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post #81 of 350

One more attempt at being on the same page: does the upcoming Monday have "Clean stove (outside & top)" as an item? It is the first week of June from 2007, and if they didn't change it, then that's where it should be, as the items you mentioned for last week (first aid kit, organizing desk, etc) were in the previous week.

I just did a general tidy today, and am going to jump in with the printed list tomorrow.

I am a big believer in, if you don't get it done, do not look back! Otherwise it becomes overwhelming, and then nothing gets done, which is how I got into this mess in the first place!

I also want to declutter this June, so am going to get that in, somehow... maybe a room a week? Or something like that.

Excited to be joining, I think I will be a lot more peaceful if my home is cleaner and de-cluttered.

My big big big goal is to establish and maintain a steady routine, so I don't have to do big huge clean-ups anymore.
post #82 of 350
I think I may give this a shot. I'm normally pretty organized but with the upcoming birth of my second babe, I have a feeling that I'd like a list to look at and check off mindlessly...you know? And if anyone offers to give me some help...I don't have to think real hard...just look at the list!
post #83 of 350
You folks have inspired me to try this! I had made my own routine, loosely based on what I knew of flylady, but with two kids now and busy schedules, it wasn't always getting done. When I started doing that, which was basically one room per day, hitting the whole house every other week, I had to adapt to never having the whole place spotless. This is even more of an adjustment. The whole bathroom isn't all clean at once. Definitely more do-able, though.
post #84 of 350
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Originally Posted by daisymama12 View Post

One more attempt at being on the same page: does the upcoming Monday have "Clean stove (outside & top)" as an item? It is the first week of June from 2007, and if they didn't change it, then that's where it should be, as the items you mentioned for last week (first aid kit, organizing desk, etc) were in the previous week.

I just did a general tidy today, and am going to jump in with the printed list tomorrow.

I am a big believer in, if you don't get it done, do not look back! Otherwise it becomes overwhelming, and then nothing gets done, which is how I got into this mess in the first place!

I also want to declutter this June, so am going to get that in, somehow... maybe a room a week? Or something like that.

Excited to be joining, I think I will be a lot more peaceful if my home is cleaner and de-cluttered.

My big big big goal is to establish and maintain a steady routine, so I don't have to do big huge clean-ups anymore.
Yep! That's the one! Looks like we are all on the same page now!

I wish we could have a poll to see what format everyone is using. I'm doing the one that shows a full week on one page. I think I would like the daily one but that would just be way too many pages for me. I still haven't ruled it out for next year though. But if I decide to do the full week again, I will probably just reuse the one I printed this year. I've been using pencil to check the boxes so it should be easy to make it look like new.
post #85 of 350
to limit paper, I'm doing the full week on half page. I think I like it, but need to highlight the columns like a pp wrote, otherwise it's gets too tiny to really keep accurate track of.
1 week down, and my house is looking pretty good!
~maddymama
post #86 of 350
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Originally Posted by Down2Earth View Post
Yep! That's the one! Looks like we are all on the same page now!

I wish we could have a poll to see what format everyone is using. I'm doing the one that shows a full week on one page. I think I would like the daily one but that would just be way too many pages for me. I still haven't ruled it out for next year though. But if I decide to do the full week again, I will probably just reuse the one I printed this year. I've been using pencil to check the boxes so it should be easy to make it look like new.
Thanks for checking, glad that I can do this with the rest of you

Day 1 for me went well! I still haven't pampered myself, so think I will run a bath and read a bit of the paper before bed

Curious to know if anyone else did a little pampering.

I think the list makes me feel a little energized and hopeful about the house, but want to take it nice and easy so I don't burn out like the last time.

I'm using the full week on one page format, to save paper. It's on my fridge. It's great since I showed the list to my sons and told them to pick one of the daily tasks and do it before we left today.
post #87 of 350
I did it! Downloaded it today (half size w/two weeks on it). Since it's late in the day I may not start till tomorrow but we'll see if I get a second wind tonight...
post #88 of 350
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Originally Posted by Down2Earth View Post
I wish we could have a poll to see what format everyone is using. I'm doing the one that shows a full week on one page. I think I would like the daily one but that would just be way too many pages for me. I still haven't ruled it out for next year though. But if I decide to do the full week again, I will probably just reuse the one I printed this year. I've been using pencil to check the boxes so it should be easy to make it look like new.
I know what you mean, I would like to see what everyone likes & dislikes about what they use. I am using the 1 week per page, but I don't like the daily columns they seem to run together. I'm considering using the half page per day for next year. I am not sure I need the daily time columns but maybe I would use them. I don't use a daily planner, just google calendar/task list. Not sure yet.

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Originally Posted by daisymama12 View Post
Thanks for checking, glad that I can do this with the rest of you

Day 1 for me went well! I still haven't pampered myself, so think I will run a bath and read a bit of the paper before bed

Curious to know if anyone else did a little pampering.

I think the list makes me feel a little energized and hopeful about the house, but want to take it nice and easy so I don't burn out like the last time.

I'm using the full week on one page format, to save paper. It's on my fridge. It's great since I showed the list to my sons and told them to pick one of the daily tasks and do it before we left today.
This week I am treating myself to a manicure/pedicure so I will check off pamper yourself when it is done. Other weeks I take a bath & read. I just check it later in the week if I don't do it on Sunday. I like that it is in there. My favorite tasks are pamper yourself, daily exercise, and quiet time!

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Originally Posted by CeciMami View Post
I did it! Downloaded it today (half size w/two weeks on it). Since it's late in the day I may not start till tomorrow but we'll see if I get a second wind tonight...
Great! Hope you like it.

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Originally Posted by somanyjoys View Post
You folks have inspired me to try this! I had made my own routine, loosely based on what I knew of flylady, but with two kids now and busy schedules, it wasn't always getting done. When I started doing that, which was basically one room per day, hitting the whole house every other week, I had to adapt to never having the whole place spotless. This is even more of an adjustment. The whole bathroom isn't all clean at once. Definitely more do-able, though.
Before MM I had a cleaning person come every other week. That day was wonderful. The house was spotless. But that great feeling never lasted long. This year, when I decided to do the cleaning myself, I chose MM because I could handle the small tasks. It wasn't as much of an adjustment as I thouht it would be not having the house all clean at once. Now I feel my house is clean enough ALL the time. I do do a nightly tidy of things, but as far as the actual cleaning of dirt the house is at an acceptable level daily.

Btw, whomever said they use the chores list for 'naughty kids' - that was genious. I have also been pointing to it whenever one of my kids say the 'bored' word.

I was supposed to work today, but they called me off this morning at 0530. SO, off to get my chores done and maybe take the kids swimming and have a picnic lunch. Hope everyone enjoys their day.
post #89 of 350
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Originally Posted by mags.bubble View Post

Before MM I had a cleaning person come every other week. That day was wonderful. The house was spotless. But that great feeling never lasted long. This year, when I decided to do the cleaning myself, I chose MM because I could handle the small tasks. It wasn't as much of an adjustment as I thouht it would be not having the house all clean at once. Now I feel my house is clean enough ALL the time. I do do a nightly tidy of things, but as far as the actual cleaning of dirt the house is at an acceptable level daily.
This is very inspiring for me. How long did it take for you to feel like that?

post #90 of 350
Ok so I started yesterday and I am pumped

I got the one day per half page with the times for appointments and box for menu plan. I don't use a daytimer so I am hoping this will help me to write appointments down instead of remembering them in my head

Also yesterday I had a massage (It was my mother's day gift and already booked an it was soo nice)

My kitchen looks so much better already and it was so easy to make dinner with an already tidy kitchen and clean sink and counters!

I haven't done everything today, still need to clean the top shelf of fridge and vacuum but DS is now sleeping so will not be vacuuming.

So here is my question for those who are well into MM Do you put the tasks you didn't accomplish today over to tomorrow or do you just leave it knowing that it will come up again soon?
post #91 of 350
Just got back from camping this weekend and will start tomorrow! I kind of want to go back and do today's stuff too because its stuff that REALLY needs to be done in my house (especially the stove top) but I also don't want to burn myself out. The whole point of doing this was to lessen my cleaning time, not increase it. LOL.

I'm excited to get started!
post #92 of 350
I've been looking at MM for a couple years now, does anyone here do the daily half-page planner with bible readings? I'm seriously thinking of getting that one and printing the whole thing out, cutting (I have a lovely paper cutter just for this kind of stuff) and then taking it to get spiral bound at Staples (only place around that does that here) I really like the section on each page where I can list appointments by time, that would REALLY help with our homeschool and my college classes. And honestly, I think I spent more this year on the calendars I get every year ($15 each, I hang two up by my dry-erase calendar so I can run a 3 month calendar to plan my days) than I would spend on getting the MM daily list and having it spiral bound (or even just buying a half-page planner binder that I can use and then hole-punching it)
post #93 of 350
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Originally Posted by kittie313 View Post
I've been looking at MM for a couple years now, does anyone here do the daily half-page planner with bible readings? I'm seriously thinking of getting that one and printing the whole thing out, cutting (I have a lovely paper cutter just for this kind of stuff) and then taking it to get spiral bound at Staples (only place around that does that here) I really like the section on each page where I can list appointments by time, that would REALLY help with our homeschool and my college classes. And honestly, I think I spent more this year on the calendars I get every year ($15 each, I hang two up by my dry-erase calendar so I can run a 3 month calendar to plan my days) than I would spend on getting the MM daily list and having it spiral bound (or even just buying a half-page planner binder that I can use and then hole-punching it)
I got that one ... but didn't get it spiral bound. I just printed it out and stapled a month's worth together.
post #94 of 350
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Originally Posted by mags.bubble View Post
am using the 1 week per page, but I don't like the daily columns they seem to run together.
I have the same one, and was thinking that same thing when I was checking the daily boxes. Then I had the idea to color in the box, and that seems to work much better - much more obvious what's done & what's not.

I've been doing this for almost a week, and already you can REALLY tell the difference. I'm starting to notice little things that never would have occurred to me to clean before - like the wood trim on the bottom of the couch I really think this is going to make a big difference.
post #95 of 350
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Originally Posted by Adamsmama View Post
I got that one ... but didn't get it spiral bound. I just printed it out and stapled a month's worth together.
Hmmm I like the idea of stapling a month at a time together........ DH said that I can buy it payday if I want, so I'm thinking I may take the plunge and go for it.
post #96 of 350
Today was day 1 and went pretty well. I didn't get everything on the list done, but I also had a few extra things to do (like put away clothes from our weekend away and change the sheets since DS's diaper leaked last night).

It still took me a few hours to do. I'm really hoping this will help me down my cleaning time, not up it. Because I need to be spending more time w/ DS, not cleaning. It seems efficient, but I have to get used to not cleaning an entire room at one time. Which just feels weird... Does anyone else feel that way? How long did it take you to get used to cleaning small sections different rooms each day?

Also, are bathroom floors on the list? I noticed yesterday was the toilets, today the mirrors, tubs and shower, but no floor. If there's not set day for it then I think I'll just incorporate it into my toilet cleaning day.

I got the 1/2 sheet with the appointment and meal plan areas. I'm, like pp, hoping it will help me plan more efficiently around my school schedule.
post #97 of 350
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Originally Posted by daisymama12 View Post
This is very inspiring for me. How long did it take for you to feel like that?
Well, I started in January, but I would say in the last month or two. It really started when I first realized that I didn't need to clean each time we entertained friends. I just need to double check that the toilet & bathroom sink is presentable. Ofcourse, my standards may be different than yours. But like I said, at this point I feel my house is better than average everyday.

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So here is my question for those who are well into MM Do you put the tasks you didn't accomplish today over to tomorrow or do you just leave it knowing that it will come up again soon?
Depends on the week & the task. I pretty much will skip it if I can, although mentally I have to keep telling myself it is okay. I try to plan ahead if I know I am going to have a tough time, but it just doesn't always work.

That is actually one reason I was thinking of getting the half day per page next time. If I get recycle the page each day, then I won't see the tasks that didn't get completed each day. Now I see them for the whole week.

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Originally Posted by Okapi View Post
I have the same one, and was thinking that same thing when I was checking the daily boxes. Then I had the idea to color in the box, and that seems to work much better - much more obvious what's done & what's not.
I am going to start coloring in the boxes too. I think that will help.



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Originally Posted by LoveLife View Post
Today was day 1 and went pretty well. I didn't get everything on the list done, but I also had a few extra things to do (like put away clothes from our weekend away and change the sheets since DS's diaper leaked last night).

It still took me a few hours to do. I'm really hoping this will help me down my cleaning time, not up it. Because I need to be spending more time w/ DS, not cleaning. It seems efficient, but I have to get used to not cleaning an entire room at one time. Which just feels weird... Does anyone else feel that way? How long did it take you to get used to cleaning small sections different rooms each day?

Also, are bathroom floors on the list? I noticed yesterday was the toilets, today the mirrors, tubs and shower, but no floor. If there's not set day for it then I think I'll just incorporate it into my toilet cleaning day.

I got the 1/2 sheet with the appointment and meal plan areas. I'm, like pp, hoping it will help me plan more efficiently around my school schedule.
Some days it takes me longer than others. I try to time myself, because some days I feel it is taking all day but really it isn't. It's just that I keep getting interupted.

Mopping the bathroom floors are on the list, but maybe monthly? not sure. I spot clean them when I am cleaning the toilets on Mondays.

Still need to vacuum the bedrooms today and prep dinner. Otherwise, I am pretty much caught up for the day. I missed wiping the top shelf of the fridge this week. Last week I missed cleaning the walls in the kids room. Not going back to do it now, but they really could of used it. I think that's about it. How is everyone else doing this week?
post #98 of 350
I started yesterday on the sample 2 two weeks (the half sized w/ bible quotes).. I'm REALLY bad about jumping into something and going in with both feet full steam and full enthusiasm for a while, but it dies quickly and does not last and I'm lucky if I can refan the flame.. some times I can, some times I can't... soo, I'm trying to take it slow and not totally commit (IE not buy it) until I give it the full two week try... if I am still doing well,and enjoying it, and thinking it helps, then, I will commit and buy.. we'll see how it goes...

I'm trying NOT to burn out, because I tend to try to do EVERYTHING at once , and my house was sooo bad when I woke up Monday (due to taking a week off house work, to prep for and do potty training... and having a toddler!!) And I sooo want it clean NOW, but I know it isn't going to happen and I try to remind myself of that..

Proud of all of you who are doing this and working so hard to make a calm peaceful home for your families!!

Kym
post #99 of 350
I'm really happy with the chore list so far...even though I've switched items from one day to the next and vice versa because of my schedule, it's really helped me to stay on track overall which is what I was looking for! I have two full weeks on one sheet of paper and I like that so that I can look over that whole span of time and catch up if I feel like it.
post #100 of 350
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Originally Posted by daisymama12 View Post
Curious to know if anyone else did a little pampering.
I still haven't done any pampering. I really should use that time to keep my eyebrows groomed.

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Originally Posted by butterfly_mommy View Post
So here is my question for those who are well into MM Do you put the tasks you didn't accomplish today over to tomorrow or do you just leave it knowing that it will come up again soon?
If I don't finish all the tasks I don't try to do them on the next day. That would be too overwhelming and I would always feel like I'm behind. If I'm done for the day and I'm feeling ambitious I might go back to do things I've missed. Or if my DH wants to help me out, I might assign him some tasks. But I think that has only happened once!


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Originally Posted by kittie313 View Post
I've been looking at MM for a couple years now, does anyone here do the daily half-page planner with bible readings? I'm seriously thinking of getting that one and printing the whole thing out, cutting (I have a lovely paper cutter just for this kind of stuff) and then taking it to get spiral bound at Staples (only place around that does that here) I really like the section on each page where I can list appointments by time, that would REALLY help with our homeschool and my college classes. And honestly, I think I spent more this year on the calendars I get every year ($15 each, I hang two up by my dry-erase calendar so I can run a 3 month calendar to plan my days) than I would spend on getting the MM daily list and having it spiral bound (or even just buying a half-page planner binder that I can use and then hole-punching it)
Punching holes and putting them in a day-planner might be the most cost effective. I know what you mean about buying so many calendars. I have a weekly pocket calendar, a wall calendar, my google calendar, and a calendar on my phone. It would be really nice to consolidate all of them!

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Hmmm I like the idea of stapling a month at a time together........ DH said that I can buy it payday if I want, so I'm thinking I may take the plunge and go for it.
All right! I don't think you'll regret it!

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Originally Posted by LoveLife View Post
Also, are bathroom floors on the list? I noticed yesterday was the toilets, today the mirrors, tubs and shower, but no floor. If there's not set day for it then I think I'll just incorporate it into my toilet cleaning day.
I think bathroom floors are listed as a monthly task. I like cleaning the bathroom floor more often. Since I have a small house, it is really easy for me to mop the bathroom and a hallway at the same time as the kitchen. It only takes a few more minutes since I already have the mop and bucket out.

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Originally Posted by Mirta View Post
I started yesterday on the sample 2 two weeks (the half sized w/ bible quotes).. I'm REALLY bad about jumping into something and going in with both feet full steam and full enthusiasm for a while, but it dies quickly and does not last and I'm lucky if I can refan the flame.. some times I can, some times I can't... soo, I'm trying to take it slow and not totally commit (IE not buy it) until I give it the full two week try... if I am still doing well,and enjoying it, and thinking it helps, then, I will commit and buy.. we'll see how it goes...

I'm trying NOT to burn out, because I tend to try to do EVERYTHING at once , and my house was sooo bad when I woke up Monday (due to taking a week off house work, to prep for and do potty training... and having a toddler!!) And I sooo want it clean NOW, but I know it isn't going to happen and I try to remind myself of that..

Proud of all of you who are doing this and working so hard to make a calm peaceful home for your families!!

Kym
My house was a terrible mess when I started MM. I had to take two days and completely clean/pick up everything. I think I had everything done but the mopping of the kitchen. Once everything was relatively clean, it was much easier for me to do the tasks on my daily list. I'm sure if I was patient, everything would have been eventually done, but I couldn't wait. Maybe if you pick up everything so the house isn't messy, it will be easier to be patient with the list. I don't know, let me know how it goes.
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