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    Quote Originally Posted by San Luis View Post
    In 100 years, who will know if your house was clean or not? .....but I'll bet one or more of your quilts might have survived. That's my justification.

    Your are right but I like to keep a clean house, for me not anyone else. It makes me feel better and less stressed.
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    I have six kids and a very dynamic household. Things are constantly in flux.....every kid is creative and my house looks like it. My husband says that the "messier" the house is when he comes home the happier he knows everyone is! Every morning each child has chores to complete, So at least ONCE a day we know we have a clean house. It may not be "perfect" when we go to bed, but it is scrubbed every morning.

    This develops a good work ethic and the knowledge that if you get the "work" done quickly you can settle down to what you really want to do. It has also helped develop organizational skills. The teenagers have learned that if they tidy up and/or do some of their chores before bed time, they don't have so much to face in the morning.

    However, I definitely do not obsess on having a display worthy home. When these kids are grown I don't want them to remember "Mom always kept a perfect house" I want them to remember all of the love and fun memories we created together. Rarely is my house picture perfect. I feel sad for the poster who said disparaging, judgmental things about people who post pictures of less than perfect houses. Be kind!
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    Only live for today, for it is a gift, that is why it is called "the present."

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    I agree with everything you just said.I was once told"your house is always emaculate."I told her you haven't been to my house in 20 years,and things have changed.But I am happier now then then.

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    When I retired from my job outside our home, I thought that included inside our home also. Didn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vat View Post
    When I retired from my job outside our home, I thought that included inside our home also. Didn't it?
    LOL I think if you read the fine print, you're right!
    Do not worry about the past, for it is history,
    Do not worry about the future, for it is a mystery,
    Only live for today, for it is a gift, that is why it is called "the present."

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    When I read "quit quilting and clean house" I assumed someone else was having company today.
    I try to invite a group of friends 3-4 times a month just to force me to clean house. Why clean otherwise? Gets DH to vacuum too. Why keep the house spotless? My 20-yo grandson moved in with us last summer. His parents are both extreme neatniks and a dust bunny would be terrified to enter their house. My grandson is amused by the messes that appear and disappear in my house. He always knows when company is coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherryl1 View Post
    I agree with everything you just said.I was once told"your house is always emaculate."I told her you haven't been to my house in 20 years,and things have changed.But I am happier now then then.
    Sherryl, I lived under the tyranny of the white glove test by a big fat lazy slob of a man who expected a perfect house and a perfect, thin wife. I was very young. I grew up and made some changes. It was a made for TV ending, but the end result is I survived.

    That was another life ago and my 2nd husband is a saint. I love my crazy, slightly chaotic, slightly messy, clean once a day, FULL of LOVE life! LOL

    I am glad you are happier now.
    Do not worry about the past, for it is history,
    Do not worry about the future, for it is a mystery,
    Only live for today, for it is a gift, that is why it is called "the present."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vat View Post
    When I retired from my job outside our home, I thought that included inside our home also. Didn't it?
    Love it!!!!
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    It sounds like some of us are simply getting older, stiffer, etc., and find cleaning harder to do now. I try to keep the laundry done, the bathrooms clean, the furniture dusted, and meals on the table. The dust bunnies and cobwebs are on their own; my strength just doesn't go that far any more.

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    I finally learned to one big chore each day, surfaceclean the rest, then I reward myself with sew time. It works for me, and the house is at least tidy that way. Windows are on my list today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BerninaGirl View Post
    A spider needs a place to live, and if you ever look at a spider web that catches the light it is beautiful.
    I remind myself of that every time I find one in my house.
    I look at spider webs this way, they catch those pesky flies!

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    I am getting to that time of year when I hate cleaning. For the past month, after the holiday, I cleaned and dusted quite a bit. As the winter continues I start feeling like it is pointless. The first day I can open the windows I know I will launch back into cleaning mode. Some how I feel like the dust I am moving around in the house will magically know to go out the windows.
    Right now, with the heat on, and the windows closed I feel like any dust I move in one room just ends up in another. I think I will quote Taylorgram's mom from now on. She sounds like a good person to emulate!
    When I am perfect, I will write a book and everyone can be perfect too. Until then I will just have to be gracious in face of imperfection, and ask the same of everyone else for my imperfections.

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    I have a friend with a big house, 3 home based businesses, 3 hunting dogs, a cat & one husband who's always worried about her house not being clean enough when I visit. I always tell her that I am visiting her, not her house, but if I do decide to visit the house vs her then I'll make an appointment so she can hire a cleaning crew to do the entire house before I come to visit. She is a magnificent, vibrant woman but her house is a bit messy. Who cares? Not me cuz I'm visiting her, her hubby and her critters and not her house.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    i dont think anyone cleans like they use to. but my theory is the house will be there and i wont. so clean, quilt, clean, quilt. you can leave it on your table and just go back to it in between running the washing machine for those curtains. have fun. life is too short.

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    My housekeeping definitely has taken a back seat, I am now 71, and my life road is getting shorter and I have decided to not be so bothered by "chores" and what I "have to do" and tend to focus more on my quilting and what gives me pleasure to do. I am busy all the time.. I have many things I like to do..fine crochet work that I love doing..enjoying a good book..the one thing I absolutely love to do is drawing and painting with pastels and that's something I do not let myself do because if I do start.. time absolutely stands still and hours go by..I guess I expect all control will be lost at that point but somehow I have to fit it in. I still do longarm quilting for customers so I do have to keep up with that as well..where oh where did spare time go????
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    Quote Originally Posted by orsdrramas View Post
    Need to follow Fly Lady site. She takes on one area of the house a week and you just do about 15 minutes in that region each day and it is so much easier to keep up that way. Check it out! FlyLady.com
    I find her ideas great. Don't do it exactly right but. It doesn't matter house looks clean tidy and organised.
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    I am far from a minimalist, but I like a clean house and a nice garden....pleases me, relaxes me, then I can take a break and quilt. Sure I wish I had more time for quilting, but I just can't stand a dirty house.

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