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post #41 of 140
I wish I had known about this as a SAHM. I'm WOH full time now so it's hard to get in the cleaning every day even when it's only the little bit. The kitchen stuff after dinner is no problem. But I hate taking away evening time with the kids to do cleaning stuff. The 8 month old can't help clean the toilets but he wants to be with me becuase he hasn't seen me all day. I think I'm going to have to start getting up early and knocking out the nasty jobs and add some workout time before the kids get up. Now, let's see if that actually happens.
post #42 of 140
I'm working on putting all the clean laundry away right now. It is supposed to be DH's job, Iwash, dry and fold, he is supposed to put away. But, um, ain't happening : so I guess I'll do it. As usual.
post #43 of 140
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Originally Posted by melanie.willett
I think I'm going to have to start getting up early and knocking out the nasty jobs and add some workout time before the kids get up.
Hasn't worked for me, unfortunately. At my house, once mama's up, everybody's up.
post #44 of 140
Someone asked if it addressed clutter. Yes, but not as much as flylady. For example, today listed "pick one clutter spot and work for 30 min". And next week has "Pick one bag/box of clutter and sort through it."

So far I'm doing pretty well with it. But it doesn't list sweeping/mopping the bathroom as far as I can see, so I'm going to have to work this in (or else the floor gets disgusting)
post #45 of 140
I like it specifically because it doesn't address clutter. It's a more realistic, get-this-knocked-out and you're okay for the rest of the day approach. It's the skeleton of keeping a house clean. You know what else has to be done, but if you do JUST THIS LIST, you can maintain a semblance of order. Not a showcase... but order.
post #46 of 140
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post #47 of 140
I am really liking it. It has things that I can get done on a typical day and it doesn't make me feel like a failure!
post #48 of 140
I need to get back in, I have been depressed and a slacker lately!!!
post #49 of 140
i think I'm going to buy it today. I do really great for abt 2 wks. Then I fall off the wagon. I think this will help. When I am actually in cleaning mode I do it first thing in the morning and then do't have to feel guilty if I take a nap or sit around on the comp while ds naps. I feel so much better whne the house is mostly clean for the rest of the day. I also find that dh helps out more when it's clean evreyday - think he feels more guilty abt messing up a clean house than adding mess to a messy house
post #50 of 140
I got motivated moms planner a couple weeks ago- so far so good. I really like it, I actually invited in my neighbor who stopped by the other day!
I like to focus my tasks together on one room every day, it keeps it more straight in my head, so I use the planner as a weekly reminder rather than daily. So if I do something on Tuesday that's on the planner on Thursday, I just check it off for that day instead. (But then I don't change my bathroom towels three times a week! : )
post #51 of 140
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Originally Posted by celestialdrmrmama
How is everyone else doing? Anyone else using a little bit of flylady also? I have been looking at the 'Kelly's Missions' on there every few days and trying to work on those hot spots they have listed. I just finished cleaning out under one bathroom sink (woohoo, now the doors shut easily! ) and I'll do the other one at naptime. My house just needs a bit more decluttering/deep cleaning than just MM has listed :
I am using some flylady stuff as well......plus a couple of books.......plus a couple of yahoo groups :

I REALLY need to get my house under control!!!
post #52 of 140
Hey, if you find a combination that works - please share!

Joanna, whose house needs a _lot_ of help...
post #53 of 140
I love flylady! I got so much out of it, particularly the Control Journal, starting with the kitchen sink, and the idea of "Hot spots" . Her system is more thorough than I have time for, and I couldn't keep up with the emails. !

That said, I need more decluttering than the MM system has. I recently put all the piles from the rest of the house into the "guest" room so I don't have to look at them all day (and feel depressed about the mess). When I get time, I go in that room and work on one box, pile, shelf or whatever. It's slo-o-o-wly going away. The rest of the time I just shut the door. Of course we can't have any house guests....... : .and you have to have the extra room to be able to do that.

I try to focus on one room every day. It's kind of like Flylady's zone system, but I hit every room at least once a week. So Mondays I work on the living/dining area. Vacuum, declutter, dust, rotate toys, etc. Tuesdays are the kitchen, Wednesdays are the bathrooms. I've only been doing it this way for a few weeks, but it helps me remember what to do without always looking at the list.
post #54 of 140

I'm in...

I am a WOH mama and a full-time grad student. I am desperate for a system that my DH and I can manage TOGETHER. We have decided that we have to get into this as a TEAM because mama can't do it all alone.

I am excited to have the binder in the kitchen so that both of us can work on it together. I do wish there was more room to write things. I have a lot of home improvement projects. How do you suggest I incorporate planning for these?
* Painting kitchen, trim, downstairs bath, laundry room, family room
* Gardening (its awful out there)
* School work (might have to manage this separately but one list in one place would sure be nice)
* Other misc. clutter ie filing that desperately needs to be sorted out and the photo album project that I started years ago and is now sitting in boxes.
* Organizing all the closets that are just crammed with crud these days...

Oy, so much to do. So little time. So overwhelmed mama. Ack.

Jenn
post #55 of 140
This sounds interesting!
When I looked at the sample form on her site, it has a left and right side. Is it(I assume!) the left side list that is to be done daily? And the right side is weekly-*if*you get to it. And if this is so, does each new week bring new "right-side" chores?

TIA!!

mp
post #56 of 140
MM is really working for me. I have some serious OCD tendencies, and cleaning is difficult for me. I can't do anything without making a list, and b/c I put every little thing on the list, it ends up being 5 pages long. And once I get started, I can't stop until every little nook and cranny is clean. It's almost paralyzing. So, I've had a cleaning lady (4 hours a month) for several years.

Well, the cleaning lady has been let go. For the first time ever, I feel like I may be able to tackle my own house. Instead of worrying about everything that needs done, I can let go and trust that it is on the list at some point. I also like that things are done in chunks--cleaning the bottom shelf of the fridge one day, the top shelf another, the door shelves another, etc.--so no task is too overwhelming. I also like that if I miss a chore, I can let it go b/c it will show up again later b/c there are some things that are hard to do with a clingy toddler.

I actually don't do the list 100%. Some of the daily things were only getting done every two weeks when the cleaning lady was here, so I figure if I do them twice a week, I'm doing good. And I do sometimes use the list as more of a weekly list than daily, since I teach a class two mornings a week, and since I think the Friday list tends to be kind of long.
post #57 of 140
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Originally Posted by mamapoppins
When I looked at the sample form on her site, it has a left and right side. Is it(I assume!) the left side list that is to be done daily? And the right side is weekly-*if*you get to it. And if this is so, does each new week bring new "right-side" chores?
Yes, that's pretty much how it works. I think the right side chores are *supposed* to be done on the day they're listed, but I use it as a weekly list. Each new week DOES bring new "right side" chores, so if you miss it one week, it will come around again.
post #58 of 140
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Originally Posted by Jennisee
MM is really working for me. I have some serious OCD tendencies, and cleaning is difficult for me. I can't do anything without making a list, and b/c I put every little thing on the list, it ends up being 5 pages long. And once I get started, I can't stop until every little nook and cranny is clean. It's almost paralyzing. So, I've had a cleaning lady (4 hours a month) for several years.
Wow, that sounds like me so much that its scary. Only the few times I ever had a cleaning lady in my house I didn't think it was clean enough and cleaned a bunch after she left : So besides the must-dos like laundry, dishes, basic stuff like vacuuming and cleaning toilets...I really hadn't done much. Every once in awhile I'd go through and clean until I was ready to pass out from doing so much. Obviously with a toddler and now being very pregnant that REALLY does not work. I started MM after doing one of my crazy 'deep cleaning' sessions and my house is decent enough that I wouldn't be terribly embarrassed to invite someone in. Of course its never really as *clean* as I want it to be, but I feel much better about it. I've slacked the last week on the weekly MM chores because dd was sick and then I was sick. I've still kept up with the daily chores (which in my house also includes vacuuming all the floors every other day at least) because it feels like our house is a happier place to be with the main areas cleaned daily.

I was joking with one of my friends last night ( hiya Lory!) that I should get a big check plus for "quiet time" with all the time I've spent on MDC this last week with Anna and I being sick I'm jumping back in today to accomplish whats on the weekly stuff, surprisingly I already did alot of the stuff without even looking at the list since Monday!

Now I just need to tackle some clutter areas in need in of serious reorganization... :
post #59 of 140
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Originally Posted by francesca'smom
(But then I don't change my bathroom towels three times a week! : )
seriously, does ANYONE actually do that? I change ours maybe at MOST twice a week. Kitchen towels on the other hand I change daily because I use them to wipe down the sink and counters after DH makes a mess doing dishes.
post #60 of 140
yeah - I change the kitchen towel pretty much every day, but the bathroom ones don't get that dirty/used. Maybe if I had more kids it would be different though.
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