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post #31 of 44
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Originally Posted by tab View Post
the carpets have been peed on, vomited on, pooped on and that was just the dh! joke!!
I missed the last bit in this sentence
post #32 of 44
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
It'll really open the rooms up. I've got another couple of months to wait until i get mine down
i have had to wait 2 months since being measured up so i know how you're feeling! plus i will probably have to wait another couple of months for upstairs!

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I missed the last bit in this sentence
i thought no one had noticed it!
post #33 of 44
My Mum always loves living in a clean and tidy house, but with my younger sister here with her 13 month old baby, it's hard for us to keep things in tip top shape if baby keeps messing it all up again

For instance, mum and I will blitz the house from top to bottom one morning, and by the afternoon when baby has been playing, eating etc..it feels as though mum and I never did anything in the first place..pretty much back to square one each day with that kid
post #34 of 44
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
I go through phases...clean, tidy and proud...and then untidy, cluttered and miserable

I definitely feel better when its tidy though, I actually like coming home!

I vow to make our apartment in Ottawa look nice all the time!
That's me, for sure! Though I wouldn't say I'm "untidy, cluttered and miserable". Just "untidy, cluttered, and lazy". Hubby is a bit of a slob, so he likes it when I go through my lazy phase! Then I don't bug him or make him feel guilty (just by doing it, I don't nag him, and only occassionally ask for help!).

That you stick to your vow better than I did when we moved in to this place!


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You'll be so pleased you did as well I've already got laminate flooring downstairs, and i've just had all the rooms upstairs measured for it last week, so their fitting it in october when i'm on holiday. It's so much easier to keep clean
I know laminate is easier to keep clean in the long run, especially with cats and dogs getting who knows what in the carpet, but I must say, in the short run, I find it much easier to vacuum carpet, because with hard wood and a kitty that likes to slide, all the fur and toys go sliding right under the couch and all, so then I have to rearrange every time I clean! Thanks Evie.
post #35 of 44
I gotta admit i'm not the greatest cleaner either..I got discouraged a few years ago ..when after spending the day cleaning..within 2 days it would go right back to where it was before I cleaned it...so I gave up...now im keeping it fairly cleaned.
post #36 of 44
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Originally Posted by BelongsToEvie View Post
I must say, in the short run, I find it much easier to vacuum carpet, because with hard wood and a kitty that likes to slide, all the fur and toys go sliding right under the couch and all, so then I have to rearrange every time I clean!


Do you have those anti-static mops where you are?. I use one and the amount of fur that clings to them is unbelievable. They also fit under any small unit and sofa to get all dust bunnies and toys that go under
post #37 of 44
I hear you!!!! It seems like I clean the same dang things EVERY day!!!!
post #38 of 44
I live alone, work 40 hours a week and have 3 dogs and 2 cats. What makes it worse is that 2 of the dogs are German Shedders. My new house is all laminate, lino or wood - not a carpet to be found. I had to give up on rugs as my Chihuahua will occasionally decide that rugs are grass and pee inside. She is 6 years old and still needs to be crated if I leave her alone for more than a few hours.

I try to keep up and its a pretty small house, 800 sq feet on the main floor but it's not easy for me. I usually go through stages of cleaning vs letting it get messy. But I do treat myself to a housecleaner once in a while. It's surprisingly affordable.
post #39 of 44
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
Eh, we moved to a bigger house with more storage space....and I filled it with kitties!
That would be soooooo me!!!!

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Originally Posted by RubSluts'Mommy View Post
That. Is. Me. Yes I have clutter. Do I love clutter? No. But trying to manage the stuff i have in the small space i have isn't easy... not to mention the lack of free time I've had...
Exactly!!! I have been working 2 jobs, 7 days a week (60+ hours) for 3 years now and I am just so unmotivated to do much of anything when I am actually home. That and the fact that I had knee surgery in January that was supposed to be a simple easy thing that did not work out so well so walking/standing has not been much fun. So after some specialized injections (Synvisc), the knee is mostly better but then I developed plantar fasciitis -torn ligament along bottom of foot which basically feels like someone stabbing you in the bottom of the foot with a knife Oh yeah and depression is thrown in as a bonus.

So you would think after I got laid off July3 I would have all this time to get organized.....not.

I bought a book a few years back that helped a lot and is a humorous read...
"Not for Packrats Only" by Don Aslet

But here is my question.......
HOW DO YOU GET MOTIVATED TO DO IT?????

I mean, it should be easy to put the Diet Coke can in the trash after you are done with it right??? I threw away 3 from my night stand this AM - that was from the past few days. I am not a pig but I certainly wouldn't let anyone see my place right now. Mostly it is just clutter - not hoarder clutter, but clutter nonetheless. And my family is so the opposite. When I am home, I will get up to go pee and come back and my glass will already be in the dishwasher! Shoot, I am worreid that if I sit for too long in one place I might be thrown out with the trash.

It's just me and the 5 cats - how hard can it be???

Where do I start????

HELP!!!!!!
post #40 of 44
When I moved last August, I was relentless in getting rid of "stuff". I find it much easier in my new place since I got rid of a ton of stuff that was completely unneccessary. Everything I own now has a spot on a shelf or in a cupboard. I had kept boxes of things that I hadn't looked at in years. It was tough, but it sure feels good now.
post #41 of 44
I don't like cleaning the wet stuff, bathrooms and kitchens and mopping but do it when I have to. I tidy up because chaos makes me a little crazy. Our house is rarely "mother-in-law-coming-to-visit clean" but it's usually pretty okay for visitors.
post #42 of 44
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Originally Posted by techiegirl View Post

But here is my question.......
HOW DO YOU GET MOTIVATED TO DO IT?????

I mean, it should be easy to put the Diet Coke can in the trash after you are done with it right??? I threw away 3 from my night stand this AM - that was from the past few days. I am not a pig but I certainly wouldn't let anyone see my place right now. Mostly it is just clutter - not hoarder clutter, but clutter nonetheless. And my family is so the opposite. When I am home, I will get up to go pee and come back and my glass will already be in the dishwasher! Shoot, I am worreid that if I sit for too long in one place I might be thrown out with the trash.

It's just me and the 5 cats - how hard can it be???

Where do I start????

HELP!!!!!!
I give myself a schedule... Aside from little things, I give myself a couple hours on my days off to do chores... and I'm ADD (w/o meds, thank you) so i get distracted by things very easily. Because I'm trying to start a business at home making things to sell, I've taken a day out of one of my jobs, cutting back hours. It also helps with gas (it's a long commute). So, Fridays I do the bathrooms and a few other small things, trash (non-kitchen, which goes out more often), dishes (I live alone, and have lots of dishes, don't need to run the dishwasher that often), etc... laundry. Tuesdays (with overlap into Wednesdays if I'm running errands Tuesday) I rotate the larger rooms: Living/Dining, Bedroom, Office. Each week will have one room. I've been lax on it up to now, but with the extra day it'll be easier to do.

I also may structure myself even more, like i do with my writing and editing. Again with my ADD raging... when i am at home and want to focus some of my time editing or writing, I have a small kitchen timer nearby. I set it for one hour and do nothing BUT that task for that hour. Oddly enough, the timer helps me focus. it also helps me push those da**ed voices that tell me to go do other tasks out of the forefront of my mind.

It also helps to close the door of the room you want ot work on to the cats... my two want to get into what I'm doing, so I close that room off somehow. It's hard to close the office door, so I use two of the metal shelves from those steel shelving units (like at Target) and they nearly fit across the door. It's a 3 foot wide door (my unit is wheelchair accessible), so I set one on the floor and then the second on top of it... they can't get over it (well, they haven't tried yet), so they usually wander off and nap somewhere else. That's how I got the office one HUGE step closer to being clean last week.

This week it's the Living Room and Dining area (which is now a sitting area extension of the living room). It's all baby steps. I don't expect to get that space immaculate this week... hardly... but I can get even more clutter out and possibly vacuum. I do need to work more on the office, as the walk in closet that holds my crafts and sewing supplies is not exactly 'walk-in-able' right now. and some of the things cluttering the living room need to go in there. I'll get to it. it may also continue Friday as well... With the extra day for myself and my Biz, it can only get better...

It's all about baby steps, really. For now, take a trash bag and walk through your place... anything that needs to be trashed, pick it up. Recyclable? have a second bag for those. I set a box out when I'm working on a room for stuff to go elsewhere... so I'm not running back and forth with one or two things at a time... and thus getting distracted (well, I know I'm working on the kitchen, but since I'm back here in the office, I may as well check my email... that sort of thing.)

Okay, I'm writing a book now... should go start sanding some wood to make a loom... yes, I've discovered another hobby... I can't STOP!!!!

Amanda
post #43 of 44
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That's a great suggestion! My problem is I look at the entire house and wonder where to start. It doesn't help that one room basically flows into another so there really isn't any clear cut end (as in door) from one room to another. Our living room, kitchen, dining room and family room are pretty much all one. If I have a full day to clean everything, by the time I finish the last room, the first room is already covered in dog and cat hair again! It just gets so frustrating!
post #44 of 44
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But here is my question.......
HOW DO YOU GET MOTIVATED TO DO IT?????
On a thursday evening when i get in from work i don't have anything to eat until my houseworks done. So the sooner i start it, the sooner i finish so i can relax

Once you get yourself into a routine with it it's so much easier.
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