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04-02-2012, 03:42 PM
Who's tidying? Post your hit list! Encourage each other! :cheer:

I'm still at it but this is done...

Get the peeps to school/work
Errands to office supplies, garden supplies
2 loads of towels laundered
Dry clothes on couch for folding later
Made bed declutter bedroom
vac and mop bedroom
vac and mop hallway
vac and mop bathroom
clean sinks/mirror in bathroom
mop and vac foyer
declutter part of foyer
Declutter 4 boxes, put things up and put things aside to donate
vac LR

Today's so obviously my heavy day post weekend. :dizzy:


04-03-2012, 12:33 PM
Good thread!

I don't see how anyone keeps a clean home especially the ones with kids!

It is me, my boyfriend and a fair number of fur babies - 2 dogs and 3 cats. The dogs do not shed which helps but 2 of the cats are Maine Coons which more than makes up for the non shedders. We are not in a large home - about 1200 sq ft but I can never get a handle on the housework!

Today after work I need to do the following-

- Stop by the market on the way home for a couple of things for dinner

- Gather ALL the things, in various boxes, that need to be donated. Load them in the car

- Clean out a bunch of glass candle jars. I have been avoiding this for weeks and tomorrow is recycling day

- Take compost to outside bin

04-04-2012, 12:42 PM
I use house cleaning as an extreme sport LOL If I can't do much working out in the week, I make up for it by running loads of laundry up 3 flights of stairs a few items at a time ~ it adds up!

Spring Cleaning weekend!!

All appliances moved & cleaned
all baseboards & walls & windows washed
carpets cleaned (don't have many)
all closets turned out and old stuff given away to Good Will
take down & clean all curtains & blinds

and then head outside to clean up all the weird stuff that gets left behind after the snow melts (not that we had much in Ontario this year woot!)

Happy Cleaning!

ps. best tip I've had lately -- we own a few rental properties, and cleaning them after people leave can be a nightmare! For particularly GRUNGY soap-scummy bathtubs -- Easy Off NO SMELL Oven Cleaner!! spray the white foam on, leave for 15 minutes or so, and wipe off - utterly amazing I have to say! sparkly clean and no scrubbing!

04-04-2012, 12:53 PM
What timing! I've been planning on starting some spring cleaning this very day and could certainly use some extra motivation. ;)

We're swapping dining room sets with the in-laws today. I hate our teeny little glass-top table and they're moving and won't have room for their wooden one. So I'd like to make the house at least somewhat presentable, lol. I need to clear off the table (shouldn't be so bad, there's not much to deal with there), and I also want to pick up the living room, dust, clean the bathroom, and get some vacuuming done. I also want to clean the kitchen more (started on that yesterday) and get some laundry done but they're not the priority.

It sucks . . . I've been sick on and off for a few weeks and the place goes all to h3ll because of it. :dizzy:

04-04-2012, 01:03 PM
My roommate moves out April 21st and I need to tidy up for when my new roommate gets here a month later.

I still haven't done anything toward fixing the backyard for BBQs, and likely won't get to it this week since I'm going to CT for Passover with my bf.

04-04-2012, 01:05 PM
Okay... March was a fail, so I am not going to post one thing a day and MAKE myself do it!

Todays house keeping chore is:
Kitchen, dishes, counter, floor, kitchen table etc..

04-04-2012, 01:08 PM
I'm so unmotivated to clean right now. I'm reading this thread for inspiration.
I have such a backload of laundry right now. I absolutely love putting it in the machines but HATE taking it out (LOL, know what I mean?)
It's like you feel like your getting something accomplished by putting it in (low effort, magically clean) but then comes the UGGGHHHHHHH FOLDING and UGGGGHHHH PUTTING AWAY.
It is absolutely mind-blowing how my husband and son can generate so much laundry. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?!??! IT NEVER ENDS!!!!
Rant over.

04-04-2012, 01:12 PM
I have such a backload of laundry right now. It is absolutely mind-blowing how my husband and son can generate so much laundry. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?!??! IT NEVER ENDS!!!!
Rant over.

I live by myself and I have a back load of laundry lol probably like a couple of hours worth doing...I think I should just throw out all my clothes and just go out and buy new ones. haha

04-05-2012, 04:06 PM
I did it! I cleaned my kitchen yesterday! I even did a load of laundry and fit in a workout!

Todays task...the living room!

04-16-2012, 09:30 AM
Jelma: Yep -- it is ongoing! Fending back the tides!

Trazey34 -- haha. Extreme sport indeed!

Elladorine: HOw did the dining set swap go?

krampus: Was passover nice? How's the new roomie cleaning thing coming along?

MiZTaCCen: Yay! Just doing what you can pays off!

Pepino:My prob is couch sitting. I can wash, dry, flip the next load, fold it all at the couch but then people around here can't seem to do the last bit. I've even FOLDED it. Just put YOURS away! Becuase I'm tired now.
So I sympathize.

Alright. It's monday. That's my big marathon day. Peeps breakfasted and out of my hair and launced into their days. Now I get my own breakfast and get going. Wish me luck!


04-16-2012, 10:54 AM
Put in my sheets to wash
decluttered floor of bedroom
decluttered hallway floor
put away clean dishes.
dirty dishes to run in dishwasher
folded kids clothes
eat my breakfast
Clear phone table, put that junk away, dust the table
put in order online

Ok, I'm started... TONS to go. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.

04-16-2012, 12:09 PM
Another break.

I green clean since I have PCOS/IR and want to reduce chemical/hormone load. So I just use baking soda for both oven and bathtub. Scrubs stuff right off, and with a good rinse it just all clears out. If for some reason baking soda lingers, it's edible. I'm not worried about it touching my skin in the tub or worried about it getting in my food.

Vac bedroom, hallway, bathroom
steam mop bedroom, hallway, bathroom
put sheets to dry, put towels to wash
scrubbed toilet
scrubbed tub/wall tiles
clean sink/mirror areas
get trash out of bathroom
put in shower curtain, bath mats to wash.
Stick towels to dry
Count boxes left

Ugh. I also went around the rooms to count the boxes left to unpack/declutter. I lost count of how many I've already done, but I did remember the 7 I dropped off this last week to donate. But there's sooo much left. If I could lose a lb per box my WEIGHT goal would be so much further along.

Taking a break before I deal with getting the sheets back on bed. If I can reboot the house from the weekend maybe I can spend some of the rest of the week knocking out another bunch of boxes. Ugh ugh ugh.

No wonder I get depressed and cranky. 3 people live here and I feel like they only one dealing with DECLUTTER. DH just bought the kid two NEW toys this weekend. Yargh!


04-16-2012, 01:00 PM
So I bought these Mr. Clean magic erasers! They made cleaning my bathroom so much fun! I'm not even kidding it didn't even feel like a chore! So my bathroom is done, I need to get back to my kitchen because It's a mess again! lol

I also want to go through my closet and get rid of everything I don't wear!
Throw it all in one big bag then when I hit up Value Village again drop it off there!

Quiet Ballerina
04-16-2012, 03:07 PM
You're all so inspiring!!
Yesterday I organized my shelves in the pantry. (I live with a roommate, and we have the pantry shelves divided up.) I got some plastic bins and that helps so much!

-Going to grocery after work to get mostly fruits & veggies
-Cleaning new tupperware
-Cutting up fruit and veggie so I can put it in the tupperware for the week. SO much easier when making my lunch! I'll grab a container of fruit and a container of veggies and a couple other things; good to go!

Long term goals for the week
-mop kitchen floor/wipe down counters
-vacuum bedroom, dust as needed
-clean bathroom/tub/counters/mirror/etc
-dust in living room/kitchen as needed

I also have a pretty big pile of laundry, so I need to tackle that soon.

04-16-2012, 03:11 PM
MiZTaCCen -- you go! Closet clutter conquered! :carrot:

Quiet Ballerina: Sounds like you got the plan for the week! Yay! :cheer:

Did another laundry flippage.
Went out for groceries and dropped things at UPS so that's errands for today.
Ate lunch, took meds.
vac kitchen
steam mop kitchen
scrub counters
scrub stove top
Now I'm break again and then have to get kid at school.


04-17-2012, 11:14 AM
My closet was conquered yesterday! I got half of bag of clothing that I'm going to bring to Value Village, I got a bag of clothing that can't be restored in the garbage haha. My room on the other hand is STILL a mess...I got all the dirty laundry sorted and in the hallway for whenever I'm ready to do it! (I really need to buy a vaccum.)

Today is my long working day so I'll probably just accomplish dishes and kitchen counter tonight.

Quiet Ballerina
04-17-2012, 02:24 PM
Yesterday I accomplished the grocery shopping and chopping up the veggies into tupperware. But I used my old tupperware instead of the new.
Even though my kitchen is really big for an apt kitchen, my storage space is cut in half because of the roomie. So until I find a spot for my new tupperware, I can't wash and use it.

Today I'll get ZERO housework done. Working a really long day and will be going straight to bed when I get home. Oh well. There's always tomorrow!

astrophe: do you like your steam mop? I have tile in my kitchen and the swiffer pads just don't get the grout lines clean like I'd like them to. But I love that I can take the reusable pad and toss in it the washing machine. (well, it isn't swiffer, but it's a similar style).

MiZTaCCen you conquered your closet in a day?! Want to come do mine? Hahaha

04-17-2012, 02:45 PM
MiZTaCCen you conquered your closet in a day?! Want to come do mine? Hahaha

I did! but I also destroyed my room by doing it! lol I didn't have that much stuff, and sure! What's the pay?! lol I always loved cleaning other people's houses...always hate to do my own though...I wonder why that is?!

Quiet Ballerina
04-20-2012, 01:37 PM
normally I'd offer baked goods as thanks. :)
I'll eventually work through it. Maybe I'll get inspired this weekend to tackle my mess of a closet.

04-23-2012, 10:18 AM
MiZTaCCen: WTG on the closet! I totally get enjoying other people's. I used to swap days with a pal. One week I'd go help her with her projects and the next week she'd come help me. It was more fun cleaning her garage or whatever. Same probs as me, but it was more interesting to look at her (new to me) stuff and tidy than mine (boring same old UGH).

Quiet Ballerina : Yay for groceries! Yes, I like my steam cleaner thingie but it took me a long time to save up and get. It totally creamed the tile grout that I could never get before. I was amazed!

So I'm back again for the monday catchup after a crazy weekend. Got the jump in it last night because I couldn't stand the LR floor. So here's where I'm at so far. I want to breeze thru the monday stuff to maintain those areas and then concentrate on LR box clutter I want to deal with this week.

Washed 1 load
Declutter LR
vac/mop LR
make lunches, launch people on their days
take meds, about to eat my own breakfast


04-23-2012, 11:06 AM
normally I'd offer baked goods as thanks. :)
I'll eventually work through it. Maybe I'll get inspired this weekend to tackle my mess of a closet.


MiZTaCCen: WTG on the closet! I totally get enjoying other people's. I used to swap days with a pal. One week I'd go help her with her projects and the next week she'd come help me. It was more fun cleaning her garage or whatever. Same probs as me, but it was more interesting to look at her (new to me) stuff and tidy than mine (boring same old UGH).

Oh I agree!!!

Sunday was very very productive! Man, I'm such a slob...So I cleaned my room, moved things around and vaccumed it. I also got ALL my laundry done! I moved the ugly coffee table from the bedroom out to the living room and replaced it with a smaller side table. (I still need to buy a dresser!) I then went into the kitchen did ALL my dishes (three loads in the's a small size dishwasher through not regular or I'm sure it would have only been 1.5 loads haha.)

I have a guest coming over on Wednesday hence why the motivation to get ALL of this done. lol don't need first house impressions of me being a slob...haha.

Today's Tasks:
Living room
Sweep and mop both.

Volia I will be finished house work for April!!! :carrot:

04-23-2012, 11:34 AM
MiZTaCCen Yay! You go! I'm sure you will have a good time visiting with your guest! :)

Over here?

I had breakfast.
Paid car insurance
I threw a load of party tablecloths to wash so I can put them away later.
I got a box of magazines and papers to recycle trash.
I sorted a box to donate
I got a bag of trash out
I got a box of toys started (gather all the toys there for fine sorting later)

Ugh. Allergies are going beserk and I'm feeling resentful about the toys. DH bought the kid THREE new toys this weekend. But doesn't do anything to help me/her SORT the old ones out of here so we maintain an equilibrium. Sigh.

Taking a break and then back to it.


Quiet Ballerina
04-23-2012, 04:03 PM
Okay, weekend cleaning wasn't as productive as planned. :)
I did get almost all of the laundry washed dried & put away! Only one more load, and that's mostly towels. Super easy!

-Target after work to get a few things
-Last load of laundry
-clean bathroom floor/counter/mirror/toilet/etc
-vacuum my room & living room
-dust in my room

Two of my things are cooking related and not housekeeping related, but I figured that's okay. :)
-make healthy empanadas (I want to make a bunch so I can freeze them. Easy to grab for lunch or dinner! First time attempting them so fingers crossed)
-trial run of cupcakes for this weekend. (I really should have done them over the weekend, but I decided today to go the cupcake route vs cake route)

So basically....I'd better hit the ground running when I get home tonight. :) I'll need to sort out how I'm going to multi-task to make sure time is on my side. But if I get this all done today it'll be great!

04-23-2012, 04:28 PM
Being 9 months pregnant makes my house...less clean than normal, to say the least.

I do need to take it slow, but at least today I can:

-Vacuum my house
-Empty Dishwasher - Done!
-Neaten Living Room/dust coffee table - Done!
-Dust Office - Done!
-Walk Dog - Done!
-Fold 2 Loads laundry -Done!

04-23-2012, 05:45 PM
So I finally made that housecleaning appt...its all booked till June 9! Its OK though, like with my body, sometimes the good things take a little longer than expected. On the plus side, I have more time to put things away and tidy up before they clean.

04-23-2012, 05:51 PM
Emptied the dishwasher- but then realized that I needed to add walking the dog and folding 2 loads of laundry to the list.

04-23-2012, 10:33 PM
Everyone is so busy! Awesome job! :cheer:

Me? I'm done. Tiiiiired. Here's the rest of today...

Went to Lowe's to get rebar stakes, soil test kit
Went to grocery to get chicken
Reboot laundry
eat lunch
Make and install 2 more trellis arches in the garden
Fill new raised bed, install supports, plant watermelon
Pay bills
Get kid at school, play with kid
Make dinner


04-24-2012, 09:56 AM
My April cleaning is almost done! Just need to dust off few last shelves and my flat will be like brand new!

Luckily before I began I browsed some articles how to make cleaning more effective and in this article about spring cleaning tips ( I stumbled upon this interesting "recipe" how to make a homemade glass cleaner.

-one cup of water
-one cup of rubbing alcohol
-tablespoon of vinegar

Thanks to the vinegar it is also super effective on lime and scale ( and now my bathroom is sparkly clean! :)