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    OK, I had an idea that would solve all our cleaning problems.

    Cleaning Corp.

    All boys 16 -18 need to put in two years of Cleaning Corp. They get six weeks basic training in how to do a freaking good job of cleaning. Then they are sent out to clean for families.

    The boys get all the physical exercise they need.

    We build better families for the future because these boys will all be trained up in the domestic arts and they will have fewer resentful future wives.

    Women get a break from doing stupid housework.

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    Crunchynerd, you might like the book Unstuff Your Life by Andrew Mellen. I haven't found it life changing, but it's a good read along for organizing and decluttering.

    Good luck!

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    Oh yeah, and you get allocated a number of cleaning hours based on family size.

    2 hours/week per child I think.

    That means I get 6 hours of free cleaning labour!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crunchynerd View Post
    My attitude is also tied to the state of the house: when it's decently clean and orderly, I feel great, and when it's dishevelled enough to make cleaning difficult, I can be a right you-know-what, which probably means on some level, I find chaos and mess, past a certain minimum threshold, really stressful.
    I totally get this. I notice an immediate rise in the sense of calm and order both inside and outside when things are tidy.
    Get your geek on.

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    The boys have their chores (clean their bathroom, vacuum, load/unload dishwasher, take care of the pets, do their own laundry, etc.) so when they were gone for two weeks, I really missed my minions. LOL! Granted the amount was less since they were gone.

    As for keeping things somewhat orderly for unexpected visitors, we do okay. Of course, if I saw someone drive up right now, I might be tempted to turn off the lights and tell the boys to get away from the windows...

    One thing that really helps me to clean is music - 80s music in particular. So if you hear "Come On Eileen" you know I'm happily cleaning... and perhaps singing.
    Karen

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    B2 - 15 (10th grader)

    Homeschooled for three years, but due to various circumstances, we put them back into public school. Still here because I feel like I found my tribe.


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    I love a thread about cleaning.

    I also hated teh notion of wearing shoes, but her idea is that some of us feel as if we don't have to do any work if we're in jammies.

    Also if you need to run something to the outside garbage you waste no time finding shoes. For me it actually works. I find that I can easily load up a bag o something that doesn't get placed by the door to "tkae out later"

    I like a clean house. But I have a lot of things. So cleaning them takes longer. I am still working on having it all. And I think that you can have it all but maybe it takes longer. And requires more planning.

    Like maybe doing things in increments.

    It's all good. Dirty, clean, etc... but I would not marry a man with a dirty house--too much work. And alternatively I wouldn't marry a man with an immaculate house--too much pressure.
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    FlyLady bugs me. The only thing I took away form that was a big "YEAH RIGHT!"

    I have 5 children still living at home who would push FlyLadies buttons. We have a chore chart that needs dusting.

    I had worked out schedule before I left home, I managed to keep my Mum's house from becoming a hoarder house up until I left home. It is the same schedule I use now.

    Common sense is what gets a house clean and keeps it clean, do what works for you. If people are judging you by your home blah to them. Homeschooling is a full time job and should be respected as such!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lakshmi View Post
    Also if you need to run something to the outside garbage you waste no time finding shoes.
    I'd just go barefoot outside...

    Okay, maybe not if there was snow on the ground. Unless I really couldn't find my shoes. But, they are usually by the door, right where I took them off when I came in, so...

    I do get why she makes you do it. It's supposed to get you in more of a "ready for anything" frame of mind. I guess her feet don't get all hot and cramped in her shoes!

    I think I wanted something a lot more intensive than her "baby steps." For example, recommended cleaning schedules, most efficient way to clean the bathroom/kitchen/etc., cleaners and cleaning tools recommendations, stuff like that. Maybe that came much later in the program.
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    I go outside barefoot too.

    Kara... I think she does that.. but whatever, it doesn't work for everyone. I like AH use the SideTracked Home Executives and Fly lady combined. It works for me. I also look at organizing blogs and articles. And research specific topics as needed.. like shower cleaner.. I love the shower cleaning technique I am using now. Best yet. (vinegar and dawn heated, sprayed, wiped.)

    My biggest issue is how to keep up with the boring routine. I have time to do most things.. but I get bad cases of the I DONWANNAS... And that is where Fly Lady is good. You create a routine, it becomes habit. It takes care of itself.. And you use timers. lots of timers.

    And maybe Fly lady is a little like AA, "take what you want and leave the rest."
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    I find the shoes really helpful lol. It is psychological. I think it probably works better to start with baby steps because it is, as Lakshmi says, about creating new habits and that does not happen overnight. When one thing becomes a habit you add the next. Trying to add it all at once is not sustainable, not for the long haul. And I think it also helps with people, like myself, who have the problem of setting very high expectations and then burning out and giving up. Baby steps is what I need to keep repeating, over and over. "Progress not perfection" is another.
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