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For me, this is a test of whether or not I am caught up or even organized with my business. I know I am pushing things when the laundry pile gets too large to fit in the basket. (This is not an uncommon thing.)<br><br>
I am seriously considering revamping my business: streamlining and organizing. Well, not just because of the laundering basket, but things around the house have really been suffering and I hate the housework not being done all the time.<br><br>
Anyone else share this problem? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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ironing, yes I don't do it. If it has to be ironed it stays in the store.lol<br><br>
Housework, gosh no I have 3 kids. They like to help though so i take advantage of them dusting which I hate. I really would love a maid to come in and do the big things like wash my cupboards, the oven fridge, wall, vacuum my blinds. Those kinds of jobs that take a while and i dislike. I figure if those were done maybe the rest of it wouldn't seem like such a big job.
 

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not unless someone is coming over! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Seriously, no, I work full-time, am a single mother to a 3 year old, and run my business at night. Housework comes last. I wish it weren't that way, but since I dislike doing it anyway, it never makes it way up to the top of my To Do list. I'd much rather cook a great veggie stew, read books with my daughter, and work on my orders.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush">
 

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My ironing pile is over flowing out of the closet<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I evaluate our priorities on a regular basis and this is a hard one for me...<br>
For example, have we made enough of our hand crafted toys for our own children for the holidays, etc...<br><br>
Did I spend enough time on their Halloween costumes, cool decorations for the house, etc....????<br><br>
But when I think of the benefits of having our family business - Dad only has to work 40 hours outside the home (and when we buy our homestead we hope to cut this down), I am home full time and get the opportunity to home educate and play and work with them, and we are creating quality things with our hands which both I and my husband enjoy doing....<br><br>
So, the bottom line - a lot of craziness at times and a disorganized home is worth it!!<br><br>
Warm wishes,<br>
Tonya
 

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Gosh no!! I'm a single parent when DH is out on the road. He's only home 2x a month so with 3 kids you gotta set priorities, lol. If it made it into the wahser and dryer its good enough! Dh came home this weekend and I made him and the 2 older kids go down to the laundry room and fold about 6 loads of clean laundry for me. I do try to keep the house clean but that means my office is usually a disaster waiting to happen. The kids are just expectd to help out where they can (thier rooms and own messes). AS long as the house is in semi-order then I feel like I got alot accomplished.
 

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I don't iron. I don't wear things that need to be ironed, and neither do the kids. If DH wants his work clothes ironed, he does it himself <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Now laundry in general... that's another story <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I've been backed up on laundry this past week, because we're getting ready to travel out of the country and both DH and I were out of town at different times last week. But normally I keep it up pretty well.
 

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Another one who is happily caught up on her ironing because we don't buy clothes that need to be ironed. DH is good about laundry, but we're pretty backed up on every other household chore imaginable. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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You mean the iron and ironing board are for clothes? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
I use mine exclusively for fabric that absolutely MUST be ironed.<br><br>
The house is a wreck, and right now, I can't find my binder for school, which means if I don't find, it, I'm going to fail my exam. The overflowing pile of clean clothes in the basket is the last thing on my mind at the present time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Ironing?<br><br><br>
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I feel like I walked into the wrong forum<br>
LOL<br><br>
Um...I don't iron clothes.<br>
Maybe once a year, if I'm desperate.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/sulkoff.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="tiptoe">
 

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I iron clothes if we're going to a wedding, and sometimes not even then... I agree with IzzyBee, the iron is for sewing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
but, how much the clean laundry is piled up is my reference for how behind I am. It's the last thing I do (cause it's just an aesthetic thing, I do sort each person's clothes into piles, but the piles take forever to get into the drawers)
 

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What is an iron? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hide.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hide">: Just kidding. Its that thing that falls on the floor all the time and leaks water because I have kids pulling at the cord. Gosh darnit if I was motivated enough to get the fabric out of the dryer before it wrinkled I wouldnt even need it.<br><br>
I dont iron cloths. Dh's work clothes are all 100% poly (so they dont melt when battery acid gets on them) so they dont wrinkle <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> and the kids and I dont mind cloths with wrinkles. I have a pile of regular clothes that havent been put away for like a month.<br><br>
My dh also travels and I have priorities. My kids are #1, my sanity is #2, my biz is #3, Animals #4, and housework falls in after that....I try and pick up a little at a time...but sometimes i am just not motivated enough
 

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i also don't iron unless it is for sewing. recently i did make an effort on staying really on top of housework and it made everything else worse - my dds were grouchy, i was grouchy and therefore my dh was a grouch. the sad part i wasn't even working on any work orders. i felt my dds were not getting as much attention and i was getting frustrated because the girls pretty much follow me around nd un-do everything. so i am back to my messy bliss. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Well, I hardly iron anything of mine and dh does all his own ironing, usually at night, just the one shirt/pants for the morning. The few things of dd's that need ironing, I usually do as soon as they come out of the dryer, because there is nowhere to store clothes, except their drawers (no laundry room, just a stackable in a utility closet--ah, city living).<br><br>
But as for other housework? It's suffered immensely since I started my business and it wasn't in good shape before that. I can hardly keep up with the crackers dd pulverizes into the living room rug and milk spills, let alone keep the counters really clean. Part of my issue is space: 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo, 1300 sq. ft total and trying to run a home business that involves buying rolls of fabric is a tough one. A bigger house would help, but I'm also unfortunately naturally given to clutter. My "office" (read 5'x5' corner of my bedroom) is almost to the breaking point in terms of piled papers and I must tackle it soon.
 

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Ironing was sacificed to the work-at-home gods. Seriously. as part of my business plan we eliminated ironing as a chore compleatly. it was time for both of us to have new clothes because our sizes changed and we made a conscious decision to refrain from buying anything that might need to be ironed. We also cut out alot of dishes by making a commitment to one-pot meals and agreed to purchase 5 extra trash cans to be placed around our common-use areas to cut down on some routine house cleaning.
 

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I'm another one who doesn't iron. I used to use the dryer instead, and just make sure I took out anything I didn't want wrinkled right away. But the dryer has been out of commission for about a year and a half now... for dh's work clothes, I dry them on hangers or, in the case of his pants, hanging from the waist, and they dry pretty unwrinkled.<br><br>
art4babies, are you one of those super-organized people who generally have a tidy home and make moms like me look bad? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Honestly, I never would have guessed it. I've been to your website before and your stuff is all so funky and creative -- I figured anything that neat had to come from a messy house!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">art4babies, are you one of those super-organized people who generally have a tidy home and make moms like me look bad? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Honestly, I never would have guessed it. I've been to your website before and your stuff is all so funky and creative -- I figured anything that neat had to come from a messy house!</div>
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Ah! No no! I swear! I am one of those that just freaks-out when it gets bad, and starts cleaning with a toothbrush... at 2 a.m. I am in the clutter/clean category, I guess. I can stand clutter (well, maybe not "stand" it, but it does get that way) but what creeps me out big-time, is filth. It is a struggle for me because I love organization, but I am my own worst offender. I am totally aware of the psychological affects of clutter (lack of feng shui, if you will) but I am SO "Ms. Side-Track" that I have tens of dozens of projects all sitting around screaming "Finish me!" Don't you dare call me a neatnik! Lol<br>
(Hmm... I have been looking for a new user name for my 1000-post "freebee"...)<br><br>
And hey - I only have two kiddos (and one is 14) so I guess I can do some ironing. Some of you gals have several and I have no idea how you get ANYTHING done.
 

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Ah, I see. You'll get no more accusations from me, don't worry! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I'm not a neatnick either, but I am finding that our lives run more smoothly if I keep up with the big things.
 

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Caught up on ironing?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh">:<br><br>
Actually, I like to iron but I don't ever have the time because I can't do it when the children are around, it just isn't safe. And I hate getting out the ironing board and iron them putting them away again.<br><br>
Anyway, as far as organized, we're in a state of mild chaos all the time. As soon as one area gets cleaned up another sprouts a mess all by iteself. But for the most part things are OK, nothing is really dirty, just messy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I guess ours is sort of a permanent fixture. I can't wait till we move and I have my own room... So I can conceal MY "organized chaos." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Amy, I am also "cluttered clean." I can't keep our stuff organized, but every few days when I'm cleaning up the kitchen, I start scrubbing the cabinet facings, too. DH is, unfortunately, "unclean uncluttered" meaning he can't see dirt, but can't stand clutter. We have a lot of issues over this lately!
 
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