Support group for those trying to get their house sorted

(283 Posts)
CatwantsaTidyHome Sun 03-Feb-13 05:32:03

Hi all, I know it's a crap title! I'm just fed up of living in an unorganized mess!

Tried to do Flylady but got sick of it, I need a less rigid way of sorting my house as and when the mood takes me. grin
I have paperwork chaos, tons of washing to get through and I find the washing up tedious! --so it tends to pile up--
Add to the mix 2 children and an untidy husband and I think you get the picture.

Anyone else living in Chaos want to join?
I won't get on here often but will try my best, Hoping there are others like me so we can support each other in trying to get sorted! smile

I have to hoover throughout today and clean the kitchen bathroom floors and sinks. I've got a nasty cold so don't relish the thought of strenuous activity. sad

GreenLeafTea Tue 26-Mar-13 03:43:55

Well done on the progress. It's so hard when you have kids as the mess is just so relentless.

Yesterday I finally cleared the mountain of stuff that has been sitting in the corner of my living room. It took me all day doing a bit at a time but it looks so good. I'm really pleased.

I've mostly been keeping on top of things.

Next up is kitchen shelf de-clutter then I have no excuses not to finish the room full of boxes.

vvviola Sun 24-Mar-13 19:46:07

To be fair to DH, PoppyWeaver, it was really one of those "you don't appreciate everything I do" conversations - on both sides. And the housework just got caught up in the whole thing. It's all good again - he let me choose a movie without using his veto once last night, so I think he was feeling bad that we'd fought wink

I actually left the house relatively tidy this morning - even got stuff in the dishwasher before I left. Miracles happen grin

PoppyWearer Sun 24-Mar-13 11:27:25

vvviola hmm. It sounds like you re making progress, but if something else in your life is a bigger priority at the moment than sorting out your house, I hope your DH understands that? I'm currently emerging from 6 months of poor health, some of which is resolved, some of which is ongoing, and DH has just had to suck up the state of the house in the meantime (given that he does feck all about it himself).

At least my DH had the good grace yesterday to say he could see progress has been made (he likes that our bedroom is tidy, even if he tends to use the floordrobe angry) AND he agreed to my plans for rearranging the playroom, so I must get on with ordering the stuff from Ikea for that.

I'm doing some laundry today, and some ebaying (some big clutter-up-the-place items have finally sold and will be departing the house today and over coming days, woop!) but that's all.

Plan for the week ahead is to sort the spare room for Easter visitors. Spare room is current dumping ground for surplus clothes and unsold stuff from last nearly-new sale, so I am hoping to take several bags to a charity shop, give lots away to friends, and then get the rest stored away in the loft or in boxes for ebaying.

vvviola Sun 24-Mar-13 11:03:15

DH & I had a screaming row about various things at the weekend including the state of the house. I'm currently alternating between teenage style "can't make me do it" and "crap, really need to get this stuff sorted" wink

I thought I was being clever, hanging washing out this evening (I'm at uni in the morning and the best drying is in the morning). It is currently absolutely thundering down with rain hmm.

But in positive things, despite my sulk (& my first period in over 2 years hmm ouch), I'm all prepared for the morning, the kitchen is sparkling & all the sheets & towels got changed & washed over the weekend.

GreenLeafTea Fri 22-Mar-13 11:52:38

I'm just cleaning up the remains of DS trying to make a banana milkshake without putting the lid on the mixer. The living room is getting worse and worse. It will be my next priority. I hooveres the hallway and cleaned the toilet and bathroom. My clean areas are clean my messy areas are very messy.

I hope your DD feels better soon. It's awful when little ones are sick.

maishoffwcingras Fri 22-Mar-13 10:38:55

My DH helps but I've noticed recently that he says things like 'I've cleaned the kitchen for you' hmm

well done on the kitchen. Everything gone pear shaped here as DD is ill so I'm spending all my time tending to her & washing the vomit drenched clothes/cushions/bed linen

GreenLeafTea Thu 21-Mar-13 23:47:51

Maish, that made me laugh! My husband never comments on the house no matter how tidy or clean it is. He never helps either though.

I finished cleaning the kitchen!!! Just the living room to go now then the house will be clean and I can start on the decluttering.

PoppyWearer Thu 21-Mar-13 13:01:02

Well done everyone, sounds like we've had a good couple of days!

I do feel that things are getting better here, but at the same time I am breaking a few "eggs" to make the omelette. Our bedroom now immaculate but excess clothes heaped in the spare room for now. I realised the perfect piece of furniture for the hallway to tidy the clutter there was in the playroom. Hall now looks great but playroom a mess...you get the picture!

Anyway, it's progress. I think!

Today is my "cheat" day, my once-a-fortnight visit from the cleaners. So I've had a good tidy up as much as possible in readiness for them.

maishoffwcingras Thu 21-Mar-13 10:17:27

Morning. I've did bugger all in the house yesterday although I've managed to keep the kitchen clutter free and clean & tidy (need to mop the floor in a bit though).

Today I need to get through loads of washing as we're away at the w/e then visitors arrive next week. Will get spare bedroom sorted today so that I don't have to do it on Sunday night.

I think I AM getting better though because DH came home yesterday asking if we had had anyone over (which is normally the only time the place looks clean & tidy) grin

JakeBullet Thu 21-Mar-13 09:04:29

I do....cant believe how much there is to do !

House is looking tidier though and that is good.

GreenLeafTea Wed 20-Mar-13 22:50:19

Yay, I almost finished the kitchen!

Does anyone else find the more you do, the more you realize you have to do?

I feel like my house is more tidy than untidy now. If I can deal with the mountain of stuff waiting to be sorted through which is still sitting in the corner of the living room I will be so happy!

I also have a few boxes waiting to be photographs and eBayed and a box of work clothes waiting to be sorted and put away.

PoppyWearer Wed 20-Mar-13 14:06:06

Today for me has involved cleaning and sticking stuff on eBay.

I have cleared our bedroom of piles of clothes. It's all in the spare room for now, clearing that is next week's task! (I have to do it, got guests for Easter)

Next up is vacuuming our bedroom and changing the bedding, then the school run.

notso Wed 20-Mar-13 13:38:32

I cleaned the kitchen floor huzzah!
Going out now to
pick up holiday money,
buy nappies and swimming nappies,
buy something for tea
wish me luck!

I've not done any of that yet. angry

notso Wed 20-Mar-13 09:31:01

I AM GOING TO MOP THE KITCHEN FLOOR.
It is written therefore it will be done!

I absolutely must hoover today as I'm busy for the rest of the week.
I need to put a wash on and unload the dishwasher.
I also need to make a shopping list and a meal plan.
Put my mother's day flowers in the compost. sad
Clean the bath ready for DD to have a splash tonight.
Take the pram box upstairs to put in the loft.
Empty the food caddy for the compost.
I might have to come back later for a kick up the backside!

GreenLeafTea Wed 20-Mar-13 01:26:46

Hello and welcome 2littlemonkeys and Jake.

I have tried things like Flylady but I honestly think you are better just getting stuck in. Make a list and tick things off!

Well, yesterday I got the bath done and I washed the living room rug. It's mainly just the living room and kitchen so I'm going to keep plugging away at those areas.

Also scrub the hallway tiles, Hoover and wipe the stairs. Keep on top of the other areas.

I can't imagine just sitting down in the evening with nothing left to do. That would be my dream! It must be so heavenly.

maishoffwcingras Tue 19-Mar-13 22:18:26

well I have done none of the things I said I would this evening - forgot I had a meeting. Should get it done tomorrow after school

Long term goals: really need to sort out DCs clothes and put ones that are too small in the loft. Also need to clean fridge & have a freezer sort out

notso I also did EFF all today. I put a wash and dishwasher on and sorted the car insurance.
But I have the excuse of a little shadow who wanted to play and cuddle. Snuggles vs hoovering? No contest!

notso Tue 19-Mar-13 19:40:10

I am so crap at this, I am the Queen of Procrastination, the Lady of Good Intentions and consequently shit at being tidy and organised.

PoppyWearer Tue 19-Mar-13 17:26:07

Putting in a decent loft ladder and boarding it out was one of the first things we did to this house. Worth every penny!

My fantasy loft would have Velux windows, white-painted walls, tiled flooring and wall-to-wall steel racks to store everything. <comes over all unnecessary>. Not gonna happen! It will remain a cobweb-filled dingy labyrinth with a socking great water tank in the middle.

I got most of the ironing done, and when putting away the DCs' clothes was struck by the urge to sort DD's wardrobe and DS's drawers. More clothes for the charity shop!

notso Tue 19-Mar-13 12:41:28

Poppy Im very envy of you having a loft, we had to convert ours when we had DC3 and 4 and I really miss the storage.

notso Tue 19-Mar-13 12:39:30

Hello everyone new and old!
Everyone sounds so busy, well done!
Nothing much going on here, DS3 11 months has turned from placid pudding into velcro baby overnight! Trying to get on with everything whilst balancing him on my hip.
Is anyone else doing habithacker? I'm finding it ok but not sure about all the stuff about sorting my appearance out I need extreme makeover for that I think!
Fingers crossed DS3 is dropping off so I might have half an hour to do a bit now.
Washing is on and dryer is on,
need to polish my place,
fold dry clothes,
clean kitchen worktops.

Jake my top tip for bookshelves is to organise books in colour order. I read it in a magazine and tried it and even though I only got rid of one book, DH, MIL, DM and my friend all said how great the shelves looked!

PoppyWearer Tue 19-Mar-13 12:38:56

Hello to the newbies!

After my clean-the-whole-house exertions yesterday I started sorting out my wardrobe yesterday evening once the DCs were in bed (why?). Actually took out a fair bit. Another bagful for the charity shop, and a few god bits for eBay. I have decided that I now own enough sparkly/festive clothes (think Christmas jumper, velvet tops) to merit putting them in a box in the loft on their own, to be brought down each November. That cleared out enough space to be able to hang up most of the things which had been draped over my shoe rack.

I also went online and bought some of those wardrobe/cardboard box things for when you move house. I am currently a SAHM but have a load of work clothes in DS's wardrobe (I do hope to return to work one day) so will pack them into one of those and stash it in the loft.

I also found a local lady on eBay selling some clothes rails and bought those off her, they can also go in the loft for storing out-of-season clothes (wrapped in dry cleaning bags).

I have managed to empty a decent chunk of the loft by selling baby stuff in recent months, so may as well use the newly-empty space to get things from under our feet!

Anyway, one thing at a time, DS is currently napping so I need to tackle the ironing pile. I only wish I had more time/energy this week to get everything sorted properly!

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