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post #21 of 350
The only problem I have now is that since the house is staying picked up, I'm noticing "dirt" more and how shabby and worn some items are . But, that will pass as I do this longer, I'm sure. And the shabby and worn, as we have the money to replace. I'm considering opening a bank account for the express purpose of it being a "fix up the house" fund. I prefer to save and make do until then rather than just buy on credit. Life-saving surgery--sure, credit, deal later. A big-screen flat panel TV--the old-fashioned CRT TV we have is functional for the few months we save.

I just think of it as a scaffold that I can use to build on. If my son smeared play-doh all over the windows, I'm cleaning them, regardless of whether or not it says "clean windows". I like that it gives me permission to "stop" when I've checked everything off--rather than doing 1 more thing and then I get resentful that no one else is doing a darn thing and enjoying the evening as I'm slaving away...after I put in a full day at the office. My husband also likes it because he SAH and writes novels. I ask him to do certain things--such as make sure the laundry is washed--throw it on the couch to fold in the evening for all I care, dishes get put in the dishwasher, maybe the floor swept and all I get is "when would I have time to write?" This gives a list and the whole thought of "done is done" even when you can see other stuff that needs doing, it can wait--unless it is a health hazard.
post #22 of 350
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I am so glad this thread is still going. I just got back in town after a week out of town. My college age dd & dh were home. Ofcourse they didn't really clean anything. BUT, I threw away last weeks list and started chores for the day I returned. Within the first day (monday - cleaning toilets, etc) I felt back on track and not overwhelmed.

To the question about homeschooling, I don't so I am not sure about your schedule. I do have my ds6 home in the morning and he helps. He loves to do chores and cook with me. Ofcourse things are easier with my kids being school age. What gets in the way most are activities, work & volunteering.

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I just think of it as a scaffold that I can use to build on. If my son smeared play-doh all over the windows, I'm cleaning them, regardless of whether or not it says "clean windows". I like that it gives me permission to "stop" when I've checked everything off--rather than doing 1 more thing and then I get resentful that no one else is doing a darn thing and enjoying the evening as I'm slaving away...after I put in a full day at the office. My husband also likes it because he SAH and writes novels. I ask him to do certain things--such as make sure the laundry is washed--throw it on the couch to fold in the evening for all I care, dishes get put in the dishwasher, maybe the floor swept and all I get is "when would I have time to write?" This gives a list and the whole thought of "done is done" even when you can see other stuff that needs doing, it can wait--unless it is a health hazard.
To above poster - you hit exactly on how I feel. I can look at the checklist and say great, I am done and feel accomplished.

I finished a few extra things yesterday for today so all I have to do is the daily tasks, vacuum the bedrooms and change the kitchen/bathroom towels. I knew today would be jam packed. I like how the list allows me to adjust as needed.

Those that started last week - how is it going?
post #23 of 350
I am on my second week and loving it!!!! We had a friend over a few days ago and for the first time in like... a LONG time I didn't feel like I had to run around cleaning before he came over I too am noticing some things more now that my house looks better... spots on the walls, scuffed corners of furniture, that sort of thing. My husband has noticed too how much nicer the house looks AND how much less stressed I am which is always a plus. I also like that I can relax knowing I did what was on the list and things will come around that need to be done but I can still do them if they really need to be done Plus, it has been surprisingly easy to work around even with a 1 and a 2 year old running around!
post #24 of 350
I've been loving my checklist! For the first time my house is completely clean with almost no effort. It's so easy to just do what is on the list. And of course, it is always easier to keep things clean then it is to let them get completely out of control and then have to start from scratch.
post #25 of 350
The more I think about this, the more I think maybe I should join. But is there a way to check the list off electronically without printing it? Right now my printer's not working. Just wondering.

Also, I am assuming that following the list makes spring cleaning unnecessary, as it's being done little by little all year round?

I like Flylady but I never feel "done," like I can stop cleaning to write or do crafts.

Thanks!
post #26 of 350
Thread Starter 
I don't think that you can check things off online. If you can I don't know how. I definately understand not feeling done with fly lady. I don't have that feeling with MM. I feel accomplished at the end of the day. I suppose there are some things that don't come up - I haven't seen clean window sills. Gosh knows mine are really dirty from the winter and I am noticing since we can now have the windows open. Last week wiping down bathrooms walls came up. Another time wiping all light switches was listed, so I am thinking it will cover at least some of the spring cleaning type tasks. I was never much of a "spring cleaner" so not sure if it would meet standards. All I know is that I always feel company ready since I started this in January.

I didn't get to wiping the door of the fridge today. Was busy volunteering all morning at the kids school. Maybe tomorrow, maybe not. Otherwise I am on task for the week.
post #27 of 350
I love that at the end of the day there is a definite DONE feeling, because everything is checked off. You download a PDF of the cleaning schedule so I am sure you could check it off in the PDF if you didn't want to print it. I love it so much more than FlyLady, it never worked for me. And there are things that I have noticed needed to be done around my house that weren't on the list but I just do them when I notice the,
post #28 of 350
Okay, I ordered it and downloaded the pdf last night. I was worried whereas I have a baby, but it could be just what I need and if I don't get everything done everyday, I won't kick myself. I noticed that some days are really light and others are a bit heavier. I'll update this thread later in the day with my progress. :-)

I noticed there were some things not on the list like cleaning baseboards and windowsills (as another poster mentioned). I thought I could do those when I clean the windows and walls. and there are other things specific to my household (such as sanitizing baby toys), but I can do that in place of tasks that don't apply to me (such as cleaning the dishwasher door, as I don't have a dishwasher). I was thinking of making a list of the tasks I don't see and inserting those tasks when there are inapplicable (for me) tasks on the list.
post #29 of 350
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noticed there were some things not on the list like cleaning baseboards and windowsills (as another poster mentioned). I thought I could do those when I clean the windows and walls. and there are other things specific to my household (such as sanitizing baby toys), but I can do that in place of tasks that don't apply to me (such as cleaning the dishwasher door, as I don't have a dishwasher). I was thinking of making a list of the tasks I don't see and inserting those tasks when there are inapplicable (for me) tasks on the list.
That is how I look at it. I have a smaller sized home so I don't have a guest bedroom, indoor I don't have plants right now, and my dh changes all the filters for the furnace. So, sometimes I write in things to do that aren't on the list like wash dog bed or whatever, and other times I just put a line through it and don't do anything extra that day. Just depends..

I am not that computer savvy, so are you able to check off on the pdf file? Does anyone know if you can update or change the pdf file? It would be great to be able to change it on the computer rather than writing it in.

Off to start my chores...be back after.
post #30 of 350
I'm not computer savvy, either. I'm going to have my husband check it out when he gets home. For now he's printing the page a week I need from his workplace. :-)
post #31 of 350
I'm thinking of gettting this too. Do you guys like the full sized or the half sized planner?
post #32 of 350
i got the half sized planner pages, because I tend to plan out a couple days in advance what we are doing, and it's nice to look at two days at a time. JMO
post #33 of 350
thanks for your opinion, Millie ivy. I think maybe the half sized might be good for me because I'm not a planner. I forget to look at the calendar to see if we have appointments. Maybe seeing the next day would remind me to check our appointments and plan a little more.
post #34 of 350
Exactly! I'm a decent planner, but I work very part time, homeschool, have 2 kids with visitation that I plan around, and my youngest gets watched by my mil or mom. Sometimes the kids are in different places. I also run co-ops for foodstuffs and pickup in various spots on weekends. So it's all I can do sometimes to know whats coming in the next 48 hrs!
post #35 of 350
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Originally Posted by mags.bubble View Post
I am not that computer savvy, so are you able to check off on the pdf file? Does anyone know if you can update or change the pdf file? It would be great to be able to change it on the computer rather than writing it in.
I asked my dh and he said you usually can't change pdf documents but he thought you could copy it into a word file, make the changes, then re-save as a pdf. He said if you left in as a word file then you could check the boxes off electronically.
post #36 of 350
I have been using this for 2 weeks now... and have had 2 little victories!!! First, we had someone over with NO preplanning and I wasn't worried at all about my house! Second, today we were gone ALL day, and when we got home it only took me an hour and a half to do EVERYTHING I was supposed to do today
post #37 of 350
Came home late last night to my very clean house (main part, kids bedrooms are still needing major work, but those doors are closed. lol) and it was SO nice, and peaceful.

yay!
post #38 of 350
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I have been using this for 2 weeks now... and have had 2 little victories!!! First, we had someone over with NO preplanning and I wasn't worried at all about my house! Second, today we were gone ALL day, and when we got home it only took me an hour and a half to do EVERYTHING I was supposed to do today
That is just great! Since I started this, I feel the same way. I don't have that dread of pre planning the way I did before. I too find that it really takes only 1-2hrs each day to do everything and that includes interuptions.

I use the full page weekly calendar. I like viewing a week at a time. It goes along with printing the google calendar weekly.

Today is an easy day. I prefer to change the sheets saturday morning, so I will wait on that. It is raining, so sweeping the porch will wait. I have the ingredients ready for dinner, laundry to fold when dried and am otherwise done with my chores for the day. Yeah!
post #39 of 350
I chose the planner with an entire week on one page because my husband has to print them at this workplace and it makes it easier to have him print a page a week.

Yesterday was my first day following the system and I didn't get everything done, but I was amazed by what I accomplished. Amazed. And even with doing that little bit, my apartment looks so much better. I also love that weekends are extraordinarily light. I love to relax with my family without that sinking feeling that I should really be vacuuming, mopping, cleaning the bathroom, etc. I'm emotionally free to enjoy free time and to guiltlessly relax.
post #40 of 350
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I asked my dh and he said you usually can't change pdf documents but he thought you could copy it into a word file, make the changes, then re-save as a pdf. He said if you left in as a word file then you could check the boxes off electronically.
Thanks for the answer, that is what I figured. I usually just update it with a pen when things need to be added or removed based on my house. Seems to work well enough.
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