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The Fledglings' nests will be clean in 2013!

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superfluouscurves Mon 31-Dec-12 21:44:39

(With many thanks to Jdub for title inspiration!!)

If your house is a mess and 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 along the way.

This little-and-often system is designed so that you can follow a series of steps and routines each day (which gradually become second nature) in weekly designated zones of the house; defining and minimising housework - which in theory should leave you with more time to do other, more interesting things instead!

At the same time it is intended to reduce that panicky "rabbit in headlights" feeling when you are overwhelmed and everything needs doing all at once. No problem if you miss a day or two; just jump right back in and it will all come around next month again anyway!

We advise not signing up to receive the Flylady e-mails as you will be inundated (although some Fledglings find the compilation e-mails helpful)! All the information you need will be linked here on a daily basis.

From the first of the month, we will be following Flylady's steps and routines using a three-pronged approach (dependent on the stage everyone is at):

- start or repeat baby steps

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

- 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.]

More info here on getting started and Flying lessons. Here's the launch pad for more experienced fledglings. Don't be put off by the barf-tastic language of the site - the underlying system is sound (and you may discover a few of our subversions of the vocabulary along the way).

Huge thanks to Lauren for being our incredibly reliable and organised shining star in the East and leading us throughout the very busy month of December!!

Happy New Year Fledglings!!

All welcome!!

Jamillalliamilli Mon 31-Dec-12 22:01:43

Happy New Year! smile

thanks and wine for Lauren and more thanks and wine for SC.

superfluouscurves Mon 31-Dec-12 22:13:44

[Yes it's me SC btw]

Just snuck away from my visiting family to post first step of the year ...not that we intend to be up too late tonight ... am totally drunk shattered ...grin and dh has early flight in the morning.

Hope you are all having lovely evenings ...


OK inspirational fledglings (and any newcomers) here we go ...

Tomorrow's baby-step, no 1, for 1st January 2013 (whey-hey!!!!) is here! shining your sink.

If you are a beginner, this is how you do it.

Here are the January zones.

So tomorrow, until January 5th, we will be in Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room here

If you want to know more about zones in general, read here

If your Zone 1 is already decluttered, you can progress to detailed cleaning here

You can find tomorrow's daily mission and all the missions for this week here (scroll down) (15 mins spent eliminating fingerprints from windows and walls of dining room)

The daily focus for Tuesday is planning which couldn't be more appropriate for the first day of the year ...

The habit for January is (if it's the same as the previous two years) shining your sink more info here (scroll down) but personally, I think I may be concentrating a bit more on body clutter issues blush


If you are a newcomer, have a look around the Flylady site if you have any questions (or don't hesitate to ask here).

Hope that is not all too confusing!! Remember: you don't have to understand the whole system all at once at the start. Everything will become clear as you follow the baby-steps. The only thing you have to really remember for tomorrow is shining your sink, possibly doing 15 mins decluttering in the current zone and if you have already done that, the daily mission + errands.

Oh and btw, it is always good to remember that we are NOT aiming for perfection. We are just building up to doing the daily routines: small step by small step.

As usual, I've made it sound a lot more complicated than it really is!!

Here's to a productive new year everyone!

superfluouscurves Mon 31-Dec-12 22:14:09

Yay!! Justgettingonwithit wine thanks!!!!!

LadyDeidreWaggon Mon 31-Dec-12 22:38:47

So glad I found this thread !
Have been sort of following the Flylady for a year or so but must admit that the barf-inducing language kept putting me off. Now I can get with the programme without having to think about 'blessing my house' when all I really want to do is walk through it without shutting my eyes to avoid seeing the mess.
Count me in for 2013.
And Happy New Year to you all.

pootlebug Mon 31-Dec-12 22:55:00

I have looked at the Flylady site before but looked away again due to barf-inducing language and lack of enthusiasm for wearing shoes in the house. But I really need a system for keeping on top of house stuff.

Count me in if I'm allowed to do it in my slippers?

ComradeJing Mon 31-Dec-12 23:08:38

Happy new year!

I joined in half hartedly in December but had too much unpacking to do.

I still do really but the house is now tidy enough to keep clean so I'm starting!

Makingchanges Mon 31-Dec-12 23:11:05

I need to rejoin you sc after my spectacular fall off the flylady wagon this year.

NickNacks Mon 31-Dec-12 23:21:06

I've only bloody found you!!

I accidentally hid the December thread and couldn't find you for the last 10 days, I trust you all had lovely Christmases and happy new year for 40 minutes time.

I feel I've come home to you smile

MrsPennyapple Mon 31-Dec-12 23:24:56

I'm in! December was a bit half-hearted for me too, but I'm going to get properly stuck in in January.

Jamillalliamilli Tue 01-Jan-13 00:00:07

Happy New Year to all. smile

laurenamium Tue 01-Jan-13 00:44:21

Happy new year everyone! Thank you for being brave enough for the January thread sc thanks

<waves to newbies and oldies!!>

Off to bed, sober but happy! Be back tomorrow!

pushmepullyou Tue 01-Jan-13 00:58:58

Happy new year fledglings smile

A bit 'shattered' myself so off to bed!

feetheart Tue 01-Jan-13 01:00:41

I'm in but battery about to die, will be back later (much later smile)

Happy New Year Fledglings

MercuryRising Tue 01-Jan-13 01:05:21

Happy new year fellow fledgings Im going to try and finally escape the CHAOS in 2013.

WhoKnowsWhereTheMistletoes Tue 01-Jan-13 01:08:33

Happy New Year everyone.

GoingGoingGoth Tue 01-Jan-13 01:25:59

Happy New Year, just marking my place (actually laid in bed- so not sure if dedicated, sad or a little bit drunk) wine

Imabadmum Tue 01-Jan-13 01:35:24

Glad I found this thread, god knows I need help. Gonna do this flyady thingammywotsit.

BitchyDragons Tue 01-Jan-13 02:20:38

Happy new year fledgelings!
Thanks for running the Jan thread SC! And thank you for looking after us last month lauren

And good morning. 2013 seems to be having an early start around here. Wet bedding anyone? On a plus note it is the first wet bed since i was mean and took all dry nights etc away from ds on the 28th. Considering he was previously going through 3 or 4 in a night and not showing any sign of being dry this has to be an absolute bonus. See you all later.

<stocks the naughty corner with gallons of water, and a pile of pain killers and indigestion tablets>
<considers if bacon sandwiches would help or hinder the suffering>

superfluouscurves Tue 01-Jan-13 02:52:22

Still up here too (unfortunately) Bitchy and now perfectly sober and wide awake (unfortunately) too grin. Got drawn in to referee position during heated debate between guests which was not very sensible as have to be up with crack of sparrows to get dh off to airport ...oh dear ...

Oh and purleeeease refrain from wafting bacon aromas over here 'cos I will be desperately in need of one or three bacon sandwiches in the morning and I will instead be chasing a grapefruit segment around a plate ....grin

Revamped bedroom sounds lovely btw smile

A very warm welcome to LadyDeidre and Pootlebug (and no - don't worry - baby step no. 2 entirely optional!!)

And another warm welcome to I'mabadmum (although us fledglings might try and persuade you very gently to change your nickname when you feel ready 'cos I'm certain you are not and at risk of sounding like wierdy -cult-- leader see baby-step no.5!! wink smile)

Great to see all the old-timers back too ...Bitchy Goth Whoknows Mercury Feetheart Pushme Lauren Justgettingonwithit MrsPennyapple Nicknacks (glad you found us smile!!! but sorry you lost us earlier) Makingchanges and ComradeJ

Cuddledup my mother died on 5 January last year so have some inkling of what you are going through. Glad that arranging funeral is proving a comfort and hope you are bearing up x

and hellooooo to Trazzles PA (if you happen to be lurking) Swan Toffee Honu Ellie Castle and Carpe and anyone else who may arrive in a while!!

Bit worried I am not on top of recent name changes so apologies if I've got anyone mixed up with anyone else or mentioned you twice by mistake!!

Right, staggering off for a bit of shut eye ...see you in a couple of hours!!

superfluouscurves Tue 01-Jan-13 02:55:16

Forgot to say hello to Jdub (who thought of title) and loads of others ... sorry!!!

LadyDeidreWaggon Tue 01-Jan-13 04:36:55

Awake at 4.33 AM with cystitis.
Only took 15 minutes to find the horrid granules you dissolve in water to drink, does Flylady have anything to say about organising medicine cupboards ?! Or possibly just dealing with hoarding DH who won't throw ANY medication away (even stuff inherited from elderly family members).

KatyJ26 Tue 01-Jan-13 05:10:09

I'm in! Joined this time ish last year and then due to DC3 fell off the wagon! I'm back and I'm going to do it and stick with it. I ordered some luffly new sofas yesterday, so now I need the tidy house to be able to show them off and enjoy them. Happy new year everyone, I look forward to getting to know you all smile

SilveryMoon Tue 01-Jan-13 06:28:13

LadyDW, the medicine cabinet is due to be cleared out in zone 3, so week after next wink

I've been up for hours. Gonna be a long Day.
I'm going to start b baby steps again.

to do
Morning routine
zone work
Baby step
Room rescue
Afternoon routine
Before bed routine

Doesn't look like much. Just the way I like it.
Think my routines are too long. Might have to look at that as time goes on.

Hope everyone wakes feeling fresh and not too hung over smile

superfluouscurves Tue 01-Jan-13 07:51:58

[inserts match sticks in to eye sockets]

Morning all! Happy New Year!!

DD and I have just packed dh off this morning with a large hunk of Christmas cake in his bag; icing still slightly squishy but I think it is nicer that way and hardly anyone eats it anyway ... dd is settled with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and I think I am going to ignore the state of the kitchen sneak another half hour in bed.

I have been virtuous this morning and rejected the delicious cougnon (special Christmas fruit bread) that was on offer at the breakfast table and had a tiny brown roll without butter or jam instead.

Hello Silvery may I say you are displaying a rather worrying impressive knowledge of the baby-steps!! grin grin! Yep, small and do-able is definitely the way to go. Hope you can catch up on some sleep tonight!

Sorry you are suffering LadyDeidre Cranberry juice is good for cystitis (or I imagine cranberries themselves) if you have any around ... . Hope you feel better soon.

A very warm welcome to KatyJ26

Back later when hopefully I will feel a little less wretched ...grin

Pinch, punch and first of the month and all that ... .

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