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post #221 of 401
yesterday went so well, i'm back with a couple of carry-overs.


DONE 1. cloth napkins (and other colours) washed + hung to dry - threw in one child's coat, hurrah!

DONE 2. fold away white laundry

DONE! it took me about 6 x 15 minutes, and was pure hell, but i kept resetting the timer, and i kept putting mozart on youtube until i was through. eventually you start to see the bottom and that helps. also, when i had become extremely resentful about various expensive bills and huge amounts of paper clutter, i came across 'a room of one's own' by virginia woolf, which i have wanted to read, and it turned out a friend had brought it for me. so, DONE!!. 3. hot spot number 1 (desk)

4. get suitcases into loft! (and look for lightbulbs while you're there) (not going to happen because it depends on someone else who is not happy with me )

DONE! 5. take out recycling (5 min) and research someone to collect some garbage that can't be put at the curb.

if that goes well...
6. reorganise livingroom bookshelf

7. start to *rehome* things in the studio to prepare for turning into the children's room. STARTED in my head, at least.

i'm also hoping to make a soft cheese for lasagna tomorrow, and make yogurt DONE, and get outside on this beautiful day -YES, DONE.

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post #222 of 401
i am so happy that i can see my desk!! i even dusted it!

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post #223 of 401
I've actually gotten a lot done this weekend. Yesterday I got the living room cleaned top to bottom, which of course has been obliterated by the kids already.

Kitchen looks good and the dishes are caught up. Got the grocery shopping done too.

I've been kicking butt on the laundry. All but the sheets and towels are folded and put away, and there's another load drying. Nearly everything's washed, but I still have to do the diapers. I was going to wait until tomorrow but Lil' Man has had diarrhea and had several blowouts, so gotta do them today.

I got the clothes I set aside for another lil' girl folded and boxed, along with the few boy clothes I still have left (the mama is pregnant with a boy).

I have been trying to get caught up because I'm dealing with nausea and fatigue. DS is just now starting to get over the flu he had all last week, but DD and Lil' Man came down with it yesterday so I am dealing with that. Plus I think I am going to get slammed with it now, or at least a mild case of it. If I do get sick I don't want to be out of clean clothes and diapers, with a sink full of dirty dishes. Now should I be out of it I'm at least caught up. Mostly.
post #224 of 401
that's great, serenity. hopefully the bug doesn't get you.

i did well this weekend, i'm very glad of it. finally out of the jetlag + cold woods and i've been keeping up with the kitchen, which helps so much. we're getting into routines.

so i finished 1 -5, including suitcases into the loft and now on to birthday joy!

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post #225 of 401
i haven't seen this thread before, but thanks for the inspiration to get my sick self off mdc and get some stuff done before dh gets home! I am about to set the timer and just go through the unusually messy house and put things where they belong. and then i will set it again and work on the (clean) laundry pile that has been building in the chair. Maybe i can get ds on board working in his room for 15 minutes, too....
post #226 of 401
i need to join. im not doing very well in the get the clean & declutter department.. i think im overwhelmed by the constant tasks.. our house is generally pretty tidy, but it needs more organisation and decluttering..



my projects:

1. laundry: i have already done 3 loads today.. one is in the washer, one hanging in front of the wood stove and one in the dryer already dry.. i want to hang it all but i need to just get it done and then have only one load to do at a time.

i can fold it & put away in 15 minutes!! or maybe 2 15's

DONE! yay!

although i still have a pile of laundry from this past week that is needing putting away.. another 15 minutes on the timer when i get back from picking up the boy from his birthday party..

closets: mine & girls & son's room..
likely going to take an hour (15x4) each because i really need to declutter summer & too small clothes and i have hooks that i want to screw in and things like that.


i guess i will get started. setting timer NOW
post #227 of 401
Ok, I posted this on my other thread, but here goes!

Not done in 15 minute increments, but here is my list for today:

Cleaned up liquid laundry spill in basement (took about 2.5 hours)
Moved food pantry/storage off basement stair landing into basement
Moved book shelves used for food storage up to DS's bedroom

Plan to do more tomorrow, now off to bed!
post #228 of 401
Thread Starter 
Welcome, MamaFern!

DH and I have not been feeling well ALL weekend. Today I still don't feel great and DH is home sick.

Also, I'm on another October Decluttering thread and I've barely gotten any of the tasks done that I assigned myself. I have to kick my butt in gear so that I at least finish half of them. I've gotten a few done so far, but that's it.

We have 2 sinks of dishes to do (and then some) from the weekend, as we got behind due to not feeling well. This will take me at least 2 sessions to wash. And I have to start the dishes so that I can make lunch. So here I go. I'll be back to do more...
post #229 of 401
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Pumpkin_Pie View Post
Ok, I posted this on my other thread, but here goes!

Not done in 15 minute increments, but here is my list for today:

Cleaned up liquid laundry spill in basement (took about 2.5 hours)
Moved food pantry/storage off basement stair landing into basement
Moved book shelves used for food storage up to DS's bedroom

Plan to do more tomorrow, now off to bed!
Great job! It looks like you are tackling the biggest jobs first. You must feel on top of the world for cleaning up that laundry detergent spill.
post #230 of 401
WOW! i can't believe how much can get done in just 15 minutes! My first round yesterday, I got everything out of place put away AND swept the kitchen, hallway and living room, AND had time to brush my hair.
I am about to go two rounds now- 1st one will be in the kitchen and then I am gonna work in the sewing room. I cleared ds' closet of outgrown things this weekend and had so many flannel shirts and jeans that I started him a new quilt. I cut everything up and got started already, but my sewing room floor is littered with the sleeves still to cut and stacks of 4 inch patches- I am anxious to see how many squares I can get done in 15 minutes. I would love to get the top finished and the sewing room cleaned up by the end of tomorrow (you know, so I can start another mess in there, lol. need to get really busy on christmas presents).
hoping we all get lots done today!
post #231 of 401
I've got a TON of stuff to get through in the next 2 hours. Here's my list, let's see what I can do in 15 min segments:

DONE 1) clean kitchen
DONE 2) put dinner in crockpot
MOSTLY DONE 3) laundry - wash/ dry/ put away
4) pick up dining room table

I also really need to catch up on business emails but I'm not sure that's going to happen tonight. It's a daunting task.
post #232 of 401
Thread Starter 
Okay, zmom, I'm with you!

I need to do the following sessions:

1) DONE! Swish and Swipe Bathroom, Make bed, wash a few dishes and clean stove.

2) DONE! Grate soap for laundry detergent.

3) In Progress. One load coming out of dryer and one load going into dryer! Wash 2 loads of laundry (and dry/fold/put away).

4) Done! 5 Minute Room Rescue in the Kitchen.

5) I still need to get to this one this evening. Organize Control Journal. This absolutely HAS to get done today!!!!!
post #233 of 401
Thread Starter 
I also wiped down the washer and am about to start exercising.

I'm still determined to organize my control journal this evening.

Last night, though, when I couldn't sleep, I was happy to get two important and fairly lengthy emails written.
post #234 of 401
potterymom: thanks for the welcome

my cleaning & deccluttering plans have kind of been put on hold for the closets since i have two men taking over most of my house putting in baseboard heaters (which i dont even want! arg)

so today we took a load of stuff to the free store, recycle and bottle depot. it cleared out a corner of my laundry room (and a shelf in my bedroom) which i am slowly converting to my also craft room. now i have taken all of the clear bins with wool (sorted by colour) and wool felt and dying supplies and such that had been stuck in a closet out of reach and put them into that corner all stacked up neat so i can see exactly what is there i also got out my vintage, pretty brown & green sewing machine (the one i don't really use, but love to look at) and set it up on my craft table. it looks beautiful and im so happy to finally have a place for it! when i need my working-well sewing machine i will likely set it up in my bedroom because the space in the "craft" room isn't really conducive to the kind of sewing projects i have planned (quilts and the like)

i have also sorted out another box of papers and stuff, and put it all into one plastic tote, which i still have to further sort but its getting there. my laundry room is my second favorite room in my house after my bedroom. i love having it set p how i want it...

still have more to do.

15 minutes needed on the kitchen before i make supper.. here i go...
post #235 of 401
Thread Starter 
1) DONE! Swish and Swipe Bathroom, Make bed, wash a few dishes and clean stove.

2) DONE! Grate soap for laundry detergent.

3) DONE! Wash 2 loads of laundry (and dry/fold/put away).

4) DONE! 5 Minute Room Rescue in the Kitchen.

5) Okay, this will be one of the very first things I do tomorrow morning. Organize Control Journal. This absolutely HAS to get done today!!!!!
post #236 of 401
hi fern
ah, it is the first day in a few without plans for anything, or guests...though perhaps we should begin to prepare for hallowe'en

so, i'm going to do my weekly clean, which i haven't done in full for 3 weeks

to prepare i think i'll do 5 minute room rescues, mostly to pick it up.
so:
5 bedroom
5 bathroom
5 studio
5 kitchen
5 living/dining

that looks like:

10 minutes dust
10 minutes wipe
10 minutes vacuum/sweep
10 minutes mop/scrub
10 minutes garbage + recycling (this is DONE)

if i'm not too worn out after that, i have a box of stashed items in the studio which i'd like to put in their homes.

and start a box for freecycle.

not ambitious really

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post #237 of 401
Quote:
Originally Posted by artparent View Post
to prepare i think i'll do 5 minute room rescues, mostly to pick it up.
so:
DONE5 bedroom
DONE5 bathroom
DONE5 studio
DONE5 kitchen
DONE5 living/dining

that looks like:

DONE10 minutes dust
DONE10 minutes wipe
DONE10 minutes vacuum/sweep
10 minutes mop/scrub
10 minutes garbage + recycling (this is DONE)

if i'm not too worn out after that, i have a box of stashed items in the studio which i'd like to put in their homes.

and start a box for freecycle.

not ambitious really

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phew, i'm tired! it is coffee time. i realise that mopping/scrubbing isn't happening because i haven't got tools for it. i think i'll get a large sponge next time i walk into the village.

i took some extra time to scrub the bathroom, it is great to be doing family cloth because i just use the wipes to clean the bathroom i even had time to lean out the window and scrub outside it a bit. the birds had targeted it

can't wait for the floors to be refinished! they will be easier to clean and will actually *look* clean after. exciting.

i forgot the garbage/recycling should also include composting...

things are getting easier. if i do this every week, it will be shiny here most of the time

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post #238 of 401
Quote:
Originally Posted by artparent View Post
i forgot the garbage/recycling should also include composting...DONE

and designed a logo for a local company, rough drafts DONE
maybe i ought to feed my children now.

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post #239 of 401
Thread Starter 
artparent, you are so right about the weekly home blessing. Just like most of FlyLady's routines (at least I think that is what you are referring to), doing it on a regular basis keeps surfaces shiny. It's amazing, really. Having said that, I confess to not having done my weekly home blessing this week. But I have been good about doing the swish and swipe in the bathroom everyday and it looks really good for minimal effort.

Today my main focus (for REAL this time) is on my Control Journal and paper clutter. But before I tackle that, I'm going to do just a few things:

Make bed, toss a load of laundry in the wash, swish and swipe bathroom & wash a few dishes. That should take me one fifteen minute session. Then it's tending to my control journal I go!!!!!!!
post #240 of 401
Done so far today:
Wash dishes
Organize cupboards beneath counters/sink

Still to do:
Clean off kitchen table
Finish emptying bookshelves
Move bookshelves
Pick up DS's toys
Gather up laundry
Put away clean laundry
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