Spring cleaning, list making, or just plain procrastinating? Join us here!

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JKSLtd Sat 16-Mar-13 13:49:04

Welcome one and all, especially if you love writing a great list, then sitting back and MNing crossing everything off.

And extra welcomes to those of us who write something we've already done on the list just for the satisfaction of getting to cross it off grin

JKSLtd Wed 23-Oct-13 14:35:43

Hey Freak smile

Got a mega few days coming up, need to be really organised and with it, hmm.

Next few days:
sort all bedding for family staying over (airbed from shed + pump)
reassemble cot for nephew (find bits!)
bake some cakes (with DD) for teatime cake with GDad tomorrow
put up decorations tomorrow
clean bathroom (Started)
clean downstairs loo
stock up loo roll
general tidy
decide on dinner venue for tomorrow night
Friday plans?
Lunch booked for 20 for Saturday
seafront walk after lunch? Check weather

Ongoing:
- Firm up plans for Dad's 70th in Oct; Pretty much done
- Get back on track with decluttering programme; Started
- More stuff out of loft to sort through & get rid of; My box of sentimental stuff down, need to sort & put back with a few other bits
- family tree (scanning in old certs & photos & email contacts)
- need to gather photos from family for big frame to print out & decide where to hang it
- sort wills; just try and get something written down as a minimum
- cash in Tesco vouchers (what for - towards a day out, just which one?)
- dentist appt(s)
- check birthdays coming up/make cards (Dad's 70th)
- eye appt for me, then follow-up with doc re migraines
- check theatre events coming up for DC
- haircut appt for me
- rebel cat to vet (still not done!)

Some online research into
- holiday for next year with family; villa booked need to research route/campsites
- holiday year after (hopefully); started
- SN horse riding carriage for DS2's sch; Started
- Singing Hands to DS2's sch; Forward reply to sch sec
- Christmas trip to Colchester Zoo; not bookable yet
- DH & my trip away in Nov; Thinking Morocco

FreakoidOrganisoid Mon 21-Oct-13 06:58:55

Morning all
Jkshope you had a lovely weekend away.
I was quite productive yesterday so am hopefully on track to do some coursework today.

Need to strip and wash my bed
Buy shower head and light bulbs
Buy cereal

Its cold and rainy and I should have got out of bed half an hour ago...

JKSLtd Thu 17-Oct-13 14:02:53

Thurs:
morning routine DONE
wm on/dw on DONE
DC to school/me to work DONE
me to orch concert DONE
pick up DD DONE
home for lunch/DD's nap DONE (doing)
something useful? start packing for weekend away
sch runs/check bags/reading
DC tea, bath & bed
DH home, our dinner & bed

Ongoing:
- Firm up plans for Dad's 70th in Oct; Need to order coffee machine & cake
- Get back on track with decluttering programme; Started
- More stuff out of loft to sort through & get rid of; My box of sentimental stuff down, need to sort
- family tree (scanning in old certs & photos & email contacts)
- need to gather photos from family for big frame to print out & decide where to hang it
- sort wills; just try and get something written down as a minimum
- cash in Tesco vouchers (what for - towards a day out, just which one?)
- dentist appt(s)
- check birthdays coming up/make cards (Dad's 70th)
- eye appt for me, then follow-up with doc re migraines
- check theatre events coming up for DC
- haircut appt for me
- rebel cat to vet (still not done!)

Some online research into
- holiday for next year with family; villa booked need to research route/campsites
- holiday year after (hopefully); started
- SN horse riding carriage for DS2's sch; Started
- Singing Hands to DS2's sch; Forward reply to sch sec
- Christmas trip to Colchester Zoo; not bookable yet
- DH & my trip away in Nov; Thinking Morocco

JKSLtd Wed 16-Oct-13 21:01:08

Hello/welcome all thlsmile

Been busy in RL, mostly keeping on top of things though.

Thurs:
morning routine
wm on/dw on
DC to school/me to work
me to orch concert
pick up DD
home for lunch/DD's nap
something useful? start packing for weekend away
sch runs/check bags/reading
DC tea, bath & bed
DH home, our dinner & bed

Ongoing:
- Firm up plans for Dad's 70th in Oct; Need to order coffee machine & cake
- Get back on track with decluttering programme; Started
- More stuff out of loft to sort through & get rid of; My box of sentimental stuff down, need to sort
- family tree (scanning in old certs & photos & email contacts)
- need to gather photos from family for big frame to print out & decide where to hang it
- sort wills; just try and get something written down as a minimum
- cash in Tesco vouchers (what for - towards a day out, just which one?)
- dentist appt(s)
- check birthdays coming up/make cards (Dad's 70th)
- eye appt for me, then follow-up with doc re migraines
- check theatre events coming up for DC
- haircut appt for me
- rebel cat to vet (still not done!)

Some online research into
- holiday for next year with family; villa booked need to research route/campsites
- holiday year after (hopefully); started
- SN horse riding carriage for DS2's sch; Started
- Singing Hands to DS2's sch; Forward reply to sch sec
- Christmas trip to Colchester Zoo; not bookable yet
- DH & my trip away in Nov; Thinking Morocco

SlatternismyMiddlename Wed 16-Oct-13 11:16:01

Oh, I should have used thlblush

SlatternismyMiddlename Wed 16-Oct-13 11:15:02

Done this morning

Wash on
Laundry baskets sorted for next couple of washes
All ironing put away (except a couple of things needing hung up)
All beds made
Kids bags sorted for next week (except the snacks)
DH t shirt drawers (yes drawers) sorted and refolded, as they were a mess

To do

Hang up last of the clean clothes
Talk to DH about how many T shirts he has
Breakfast dishes
Last nights dishes blush
Tidy up living room
Tumble on
More washes on
Kitchen table cleared
Something out of the freezer for tonight's tea
Finish kids bags for next week

FreakoidOrganisoid Wed 16-Oct-13 07:01:16

Oh yes. When I had toddlers nothing got done!! School and preschool raised the stakes (and standards have slipped slightly again now I'm working!)

yummyburger Tue 15-Oct-13 19:54:45

ah that makes me feel a bit better! I imagine with DC going to breakfast club that must really help. I have a toddler who likes to be entertained 24-7 which often makes it difficult to get everyday chores done!

FreakoidOrganisoid Tue 15-Oct-13 19:16:59

I don't always manage the hoovering and when I do its a quick once over of visible areas rather than proper hoover! Sinks only because the toothpaste spit the dc leave makes me queasy. If I'm organised I sort the washing the night before. Oh and also because I have to be at work by 830 the dc go to breakfast club which cuts out a significant amount of time :-)

It took me a long time to get the this level! There is a huge difference in what I achieve now compared to when I joined this thread, jks and alibaba can testify to that!

yummyburger Mon 14-Oct-13 20:49:54

golly freakoid, that is amazing that you manage to get all of that done before getting the kids off to school!! I am seriously impressed (and also somewhat ashamed that the hovering and sinks don't get done anywhere near as often as yours do!!)

SlatternismyMiddlename Mon 14-Oct-13 19:45:26

Oh yes, the joy of crossing something off. The reason why lists exist!

FreakoidOrganisoid Mon 14-Oct-13 13:53:25

Also definitely finish a job before starting another- that way you can cross it off and feel like you've achieved smile

FreakoidOrganisoid Mon 14-Oct-13 13:51:09

Sorry about all the typos, am on my phone and it doesn't like me going back and editing!

With decluttering, I usually wait until I am so stressed about a particular cupboard or surface that I don't care what happens to stuff as long as it is gone! Stops the I might want/ need/ use/wear that. Or the I should recycle that. Or it's a waste to chuck that. Or I could get £1.50 for that on ebay...

We still have far too much stuff though!

FreakoidOrganisoid Mon 14-Oct-13 13:46:16

Yummyburger I don't know if this will help at all but I have a list of daily jobs, so a list of stuff like washing up and wiping round kitchen that needs to be done everyday. Most of this is either done first or last thing so I incorporated it into my morning and evening routine-now those things are so routine I do them without really noticing.

So my daily list is
All up, dressed etc
Washing up
Wipe round kitchen
Load of washing on
Wipe bathroom sink
Wipe loo
Hoover downstairs
Dc to school
Me to work

Then in the eve
Dinner
Wash up and clean round kitchen
Tidy round
Bath and bed dc

At some point I'll hang out washing or put it in dryer, fokd, iron, put away. Depends when I get home.

Todays extra jobs are dusting, stripping and washing my bed, cleaning the mirrors and the inside of fownstairs windows. But because all the other stuff is do routine now (it didn't used to be!), I only feel like I'm doing a couple of jobs.

yummyburger Mon 14-Oct-13 09:23:58

Slatternismymiddlename - (btw I love your username!) - thanks for your post - makes me feel a bit better about the state of my house, given the number of hours that I seem to spend on "chores".

think Master list and secondary list could work well. also liked the way someone on this board had done a "do today list" and an "ongoing" list. I think having the 2 together just gets a bit stress as it seems rather overwhelming so will try and separate them.

one thing I have found that helps as well is to try and finish the chores you are doing, rather than jumping around. I do have a tendency to do 5 jobs and get them half-finished, whereas I think its a lot more productive to get 1 or 2 completely done (as they say multi-tasking is just another word for being scatterbrained!!)

SlatternismyMiddlename Sun 13-Oct-13 21:24:07

Yummy burger - I could have written your post. I certainly get disheartened at the never endingness of it all.

Maybe you should breaking your list up if it is too overwhelming. Keep a master list which has everything on it so you don't forget but then have a secondary list of what you are actually going to do today. Or another option that I use at work is look at my 'big' list and tell myself to get 5 things off it, doesn't matter what they are just as long as I get 5 things off.

Having spent some time knocking around this board I am coming to the conclusion that I have too much stuff and I need to look I why I find it so difficult to get rid of it. Answers on a postcard please........ smile

yummyburger Sun 13-Oct-13 13:38:14

hope you all don't mind me hijacking this thread...

I just wanted to pick people's brains for any tips on decluttering / getting things done / to do lists.

I seem to be spend an awful lot of time doing "odds n sods" and yet the house always still seems to be a mess.

I do sometimes wonder about 'to do' lists - mine just stresses me out about how much there is to do, but I'm sure that without one, I would forget things!

does anyone else always feel that they are busy yet never feel like they get anything done? I know DC don't help. would love to do several days straight of tidying / decluttering - I hate living in all this "stuff" and mess!

FreakoidOrganisoid Fri 11-Oct-13 14:06:10

In need of an arse kicking

Jobs that need doing that I may or may not do:
Ironing
Put various piles of clothes away
Dusting
Hoovering
Mopping
Tidy dc room
Clean windows

Think I'll start with the clothes as that will make thr biggest difference to the look of the house.

SlatternismyMiddlename Fri 11-Oct-13 08:19:44

Did someone mention Slatternly behaviour? I'm here grin.

My beautiful cats have gone on a peeing frenzy and peed in our bedroom and the kids rooms. I am not happy. The carpets have so many chemicals on them, I think the house is going to combust. The only good thing about this is it makes me lift every item off the floor so it doesn't get peed on. The floors have never been so clean apart from the pee

TODAY
Vacuum up oxi clean sprinkled on the various floors
Hang up variety of clothes in my bedroom currently languishing in a pile
Sort laundry basket
Put wash on
Make a start on spare room (visitor coming in a weeks time and you can't see the bed)
Sort out birthday card for sis in law

FreakoidOrganisoid Thu 10-Oct-13 17:45:19

I'm a non sleeper too. Is it lack of sleep that makes us slatternly or slatternliness that makes us not sleep??

Shattered today. Just doing a load of washing and had to check dd for nits as got note home saying tgry were in her class. Dinner is in the oven and everything else can wait

JKSLtd Wed 09-Oct-13 20:06:48

Sleep escapes me most nights. Tried night nurse last night (quarter dose only) but dh woke me coming in late & dd was up in the night. Yawn.

Thurs:
All to sch
Me to work
Home for lunch
Dd's nap
Be productive!!
Sch runs
Ds1's cooking homework
Tea. & tidy kitchen
DC to bed
Me. & dh out

MrsNouveauRichards Wed 09-Oct-13 07:18:59

Poundland or Savers or somewhere like that.

Yesterday was a very long day, but did I sleep last night? No, of course not, feel like shite this morning!

TO DO
Get up, shower and dressed
Feed kids
Lunchboxes and book bags
DD homework
Laundry
School run
Horses
Get changed
Work 12 - 8 ish

FreakoidOrganisoid Tue 08-Oct-13 17:41:28

Sounds good, which shop is that in? Sainsbos only had oven pride (out of stock) and mr muscle.

I've done another unit of coursework this afternoon. Was really hard.

MrsNouveauRichards Tue 08-Oct-13 07:20:32

I got the cheaper 'Oven Magic' (practically identical to OP) and I was really impressed. My oven looked clean, rather than the usual, better that it was grin

Work today! (still a novelty)

Get everyone up, dressed and fed
Sort bookbags and lunchbags
Put washload on
Make beds
DD hair
Take kids to school/preschool
Do horses
Home by 11
Get changed
Leave out DD's ballet stuff
Hang out washing
Cash for friend to feed kids
Text friend
Walk to work for 11.40 ish

When I get home later:
Sort laundry
Wash packed lunch boxes
Dishy
Quick tidy round - hoover if possible

FreakoidOrganisoid Tue 08-Oct-13 06:54:58

There wasnt any oven pride in the shop so had touse normal oven cleaner. Not as effective but betterthan it was.

Really struggling to get up with the dark mornings.

Today
Work
Darks wash
Towels wash
More coursework
Dusting
Gas man coming

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