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    Do you let your housework go?

    I use to clean my house every day. It was spotless. Everything dusted, carpets vacuumed, floors mopped, laundry washed daily, windows washed, deck, patio and driveway hosed off weekly. Then I discovered quilting. Now my house isn't spotless anymore. When someone is coming over, I tell them to give me an hour and I run around like mad trying to pick things up to make my house presentable. I still clean, but it's not a priority anymore. I don't clean daily like I use to. I would rather quilt. Any one else like that now that they found quilting?
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    You need an hour to prepare for guests? I need a week!
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    My house has never been good housekeeping seal of show perfect. I have many other interests. When guests come I can promise them clean sheets and clean dishes. dishes in sink after a meal may stay overnight, eventually they get done as does mcs cleaning.
    Now I'd rather be sewing or doing other things.
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    I relate to your comment 100% and my husband is making comments lately about the house having fabric in every room and the house looks like it could use a cleaning. I told him i think it could too and since he dosen't have a hobby i told him clean it up, he didn't seem to like that comment......lol it is still a mess. I have to do the dishes and clean the kitchen every night, can't stand getting up to a dirty kitchen but that is the only think that really bothers me. I do a light weekly picking up and the bathrooms and vac once a week but don't clean like i used to, i would rather sew. I figure i spent enought years cleaning up after everybody and now there is just the 2 of us and i want to do my thing now.......
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    You only come this way once so do whatever gives you joy. My house is picked up, beds made, dishes done, laundry usually caught up, and I do make decent suppers. It's a house well lived in. If anyone is coming over to judge my housekeeping or quilting skills, they need not bother!

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    I asked DH yesterday how he felt about the fabric taking over the whole house. He said as long as he gets three meals a day he's happy.

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    I had a cleaner and neater house when the kids were home and I worked full time...kids are gone and the house gets done when I am in the mood. Dishes are always done....bathrooms clean....and bed is made every day...what else is there?

    I came across the saying a long time ago...never made it in a sign but always meant to and to hang it on the front door.

    "If you come to see me come anytime.....If you come to see my house make an appointment."

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    A spotless house is the sign of a broken sewing machine.

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    As SouthPStitches said, "It's a house well lived in." That's our place.

    And it takes several days to prepare for over night company. We (meaning DH and I) just remarked last night that we need to invite someone over about once a week!

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    I can relate.....I should be in the kitchen right now. UPS just delivered fabric.....I'm petting!!!!
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    I absolutely relate! I am not a daily house cleaner any more due largely in part to my medical issues but someone once said to me:
    The epithet on my headstone is not going to read "She kept a spotless home." (even if I did).
    I also like to go by:

    THIS HOME GLADLY WELCOMES YOU TO COME IN BUT DON'T EXPECT TO FIND ALL THE DISHES DONE, ALL FLOORS A SHINE. OBSERVE THE CRUMBS AND TOYS GALORE, THE SMUDGY PRINTS UPON THE DOOR. THE LITTLE ONES WE SHELTER HERE DON'T THRIVE ON A SPOTLESS ATMOSPHERE. THEY'RE MORE INCLINED TO DISARRAY AND CAREFREE, EVEN MESSY PLAY. THEIR NEEDS ARE GREAT, THEIR PATIENCE SMALL. ALL DAY I'M AT THEIR BECK AND CALL. IT'S MOMMY COME! MOMMY SEE! WIGGLY WORMS AND RED SCRAPED KNEES. PAINTED PICTURES, BLOCKS PILED HIGH, MY FLOORS UNSHINED, THE DAYS GO BY. SOME FUTURE DAY THEY'LL FLEE THIS NEST AND I AT LAST WILL HAVE A REST! NOW YOU TELL ME WHICH MATTERS MORE:
    A HAPPY CHILD OR A POLISHED FLOOR?

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    I never have been a good housekeeper. It was important to me when my children were young that we go to the park, for a walk or whatever. Then when I worked full time as they were growing up going to games, and all their activities were priorities. Now that they are grown and on their own cleaning gets done on my days off in the morning and then I can have the rest of the day to sew or do what I need to do. My personal feeling has always been I am not living to just work! Want people to remember me for what I have done in life and for others not that she was a good housekeeper.

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    I dust twice a year whether it needs it or not. I'm not kidding either. I usually dust once in the spring and then once right before the holidays. I vacuum when the cat fur looks bad. Next time I'm either getting a cat colored carpet or a carpet colored cat. LOL I do keep up with the kitchen and bathrooms most of the time unless I'm in a big crunch time on a quilt.

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    I am retired--finally!!! He has been retired for years!!! I am also retired from cleaning, cooking and anything else I DO NOT WANT TO DO; as is he. He helps mess up, he helps clean up. We raised 4 girls, well if they are ever "raised", had a gdau until she was 5, along w/her mother, and have a gson who finally finished high school this June.

    I am also semi disabled with a lung disease and have found two lovely ladies who offered to clean my house, they come every other week and I feel so blessed to have them in my life and in my home. I pay them and am thankful I am able to do that, I retired early and now receive less than half what I was making. I feel The Lord allowed these women in my life for a reason and I am enjoying my retirement to the fullest.

    My dearest husband of 51 yrs tells me do what you feel like doing and have the energy to do and that is exactly what I do, I am truly blessed and an truly thankful for my life. I just finished a quilt for my BIL who is retired military and can't wait to give it to him. He is 80 now and having health problems caused from Agent Orange during his Viet Nam days, I hope this small gift will tell him how much I appreciate his service to our country and the years he has been a wonderful BIL.

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    i do a little cleaning not much. i am either sewing or on the computer. i do take a break and fix me something to eat. dh gets on me about cleaning. i just tell him you live here to and you make messes. clean it up.see where im at here on qb.

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    Housework...what's that?

    I never was a Martha Stewart type. I am not a slob either but I just can't keep the house as clean as I use to. I have arthritis in my feet, knees and my back. I do what I can and it is presentable but don't visit with a white glove.

    I have a pretty sign that says "I cleaned my house yesterday. I wish you could have seen it". I laughed out loud when I saw that in the store...I had to buy it.
    Last edited by nygal; 07-09-2012 at 11:37 AM.
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    I'm so happy to hear I'm not the only one. I look around my house, see what needs to be done, feel a little guilty, and then go to my quilting room and then i feel better!

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    The only place housework comes before quilting is in the dictionary.

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    We have a friend whose home IS spotless (I think I maybe saw some some dust on some decorative towels that are perfectly displayed in her bathrooms )

    It's nice to visit - but such a relief to get back home -

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    Yes, I like my house to look clean and neat and did keep it that way for years. But I began doing housework as soon as I could use a dust rag or a broom, so at 76 no more Mrs. Neatness. To keep things presentable dishes hide in the dishwasher, clothes in the dryer and all the stuff that accumulates around the house hides in tote bags. Lucky that we have plenty of dishes, untensils and clothes. My sewing room is upstairs and I can close the door on that mess. DH helps out as I put all his clean laundry in his laundry basket and he puts it way in his closet and dresser and he also covers our bed in the morning. Bed is simple, 4 pillows, a fitted bottom sheet and a quilt, just a few flicks of the wrist and the bed is covered, well sort of. In the winter I add another quilt or comforter. Lots of other things to use my limited energy on like catching up with everyone here.

    PS: Sun is shiny in the living room this afternoon and shows that the tables are dusty, I'll put that on the top of tomorrow's To Do List, LOL!
    Last edited by May in Jersey; 07-09-2012 at 11:55 AM.

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    LOL! My home is spotless, and I do sew a lot. I don't have threads trailing on my shoes or am I wearing any on my clothes or in my hair, you can't see them on the navy blue carpet either. Of course I have pipe dreams too................

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    I have fibromyalgia and have to decide where to use any available energy each day. That decision NEVER includes housework! DH would always do the vacuuming and keep the floors clean (and I would feel guilty). It took about three years of subtle hints that escalated into full blown discussions about getting a cleaning service to come in to do the housekeeping.. My energy is now used to quilt, DH has time to do other things on weekends except clean house and we both think it is the best money spent!!!

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    There was a saying by a quilter, I think on this board: "QUILT FOREVER, CLEAN WHENEVER" I have adopted this statement as my motto.
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    What is "housework"?
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    what means that word "housework"? {bwahahahahahaha} {giggle} {snort}
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