Clean house...what's that??

  1. My house is terrible after the semester I just had (one more to go ). I'm just shaking my head over all that needs to be done. Is it just me or do any of ya'll also feel this way? I kind of ended the semester in a blur...all I could see was about 10 different 2000 pg books (no exaggeration) laying around my living room from all the different care plans, papers, etc that were due. Let alone the rest of the dust! Have any of you devised great ways to handle the cleaning during the school year? Before you ask about hubby, I'll go ahead and tell you that he carried 18 hrs of college plus a fulltime job (he supports our family right now) so he basically is never home to help. I'd appreciate any suggestions or at least a sympathetic ear to let me know I'm not the only one out there with a yucky house. Thanks!!!!!
    Shannon



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    "The highest reward for man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it."-Johan Ruskin
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   cheri2
    Clean house??? that is right. I am on break after my first semester and boy what a mess my house was. I am almost embarrassed at the sight of the dirt I vaccummed up. My hubby is in school as well working on a bachelors and working full time while I take care of our three kids and go to school. So..yes I can relate. This is what I do. I spend only a an hour a day cleaning a room rather than the entire house. Just do the basics. No time to be martha stewart. I have warned people who enter my house...they are entering a busy household and if my dirt offends them..then they need to wait to visit me when I am on break to do a really great job cleaning.

    I have also just asked my hubby to just help me out with simple things..like...picking up his clothes in the bathroom on the way past the laundry room...throw them on the floor, when you finish eating, just put the plate in the diswasher..chances are...it is dirty anway Just make life real simple. Like my mom always said...you will have the rest of your life to clean your house..take care of things that matter first.

    Email me anytime if you'd like...just know you are not alone..goes with the territory.
  4. by   momangel29
    Hire a teenager that you can pay cheaply to help.My huband works very hard but he finds time to help and he doesn't complain about it. If you have children enlist their help. My ten year old son does some of the laundry and he's good at it. Finally, if you have a birthday coming or with christmas coming up and someone asks you what gift you would like, tell them you need a hand at home. Maybe your mom or one of your friends will come over and clean your house as a gift. Do not be embarrassed. School is an investment in your future. And while your friend is watching soap operas ans folding laundry,you are learning about life and death situations. What is more important?
  5. by   NVsGirl
    I hear ya Shannon! You're not the only one that's behind on the cleaning. My case is a little different...probably worse though. I've just finished a semester in the nursing program. The difference is that I live at school in the dorms...so it's really not a big area that I need to keep clean. I have a suite style room to myself and I share a bathroom with a senior nursing student. Believe me, we hardly ever have time to clean the bathroom! Can you imagine a whole semester with a dirty bathroom? ..but I'm usually a clean person though. I like things clean and organized so we just try to clean up after ourselves, but it still gets nasty. I can't even find the time to clean my room, like vaccuum or dust, even though it shouldn't take very long to do so. I totally understand where you're coming from, we don't have time to clean! I wish I could give advice, but I have the same problem...just want to let you know you're not alone! We have too much work to begin with.

    Good Luck!
  6. by   mustangsheba
    I didn't see the top of my dining room table for three years! I did clean the toilet, but I kept the brush and cleanser right beside it (not put away under the sink) and it took about a minute. That was about it. I did try to keep the chaos in the one room. I studied either in the dining room or at school - no where else, so at least it wasn't spread throughout the house. Not because I was being neat, but because otherwise I would never have been able to find anything. "Blur" is the norm. The only people I associated with while in school were my classmates, so I didn't worry about my house. Everyone was in the same boat. I remember trying to keep my line of vision somewhere above the clutter - I had great looking walls!
  7. by   ShannonB25
    Well I am glad to see that I'm not the only one who has a hard time keeping up while going to school. I'm trying to get all I can done over the break, a little bit here and there. Of course, we'll see how long it lasts after the semester starts again Oh well...I hope everyone enjoys their special time with their loved ones. Shannon



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    "The highest reward for man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it."-Johan Ruskin
  8. by   Rileycat
    ShannonB25:

    You're not alone, girl!!! I can't remember the last time I saw the floor of my study room. The only thing that helps me is that I try to study in just one room and then I just shut the door. Pretty pathetic, huh? I am fortunate to have a hubby that helps, but he is a new teacher and has so much grading to do and so many lesson plans to make that he can't pitch in as much as he used to. I'm in my last semester and it is so busy! I am also working part time to help with expenses. Because of my busy schedule, not only is my apartment a mess, but I don't get to cook as often anymore. Terrible, isn't it? Well, just 16 weeks of classes left as well as trying to pass boards. Maybe by July or August I will have a clean house again, cook a real meal, and be a member of society again. Good luck to you!

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