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twonker Fri 10-Aug-12 22:14:56

calling any fellow slatterns, please point me in the direction of your thread! i am looking for the company of those who really struggle with procrastination, and a blindness towards mess and junk.... please help me open my eyes!!!

Slatternismymiddlename Sat 11-Aug-12 09:28:46

Sounds like we may have similar interests!

Nigglenaggle Sat 11-Aug-12 09:30:01

Hello! Slattern here! I see mess and junk... it doesn't know its messy.... Lol my house is a tip, but here I sit on mumsnet during nap time rather than cleaning - pffft its wrong for the house to be spotless much better for the immune system that way!!

Slatternismymiddlename Sat 11-Aug-12 11:11:34

I am a big believer in 'clean dirt' and 'family germs don't count'. I choose to ignore the large quantity of research that says otherwise smile.

twonker Sat 11-Aug-12 12:32:18

Hi slattern and niggle

Aha, here you are! Right starting from a very low starting point, can we congratulate one another for getting anything at all done today other than crucial mumsnet research, of course?

The kids are coming home today after a few days at their nana's, and I had promised myself to get loads done, and have done the most important thing on the list, which was to relax with mojitos, but sweet f.a. Else.

See you later!


ComradeJing Sat 11-Aug-12 12:46:12

I need a good kick up the arse thread!

My todo list is about as long as my arm and we are potentially moving country in a couple of months so I have to get on with it so that I'm not doing a major de-junking in a week at 8 months pregnant.

So I'm in grin

Slatternismymiddlename Sat 11-Aug-12 13:02:53

Does it count that I decluttered my sky+ by sitting on my backside watching tv?

twonker Sat 11-Aug-12 13:42:00

comrade you bring back memories of my last house move, after which I said never again and I wasn't even pregnant. De junking is definitely the stumbling block. Have you got a target quantity of stuff you can take? The logistics of Moving country with family sounds like major challenge.Although I guess you actually can't take your shite with you....unlike if you are moving 2 streets. . When every single item is a choice.....

slattern ha ha ha ! I am inspired to go and declutter the biscuit tin now!

My DP is at work today. It is soooooo much easier to tidy without him around....have a stupid idea that when we have time off together we should be doing something together, and tidying up is not a team activity for us. . . .

Slatternismymiddlename Sat 11-Aug-12 13:53:49

I have just taken every piece of stuff from downstairs that is supposed to be upstairs and put it in a pile in the hall. 70% dd, 25% ds and 5% of it mine. Feel the need to declutter the tea caddy before tackling putting the stuff away. brew

ComradeJing Sat 11-Aug-12 13:53:55

Twonker it's not actually too bad as the move is with DHs company so they pay for total relocation including full packing and unpacking. I just refuse, to yet again, for a third move, to take boxes of shit. Like clothes I haven't worn in 6 years. Or suits that SH bought 10 years ago and now don't fit and are poor quality. Or paperwork we don't need. Or cables for gadgets that we no longer own.

We have a huge house here. We won't in Sydney and I will go mad trying to de clutter there with a toddler, a baby AND no space.

Today I sorted the under stairs storage. Yay me. grin

Slatternismymiddlename Sat 11-Aug-12 14:57:31

Good for you Comrade. I have now vacuumed the lounge, done the dishes and put all the clean clothes away. Tackling the dining room next, it is a disaster area of children's colouring stuff.

twonker Sat 11-Aug-12 15:25:48

The only way is up, right? Sounds like we are all doing brilliantly.

I have cleared and cleaned the sitting room window sill! Hurray!

Do you get sucked into the detailed cleaning, and lose sight of the general once over?

Must leave the room for a few minutes and come back in to see what minimum needs shifted in order to actually Hoover.......

Slatternismymiddlename Sat 11-Aug-12 16:19:00

I keep getting sidetracked, therefore have done lots of little jobs but no one thing finished. The kitchen is still a tip (but the microwave plate is clean), as is the bedroom (but my make up brushes have been put away), as is the bathroom (but the towels have been changed). I'm rubbish at sticking to one thing and finishing it.

twonker Sat 11-Aug-12 20:02:40

slattern I totally get you. I always get too much stuff out, so I get a box to sort, tip it out, sort half of it out, need to move on and end up shoving the lot somewhere.

I am pretty sick of sorting stuff out today, now, but I've got my kids back from my mums, so we can tidy their bedroom together tomorrow.

I have ticked a few things off the list, and got out of a trip to the shops for bread by finding some frozen bagels in the freezer! Hurray!

comrade hope you had a good day. Did you manage to do enough sorting in the morning to feel virtuous and enjoy yourself in the afternoon?

Hope niggle had a good day too.

Slatternismymiddlename Sun 12-Aug-12 12:59:42

Any slatterns about or is Sunday just a step too far when cleaning? grin

ComradeJing Sun 12-Aug-12 13:58:36

Step too far for me! Had brilliant dim sum lunch with DD and three other friends and toddlers/babies. Lovely. Just had roast pork for dinner and it was lovely.

Going to have to go tackle the kitchen however as we have a horrid ant problem in there and NOTHING gets rid of the mutant fuckers. So, sadly, have to approach clean in there.

How about you?

Slatternismymiddlename Sun 12-Aug-12 16:29:07

I had someone over to my house for the first time today, so had to do a quick tidy up and pretend that it always is like this - purely superficial - story of my cleaning life. Like the sound of roast pork dinner (but without the ants!).

twonker Sun 12-Aug-12 17:38:40

Hi slatterns. Decided to model doing the work first and having the fun later with kids. So after brunch we tipped all their boxes out in their bedroom, and found homes for things. Trouble is, when I gave them a pile of dolly clothes for the dolly clothes basket, they put it in the dolly Moses basket. Gave up pretty quick as the promised fun was the swimming pool, which shuts at 4. Their bedroom is still a complete tip. I have prepared the veg and marinaded the meat for tonight's stir fry and am too knamckered to do owt else.

Hmm ants are hard to argue with really. A lot of sweeping the floor. Gets tedious.

Cripes slattern, you managed to do a quick tidy up, and it actually looked like something you might want to pretend It was like all the time?. That's impressive! I just have to face it out every time. grin

ColinFirthsGirth Sun 12-Aug-12 17:50:27

Can I join the club please? I am a slattern.

twonker Sun 12-Aug-12 18:08:04

Hi Colin. Nice to meet you. I am trying to improve the state of my house, but it is from a very low starting point, and hampered by slovenly ways. How about you?

Slatternismymiddlename Sun 12-Aug-12 18:37:31

Twonker - let me stress that I kept my new visitor to one room and fortunately she didn't feel the need to go to the bathroom or any other room in the house. Phew - dodged a (judgemental) bullet!

Your dolly tidying sounds like my attempt at 'sorting' - start, somehow manage to create more mess, never finish. smile

Can I come and join in? I am starting from extremely low down, I have been struggling with depression on and off for the best part of the last 2 years, the last 6 months have been rough enough that getting up has been hard going, never mind housework (I manage to go to work but little else).

Tomorrow, I have my housing support worker coming around for her first visit, together with my housing manager. The house is horrendous. I am slowly working my way around the downstairs, the upstairs will have to wait (They know I am struggling, hence me getting a support worker).

I have recently been told a nice little rhyme, which is really helping me, and I hope it will help some others as well.

"Inch by inch is a bit of a cinch.
Yard by yard its a little bit hard.
Mile by mile, what a major trial."

At the moment, each room is at least a mile. I am focussing on inch by inch tasks. Either literally working my way around an inch at a time, or just focusing on one small task at a time (putting the dirty cutlery and crockery into the kitchen, putting stuff to keep in the keep box, putting dirty laundry in the dirty laundry box).

ComradeJing Mon 13-Aug-12 05:53:43

Hello to Colin and AGlass. smile

AGlass my mum was in a similar position a few years ago and I'm really glad you have a support worker. She found it very helpful just to plan on doing one thing each day (get dressed or walk dog or have a shower or make a proper breakfast or put a load of washing on or whatever) and it made her feel like she had actually accomplished something even when everything felt too much.

Right now I'm sitting on the sofa having a chocolate bar and a glass of milk and MNing. DD is having a nap. Today my todo list is the paper work int he study.

Slatternismymiddlename Mon 13-Aug-12 10:54:56

Hello, fellow Slatterns. My DH came home last night after being away for a week and all my not very hard work has gone to pot. Sitting watching the Olympic closing ceremony for 3 hours did not help either!

AGlass, good luck with your meeting today. I hope you get the support you need.

Comrade, good luck with the paper work, let us know how you get on - any motivational tips appreciated.

Inneedofbrandy Mon 13-Aug-12 11:00:36

I blame MN for my slatterness I used to clean and now I waste hours.

I do write out a to do list everyday with jobs to do to keep me focused.

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