not to feel filled with delight at having to clean my house today? light hearted and rather dull ...

(38 Posts)
Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Sat 06-Apr-13 09:09:54

Housework. ARGH!!

Do I have to? Options are to live in squalor or roll up my sleeves....



MrsLettuce Sat 06-Apr-13 09:15:41


Sit down and make a list along the lines of:

15 minutes Kitchen
15 minutes sitting room
15 minutes bedrooms (spread between them)
15 minutes break

15 minutes kitchen
15 minutes sitting room
15 minutes bathroom / loo(s) (spread between them)
15 minutes break

go round the house in cycles thus. It gets evrything to the smae standard at the same time so you have a feeling of more progress - I find if I blitz one room and finish it (ha!) before moving on I end up with it looking like less has been done despite having worked much harder.

MrsLettuce Sat 06-Apr-13 09:16:47

The list of cycles should be long enough to fill you time budget, natch wink

RedHelenB Sat 06-Apr-13 09:21:42

YANBU - hate housework!

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Sat 06-Apr-13 09:22:13

Thanks, MrsLettuce. Can i give you my address so that you can come over and show me how it is done grin?

Seriously: you have a very good point! Going hell for leather in one room makes me less inclined to do any in the rest of the house - not that we have a huge place at all.

HollyBerryBush Sat 06-Apr-13 09:22:50

I did that this week. >slumps<

On the plus side all my Tupperware matches now! Just got the crystal cupboards to do.

My once in a lifetime tip - kitchen cupboard tops? we cook on gas and they get minging after a while. Put news paper on them, why did I never think of that before?

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Sat 06-Apr-13 09:23:17

RedHelenB - I hate housework but I hate mess and dirt even more.

Here goes!

Well I just came home from a nighshift to a vomit covered door mat and toilet floor and a passed out and needy flatmate which I need to clean.

I'll swap you for your manky kitchens. Anyone? No?


StuffezLaBouche Sat 06-Apr-13 09:26:45

I have to do mine too PLUS have promised myself I'd do the fish tank today - a full filter/ornament blitz... I don't WANT to though... I'm going for coffee at one, it MUST be done before then! Uuuuuuuuuuuugh

MrsLettuce Sat 06-Apr-13 09:27:07

NO! first coffee, a list and assembling materials in a bucket or two! 30 minutes...

NewAtThisMalarky Sat 06-Apr-13 09:27:57

Loving 'crystal cupboards'. Bet they are much prettier than the ones that came with my kitchen ;)

MakeNoResolutions Sat 06-Apr-13 09:29:31

I'm in the midst of spring cleaning so feel your pain. I only managed one bookcase and one set of cupboards before I needed a sit down. I'm doing the 10 mins on/10 mins off thing as it really does work.

ItsAllTLAsToMe Sat 06-Apr-13 09:31:32

grin at crystal cupboards. Yes, I really must do mine too.

Either that, or my whole desperately needing cleaned / tidied Ikea-filled house.

HollyBerryBush Sat 06-Apr-13 09:35:10

"crystal cupboards" = full of stuff you got for wedding presents that you never use but daren't throw away!

difficultpickle Sat 06-Apr-13 09:39:09

I'm rather envious. I'll be running the bisjo taxi service today and all day tomorrow (fortunately usually it is just Saturdays).

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Sat 06-Apr-13 10:26:22

My first 15 minute break turned into half an hour. I will be taking all day at this rate.

Crystal cupboards? Oh dear, my house is a bit more basic than that... toys falling out the understairs cupboard, children's hand smears on the sliding doors, full rubbish bin in kitchen. Oh joy.

ItsAllTLAsToMe Sat 06-Apr-13 10:27:34

Ah yes, Holly, I have some wedding presents like that too (including some that we asked for, but haven't used confused).

DH is going to look after DS today, so I can catch up on all things MN house-related.

So far, I have:
Had a bath.

I need to:
Clean / tidy the whole house.

Oh dear.

Passiveaggressivecakeeater Sat 06-Apr-13 10:34:06

Can I join in the procrastinating? grin

MIL just left after saying over so I have all the sheet changing to do, laundry, sink full of dirty pots... am currently curled up on the sofa with a duvet and 2 cats! Much more appealing!

Passiveaggressivecakeeater Sat 06-Apr-13 10:34:30

*staying over

ItsAllTLAsToMe Sat 06-Apr-13 10:44:16

I am drying my hair, and trying to chivvy DH and DS out the door before lunchtime (largely through the medium of sending vibes downstairs).

I've had one illness after another for the last month, and I'm monumentally fed up.

raisah Sat 06-Apr-13 11:00:16

Im going home today after a week at my parents so am not looking forward to tackling the house tomorrow. I will add opening the windows & putting bleach down the loo at the start to mrs lettuces instructions. By the time you tackle the bathroom, the loo should be nice & clean. Fresh air circulating while cleaning tricks you into believing everything is lovely & fresh!

None of your houses are as bad as mine. Fact.

Kitchen has been plastered as has parts of living and dining room. Dust is everywhere. I have no working kitchen, electrics are turned off and have an 19 Month old rampaging about. I'm pregnant and have spd so don't feel like doing anything!!!

My house is a nightmare.

Snoopingforsoup Sat 06-Apr-13 12:13:09

HollyBerry I can't decide if you're Edwina Curry or Anthea Turner grin

I really should be doing some housework today but as the sun is shining (the first time for several weeks) I am taking the dog for a walk first ! Unfortunately it's when the sun shines that I notice the parts of the houe that need cleaning.

BlackeyedSusan Sat 06-Apr-13 12:27:42

oh damn, you are shaming me to go and sort squalor..


marriedinwhiteagain Sat 06-Apr-13 12:30:25

Sets aside newspaper to put on top of kitchen cupboards when they are next clean blush.

Looks at china cabinet containing the crystal - hmm - we had some sherry at Easter and I had to wash the glasses first they were so dusty (how do they get that dusty behind glass doors?).

So far today I should have done: ironing, sainsbury's, tidied sitting room, made bed, got dressed. So far today have had two cups of tea, made boiled egg and soldiers and tea for DD and wasted time on Mnet. Must get out of chair in a minute for a wee and must not return to lap top. grin

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Sat 06-Apr-13 12:31:57

Yes, I usually start by opening the windows, raisah, much to DH's annoyance! I HATE a house with windows firmly shut all the time - even if it is freezing outside.

ItsAllTLAsToMe Sat 06-Apr-13 12:37:25

I still haven't done anything blush.

DH took DS to the library, then made French toast for lunch.

I might do some ironing during DS's nap.

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Sat 06-Apr-13 12:45:54

I have done some things! I hate doing housework when DH is home (he works very long hours and on Saturdays, too, so I don't expect him to pitch in like I do). But he has just come in now, so I can hardly chase him out again! Fortunately DS is going out with a friend so if DH has a nap, I can carry on!

BlackeyedSusan Sat 06-Apr-13 13:10:20

ok. I have done 30 minutes. and collapsed. I have been at mums ll week, gardening and shopping for her. I left here in it's tidiest state for while, but it is a shock coming back to too much stuff in too small a place.

going to do lunch in mo. then tackle something else.

I like the 15 minute idea.

marriedinwhiteagain Sat 06-Apr-13 13:13:35

Really dying for a wee now grin

ItsAllTLAsToMe Sat 06-Apr-13 15:57:42

I hope you've been for that wee by now, married wink.

I've tidied up lots of laundry, cleaned the kitchen, and baked a cake (cheated by using my bread maker). DH has put dinner in the oven, so we're all going to go for a walk until its ready. Yay.

Emilythornesbff Sat 06-Apr-13 19:01:44

mrslettuce thank you. I have implemented your system (sans breaks as I have small bf baby) today and housework all done.

McNewPants2013 Sat 06-Apr-13 19:16:43

I haven't touch this house today, which is bugging me as I have OCD but I have a terrible cold and can't really move of the sofa.

marriedinwhiteagain Sat 06-Apr-13 19:38:35

Yep - it was a lovely wee ItsAllTLAsToMe. Then I showered, haired, put on make up, made ds and his girlfriend bacon sarnies, dropped gf home, dropped ds at the gym, went to sainsburys, did an hour or so of ironing, tidied up the sitting room, cooked supper and am now watching Merlin with dd. smile.

cjbk1 Sat 06-Apr-13 19:51:51

argh at the person who mentioned fish tanks I don't do ours dh does but I must clean the hamster cage it's only been a few days but needs must...I'm in my pjs, was hoping to just wash hair and relax but thanks to you

Emilythornesbff Sat 06-Apr-13 20:01:36

In fact mrslettuce I think I'll pass on your wisdom to our cleaner next week so she can actually clean each room for once.
<resigns self to wishful thinking>

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Sat 06-Apr-13 22:28:15

I am now decluttering by finishing some wine so that I can throw the bottle away.

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