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  • Pigwidgeon
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    Well, I get pretty anxious if the apartment isn't clean and stuff picked up. Unfortunately my knees make it hard to stand long enough to do much cleaning not to mention negotiating the flight of stairs I have to take stuff to the garbage or the car if I want to get rid of anything. Unless someone comes over to help (which they do once a month), only the "real" garbage gets thrown out. Even getting up and down from the sewing machine is difficult. So my place is messy. I'll be getting a knee replacement soon (hopefully before end of summer if insurance can get their act together) and oddly enough the first thing I am looking forward to is being able to clean. Truthfully I hate housework, but I also hate clutter. But one thing I have learned (and hope is now ingrained in my mind) is that no one really cares about the mess. You know, I've been to my friends houses and some of them are worse, some are better, but none are spotless showcases of domestic perfection. So when I can clean again, I hope I don't get back into "spotless" mode. Sewing is much more fun, you know :-)

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  • pcbatiks
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    I use the timer on the stove sometimes.....when I really need to do housework. Half hour of work and the next half hour to play and sew.

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  • CheyMom14
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    I grew up with a stay-at-home mom that was fanatical about cleaning house. The beds were made everyday, we dusted and vacuumed every day. At 20 we started supper for my dad who would be home at 50 and immediately eat. Saturday mornings were shopping for groceries and necessities. Laundry was done twice a week. Sewing happened when the house was spotless, ready for drop-in company at any time. It all seems nauseating to think about it now. I just need to be at home. I actually accomplish more sewing and housework,laundry etc when I'm home for the day and work it all in together. I can start the long arm or the embroidery machine and then start the washer, dryer and dishwasher - then sit down and sew or cut something out as my reward. We live in the country, on a farm no less. Spotless doesn't happen. People call before dropping by. I have a roomba that does the vacuuming that helps with the pet hair. DH does not complain and helps very little with house chores. He considers my sewing therapy and knows it's cheaper than actual therapy and healthier than the occasional freaking out. I have an outlet for stress and anxiety and he supports my crazy. It's easier to keep the house marginally presentable without kids in house now that they've grown and gone. And with a few hours of extra cleaning it can be ready for visitors. Sewing makes me happy, calm and agreeable. Fanatical housecleaning does not.

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  • Deegles
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    Sometimes, a quilters house falls to pieces! I used to be more like the ant in the fable about the grasshopper and the ant. Now I am a little of both.

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  • fmedwards
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    ohh, that is me!!! I just returned home to AZ after a couple months in Illinois. My trip home with 2 dogs, two sewing machines and all the fabric I bought along the way was wonderful. The restocking (fridge), cleaning, unpacking, and putting away is coming along... slowly, very slowly. Laundry is piling up and I still have flannel sheets on my bed. I am GLAD to be home; my house, my mess!!

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  • Preeti
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    How do I manage?
    Haphazardly
    Chaotically
    Messily
    Poorly

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  • JCY
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    I think everyone has to decide what works for them, their family, their household. Having things super neat & dusted is not as much a priority for me now as it used to be when I was younger & had more energy & when I was a stay at home mom. I worked swing shift for 18 yrs. after DH became medically retired & disabled, so that made a big difference. We rarely have visitors--it's just DH & me. No one "drops in", so I don't feel like my house has to be white glove presentable at all times. If I want to sew, I'll go sew. I don't have as much time to sew as I'd like, primarily because I'm caregiver for DH. I pretty much have to do most things around here now, since he no longer is physically able to do much of what he used to do. But I still carve out time for sewing/quilting. I feel good if I can work at my quilting 1 hr. a day. Some days it doesn't happen at all, but progress still is made. I don't put myself on a guilt trip because the furniture needs to be dusted, or boxes need to be sorted. I keep up with the important stuff.

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  • KarenC
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    I live alone and some days still don't find time to sew. I've only started quilting a few years ago after my divorce, and grown children moved out on their own. Since I still work outside the home and spend 2 hours traveling back and forth to work, some days during the week, I get absolutely nothing done when I get home. (Like today, I am so tired, I'll probably go to bed really early once I get home.) I remember reading on this forum earlier this year, that even if it's just 15 minutes, it can still be productive sewing. So, I try to fit it in when I can and don't worry when I can't. I definitely do not produce the number of quilts that some do, but that's OK. I'm not in a contest with anyone. Other times, I just enjoy cruising this forum to see the beautiful things others are making and be happy for them. I've also learned to carve out me time, and not worry about the house being spotless, although I am making an effort to de-clutter, in hopes of maybe one day downsizing.

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  • Hulamoon
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    Another thing to do is using commercial breaks. I DVR almost everything so I can skip over them, but sometimes I let them run and do little things. They are perfect timers since there are so many dang many. lol

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  • CraftyJnet
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    I have lupus so I never have enough energy to do everything I want to do. The timer idea is very helpful to me. I can do housework for 15 minutes then take a break. I try to schedule sewing time regardless of the cleanliness of the house or else it would never happen. And I try to take a walk every day. And I try to see one friend once a week. I know it doesn't sound like much but sometimes it is more than I can do.

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  • Iris Girl
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    In my moms day Saturday was cleaning day. It was just her and I and all the cleaning and laundry for the week was done Sat morning. Sunday morning the linens were changed and washed. After that relaxation and a nice Sunday Dinner. Or an afternoon spent with her sisters.
    I started that routine but after I went to work fell behind. Soon Mom had to move in with us and we were back on track with her helping. When Mom passed away I went to work longer hours and told hubby he had to help clean. It certainly is not done on any routine basis as we both hate it but it gets done when needed .He does dishes on the weekends. I make his lunch if we are home or pack it if its a work day. My husband does not cook. Its fine I sew when I can. Mornings before work, my day off or the weekends. My house my rules, No family left so no visitors to try and impress...and if their were and my house isn't clean enough well by golly the door is right there and don't let it hit you in the backside as you leave. This is not the 50's and I refuse to be a slave to a neat as a pin house. Life is too short and I want to enjoy some of it.

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  • SuzyQue
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    I grew up in a home where all work was done before anything else, so I still fight that deeply ingrained tendency to put sewing off till everything is perfect. I also have a hubby that works exceedingly hard so that I could always be home with our children. I feel it is my "job" to keep the house just so and have hot meals, cold drinks, and fresh baked cookies ready at his beck and call. He appreciates that I make home life pleasant and comfortable and I appreciate being home. It works for us, even if many would see it as so old fashioned. I know I am happier and less stressed if I get to sew and quilt a bit each day. He wants me happy. But life often gets in my way, so I understand how you are feeling completely. Since I am not sewing and quilting as a business, I try to keep it in its place and let it be a creative and fun hobby and love. I am still trying to find balance in my life. I struggle with never enough hours in a day. I just try to do a bit of everything each day and know that occasionally I will have a whole day here and there to spend in my studio.

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    I recently went back to work, prior to that I did all the chores both inside and outside the house, which was fine for both of us. At first DH assumed things would be the same. (NOT) By some miracle I refrained from nagging him about helping, and he started to come around on his own. We trade kitchen chores, if you cook the other cleans up, and he started feeding the fur babies and doing his own ironing. He's also done the grocery shopping on occasion, and helped with the gardening sometimes. That has been the extent so far. I'm not sure he even knows where the vacuum is. Baby steps...
    I feel your pain. Anyway, the timer thing is a great idea. Sometimes I "time" myself in the sewing room by the buzz of the washer or drier. I've also downsized my projects and tried finishing up UFO's that I've put aside for one reason or another instead of starting something new. And I am a very messy person in the sewing room, organizing it and keeping it that way has helped me a lot. A little progress once in a while will still get the job done. Oh! And i learned the hard way that "easy" and "you can finish his in a day" don't apply to the speed I work at, so I try not to worry about it.

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  • Snip Snip
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    The good thing about it is, we're not in a contest to see who can get the most stuff done.

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  • DeniseSm
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    It is your choice. The only one keeping you from sewing and being happy is you. If a clean house is making you happier, than do that. Your choice, you decide.

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