Housework, UGH

  1. Responding to the thread about secrets, mine being I'm NOT a good housekeeper- just know how to hid the clutter, thought there might be others who don't like to be a June Cleaver. I've several books on this: The Messies Mannual, Clutters Last Stand and S.H.E. - Sidetracked Home Executive. I read them for entertainment and derive satisfaction that there are others out there like me. Said I never went to school for housekeeping - just nursing- my mother's response was I was to have learn it (how to dust, mop and all the other tortureous(sp?) stuff) by all the practice I got while at home. Who washes the walls for spring and fall housecleaning? I want to give you an award! Anybody flip your matteress (sp?) and vaccumn the bed slatts/frame twice a year or more? It is more enjoyable to check out Allnurses than to do any old housework. Anyone pay a cleaning lady/person to come in on a regulay basis (if so what is the going rate-need the rate with window washing inc.). Thinking of working qoSat. at a really nice nursing home (currently have every weekend off) so I'd have some money to pay a housekeeper. Thought about starting an OCD support group in my home and they would get this place in ship shape - but figured I'd have to recusitate too many- they would have sensory overload.
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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    one site for ya: www.flylady.net --- it means Finally Loving Yourself. I love it. the humor and hints are great. check it out and let me know what ya think. it sure helped me streamline my housecleaning!
  4. by   researchrabbit
    Originally posted by PJRNC2
    Thought about starting an OCD support group in my home and they would get this place in ship shape - but figured I'd have to recusitate too many- they would have sensory overload.
    HAHA! Have thought about this myself!

    Seriously, I pay a young woman $50 every other week. She dusts, vacuums up the dog hair from my 3 furry children, cleans the kitchen countertops, picks up the stuff my non-furry children leave lying around. No windows, but I like doing those; my dogs get noseprints all over them so it's very satisfying to wash them off plus I don't have to do the whole window to feel a sense of accomplishment...
  5. by   debralynn
    I HATE HOUSEWORK! I believe God intended for me to have a housekeeper, but someone up there has gotten the lines of communication crossed and someone else got them! I am sure every nite I go to bed, that the good fairy housekeeper will come in and do her or his thing! I am still patiently waiting! I mean, this is one of the main reasons my ex says he left me, because he couldn't stand the filth anymore! When I become a NURSE and get a REAL job, I intend to hire me this good fairy housekeeper once or twice a week!
  6. by   Q.
    Ya know, I am so ingrained with my studies that I thought this thread was called 'HOMEwork, Ugh!"

    My god.
  7. by   kittyw
    I'm doing the Flylady thing too. (I just won't wear shoes though around the house!!) I also just hired a lady today to come once a week and do the weekly cleaning.

    Flylady can get me through the straightening portion of housecleaning & my lady can get me through the rest!!
  8. by   JailRN
    I would rather work OT and pay someone else to clean the house. I have a lady who comes in 3x a week. She does everything, but clean the Rotts. My house is clean, my kids are happy that I don't nag them, and I don;'t have to do it. What could be sweeter.
  9. by   live4today
    In my first marriage, we had a maid come once a week until I finished my nursing clinicals, then we let her go. She was great, too! After I graduated college, I went back to cleaning my own home which I love to do anyway as I was raised in a "hospital clean" environment. My parents hated filth, and had my five siblings and I constantly cleaning. Out of six children, I am the neat freak. I mean...my siblings keep a neat and tidy home, too, but everyone always says that my home is so clean it should be in the Good Housekeeping magazine. :chuckle One friend of mine was over one day for lunch. She dropped something off of her plate onto my kitchen floor, and picked it up and ate it. I said to her - You don't have to eat that. It fell on the floor - and she said, "Your floor looks clean enough to eat on, so I have nothing to worry about, Renee." :chuckle I am the Mom who goes to visit her three daughters and CLEANS everything in site! They LOVE for me to visit just to get their house cleaned.

    My current hubby is a neat-nik too, but not as obsessed about it as I am. Cleaning is invigorating to my system. It's such a sense of accomplishment to go from seeing my home "dirty" to seeing it clean.....smelling the freshness....Ahhhhhh!!!

    Every home I sold that we lived in when my girls were small looked like it had never been lived in before. Our homes sold in LESS than ONE week after hitting the market....I kid you not. Stone truth! The carpets all looked brand new because I did NOT permit shoes to be worn in my home...not ever.
  10. by   CaliNurse
    Wow, I just checked out that website Flylady. Its pretty cool. I also like the idea of holding an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder support group at my home. Ha ha!

    Have a great day everyone-

    Cali
  11. by   kittyw
    Renee ... can you be my mom??
  12. by   live4today
    Originally posted by kittyw
    Renee ... can you be my mom??
    :kiss
  13. by   nursegoodguy
    Don't stress over housework! There are too many other things to do in life! I do like to have stuff put away, I wipe down the bathroom, including the powder off the bathroom floor if company is coming, make sure you don't have dirty dishes on your counter. Well that's about all that I care to do with it... occasionally get out the vacuum if it needs it and dust a little, (too much dusting and you might break something!)
  14. by   JailRN
    Renee, laughed when I read your post. My older son used to have what he called a 5 second rule. If it wasn't on the ground for more than 5 seconds, he's eat it. (God and I'm sending him to Military school) He now teaches his little brother and I run behind screaming, "NOT AFTER IT'S BEEN ON THE FLOOR!!!!" (nobody listens to Mom)

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