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#1 of 34 Old 01-04-2006, 08:01 PM - Thread Starter
 
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This is a spin off from Ickaruse's thread ... a few people expressed interest, so here it is.

I think lots of us find it hard in those weeks after Christmas - the fridge grows some funky stuff, the decorations seem to generate more dust, the gifts the kids received never seem to fit anywyere - so let's hold each other accountable and get into those jobs which are bugging us! I guess this thread is here to provide motivation rather than competition. Here's what I wrote in the other thread:

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Is anybody up for a house challenge? We could set it for a day, two days, three days, whatever ... everyone sets their goal at the start and we'll see if we can get everything done. Not a competition, more an encouragement type of thing. Whether your goal is to sweep your driveway and water the plants, or whether it's to paint the bedrooms ... what do you think?
So let's set up a 3 day challenge! We'll run it Thursday, Friday, Saturday (January 5,6,7).

Write down your goals here, and give us a daily update! It doesn't matter if you've got 2 goals or 20, and it won't really matter if you don't get everything done. What are we going to do? Chase you down, chain you to the mop and refuse to let you go until it's done??

Let the fun begin!
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So here are my goals:

* to tidy the study. This means going through my craft cupboard and sorting out all of my scrapbooking stuff (ugh - this will take hours).

* rid the house of Christmas stuff.

* dust the entire house from top to bottom - I'm tired of sneezing (we just got back from vacation, so the build up is significant).

* tidy our yard - sweep the courtyard, get the toys organised, brush the cobwebs off the swingset and fence (and the dining room window).

* tidy out the fridge and kitchen cupboards.

* this is a very ambitious one - I doubt it will get done, but I might as well write it. I want to finish sewing the new curtains for the kids room.

* get all of the lego into the right baskets - the kids have got it all over the house (when I vaccuum I'm always scared they'll lose an important part).

* this isn't really housework, but I want to finish making a photo album for my best friend's birthday.

* wash and vaccuum the car.

* do some baking - the kids are sick of eating fruit as snacks. I'll make peanut butter rolls for them.

I'm also going to volunteer a job for my DH - he has to get the garage tidy. I've been waiting for him to do it for 3 years, though, so I don't like my chances! He also gets to take the Christmas lights off the roof.

* Clean bathroom from top to toe.

* Clean windowsills (gack).

* Write all dates in new diary (not housework, but still a job I have to do).

That's all for me. Like I said, there are some I doubt will be done, but I might as well try.
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I'm in!

Have to think more about my list, but here are some of my goals:

Organize/declutter my closet
Clean under my bed
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Thursday, Friday, Saturday? . . . Let's see. Starting tomorrow, I'd like to:

-clean off my desk in the office

-post at least 10 items on freecycle

-go through at least one box in the office and find a home for everything or get it out of the house

-reorganize the bathroom closet

-stay on top of the dishes (we finally got a good rhythm going -- don't want to ruin it!)

-put away the mountain of clean clothes on top of Qualia's dresser

-sort out Qualia's clothes and store/give away her too-small ones

-sort out all the old bills and junk mail and get a filing system for mail in place

Realistically, that's probably more than enough to shoot for. I'm going to challenge myself to do at least 3 things more, no matter how small, just to see what I come up with. (I'll probably get more done by procastinating on the list than by following the list itself. *sigh*)
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*Take down the tree and finish packing up all the Christmas stuff

* Clean off this desk and file everything away

*Straighten my bookcases

*Clean my room and pack away all the stuff that does not need to be in there

*Pack up the boys room , just all the stuff they dont need.........clothes they wont were wear from now til we move

*clean the heckouutamy bathroom

*Pack up all the pitures frames

*Clean out the van

*Straighten the garage so I can start putting packed up stuff in there

*Transfer all the plants to my window sill
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I am so in!

*clean the kitchen. I mean, Really Clean the Kitchen

*catch up on all laundry, including washing all the sheets, blankets and comforters

*DUST (you don't wanna know how long it's been)

* take down Christmas and go through...put the things we aren't using in the Yard Sale pile

* clean out ds' dresser, figure out just how many pairs of pants this child has.

*Work in the horrible playroom--start the downsizing process

Okay, I think that's enough for now....I'm sure I'll add more as I come across things that need to be done, or I'll just make myself feel better by doing something that's related to one of these, and I'll post it to make it look like I did more!
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My goals:

*finish up the laundry that has been a-moldering.
*clean generally for dd's birthday party on Saturday (I'm expecting around 30 people!)
*scrub kitchen floor (I can't even admit how long it has been.)
*tidy my office so that small children at party don't destroy research.

I think that's it, although "clean generally" covers some territory.

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I'm definitely in for it! I do have a playdate to attend on Fri am, but I can make up for it on Saturday since DH won't be home. My nesting instinct is definitely kicking in...I spent about 2 hrs making 'lists' of things I need to finish and what baby items I have/need before I saw this thread


*wash, dry, fold and put away ALL of the mountain of laundry

*put away Christmas decorations and tree

*pay bills that I've been neglecting : and actually file them away

*organize and declutter desk so DH quits whining about it

*clean fridge

*quick dust and pickup of main rooms

*vaccuum and mop all floors (we have all hardwoods)

*clean both bathrooms including showers

*clean out junk drawer (it can hardly close )

*make 4 lasagnas (2 to freeze, 1 to bake for dinner, 1 to take to a new mama)

*make banana bread with the dying bananas on the counter

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*clean our bed room
*sort all the stuff I clean out of the bedroom and either donate or keep and find a place for it to live
*clean the bathroom thouroghly
*wash the bath curtain (laundry) and mat
*find something to get rid of the mineral build up in the toilet
*wash at least one set of sheets
*wash dd's laundry
*wash my laundry
*wash towels and cloths
*sweep and spot mop the kitchen
*vacuum living room
*wash dd's hair (I know she's not housework, but it's a huge undertaking to actually wash her hair, and I don't use stuff on it often, but I need to use bakingsoda on her sometime this week)
*if I find the time somewhere, I'd like to go through my lower kitchen cabinets and purge them.
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Im GameThursday:
*finish dishes
*put away clean laundry
*pick up clutter in living room

Friday:
*claen off kitchen table
*start cleaning my room

Saturday:
*get more done in my room
*clean out ds' closet
*clean up babys room
*clean bathrooms (competley)

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man, after reading all these, for once I'm glad we don't have christmas decorations, they seem like a whole lot of work to put up and take down. I think I'd have christmas decorations all year if I ever put them up.
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Oh boy, I need this. Now, since I'm posting my goals for the whole internet I have to do it, right? Here goes:
-Wash, dry, fold and put away this week's laundry
-Clean all 3 bathrooms
-Vaccum upstairs and downstairs
-Clean sheets on our bed and toddler bed
-Sweep and mop kitchen
-Kid's room straightened
That, our play date tomorrow and a trip to the grocery store should keep my time occupied between now and Friday evening (Saturday is the Sabbath, and I don't do any housework that day)
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WEll, you know I'm in!


I thought MY windowsills were the only ones that got funky! THey're always damp from the steaming windows and tehn they get dusty and sometimes MOLD grows! YUCK!


I need to clean the bathroom, including the window, curtains, floor and clutter. And wash the rug. And get dh to hang the hooks!

I also need to move all the business stuff BACK where it belongs. It's migrating. THen I need to remove whatever clutter has collected around those boxes and put IT alll away.

Two 'under the bed' storage boxes....ok, 4, would clean up alot of the mess in my room and make it possible for me to have a chair by my table again. Oh, and I'll have to take down teh tree an dall of THAT mess. Seems like it jsut went up.


THere's more. I could DUST. But, Nah. That's all. Oh, I might assign each of the kids a task....Yeah. One can tidy the mudroom, one can put away the decorations and clean up a bit in the attic and one can.........maybe haul stuff out of the cellar to the dump.


oh, my kids are going to hate you all!
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Oh count me in too.... My list:

*put away all the clothes in my room

*scrub the bathroom (my poor shower is nasty, its hard to bend over right now! )

*clean out the fridge

*mop the kitchen

*organize the basement

*put items on freecycle

*take down my daughter's castle tent

*clean off my entertainment center


There, that should keep me busy for a month...oh we have 3 days??? *sigh* Did I mention I am the world's laziest, worst, most procrastinating, housekeeper ever??
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GOOD MORNING and happy Thursday!

Ready to get cleaning?

/duck
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Noontime update:

*two posts to freecycle

*half a box emptied in the office

*sort of vaguely started cleaning off my desk as baby, er, helped

*swept kitchen floor (off list, first procrastination clean!)


Post-lunch sleepies kicking in. Tell me to get off the computer and keep going!!
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Its 9:30 and all we've done is eat breakfast and sit here. I'm kicking myself off here now to go take a bath & get dressed. I'll tackle the Christmas decor first I think. BBL!

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How is everyone doing?

So far I've managed to:

* scrub the bathroom (it wasn't a hard job - I usually keep the bathroom really tidy, but I scrubbed the tiles and gave it a really good clean today).

* tidy the study (I haven't done my scrapbooking cupboard yet though).

* tidy half of the kitchen cupboards.

* Christmas tree is down, inside decorations are down ... but they're sitting in the shed (haven't been put away).

* Sorted the lego.

* Put all of the important dates into my new diary.
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I thought MY windowsills were the only ones that got funky! THey're always damp from the steaming windows and tehn they get dusty and sometimes MOLD grows! YUCK!
I'm so glad it's not just me!!

PS I'm not in the US - I'm ahead of US time, so I got a head start (but I have to finish earlier than you gals).
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I'm definitely in for it! I do have a playdate to attend on Fri am, but I can make up for it on Saturday since DH won't be home. My nesting instinct is definitely kicking in...I spent about 2 hrs making 'lists' of things I need to finish and what baby items I have/need before I saw this thread


*wash, dry, fold and put away ALL of the mountain of laundry

*put away Christmas decorations and tree

*pay bills that I've been neglecting : and actually file them away

*organize and declutter desk so DH quits whining about it

*clean fridge

*quick dust and pickup of main rooms

*vaccuum and mop all floors (we have all hardwoods)

*clean both bathrooms including showers

*clean out junk drawer (it can hardly close )

*make 4 lasagnas (2 to freeze, 1 to bake for dinner, 1 to take to a new mama)

*make banana bread with the dying bananas on the counter
Umm...yeah...so I think you should kick me off this challenge : Let's see...what have I done since I checked in earlier? NOT A THING ON THAT LIST! I got dressed, played with dd, made lunch, played on the computer, decided to buy brand new dipes for dd (I sure hope none of you are on that 'No spending in Jan' thread on the frugality forum : ), then freaked and realized I need to sell some of the stash we already have so I spent the afternoon going through fluff and making a TP thread. So...thats something right? I mean the house is still messy, I haven't cooked anything yet and dinner is an hour...but I did something

I promise I will try harder tommorrow...after a playdate in the am

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Ok, today I:
-Cleaned 2 of the bathrooms.
-Vaccumed downstairs
-Cleaned all the pictures and magnets off my fridge (getting ready to sell the house)
-Washed, dried and put away 1/2 of the laundry
-Packed away all of Kaylee's 12 month clothes and hung up all her 18 month (sigh... My baby's growing up )
Plus we had a playdate this morning.
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Oh, jeez, celestialdrmrmama and I are going to have to start a failure thread! I ain't done squat!


I did make a nice dinner last night.

Ok, so I need to work out, after that I was going to take a bath, so I guess I can clean the bathroom while the tub runs. And at least I'll have STARTED.


*sigh*


DH cleaned the laundry room, without even being asked! ANd id d a great job. Can i claim that?
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Progress report:

*clean off my desk in the office: halfway done

*post at least 10 items on freecycle: 2 posted

*go through at least one box in the office and find a home for everything or get it out of the house: almost done!

*reorganize the bathroom closet: hahahahahaha. yeah, haven't touched it.

*stay on top of the dishes (we finally got a good rhythm going -- don't want to ruin it!): well, I did a load yesterday. Then DH invited friends over for dinner. I love that he cooked, but wow can the man dirty up a kitchen!

*put away the mountain of clean clothes on top of Qualia's dresser: haven't touched this.

*sort out Qualia's clothes and store/give away her too-small ones: I decided with the new baby coming, hormonally I am just NOT in a good place to be giving away baby clothes. I'm going to try to sort them out and store some today and tomorrow, though.

*sort out all the old bills and junk mail and get a filing system for mail in place: oy. vey.

Procrastination cleaning:

*swept the kitchen yesterday

*tidied the living room

*cleaned off the dining room table

*did 4 loads of laundry (I even put one of them away)

Onward and upward!
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Ack! Help! Overwhelmed!!!

Trying to do too many things at once.

I started with the laundry and was doing well. But then a load got finished and I was in the middle of cleaning out ds' drawers, so I just put it in the basket and started another load. But then, when that one got finished, I didn't have time to do both loads, so I just stacked it in the basket. Etc. Etc. Now, there's 4-5 loads of laundry in the basket that's clean and dry, but needs to be folded.

Then there's the kitchen. I started with my organizer. Now, my confession. I am NOT organized. Dh is the organized one in this family and he keeps that organizer neat. I do not. So, old bills don't go out, new ones go in. A magazine that I'd like to have time to read. Another bill goes in. A card from a friend that I need to respond to. It's all stuffed in there. It's been getting stuffed for the last six months, since dh left. . I needed to clean it out. It's now clean. It took me three hours. : But now, I'm way behind schedule on the kitchen. I started moving small appliances to clean the counters properly, but then got distracted by the stove....adn then the oven. And so now, it's time to start dinner and the kitchen is a wreck. Honestly. The coffee pot is on top of the stove, the little stove burners are in the sink soaking and the bread machine is on top of the dishrack. I can't start dinner. I can't even get to the fridge!! And we're meeting some friends at the park in about 20 minutes, so it all has to stay that way until we get home and I just aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! I'm going to have to either serve the kids cereal for dinner or pick up take out on the way home. I promised ds that we'd go to the park after school today so I can't back out....I'm just overwhelmed.

Where to start? Finish the kitchen? Fold the mountain of laundry? The bathrooms haven't even been touched yet. And neither has the playroom. And ds has hockey in the morning. Ugh. This was too much for me right now. I just want to scream and run!
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HUGS APMOM!! Keep it in perspective! Yes, you are dealing with a mess right now. The mess is still going to be there tomorrow. It will wait for you to come back and have time for it. Your babies are only going to have today with you this once. Love and enjoy your babies, and deal with the mess when you have the moments to do so. Just keep breaking off one small chunk at a time, and it will get better... In the meantime, hug your sweet kiddos and relish in the time with them, playing at the park and cheering them on at hockey practice!!
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Whoa! I think that is the first time anything I posted has been spun off or even answered with more than 2 posts. I feel so honored! I better make a list of my own of stuff I need to do this weekend:

1. Write at least 20 minutes each day
2. Take the lint roller to a couple places where cat hair gathers
3. Make bread
4. Vacuum
5. Mop the floors in the kitchen and bathroom (I really really need to do this)
6. Make some hummus so we have something besides peanut butter to put on our sandwiches this week
7. Dig a path to our cellar so I can put the decorations down there and bring up a couple things I want to sell on eBay (our cellar is walk-down outside access only and the doors currently have about a foot of snow and ice on them)
8. List the eBay stuff

Today I did all the dishes, picked up, and made the bed, so it's actually not looking too bad in here (as long as I keep the door to Hollis' room closed! ha!)
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Thank you LittleOne! I took your advice. The kitchen is now CLEAN! For the first time in six months, the kitchen in completely clean and organized. Now, for the laundry............... Well, maybe tomorrow Right now, I'm going to surf MDC and have a beer. :nana:
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Woohoo - go ladies! APmom, don't feel overwhelmed - I'm really not going to chase you down to do a house inspection

Here's my update:

I haven't done my scrapbooking/craft cupboard - friends from England just rang to say they're coming to visit! So I'm baking instead.

I've finished dusting (breathing easily feels so nice)

The yard looks like it could be in one of those beautiful home magazines - except for the long grass. It's been raining, so DH can't mow it. Other than that, the courtyard looks gorgeous, the swings and fence have been de-cobwebbed and the wind chimes are now no longer tangled up with each other!

The fridge and kitchen cupboards and all looking amazing.

I finished (and am happy with) the scrapbooking album for my friend! I didn't think I'd manage to do that one.

All of our floors are sparkling - DS nearly slipped over in the kitchen this morning!

I cleaned all of our outside windows.

Pruned the hedges (whoa - someone want to come and get some prickles out of my arms??)

Scrubbed the laundry from top to bottom.

Still left to do -
* wash and vaccuum the car (I'll wait until the rain stops)
* clean window sills
* DH still has to do the garage and the Christmas lights on the roof.
* A bit more baking
* The curtains (But realistically it's not going to be done).

I've done jobs which I didn't have on the list, too! I'm amazed at myself - this little bit of motivation was all I needed. I've cleaned and tidied everything while looking for my son's lost teddy. I'm going to sleep so well tonight - I'm exhausted! But it feels so nice to have my house like this. It used to be like this all the time, but last year was a bit of a mess for us (I struggled with depression and DH had to work a heap of extra hours). So the house was the thing which suffered. Hopefully since I'm starting the year off on a good foot it will stay that way and I'll be motivated to do the little jobs as they happen, rather than letting them add up to a huge job.
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Of course!

My DH said he'd help me tomorrow - he's been crawling around the ceiling at work fixing up cables so I don't have the heart to ask him to do anything today.

I think I'll join APmom with a beer!
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*wash, dry, fold and put away ALL of the mountain of laundry - haven't started this yet, I'm not *too* stressed about it, because once the rest of the mess is done, I can always do lots of laundry tommorrow
*put away Christmas decorations and tree - its on my list for this evening. I'm only a week past schedule

*pay bills that I've been neglecting : and actually file them away - I paid the overdue ones (they weren't overdue cause we didn't have the $, just cause I kept procrastinating), but I've organized all the rest to be paid on Monday

*organize and declutter desk so DH quits whining about it- DONE!!! I did it nicer than I originally planned too. There was an entire bag of trash between the desk and clearing out old magazines around the house

*clean fridge - nah, it doesn't stink yet This will probably happen on Monday

*quick dust and pickup of main rooms - So far I've done a THOROUGH dusting and decluttering of the rooms bedrooms & dining room, still have to do the living room that dd is currently tearing apart. That will happen after I do the dishes that soaking

*vaccuum and mop all floors (we have all hardwoods) - thats the last thing I'll do this evening before DH comes home
*clean both bathrooms including showers

*clean out junk drawer (it can hardly close ) - Not going to get to this, but its on my to do list for next week

*make 4 lasagnas (2 to freeze, 1 to bake for dinner, 1 to take to a new mama) - DONE! I did this on Thurs night

*make banana bread with the dying bananas on the counter - they aren't completely dead yet, I'll do it tommorrow with dd
I've actually done more today than I originally planned on. I'm trying to be more thorough and just clean items that I see need to be cleaned rather than only do the items on my task list. Its 5pm here, and I need to finish doing the dishes, wash the kitchen counters, pick up and dust the toy room...errr I mean living room , put away the Xmas stuff and then clean the floors. DH will be home around 6 or 7 and we are having leftovers or pizza tonight...I'm hoping to be done before he comes home!

Anyone else still working on their task lists? How did everyone do overall with their 3 day challenge?

~Rebecca~
mama to a sweet girl , & 4 silly boys

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