 17:46:25

I'm joining in too, Would love to have a lovely clean peaceful and tidier home for Christmas,
I've followed Flylady before very successfully when I was a SAHM with 6 children, but as a working mum with teenagers, my house is now messier than ever.

Sludgecolours Tue 31-Oct-17 17:58:36

A warm welcome to lizziesnips and TaylorTinker!

And to all you other reprobates already signed in thlgrin thlwink

I'm sure he'll turn up just as soon as hunger kicks in Hills!

Aye Zoo sticking with SC (sorry for all the confusing ncs though)

Waves to Cag!

lizziesnips Tue 31-Oct-17 18:01:15

Just going to have a wee read at the October thread,

Sludgecolours Tue 31-Oct-17 18:02:50

Hope you are not put off by all the nattering Lizzie (I am one of the worst culprits.)

IveGotBillsTheyreMultiplying Tue 31-Oct-17 18:05:12

I’m in. I used to listen to flylady podcasts years ago when she had just started to keep me sane when the dcs were young. People used to be phoning in from Utah and so on with 7 dcs drowning in domestic drudgery and I felt better that I only had 4 dcs.grin

I never heard mention of Uk people so it’s great it’s spread to mumsnet!

Anyway, I am still a terrible procrastinator so will use this thread for a kick up the ass.

Sludgecolours Tue 31-Oct-17 18:08:19

A warm welcome to the thread I'veGotBills from a fellow master procrastinator grin!

AuroraNinjaMama Tue 31-Oct-17 18:10:12

<nervous> my house is clutteredblush

Sludgecolours Tue 31-Oct-17 18:11:07

Don't be nervous Aurora - a warm welcome to you thlsmile

Sludgecolours Tue 31-Oct-17 18:15:18

[So is mine btw]

AuroraNinjaMama Tue 31-Oct-17 18:17:37

Thank you Sludge
I'm also nervous because I know its too cluttered thlgrin

Sludgecolours Tue 31-Oct-17 18:21:17

Slow, small steps is the way Aurora (as evidenced by many on this thread). (Even my house is better than it used to be and that's saying something!) If your house has been cluttered for a while, it may take a while to sort. But as long as you carry out some short, sharp focused bursts of activity (even 15 mins a day makes a difference) targetting the clutter consistently every day, you will be amazed at the result! Any qs, don't hesitate to ask! Good luck!

AuroraNinjaMama Tue 31-Oct-17 18:21:49

I've just been trick or treated by my own daughter with her friendsthlshockthlgrin

AuroraNinjaMama Tue 31-Oct-17 18:23:06

Thank you

HillsBesideTheSea Tue 31-Oct-17 19:03:59

Indeed SC grin although it does depend what his haul is like from trick or treating. Plus he will be hoping i will forget about his antibiotics he is supposed to be having, he has been good at distraction for the last few days. hmm I predict a teen knows best mum is a pest type conversation.

flying - nope, none, nada. Nothing to see here, move along please... <curls up in naughty corner with fluffy blankies, hot water bottles, strong pain killers and ice packs>

HillsBesideTheSea Tue 31-Oct-17 19:21:01

Or apparently not. I have been summonsed to collect him from his friend's house. On a plus note not long til comfy pjs thlgrin

BzyB Tue 31-Oct-17 20:11:09

A returning non-completer! I have both the sink reflections and body clutter book (both unread, because I've felt too busy dealing with my clutter!) have been in the mailing list, I've listened to the podcasts.... I think it's all a fab idea but I keep getting caught up in the perfectionism!
I've done a major declutter and feel ready to start again tomorrow. smile
I've promised myself a month of crafts - I've been putting those on hold too! - and will be trying to sell a few toys to take advantage of Christmas being close. For both of these a routine where I feel I can say "I'm done cleaning/decluttering for the day" is invaluable. Otherwise I'm feeling constant guilt!

MercuryRising Tue 31-Oct-17 20:41:19

I'm in! Happy Halloween fledglings thlsmile I want to use November to get back on top of the house ready for Christmas.

Cagliostro Tue 31-Oct-17 20:48:40

Welcome bzy and mercury!

Sludgecolours Tue 31-Oct-17 22:19:30

[Dodges bats and spiders] Good spooky evening all! Actually, all Halloween activities conspicuously absent here this year - half term - so most dc away! Hope those of you who were out and about had fun though! thlsmile

We are all shattered again and just about managed to stay awake to watch the GBBO final. [Don't worry - I won't "do a Pru" and reveal the winner by mistake thus spoiling it for those watching on catch-up, like I did one fateful year on here blush ]. Suffice to say I thought to produce what they did in the first round in so little time and with such professionalism, was pretty impressive wink.

Hope you won the battle of the antibiotics Hills and that you are tucked in to those fluffy pjs by now!

Lovely to see you again Mercury (same here btw re prepping house for November (as ever need to do paperwork decluttering too!)!)

A warm welcome to Bzyb! Sounds as though you have made a good start with the decluttering! I know what you mean about the perfectionism/guilt. It's a vicious cycle sometimes! I used to not allow myself to do anything creative because I hadn't done the chores - then I didn't do the chores either - ending in stalemate confused. Find it best to ring fence blocks of time for creative tasks (for me, Tues pm, but I know that I am v fortunate to be able to do that) and I always feel better for it and more inclined to do tedious cleaning tasks afterwards!

Big waves to everyone who has joined this thread today and to Cotswold Longtime Honu Foxes Toostressy Afreshstart and everyone else I have missed!

Links for tomorrow coming up!

Sludgecolours Tue 31-Oct-17 22:21:15

thlsmile thlsmile thlsmile

First, huge thanks to Cotswold for running the thread in October!
flowers cake and gin! You did a great job and it's much appreciated!

Secondly, even more humungous thanks go to Cotswold who has (terribly kindly) volunteered to take on the latter half of this month's thread too (owing to my current hosp visits etc). So mahoosive thanks again flowers more cake and yet more gin!!

thlsmile thlsmile thlsmile


OK fledglings - here we go again - can it really be November tomorrow [gulp] [wibble]?

The summary for Wednesday 1st November is available on the Flylady website here under "Today" and via the flight plan which should update itself automatically on a daily basis.

Baby-step no. 1 for Wed 1st Nov is here! Shine your sink!

We are starting again in Zone 1 on Wednesday: here.

Spend 15 mins decluttering the current zone.

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

Wednesday's mission is here. Clear up your Halloween decorations while sweeping your porch and clearing cobwebs from front door etc!

The daily focus for Wed is anti-procrastination. Flylady says "This is a day that we take care of things we’ve been putting off."

The monthly habit for November is menu planning here!

Flykid's challenge: here (hopefully continually renewing itself).

Daily reminders (which should also update themselves automatically)

thlsmile thlsmile thlsmile
Have an enjoyably spooky evening everyone!
thlsmile thlsmile thlsmile


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