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Spanking new Flybaby "nursery" thread - learn how to Fly for the month of September only

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Countingthegreyhairs Mon 31-Aug-09 13:42:13

Hello. Does anyone want to join/re-join us for a mutual "kick-up-the-bum" motivational thread starting tomorrow 1st September?

[Then we can join the main Flying threads thereafter if we want to.)

We did the same throughout August st-only

and it has really helped but being confirmed slatterns extreme cases we feel the need to repeat the exercise throughout September too. We need to declutter, organise, tidy and clean and generally get our lives under control.

All newcomers welcome!

positiveattitudeonly Mon 31-Aug-09 14:09:22

Hi found you!!! grin

AvadaKedavra Mon 31-Aug-09 14:11:13

I often wonder what your flying threads are about, I can glean it's somekind of de-cluttering/get off your arse type thing but am none the wiser really blush

explain please!

walkthedinosaur Mon 31-Aug-09 14:12:36

Is it do-able if you work full time? I do need some kind of motivation - although I dusted the TV screen today - apparently the kids couldn't see anything grin

Countingthegreyhairs Mon 31-Aug-09 16:06:00

Yo PA!

Hi Ava and *Walkthe D*

In a nutshell it is a system of household organisation and cleaning that encourages you in to the habit of tackling things little and often so you put minimum but focused efforts in to the areas that matter most.

There are 31 baby-steps (yuck - hate that phrase) which are quite simple and the routines can be completed in 10 mins at either end of the day so no problem keeping up at weekends or while working full time.

I find the Flylady website off-puttingly folksy/perky but the underlying strategy is very sound and very sensible. If you subscribe to the site they send you 10 emails a day so I will be just linking to the baby-steps here every day.

The main Flylady principles are:

Keep your kitchen sink clean and shiny and clutter-free.

Go to bed early at night and get up early and dress straightaway every morning, including lace-up shoes.

Do a few key things every night and every morning to make your day go smoother (ie lay out clothes, identify tasks for next day etc etc - this is covered in baby steps)

Cut down on screen-time no comment!!

Do one job at a time and clear up afterwards.

Don't take on a mammoth clearing task - take small bites - nothing more than one hour's worth.

Do something that you enjoy every day.

Work quickly and in a focused way (I find a timer helps once I can actually get down to it - 15 min chunks.)

Here's the website

Suggest you take a look at Flying Lessons to get a feel of it

Countingthegreyhairs Mon 31-Aug-09 16:07:18

PS Getting up off one's arse (as I should now grin) is a very good start grin

Countingthegreyhairs Mon 31-Aug-09 16:10:44

This will give you a flavour of it too:

SausageRocket Mon 31-Aug-09 16:24:06

what the cock has wearing lace up shoes got to do with the price of fish ?

tibni Mon 31-Aug-09 16:45:23

Hello i'm back smile

I don't do the shoes thing and as we are about to have a puppy there will be a strict "no shoes" policy until after he is fully vacinated. I believe the idea of shoes is to treat the housework as if you are doing a job rather then being casual and unorganised as I tend to be blush (but I could be wrong).

I follow the general ethos of fly but not always the detail and it has improved my home.

I too will be meal planning and getting back to exercise. School holidays are always less organised.

AvadaKedavra Mon 31-Aug-09 17:58:56

grin at the shoes.

ok am willing to give it a bash, I work from home but haven't got a clean and tidy house blush although I can get certain cleaning tasks done during the course of the day as the need arises (washing up, hoovering, mopping). I find that by the end of the day the last thing I want to do is a huge cleanup so it gets left till i have no choice other than spending two hours on it.

I'd love to find a system of organising myself and those "bite-size chunks" sound doable.

reallywoundup Mon 31-Aug-09 18:04:39

i'm in! am a confirmed slattern- my mother in law wipes her feet on the way OUT of the house blush

KembleTwins Mon 31-Aug-09 18:07:59

Ooo, can I join? I feel I ought, really. My house is a state, and I have no excuse as I'm a SAHM whose kids are at nursery 3 mornings a week...

KembleTwins Mon 31-Aug-09 18:08:23

Haven't got any lace-up shoes, though. Is that an excuse for shopping???

earlyonemorning Mon 31-Aug-09 18:25:12

Please can I join in? I'm a very lapsed Flybaby - started in 2003 when DS2 was tiny, stopped in 2005 when we moved, never really got going again..... 'New' house is somehow much more difficult to keep clean and I end up doing it at 11.30 at night because I can't bear to face it in the morning.

So I think I need Flylady, but the emails (particularly the need to sell me tat at every opportunity) are driving me nuts.

Roll on 1 September.... grin

BennyAndJoon Mon 31-Aug-09 18:42:07

<<lurks and thinks about it>>

floaty Mon 31-Aug-09 18:43:57

Wondering whether I should join,Ineed to do something but frightened I won't be able to keep up, and then will feel even more of a mess!

floaty Mon 31-Aug-09 18:45:46

OK,having read the thread I will give it a go....ooow feeling anxious already!

I am a lapsed Flybaby too, twiceblush.

I will join you tomorrow, I have to get a grip on the house.

Thanks for the thread, point me in the right direction for the am please, will it be here or a new thread?

IrishDraught Mon 31-Aug-09 18:46:38

Oh great! I did this a few years back but stopping going on the threads and lapsed abit, though alot of the main bits stuck. I will go out tomorrow and stock up on sink cleaning gear grin Definatly count me in !

petitmaman Mon 31-Aug-09 18:54:32

think i shou ld be in really. the problem being that if i come on here every day to check the thread i will have to check every other thread too and waste a lot of time! worth a try though.

nannynick Mon 31-Aug-09 19:03:55

I'm a lapsed Flyboy wink - You've just reminded me that I must clean my sink... it's got the veg steamer stacked on it!

My place is tiny and it's constantly a tip... I really must make more of an effort, as small places do get cluttered so quickly. So it will be handy to have someone keeping on nagging reminding me.

AvadaKedavra Mon 31-Aug-09 19:23:02

I'm going to make sure my sink is shiny before I go to bed :D

Countingthegreyhairs Mon 31-Aug-09 19:44:59

Crikey, only went away to stuff myself with pasta eat dinner - what an amazing number of responses, welcome everyone - Flynewbies, newly-launched, lapsed, semi-lapsed, or semi-collapsed (I include myself in the latter category)

[Appraising glance at BennyandJoon - wonders whether a softly softly approach best or whether to try something a little more, well, persuasive]

Lovely to have you all - but please fledglings- may I call for calm - absolutely no trepidation/angst/guilt/or even shoe-lace tying allowed here [stares hard at Sausage Rocket] ....

Yes, PetitMaman, it's a wonderful excuse to Mmsnet daily pitfall but now you've high-lighted it, if any of us see you on any other threads we can always gently re-direct you back to this one grin.

Here's the first step for tomorrow, Tuesday 1st September

Good luck everyone!

Countingthegreyhairs Mon 31-Aug-09 19:52:56

scroll down for official explanation re: shoe-wearing

but we are not devout here so you can take it or leave it

MissisBoot Mon 31-Aug-09 19:53:26

I'm going to give this ago again - failed miserably blush

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