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« on: September 22, 2008 05:23:48 AM »

I recently moved out of the apartment I shared with my boyfriend to a different city to be closer to my workplace.  Thus, I've left the poor boy without any cleaning skills and a completely random roommate...who also happens to have a snake.

Anyway...the place has gotten so gross that I won't even spend the night there anymore. I've been hinting that he should clean and he's been hinting that they're waiting for the other guy's girlfriend to do it.  I expressed my distaste for that idea and told him he should learn to clean himself. Besides, he needs to learn so he can help out next time we move in together.  I'm not going to clean our place forever.  Also, I'm super picky about how stuff is cleaned, so I figured he should get trained at some point.

Anyway, I made him a quick little guide with help from pictures I found on Veer. I should have been studying for the GRE cuz I'm taking that on Saturday, but I decided to take a half hour and dump this in InDesign rather than e-mailing him a text file.

Not sure where this should be posted--kind of a home sweet home craft?  Not really a paper craft because it's most likely not going to get printed out.





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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2008 06:10:22 AM »

Oh this is so cool! Every girl should print one of these babies out for their significant others' or their roommates.  Smiley

The reason my marriage is working out so well is because we have separate bathrooms! (I'm not kidding)  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2008 07:05:23 AM »

Your instructions are incredibly thorough and I love the pictures you included.  Please let us know if this email actually resulted in a thorough cleanup by your boyfriend and his roommate.

Here's another way to clean.  This way is my all time fave!

1) Put stuff away in cabinets and drawers and get things off the floor.

2) Call a cleaning service.

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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2008 07:09:55 AM »

haha, thanks, IamSusie.  I should try your way next time. Wink We'll see if the place actually gets cleaned.
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2008 07:42:54 AM »

I believe where you say the rugs should be shaken out, that you should specify outside.  Otherwise they will be shaking them in the house, lol.
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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2008 07:43:44 AM »

wow! those are nice looking...but honestly, for a guy, he'll walk away, grab a beer and watch the game after reading the 3rd step. Keep it simple.  Why not buy him a bag of rags and a spray bottle. Then he can put stuff away, spray and wipe.  If he does this at least 3X a week it will really help.

guys are very simplistic. That's why cleaning is so hard for them. They really don't get the detail that we girls get. (NOTE: At lease MOST guys. I do know some very clean and tidy guys).  

I've been married for 16 years, and yes, we have separate baths as well. He tidies his and I CLEAN both.
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« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2008 07:46:39 AM »

Aww! That's so nice! It's sad you had to move out, though... The best part of my life is living with my BF.

I love the pictures/fonts you used! It look very retro!

I would "green" your list though, like using baking soda instead of comet, using and washing and reusing J-cloths instead of paper towels, same for terry cloth mops instead of swiffer (or a knitted/crocheted swiffer cover from his crafty GF?  Wink)...
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« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2008 08:56:11 AM »

I agree about adding the out(side) part to the shaking the rugs out instructions.  I also would add in there that they should regularly either rinse (if they are using a sponge) or replace (if they are using paper towels) their cleaning utensils.  Depending upon the filth involved, those items can get pretty disgusting as you're using them; and they also become less effective as well.  You would think that these things are self-evident, but I doubt it.  Undecided
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« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2008 09:18:02 AM »

This is such a great idea!!!  I hope it helps somewhat!!!  Love this post.
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« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2008 09:18:59 AM »

this is great!! your hired!
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« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2008 09:42:00 AM »

lol! i love this!
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« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2008 06:20:27 PM »

I like 'em!

We've got a system worked out here that suits us both.

As I have an ultrasupremehatred of doing the dishes, and he has the same sentiment towards the bathroom, we take care of these things for each other. The rest of the rooms in our apartment, we do together, which makes it faster AND no one feels bitter.

And we're both cluttery artists by both nature and upbringing...so it's cluttered, but clean!

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« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2008 06:52:57 PM »

I hope this works!  I agree that you should specify to shake the rugs outside, and also maybe exactly what you mean by "a bit of comet" etc.  I told mine that and he used at least 3x too much.
Ditto on the care/replacement of sponges and rags.  Sometimes they don't know that they have to be allowed to dry.

Also, remind him to clean.  A lot.  I give mine a list and remind him of it at least twice a day, but alas, only one thing gets done every couple of days.

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« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2008 09:16:30 PM »

You are an angle for putting this together!

Good luck getting him to use it.  If you do you should get it copyrighted, you definitely have something good going on.
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« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2008 12:16:27 AM »

wow-I wish my boyfriend would have had a list like this. When he moved out of his last apartment, I spent 2 entire days on my hands and knees scrubbing everything in the bathroom.
but I have to say, the toilet image that you used is quite grotesque Tongue
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« Reply #15 on: September 23, 2008 05:03:23 AM »

If you do you should get it copyrighted

Actually, the second you *make* it (not think of it, ideas aren't copyrightable), it's copyrighted. You don't have to do anything.  But people sometimes forget not to steal from others or ask permission, so for extra security, you can add a Creative Commons seal (you have to register for that, they have many options, very cool) or just (c) Your Name, Year (which you don't have to register for, like I said, it's automatically copyrighted to you).

But I agree that you could totally print a bunch, laminate/plastify them and sell them to girl-less boys!  Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: September 23, 2008 05:14:36 AM »

Thanks for all the comments. 

I told him I posted it and that everybody was doubting, so now he's bound and determined to do it. 

Also--thanks for the ideas about greening up the cleaning routine. I've been planning on doing that once MY cleaning supplies run out (I figure if I throw them away it's just as bad as using them, so might as well use them up first).  I don't swiffer--but I know he's super lazy. I might have to knit him a few covers for the swiffer. 

As for shaking out the rugs... he has to do it inside. The apartment he lives in has a strict rule about shaking things outside.  I usually ended up vacuuming them and shaking them, but had to be super careful so the vacuum didn't eat them.  I didn't want a phone call about a vacuum eating  a rug.  Tongue

And thanks, Imagine, for pointing out intellectual property rules.  I'm a graphic designer by trade.  Anybody who wants to use it off craftster can do so, or PM me for a PDF.  But it's pretty specific to how I like things done. My boss saw it and had me print one out for her daughter b/c she's having a similar problem w/ the boyfriend.

When we actually lived together, he did all the chores I loathed---DISHES and trash duty...but I still would have liked him to help me clean occasionally.  He vacuumed when I asked.  All in all, he behaved well.  I thought I'd train him so he wouldn't have to live in filth when I'm not living with him, or in the off chance he decides that I'm not the one for him, so that the slag that steals him from me will have a clean pad. (but judging from my avatar, I really don't think anybody wants to steal him...hehe).
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« Reply #17 on: September 23, 2008 08:33:25 AM »

If you do you should get it copyrighted

Actually, the second you *make* it (not think of it, ideas aren't copyrightable), it's copyrighted. You don't have to do anything.  But people sometimes forget not to steal from others or ask permission, so for extra security, you can add a Creative Commons seal (you have to register for that, they have many options, very cool) or just (c) Your Name, Year (which you don't have to register for, like I said, it's automatically copyrighted to you).

But I agree that you could totally print a bunch, laminate/plastify them and sell them to girl-less boys!  Cheesy

nope, sorry. the poor man's copy right is only partially defendable. In order to fully prosecute someone for stealing your art or your creation, you MUST register it with the US copy right service (if you are in the US). apologies - we're in the process of getting all my husbands work registered so am getting pretty familiar with the process.
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« Reply #18 on: September 23, 2008 08:41:52 AM »

If you do you should get it copyrighted

Actually, the second you *make* it (not think of it, ideas aren't copyrightable), it's copyrighted. You don't have to do anything.  But people sometimes forget not to steal from others or ask permission, so for extra security, you can add a Creative Commons seal (you have to register for that, they have many options, very cool) or just (c) Your Name, Year (which you don't have to register for, like I said, it's automatically copyrighted to you).

But I agree that you could totally print a bunch, laminate/plastify them and sell them to girl-less boys!  Cheesy

nope, sorry. the poor man's copy right is only partially defendable. In order to fully prosecute someone for stealing your art or your creation, you MUST register it with the US copy right service (if you are in the US). apologies - we're in the process of getting all my husbands work registered so am getting pretty familiar with the process.

Thanks, animegirlie.  I'm not worried about this, but more or less other endeavors.  That info is helpful.
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« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2008 10:08:27 AM »

I hope this works for you!!
I have the same situation with my boyfriend; I ended up putting hypothetical price stickers on everything to help him understand that the cleaning fairy is a mythical being.  For example, a clean pair of put away socks is fifty cents, clean dishes are five dollars, (I hate doing them) and a cooked meal - well, he can't afford me really.
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« Reply #20 on: September 23, 2008 10:23:52 AM »

In my house, I do the cooking and I won't cook in the kitchen if it isn't clean and I won't do the dishes. Husband does the dishes every morning.  I did compromise about having the kitchen clean all the time.

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« Reply #21 on: September 23, 2008 01:27:54 PM »

If you do you should get it copyrighted

Actually, the second you *make* it (not think of it, ideas aren't copyrightable), it's copyrighted. You don't have to do anything.  But people sometimes forget not to steal from others or ask permission, so for extra security, you can add a Creative Commons seal (you have to register for that, they have many options, very cool) or just (c) Your Name, Year (which you don't have to register for, like I said, it's automatically copyrighted to you).

But I agree that you could totally print a bunch, laminate/plastify them and sell them to girl-less boys!  Cheesy

nope, sorry. the poor man's copy right is only partially defendable. In order to fully prosecute someone for stealing your art or your creation, you MUST register it with the US copy right service (if you are in the US). apologies - we're in the process of getting all my husbands work registered so am getting pretty familiar with the process.

Oh, sorry.  Cheesy I thought it worked everywhere like that, but in Canada, you don't have to register anything. As long as you can prove you made it first. That's really too bad for Americans though, that it's so complicated! The more complicated it is, the less people will register their stuff... Oh well, our copyright law has flaws too, I'm sure!  Wink
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« Reply #22 on: September 24, 2008 01:36:34 PM »

what a great idea.. now the trick is gettign them to do it
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« Reply #23 on: September 24, 2008 06:10:49 PM »

I need to have these for my teenage daughter!!!
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« Reply #24 on: September 24, 2008 11:49:23 PM »

Even with directions, most guys seem to be useless at cleaning.  They either don't understand, don't care, or don't make an effort!  My husband, for example, will occasionally get out the vacuum cleaner and then proudly announce to me he's "helped me out".  Of course he hasn't, because when he vacuums, he never does the corners, or moves anything, lol.  Plus, why announce it?  Maybe I'll start announcing everything:  Hey honey, I just cleaned the toilet, hey honey, I just did the dishes!  hahahha
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« Reply #25 on: September 25, 2008 04:59:21 AM »

haha.   that sounds hilarious... HONEY, I've scrubbed those stains around the toilet from where you've missed...

I guess I've got high hopes because my dad is totally awesome at cleaning and always has done his share...if not more than his share...because HE can't stand living in filth.   

Either way, I know the boy is sick of living with the mess that they've got going on and honestly didn't remember what to do to clean it up properly.  I'm not expecting him to ever do his share if/when we move back in together...I know that will probably never happen.  I do expect him to help out if needed and if I'm sick or if he's feeling extra nice. Smiley Now he can't use the excuse of "I don't know how"

We'll see. Tomorrow is the supposed day of duty.
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