This does sound encouraging. Vinegar is wonderful stuff: it is cheap and effective both for cleaning and removing unpleasant smells. I have a big line of bottles waiting to be used, brown and white. I now clean my windows using only vinegar and water and they have never looked better.
If you can get your clothes clean in batches, putting them away somewhere clean where the cat can't get at them is a good idea as it will 'stop the rot', as will getting him to use the same litter place each time by keeping it scooped. Then you can start ascending step by step.
Don't forget the tip about taking small bags of rubbish to public bins when you go out: it saves waiting for collections and attracting attention by putting a lot of bags out.
Posting here does seem to help people get started and keep going. If you work slowly and steadily, you will get there. If you think of everything in terms of very small tasks and take breaks in between, the work will get done even if you don't feel well.
"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again." - Maya Angelou
EVERYONE IS WELCOME, especially if you've never posted before!
The guidelines are simple: - Do some little thing to make your house less squalorous. - Do one more little thing. - Do another little thing. - Once you have 3 things done, post them here! - Post the next 3 things you plan on doing. - Go forth and conquer, return and post again. - You aren't required to do the 3 things you had planned on -- just get any 3 things done and then post proudly.
Remember - if you are tired or sick or injured or depressed or overwhelmed,
or just need to break your tasks down into something manageable,
you are in the right place!
If the next 15 minutes consists of: - Looked at hopeless living room and felt like crying - Decided you could take empty pop can to kitchen - Put away phone book - Picked up fast food wrappers on coffee table and put them in trash . . . YOU HAVE ACHIEVED THREE-DOM !!!
You could post:
Ta-Da's - Took pop can to kitchen - Put away phone book - Threw away McDonald's wrappers
Then your To-Do's: - Bring plates and glasses to kitchen - Put dirty socks in hamper - Bring folded towels to linen closet and put away.
Whether you do those 3 to-do's, or something completely different, once you've gotten 3, come back and post.
Remember to take breaks and drink water. Drinking water counts as a Ta-da!
If you can notice what the person before you did, it might cheer them up to hear from you.
Go forth, have fun, and be generous to yourself with the Ta-das. YOU DESERVE THEM!
I'm so glad to hear you and the cat will be having s clean fresh place to live soon. Did you try hand washing extra clothes in the sink while waiting for the laundry? I got loads extra laundry done using the sink with our apt machine was being used too....it beats the system nearly double the amount in the same time. How is the clothes coming up out? Are they fresh after washing now? I also hang my things to dry. I open all the windows and patio door or turn on the a/c.
Post by boyswillbeboys on May 21, 2013 23:51:06 GMT -5
I'm finally getting into the yard, I should have taken a before picture, I'll take one tomorrow, the flower beds here have been neglected for 2 years, since the original owners sold the farm, the new owners didn't care about the homestead and rented it out to their farm workers, well even if those men cared about the flower beds, they wouldn't have had time to do it.
My first day here, I pulled weeds out of one of the side beds, didn't really finish, it either needs more rocks, or no rocks, it's just a thin layer. The one I started in on tonight is a dirt based one, full of grass and weeds, with hidden treasures underneath. So far I've filled a wheelbarrow loosely with the dead grass and such I was able to pull out with a hoe (a rake would have been better, but we don't have one here yet)
I spent a couple hrs while chatting with friends working on it, and I've uncovered some nice looking plants already, but it will take me days to get through it, and there will still be tons of grass mixed in, once I get it cleared, I'll put in a thin layer of whatever is cheap in a big bag at the store, to make it look pretty again.
I'm hoping to get DH to help me pick a garden spot before he goes back to work next week, so I can get that in too.