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post #101 of 121
Transformed, to get rid of fire ants, sprinkle instant grits on the ant hole. They will take them to the queen, she will eat them and explode, and all the ants will move to another colony with a new queen, so you should try to do ALL the anthills within the same 48 hours or so. Once you've sprinkled the grits, the ants should be gone in about 3 or 4 days. HTH
post #102 of 121
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Originally Posted by fioner View Post
it's not that I have a difficult baby, he's just used to being held a lot
waaayyyy more important than housework
post #103 of 121
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Originally Posted by transformed View Post
just get ALL the little pieces from ALL the games, and store them in a glass jar. That could work? (It might look cool too because its like monoploy guys and little primary colored platic pieces right?)

We dont have games yet so I dunno! (And you could probably discard some of the boxes then too) I have no suggestion about things other than tiny pieces and boards though.
This wouldn't really work. It's when they play they have a puzzle out and pieces always go astray and are never found again. DD got a pop and play game for her birthday and there are 16 pieces that you move, 4 for each player. I can find one. Or card games, the cards go missing. Giant spoons game, 3 spoons and 50% of the cards have vanished. We have a Neopets board game that little pieces keep turning up in strange places. I tear the room apart looking and can't find the missing pieces anywhere. I was keeping them in ziplock bags and putting that in the boxes, but even that didn't work. Our problem is we just don't have enough room on the floor to play games and the kids don't like sitting at the table to do it.

I have been trying to keep on top of things but this morning I noticed that it's starting to look pretty bad again. I'm the only one who picks up. I swear the rest of the family can just step over the mess no problem and it never bothers them. I want DH to put his clothes away but he won't so there's a 4 foot high pile on top of his dresser. The kids don't put away their toys upstairs. Books are all over the floor again. It just explodes overnight and I feel I have no control! I have fatigue issues so it's hard for me to just be in overdrive cleaning mode all day. Right now my main focus is the kitchen and living room since those are the rooms people see. The basement is as well since next week is fall clean up and I can potentially get rid of a lot of stuff at that time. Plus the more room down there, the more stuff I can put down there and when we find we can live without something for a while, it's easier to get rid of
post #104 of 121
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Originally Posted by Leta View Post
Transformed, to get rid of fire ants, sprinkle instant grits on the ant hole. They will take them to the queen, she will eat them and explode, and all the ants will move to another colony with a new queen, so you should try to do ALL the anthills within the same 48 hours or so. Once you've sprinkled the grits, the ants should be gone in about 3 or 4 days. HTH
cool! That is one I havent heard of! And I happen to HAVE instant grits on hand!

Thanks!
post #105 of 121
5 trashbags of garbage left my house yesterday. One from the regular kitchen trash, 3 of broken toys from the backyard (And moldy boxes, and ds's trash he likes to play with that was ruined....I left his pipes and stuff.) and one from under my bathroom sink where I NEVER even go to get anything....it was pretty much just garbage down there. Think I am going to store xmas decor in there, because in FL its really hard to store that stuff. We dont have basements, we have GARAGES!

5 trashbags....whew.....I was exausted. (7m preggo)
post #106 of 121
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Originally Posted by transformed View Post
cool! That is one I havent heard of! And I happen to HAVE instant grits on hand!

Thanks!
He he, that's funny, because when I heard this, I had regular ants and regular grits on hand... I used them and it worked.

Congratulations on your decluttering, BTW.
post #107 of 121
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Originally Posted by bwylde View Post
I swear the rest of the family can just step over the mess no problem and it never bothers them.
IME it does affect them, they just can't identify what the problem is. And of course they would never do anything about it .
post #108 of 121
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Originally Posted by bwylde View Post
I have been trying to keep on top of things but this morning I noticed that it's starting to look pretty bad again. I'm the only one who picks up. I swear the rest of the family can just step over the mess no problem and it never bothers them. I want DH to put his clothes away but he won't so there's a 4 foot high pile on top of his dresser. The kids don't put away their toys upstairs.
How about instituting a "one toy at a time" rule? Keep stuff in high cabinets where they can't reach it, and make them put old stuff away before you get new stuff out.

Or to make your job easier, make it "one box at a time" and have a bunch of toys in each box, and then they don't get a new one until the old one is put away.
post #109 of 121
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Originally Posted by NaomisMommy View Post
I go in fits and spurts. I'll get a wild hair and cleancleanclean. Then life will get busy and the house slides back into chaos. Then one day I'll get motivated again. It's like yo-yo dieting but with cleaning instead.


However, when I do get motivated to clean, it usually results in a pretty good purging of things that have piled up and then, for a few days (weeks, even, sometimes) things stay clear. I've tried FlyLady and all I wind up with is an InBox full of emails. *sigh*


Lisa
I could have written this post word for word.

My biggest time sucker is MDC.
post #110 of 121
Subbing.

I've always been disorganized, but lately it's just gotten ridiculous. Add into that my Dh, who I'm convinced has a hoarding disorder, and my house is insane. At this point I cannot go anywhere near my basement or the office because I get so upset - my stomach knots up, I breathe differently, and I start to lash out with anger. It needs to change.
post #111 of 121
Well we moved my ds's train table out of the living room and into his bedroom, and removed the rest of the toys from the living room..OMG what a difference. I have kept the living room clean for 4 or 5 days straight! that is a record for me..it is so uncluttered and wonderful!
post #112 of 121
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Originally Posted by pookel View Post
How about instituting a "one toy at a time" rule? Keep stuff in high cabinets where they can't reach it, and make them put old stuff away before you get new stuff out.

Or to make your job easier, make it "one box at a time" and have a bunch of toys in each box, and then they don't get a new one until the old one is put away.
Easier said than done . I don't want to limit my children's creativity and imagination by only limiting them to a toy. It's kind of hard to have tea parties without 4 or 5 dolls, a table, chairs, tea party set, play food, entertainment, ect...and my kids have a lot of tea parties! Plus my kids can climb any surface in my home so it is useless to try to put things out of their reach.

I think I know what I have to do and it is a tough choice. I want to take the TV out of the living room as most of the mess conglomerates there. We'll have to put it in our bedroom, where there is little room to spare so I don't know how that will work. The kids like to take things and act along with the TV or they will sit and draw pictures of what they are watching or dance along (TV is not a passive thing with my kids, lol!! They almost never just sit and watch). They also like to take the videos and line them up in different ways, alphabetically, by series, by color, release date, ect... and there are times we would like to sit on the couch . DH is very hesitant. I've been wanting to do it for ages. It is so easy to turn on the TV and leave it on all day.

I bought an area rug to put between our love seat and couch so I really, really want to keep that area clean. No more eating/drinks in the living room. Messy crafts in the kitchen. The floor is getting so gross and we need to change how we're doing things.
post #113 of 121
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Originally Posted by Ksenia View Post
IME it does affect them, they just can't identify what the problem is. And of course they would never do anything about it .
Yeah, DH basically says he just doesn't care. If he picks it up, it doesn't make a difference is how he sees it (that and he's getting immune to it). I see it as if we all pick up after ourselves, there won't be all the mess and mama will be a lot happier . I have been a total crab lately and I know it's the state of our house, which has deteriorated since I haven't been feeling well this week. Before we left the house yesterday, I made everyone pick up three things (well, I picked up about 20) and it made a little difference. In small amounts, cleaning is easy. Unchecked, it gets overwhelming.
post #114 of 121
I, for one, am shutting this computer down till after lunch. I get NOTHING done if it is convenient to get online and see what is happening here. Or to hop on for some sort of cleaning question... it is a big time sucker for me too.

I am currently sleeping on the couch (almost 36 weeks pregnant and it is more comfortable) so the living room always looks messy with the pillow and blanket on the couch... ugh! I am going to fold it and tuck it in a corner I guess. Of course, with my mentality the fact that there is ANYTHING on the couch makes me not want to bother doing anything. I have to get out of that mindset.
post #115 of 121
Oh, I SO need help with this. Some days I think I'm beyond terrible. Okay, some weeks, not days.

Shannon
post #116 of 121
I have been getting so much done but guess what....my house still looks bad! I have gotten rid of so much stuff but there is still more to get rid of and then I have to take care of what we have! I am relieved at getting rid of a lot (we have fall clean up this week and we put everything out last night ). I'm still wondering where all this stuff comes from!!
post #117 of 121
Subbing to this... I'm a TERRIBLE housekeeper in every single sense of the word. It is my nemesis.
post #118 of 121
I am constantly depressed over the state of our house:.
It seems like no matter how hard I try it can never be clean. I am always afraid my mother will show up unexpectadely: She has before and it always ends ugly. Lets see her try to keep up with a dh and 3 kids. She only had 1 and a very clean husband.
post #119 of 121
The grown-ups here both had pneumonia during the month of October and we aren't the neatest people to begin with so the house is definately out of hand. We got a bunch of stuff done so far today, but there is still no light at the end of the tunnel yet. I'm feeling pretty motivated though so maybe there is hope.
post #120 of 121
Well, due to an illness in DH's family, I just found out yesterday we will be hosting some guests for Thanksgiving! The big family gathering will be on Friday at BIL/SIL's (thank goodness) but we'll have DH's dad spend the night with us. Since it will be Friday instead of Thursday, I will now have another meal at our house on Thursday and invite a couple friends of ours who don't have family. So, I need to do some cleaning this week - yikes!!! And plan and shop for the menu at some point - probably next weekend. Not as much pressure as it would be if the whole family were coming, but still I feel the need to spruce up. Somehow having cobwebs over the dining room table at Thanksgiving dinner just doesn't seem right

I guess it is good to get some outside motivation sometimes!
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