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Does your house have seasonal hangover? Big clean up back to normal temp thread

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Feelingood Tue 01-Jan-13 12:20:05

I've had my DM to stay for 8 nights shock

2 days of recovering from that then my DH has been off for two weeks hmm

Ive been happy to take a back seat and let DH do the domestic side, I've been spoilt really with all the cooking and getting kids dressed etc....Im a SAHP so a break is nice no?

Well the truth is now he is going back to work I'm just taking in wtchuff has been going on, the state the house is in.

There is chilli from here to everywhere, caked on t towels
The laundry is , i can't even will take me two weeks i reckon with limited drying space.
The lounge i could see it was getting bad and need hovering but it took me ages to get it al up - it will need spot cleaning by hand and then shampooing
the bathrooms well I've kept the bleach going but they needs a good scrub
Ive cleared fridge - disgusting, there was sprouts from xmas day in there all mushed up - gross

Really, as greta as my DH has been and done all cooking, if I don't stick to my daily flyesque routine it all goes to pot truly it does.

So I needs a big clean up...

harbingerofdoom Fri 04-Jan-13 19:14:30

The house is superficially back to normal but needs a deeper clean once it's emptied of humans messy things.

Why is it,that for weeks after Christmas,the floors twinkle at me? Mainly the main areas that are hoovered daily (with a good vacuum). I hate glitter [grrrrrrr]

Jajas Fri 04-Jan-13 19:35:56

I need to do something though as all too depressing. Took the tree down 3 days ago but all the decorations are still lying on the sofa and coffee table, it's just so me to half do a job.

Feelingood Tue 08-Jan-13 18:43:32

How you doing all, oh it's faltering here faltering. Ive even started a thread about the bloody laundry sad

Oreocrumbs Tue 08-Jan-13 19:26:42

It's all gone to hell in a handcart here!

House is still back to being dreadful. DD started nursery today and it took me almost an hour to locate her backpack last night!

I'm sorely tempted to hire a big skip and chuck the lot in and start again from scratch.

Just realised DP has no clean uniform for work - he starts in 40 mins so febreeze it is shock.

Still haven't put the decs in the loft.

I'm just so tired! Must crack on, the stuff came from lakeland so I might try and make use of them and clear some wardrobes out..... tomorrow.

Feelingood Wed 09-Jan-13 10:32:29

orecrumbs I'm shattered from doing unix work. DH away til tomorrow night so I'm just keeping surfaces clear, hoovering floor and 'just enough' laundry!

Well I talk you about febreeze - it's usually sock here.

DS had not PE kit blush I did ask him mon and he said it was needed for Thursday! It's not good.

We've lived out of leftovers odds and ends in freezer too - kids had a mix of wedges, Chips and mini waffles and one fish between them!

I will cook tomorrow I'm off to check slow cooker thread as that's one thing I've been organised about grin

swanthingafteranother Wed 09-Jan-13 11:31:05

I'm going to join despite being on Flyladies thread blush as my house needs a serious spring clean/declutter since Christmas

I am so sympathetic about the laundry, there seems to be piles and piles, both clean and dirty

deep cleaning our bedroom. Hung up all clothes
changed sheets
pile of clothes that could be eventually ironed but not needed for a while
pjs in one place, undies in one place, scarves in one place
big declutter of sponge bags/bins in bedroom
removed all stuff from bedroom basin in prep for cleaning
threw away some old cardboard/toys in corner
piled up books neatly
moved some books from under wardrobe prior to hoovering
stuff downstairs
dirty laundry from bedroom into main laundry pile

will update!

swanthingafteranother Wed 09-Jan-13 11:32:36

Oh yes, and Xmas stuff in big crate. Ongoing. It's a smart hamper with a lid that I keep in our bedroom so can add to it whenever I want. Stops stuff accumlating on landing which is what happened for years and the stuff never got put away till march Feb.

Feelingood Wed 09-Jan-13 13:04:14

My dear swanthing I admire you gusto, you sound like I did at the start of the thread. I'm wiped out today. I think I'll just try and get to school pick up docs appt the tea, bed.

I'll start fresh tomorrow grin

<swoons at the Idea of someone changing sheets> I'm not dirty iykwim but the should have been done on Mon....

Actually is houldnt be too hard on myself I did out secs away and declutter kitchen do all cupboards etc.

I'll do a list, see what you've started swan I feel guilty now <looks around for oero>

swanthingafteranother Wed 09-Jan-13 14:57:36

I'll join you in giving up now wink

determined to get one shoe box of decs upstairs though...just one grin

last year's xmas cards away (for reference!)
3 bags decluttered of "stuff" I've decided to give up on
thrown away remains of the goose

Viviennemary Wed 09-Jan-13 15:00:51

Mine is pretty bad. I was just getting it straight when then Christmas descends and it's downhill from then on. The lounge is almost passable but most of the rest has hardly been touched re dusting tidying and so on. We have a chronic shortage of storage space so there is nowhere to put things. But I probably do have too much stuff.

Oreocrumbs Wed 09-Jan-13 15:45:13

I'm here! And I've acheived...erm nothing.

Have put the work clothes in the wash today but they are still in the machine. Have done nothing else!

Have been out shopping and bought some plastic drawers to put the art and crafts stuff in and some big plastic boxes for storage, but they have been dumped in the kitchen and so far have just added to the mess rather than helped!

Had DD's 2 new car seates delivered today and I've had to store them in the car as there isn't enough room in the hall blush.

We ARE going to put the stuff in the loft tonight though unless I get distracted again.

I'm not even going to mention that I had a tesco delivery on monday and some of that is still on the floor bench waiting to move into a cupboard.

I'm not doing very well.

Feelingood Wed 09-Jan-13 19:10:26

swan you can wear the crown grin Im pleased youve had a productive day. <hope it rubs off on the rest of us>

I will have a clean up, I find when I am in the mood I can give the house a good shake down. Then I'm pretty good at doing a bit of a daily routine that I sort of got from flylady.

vivienmary there there mine is the same, well I wouldn't be inviting anyone round soon. We can take it nice and easy.

oreo go girl go get that loft hatch open.

I have plastic drawers x 2 under stairs they full of stuff I never seem to use hmm no it's a declutter I need. Including a clothes cull.

I'm so tired today for working on uni stuff v late so I shall try and catch up and do a b it of house and bit of uni work tomorrow.

<thinks when kids have gone I can get the ice cream out>

Oreocrumbs Wed 09-Jan-13 20:38:33

Loft hatch remains shut, and DP has just retired for the night so looks like it will be next monday now. Unless he will get up super early to take the dogs out and then we can do it while DD is at nursery.

I have done another couple of loads of laundry so that is something and I have built the plastic drawers. Have just gone to round up the playdoh bits for it and have discovered that DD has opened 2 extra pots that I didn't know about and I can't find the contents confused.

Lord only knows where that has ended up. Dogs may have eaten it - but then they haven't shown an inclination to before, or more likely she has stuffed it somewhere I will not discover untill we move I do a deep clean.

I have a new plan. I'm going to store DP, DD and Ddogs in the loft - my house will be instantly cleaner, tidier and more managable grin.

swanthingafteranother Wed 09-Jan-13 21:56:25

All the decs are now boxed up and on the landing
All the sheets are changed
I'm just about to put the master bedroom back together again, as there is jif on all the bathroom areas still needing to be cleaned off, and sheets still not on the bed. However it is much cleaner now.
Big box of toys going under the playroom table, down from our bedroom
Clean tablecloth away in cupboard
food compost emptied again

House still looks a tip though. It will look better in about 2 days I reckon.

swanthingafteranother Wed 09-Jan-13 21:57:28

oreo I love playdough, I would eat it if I could...mine are too old for it sadly

swanthingafteranother Wed 09-Jan-13 22:40:12

master bedroom back together again, and ensuite cleaned.
more cardboard out for recycling

Oreocrumbs Thu 10-Jan-13 08:09:10

Well done swan! Still no sign of the playdoh. DP hasn't walked dogs yet so no loft today, but I am going to be productive.

Will set to when I get home from nursery, DP can walk the dogs and I will achieve something.

I plan to put together at least one bin bag for charity/bin of clothes.

Empty and refill dishwasher and washing machine.

Tidy the kitchen, quick clean and clean bathrooms.

Also collect and sort out rubbish and recycling.

What is it with cardboard boxes? Do the sneak in to breed in the night? They seem to grin.

Oreocrumbs Thu 10-Jan-13 17:15:54

Stoopid internet has been down today so I have been cleaning!

I've made a good dent in the washing mountain, and did the kitchen, bathrooms and had a quick run around with the hoover.

Need to get on top of the disorder still, but at least the house feels a bit fresher.

I will sort out some clothes for charity tonight. That should be an achievable task.

Found a bit of playdoh - about half a tub, the rest is still AWOL!

Feelingood Thu 10-Jan-13 23:44:59

im nearly back on top < waves >

its late so i post tomorrow v tired n headache all day xwink

swanthingafteranother Fri 11-Jan-13 10:09:31

yesterday I was in bed ill, so nothing much tackled.

Today I am going to sort out the playroom (which was where the Xmas tree was, so truly horrendous in there) Also I think a bean bag is leaking sad

Will try two hours in there and see if it makes a difference wink

Feelingood Fri 11-Jan-13 13:15:24

Hello house hangovers, are we still feeding the ibuprofen and fluids? grin

swan leaky beanbags sound quite fiddled and unpleasant, will it Hoover up? We don't have a playroom but a bedroom full of that trofast storage, need to sort out next week after uni deadline. May the force be with you.. I hope you are feeling better.

oreo snap, I too made a dent in laundry pile til DH arrived home with a bag full. Which is why I flew round and dusted and hoovered bedroom, living room decluttered living room units. Did bathrooms.

So I'm tidy and clean but I don't feel it's back to how I had it before Halloween, which was the start of the creeping mess. I need to clean windows, carpets and yuk out cupboards. I also tons of crumpled basket and crib (no longer used by baby!) filled with clean clothes - folding, hanging and some ironing.

I have worn the style of outfits all week jeans plus long jumper. I need to sort so I can actually wear some of my nicer stuff.

Oreocrumbs Fri 11-Jan-13 15:42:58

Ha I was just thinking that about my wardrobe too! I have 4 pairs of M&S jeggings (that all go in the same wash load) on permanent rotation, with a few tops and that is all I have worn for ages!

Lord knows I have plenty of clothes, I can't move for the bloody things, but I seem to wear wash and wear again (because I'm too lazy to sort them out!)

Have just come home from my very tidy friends house, she has 3 young dc, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 rabbits and a fish tank, and her house is always clean and tidy! I feel inspired to do more, but I'm off to get ready for work, then we are staying at my mother's for the weekend, so it won't be untill next week that I can really get going.

Might have a crack on on sunday night when we get back, or I might watch dancing on ice and mr selfridge! Will see how inspired I feel at the time grin.

Feelingood Fri 11-Jan-13 22:22:30

Oreo - I wore a new dress this afternoon after that and heavy wrap over jersey dress, and I only could find black jeggings no tights, by the time I got chunky heel rider boots on it looked ok., dressed it down a bit with casual scarf.

I really need some new knickers! <randomised thoughts now>

is your friend huse really clean all the time, do you call around unannounced? After years of feeling domestically inferoeioroty type of complex I'm beginning to wonder...they must get messy in between. I have theories that are favoured on my mood:

1) I must be lazy, everyone's else always seem tidy I CBA to spend loads of time everyday cleaning up specks

2) They must be sad and obsessive as they spend too much time cleaning

3) They have loads of family to help with kids and things that frees them up to do stuff

4) They don't live in their house properly, and treat it like a museum

I spend too much time thinking about this, I know I have issues! grin

I've learnt to live with the good enou principle and not aim for perfection, til the next time I see somones lovely house on a visit!

Oreocrumbs Sat 12-Jan-13 11:50:16

I usually agree with your theory but this friend is different!

I have another tidy friend, but she treats the house like a museum - she won't let her 2yr old play with her dolls house because she messes up the furniture inside sad.

But this other friend, is my best friend and yes I have been there at any time of the day or night unannounced and she is always tidy! I've been there when she is mid cleaning, but that is as close to a mess as I've seen! The kids make a mess, and before you know it she has it tidy again confused. I've been there when they are playing and there are toys all over and in the next second they are gone confused.

Her DC are all close in age too she had 3 under 5 a year ago! And she doesn't have any family here, and spends lots of time with the DC.

She loves to clean too. She does my mum's cleaning for her when her cleaner is off because she loves it so much! She is itching come round here and sort me out!

Makes me look like a right slob with my one young child and tip of a house.

Feelingood Sat 12-Jan-13 13:06:31

WHATTTTTTT! You have a friend who is willing to come round and clean for you? I'd be buying doe nice coffee n biscuits in readiness grin

Nothing going on here today's crept lazying on sofa on here. I will make sure no extra mess is made.

I have uni deadline for Tuesday, so will do cooking and get clothes ready only. I needs to do understair cupboard.

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