This week’s Flylady Zone/declutter

We’re very much in Danish summer mode right now, and that means I’m keeping to my – very basic – Flylady routines. What does that entail? Doing a daily LOL (load of laundry), knowing what’s for dinner (my menu planning posts are here), choosing my outfit for the next day, setting my timer for a 5 minute PUPA (“pick up and put away”) in our main rooms whenever necessary. No hard graft, just a few minutes here and there. But, by doing these basics, I keep things ticking along nicely, leaving me to enjoy whatever the day brings! Usually starting with a bike ride down to the sea and a breakfast swim with my Besties… ūüĆä‚öďūüŹä‚Äć‚ôÄÔłŹ‚ėēūüėÉ

If you follow my YouTube channel, you’ll know that I take the same “keep it simple, Sweetie” approach to Flylady Zone cleaning. A few minutes here and there during the week really adds up. Remember to be consistent with your Weekly Home Blessing Hour (the upkeep clean of the “high traffic” areas of your house) before you start Zone cleaning. Get your priorities right: daily Routines, Weekly Home Blessing Hour then Zone cleaning. I have Zone lists in my Hygge Home folder (Flylady Control Journal), including ideas for pampering and gardening by zone (you can see them here).

This week is Zone 4 (master bedroom) and I’ve done the basics. Put things away/removed the rubbish. A quick detailed vacuum (area rugs, underneath the bed, behind the rollaway beside cabinets, skirting boards). Dusted off the flat surfaces. A quick “skoosh skoosh” of the windows/mirrors. Wiped the light switches/door knobs/handles. If you want me to “clean along with you”, you can find my YouTube cleaning and decluttering videos here.

And what about decluttering? Well, when I was choosing my outfit yesterday, I found a few tops that I’m ready to let go of. I also took a look through my bangles/bracelets collection, and decluttered a small pile. Plus there were a few pairs of earrings which I never wear, so they are going too. Everything is now in the bag I keep at the bottom of my wardrobe, ready for our next Clothes Swap Party! (You can see our parties here – always great fun, and with the most wonderful food!)

Talking of food, it’s time for a quick cuppa in the garden (with some fresh wienerbr√łd) while the sun shines here in Copenhagen! And our red squirrels are having a short snack break too. Remember to take time for yourself, every single day!

LLAP! May the Danish hygge be with you! Hugs!

Diane

PS: Need help with cleaning and decluttering? I’m here to hold your hand! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxIYCyTLBED8Wax351mgTMw2dcA8XvrqQ


ūüí°PRINTABLES! ZONE 4 IDEAS: ERRAND DAY, SELF-CARE, GARDEN

Thank
you once again for all your brilliant ideas! Here are FLYLADY ZONE 4 (master bedroom) ideas for Errand Day, self-care and gardening. I will add to the list as more ideas come in. Keep scrolling down, so much inspiration here!

ERRAND
DAY OR THINGS TO REPLACE/BUY
  • Pyjamas/nightwear/underwear/hosiery
  • Slippers
  • Bedding
Here’s my “self-preservation” bingo card. I pick a couple of ideas from the list and it makes me more deliberate about “taking care of me” during the week! You can click the photo, save and print. Or if you’d like to customise, here’s a link
SELF-CARE/PAMPER/SELF-PRESERVATION
  • tidy out a drawer in your night stand, adding pretty lining paper to make a comfort drawer for all things pertaining to sleep and relaxation eg chocolate/violet creams, hand cream, night rescue remedy, herbal sleeping tablets, notepad and pen, gratitude journal, eye mask, massage oil, lavender sleep balm, etc
  • use a guided meditation, open the window, place an incense stick on the shelf and just be
  • say/listen to positive affirmations before going to bed/while you are getting ready in the morning
  • try a new sleep diffuser blend/spray, nighttime body lotion or light a candle when getting ready before bed,  or while getting ready in the morning
  • a foot pamper with socks for the night for extra hydration
  • wash your eye mask or try a weighted one
  • use gourmet handmade earth-friendly soaps and oils
  • wear a piece of sentimental jewellery or an item which you only wear on special occasions…every day is the special occasion!
  • make a cover for a clothes hanger adding a brooch that you love but may not wear as a way to still enjoy it
  • use a perfume/lotion which you have been keeping for a special occasion…every day is the special occasion!
  • play with the items in your wardrobe and make new outfit combinations and wear them this week
  • once you’ve completed some zone work (decluttering or cleaning), sit on the bed/chair and read for fifteen minutes
  • make sure you are getting enough sleep, start your evening routine a little earlier
  • switch off your phone and read a magazine or a couple of chapters of a book before you sleep
  • put a fresh flower or plant on your night table or dresser
  • “redecorate” the room with items borrowed from other places in the house (vase, candlestick, throw pillows, soft rug, lamp)
  • apply hand/foot lotion in the morning or evening
  • enjoy your favourite drink/coffee in bed in the morning
  • read
    a magazine or chapter of a book. Read an e-book from the library.
  • listen
    to some new music while you are getting ready for the day. Add new music to
    your pamper playlist.
  • body
    self-massage with lotion, feet and shoulders. Apply lotion to knees and elbows
    for some extra care. Head massage.
  • take
    time to sit and ‚Äújust be‚ÄĚ.
  • take time to sit and enjoy your clean, orderly bedroom!
  • use a basket to keep your pyjamas, slippers, hand cream, magazine, spectacles and other items together
  • write
    in your journal or read your prayer journal
  • spritz the bedding with linen spray or essential oils before you make the bed in the morning and enjoy the scent/a relaxing sleep at night
  • keep hand, foot and lip cream/balm in your bedside table and apply them as a bedtime ritual
  • play ‚Äúwhite noise‚ÄĚ or ocean sounds to promote sleep, or check out Binaural Beats for Deep Sleep
  • keep a tiny fan or water spray on your nightstand for hot flashes/humid weather
  • keep
    a small manicure kit and some essential oils (calming or energizing) by your bed handy and use them when you have 5 minutes during your day, or before bed.
  • ‚ÄúI
    love the idea that every day is special. I used to save everything until it
    would go bad… now I use my wonderful oils on my face and neck before bed. I
    also love burning lavender incense at night to relax.‚ÄĚ
  • change your body gel, lotion, and body spray sets to a new or seasonal scent (eg. change
    from musk to citrus for spring and coconut for summer).
     

GARDEN/BALCONY/PATIO/PORCH
  • edge the borders of the lawn (I use a trimmer or weed burner)
  • remove weeds from flower beds
  • deadhead flowers in the beds
  • remove weeds from the vegetable plots
  • stake floppy plants in flower beds
  • feed the bulbs that are finished
  • cut lawn edges of beds
  • sow some annual seeds to go into the gaps in the beds
  • sow bi-annual seeds in trays to put out in early autumn
  • sweep paths
  • remember to put your tools “to bed” when you have finished using them
  • put up a hammock or swing chair for a relaxing moment in the garden


ūüí° PRINTABLES – ZONE 4 CLEANING/DECLUTTER LIST

Adapt to your home

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CLEAN

Scan the room

Fold and put away aired clothes

Dust ceilings and skirting boards

Dust flat surfaces/window sills

Shine windows, large mirror, small mirror, painting

Shine bedside lamps/standard lamp

Detailed Hoover session, hoover under bed

Check bedside tables for clutter, rotate books

Wipe fingerprints from walls & light switches

Clean make-up brushes/eyelash curlers, hairbrushes

Rotate makeup

Dust main light fitting

Flip mattress

Dust underneath bed frame

Dust or wash ornaments/knickknacks

Straighten chests of drawers/wardrobe

Wipe fingerprints from walls & light switches

Vacuum rug/area rugs

DECLUTTER

Makeup/hair products/nail varnish

Underwear and socks

Trousers

Sports clothes/swimming gear

Pyjamas

Jumpers

Tops

Blouses

Dresses/skirts/jumpsuits

Jackets

Belts

Necklaces

Earrings

Bracelets/Brooches

Handbags

Coats and jackets

Scarves, gloves, hats

Shoes, sandals, boots

Travel bags/beach bags/seasonal