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« on: February 04, 2008 02:44:22 PM »

Since the birth of our second child, I have been trapped in survival mode; neglecting the laundry, waiting until the last utensil is dirty to do the dishes... ect. My resolution this year is to get out of the funk and get myself and my house back on track. Personally, I enjoy the planning phase of cleaning much better than the action phase and can spend many a glorious hour creating a very lovely to do list that never gets utilized and eventually ends up with its counterparts in the garbage. So, I decided to craft a reusable task monitor to track my progress though out any given day.
here it is in it's final state:

I started with an old canvas whose subject matter was disposable and mod podged some pictures cut from magazines

Then, I sliced slots with a trusty blade and taped pockets to the back to prevent the cards from falling out.

I also constructed a handy pocket to house the extra cards

Than, I wrote various chores and household duties on the cards and arranged them into slots according to what day I felt that I would want to do them.
I also made big, bold X's on the back of all the cards so that when I succeeded in accomplishing a task, I can flip the card over and bask in the glorious satisfaction that a large x provides.

The great thing about this project, was that I didn't have to buy a single thing! I just used some of my hoarded objects.
So, I am confident, that with my new creation, I can regain control of my household!

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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2008 02:51:14 PM »

That is a great idea.  I am forever making lists and then forgetting them... I think I need one of these on my bedroom wall

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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2008 02:59:07 PM »

I like this idea! I make lists constantly,and many days that's as far as I get. I've got an old canvas I can use.I could make one,and also remind DD and DH to check it also-it'd help all of us. I think I'm going to use your idea,thanks!

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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2008 03:21:08 PM »

ummmm.  i LOVE this.
i mean,  it totally smacks of something my mother would do when we were kids.
but it's way more HIP-  and I remember why my mom did it.  it works!!!
and i just can't get over how simple yet beautiful it is.
are you loving it?
(and plus,  isn;t it a drag that dishes show up on every fricken day?  god, i hate dishes)
you have my vote.
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2008 03:28:23 PM »

Great idea! I think the colors are what makes it for me...bright & cheery...even though housework isn't Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2008 03:54:42 PM »

I love this!  I also make lists that don't get done and eventually land in the garbage.  My kids really like the idea, too.  Great job!

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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2008 03:56:01 PM »

That is awesome! I've wanted to a chores list, hopefully to get my husband to help out more. I think something like that would work great.  Thanks for the idea!
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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2008 04:26:14 PM »

Wow. Wow, wow, wow, wow! I love it. I soooo need one of those! *sigh*

I spent 3-5 hours cleaning on Saturday, and then ruined the entire effect Sunday night when inspiration struck for a swap that was going out - of course - today. So now what was nice and clean and shiny is all covered up by crafty stuff. Oh, well, just closer to hand for the next crafting spree, right? Right?

Awesome job making something to motivate you! About the only thing I've done to get me organized is to hang up a calendar. I do spend an awful lot of time looking at it, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it's the Chippendale men I'm gazing at and not my appointments and to do lists...

But we have flamethrowers. And what this indicates to me, it means that at some point, some person said to himself, "Gee, I sure would like to set those people on fire over there. But I'm way too far away to get the job done. If only I had something that would throw flame on them."
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2008 04:34:23 PM »

Oh i am so in the same funk, except my baby was born 2 years ago... and i think it started with the one that was born 2 years previous to her...but maybe this would actually help me... maybe Wink
No really I love this idea, and i love that you didnt buy a thing, cause it always feels like to get really organized it means spending money!
Im way impressed, maybe i can sew one...
Thanks for the inspiration!
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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2008 05:06:33 PM »

are you loving it?
(and plus,  isn;t it a drag that dishes show up on every fricken day?  god, i hate dishes)
you have my vote.

It is working out pretty well. No one ever congratulates you for doing the laundry or the dishes, so it is kind of like a visual pat on the back to remind me of my hard work.
  I really hate dishes! I always try to pretend that I can go more than one day without doing the dishes, but that is really impossible with four humans living and filthing up our house.
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