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Cherry waves hello to November 2019. Fledgling Flylady thread for all.[smile]

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Ghoulette1740 Wed 30-Oct-19 14:42:30

Welcome to the November Flylady thread Fledglings! All are welcome here. A few of us have been around a while but everyone, newbie and lurking, is welcome to join in.

This is my first time running the thread so I hope other fledglings will alert me when I’ve got things confused or if I’ve left something out!! A busy month for us all with the holiday season looming next month…

Very simply Flylady is a zone-based cleaning system which we loosely follow. Everyone is different and has different rooms and life demands. There are five zones and at the beginning and the end of the month we usually straddle Zone 1 and zone 5.
(amend rooms to suit your house – I do the living and dining room together as it’s all one room in my house)
Zone 1 Hall, entrance/dining room (Fri 1 – Sat 2)
Zone 2 Kitchen (Sun 3- Sat 9)
Zone 3 Bathroom and another room (Sun 10- Sat 16)
Zone 4 Master bedroom/closet (Sun 17 – sat 23)
Zone 5 Living room (Sun 24 – Sat 30)

Pop onto the Flylady website to have a closer look but signing up for emails will probably lead to very many landing in your inbox. Also there has been some concern about securely downloading pdfs from the site. here

Flylady has an introductory scheme for newbies called Babysteps which is a light 31 day introduction to the system – dressing to shoes, shining your sink etc. What I like about Flylady is her emphasis on self care, her abhorrence of perfectionism and her adage that you’re never being behind in the system - just jump in. No need to completely clean your house before you start – phew! here

There is a morning routine and an evening routine to keep things ticking over and a weekly home cleaning hour to change bed sheets, mop, hoover, take out rubbish etc. The system isn’t brilliant for major decluttering so you might want to supplement with Kondo or another decluttering system. Flylady doesn’t want us cleaning all day so she is very keen on using a timer. Clean then stop!
In addition each day has a purpose: see the daily focus here

Monday: Weekly home cleaning hour (can be split into ten minute sections and spread over week) here
Tuesday: Plan and play (Menu planning, family event planning)
Wednesday: Anti-procrastination day
Thursday: Errand day
Friday: Clear out bags, fill car with petrol, date night
Saturday: Family fun
Sunday: Lift your spirit

Launch pad for guidance every day! launch pad

Habit of the month of November is meal planning. This is my Achilles heel! here

We have a lovely virtual naughty corner where we can all retreat – there are all manner of lovely things left there by thread members including fluffy pillows, warm blankets, tea, coffee, wine, delicious foods. This month there are plenty of candles to brighten the darker days.
There may be mention of Ned who started life as an autocorrection on the thread but who has now morphed into a virtual helper with a specialism in putting away laundry. Ned is borrowed by thread members from time to time when the going gets tough on Mount Washmore.
Most days we pop on to post our ta da list of what we’ve managed to do and have a bit of a natter.

Stilllivinginazoo Sun 10-Nov-19 14:12:30

Beautiful pic SC
Mercury don't apologise,just do what you can or hang out and waste time chatting here like I do
Morning shopping as DP here with car,got pop sainsbo, farmfoods and Aldi
Picked up poppy's for the girls for school(black lace bracelets with silver circles with poppy on) and D's like the plastic poppy's you can attach to bags/ mine too
Back and quick lunch for D's,he's at brick church now
I need get shop put away,then collect him after an hour- in time he will stay the full two hours,but didn't want to overwhelm him too soon and put him off!
Hope everyone's having a good weekend

LivingInLaputa Sun 10-Nov-19 17:25:12

It was a challenge called Inktober rather than a book smile

So you just have a word and then draw what it makes you think of. Being brave and attaching three of my faves from the month!

I do like the idea of a book though, do you remember what the drawing was called?

I’ve now been set a homework task for therapy that involves some drawing so that’s my current focus although I also have another prompt list I might use. I’ve not drawn properly in over a week and I don’t want to end up stopping again.

Started meds this morning. Side effects annoying but bearable!

foxessocks Sun 10-Nov-19 18:33:04

Laputa they're really good smile I wish I was artistic!

We've had a nice day at the in laws for lunch, I did a bit of work too and dh did some more DIY stuff. Not a lot of housework just laundry really. Which never ends!

Feeling a bit fed up this evening though, not sure if it's back to school and work blues or just generally feeling a bit run down at the moment. The dc are upstairs bickering which isn't helping! And I have had a slightly grumpy message exchange with my brother, I wanted us to arrange a visit but they're always too busy. I never used to have any issues with my family, I know I'm lucky there, but these days I've been wondering whether we are as close as I thought 🤔

Anyway enough grumbling, on a happier note our very close friends had their baby today 😊

TooStressyTooMessy Sun 10-Nov-19 18:55:26

Oh how annoying re electrics SC.

Great pictures Laputa!

Big wing flaps for everyone else.

Busy day today as both DDs paraded (DD1 for Brownies and DD2 for Rainbows) then we had hot chocolate then met old friends for a play. Not long got back and now trying to get bedtime, homework etc sorted.

TooStressyTooMessy Sun 10-Nov-19 18:55:53

foxes flowers

Times10 Sun 10-Nov-19 19:48:22

We also had a parade this afternoon, and as we had a late lunch we had to leave in a hurry, leaving the kitchen and table really messy. I did a bit of advert cleaning this evening, so dishwasher is on, table is almost clear, and I did a quick mop in the living room.

KTCluck Sun 10-Nov-19 19:49:47

Laputa your drawings are fab!

Sorry you’re feeling a bit down foxes. Sounds like you need to get to it feet up for the rest of the night.

Bower you’re inspiring me to attempt a Christmas cake. I’ve never made one although I’ve fancied giving it a try for the last few years. I have a hand written recipe book from the lady who lived in our house before us. She started it in the 1930’s! I’d love to make hers but haven’t managed to decipher the recipe yet.

SC I love a good moody sky.

Mercury I hate the influx of toys that just one child brings. I can’t imagine it with 4! I need to declutter DD’s room before Christmas but it’s the only area I struggle with. I’m ruthless with my own things and DH’s but she’s still a bit young to decide for herself and I’d feel awful getting rid of things that others have given her that she might miss. I’m going to have to brave it.

Not much flying done today, but we are organised for the week ahead and the house is reasonably tidy so I’ll take that as a win. Bedding washed, uniforms ironed, bags packed, clean clothes put away. We’ve had a lovely relaxing day otherwise. Visited family, and we were very lazy and got a Sunday lunch delivered from the local pub blush

Stilllivinginazoo Sun 10-Nov-19 19:52:21

<passes foxes 🍫>
Hope you get a quiet evening relaxing and feel brighter tomorrow

Put some shopping away whilst D's at brick church,rest after collected him
2loads wash done(uniform/towels)
Meal prep some roast veg for dd2 lunchboxes(parsnip,peppers,courgettes and sweet potatoes)
Cooked pasta with red pesto,peas and cauli and sprinkled cheese little ones.lil zoo now crumpled up in pain<first attempt at hot meal in a week>sad
Mines almost ready (just wait dd2 get out shower)

Dd2 has requested a vegan week as her silent reflux/GERD is terrible(stress adds to it) and she's convinced her cheese addiction isn't helping.sges egg free veggie,so not huge not super confident if nutrition with vegan so I agreed one week and see if it helps alongside lots self care and relaxation.will be posting some her menus as a way to keep me motivated with it!!

Off to eat now,chill and watch TV with dd2

Hope everyone has a nice Sunday evening!

LivingInLaputa Sun 10-Nov-19 20:30:44

Aw foxes that’s a shame about the message. I think also run down-ness increases a lot this time of year sad not close enough to be excited about Christmas but cold and miserable and dark. I hate it.

Zoo well done I wouldn’t have the faintest clue where to start with vegan diet! It’s great she is having input into her health like that.

I’ve been so crap at keeping up sorry.

Pretty much finished Cagletini’s development quiz thing for her 2 year check tomorrow. I don’t have a quiet day after all! Dammit.

I just had an accidental sofa nap blush I think that means the meds wore off. grin

TooStressyTooMessy Sun 10-Nov-19 21:12:13

Aaaaggh I have so much to do to get ready for tomorrow. DD2 is crying as she does not want to give the class soft toy back - she has had it over the weekend sad, luckily DH is in with her now. I know that it is good they learn about giving things back and ‘loss’ I suppose over a soft toy which is harmless rather than over the truly difficult life stuff that involves loss but could really do with that not being tonight grin. I’m doing some extra work tomorrow (not clinical stuff, something else), am already nervous and now have to sort out a shedload of stuff. Ugh.

justgivemewine Sun 10-Nov-19 22:01:39

Briefly checking in so you all don’t disappear of my threads I’m on list.

It’s all gone a bit to pot here, but will try and get back on track tomorrow.

ChicCroissant Sun 10-Nov-19 22:37:32

I need to do some ironing and washing up and then drink wine

Always a fresh start available wine, don't worry about that.

Hope the handover goes well tomorrow, Stressy.

Exp1etiveDeLighted Sun 10-Nov-19 23:03:50

Sorry, I'm struggling to keep up with the thread, I have skimmed right through it, I love hearing all the chat.

We are the house of minor injuries at the moment, DD has a broken finger, DS took a wallop on the leg from a hockey ball yesterday, one of the cats hurt her leg a couple of weeks ago, the other has a skin problem. I have increased my hours at work so things have been quite hectic, it's going to take me a while to adjust. It has been a busy weekend of sport, Remembrance parade etc. I did get organise better for the latter this year, I got a bit caught short last year with how much preparation it takes to turn a normally scruffy Scout into a smart polished one - shoes polished, uniform ironed, woggle located (its only used for this and St George's Day), poppy attached etc.

I have a little respite tomorrow as I have a dental appointment at 9.45 so will get an extra hour at home before that (usually leave for work at 8.30). All laundry including ironing is done at least.

HungryHazelEyes Mon 11-Nov-19 03:18:36

Everybody's been so busy! I am trying to get things done around the house, just a learning curve as I just started a part-time job on top of the full-time job I'm already doing. I did manage to get ironing done yesterday. It was all hands on deck tonight after dinner and now the kitchen is nice and clean. Plan tonight is to clean the bath and then get in, hopefully with a glass of wine wine

Tidyhomewannabe Mon 11-Nov-19 06:56:22

Morning everyone brewbrew

I have 2 hours childfree this morning!! I'm hoping to get as many things checked off my list as possible and keeping up with you all - weekends get so busy with football & dancing I don't seem to get chance to check in on the thread

We went to ikea this weekend thos weekend and finally bought the boxes for the Kallax unit in the playroom, I was really good and didn't buy anything else from there grin usually ikea and b&m, you go in for 1 thing and come out with a dozen other bits!

Up, washed and dressed.
Dd1 is up and showered ,

I'm off to get the younger ones up .....then the crazy morning routine can begin. I will check in more with you all today and catch up on what's been happening grin

Stilllivinginazoo Mon 11-Nov-19 08:52:05

tidy my last trip IKEA was for "a few bits".I filled two of their bottomless blue bags grin

Tada(disclaimer,up at 5)
Cats fed
Bleach lav wash on
Windows wiped
Tiling and sills wipes
Surfaces wiped
Cupboard fronts wiped

Living room
Wipe surfaces
Clean mantle piece
Tidy bookcase
Sweep floor

Wake zoolets.
Make breakfasts
Make dd2 lunch( big handful spinach rocket and watercress top with roast pepper,parsnip,sweet potato and courgette.handful sugar snap peas<raw>snap small bits and destringed.bag roasted fava beans(salt and vinegar flavour) to sprinkle over.2rive cakes with cashew butter.small handful vegan chocolate buttons)

Clean windows and mirror
Wipe sill,radiator and bath panel
Clean tiling on shower
Clean cat food area
Littertray and bin emptied

DS dungeon
Windows done
Sill and surfaces wiped
Bed made
Washing sorted into piles
Swept floor
Clean up furball

Girls room of doom
Sort laundry bins
Make beds
Wipe visible surfaces
Sweep floor
Clean mirror that has been liberated so many times from my room I gave up

Hoover hall stairs and landing
Tidy remaining coats and shoes(girls had left by this point)

One load wash dry and put away,second in drier,third in machine

All bins in black bin ready for emptying today
Recycling put into big bin outside

To do

Not murder "d"p
More laundry
Poss wash floors
Meal plan
Sort recipes<ongoing>

Ghoulette1740 Mon 11-Nov-19 08:58:22

I'm very sorry I didn't get to upload the links last night blush. A work crisis landed on DH over the weekend - it's fine, he's dealt with it but my attention was elsewhere.

Onwards and upwards. Full day at work today, then to do list. Happy flying fledglings.

Ghoulette1740 Mon 11-Nov-19 08:59:26

Bathroom and another room this week grin

KTCluck Mon 11-Nov-19 09:36:08

Morning! I have an unexpected day off work with a poorly DD. She was a bit clingy when I set off this morning, then I was 10 mins down the road when DH rang to say she’d just thrown up all over him envy (not envy). I’m entitled to a few days carer’s leave while DH is only a few weeks into his new job and would have to take it unpaid, so I came back after briefly getting lost on country roads having taken the next random turn off from the motorway. She’s happy on the sofa at the minute but I’ve a feeling there’s more to come. No idea what we are going to do for childcare tomorrow as obviously she can’t go to nursery.

As it’s an unexpected day off I’m not going to feel guilty for having a lazy one with lots of cuddles.

Beds are made, breakfast stuff cleared up. Sicky stuff in washing machine, but not turned on yet as there’ll no doubt be more to add. Aiming to run the vacuum over downstairs as it’s a bit crumby, plus I’ll attempt today’s mission and 15 mins in the bathroom at some point.

tidy hope you manage 10 minutes with a cuppa in your child free time this morning.

Exp1etive hope the dentist goes ok.

Zoo you’re a flying machine this morning!

KTCluck Mon 11-Nov-19 09:38:36

Oh just looked at what the mission is today. That’s an easy one. I’m always well stocked up on bathroom supplies. I’ll not be adding anything to the shopping list, more likely a note reminding me what not to buy grin

QueenOfOversharing Mon 11-Nov-19 10:13:14

Hi. I'm very late to the party, but I'm struggling with my home & hope that joining in might help me get it under control, then keep it that way!

Feeling really overwhelmed right now - mental health really bad, so everything has slipped. I can do laundry & that seems to be it. The house is a big mess, and I made a list of things to do, then overthink it & ignore it.

I guess I start with the sink? I want to sort my bedroom too - I switched bedrooms with my 21 yo DS as he is so messy that I moved him into the small bedroom - but my clothes are still in vacuum bags. Ideally, I need a wardrobe as I couldn't move mine upstairs, but I need to manage with one chest of drawers & a clothes rail for now.

I've thought out a plan, and wonder if this sounds good? Empty out drawers. Put all clothes that are too small or summer things into vacuum bags. Wash things that need refresh. Hang things & put others into chest of drawers. Store vacuum bags under bed. Oh, before this clean the floor.

Laundry that is clean is all folded in the kitchen, but I just keep adding to it.

DS does certain things, but needs asking & reminding - takes bins & recycling out; empties / fills dishwasher; brings clothes through for laundry (there's only him & I at home, so I wash our stuff together, but he sometimes will put a wash on too).

ChicCroissant Mon 11-Nov-19 10:31:32

Morning, and welcome to Queen Enjoy the bonus cuddles, KT.

Have handwashed dancewear today, and eaten breakfast. I have had an idea to have some mugs printed as Christmas gifts from a local trader so have sorted some photos for that and will order those later.

Going to go out for a bit to a garden centre that has 20% off everything - used to get a lot of Christmas presents there years ago but it hasn't been so good recently. May go and look at the wool in Aldi but that might end badly for the yarn stash ....

Catch you later fledglings!

KTCluck Mon 11-Nov-19 11:08:47

Hi Queen that sounds like a good plan to me! I’m new to the thread too, although I’ve looked at flylady in the last. When I’m feeling overwhelmed and that things are getting out of control I find her tip of setting a timer works. 15 mins (or 5 if I’m really struggling) and it’s amazing what you can achieve in that time. Be proud of what you manage in that time and don’t worry about what’s left to do. You can have another go at it straight away if you’re motivated, or have a break and go at it again in a bit.

DD seems to be making a miraculous recovery and is engrossed in the TV. I’ve done my 15 mins in the bathroom (cleaned sink and loo, then toothbrush and bleach on the grout on around quarter of the floor). Might do another bit later. I also had a sudden burst of the decluttering bug and I’ve sorted two drawers in the dining room unit. Stationary and random lightbulbs / picture hooks / batteries etc. Wasn’t much to get rid of but they are nice and tidy.

QueenOfOversharing Mon 11-Nov-19 11:13:40

Thank you @KTCluck I'm going to have one more coffee, then get started... shower, dress, then attack the plan! Timer is a great idea. Thank you!

Tidyhomewannabe Mon 11-Nov-19 13:00:52

Welcome queen , I agree with kt, work to a timer if you're feeling overwhelmed. Start with your sink, then think about what had the most impact on your daily routine eg looking for clothes / underwear/ socks for everyone was mine, it was so stressful and took up quite a bit of time each day routing through clothes piles so I made that my starting point . 15 mins at a time . Try to loosely follow the daily routine as well, it'll help you organise the day to day stuff,
Kt sock bugs are awful, hope your little one feels better soon thanks

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