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Cleaning the bathroom 
17th-Nov-2011 07:51 am

I am seeing everyone posting before and after shots of their homes and their cleaning sprees. I'm proud of all of you! It's wonderful. I hope to join the bandwagon, maybe today.

But I wanted to post about yesterday's accomplishment, without pics though.  I had 25 minutes before I had to go get my son from preschool. I started to sit down and 'chill out' as I normally would, pull up the Internet and browse for nothing and get nothing accomplished whatsever. As I began to do that, I thought, "Flylady would say I could do a lot in 25 minutes" Now, I've been fluttering long enough to know that she really says 15 minutes, but it made sense to use it all since there was a definite ending time.

So, I went to the bathroom and 'Fall Cleaned' it. Washed the walls (oh the cobwebs that you couldn't see from the floor- WOW!), scrubbed the toilet and the pedastle sink, washed the mirrors and window. I didn't get the floor 100% done, so I still need to do that, but when my buzzer went off (OH the relief of not running back and forth to the clock to check how much time I had left was sooooo freeing!), I just stopped, went and picked up my son and was happy with what I had done. I have a whole years worth of "25 minute" projects, or 15 minutes ones at least.  But I felt soo good to know that the 'dirtiest' room in the house was clean.  

Then when my youngest took his bath, I did the main bathroom upstairs. Not the walls as I had done them about a month ago on a whim. But the floor, toilet and sink. I wanted to do the bathtub, but couldn't with the little one in there. 15 minutes or less (I didn't time it, just went with, "when he's ready to be washed and get out, I'm done).

Today, I have a busy morning. And I didn't sleep well last night. So MY goal is to simply sweep the floors and put away the laundry that's been in the basket for two days. And I'd love to get the curtains from the bathroom into the wash...one thing at a time.

I have a lot of people coming to my house mid-December. I'd like to take the time between now and then to get the downstairs ready for that. Wash the walls when and if the time allows, finding places for my hotspot items in the dinning room and hemming some curtains that look awful because they are too long.

Thanks for the "Road to a Home" incentives, ladies. Keep it coming. Knowing we are all doing a LITTLE at a time makes me resist the urge to go whole hog and burn myself out. I'm 3 months pregnant with our 4th child and my energy hasn't returned yet, so I'm trying to take it easy until it does.

17th-Nov-2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
Great job! I, too, find that using a timer lets me just buzz through chores at full speed and get so much more accomplished. If I got nothing else from FlyLady, that tip alone would be worth it.
17th-Nov-2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
I don't use the timer enough. I need to find one that I can attach to my belt, like a pedometer so I can use it with cleaning, projects, the kids, etc!
17th-Nov-2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
I have a wonderful little portable timer that looks like an old hour glass. You tip it one side up it tells time, you tip it the other side up it is a timer. Just put in how many minutes, press the button and go till it beeps. The nice thing is, when you press to stop the beep it automatically resets for the same amount of time and you just have to press the button again for your next 15 minutes.
17th-Nov-2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
That timer sounds really good! I don't have a portable one at all yet...I've been using the one on the oven but I can't hear it from the cellar or the attic so I think I my have to get soething better to use :)
17th-Nov-2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
That was exactly my problem. I could not hear my oven timer when I was in the basement, especially because I like to have music on when I clean. So I asked for a portable timer for Christmas a few years ago and it has been great!
18th-Nov-2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
The flylady one is pretty darned good *except* for the clip. I find that slips off too easily--and goes off if I put them in my pants pocket. Works like a charm when I wear my sweater with the big pockets though.

I just have to get another one...my child absconded with one and stepped on the other hard enough to loosen the LED screen. :| Ain't nothin' stands up to a determined 4yo...but since it resets to the same time when you push the button I use it anyway. ;)
18th-Nov-2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking about buying hers but I'll have to check what the postage is to germany....and then see if there's anything else in her shop I might like :)
17th-Nov-2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
Fantastic work, and I bet now you've done that you'll feel more motivated to keep going!
17th-Nov-2011 05:43 pm (UTC)
I do feel more motivated. Just now to get my pregnancy tiredness to let me get stuff done without falling asleep in my lunch! LOL!
17th-Nov-2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
I'm having similar issues - the same person who was responsible for my pregnancy tiredness had been insisting I carry him round all day...
17th-Nov-2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
3months pregnant with your 4th child and washing walls? I am impressed! When I was pregnant I did the absolute bare minimum, I was so tired all the time.

This Road to a Home thing is turning out to be extremely motivating. I am glad you are joining in! The more the better!

17th-Nov-2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
Great job, especially being pregnant!!

It's fun being able to encourage each other, the more the merrier :)
18th-Nov-2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
Ever since she saw Cinderella & Snow White in quick succession, my little one has liked cleaning the tub. She has "paint" that's really bubbly soap so she does the bottom part that she can reach, and water goes everywhere. Sometimes she does this to "erase" her tub crayons even.
It doesn't really get it very clean -- but it sure can't hurt.
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