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#1 jefa

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 08:07 AM

I was just talking to Erin about spring cleaning. I have been trying to do a tiny bit each day. Yesterday I cleaned out the toaster and scrubbed the tiles around the kitchen sink. Today I got a bunch of cardboard cartons broken down for recycling. Who knows what tomorrow will have in store. ; )

I used to follow my mom's tradition of not starting the new year without a clean house, so spring cleaning was big stuff, like washing and ironing curtains. I don't have the spirit or energy to do such things and I think very long and hard about maintenance when I buy something new for the house. How are you all managing the bigger cleaning chores? Or for that matter, even the little ones!
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Posted 26 February 2008 - 09:15 AM

Oh Carrie,

I've been doing the same thing, little by little. I have a good friend who "deep cleans" one room of her house per month, so that she doesn't have to do it ONCE a year like most spring cleaners do. So I'm adopting her ways. It may take me 2 weeks to get it done, but it's such a good feeling!!
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Posted 26 February 2008 - 09:34 AM

Just reading about spring cleaning makes me feel tired. I used to be able to clean my whole house in a day - we live in a small apt - and now no way. The things I can clean take forever now, and forget the sink or vacuuming. I think I'm going to get a house keeper.

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 11:49 AM

I'd like to get a housekeeper, too, but I can't afford it. My husband offers to help, but as it is, the things he does just aren't done to my standard. :P

Still, I am learning to keep one eye closed and accept his vacuuming. One of these days I am going to have to teach him how to change the bag.
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Posted 27 February 2008 - 02:10 PM

Our house rule is "whoever sees the dirt first gets to clean it up". Fortunately I am very nearsighted :lol:

Hubby started doing the housework a couple of years ago. At first I would cringe at how he was doing stuff. Now I am grateful he does it. The only thing I do is wash my sweaters. One word of warning - if you are turning over the clothes washing to an "amature" hide the bleach!
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Posted 28 February 2008 - 06:12 AM

Ann,

You made me laugh. We have that rule too, and just the other day I woke up to dog dodo in the library. It's a straight shot looking down the hallway from the master suite to the library, you can LOOK right in there. The first thing I see are these little tootsie rolls (she's a very small dog, therefore everything else is too thank goodness). I clean it up, and later when mentioning it to my husband, he gets this look on his face and say "I didn't see it" Ya Right! :lol:
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Posted 28 February 2008 - 08:04 AM

You ladies are hilarious! I got such a kick out of your answers! :D

I love the "idea" of new year, clean house, jefa... I only wish I had elves that could do that for me.
All through my 30s, I cleaned houses for folks, while my kids were in school and I was going to college.

I love for my house to be clean... asa matter of fact, when I was starting to display symptoms of Sclero, 4 years before I was diagnosed, I was working for a school supply company and would get so frustrated because I didn't have the energy to clean the way I used to.... as a matter of fact, I would cry and my hubby felt bad for me and just told me..."hon, you're too hard on yourself... you do just fine".
At any rate, since then, I've been able to give myself some slack... saving those "spoons/forks" for those things that are more important.
I do the best I can, but my standards have "relaxed" :P I used to have a list of things for myself, but ya know, that really tuckered me out! So, I just do what I feel like and usually, I get more done that way, than I would the list way.
As peanut said, just reading about spring cleaning makes me tired.

I'm grateful my mom has cleaning ladies coming in to clean HER living area, which is the upstairs and utlility room. Since I caregive for her, I've had to revamp my duties even more, prioritizing. I LOVE my pc for this very reason.I'm trying to get alot of her bills paid over the internet, but she's a tough cookie to convince! I'm TRYING to get her taxes taken care of (getting everything together, so I can take it to her accountant), but withMom having moderate Alzheimers, everything she
has is in "one drawer, by her typewriter"... When I ask her where different things are... sure makes my job alot tougher, as she doesn't have a clue where she has put things! :huh: Once I get that job done, I'll feel I've really conquered something! :rolleyes:

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Posted 29 February 2008 - 03:04 AM

I love a clean house too but it just isn't happening right now. The tough part is I am trying to teach my girls to keep a clean roon, but if I can't how can they learn? When I get the energy I will blast through a few rooms, not a deep clean but presentable. Thank goodness, my older daughter who is only 9, likes to vaccuum. Although it is not perfect she does a pretty good job.
My hubby will usually clean up after dinner but I have to always go back to the kitchen because his clean is doing the dishes only, not wiping down the table, counter tops or stove top! UGGHH He tries. As for laundry, that is my job and only my job. A few years back Iw as in the hospital and Tim did the laundry as I was away for a bit. I came home to my grey sweats with red lines all over them! Although last week I was napping and he threw in a load of laundry that had the girls dance stuff in there. Their tights never go in the dryer. When he brought the laundry up he held up Grace's tights and said, "What are these? These can't possibly fit one of the girls!" I replied, "They did before you di the laundry."

Today I will do one load of laundry and try to vaccuum the upstairs. Oh I'm tired thinking about it!

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 06:30 PM

Susie,

I swear I didn't plagarize your post here in my blog! :o :lol: What a coincidence that we both mentioned saving spoons and prioritizing - then again that's not so unusual since we all must do that.

I too get to the point of tears when I can't do all I want and need to do - usually when I feel overwhelmed by it all and frustrsted by my limitations.

Wish I could afford a housekeeper too - at least maybe once a month for the deep cleaning stuff.

Looking forward to mom's visit! :rolleyes:

I don't have any secrets or tips other than employing your children if you have them. My 10 year old son does okay at vacuuming and my 5 year old likes to dust. Getting them to pick up after themselves or clean their rooms is another story! <_<

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 09:40 AM

Hi barefut!

I think the spoons are something we all have a collection, albeit... small collection of! :lol: On this topic... my hubby, who is more advanced withCOPD... completely understands what I've been talking about, in regard to spoons!

On the subject of children... mine have been living on their own for many years. My daughter is 35 and my son will soon be 33. If I could ONLY get the dog to help withthe cleaning :rolleyes: ... I know she would if she could!

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