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I hate housework

But I love a clean house. I can't afford a maid What can I do

Sat. Mar 31, 3:09pm

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Get off your ass and clean.

Saturday, March 31, 2007, 3:42 PM

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3:42 You gave me a good laugh But I am still sitting on my sorry ass. Wait i am getting up to do something now!

Saturday, March 31, 2007, 3:49 PM

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...consider going to a routine like this. I can only use parts of it, but I really find that it helps me along. :)

good luck!

this is not spam because:
1. i use portions of the 'system'
2. everything you "need" is free, of course there are things you can buy, but you don't have to.

Saturday, March 31, 2007, 4:49 PM

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I second flylady!

I second using or for those of you that find it easier to follow a book her book is called Sink Reflections - I personally liked the book - the website is hard to pick out the important pieces but has some interesting information as well.

Good Luck

Saturday, March 31, 2007, 5:38 PM

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3rd flylady!

I don't do everything- but I do do a little bit here and there every day... keeps things containable. I have learned to let go of things too...

Saturday, March 31, 2007, 6:27 PM

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op Thanks you guys are the best I am gonna try Fly Lady1 I did get up and did alittle bit. Thanks again. i love my circle of peer trainer friendI pray each and everyone of you is blest in a special way

Saturday, March 31, 2007, 8:36 PM

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Barter a skill that you have. Works best if your services are of equal value.

Saturday, March 31, 2007, 8:41 PM

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I went to that flylady and I love how the slim lady is a hot mess while the plump lady is the epitomy of organization!

Sunday, April 01, 2007, 3:00 PM

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I'd never heard of until I read this thread. Thank you for posting her web address! I believe my binge eating disorder is directly related to the mess and chaos in my home. I think this website will really help me. Thanks again!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007, 3:15 AM

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Do trades with a girlfriend - you invite her over, put on some fun music and have some healthy snacks, and then you clean together for an agreed upon time limit - like an hour or two. Next week you go to her house and do the same thing. Much more fun and the work goes more quickly and you are really more energized. I've done this and also traded organizing sessions with friends.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007, 6:31 AM

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I do have a housecleaner come in once a month. It's $30 and she cleans my bathroom walls, shower, all the stupid stuff I hate doing. I still do dishes and such. We are in no way wealthy..we actually downsizing quite a bit but this was one thing that could not go as my husband is a total mess maker. We calculate that we eat out less and there's the $30 right there. The hours that I'd spend cleaning I can use for staying in shape or just enjoying my weekendds.

So if there's any tradeoffs that you can do with your budget, I'd say check it out!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007, 11:01 AM

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Do a little everyday

that way things don't pile up and you don't feel like you are wasting a whole day or two cleaning.

or, figure out where you can cut costs and get a housekeeping service.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007, 1:52 PM

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whenever i post a sarcastic / playful comment like the first comment here, "get off your ass and clean", it gets removed. what is the deal?

Tuesday, April 03, 2007, 2:02 PM

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5/30 11:30 am How Lucky are you! I live by NYC and it's $ 100 to clean a house $80 is a good deal. Wher do you live?

Tuesday, April 03, 2007, 3:36 PM

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3:36--not sure if you mean me (the 11:01 poster) but I live in Boston. Ranges here are all over the place but I negotiated a good rate. I won't have her do certain things like laundry and such (a friend of mine one town over pays $120 and it includes her laundry). I actually don't mind laundry and the idea of someone else doing my laundry makes me uncomfortable after having family members shrink fav sweaters and such..I trust no one with my laundry ;)

I also don't have her do dishes as I do those myself..she tried before but then I couldn't find anything. So besides pointing out that I am very picky-obsessive, what I'm really trying to say is that sometimes cleaning people will negotiate if you say, I want to you to clean the bathroom, vacuum but not do the dishes or laundry. Also I should say that size of your home does average size apartment is only 1,200 square feet that that definitely helps too. If you have a McMansion, it might not be so practical.

OP--if you are interested in a cleaning person and are on a budget, I'd say pick out the things that you hate doing the most and get a quote for that. If it's laundry, there are places you can take your laundry. If it's cleaning a grubby bathroom, you can get a quote for that. Don't think of it as all or nothing I guess is what I am saying!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007, 9:43 AM

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I recently saw a report on CNN citing some study found that women who did housework had less breast cancer than women who worked out. Now, I'm in grad school and all about research. I can see lots of flaws in the small amount of information that was given to the study. But, you might ponder it as you're making yourself healthier.

Upon hearing the study my husband told me to quit the gym and buy a mop.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007, 10:59 AM

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Is it weird that I love to clean?! I don't need everything to be perfect, but the process of cleaning is what I love. It's like therapy! I also love throwing things away!

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 11:07 AM

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11:07 You are a lucky lady. I think it is common to clean when you are upset Just like many people will jog when they are upset.YOU GO GIRL!

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 10:38 PM

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We have a cleaning lady in downtown Chicago (Gold Coast area) for a 2-bedroom condo that is 1200 sq ft. It's actually 2 women who come, and they're done in like 2 hours. They vacuum, wash the floor, countertops, etc., clean the bathrooms (2 bathrooms), dust, and change the sheets on one bed and the towels in the bathrooms. They don't do any laundry or dishes (I can't imagine leaving dirty dishes for weeks until the cleaning people get there! Ew!) We pay $65. They come once every 2 weeks. That's just perfect for me, my husband, and our puppy.

Sure, it's expensive, but, it gets done. If we didn't have them, there are times the cleaning just wouldn't get done, and that'd be gross.

If you think it's too expensive, shop around. Going through an individual is cheaper than a cleaning service, because there's no overhead. We supply all of the cleaning supplies, and they do all the homes in one neighborhood one day, so they don't even have to take the time to drive between areas and find parking, and they don't have to lug a bunch of stuff. However, it's best to get personal recommendations when inviting a stranger into your home.

Friday, April 06, 2007, 12:20 PM

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do you have a friend with a teenager or know any college kids. I am sure you know someone who needs help financially and you need the extra hands. I am sure you can work something fair out and this way you can tell them what to different next time so it is not always set in stone to a specific price

Monday, April 09, 2007, 4:46 AM

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One of the things that I find heps with cleaning my house is putting on my mp3 player and listen to one of the books that I have downloaded. The time goes fast and I'm amazed at how much I get accomplshed.

Monday, April 09, 2007, 9:59 PM

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I listen to music on my i pod if anyone is around or blast it on the stereo when alone. Remember that cleaning still burms calories and needs to be done. Take advantage of the perks

Tuesday, April 10, 2007, 4:10 AM

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I hate cleaning the bathrooms. It's nice to do room by room, but sometimes, I get so over whelmed..I just stop and leave it for another day. You might want to get a cleaning lady one time, so that they can give you a good rub down of the whole place and then you can just maintain. I also buy things like the swifter and other handy cleaning items.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007, 11:51 AM

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A handy helper especially in the bathroom is a black n decker 15.9 volts, its great for picking up hair. I'v tried the swifter but it just pushes the dirt around.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007, 3:44 PM

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I love this microfiber Don Aslett mop I got on QVC, even got one for my brother who loves it. You can use it wet or dry, take the dirty mop pad and throw it in the washer. Way better than Swiffer. And no, I don't have any affiliation with QVC or Don Aslett, I just like a good product.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007, 4:35 AM

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I hate housework too!

I hate housework too!
Do as i do...get some nice cleaning tips so you are over quicker and you have more time to do things you enjoy.
Start improving the way you clean the bathroom, wich I found to be the uggliest bit.
Good luck!


Thursday, January 31, 2008, 9:05 PM

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