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Old 01-13-2012, 12:29 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Sorry for not checking in! My week got derailed by my partner's family drama; he has been torn up, distant, and ineffectual so I have been trying to give him space. And of course my XH takes this week to start mucking with his custody schedule (which HE sets, since I am self-employed and make my own hours, but I still need to know when to schedule!). 

 

So, I have finished;

~Keeping up with dishes

~Keeping up with laundry

~Staying on top of my bare bones work schedule

~Seriously, my house is clean and everybody is getting fed on time!

~Revamped my sewing room (with a HUGE AMOUNT of my partner's help  :)  )

~Had a LONG talk with my roommate about my depression, and how I need to kick my own butt. :P

 

Today I have to; 

~get to a point where I can fit the two formal dresses I have due next week, so I can finish them

~Come up with something distracting to do with partner tonight after my fitting

~Dust the whole house

~Order prints for frames that are empty all over the house... :P

~Pay Car reg

~Order transcripts so I can start school

~Pay cable and PGE

 

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~Seriously, my house is clean and everybody is getting fed on time!


Haha!  Nice!!

 

Today I haven't been on top of things as well as I could be, but I have managed to:

  • Drop DD at school
  • keep my sink dishes free and shiny
  • 10 min timer in the living room for pickup/put away of toys/things
  • got a few items cleared off the table
  • wiped all bathroom surfaces
  • got towels from dryer 

 

Still need to:

 

  • fold towels
  • run the dishwasher
  • clear table completely (COME ON, ALREADY!)
  • vacuum living area
  • tidy DDs room (AGAIN)
  • make beds

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How do you ladies manage everything?

 


 

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How do you ladies manage everything?

 

I have only managed to put chicken wire around my favourite pear tree (it gives delicious, sweet but firm pears in August-September...sadly I don't know the name of the tree) and proof read a hand-in for Monday.

 

I had planned to do a load of laundry...but just can't seem to get my butt downstairs to see to it.

 

 

Oh well, we all have good days and bad days, no?

Definitely!!


i'm finding the 10 min sessions totally doable.  It's the deep cleaning and larger projects (cleaning out closets, tackling bookshelves, toy bins) impossible.  One step at a time!
 

 


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Definitely!!


i'm finding the 10 min sessions totally doable.  It's the deep cleaning and larger projects (cleaning out closets, tackling bookshelves, toy bins) impossible.  One step at a time!
 

 



Just do 10 minutes of larger projects at a time? 

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I SUCK! I SUCK! I SUCK!!!!!!

 

 

There. I said it.

 

 

Now I'm setting my timer for 10 minutes.

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Just do 10 minutes of larger projects at a time? 


For some things that will work.  Demo is quick but putting things back in order takes so much longer!!

 



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I SUCK! I SUCK! I SUCK!!!!!!

 

 

There. I said it.

 

 

Now I'm setting my timer for 10 minutes.

 

No you don't!  Now get moving!!  lol.gif
 

 


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Oh well, we all have good days and bad days, no?


I don't manage it all.  Many of my tasks carry over to the next day or even a few days til they get done.  I just chip away, a little bit at a time.  10 minutes here, 15 minutes there.  I'm really trying to embrace FlyLady's advice that even housework done incorrectly still blesses your family.  The last few years I've gotten so caught up in it being done perfectly or "efficiently" (just touching paper once, etc) that it stopped me from doing some tasks at all and getting overwhelmed.


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For some things that will work.  Demo is quick but putting things back in order takes so much longer!!

 



 

No you don't!  Now get moving!!  lol.gif
 

 



 

Some things do take longer and they can't exactly be "left out" with little ones around.

 

 

Thanks for the vote of confidence. The babe just went down for a nap and I have my toddler playing with legos.

 

In the last session I organized my dishes to wash and cleaned out both sinks. Yes, it took 9 of the 10 minutes. It's BAD. 

 

Off to do another 10.

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The landlord dropped by yesterday while I was gone and said she was coming by today to do an inspection so my parents (visiting from CA! orngbiggrin.gif) and I cleaned the heck out of the house from top to bottom. Laundry done, dishes, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, scrubbed the bathtub, toilet, sink, kitchen sink, everything. Whew!

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We're moving soon and I would love to have a dish washer in our next home! I believe in the power of manifestation...

 

I finished about half of them before my toddler needed me. Now I'm nursing him. I think he desperately needs a nap.

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I did manage to finally scrub my shower today with bleach!!! It feels so much better, but since then I've had no energy.

 

The supper dishes are waiting so I better go start on them. I know it'll only take my 15 minutes.


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So my mom, the HGTV addict, shared this tip with me. I was freaking out about the inspection today because my son scribbled all over the walls with pens and pencils. Squirt a little toothpaste on the spot and scrub it with a sponge. It comes right off! smile.gif

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Lovesong if I didn't come here and write a list, I would get a lot less done. I love lists!

 

I have days when I do nothing. Other days I am hyper and run around doing everything. I think you just have to strike a balance.

 

I have found printing out the Motivated Moms chore lists and ticking off things, is a great help to me. I love lists. Did I mention that? winky.gif

 

 

So far today:

 

made breakfast for DS

postage totals organised

 

To do:

 

shower

make coffee

make beds

wash towels

dry towels

fold towels

do some craftwork

package up at least one item

read a bit

knit a bit

cook dinner

 

 


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So my mom, the HGTV addict, shared this tip with me. I was freaking out about the inspection today because my son scribbled all over the walls with pens and pencils. Squirt a little toothpaste on the spot and scrub it with a sponge. It comes right off! smile.gif


Ooh thanks for the tip!

 

Anyone have a tip for getting crayon off painted walls?


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Ooh thanks for the tip!

 

Anyone have a tip for getting crayon off painted walls?

Have you tried the magic eraser?
 

 

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Awesome! Doesn't that feel great?

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The landlord dropped by yesterday while I was gone and said she was coming by today to do an inspection so my parents (visiting from CA! orngbiggrin.gif) and I cleaned the heck out of the house from top to bottom. Laundry done, dishes, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, scrubbed the bathtub, toilet, sink, kitchen sink, everything. Whew!


I finished most of the dishes and folded & put away a mountain of laundry. I also spent some time decluttering and gathered some things to mail to my sister.

 

I need to prepare a package for my sister and also address and stamp an envelope to mail the 11 page letter I wrote to one of my pen pals last Saturday. I'm so not on top of things.

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OK I had a fairly lazy day planned but I just decided to tidy up my craft room, so it looks like I won't be actually doing much craft today! 

 

Just took some before photos... so I can compare later when I have finished.

 

 


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Yes, Lovesong...definitely some days I am more efficient and productive than others, for sure!

Okimom, SO so happy for you and your family!

This morning, I need to get ready for my weekend on call with another midwifery practice that serves the Plain community. I usually bring my girls with me, but that won't work out this time, so I am spending the weekend alone in my friends cottage on a horse farm, just waiting for a birth call.

So, I need to:
...pack clothes
...prep food
...choose a project (or two, or five!) to entertain myself, and my dvd book

While I'm there, I hope to:
...get to dairy farm - milk, cheese, eggs
...go to the family grocery (I need mason jars)

Have a great weekend, everyone! smile.gif
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Hi Everyone. MonkeyPrincess, that sounds idyllic. Enjoy your time to yourself. smile.gif

Today I:
*slept in smile.gifsmile.gif
*made coffee and breakfast
*rinsed the dishes and cleaned the counters
*made the bed
*took out the trash
*took DD to piano lesson
*picked up pizza for lunch
*went to a friend's home for dinner

I hope to:
*read and relax reading.gif


Have a nice evening.

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OkiMom, I am so happy for you and your family!!!!!!

 

MonkeyPrincess, what an awesome way to spend your weekend!

 

Lovesong, I am so not on top of things.I go through periods where I am. Then I sometimes lose my groove and have to find it again. For me, it's hard having 2 under 2 (although my oldest turns 2 at the end of this month) and to be alone with them so very much while DH is at work, school or studying. I haven't even been able to exercise, so something has to give soon. And sometimes I'm just in a funk. That's been the case lately and I am just trying to lift myself out of it. Cleaner, clearer surroundings help me to do that.

 

Today I am exercising, going off to write by myself, making my goals clear, mailing a letter and a package & driving around neighborhoods DH and I would like to live in, making note of phone numbers on houses for rent. :-) ...And cleaning, always cleaning. 

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subbing... I struggle at keeping up with my house... I am reading thru the thread and it looks like where I belong....

I need to stop wasting time on MDC to!!!  But maybe this will be helpful lol!!!


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subbing... I struggle at keeping up with my house... I am reading thru the thread and it looks like where I belong....

I need to stop wasting time on MDC to!!!  But maybe this will be helpful lol!!!



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Here is my list

 

Dishes- 1 load- i did two yesterday

Living room- Ten Minutes

Kitchen- Ten Minutes

Laundry- 2 loads, washed, dried , folded an put away.

That is all I can feasibly do today....

and that is a lofty goal at that for me... we have to start somewhere right? 

 

Right now I just want to read magazines and drink coffee.


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Right now I just want to read magazines and drink coffee.


Me too.  Saturdays are hard for me.

 


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I just want to read books and drink coffee. :-)

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Here is my list

 

Dishes- 1 load- i did two yesterday

Living room- Ten Minutes

Kitchen- Ten Minutes

Laundry- 2 loads, washed, dried , folded an put away.

That is all I can feasibly do today....

and that is a lofty goal at that for me... we have to start somewhere right? 

 

Right now I just want to read magazines and drink coffee.



 

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I love reading about all the progress you ladies make. It makes me feel it is possible to get things done. Even what seems impossible.

 

 

Today has been a slightly better day.

 

- I've managed to read ten pages, another twelve to go (yeah...tiny steps of progress).

- I have the 500 word essay I'm supposed to hand in before midnight almost planned properly, reference list and all.

- I did 35 minutes of yoga, which included a healthy 10 minutes of meditation and relaxation (yogatic on youtube is my favourite, for when I just need some inspiration for moves/sequences).

- I picked up in my bedroom combined office. There's only a pair of headphones on the floor after the yoga practise, and a pile of clean clothes to be folded and put away again.

- I did make my bed of sorts. At least, the pillows are fluffed, the sheet properly tucked around the mattress and the duvet turned down to air.

 

And well, let's not overdo it. Small steps does it,

 

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I finally got my dining room table cleared off!!!  joy.gif

 

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Also:

 

  • set 15 min timer in living and dining area
  • DH went thru the mail pile and sorted important from non-important!!  HUGE!!

 

 

It's not cleaning persay, but yesterday while DD was at school, I put the baby in the jumper next to the treadmill and ran for 20 minutes.  I think it was a good way to declutter my brain. I instantly felt better!! 


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dining room looks awesome! 

I have not gotten much done

went to bank

went to eat with kids got each a toy

got backs for earrings boyfriend got me.

 


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