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Motivated Moms chore list

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Anyone doing this for 2010? I started in mid-january and like it. Seems to work. Would like to hear from others...
post #2 of 350
What is the motivated mamas chore list?
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http://www.motivatedmoms.com/

I have been using it since this year started and I love it. It really keeps me on top of everything. I don't get everything done everyday or even every week, but even just the everyday list keeps things in order and clean.
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Smocked - yes it seems to keep me on top of everything as well. I agree that I don't get EVERYTHING done every week, but I do my best. I am the type to feel overwhelmed when I see boxes not checked off, but yet with this chore list I seem to be able to let it go knowing it will come again. I also really like that the weekends are light. I want that time to be free to hang with the family not do chores.

Poetrylover - it was the best $8 I have ever spent!

I keep the list on the inside of a cabinet, refer to it every morning and check off as I go. Off to check the list.

I will come back to surf on MDC after I get some chores checked off!
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It looks really good and I am sure it's worth the $8, but right now I have a 12 week old and have a hard time getting one or two tasks done (although a lot of the stuff on the list I do, anyway). I might check it out again when my little guy is not as needy in a few months. Thanks for the link. I'm sure there will come a time when it will prove beneficial to me.

Happy cleaning~~

post #6 of 350
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Poetrylover - absolutely just focus on that beautiful baby! My kids are much older - youngest is 6. What I would give to have them be babies just one more day.

Okay, chores are done today. Yeah! Just need to fold & put away the laundry one dried. Gives me an 1/2 hour before getting lunch into the youngest then walking him to school.

Anyone else out there following the plan?
post #7 of 350
I <3 it!
Things have slacked off because of school, but my dad is coming home this weekend from Iraq for a 2 week R & R, and my little sister is having her graduation party on the 8th, so we are all going to pitch in to do a nice deep clean, and then I will do the maintaining with MM.
(DD and I live with my parents, btw)

I use the half-sheet that has the 12 spaces from 8am-8pm. This helps me plan out my day with homework and studying.
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I just started the other day and so far our house is looking better. Still some unsightly areas, but overall it is taking shape. Our cleaning lady is going to come and be like "now, what do I do?" (she's actually our respite care provider for our son, but cleaning is part of her 'duties') . Also, it helps having it written out. I've never been able to get around to writing out a chore list and this one was the best I've seen. If something does not apply to my household, I cross it out and write in something that would. For instance: water plants. We have no plants, so I put in: wipe bannisters or wipe light switches. Something pretty equal in exertion. Also, my DH and DD1 are helping out more. DS is autistic and I'm going to have him start helping, but I need to "train" him to do stuff. DD2 is only 1 year old. I like having a list to check off. I tried Flylady, but I kept not doing my routines or the routines would get interrupted. It seems to me that it is really geared to SAH women with no children or school age children who are not home all day or infants too young to mess everything up behind you. The house is getting clean and once it is the way we want it, we can maintain and have more time as a family.
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May I ask, for those who have bought this, are all the pages the same as the pdf sample, as in the same list of daily chores with 7 boxes to tick, except with different dates on the side for each week?
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Originally Posted by clutterwarrior View Post
May I ask, for those who have bought this, are all the pages the same as the pdf sample, as in the same list of daily chores with 7 boxes to tick, except with different dates on the side for each week?
There is the daily stuff that is always the same, but stuff throughout does change. Like every few months it will have have you do stuff like make vet appts, or a big clean out of something. I didn't do it this year but it was a nice reminder to keep me on track with things.
post #11 of 350
subbing to remember this. No money for it now but I love this!
post #12 of 350
what is the real cost for that ? 8 dollars per week ? month ? or 8 dollars per year ?
what do you get for what you pay ?
do you just receive e-mails?
do you have to print your to do-lists at home from your own printer ?
does it come on paper in the regular mail ?

I'm curious about it but would like to know a little bit more about it before I pay anything ...
post #13 of 350
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Originally Posted by IsaFrench View Post
what is the real cost for that ? 8 dollars per week ? month ? or 8 dollars per year ?
what do you get for what you pay ?
do you just receive e-mails?
do you have to print your to do-lists at home from your own printer ?
does it come on paper in the regular mail ?

I'm curious about it but would like to know a little bit more about it before I pay anything ...
It's $8 for the year. I received a pdf and I just print out on my printer a week at a time. I use the weekly list. No emails.

For me, it keeps me on task at home and keeps my home presentable at all times. I already have a mostly decluttered home, so the 1/2 hour or so each week it calls to declutter is enough for me. I also am very good at acomplishing tasks much more so than the fly lady zone idea. It also often has other things in there - like next week - wash bathroom walls. As I said, I like how it breaks things down into simple tasks. Otherwise I look at the fingerprints on ALL my walls and feel overwhelmed....and then nothing gets done.

I have found that I can get my daily chores done by 10-10:30am. That includes getting my kiddos off to school in the morning, cleaning up breakfast etc.. I then have time for a cup of tea, email, read with youngest, or whatever. I take my youngest to Kindy at noon, go for a long walk with the dog, and then come home and shower. Usually have time for another cup of tea before walking to pick up kiddos from school. Pretty much my perfect day.

Ofcourse, I don't work during the week (usually) and my youngest is 6yrs old. Another reason I like this chore list is it is very light on the weekends, which is mostly when I work and if I happen to have the weekend off, I am free to hang with the family. I am sure it isn't for everyone, but it was truly a lifesaver because I found flylady to have quite a frantic feel to it.
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I've done it in the past (two years) and although I definitely thought it made a difference in my home, I felt that it covered too much of some things (like I think it tells you to empty trash cans everyday) and not enough of others (like I don't remember ever seeing "wash and rehang curtains) I felt like it was too much of the same things over and over so it wasn't worth the $8 for me. I do think it is worth it to try it. I do feel it was a successful program for me when I was trying to get a handle on things.
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maggs.bubble THANK YOU for the information
after reading you, I think I'll give it a try !
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I just bought this (like, Saturday) and I am going to start it tomorrow I would have started it today but we were doing stuff for Mother's Day and yeah... tomorrow it is! From reading over it I like how everything is broken down into little chores, I can usually get my boys (25 mos and 11 mos) happy for long enough to clean toilets but not neccesarily to do the whole bathroom zone ala FlyLady. We will see how it goes!!
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I've looked at this a couple of times, but never talked to anyone who had done so. Anyone who has tried it, are you homeschoolers? How does that fit in? 8$ isn't a lot of money. I might just try it.
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I figured the 8 dollars wasn't a huge waste if I didn't like it It seems like homeschooling would fit in fine... everything is in little chores, like clean toilets, vacuum main floor, that kind of thing.
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I just bought my calendar and my dh is picking it up from kinkos today. (I had it printed and spiral-bound for $12.) I'm excited to see how this works for me. I really need a kick in the butt. I've been sick and depressed and have really let my house go. I thought about trying flylady again, but the shoes and zones and trying to get down my morning routine was just too much. Plus I hate the emails and the way they are always selling something. I'll let you know how I do.
post #20 of 350
Today is my first day trying it and so far I like it a lot!! I like how excercise is included on the list... and there are things I always forget, like changing out hand towels in the bathrooms
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