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I'm having a difficult time getting started today. Here goes:

First I am going to wash and put away the dishes and clear counter and table.

Feel free to join me!!
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I need to do the same.
But I need to shower first- which is the priority 15 min mission

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Dishes, counter, and table are seriously in need. I'm off to do the same!
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Yay! I also wiped down the front and top of the stove, threw a load of laundry in the dryer and prepared tomorrow morning's coffee to brew.

Next session: Make bed and pick up clothing/etc. in bedroom.

Thanks for joining in. I find these threads to be ultra motivating!
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My next session is for administrative tasks/phone calls, etc. (This may take 2 fifteen minute sessions.)

How is everyone else doing?
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Done! Well, I made hubby put them away. But I also sorted the laundry (only folded DD's) and made hubby breakfast. :

Also has to get done today;
Borrow truck and move garden stuff while it's not raining
Vacuum house
Entertainment Center organized with DH
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I also find these motivating and fun!

I finalized a flyer for school and set a timeline for the rollout of our vermicomposting program and entered all the date-sensitive tasks in my calendar (2 @ 15 minutes each).

I started laundry ("mediums") and prepped the next load (towels). I also started a pot of bone broth (2 @ 15-minutes each, laundry was in between steps of bone broth).

Now, I am off the computer and headed to work on the room challenge for the month: our family office, which needs a LOT of work!!!

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Have to say I was pretty productive this morning.

Besides the ususal getting kids off to school and two lunches made, I cleaned off all the counters and put away clean dishes I washed last night. I emptied the dishwasher, stripped bed and got laundry in, cleaned up dd2 room, including putting toys down in the basement, showered myself and dd2 and then headed out to the library by 10:15am!

This afternoon I have to put sheets back on bed, get dinner started (what to make???), pick up dd1 and type church bulletin (should be doing that NOW!).

DD2 is painting so I'm off to get the bulletin done. Will check back later.

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Wow, the phone calls took longer than anticipated, but they were things I'd been procrastinating. Today is Anti-procrastination Day with FlyLady.

Next I will quickly wipe down the bathroom and scoop the litter box, plus fold and put away a load of laundry.
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Wooo!! Go us!!

Also, Kennedy, GREAT timing! That's a whole lot done before I've usually made the bed!

Ok, we're adding to the lists that I got some of the weeding/prepping/replanting done in the front yard, put the baby down for a nap, and have TWO freecycle stops to pick up brick and flagstone for landscaping. The baby is spending a few hours with grandma and aunts while DH and I do that. I also made myself lunch, resisted using the microwave (nachos without the microwave!!!) and prepped my first EVER batch of kombucha tea supplies. The scoby needs to get up to room temp before I start.

And I forgot to post before running around; I got the bricks, and it's really close and I can go back to get more. Kombucha is made and fermenting next to the heater.

Still have to take DH to pick up flagstone while baby is ice skating (or watching) and replant things I ripped up in the front yard.
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I actually forced myself to get quite a bit done today (light cleaning and errands)

I still need to organize my receipts, though...

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I ended up getting some things done in the office and realized it was too hot in here at my desk (one thing I did was clean off my desk and set up my laptop in the slide-out, flip-down drawer), so I got started on the curtains for this room. That involved pressing, cutting, and serging the vertical edges (3-thread overlock). When it came time for the 4-thread serging, my project came to a screeching halt. Three HOURS later and MUCH frustration, they still are not done. Grrr... I lost a needle inside the machine. I have rethreaded the machine more than a dozen times. It will work right for about 3 inches and then BAM! something happens and all I get is four threads...no chain. : OH.MY.GOODNESS! I finally gave up and ate four little squares of divine organic dark chocolate and hopped online for a little stress relief.

In the midst of the curtain-making (cotton voile "sheers", actually) debacle, I walked to school to pick up DD and make 550 copies and prep them for distribution. I am ahead of schedule in THAT area, at least!!!

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Awesome! Everyone was extra productive today. Congratulations!!

I actually just completed wiping down the bathroom and scooping the litterbox. But I also finished other things inbetween, including supper and supper dishes, packing husband's lunch and washing, drying and folding another load of laundry.

Now I don't feel so guilty playing online. :
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I have no idea how sergers work, or I would offer advice, but know that you have my commiseration. Rethreading the machine usually fixes it on my sewing machine, but thats a whole different animal.

We got the bricks, the flagstones, and I got some scrap wood to make little planters for DD. We also watched her ice skate(at 20 months!!!) and went out to dinner with the in-laws, which they very sweetly paid for.
Made kombucha, made the bed, planned garden beds better (easier when you know what your materials are!), did laundry, watered seedlings, and planned a family date night with one of my husband's coworkers, whose daughter is a month or so older than ours.

Dishes put away, wiring, cardboard recycling (three week old chore DH has put off), and the trash out have NOT been done. Strange how those are all DH's chores.

But I am psyched about how much I got done, especially the big moving projects, since I needed DH/the borrowed car, which I can't do myself with DD.
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I need accountability. I hate to get going by myself, DH works full-time so he shouldn't have to come home and work just to get my lazy butt going

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When it came time for the 4-thread serging, my project came to a screeching halt. Three HOURS later and MUCH frustration, they still are not done. Grrr... I lost a needle inside the machine. I have rethreaded the machine more than a dozen times. It will work right for about 3 inches and then BAM! something happens and all I get is four threads...no chain.
I was a theatre major in college and we had a serger in the costume dept was JUST like this. I ended up being the only one that could fix it. I wish i could offer support from afar! I can sympathize though

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Thanks for the sympathy! s I decided to switch to the sewing machine and use the "stretch" feature, although that is not the official name. They are finished and hanging up now!!! :

That was two days ago. Yesterday and today, I have been working on the small and itty bitty scrapbook supplies. OY! It is tedious work, but I can do it, I can do it, I can do it...

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I am going to take 30 minutes to: Start a load of laundry, put the dry dishes away, unpack 1 box, and put away the dry laundry.

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And I need to apply for a minimum of 2 jobs today. This may take 2-4 15 minute sessions. I so want to be working again!!!
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Finished! I applied for 3 jobs today.

While it's not cleaning, it's still big on my To Do list. lol....

How are you doing, Rebirth?

If anyone wants to join in, please do so. :
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Okay, Saturday is usually the cleaning day around the house. (Inlaws house...it works for me that we do a lot of cleaning one day a week and light cleaning the rest of the week)

So, my To-Do list is as follows:
  • CLR the showerhead
  • Pick up ALL trash from room (It tends to accumulate in small amounts...a piece here a piece there kind of thing)
  • Consolidate all dirty laundry (to do later...someone is always doing laundry here)
  • Put away all clean laundry


That's what I have so far to do today. I figure if I spend 15mins on each thing with 15min breaks I won't get overwhelmed. (Being 8 months pregnant and needing to clean sucks. I get tired very quickly)

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I will!

I need to wash bedding today, drop off the recycling, and clean the floors.

We're going to do a family cleaning session today. Since we'll be spring cleaning, we'll set the timer for an hour. Then we'll plan a fun evening together--probably a dollar movie!

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I did well, I've got my 2nd load drying, and towels in the wash. I put away everything, unpacked 2 boxes, and even started organizing my sewing things and did lots of misc. picking up and cleaning.

I'm taking a well earned break, and after that I have more laundry to put away, 2 more boxes to unpack, and I need to sweep/ move things to the center of our bedroom, so DH can paint it. that's probably about 45 minutes of stuff.

Poetry- good for you! I hope one of those places hires you. Do you have any good feelings about the places you applied at?

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So far I have:

CLR'd the showerhead (and discovered it sprays crappy because of water pressure. Oh well, at least it's clean now)

Scrubbed the toilet (I poured the CLR in there and scrubbed...we have well water so it gets gross no matter what)

Got all of the trash out of my room

Cleaned the dresser (clutter city before)

Put on a load of laundry (sheets and comforter go next)

Organized my box of vitamin bottles (sometimes I do little things when I clean)


And that's it. I overdid it a little bit so it's break-time now.

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I did well, I've got my 2nd load drying, and towels in the wash. I put away everything, unpacked 2 boxes, and even started organizing my sewing things and did lots of misc. picking up and cleaning.

I'm taking a well earned break, and after that I have more laundry to put away, 2 more boxes to unpack, and I need to sweep/ move things to the center of our bedroom, so DH can paint it. that's probably about 45 minutes of stuff.

Poetry- good for you! I hope one of those places hires you. Do you have any good feelings about the places you applied at?
I try not to get my hopes up regarding jobs that I would especially like to have. Kind of like hope for the best but expect the worst. Earlier this week I applied for a job as a Medicaid Benefits Specialist, which means I would be able to use my Human Services degree. Today the highlight of the 3 jobs I applied for is a position as either a toddler or preschool teacher, a field I enjoyed a few years back. The pay would likely be low, but there would be benefits. In this economy, benefits are like gold.

It's funny, I moved 6 months ago and I still have boxes to unpack! I think it's bacause I know it's not stuff I need, which means I should unpack them to clear up space (much of my laundry room and a couple closets) and donate them. I'll make this part of Monday's sessions for sure.

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ReadingMama I will!

I need to wash bedding today, drop off the recycling, and clean the floors.

We're going to do a family cleaning session today. Since we'll be spring cleaning, we'll set the timer for an hour. Then we'll plan a fun evening together--probably a dollar movie!
Involving the family in cleaning is a great way to clean. Everyone benefits. It's done sooner and then everyone has fun!

Congrats on all you've accomplished AFWife. Enjoy your much earned break.

Now my evening plans are to cook supper with my husband, do the after supper cleanup, toss a load of laundry in the wash, litter box care and then relax and enjoy our Bible Study and possibly a movie.

Good luck to everyone! Accountability really works for me and I tend to get so much done. Thanks for participating in this thread!
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Okay, in my last 15min session I got all of the clean laundry put away... including the stuff that "somehow" ended up sitting in the closet for lord knows how long

I'm on my 15min break right now trying to think what I should tackle next.


LOVING THIS THREAD! I needed some accountability! Good job everyone! Keep up the good work! (and send some of those vibes to my BILs!!!)

ETA: I'm spent for the day. I still have laundry on but I'm done.

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AFWife- Great Job! You did tons, and you earner your rest for sure!!!!

Poetry- Benefits are definatly gold. I am so greatful for ours, they've been such a blessing. I was a infant teacher and a todler teacher in a daycare previously, and I adored it. It wasn't great paying either, but it was fun. Certainly a lot of work though!!!! I'm rooting for you.

We only moved 5 weeks ago, and the home we bought is a fixer-upper, so it'll be a while yet before we have everything unpacked. We don't even have a stove yet, all I've got is a hot plate for now. But it will arrive on the 24th, thankfully.

I've actually been good about getting rid of things before we moved here- the first house we wanted was much smaller, so we downsized a lot, and now we realize we got rid of things we now need to replace! But I have a lot more stuff to donate/give away. What has helped me is to keep a donation box near the closet and in the kitchen, of things we don't use or need. THey're both full, but I keep forgetting to put them in my car.

I unpacked those boxes, and one more- in my office, and I put away clean laundry from days ago. My DH moved the dryer (he is hanging drywall in my laundry room, finally!) so I can't get to the clean things in there, but at least they're things that won't wrinkle much. I still have work to do in the bedroom, but I'm exhausted!

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well i'm joining in late but here i am....

i'm going to really quick tidy the kitchen and living room....just the basics: dirties into the sink, crush and bag a few cans etc....then i'm tackling the kids room..which is a disaster!
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well i'm joining in late but here i am....

i'm going to really quick tidy the kitchen and living room....just the basics: dirties into the sink, crush and bag a few cans etc....then i'm tackling the kids room..which is a disaster!
Welcome mrs*kewpie*pie!

Well, I didn't get to the Bible Study and movie, but all the chores were done--and my husband and I made a delicious carrot cake Quaker Meeting tomorrow.

Wishing productivity to all...
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Did a 15 minute clean up in the bathroom. It's like, why don't i do this every day. I know everyone has their lazy days. I had 7 minutes to spare so I even put away a load of laundry!

All I know we bought this house in late Aug. And this year, spring cleaning I'm getting rid of a lot of sh** lmao!

I want the decluttered home! Where you're able to breathe! hehe I even have 2 children! Really we have too many clothes well the 2 kids and fiance; I just have my bare min.

But that is my resolution to clean house and keep it clean! Get rid of past clothes, toys, etc..etc...

hehe thanks for letting me vent!:
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