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post #201 of 350
I have fallen off the wagon this week too.. it hasn't been a very good week (lots of fighting between me and DH, sucked) but amazingly my house doesn't even look that bad!! So, as a testament to the fact that decluttering and MM works quite well.. you CAN let things go and get back on track pretty quick!! With the exception of the toys strewn all over my family room (unavoidable... 1 and 2 year old have been up and playing for a few hours) my house is back to being mostly company ready with like an hour of work this morning
post #202 of 350
i've decided that i'm not starting until monday

this weekend i'm getting rid of some crap and generally making the house at least not look like a cyclone just went through, then i think i'll feel fresh to start when i can actually see a light at the end of the tunnel...
post #203 of 350
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Originally Posted by Beauchamp View Post
I just downloaded it. I got another dollar off with the code "giveaways". now I just have to print it. We just moved, so the house is a wreck.
Thanks for the code. I just downloaded it. I have looked at it many times over the years but never thought it would work for me. Now I finally have my house decluttered to the point where I feel this can work. I love the idea I read upthread to have other capable household members pick 2 things to do...I have two boys who I have let slack way to much and being a single mom I really can use their help! Hopefully this will help them feel they have some "choice". My house needs a good cleaning up after 2 days of slacking..so I am off to do that and will start MM tomorrow.I look forward to keeping up with others on this thread
post #204 of 350
Thank you for the code! That combined with the sale finally convinced me to purchase it. I'm hoping to become disgustingly organized now...
post #205 of 350
Glad to see some new people jump on board! I love reading this thread and getting encouragement to keep on keeping on with it. Just having the list is helpful to see what should be done. I thought the list would become depressing if I didn't do the items but it still gives me a guide to follow.
post #206 of 350
Thread Starter 
Back on track this morning. I print the weekly sheet, so i can just throw out last week and not think about what didn't get done anymore. I completed yesterday & most of today's chores. My dd19 will sweep & vacuum today. I also assigned several other tasks to her during the week.

I am hoping to stay on track this week before I leave town. I will be gone for 2 weeks, but have asked dd19 to take over the list while I am gone. She only works part time and school is out for the next 3 weeks, so I think it is reasonable she take over the chores while I am gone. After all, she has free rent!

Great to see the new faces here. It keeps me going! Welcome....
post #207 of 350
I have been printing them out weekly too but we are out of ink at the moment... I either need to walk down to the neighborhood center this morning and print a few more weeks or experiment with using my white board. I was thinking I could write the weekly stuff in permanent marker (so it won't erase) and then the daily stuff in dry erase pen and I will just write it up every day...
post #208 of 350
My white board...

I wrote the "every day chores" (customized for my life ) on a piece of paper about the width of a bookmark. I taped this to the left hand side of the white board. Next to each item on that list I make a dot with a dry erase pen... when I do the chore I draw a line through the dot. At the end of the day I wipe them all off and re-dot.

The "do on this day" tasks I write on the right hand side of the white board. I cross them off as I go and wipe them clean each night.

I had planned on using a sharpie and writing the daily chores on the white board but I wanted to be able to cusromize as I use the program. Like, I'll be adding "homeschool" to the daily list in a few weeks. And I found that tasks got done more easily if I organized them by time of day (all the morning things, then afternoon things, etc)... so with tasks written on the paper I could rearrange/add/remove items until it worked "just right". I'm still tweaking it, but I may get to the "sharpie" moment soon.

It sounds more complicated than it is, but I like having the different colors so I can see what has been missed (or what item I never get to and should probably re-consider), and I really enjoy wiping the board each night.
post #209 of 350
I think I'm finally getting the hang of this! Some days I'll do extra chores, other days I'll do fewer, depending on whether or not I take my little darlings to the park. (I DO want to have a life, you know ) I'll post more when I get more in the swing of things.
post #210 of 350
So, I made my first white board attempt. I put the daily chores (minus making beds and preparing tomorrows clothes) in sharpie with 7 boxes next to them and I have been checking the boxes as I do them each day. Then under that writing the chores for that day each morning in dry erase pen and just erasing them as I go. So far I like doing it like that because if something doesn't get done one day I can leave it on for the next day!
post #211 of 350
Not such a great start - I planned to start on Sunday, and all I did yesterday was change the towl in the kitchen. And that was because it got food on it and fell to the floor!

We'll see how tonight goes!
post #212 of 350
Hi, can I join in? I just downloaded the planner this evening, and hope to start tomorrow!
I'm a little nervous because my house is a huge mess (and full of clutter), but my main problem is that I feel too overwhelmed to do anything so I'm hoping the "small tasks" thing is going to work for me!
post #213 of 350
I just wanted to give a little shout-out to everyone who's just jumping on board, and remind you not to get overwhelmed because *it gets easier*!!! It really, really does. I think I started in the end of May with mine, and it took a couple of months to feel like I wasn't cleaning all day, but I think I'm finally "there." Once you've done the deep-cleaning tasks once, it really is a simple matter to maintain them. I don't think I had scrubbed my bathtub for months, and it took me forever to get it clean (and a whole lot more bleach than I would have preferred to use). Now, since I'm scrubbing it at least once a month (or is it twice? I don't remember), it doesn't need anywhere near that much elbow grease -- or harsh cleansers, either. There's a surprising fringe benefit of using MM -- I don't need to use yucky chemicals to clean the house anymore!

Okay, and here's some unsolicited advice, if it is helpful for anyone. These are a few really small things that I did that helped me really get motivated to keep up with the cleaning:
  • I went to the store and bought a bunch of good "green" cleaning supplies. I put some in the kitchen and some in the upstairs linen closet, so they're always easy to grab when I need them.
  • I bought a plain spray bottle and filled it with diluted vinegar. I keep this in the kitchen for simple wipe-downs of surfaces. Super easy.
  • I keep a clean rag attached to the bottle of glass cleaner with a rubber band, so it's always handy. After several uses, I swap it for a new one.

And here are some ways I use the list:
  • I added one really important thing to my 'daily tasks' list: six checkboxes representing 12-oz glasses of water. It has really helped remind me to drink more water every day, which gives me lots more energy. Which helps me keep my house cleaner!!!
  • I go to the library and print a few weeks' worth at a time. Then I use the pages to write in all of my appointments, meetings, to-do list sorts of things, etc., as well. This helps me rearrange housework around the busier days.
  • I write the menus for the week on there, so I can tell with a glance what kind of shopping/meal prep I need to be doing throughout the week.
  • I keep the lists clipped to a clipboard in the kitchen, with a pen, so it's easy to check throughout the day, or move around, or hide when company comes over (don't want to reveal the secret of my suddenly sparkling house).

Okay, I'm off to... er... what is it today? Wash the dining room windows? Eek, I doubt they've ever been washed. Okay, here goes!
post #214 of 350
Ok, so I got nearly all of yesterday's list done and some items from Monday and I woke up this morning to a much much nicer house! I never clean my bathroom in the middle of the week, so I was kind of surprised this morning when I went to brush my teeth and everything looked so clean and sparkly!

The downside is that I feel like I spent three hours cleaning/cooking last night and hardly got to see my 3 year old. Then he was up for two hours instead of falling asleep right when we laid down and I think it was because I didn't spend enough time doing things with him. I don't know, maybe that's just guilt? He did help me clean by bringing me (pieces) of paper towels and helped me cook dinner which are both things he likes to do.

And another thing - after reading through different threads and seeing people's decluttered spaces, I realized that mine is FAR from decluttered! I thought we had things under control but I'm realizing there is way too much stuff I keep shuffling from one end of the house to the other because it doesn't have a home. AND, we don't even really need it! All that firewood and old luggage taking up our storage spaces could be given away and we could actually store our useable things in there.

And I'm PMSing and something about that makes me want to throw away everything in my house! I have no patience for all those extra things.
post #215 of 350
I am loving MM so far....although I have to admit I don't always do everything on the list, but I figure that doing some is better than none.

Plus most of all I end up doing things I wouldn't have done otherwise.

Yesterday I looked at my list and read Dust children's rooms....and I am thinking "do I have to?"....sigh, well OK then....a few HOURS later I had done a major dusting and declutter of my son's furniture surfaces plus both my daughter's rooms. I realised if I hadn't signed up for this, I would not have bothered!
post #216 of 350
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Originally Posted by Sasha's Mama View Post

And another thing - after reading through different threads and seeing people's decluttered spaces, I realized that mine is FAR from decluttered! I thought we had things under control but I'm realizing there is way too much stuff I keep shuffling from one end of the house to the other because it doesn't have a home. AND, we don't even really need it!
Me too...I am not ready to share photos of my place, WAY too much decluttering still to do...
post #217 of 350
I have been doing this for two weeks and we all notice the difference! I LOVE it. I don't always get everything done, but it's the first time that I feel on top of things since my kids were born. I love not having to make up a list myself. I just do what I see each day. I don't do one shelf of the fridge at a time though. I prefer to do it all at once. So will do it all on one day and combine other days chores to make it work. I like having it on paper so I can add my other errands and to-do items to the same list so that it's all in one spot.
post #218 of 350
Where are you storing your papers for this? I am trying to get organized in just that department! ha!

I originally downloaded each day on one page but I'm thinking of buying the other one where it is one week on one sheet.... I know some of you use spiral notebooks, but that seems too big for me.

I guess I could just have the sheet individually?

Any ideas?
post #219 of 350
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Originally Posted by dearmama22 View Post
Where are you storing your papers for this? I am trying to get organized in just that department! ha!

I originally downloaded each day on one page but I'm thinking of buying the other one where it is one week on one sheet.... I know some of you use spiral notebooks, but that seems too big for me.

I guess I could just have the sheet individually?

Any ideas?
I keep mine (a few weeks printed out at a time) in my home management binder.
post #220 of 350
My husband printed the whole lot out at once, so I just put them in a pile and clipped them together with a bulldog clip. I keep it on my desk, with the current one on top of the pile then toss it when the week is over.
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