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    Housework?
    We're supposed to be doing housework? Where is that written? Nobody told me about no stinkin' housework. :shock: :shock: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zebra2
    Only invite other quilters into your house. Quilters understand. :)
    Sew true :D

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    It's hard. My kids and hubby can make such a mess without realizing, and their idea of cleaning isn't mine. My hubby does clean, usually by pouring full strength bleach all over. In my husband's culture, women cook, clean, and entertain as top priorities. I have to just let it go. When the kids grow up, the house will be very clean again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kem77
    My uncle keeps telling me at 80.Ashes to ashes dust to dust. We will all be there some day so don't worry it is like not disturbing your neighbors. Keep on Quilting it will be enjoyed longer. :lol: :thumbup:
    I like your Uncle!!!

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    Everybody's got dust! Friends forgive a little clutter! Keep working on it regularly! The house always needs a little attention! Never ever have I had a perfect house! (maybe I need a housekeeper?) :-)

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    I try to dust and keep the floors presentable, but quilting is definitely my priority. Have thought about hiring someone but now that I'm not working that wouldn't make much sense, would it?

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    we are both retired. but i sew and he/i are working on a spare house for kicks i guess. stupidity might be a better word. have a DGS 2 days a week also. a housekeeper once a month for 4 hrs. she cleans like a tornado. i luv her. and i try to do something everyday, besides cooking and dishes.

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    I try to do a bit each day and then quilt. I am getting faster at putting things in their place and doing a bathroom. The kitchen is the hardest room to keep neat....someone is always eating something......

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    Well the housekeeper thing has me flummoxed. What happens when after she/he leaves, the kitchen floor is a mess again? I know no cooking is an option, but even a frozen dinner can splatter. I would love someone to come in every day, after I leave, to straighten up, wipe counters and wipe bathrooms. In general, I can manage it myself, since our large hairy dog went to doggie heaven.

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    I have several answers to this question. I have a trivet that says "My house is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy". When it crosses that line, I try to clean. I have also heard it said that nobody goes to a funeral and says "She was a great housekeeper, but they might say she made beaustiful quilts" Several years ago I bought a book titled "Nobody said you had to eat off the floor". Her premise was you won't get it all done. No matter what you do somebody else (probably with OCD) will see something else to be done. Soooo, I do what I can and listen when my sewing machine calls.

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    You all have such good ideas. Since a housekeeper is out of the question (live in the country), I think I will divide my house into sections and do like 2 rooms a day. Setting a timer is a great idea which will make me speed up my chores so I can get to quilting. Thanks you all so much. I like the slogan "my house is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy". That will be my philosophy (spelling?) from now on!!

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    I like the idea of a timer...set it for 5 minutes, get all my housework done, then am free for the rest of the day!!! Yay!!! That is....if I lived in a cardboard box!!! LOL

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    Do check out www.flylady.net - you will be surprised at how well it works. An hour one day per week and a couple of 15 minutes per day and you are good to go. She has a system that you can adapt to fit your circumstances.

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    I'm new to quilting but it helps me not get so stiff and tired to get away from it and do a bit of cleaning and come back with fresh eyes and hands. The quilting helps me sing through the housework. And there is no stress. If I'm tired of cleaning I always go back to my quilting. I wish I had found quilting years ago....

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    Hey, I always thought that dust from quilting fabrics was compulsory. Someone told me it was filling from the cotton material. Ha Ha. AND - I have believed "that" alllllllll this time.
    Is someone trying to tell me - "That this is not true". Damn- I always believed that it was a pre-requisite when quilting.
    Surely, so many people can't be wrong. He He Ha Ha
    Doesn't everyone agree. lol That is my story and I am sticking to it. LOL Gleniveve

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    I tried ignoring the housework, but had to admit that I function better in reasonably clean and orderly surroundings (only reasonably - no perfection here!). So I've worked out a daily routine based on Flylady's principles that keeps things looking OK and is also gradually dealing with the backlog of cleaning and clutter. I do that in the mornings, and the rest of the day is mine. But I'm lucky, as I've recently retired. When I was working fulltime it was really difficult - that's when the backlogs built up. I used to try to make sure I got at least 30 mins sewing in each day, and more at the weekends.

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    My grandmother taught me (and she was a very, very smart woman) that it's "just as easy to pick up three weeks of dust as it is two". I don't obsess --- my house is not dirty (no dishes in the sink, spilled food, icky bathroom), but it is cluttered a bit, and could probably benefit from a good dusting and vacuuming. There's always tomorrow for that. Today is for quilting!!

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    Quilting forever- housework whenever

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    I do want they call, cleaning ladies. They come every 2 weeks, dust clean and do bathrooms and floor, vaccunm and it is good enough. And the price is reasonable. I am Blessed that my hubby said a few years ago said that is enough , you have cleaned, cooked, raised 6 kids and I was never at any time of day or night been ashamed to bring someone into our home. We are both retired. And spend all our time together playing.
    Ellen

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    priortize?? I am by myself, hardly any visitors, but I can't stand things not getting done, I do find the time to clean one room a day I live in a mobile home,2 baths 3 bedrooms living room, 2 hallways, laundry room. one of the bedrooms is my computer room, the front room is my sewing room which these two do need work.
    the master bedroom, clothes that need putting away, the floor swept, things I havent worn for a year needs to be gathered for thrift store OR stach room, the lr & Kitchen are fine, probably needs a touch up here and there. when I do get things out, I try to put them back where they belong,
    and still have time for quilting and crocheting and reading a book or whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidwent
    hire a house cleaner...best 40 bucks ever spent :thumbup:
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    WHERE did you find a house cleaner for 40 dollars? Send her/him to Indiana, would you please?

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    I was always taught "Show me a clean house and you will have a dull person".. Much more fun to quilt an then Im happy an interesting

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    Since we are both retired now, the house needs dusting and vacuuming most any time. But I usually get up on Friday mornings and do everything. My husband helps more now than ever. He runs the steamer after I vacuum, then I do most of the dusting. Works for us. I get to sew/quilt everyday, if I choose to and I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diana Lynne
    I get up really early, try to finish all my housework or rather what needs to be done and than the rest of the day is devoted between family/quilting..
    but it is so easy to just reach down, pick up the netbook and "I'm just going to check on QB for a few minutes"! Oops, where did the time go and I am not even out of bed yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 117becca
    Cleaning??? I want to know how i can write IEPs, write Re-evals, and keep caught up w/ student's work/grades when I'd rather quilt!
    I so know what you are talking about. Retired now and don't know how I ever did it all. Wow! That sounds contradictory! My heart goes out to you. Happy quilting when you can.

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