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post #81 of 95
I love that so much of this comes down to "just do it." Once you take the time to do something, you realize how quick it was and how much you appreciate the end result. Recently I've been reminding myself that life is a series of choices, and I can make ones that support the life I want to live, or I can make choices that get me farther away. It's helped for everything from convincing myself to take a minute to sort a drawer to walking on the treadmill to playing with my ds. No matter what it is, I feel SO MUCH BETTER after I've done it. I feel successful. Like I'm on the right path.
post #82 of 95
Our house is messier than I'm comfortable with a lot of the time too, but I'm working on it! I have five tips for my fellow housework slackers:

1. Set a timer for 15 minutes and race to get as much done before the timer goes off. It's suprising how much you can get done in that time. If that doesn't motivate you to do more, set another 15 minutes later in the day.

2. Reward yourself for cleaning. I love to read, so I'll do a 15-20 minute cleaning task and then read a chapter in my book. I repeat it until I lose interest.

3. Clean during commercials if you're a TV watcher. Get the whole family involved. Everyone has to jump up and do a "speed clean" during commercial breaks.

4. Have a family speed clean once a week where everyone participates. We have 45 minute speed cleans on Saturdays. Since it's only once a week and there's a time limit, my husband doesn't mind doing his part.

5. Invite people over regularly. If you're like me, your house is only really clean and tidy when company is coming over. Our families deserve a clean home too! I know that in my heart, but I gotta admit that having company over motivates me to do a good "clean and tidy." Once a week is a good goal to shoot for.
post #83 of 95
We started having a family "picnic night" where we, instead of eating at the table with no TV, we choose a movie, laydown a mat and eat dinner in the living room. The kids love it and actually we love it, too. We do it every sunday night... and don't watch any other TV that day. I've found that because we *have* to clear out everything off the floor in the living room before we can have a picnic, we can vacuum then - so even if I'd been off the rest of the week, at least we start monday with a clean and clear living room
post #84 of 95
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We started having a family "picnic night" where we, instead of eating at the table with no TV, we choose a movie, laydown a mat and eat dinner in the living room. The kids love it and actually we love it, too. We do it every sunday night... and don't watch any other TV that day. I've found that because we *have* to clear out everything off the floor in the living room before we can have a picnic, we can vacuum then - so even if I'd been off the rest of the week, at least we start monday with a clean and clear living room
It's been a while since I've revisited this thread. I needed a pick-me-up today so I decided to read it and I came across this gem !

What a fabulous idea I'm trying to work out something that we could do instead of a movie, because we don't even do that in our house anymore, but maybe we could just do a picnic on the floor without anything "special". I'm sure my kids would love just doing something different for a change!

I might have to copy your suggestion and give it a try this Sunday.
post #85 of 95
chore wars doesn't remember me!!! thats why i haven't been on!!!
post #86 of 95
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It's been a while since I've revisited this thread. I needed a pick-me-up today so I decided to read it and I came across this gem !

What a fabulous idea I'm trying to work out something that we could do instead of a movie, because we don't even do that in our house anymore, but maybe we could just do a picnic on the floor without anything "special". I'm sure my kids would love just doing something different for a change!

I might have to copy your suggestion and give it a try this Sunday.
What are your child/childrens age(s)? A game night is an idea. I love the picnic in the living room idea. Maybe when I have more space I'll try this!
post #87 of 95
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chore wars doesn't remember me!!! thats why i haven't been on!!!
You can come back and make a new account. I've upgraded my account to Gold status, so the party's chores records will never be deleted now

Now, if only I could find that link again... (Where's doubledutch -- can you make me a DM for the party?)
post #88 of 95
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post #89 of 95
I just went to the chore wars site! It is an awesome idea! I created a character. Please PM me if you don't mind me joining your party. I'm so excited!!!
post #90 of 95
i'm back!!!! so sad to look at old chirps character sheet...now i'm starting all the way at the beginning!!
post #91 of 95
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Originally Posted by Kivgaen View Post
What a fabulous idea I'm trying to work out something that we could do instead of a movie, because we don't even do that in our house anymore, but maybe we could just do a picnic on the floor without anything "special". I'm sure my kids would love just doing something different for a change!

I might have to copy your suggestion and give it a try this Sunday.


What about a game night? We have a family night every Tuesday. We alternate movie nights with game nights. On movie night, we bring our little plastic toddler table into our tv room and the kids eat dinner on that (dh and I on the couch) while we watch a movie. On game night, we all get to pick one game to play and we sit on the living room floor and eat pizza while playing games. We only do pizza on game night to make it special because the kids definitely liked movie night better

I hadn't thought about the fact that it helps get the floors cleaned up, but it does. We always make sure the TV room is cleaned and vacuumed (it is really small, so can get pretty bad sometimes) and we clean up the living room and sweep before sitting on it to eat. The kids are motivated, too, because they want to have game/movie night...
post #92 of 95
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i'm back!!!! so sad to look at old chirps character sheet...now i'm starting all the way at the beginning!!
I don't understand... you're not starting at the beginning -- you still level 96!

I invited a couple of my friends from work to join the group -- Jessica and Sallyspar. Give them a warm welcome!
post #93 of 95
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I don't understand... you're not starting at the beginning -- you still level 96!

I invited a couple of my friends from work to join the group -- Jessica and Sallyspar. Give them a warm welcome!
i just made a new character named chirp. i might be a level two. old chirp is still there though. taking up the top spot until someone beats level 96.

unless the dm deletes the account...which i would have no problem with!!
post #94 of 95
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i just made a new character named chirp. i might be a level two. old chirp is still there though. taking up the top spot until someone beats level 96.

unless the dm deletes the account...which i would have no problem with!!
Did you just forget your password? Or did you forget your username? I've looked it up for you and sent you a PM with your username. If it's your password that you're missing, we can always get that back too -- We can email the guy for support and he can send us a new one i think...
post #95 of 95
I want to join the Chore Wars Team! Can someone PM me?
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