Originally Posted by magrat
How's it going? Get anything done today? You should print off your first post, hang it up, and whenever you do something mentioned in there black it out. Then come in here every day to tell us what you've done.
I find I can get a lot more done when I have someone to tell about my accomplishments, even if I just list them in my head to myself at the end of the day. Keeping a two bedroom apartment clean is *tough*. You'd think because it's a smaller space it would be easier, but it is definitely not - it's so hard to find home for things. I definitely understand how easy it is to feel overwhelmed and just give up. But I do feel that every year that goes by I manage a little bit better.
so far, i've gotten the garbage out. there's one box left, but i'm gonna put some unused clothing in it, and stick it in the closet. most of the laundry is done. i've folded all of the clothes, theres just a pile of sheets/shawls left to fold, and all of the clothes that get hung up(about 2 baskets full). but now its time to do laundry again
and it probably wont get done, because theres a ton of snow, and we have to walk to the laundry. DH wont let me go do it, and he probably wont do it until there is a TON more, which will lead to not doing the laundry until there is too much to put away, etc.
so now we have a nice big space on the floor in our room, that makes me feel like it is cleaner. we cleared off the dresser a little today too. BUT, all of the folded clothes(except for baby's clothes) are on the floor, waiting to get put away.
the bathroom is still clean!
i just cleaned the kitchen! i either washed all of the dishes or put them in the dishwasher(the dishwasher is running now). theres still a pizza pan with some stuck on stuff that wouldn't scrub off for me, so i'm gonna have to do it tomorrow. DH also vacuumed half of the living room(the other half has the clothes that still need to be taken care of in it)
i still have to:
-put away laundry
-do another load(or 2) of laundry <-- laundry is a big one for me. its tough because we let it pile up. it piles up easily because the laundry is coin laundry(we don't always have the coins/they don't have a change machine in the laundry area) and we need to walk the laundry to the place. its tough for me to do it, because of DS, and now because its so cold, and its tough for DH to do, because he works full time, and is in school full time.
-fold the 'nother load
-make the office/spare room "perfect" i.e. tidy it up.
-dismantle the box for the desk that is still sitting in my living room(theres a bunch of pieces in there still,
-pick up the mess that DS made in the living room
-organize the closet so my scarves/shawls will fit on the shelf, and i can move them from the floor
-find a place for the extra comforter and the heater blanket that live on the bedroom floor. we sometimes use those, and i feel like they are constantly being taken out and left there.(we decide we need them in the middle of the night, half asleep.
-clean up/throw away a lot of junk in our bedroom
-clean out the many junk drawers around the house
-declutter everything else (so overwhelmed when i think about this one!)
-talk DH into getting rid of our broken bedframe(i haven't mentioned this to him since it broke in a few different places at once and i convinced him to take it down and gently suggested we toss it)
we have a stroller in our living room. its lived there since we took it out of the trunk of our car. we're saving it "in case" we go to the zoo or something, even though 1. its winter now, and we wont be going until it warms up, 2. i usually wear DS, and 3. its super bulky(from one of those travel systems). His (expired) bucket lives on top of the folded up stroller next to the door. we need to throw the bucket now, so thats on my list too i guess
ok, i'm gonna make a goal now. i'm going to have all of the cleaning(no cutting corners, but not including decluttering, though some is probably bound to happen
) by friday.
DH is so attached to certain things. i.e. the bed frame, gifts people gave us for our wedding(though we have multiples/unneeded items), schoolwork that his siblings did while they were living with him(there was a period where he was put in the position of "father" while his brothers lived with him and his mom and dad lived overseas, blankets and sheets that are perfectly fine, but take up too much space, and we have no need for them, etc. i don't know how to get him to give up some of this stuff. i probably have an equal amount of stuff to get rid of though... thats part of whats preventing me from decluttering i guess... that DH NEEDS to do it with me. he caught me throwing out something that his mom sent us for DS, a diaper stacker or something. i mean, she made it, but we don't have a use for it. i had to rescue it from the garbage, and just because we have NO use for it, (we do use 'sposies, but we keep them in a drawer) i put it in the box with the clothing that doesn't fit DS anymore(that i'd like to save for the next DC) its not a very big box, and it will fit in the spare room closet once i re-organize it.
i need to focus on cleaning though, not decluttering, not yet anyway
oh, and thank you for that recipe for cleaning solution. how big of a bottle of vinegar are you talking about though? i was gonna get some from sams club, don't remember how big the bottle was though...