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post #41 of 44
just wanted to come back and updated... I totally didn't mean to derail the thread. I have just been so frustrated lately between the disconnect between what I"m able to do physically, and what I want to do.

I'm a slob by nature. My nesting instinct is kicking in, I think, and for the first time in my life I feel satisfaction at having a clean space, but between spd, the job, the 1yo, the pregnancy it's not as easy as it should be.

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Oh, please do not get defeated my my list.
Totally not your fault! If it works for you, it works for you! I guess I just posted that because it seems those lists would be much easier to execute in a smaller space-- it seemed relevant to the discussion. I could have defnitely phrased it in a more upbeat way.

I think I'm going to redouble my efforts to keep certain rooms closed off; and
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texmati:

my post was not to call you out, but to encourage you that you can do it! and, i truly remember myself of 2-3 years ago feeling exactly the same!
zoebird, thanks for the encouragement. I do agree that making it a priority and spending time after it is definitely one part of the solution. I also think there are 'institutional' things that can be done-- 'rules'; only brush your teeth in the master bathroom, no toys outside of the living room... what have you that can help with managing a larger home.

Reading your post, I realized that housework probably will never fall on the top of my list-- not trying to sound holier than thou-- I don't mean that I 'always put my family first'. I mean that tonight I will most likely have one free hour that I can use to either cook, watch the new episode of my fav tv show with dh, sew up blankets for the new baby or vacuum. I think I just have to be ok with the consequences of the fact that my butt will most likely be on that couch.
post #42 of 44
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Reading your post, I realized that housework probably will never fall on the top of my list--
LOL, I am the same way. If there is any way to afford it, I'd suggest hiring a weekly housecleaner. Even just to do bathrooms, kitchen, and floors. Or even twice a month. IMO, there is nothing wrong with paying someone to do that work.

My own homes have been small spaces (and currently getting smaller, we're getting ready to move into something like 550sf) but I grew up in- and am temporarily living at- my parents' house of about 2000sf. When they hired their weekly maid it made a HUGE difference in the state of the house (I used to have to wash my feet before I went to bed b/c they were black from all the soot that accumulates on the floors). Of course they still do daily pickup and chores, but it reduces the drudgery of it greatly. My mom says it was great for their marriage.
post #43 of 44
This has been interesting to read - thanks everyone!

We currently live in ~1000 sq ft (plus cellar/basement) but on Monday should find out if our offer on a 2000 sq ft, plus unfinished basement, home has been accepted.

I am so excited. The children's rooms will not be that much larger and their closet space will be comparable. The master bedroom has two closets and both bathrooms have closets. The house has one additional space (family room) that we do not have right now so the ability to have the space for a place for everything and everything in its place is something I'm really looking forward to, provided it all works out!

I've never gotten around to hiring someone but love the idea of twice a month cleaning of the bathrooms, kitchen, and floors. It would make a huge difference!
post #44 of 44
those institutional rules can definitely help! and, they become habitual after a while.

and, i'm the same. sometimes, i just choose not to do something, kwim? like, i'd much rather watch a movie than do the dishes *again*.
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