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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)...

« 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.
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2008 09:18:59 AM »

this is great!! your hired!

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