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post #101 of 350
Whew!

Glad I found this thread!!! I have actually been wanting to create a 'chore list' for the house for some time now!

After sitting here for the past 45 minutes I have read the entire thread as well as checked out MM.

My home is HUGELY lived in! Clutter everywhere! Seems no matter how much I clean, move or throw away things it never changes!

I have just printed out two sample pages, the half page and full page ones... going to use them and see how this works out for me.

I have the WORST problem with keeping up with this house given there is no outside, ahem, INSIDE contribution from others living here!

I am hoping that these samples work out and I can motivate the kids to pitch in much more. Then I can work on 'finding' $8 to get the real deal!
post #102 of 350
Today went horrible and I got basically nothing on the list done. I was really looking forward to washing my kitchen walls too. But DS (19 months) was totally uncooperative and wanted to sit in my lap all day. Not that I totally mind, but my house it to the point where I HAVE to get stuff done. Now I've got to get on homework, so no more housework will get crossed off the list. Boo.

I guess I'll be starting over tomorrow. LOL.
post #103 of 350
I have the 2002 book because I can't afford to buy a new one but I'm going to give this a try. I'm a flylady drop out, tried my own plans and never stick to it, I'm hoping this will work for me!
post #104 of 350

Need To join!

im going to read through the thread first!
post #105 of 350
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Originally Posted by LoveLife View Post
Today went horrible and I got basically nothing on the list done. I was really looking forward to washing my kitchen walls too. But DS (19 months) was totally uncooperative and wanted to sit in my lap all day. Not that I totally mind, but my house it to the point where I HAVE to get stuff done. Now I've got to get on homework, so no more housework will get crossed off the list. Boo.

I guess I'll be starting over tomorrow. LOL.
Yes, tomorrow is a new day. Some days are like that, especially when you have little ones. I know what you mean about the washing the walls. That's how I felt about last week when it listed it for the kids bedroom. I really meant to do it, but just didn't get to it.

Today I accomplished everything, but dusting and putting away the load of laundry. Hey, at least it made it to the dryer. I am starting eggs for egg salad now. At this point in the day I may go for a walk after dinner, but otherwise I am done.
post #106 of 350
I got zero done today - my father unexpectedly ended up in the hospital (luckily everything has worked out).

Tomorrow is a new day!
post #107 of 350
I think it was one of those small miracles that dropped me into this forum today! I was hunting for advice about cleaning my house -- any advice, in any form -- because I'm feeling so discouraged about keeping it clean. I have a toddler who systematically un-does all of my cleaning and organizing as soon as I manage to complete it... and I WAH, so naptime is often a frantic rush to get work done. But I hate living in such a filthy house, and I'm tired of having to ignore layers of dirt on things. FlyLady looks WAY too complicated and the routines too rigid to accommodate someone with my life. But MM looks Just Right for me. I spend more time composing To-Do lists than I spend doing the things on the lists -- so a pre-ordered list sounds like heaven to me! After reading my way through this thread, I didn't hesitate. I figure I'll find some clutter in my cleaning and sell it on Ebay to pay for the $8.

So grateful for you all!!!!
post #108 of 350

Another small success...

Yesterday DD & I went to spend the night w/ the ILs. Usually leaving the house involves either frantically cleaning while packing to avoid coming home to a mess, OR forgetting about it and coming back into the house with bags to unpack and a list of things that need to get done NOW. This time I literally swept up a few toys DD had been playing with into her toy box before we left and that was it. When we got back today, the house was neat, and the only things I had to do were the usual things on the list - didn't have to, say, wash a ton of dishes before we could eat. Such a nice feeling Of course, it definitely helps that DH was gone, too Still, leaving was calm and orderly, and coming home didn't feel even remotely overwhelming. Nice. Probably helps that I've been working on a toy rotation for DD, so there's just not a lot to pick up anymore.

Count me in with the people who say if they don't check off an item on the day it's listed, they skip it. I don't worry about catching up, just take each day as it comes.

Also, I'm wondering how people clean their walls. I've never systematically done that before - only cleaned a spot if something spilled, or dusted the cobwebs from the corners/where they meet the ceiling. Do you actually clean the whole wall? Do you use a ladder? What sort of cleaner? Or do you just dust/do a dry wipe? Inquiring minds want to know!
post #109 of 350
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Originally Posted by Okapi View Post
Also, I'm wondering how people clean their walls. I've never systematically done that before - only cleaned a spot if something spilled, or dusted the cobwebs from the corners/where they meet the ceiling. Do you actually clean the whole wall? Do you use a ladder? What sort of cleaner? Or do you just dust/do a dry wipe? Inquiring minds want to know!
I've been wondering the same, and feeling like I've been a lousy housekeeper these past dozen years. What I realized, though, is that we've recently painted all the walls in our house, so they got a "cleaning" then. I just wipe the baseboards on the wall cleaning days. I have not been doing this long enough to know if that comes up as a separate task or not. I remember as a kid, sweeping the corners as part of our spring cleaning, so I guess I could do that, too.
post #110 of 350
I had 3 REALLY productive days, then today... This morning was the church mom's group which was wonderful, then we had lunch and took my car to the shop and walked the short walk home, then I started my chores.. I wasn't terribly motivated but I got some things done, then DH calls and tells me that the job that he accepted and has been waiting about 3 weeks for the clearances, etc to go through fell through as the company just put on a hiring freeze.. <sigh> this sent us both into shock.. I had a hard time getting myself to do anything else.. Poor DH had to try to focus on the temp work he was doing and then come home and start applying for jobs again..

Praying I can see beyond his job situation tomorrow (and our potential future financial situation depending on how long it takes him to get another job..) and can actually get something done around here..

Kym
post #111 of 350
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Originally Posted by Okapi View Post

Also, I'm wondering how people clean their walls. I've never systematically done that before - only cleaned a spot if something spilled, or dusted the cobwebs from the corners/where they meet the ceiling. Do you actually clean the whole wall? Do you use a ladder? What sort of cleaner? Or do you just dust/do a dry wipe? Inquiring minds want to know!
I fill a bucket with vinegar and water, get an old rag and wipe away. I attach the rag to a swiffer and use a step stool to get the out of reach areas.

Today was great for me. The only thing I didn't get to check of was dusting the dining room table. It was nice to feel productive and then when everything was done I took DS to the pool. Hopefully tomorrow goes just as well!
post #112 of 350
Thank you Lovelife, for sharing how you do it .... it didn't get done on that day either and I was wondering how to go about it ... now at least, I know one way it can be done (+ I even have a "retired" kind of mopping device with a flat and large surface that I should be able to re-purpose for that task ...)
post #113 of 350
Glad I'm not the only one who didn't know how to clean the walls. My walls are painted with a (probably) cheap flat paint and they seem like they would be very hard to clean. Would love to repaint them.
post #114 of 350
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Originally Posted by Okapi View Post
Also, I'm wondering how people clean their walls. I've never systematically done that before - only cleaned a spot if something spilled, or dusted the cobwebs from the corners/where they meet the ceiling. Do you actually clean the whole wall? Do you use a ladder? What sort of cleaner? Or do you just dust/do a dry wipe? Inquiring minds want to know!
When I cleaned my wall the other day I used a microfiber cloth & plain water, I simply scrubbed down the obvious spots, then ran it over the plate rail, chair rail, baseboard, and air vent...all of those were massive dust catchers!!

Kym
post #115 of 350
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Originally Posted by Mirta View Post
When I cleaned my wall the other day I used a microfiber cloth & plain water, I simply scrubbed down the obvious spots, then ran it over the plate rail, chair rail, baseboard, and air vent...all of those were massive dust catchers!!

Kym
I sooooo need to do this in our breakfast nook... maybe I'll get around to it today.
~maddymama
post #116 of 350
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Originally Posted by Okapi View Post
Also, I'm wondering how people clean their walls. I've never systematically done that before - only cleaned a spot if something spilled, or dusted the cobwebs from the corners/where they meet the ceiling. Do you actually clean the whole wall? Do you use a ladder? What sort of cleaner? Or do you just dust/do a dry wipe? Inquiring minds want to know!
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Originally Posted by Adamsmama View Post
Glad I'm not the only one who didn't know how to clean the walls. My walls are painted with a (probably) cheap flat paint and they seem like they would be very hard to clean. Would love to repaint them.
I just use vinegar and water and try to wash any obvious spots. I've washed paint off the walls in the past, so now I'm afraid of scrubbing too hard. The next time we paint I'm going to be sure to use a washable paint.
post #117 of 350
I'm joining you ladies. I've got this week's MM printed out and ready to go. My only issue is this place is a mess! Kinda hard to vacuum when you can't see the floor. <sigh> Today's the last day of school, so I have 7 kids including a nursling to work into the equation. I also need to add some laundry and dishes to the standard form. I try to do 4 loads of laundry a day and 2-3 loads of dishes a day to keep up. Although I'm trying to get rid of clothes, and its summer so I'm hoping to maybe cut back to 3 loads of laundry.
post #118 of 350
Four loads of laundry a day!!! How on earth do you manage to spend any time on MDC???
I am in awe!

Okay, I'm off to turn my mattress. I don't think I've ever done that...
post #119 of 350
Doing the laundry is easy. Its folding that is the big bugaboo. Hoping to spend this summer getting the kids to each have their own day and do their own laundry. (Fingers crossed)
post #120 of 350
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Originally Posted by thewaggonerfamily View Post
I'm joining you ladies. I've got this week's MM printed out and ready to go. My only issue is this place is a mess! Kinda hard to vacuum when you can't see the floor. <sigh> Today's the last day of school, so I have 7 kids including a nursling to work into the equation. I also need to add some laundry and dishes to the standard form. I try to do 4 loads of laundry a day and 2-3 loads of dishes a day to keep up. Although I'm trying to get rid of clothes, and its summer so I'm hoping to maybe cut back to 3 loads of laundry.
I hope that your big kids are helping! There is no reason why they can't. I am due with our 6th child in August and my little ones are really picking up the slack. On top of starting MM, we've made MOTH schedule and the kids are loving it. I understand your predicament. My dh isn't working a lot of hours right now so he's taken over the washing of the laundry; I just have to hang and fold it. (We don't have a dryer.) But the dishes are currently piled up and the laundry is always there!
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