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Old 05-25-2013, 10:04 PM   #1
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Wouldnt you like to be able to do this?

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Okay - that works if you live alone or there are only a few adults in the house. We're 2 adults & 3 cats in a small apartment & realistically, it takes us 45-60 minutes a day to do all of that & we have to add keeping the cat box done & way more dusting - we live in a perennial construction zone that breeds dust. It's things like laundry & washing floors that bring us up to an average of 45-60 minutes a day.

We find by pretty much doing what the author recoomends & NOT waiting to do what needs doing, it's easy to stay on top of everything.

Kids would complicate things greatly.
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:13 PM   #3
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I guess the easiest thing to do is NOT LET IT GET DIRTY TO BEGIN WITH right Sue?? (Not easy though)

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Yup - that's both the easiest & hardest thing to do. When I'm tired, it's so tempting to look at dishes & think: "Oh, I'll do them in the morning." Or: "I'll dust tomorrow. The bathroom's not the bad."

In our small place, a room can go from 'not bad' to 'YUK!' overnight.

Periodically though we give ourselves a weekend off save for dishes & anything getting really disgusting.
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Impossible with teenagers in the house. I clean and tidy constantly...I've ran the dishwasher twice since I got home tonight at 6:00. Once because it was full after dinner...the second time after I made a pasta salad, devilled eggs and a few other things...I can't stand a messy kitchen so I tend to run my dishwasher a lot...

I clean and tidy constantly. I don't know what Im going to do with all my spare time come September. Both kids will be in university. Im sensing a lot of genealogy and scrapbooking!

In between crying jags of course.
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This wouldn't work in my house. We have too many slobs and animals.
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You mean I can claim it is rational and not OCD ?

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My kids were neater at 10, than they are now at 15 and 18.
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Bedroom, 6 1/2 minutes daily
Make your bed right before or after your morning shower. A neat bed will inspire you to deal with other messes immediately. Although smoothing sheets and plumping pillows might not seen like a high priority as you're rushing to work, the payoff comes at the end of the day, when you slip back under the unruffled covers.
  • Make the bed (two minutes).
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Never make the bed first thing. Instead, draw back the bed clothes & let the bed air & dry. You've been lying in it all night & you'd be surprised how much sweat & other fluids are on there. I wait a good hour - often more if it's a damp/humid day before straightening it out.
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Hell, it takes me 35 minutes just to vacuum.
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Clean like a man. Look around and declare, "Looks fine to me!" All done.
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Hell, it takes me 35 minutes just to vacuum.
I just did the main floor of my 24x24 house, and not that well, I might add. It took 40 minutes. It takes about 1 1/2 hours to properly vac the whole house...no carpets.
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I need to bookmark this thread.

When I get down and really need to laugh, I'll just pull it up and see these words:

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Clean Your House In 19 Minutes
And I'll laugh so hard that I literally will roll on the floor, laughing.

Seriously? 19 minutes? Heck it takes me that long to swamp out hubby's bathroom ..... Takes me half an hour to flip the mattress and change the linens..... 19 minutes? Tell me another fairytale
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The next house I build will have a Flush handle.
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Seriously? 19 minutes? Heck it takes me that long to swamp out hubby's bathroom .....
Make him clean his own damn bathroom.

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The next house I build will have a Flush handle.

I'm just going to install huge exhaust fans and have at it with a leaf blower....
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Takes me 19 seconds to pay my cleaning lady, who is happy with an amount of money that is less than I spend on a couple cosmos on any given day.
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I'm just going to install huge exhaust fans and have at it with a leaf blower....
I worked at McDonald's in my youth. You may have noticed it is always hard tile all the way to the ceiling.

Spray bottle of cleaning solution, a hose bib and floor drain in the bathroom.

Swill the floor, spray the toilets and rise it all down the floor drain.

Turn on the high powered vent fan for several hours at night all good.
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The OP is a good maintenance routine for day to day tidying. We do that most days - some days, we'll skip wiping down the bathroom - he thinks I did, I think he did... oops! But we vaccum almost daily - our 3 cats carpet bomb the place with hair. Floors get washed 3 times a week - not as dramatic as it sounds & as only have about 300 square feet of lino & tile. I wash cupboard faces every 4-6 weeks - a whole half hour of work there!

If I divide the daily, weekly & periodic work, we probably average out to an hour, fifteen minutes a day. That includes washing walls, gutting cupboards & closets, moving furniture, steam cleaning carpets, reorganizing... I don't count cooking in that.
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There is nothing more beautiful than a well appointed man cave .
Why would anyone want to spoil it with artificial and temporary cleanliness .













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The OP is a good maintenance routine for day to day tidying. We do that most days - some days, we'll skip wiping down the bathroom - he thinks I did, I think he did... oops! But we vaccum almost daily - our 3 cats carpet bomb the place with hair. Floors get washed 3 times a week - not as dramatic as it sounds & as only have about 300 square feet of lino & tile. I wash cupboard faces every 4-6 weeks - a whole half hour of work there!
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We have had a Roomba for a few years now and it's awesome.

Had a central vac at our last house but that was mainly for the maid to use but it was awfully useful when needed - especially the little dustpan things we built into the wall of almost every room---dust-mop right to it, kick it open and get the crap off the dust-mop. About two minutes per room.
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We can't even clean the bathroom in 19 minutes.
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