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Thread: Do you let your housework go?

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    Senior Member Cosy's Avatar
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    MY housework? MY chores? No, OUR chores. Hubby does help greatly, mostly doing the laundry and floors, dishes on a rare occasion.

    But he is inclined to do things like this morning. I have a charity quilt that really needs to be done today and my 6 year old granddaughter is visiting today.. So he brings in a paint can, why don't you go ahead and paint the hall today Then after a foray in the garden brings in zucchinni that needs to go in the freezer, tomatoes that need attention, reminds me to get the bills paid online, and,"gee, it's lunch time, can't you make me a sandwich instead of playing on the computer?"
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    I would be happy to let my housework go anywhere it wants. But it never leaves until I or my husband do it.

    My home was never spotless, just clean with clutter. There's really no change there, except that my husband does the cleaning and I do the cluttering. LOL! We're both experts at cluttering... but he does do most of the cleaning because of my fibromyalgia.

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    If we only cleaned after company leaves, the house would never be clean!

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    When raising my children, I kept the "clean enough to be healthy, dirty enough to be happy" sign in my kitchen. I had more energy when I was younger. The sign has since been discarded. Now I've been retired for 2.5 years and have to use my energy wisely.

    Hubby is very laid back and we enjoy being together. I treasure the time spent with him and we manage to keep up on the basics. My major responsibility is to continue to downsize as I have so much stuff - both mine and that which I inherited. (I feel good about the two bags dropped off at a charity shop today.) Earlier this week, DH cleaned the kitchen and dining room windows, inside and outside, which look out at the lake. It was his idea and I am walking on cloud nine! Our home was presentable for guests yesterday and we can play for a couple of days. We seem to have a good balance of togetherness, separate interests, and sharing responsibilities at home.

    We have had several laughs as I've shared some comments from this thread. Our favorite was eating off of the floor!

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    Thank you for starting this thread. I have a strange tolerance to clutter and dirt, it's like I don't see it until one day I look around and think "when did this place become such a pig sty?" I came home from work swept the floors and mopped. Decluttered some of the counters and then rewarded myself with some computer time.

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    LOL I think we are all in the same boat I clean, vacuum and dust once a week or if we've had wet weather a little bit more. Dishes are done 98% of the time (dishwasher lol), beds are not necessarily made but the pillows are on it and the quilt is pulled up. All of our family and friends know your there to see us not be a dust inspector! The couches and chairs are clear (well I take that back as I look up there is a pile of fabric on the top of one chair, and well the dining room table never gets used other than for special occasions so it's buried as my work table. If I know we've got friends coming over I mutter under my breathe that I have to move everything back and forth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by May in Jersey View Post
    You think keeping your house up while quilting is a problem now, just wait until you get older and slower like me. Just joking but there's a bit a truth in the statement. I just lowered my standards a bit and try to quilt and have a sort of neat looking home. Don't get that much company any longer (many friends and family have moved to warmer clients) and most company is family so they know there's always plenty of food to eat and tea to drink so they're happy. There is always stuff that needs to go upstairs so I hide it in large colorful shopping bags I picked up at Joann's and leave it on the stair landing. DH usually takes it upstairs and puts it in my sewing room and closes the door. What I don't see doesn't need attention, LOL.

    PS: Always hated leaving a messy looking kitchen before going to bed but a dishwasher takes care of that, I run it late at night and DH usually empties it while he is waiting for the morning coffee to brew. Now that's team work, LOL!
    I have found this out, too. My knee is too wonky for me to be on it very long so cleaning, while I don't mind doing it, just doesn't get done like it used to. I'm quite fortunate in that my DH doesn't see dirt... LOL! He's good to hekp but y'know how it is... nobody can clean your house like you can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by charity-crafter View Post
    Thank you for starting this thread. I have a strange tolerance to clutter and dirt, it's like I don't see it until one day I look around and think "when did this place become such a pig sty?" I came home from work swept the floors and mopped. Decluttered some of the counters and then rewarded myself with some computer time.
    I can tolerate actual "dirt" more than I can "clutter" -- and I'm horrible about leaving clutter around myself. What's with that???
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    When our kids lived at home the house was always spotless. The kids did their chores and Mom and Dad did theirs just to set a good example for the kids But like so many others here...now that the kids are gone and we are retired, the housework thing has gotten a bit more relaxed around here.

    My house is not cluttered, and not really dirty. I don't mind if company stops over, nothing to be embarrassed about here. However....I don't always do the dishes right after dinner, they often get done after breakfast the next day. I should vacuum more often as I have black cats and light tan carpet, but these days if it gets done once a week then I'm doing good. What really motivates me to vacuum is when someone comes over and asks what happened to my carpet. At times the fur gets bad enough to look like oil stains all over the carpet. Hubby and I are both good about not leaving clutter around. Laundry gets done weekly give or take...as soon as we start running out of clean shorts or whatever to wear
    There are a few things I still do daily. Clean the cat litter boxes daily is a must. I don't like my house to smell like cats, gotta keep those boxes clean! I give the bathroom a quickie wipe down daily....just something I grew up doing. Used to cook dinner daily....getting lazy about that though. Now I cook maybe 3 times a week, Hubby cooks once or twice, and we eat out on the rest I also keep my sewing room very clean. Eat off the floor clean. That is because of the cats for two reasons. One is to keep them safe from pins, eating threads scraps etc. The other is to keep the cats from leaving cat hair all over the room. Nothing worse than sewing a project and finding you have sewn long black cat hairs into every seam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter View Post
    A spotless house is the sign of a broken sewing machine.
    Love it, housework is a bad word in my house and as most of my visitors are quilters they understand. But as I like a tidy home I have a professional team of quilters in twice a month and they sure have their work cut out, heehee.

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