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DS got sick on Thursday morning and I completely stopped doing chores to care for him. The house was relatively neat at that point. Less than 48 hours later, our house was a disaster. Dirty dishes piling up in the sink, crusty food plates on the dresser, laundry over-flowing, books over-running the bedroom, stinky cat boxes, you name it. <i>TWO DAYS</i>! That's all it took for things to get gross. I usually clean as I go, so I don't notice how many hours a day I'm actually doing housework. This was very eye-opening for me.<br><br>
So, now I'm curious: are we abnormally messy? How long can you go with zero upkeep before your home turns chaotic? (Whatever your definition of that is.)
 

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Well, apparently if I stay in bed from 8, when dh and ds get up/ready for school/go to school, until 8:45 when they leave; they can completely trash the kitchen, computer room, bathroom and dining room. I think that, if left to their own devices, they could mess up the entire house in under 12 hours. Sorry. Not to steal your attempted record, or anything...
 

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If I start with a perfectly clean house and don't do anything to keep it that way through out the day it is trashed by that evening. We are usually home all day so we have 3 meals worth of dishes and the mess from those meals, toys everywhere, laundry you name it.<br><br>
I also clean through out the day so don't really notice how fast it can get bad until me or one of the kids is sick and then watch out! lol<br><br>
Hope you LO is feeling better, I would say you aren't overly messy, but messes happen where life happens and they are inevitable.
 

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i think it truly depends on your idea of trashed. . . . . .and the number of children in your home.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> I would say that in 48hours my home is a disaster, looks like a tornado swept through it. BUT in an hour, my kids can completely destroy their room and the living room with their toys. To be honest I don't consider it messy unless there's random clutter like laundry baskets everywhere or dirty dishes piling the sink or messy countertops or such. I don't consider kid toys messy because that's like shoveling [email protected]#* against the tide. You learn to deal. Iit's just kid mess, not unsanitary living conditions.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I was recently stuck on the couch for a very badly broken toe. In my recent experience:<br><br>
1 meal time = messy<br>
12 hours = wouldn't want to let anyone in the house<br>
24-48 hours = disaster zone<br>
48+ hours = just burn the darn thing and start over<br><br>
I honestly do not understand how this happens. I mean, I'm only one person. When this happened there were two other adults and DS (3) in the house. And our dog. How do they get that much stuff out/messy in that amount of time? Are housewives super-human when it comes to organization and straightening up? I really don't think we are.<br><br>
It does not seem humanly possible to make that much of a mess in that amount of time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><br><br>
They even informed me that the *economy* setting on the dishwasher doesn't work like I say it does, they have to use the *normal plus* setting - which of course takes longer and uses more energy. Um, yeah if you let dishes sit there with stuff baked on for days! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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You mean when my kids aren't causing chaos while I cleen, which they often are <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I notice a definite increase in general clutter, lack of floor cleaning in a couple of days. Also it tends to be that the things which we don't out in the dishwasher get left out unwashed and laundry gets left if I don;t keep up with them daily.<br><br>
I noticed this a lot over the last week or so as we were focused on the garden.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I was recently stuck on the couch for a very badly broken toe. In my recent experience:<br><br>
1 meal time = messy<br>
12 hours = wouldn't want to let anyone in the house<br>
24-48 hours = disaster zone<br>
48+ hours = just burn the darn thing and start over<br><br>
I honestly do not understand how this happens. I mean, I'm only one person. When this happened there were two other adults and DS (3) in the house. And our dog. How do they get that much stuff out/messy in that amount of time? Are housewives super-human when it comes to organization and straightening up? I really don't think we are.<br><br>
It does not seem humanly possible to make that much of a mess in that amount of time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"></div>
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I work 2 days a week. The house and kitchen are neat and tidy when I leave on Friday morning. By the time I come home at 7 on Friday night, it is (IMO) trashed. The kitchen is a disaster, the living room is a cluttered crumby mess and there is my DD(1) and my DH just living in squalor. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br>
I honestly don't know how it happens.<br>
And I do think somehow I have superpowers b/c it only takes me 10-15 min to straighten up! but it's virtually impossible for anyone else to!
 

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If I don't clean up as I go, the house would be trashed within 2 days. Maybe sooner. My (4) kids feel the need to put each used dish in a different place on the counter or sink and we don't have a dishwasher to hide them. They drag stuff out from their rooms or up from their play room and drop it where ever they lose interest. Dh walks in the door, drops his stuff, and then the toddler drags it all over if I don't stop her. I think the bathroom would have to be evolved enough to request cleaning for it to occur to dh to clean it. Laundry piles up quite quickly with 6 people, 1 in cloth diapers, but apparently I'm the only one who can turn on the magical washing machine. Dh sweeps the kitchen sometimes, but it doesn't seem to occur to him that other rooms also need regular sweeping/vaccuuming.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well, apparently if I stay in bed from 8, when dh and ds get up/ready for school/go to school, until 8:45 when they leave; they can completely trash the kitchen, computer room, bathroom and dining room. I think that, if left to their own devices, they could mess up the entire house in under 12 hours. Sorry. Not to steal your attempted record, or anything...</div>
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I'll secede from my throne now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
It's crazy to see how much work I do without realizing it, by looking at the <i>absence</i> of that effort.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">1 meal time = messy<br>
12 hours = wouldn't want to let anyone in the house<br>
24-48 hours = disaster zone<br>
48+ hours = just burn the darn thing and start over</div>
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Yep, I agree with this. My house was very clean yesterday (we had a birthday party here) and was even clean this morning when I woke up before the kids. At just barely 9:30 in the morning? A BIG MESS! DS1 decided to eat drippy watermelon all over in the living room and DD decided to cut paper. Don't get me started on my toddler's morning activities... UGH <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
But generally I think it is about as quick as that timeline lol! Unless I go round and round cleaning up all day long, it spirals out of control VERY quickly.
 

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Yep, my home is a disaster ultra fast... at this point the moment anyone starts to sleep in, make a slight sniffle, act in any way not quite themselves I go into panic clean mode, start getting computer game, movie, and books on tape recommendations, hide the extra messy toys, make a quick easy meal plan for a week and get all the ingredients while cooking up everything I can to freeze, do all the laundry, pay all the bills... because if anybody gets sick any more and we aren't prepared, not only does the house become a disaster zone in a day or two but it can take a month or more to recover from and get it back into new visitor state!
 

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If I leave my husband and kids home for 3 hours, the house is trashed. Kitchen table, counters, floors are dirty and with dirty dishes on the table (along with probably an open jar of peanut butter, an open jar of jelly, and whatever containers my husband got his lunch out of). Toys/art supplies/sticks/pillows/dirty clothes/wet towels are on the floor. If the kids showered the bathroom floor is all wet with a sopping bath mat in the puddle, if they've brushed their teeth, the brushes are on the bathroom counter, the toothpaste is sitting open and oozing out, and their toothpaste spit is all over the sink. Wii/TV remotes are laying all over, my husband has likely gotten the mail, opened it and thrown it on any clean surface that is left. It only takes me 15-20 minutes to clean up at that point but I don't understand how they can make that much of a mess, and clean absolutely nothing, in such a short time.<br><br>
The good news is that my kids are starting to understand what is meant by "clean up this mess" but my husband is hopeless. At least I don't need to go in his home office very often!
 

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Same here! Why does my husband not see the piles of toys/dishes/laundry/general detritus when I ask him to help me??? He is more than willing, but requires direct instruction: L, can you please put the dirty dishes from the kitchen table into the dishwasher?<br>
I just don't understand...
 

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Treespeak, this wins quote of the year. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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It's crazy to see how much work I do without realizing it, by looking at the <i>absence</i> of that effort.</div>
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Oh, a couple of hours!<br><br>
I think DH punishes me for going somewhere by myself and leaving all three kids with him by letting them totally trash everything. His response? "Well, they were being quiet!"
 

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I thought "48 hours" before I even opened the thread, just reading the title.<br><br>
24 hours is enough for it to become a mess, but it's still recoverable, like a few hours of cleaning. 48 hours is like, down the toilet and have to spend a week just to get back (uh, not a week of fulltime work, but a week of putting all our extra effort into it).<br><br>
Sorry to hear of those who have only like a 45 minute window. Honestly, I would just quit if it were like that. Heck, I have mostly quit with the 48 hour window.
 

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Wow - I'm so glad my house is not the only one that goes from clean to chaos in an instant. I get so demoralized sometimes.
 
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