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post #141 of 350
Thank you for this thread!!!!

I jumped in and got it and it has really helped me a lot with getting my house cleaned up.

But, I am spending way more time cleaning than I am used to. I think it is going to get better as I get my new routines down. Already I love changing towels every other day and wiping out the sinks daily.

I live in a log house, though. The washing of the walls takes FOREVER! I spend an hour tonight on one room and it isn't even half finished yet. The ceiling logs need serious cleaning too. But at least the list has me getting to it. It needs to be done one way or the other. I had just been living in happy oblivion to a lot of these chores.

I am a WAH mom (or at least am trying to be) with a toddler and I just can't seem to finish everything. But I try to let the daily chores slide if needed, since I get a new chance the next day. I figure one day on not sweeping the floor is better than missing one of the bigger chores that won't come around again for a while.

The other thing that I have to address is that I am NOT getting to my real issue which is the clutter. I'm just moving the clutter to clean under it and then putting it back. And the Friday, general pick up of the house, is the one chore I consistently don't get to. Not sure how to address that. I just don't have time to do it. It is a big project.

But overall I am really liking this!
post #142 of 350
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Originally Posted by MamaRuga View Post
the Friday, general pick up of the house, is the one chore I consistently don't get to. Not sure how to address that. I just don't have time to do it. It is a big project.

I find that Fridays are too crazy for me to fit this in. I moved that chore to Mondays, when we're coming down off the weekend, and I usually "trade" it with a Friday task from later in the week if I want to balance out the days. I've found that having the house more or less picked up on Mondays helps a LOT with getting through the week - I don't feel like I'm living in the midst of madness all week. We create most of our mess on the weekends, though, rather than during the week, so this works for me.

In general, if I have clutter areas, I tend to just concentrate them when I do the tidy-up task. Each room in my house has a "clutter bowl" or basket, where all the small bits of clutter just get deposited. When the MM list says "pick a clutter area and work for 30 minutes," I sort through one of my clutter bowls. If it's in a bowl, it feels a little more contained, YKWIM? For example, in my dining room there's a basket on the credenza holding a few receipts I have to record, a jar full of river stones, some old keys that open I-don't-know-what, some paperclips, baby hair accessories, a few product manuals, random hardware for a baby gate, and some gift ribbon. It's clutter, sure, but it's contained clutter. It doesn't feel so bad if it all fits in there. Mostly when I tidy up, I put away the big stuff and just sweep loose clutter into these bowls. That makes it a manageable weekly task.

One other thing I do that keeps a lot of my clutter manageable is, I have a large basket at the bottom of the stairs, and throughout the day if I have something that needs to go upstairs, I just throw it into the basket. Then, at some point, I haul the basket upstairs and put all the stuff away. Then, I do a quick sweep of the upstairs and grab everything that is supposed to be downstairs, then haul it downstairs all at once and put it away. That way, I'm not climbing stairs four thousand times a day with a toddler on my hip -- but I'm not letting stuff pile up on the steps either.

I'm still cleaning around a lot of clutter, like you, but each time I clean I try to deal with some bits of it. i.e., yesterday I washed the dining room floor, so I took a few minutes to pull out the junk that's been collecting under one of the furniture pieces. It's not all the clutter in the dining room, but that one little clutter-collector is dealt with. Baby steps, mama, baby steps!
post #143 of 350
The best thing I ever did for clutter is to have a dedicated permanent Goodwill box/bin. I started with a box, but now I use an extra tall laundry hamper (its garbage can shaped) that I line with a contractor trash bag. (They are bigger and thicker than regular black trash bags) Anytime I come across something that we don't want or need (and by want I mean "my grandmother gave it to me and I love it and it makes me smile everytime I look at it" vs "I paid good money for this...or...I might need it, someday") into the Goodwill bin it goes. If its not good enough for Goodwill it goes into the trash. Mostly its clothes that I am getting rid of. It makes it very easy to get rid of outgrown or stained clothes (our GW bales non-usable clothes) and rogue happy meal toys and pre-sort hand me downs that are given to us. When the bag is full, it gets tied up and DH takes it to GW after work. I am to the point that we need to just get rid of stuff and moving it around/organizing no longer works. We have 4 bags going out on Monday with DH. Our house was not quite to hoarders. We have no mummified cat carcasses, but to try to declutter on its own was overwhelming. This way I can do it on the fly. And a little bit at a time, and everytime a giant black bag leaves, I know I am making progress.
post #144 of 350
I'd like to pop in! I haven't bought MM, but I was inspired by it to make my own version for our house and specific weekly rhythms. We've been doing it for a week and really like it. DH is really into it, too! We both love that we can just grab a chore when we have a few extra minutes. And after only a week, our house looks completely different!

The only problem with making our own is that things like washing the walls or cleaning the top of the fridge don't occur to me. I think if we stick with our own schedule for a while, I'll spend the money for the MM schedule and just pull out those odd chores that add up to "keeping house".

thewaggonerfamily -- Love the Goodwill container idea! I never get around to a big sweep of the house, but I always run into small things that I want to get rid of. To be able to just throw them into a box would be great!
post #145 of 350
SOOOO glad I chanced upon this thread!!! I went ahead and got the 1-week-per-page version, and have printed the rest of the year on scrap paper from work. This is week 2, and so far, so good. I don't do everything, and I don't stress about it. I'm doing something! And that's way better than the nothing I was doing before. Tried FlyLady, flaked out. It was just so complicated and tedious. I just kinda wanted DH to tell me what to do (he's the one who hates mess so he does dishes and laundry and occasionally "cleans up" by stashing stuff wherever so you never find it again), isn't that silly? So now, MM tells me what to do.

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Originally Posted by thewaggonerfamily View Post
Doing the laundry is easy. Its folding that is the big bugaboo.
In our house, everyone folds their own laundry. I don't bother folding DS(6)'s clothes, b/c who cares if a 6-yo boy's clothes are wrinkled? And he would just mess up the drawers anyway. I have a basket, and DD's clothes get piled on top of her dresser. She's pretty good at putting them away. But I tend to leave it for weeks on end.

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Originally Posted by Okapi View Post
Also, I'm wondering how people clean their walls.
I had never washed walls on a regular basis (nor do I plan to...), but when I did it last summer before we had the house painted, I tied an old t-shirt to a broom, spritzed it with a wee bit of water and wiped the walls with that. We now have a microfiber mop that I would probably use for that. I don't intend to do that for most of the rooms, though I'll give the kitchen walls a wash because they do get splashes. I've always been particular about wiping my kids' hands after meals and if they come in with dirty hands, so now they do it themselves, and so our walls don't get dirty, just a wee bit dusty. I might condescend to wipe the baseboards and around trim...

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Originally Posted by MamaRuga View Post
I'm just moving the clutter to clean under it and then putting it back.
Eventually you'll get tired of moving it around, and little by little, you'll deal with it. I'm mostly working around mine, though dealing somewhat with areas that are bugging me. Like the folding table in the living room that we use for "school". It's a major major clutter trap, not to mention that it unnecessarily (for Summer) takes up a huge space we could use for other stuff like actually doing the exercises on my WiiFit and my Salvation Army-sourced exercise videos).
post #146 of 350
I like the Goodwill container idea too! I just dragged four bags to the St. Vincent de Paul society yesterday. Progress! But... I'm feeling pretty discouraged about clutter today and could use some advice.

ETA: I realized that this post actually belonged in the forum as a separate thread, so I've moved it there. Off to clean the freezer!!!
post #147 of 350
Ok, I'm going to jump in too... thewaggonerfamily's slacker thread pulled me in, and I like Comtessa's description of "enforced enough". I've tried Flylady and while I loved it, it was both too overwhelming (so much to do!) and too lovey-dovey (cutsey artwork and rah-rah letters). I'm hoping the checkboxes and enough-already tasks will work a bit better.

I have a 5yo, 3yo, and 10mo on a rural homestead with a few animals... we're about to double the number of rooms in our home (yay for space, oh no for more cleaning)... we're starting homeschool in the fall... I'm starting a certification program at the end of August... if the organization/cleaning habit is going to be set it's going to have to be set soon!

---what a great idea about a donate bin! I usually have one or two bags going but it looks messy and the kids find them and pull stuff back out.---
post #148 of 350
Well I reached page 2 of everyone raving over this so I purchased it to try, now I am going to go back and read the rest of the thread to see it the positive reviews continue.
post #149 of 350
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Originally Posted by wombatclay View Post
Ok, I'm going to jump in too... thewaggonerfamily's slacker thread pulled me in, and I like Comtessa's description of "enforced enough". I've tried Flylady and while I loved it, it was both too overwhelming (so much to do!) and too lovey-dovey (cutsey artwork and rah-rah letters). I'm hoping the checkboxes and enough-already tasks will work a bit better.

I have a 5yo, 3yo, and 10mo on a rural homestead with a few animals... we're about to double the number of rooms in our home (yay for space, oh no for more cleaning)... we're starting homeschool in the fall... I'm starting a certification program at the end of August... if the organization/cleaning habit is going to be set it's going to have to be set soon!

---what a great idea about a donate bin! I usually have one or two bags going but it looks messy and the kids find them and pull stuff back out.---
Hi Wombatclay....
We were in the same DDC for our youngest. I only have two DDs, but I love MM. I hope you enjoy it too! I really like the "enough done" part of this so that I can clean for about 45 minutes a day and spend the rest of the time with the littles.
~maddymama
post #150 of 350
Oh, I only wish it took me 45 minutes a day!!!! With a toddler at home, the checklist usually takes me the better part of a day to complete.
post #151 of 350
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Originally Posted by PoetryLover View Post
I received the following via email from my husband this morning.

The apartment looked AWESOME this morning!

I was like wow. Nice.

Thank you.


I've only been doing what's on the list. My home is really taking shape.
That is really sweet!
post #152 of 350
heyla back atcha!

I'll aim for 45 minutes, but I'm thinking those days will be few and far between.

I actually wiped down my dry erase board and wrote the "daily chores" on one side and the "tasks of the day" on the other (I don't have a printer and I live by dry erase boards)... I broke the chores down into morning/during the day/evening and color coded them as such (green, orange, red). It feels more do-able to me that way since I can look at the fridge and see that all the green things are checked off so I'm "good to go". Even though there are other things on the list I can tell by the color that I don't have to think about them yet.

I did manage to internalize a half dozen or so techniques from FlyLady (like swishing the bathroom sink/mirror/toilet every night before I get into the shower) so I'm going to keep those and sub in different things when the MM to-do list has things like "restock tp".

I try to use the "Walk at Home" dvd for exercise (a 14 minute mile sort of thing) and I hope the "exercise" check box will help me make sure this happens... does anyone have a favorite exercise program they use with MM? I need something fast and small kiddo friendly!
post #153 of 350
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Originally Posted by Comtessa View Post
Oh, I only wish it took me 45 minutes a day!!!! With a toddler at home, the checklist usually takes me the better part of a day to complete.
I should probably clarify... what doesn't get done in the 45 minutes won't get done that day... it doesn't mean that I finish the all the tasks all the time, but I do my best. I ususally get the daily chores done, but only two or three off of the daily list.
~maddymama
post #154 of 350


That's a good clarification!
post #155 of 350
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Originally Posted by wombatclay View Post
I hope the "exercise" check box will help me make sure this happens... does anyone have a favorite exercise program they use with MM? I need something fast and small kiddo friendly!
I'm liking the exercise tick-box too and started using it last week. Though I found that I was sooo out of shape that I didn't feel like doing anything else! [because I was tired and I hurt ]

I did some WiiFit - but I find all the animation just so tedious to get through - it takes an hour to do 35 minutes of exercise, but I guess that's no worse than going somewhere for exercise. And then I did some old workout videos that I had bought at thrift stores. And then I looked stuff up on YouTube. I found this really sweet guy: www.PaulEugene.com and he does these short (about 8 min, so you should aim for 2 to 4 per day), simple workouts. The moves are interesting enough to keep doing for a while, but not too complex (as in, not too many different moves). It's a bit cheesy, sort of "funk" and R&B based, but with that lame home-made-so-you-don't-have-to-pay-royalties music, and if religious stuff turns you off, you'll want to avoid his "gospel aerobics" (which are clearly labelled in a separate section, the rest don't seem to mention anything religious). I'm liking it as an intro to get back into moving my body and it feels friendly and non-intimidating. Of course DD (15) sat on the couch and mocked me the whole time...
post #156 of 350
[QUOTE=Down2Earth;15390791]I just bought my calendar and my dh is picking it up from kinkos today. (I had it printed and spiral-bound for $12.) QUOTE]

And you simply had to email them the pdf?
post #157 of 350
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Originally Posted by MamaRuga View Post
Thank you for this thread!!!!

I jumped in and got it and it has really helped me a lot with getting my house cleaned up.

But, I am spending way more time cleaning than I am used to. I think it is going to get better as I get my new routines down. Already I love changing towels every other day and wiping out the sinks daily.

I live in a log house, though. The washing of the walls takes FOREVER! I spend an hour tonight on one room and it isn't even half finished yet. The ceiling logs need serious cleaning too. But at least the list has me getting to it. It needs to be done one way or the other. I had just been living in happy oblivion to a lot of these chores.

I am a WAH mom (or at least am trying to be) with a toddler and I just can't seem to finish everything. But I try to let the daily chores slide if needed, since I get a new chance the next day. I figure one day on not sweeping the floor is better than missing one of the bigger chores that won't come around again for a while.

The other thing that I have to address is that I am NOT getting to my real issue which is the clutter. I'm just moving the clutter to clean under it and then putting it back. And the Friday, general pick up of the house, is the one chore I consistently don't get to. Not sure how to address that. I just don't have time to do it. It is a big project.

But overall I am really liking this!
A log cabin is my DREAM home!
post #158 of 350
[QUOTE=MamaMem;15570026]
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Originally Posted by Down2Earth View Post
I just bought my calendar and my dh is picking it up from kinkos today. (I had it printed and spiral-bound for $12.) QUOTE]

And you simply had to email them the pdf?
Yeah, it was super easy. You go to the kinkos website and upload your pdf. It was ready to pick up in just a couple of hours.
post #159 of 350
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The other thing that I have to address is that I am NOT getting to my real issue which is the clutter. I'm just moving the clutter to clean under it and then putting it back. And the Friday, general pick up of the house, is the one chore I consistently don't get to. Not sure how to address that. I just don't have time to do it. It is a big project.
Maybe break it down? So instead of the general pick up on Friday, select one room or one table/counter to declutter? Or borrow from FlyLady (and clutter buster shows) and go through a room with three bags/boxes (one trash, one donate, one keep) and set a timer... just grab and sort your way across the room/through a pile till the timer rings. Then trash the trash bag and put the donate bag right into the car. The keep bag can be sorted the next day.

Is there one type of clutter that is more obvious? Maybe figure out if there is a way to organize that sort of thing that would make putting it away easy?
post #160 of 350
OK -- I posted to the other MM thread but wasn't sure if it is still active.

I've done EVERYTHING from the list Monday, Tuesay and today except for clean telephones (not sure how to do this--wipe it down w/clorox wipes?), vacuum 2nd floor (18 weeks pregnant and too scared to lift the heavy duty vacuum up the stairs -- DH said he would do it tonight), clean out one kitchen drawer will do later day! YAY! I love it when things go well. I actually made dinner (a full nice sit down meal for the fam) on Monday & Tuesday, too! Our house looks 100% better than it did last week. MM is amazing.

One thing for sure that I need to start doing is exercise...Must.Get.To.The.GYM!!! Yikes, I've probably put on 20 pounds already with this pregnancy, too.
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