Originally Posted by shukr
if you missed the boat as a child, then it's REALLY HARD to get it as an adult. Regardless of if you come from an immaculate house or a dirty house. My mum is immaculate, but we never cleaned/ tidied good enough, so we weren't allowed to help around the home. I still don't exactly know what
I should be doing, kwim!? So, I can blitz a room and make it nice, but I find it sooooo hard to stay on top of it. It's not natural to me to pick up and put away/ find places etc......
and I do like
bit of clutter
yes! I know EXACTLY what you mean. And knowing this makes me want to get my kids in the habit of cleaning so in 15-20 years they wont be on here complaining about how I never taught them how to do it
seriously though, I do want my kids to get in the habit.
Originally Posted by heather+mike2005
I failed. I didn't complete my list of chores from yesterday. Its not my fault, though. My dh slipped and fell on our sidewalk that was covered in snow and sprained his ankle. I was taking care of him most of yesterday afternoon and last night. I got about 50% done so I don't feel terribly bad. I plan on finishing today.
So sorry about your DH! Hope he's feeling better. And I think you get a pass on the chores when your family is sick/hurt, so you getting 50% of them done, well you get an A+
I don't know about you ladies, but I *need* praise. Or some tangible result. So cleaning just for the sake of cleaning doesn't work for me, ESPECIALLY when my hubby comes home and says "What? You didnt clean today at all?"
: I hate when Ive cleaned for several hours and you cant tell. So for me, My goal is to make a list everyday. I don't *have* to do everything on the list, I just need to make a list and do some of them. Yesterday, I Had 9 things on my list, and only did two.
The act of checking things off my list, and having something to show my hubby when he says "Didn't feel like cleaning today?" gives me some motivation. I get much more done with the list. I am also starting to think I *need* structure. Without someone to give me specific instructions, I often feel lost. So The List
gives me direction. But it needs to be specific I'm rambling now, and probably not making much sense.
Ok, List for today:
Shovel Walkway, possibly driveway
Fold/Put away whites
Finish Washing colors
Scrub Bathtub (This has been on my list for 3 days now, and I haven't done it yet,
Prepare for client meeting tomorrow
There are lots more things I could put on the list, But if I make the list too long I get overwhelmed and do none of it.
Okies, let's see how much I get done