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AutumnHues Sat 24-Sep-11 11:54:16

Feeling a bit like a failure today! I struggle with the every day stuff like keeping up with washing up, and laundry. Not brilliant at cooking either!sad

I have been trying to do the baby steps for FlyLady but not sure It's working for me although some days I do the timer thing and that helps.
I have a toddler and an older dc, Not blaming them for the mess, I just find it all hard some days.

AutumnHues Sat 24-Sep-11 12:23:55

Anyone?

AutumnHues Sat 24-Sep-11 12:33:20

<Sits and cries, Feels like the most useless person on MN>

whyme2 Sat 24-Sep-11 12:36:09

Same here.

Feel like I have done the necessary then realise I have forgotten something.

My general aims are to:

keep bathroom clean,
hoover downstairs regularly,
keep laundry mountain to more of a hill size,
wash up daily.

Am feeling a bit rough today due to a cold so have done nothing much.

I have four dcs and find it hard to keep on top everyday.

FreakoidOrganisoid Sat 24-Sep-11 12:37:34

Why not join the slatterns thread

Shinyshoes1 Sat 24-Sep-11 12:37:57

go on then i'll join you <looks around at the mess>

What about one job at a time. I will hoover downstairs and polish. Then I will come back and check in with you.

You go at your own pace, what about hoover the living room then put some squirt down the loo then u check back in with me and we'll take it from ther smile

AutumnHues Sat 24-Sep-11 12:44:30

hello whyme2, It must be even harder with four dc.
When our kitchen gets really bad (like today) dh does some of the washing up.
I'm glad of the help but it also makes me feel like more of a failure.
I have a laundry mountain but am trying to do a bit more often. The rainy weather doesn't help cause then you have to dry it indoors and I don't like wet washing in the house.

AutumnHues Sat 24-Sep-11 12:46:56

Hello Shinyshoes we crossed posts.

Shinyshoes1 Sat 24-Sep-11 12:47:26

well its lovely and sunny here in the SE so i've got a wash out and another one on. Is it dry where u are ?

Don't take on too much if you really can't manage it, you'll give up too easily.

Small baby steps. we'll have your house sparkling wink

Shinyshoes1 Sat 24-Sep-11 12:47:59

Hi Autumn smile

Imnotaslimjim Sat 24-Sep-11 12:48:12

I'll join in too. I'm terrible at housework. DD has just started nursery so I now get 3 hours a day to mumsnet get something done and things are getting better. I'm just sorting the bathroom so will check back in when thats done. I've also got a list for what else I hope to get done today

clear and hoover landing
tidy and hoover kids bedrooms
put away laundry already washed
3 loads of laundry to be washed
mop right through upstairs
empty and fill dishwasher
wipe down kitchen sides
hoover and mop downstairs
put away laundry thats been washed today

Shinyshoes1 Sat 24-Sep-11 12:51:12

i've done my jobs, so i'm going to set the stopwatch for 5 minutes so I can mumsnet then I will go and

make the beds
clean the bath and sink smile

Then I will check in again and hopefully you lot would have done your jobs too

AutumnHues Sat 24-Sep-11 12:59:12

I've been very Lazy this morning (it is Saturday) and not got dressed yetblush so that better be my first job.
Then I will try to do something else and will hopefully be back.

Shinyshoes1 Sat 24-Sep-11 13:07:17

ok luv, 'speak' soon.

I've just done my polishing downstairs and have put some Absolute 80's radio on. Ironically 'road to hell -chris rea' is on, I resung it this is the housework from hell grin

I find it easier with the music on. Now I will go and clean the lightswitches round the house then check in

stofstg Sat 24-Sep-11 13:13:31

i'll join. Will go and hoover the lounge and bleach the two loos. Will be back in a bit.

Shinyshoes1 Sat 24-Sep-11 13:14:58

welcome stostg smile

AutumnHues Sat 24-Sep-11 13:24:49

Hi all, I have now got dressed and put one load of washing on, It will have to dry on the airer indoors today as it is still rainy (I'm in North west). Rains quite often here lately. I think I will make my next job "dust the fireplace" as dh is busy sorting the kitchen.( He is good).
Back later.

Shinyshoes1 Sat 24-Sep-11 13:34:54

I've bleached the kitchen sides so I think I've done ok so far I have

Stripped the master bed
made the childrens bed
hoovered downstairs
mopped kitchen floor, toilet floor and downstairs laminate
hung washing out
put another load on including piss mat in toilet
Wiped light switches round the house
polished living room
loaded dishwasher
bleached kitchen sides
Put pile of washing away thats been sitting there for a week

all thats left to do is the ironing, if my saturday gal pal comes round today I will do it while we chat, if she doesnt I will leave it until tomorrow.

I think i'm done for the moment. Its amazing what you get done when you give yourself small jobs, then rest then another couple of small jobs then rest.

good luck ladies. I will keep checking in to see how you are all getting on.

stofstg Sat 24-Sep-11 13:46:52

hi shinyshoes 1 smile

ok i have hoovered the lounge. Also did the entrance hallway too whilst i was at it. Done the toilets too. Theres something that always makes me better about the house when flushing a bleached toilet with all the bubbles and it smelling all nice and clean smile

AutumnHues Sat 24-Sep-11 14:13:04

Have dusted Fireplace and moved all junk that seems to gather on there. that looks better.
shinyshoes1 You have quite a big list for a Saturday. Do you work during the week?
I don't work apart from at home. I suppose that's why I feel I should be better a housework than I am. I know from when I used to work I used to fit in a lot of housework on my days off.(Before dc)
Anyway I am stopping for a late lunch break now.

AutumnHues Sat 24-Sep-11 15:28:18

I am blowing balloons up now as it's ds birthday next week (he will be in school on the day) so we are letting him have some fun at the weekend.
How is everyone doing?

TheWorldKeepsSpinning Sat 24-Sep-11 16:18:31

I'm a bit slack too. I just did a huge clean yesterday and am determined to keep on top of it now.

The things I find that help on a day to day basis is

Do a laundry load first thing in the morning. As early as possible. If it helps, load machine night before. Only do one a day unless its a nice day outside.

During the week, try to do one pot dinners. Casseroles, stir frys or dishes in the oven with marinated meat or fish and veg etc. BBCgoodfood is a great website for getting quick, easy and tasty recipes.

Try to clean the kitchen and living room every night before bed. Get dh to help.
Life is so much easier when you start the day with a fairly tidy house.

alemci Sat 24-Sep-11 16:32:15

I did cleaning yesterday and then it just gets messy again. Have washing out but it means loads of ironing.

managed to put a duvet in a vaccuum bag and into a cupboard. it had sat in a black bag on the landing for 1 week. I also cleaned the fridge out and went shopping.

I just feel so tired now.

My teens have stripped their beds and my sheets are changed. it is never ending isn't it.

whyme2 Sat 24-Sep-11 17:54:35

Gosh - you have all been so busy - I went out with the dc's instead of doing anything blush

Not long been back and I have washed up lunch things and put potatoes in the oven for dinner.

I must iron later as dh has no shirts now and he is working at 11pm tonight.

I am in the north west and it is wet wet wet today. Luckily I have a tumble dryer.
I do try and tidy a little at night just before I go up to bed - collect any stray cups, rubbish, lost articles of clothing. Also on school nights I return reading books and school shoes to the hallway which all helps.

Just remember I have one of the dc's beds to make up after a night time wee they had.

Imnotaslimjim Sat 24-Sep-11 18:03:04

blush well I got the bathroom finished, put away the laundry and went for a lie down - and woke up at 5pm

Looks like I'm starting that list again tomorrow cos now I can't be bothered

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