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HORRIBLE CONFESSION AND THIS IS SO EMBARRESSING
May 25, 2007
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Robert

"After reading on here 'plants need to be dusted' I broke out the lemon pledge and gave mine a nice shine...now they are dead."

I would not recommend doing this with a cactus.

May 25, 2007
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This is a great thread! I realized about a year ago that my home environment is pretty much an indicator of where my head is at. I've been a complete slob before when I've been really depressed, and have also been at the other end of the spectrum where I need everything to be straightened up before I can relax. I'm pretty much in the middle nowadays but if my bedroom starts getting that post-tornado look (laundry, books, mail) then it's a red flag. Usually it means that I'm feeling tired, and scattered. If I get some me time and some rest it, strangely, puts me in a place where I want to spend some time getting my house back in order, so to speak. I think it's a self care thing for me.

One great tip I got from a friend during the slob phase was to do one thing. Just one thing, as a goal. A whole house or apartment is overwhelming but if it's -just- cleaning the tub or clearing the dishes from the sink, or even putting the laundry into a laundry bag, then it's manageable.

Hugs Loverbee, I've been reading your thread (slammed for time lately and haven't been posting much) and I'm sending good thoughts your way.

H x

May 25, 2007
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well, one thing that I really am feeling great about...My kitchen floor used to be so that it was so dirty and grimy tht you could see the real color of the tile. I spent two hours scrubbing it on my hands and knees and now, it almost looks like new. I am going to do a little bit more today too but first I am going to work out. Then make myself some breakfast and tea do some more apartment searching.

May 25, 2007
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I don't think many people NOTICE how dirty their house is until they start getting ready to move.

My house LOOKS pretty good...I vacuum on a semi-regular basis and my floors don't look too dirty...occasionally my toilets get icky looking but a quick swish and they are back to looking great, same with tub.

BUT - start packing and moving...you get a good dose of what is lurking beneath everything!

I remember my last move...my house looked pretty good and I was pretty good about keeping up with the vacuuming and such cuz it didn't take much to see tumbleweeds of cat fur cuz of the wood floors.

When I moved...holy cow...it looked FILTHY.

So, I guess the only way to get clean is move everything around and clean all nooks and crannies!

May 25, 2007
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My house is listed for sale, so the entire thing (3 stories, including THREE bathrooms) has to be kept clean and tidy at all times for showing. No clutter. No personal items laying about. Not even photos. Had to remove about half of the furnishings, so that the rooms would look larger, etc.

Can't tell you what a pain this is. We don't even keep any appliances on the granite countertops...just a few "decorative" pieces and some silk flowers. No personal items in sight in the bathrooms...again, just fancy guest towels and flowers. Pray my house sells soon. NO ONE LIVES LIKE THIS. I want my makeup & toothbrush back out on the counter where I can conveniently use them!!!

- Ma Strong

May 25, 2007
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ma strong...that sounds horrible but I am going through that a little bit. I guess I am feeling a little cluttered because I am beginning the packing process. I hope I can get it clean soon.

May 25, 2007
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Loralei,
thanks for the tip on flylady. I amd going to be able to do what she says and get things done around here. It's a great web site.

May 25, 2007
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I have the book, its great. But you have to actually clean your sink. hahaha.

May 25, 2007
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Ok so I went to the fly lady.net site, also. Very cool! reminders and baby steps every day. Just what I need as I am really (at the age of 34) just learning how to live instead of just survive.

I read somewhere that when we keep the commitments we make to ourselves its very empowering. If I start off with a small one like doing a bit of house cleaning everyday (I am off for part of the summer, too) then this can be like a free-bee to help me empower myself.

Thanks to whomever recommended the site!

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May 26, 2007
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I am starting to try to keep it clean but i am also focusing on working out and eating healthy. Its going to be a challenge to try to find a balance between them but I am going to try.

May 27, 2007
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I am on day three of the flylady baby steps. My sink shines and I am wearing lace up shoes. I can do this!!!!
I can conquer chaos in my house. thanks to everybody for inspiriation.

I am self made slob. My mom kept our house fairly clean but not neat freak clean. She taught me to do the same but between depression, a job and a crazy husband I have let chaos reign in my house. not any more.

May 27, 2007
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I am trying very hard, but it doesn't come naturally. I am going to get the hang of this though. I hope...Anyway, I have no dirty dishes or trash here that is a step. So anyway, we'll see.

May 27, 2007
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Loverbee ~

I think I would be the "perfect" candidate for that tv series "Clean house". My house looks like Hurricane Katrina went through it and then backed up and went through it again!

My mother was a super clean freak and I know it is because of her and other relationships that I was in. (They never lifted a finger to help me.)

I guess I am 'rebelling' against all of them. I am now trying to establish some sort of routine or schedule, so far it has worked some, but I sometimes feel overwhelmed - because I am also remodeling as well!

May 27, 2007
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try doing http://www.thework.com with Bryon Katie. It may help clear up some of these issues for some of you.

May 27, 2007
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I decided to try and clean my house for only 15-20 minutes everyday. I stop when the minute hand hits 20 minutes. It's really great, I did my dishes, wiped my surfaces yesterday. Today I cleaned my bathroom sink and toilet bowl and put a lot of stuff in the hallway, clothes and books a way. It's really cool. I think I will clea the tub and mirrors tomorrow. Thank you for the tips and the thread:)

May 27, 2007
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Fantas...that sounds like a great idea. maybe I will do that. Maybe up it to thirty minutes a day though...Just to actually get something accomplished.

May 29, 2007
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I'd like to post on how I'm cleaning but I've got to go and make my sink shine. It's really the only thing around here that does. but boy does it make me feel good in the morning.

May 29, 2007
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I have begun to be a little less embarressed about this situation and realizing that its because I really live. I am still going to try and keep it up. Just gonna take some time I think.

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