Finally…And on Vacuuming

Here’s what I did today:

  • Finished all  my tasks, except for the hallway, which I’m going to go do as soon as I’m done with this post.
  • Washed the butter knife sitting in my mini fridge and put it away…twice
  • Decided to put off the vacuuming until the next day to do it, which is actually tomorrow instead of just tacking it on to the end of my day.
  • Washed some clothes in the sink for Mama Soup as she was out of necessities for the moment and we can’t go to the laundromat until the beginning of the month when we do all of the laundry at once because we don’t have a washer and dryer where we live. (Gosh, I can’t wait until we can buy a house with a big yard and get a washer and dryer. I REALLY hate having to go to the laundromat. It just seems so much more overwhelming only doing laundry once a month.)
  • Researched free online dog training courses as our dog is really starting to pick up some really bad matters. Though it wasn’t on the project list for today, I felt that it was important enough (and needed to be done enough) that it could qualify for my project for the day. So that’s it for the day. I’m still waiting on the hubby to do his tasks, but I do have hope since he’s been doing them so far, other than the wet blankets in the bath tub and the trash bag in the hallway that he forgot to take out last night (But to give him credit, he did take it out this morning after I asked).

So, that’s what I got done today. I know it doesn’t seem like much, but it sure seemed like a lot to me until I put it into words. Then… uh, not so much, but at least it’s done.


Proud of Mr. Soup

Just wanted to dedicate a post solely to Mr. Soup. I’m incredibly proud of him as he called the temp agency yesterday to look for work without me even having to say a word. And then today, he was calling around for odd jobs, once again without me having to say anything. I’m just so proud of him and just wanted everyone to know how well he’s doing.

Go Mr. Soup!


This post is a little late, and by a little, I mean a lot! It isn’t even for today! It’s for Sunday and Monday. Yes, a two day post.

On Sunday, I finished all my tasks, except that I forgot to vacuum my mom’s room and our room was un-vacuuamble  (Is that even a word…?) at the time. So I figured that I’d get to it later. (Btw, Mr. Soup also completed all of his tasks for the day)

By the next day, Monday, I still hadn’t gotten to the vacuuming. And I just didn’t want to do ANYTHING!

I literally procrastinated practically the whole day away. I threw out every excuse in the book not to do anything at all, tosomeway justify doing absolutely nothing the entire day, and I almost succeeded. Around 4ish, I found myself reading some of Nony’s posts and I just had to get up. If she could do so much, what right did I have to quite just because I didn’t feel like doing anything. So I did it. I got up and almost all of my tasks for the day, except for three.

The three tasks (Or four depending on how you look at it):

I didn’t get any paperwork done because I can’t find it and I just was not up to blogging (I know, no excuse, but it seemed reasonable at the time), my weekly task for the week, the vacuuming again (I had good reason this time, sort of! Mama Soup was asleep when I went to go do it), and I forgot about the project for the day. (Especially since it was the first day that it was a non-negotiable. Hey, at least I got some small projects done on Sunday. Right?) I felt really bad about the last one since Mr. Soup got all his tasks done AND his project for the day. He scrubbed the stairs quite well, though they do still need to be done again.

Ugh, I need to do better than this. Why can’t I just get it through my head? Huh? For instance, there’s wet blankets in my bathtub right now waiting to be washed out as something got spilled on them a week (Maybe two…?) or so ago and they still haven’t been picked up and no ones finished washing them out either. I’m not strong enough to do them by myself because of how big and bulky they are, but I guess that’s not really any excuse…

Why the heck am I like this? Why can’t I just get it through my head just to do things right away? For instance, I just finished stashing a butter knife in my mini fridge that’s in our room after making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich just because I didn’t want to wash it and try to find another place for it right now…because I was in the middle of blogging! I mean, how lazy is that? And then I justified it by thinking that I could just grab it when I grabbed the jelly and that it would make making sandwiches easier.
Something needs to change. Somehow I need to change my way of thing because, frankly, this is getting ridiculous!


Our Schedule

I felt last night’s post was getting a little longer than I would’ve liked, so I decided to wait until today, and this post, to explain the list and schedule we came up with. (And I’m dearly hoping that I’m not trying to add in too much at once.) Also, I’ve posted my lists up on Scribd and have provided links if you would like to download them. They should be available in a Word document.

So here it goes:

The Schedule

So, we’ve made a list of all the task that absolutely had to be done every day in order to keep us from getting yelled at by Mama Soup, and then we divided them up equally between Mr. Soup and I. I have only morning tasks because I’m more of a morning person and Mr. Soup has all the night tasks and two morning tasks. These tasks are:

Ms. Soup

  • Put away the dishes
  • Sweep the kitchen
  • Walk through the kitchen, living room, downstairs bathroom, Mama Soup’s room, our room, and the hallway to pick things up and put them away.
  • Wipe down the kitchen counters, kitchen table, and the coffee table in the living room.
  • Make our blankets up and Mama Soup’s bed

Mr. Soup

  • Take out the dog in the morning and in the evening
  • Pick up the stairs if the dog has an accident

And then, in the evening after dinner:

  • Wash the dishes
  • Sweep the kitchen
  • Walk through the kitchen, living room, upstairs bathroom, Mama Soup’s room, and our room to pick things up and put them away.
  • Wipe down the counters and stove
  • Take out the garbage
  • Make Mama Soup’s bed.

Yesterday and today, this schedule has seemed to work pretty well so far. Thankfully, though, most of the house has stayed fairly clean because no one spends time anywhere except in their rooms other than on rare occasion.

Mr. Soup and I tend to hibernate in our room, Mama Soup stays in her room watching TV, and Little Soup is usually in his room or Mama Soup’s room on the computer unless we can get him to do his school work, in which case he’s in our room. At least this is how it is since one of the TV’s broke and there is no longer one in the living room.

I posted a picture of our room in my last post and, as you could probably tell, because we spend most of our time in our room, that is one of our major clutter spots. The hallway is another at the moment from the last time we ‘cleaned’ our room. (Meaning, we took everything out of the room and piled everything in boxes, and then started going through boxes. Uh, yeah…Now we have two disasters instead of just one.)

For places that are too cluttered up to be able to actually clean effectively (meaning the hallway for me and our room for both of us), Mr. Soup and I are spending 15 minutes at a time just picking things up if there’s too much to do in a short time. Our goal is to spend no more than 15 minutes picking up a room. So, for example, if picking up our room would take more than 15 minutes, then we set a timer for 15 minutes and stop once the timer goes off in order to work on the next task.

In addition to the daily tasks that we have to do every day, we have certain tasks that are only done sometimes. For instance, vacuuming. The house doesn’t need to be vacuumed every day, so we have it assigned twice a week instead. (Mr. Soup and I thought once a week, or even maybe only once a month was enough, but for some reason Mama Soup insisted that it had to be done at least twice a week. The same with the dusting. We don’t get it, but as long as she stays happy…we all be happier.)

And then here’s the weekly schedule (and yes, we’ve split up the tasks again, but I’ll get to that:

Mopping Monday
Dusting Tuesday
Out-of-the-House Wednesday
Kitchen Thursday
Bathroom Friday
Dusting Saturday
Vacuuming Sunday

And then this is how we divided the tasks (And, yes I know the names for the days don’t always include everything that’s done on those days

Ms. Soup

  • Monday: Work on paperwork and blogging
  • Tuesday: Dust Mama Soup’s and our room
  • Wednesday: Run errands and vacuum living room
  • Thursday: Wipe down appliances, refrigerator, & cupboards
  • Friday: Clean downstairs bathroom and mop kitchen
  • Saturday: Dust Mam Soup’s and our room
  • Sunday: Shake out the couches and vacuum Mama Soup’s and our room

Mr. Soup

  • Monday: Mop kitchen
  • Tuesday: Dust the kitchen and living room
  • Wednesday: Run errands
  • Thursday:Clean burners and microwave
  • Friday: Clean upstairs bathroom
  • Saturday: Dust the kitchen and living room
  • Sunday: Vacuum the living room, hallway, and stairs

Well, this schedule has been working for now, but tomorrow we add something new. In regards to the blogging and paperwork task for me: I hope to blog every day, but at the bare minimum, Monday is a non-negotiable post. It MUST be done as my weekly  task for that day. If I’m able to get it done on other days as well, awesome…but if I’m not, it’s not that big a deal as long as I can truthfully say that I completed my tasks for that week when I do make a post on that Monday.

In other news, the other thing we did yesterday on the way to my dad’s house was develop a project list. Yesterday and today, it was optional, but starting tomorrow it’s required.

The Project List

The project list is a list of things that we need to get done (for instance, getting rid of clutter) that just doesn’t get done during our daily or weekly tasks. Hence, enter the project list. Every day, we need to pick a task to complete. If it’s a large task, such as cleaning out our closet, then we’ll do it together and it will qualify for both of us, if it’s a normal task, such as organizing a cupboard, then it only qualifies for one person. If it’s a small task, then it only qualifies for one person and must be paired with least one to two more small tasks. ( An example of a small task would be making a phone call or changing a light bulb) The list is separated by room and/or area at the moment (though I should probably eventually sort it out by

So, what do you think? I’d rather start off slower, but things (in our areas and upstairs especially) feel like they are spinning out of control. Something drastic needed to happen and I think this might be it. Here’s for crossing our fingers.

So, What I Actually Did Today

So, I feel like we accomplished a lot today, after being inspired by Nony. We had a few errands to do today, as well as a ‘few’ things to day before we could leave, so I woke up at my usual sometime between 5 and 7 and tried to wake Mr. Soup up at 7:30 when his alarm first started going off.

As usual, it took a little while to get us moving. Mama soup called from downstairs and Mr. Soup went to go find out what she needed while I procrastinated getting up a little longer to read a few more blog posts and clear out some tabs.

For some reason, I just have this thing with tabs…meaning I usually have tons of them open and it’s a shock to everyone, but me when I don’t.Well, I finally got up and moving around 8:30 while that darling sweetheart of mine helped Mama Soup out, cleaned up an accident on the stairs, and took Ninja Soup out for a short walk.

Meanwhile, I finally got up and got dressed (Surprisingly enough, we actually have clean clothes for once), rinsed out my mom’s shower for her, puddled around doing a few other things she needed, and all the while watching as it got later and later.

Mr. Soup made her a sandwich to eat as well as a few peanut and butter jelly ones for us while I poured us some cereal. We gobbled it up as quickly as possible standing at the kitchen counter and finally scurried out the door…only a little over an house past when we had wanted to leave. Ugh…and this is from someone who has always believed that if you’re on time, you’re late. What a way to begin the day.

We had needed to make a trip out to my dad’s house today in order to pick up a small check, some mail, that is oddly enough still getting sent there, and to pick up a few things that have been languishing in his shed…oh for the past year or so, since I moved out.

Mind you, I’ve moved twice since I lived there last.

It was a fairly long, hot (as we have no AC and live in the high desert) drive to say the least and it gave my honey, Mr. Soup, and I a good long while to talk things over and work on schedules and lists. I know…I know…This is exactly how I usually start my cleaning, but I swear…this time is going to be different. Yes, I’ve made a schedule before, but I think the problem was that we tried to do too many things at once and it was too complicated. So, we’ve simplified it…and maybe even slob-proofed it…? *I hope*

Well, regardless…back to the story at hand. We got greeted by the dogs and cooled off long enough to sort through some mail and use the restroom, before actually getting to work on the shed.

It actually didn’t take us too long as our car isn’t very big. We just picked out one big box that is mostly books, and two medium boxes of books and loaded up the car. We rested a bit, while I read a few more blog posts, worked on our lists a little bit more, and procrastinated leaving the nice cool house in favor of the ucky heat.

Mr. Soup was the responsible one this time and got me back on track, though I did owe him a big apology for snapping at him for doing so. Thankfully, he forgave me. 🙂

So, we headed home and made really good time. Plans were changed as we were on our way home, as Mama Soup asked us to stop at the gas station for cigarettes, and then again not too long after we got home both by Mama Soup again, and by a friend who’s helping us get a radiator for our poor car, Lilah. (At the moment, we not only have no ac, but are also having to drive with the heater on…ugh, I hate the heat).

So, I’m sure that all of you, my dear readers (though I know there are none at the moment), must be very proud of us. Knowing that we had already set up a schedule while we were out and about, we still endeavored to complete our tasks, even though we were both going to be even more busy on top of having been out all day… And the best part you ask…? We succeeded! Yey, yey, yey!

He he hee. So how did our plans change even more you ask? Well, first let me tell you what we had planned on doing. We had both planned on going through the house and completing what we could, and then completing the rest of the schedule after dinner. Good plan, right? Well, you know what they say about all great plans…they never survive the first impact, or something like that.

It changed when Mr. Soup got a call from our friends wanting to pick him up in a short while in order to exchange out the radiator for the correct one and by Mama Soup asking me to make the pork chops. Oh goody.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE cooking, but I love cooking my OWN recipes, my own meals, my own plans, etc. and actually having things to go with what I’m making (More than just rice…um, like veggies?), but I agreed and stuck the package of pork chops in the microwave for 5 minutes in order to defrost them…and promptly forgot them as I got to work on my list. I scurried through the house picking things up, wiping down counters and tables, and then spent 15 minutes picking up our room.

And before you ask, as I’m sure you’ve already guessed, our room is a disaster area and we’re lucky we can find the place where we set our blankets down as we don’t yet have a bed…Yes, we’ve lived here almost a year now, and still don’t have a bed. In our defense, it is on layaway, and almost paid off…finally.

While I was doing all this, Mr. Soup was also walking through the house picking things up, but also cleaned up a mess on the stairs, and took Stryker out for a walk. He joined me while I was doing a 15 minute pick up on our room and helped me the last few minutes of it until he had to leave.

And then I remembered about the pork chops…whoops. I went back down to find that they weren’t quite defrosted yet and stuck back in for another 5 minutes. I finished up the last few things on my list, other then the hallway upstairs, and put dinner on.

While dinner was cooking, I went back upstairs to print out my list. I’m up stairs for only a few moments (or at least I thought it was only a few moments, before I hear my name being called and am told my brother that he thinks something is burning. Oh oh.

I raced down the stairs to find that all of the fluid in one of my pans had boiled out and the flame had some how been turned on high instead of the med/low that I had it on when I went upstairs. Ninja Puppy was conveniently close by. It wouldn’t be the first time he’s got his paws on the stove.

I salvaged dinner, thankfully, finished it up, served Mama Soup, told my brother that it was ready, and then went upstairs to await Mr. Soup’s arrival and to read a few more blog posts. (Do you see a trend here…? Or is it just me?)

Mr. Soup came home, we ate dinner, he finished up his tasks for the night, including a 15 minute pick up of our room while I keep track of the time, and then I did my last task of the day, a 15 minute pick up of the hallway while he played time-keeper for me.

With just that little bit of time, our room already looks a lot better, and you can now get through the hallway to the bathroom…without having to climb Mt. Everest in order to do so. I’m so proud of myself. *Tongue in cheek.* Well, that’s all for now. I think this post is getting just a wee bit long after all. I’ll explain the schedule and other stuff we came up with in the next post, as well as posting links. I’d love to know what everyone thinks.

Btw, before I go here’s a picture of our room after we picked up a bit. Mr. Soup, as you can tell is already all tuckered out. Running errands and working on being more ‘normal’ in regards to cleaning is a lot of work. Whew.

Our wonderful disaster of a room and Mr. Soup. Taken on a camera phone. I would’ve used my camera as I swear I put batteries in it recently, but I’m afraid I’m not quite sure where I put it.

Everywhere else in the house was too dark to take photos of once Mr. Soup got home with the phone, so I’m afraid I don’t have any more at the moment. I also kind of forgot to take before photos, so I was out of luck there as well.

So long everyone,

Ms. Soup

Hello and Welcome!

Hello everyone! I’m Ms. Soup and this is my blog. I’m sure you’d like to know a little bit about me, so here it goes… I’m 23 years old and a bit of a scatterbrain, though I’m going to try to…put some restraint… on that part of my personality. My honey and I are currently living with my disabled mother, our dog, Stryker (A.K.A. Ninja Soup, also, Ninja Puppy) and homeschooling the youngest soup, my brother. I was attending school for a double major, but that is unfortunately on hold for the moment due to finances.

We’re an interesting family to say the least. My mother is a bit of a neat freak (at least compared to everyone else in the household), while the rest of us are all what I’d like to affectionately call…um, slobs? Unfortunately, due to my mom’s medical problems, and my brother’s pure refusal to help whatsoever, except when he wants to, Mr. Soup and I are the ones who end up doing the cleaning. Not such a great idea.

I’ve spent practically my entire life ‘trying’ to clean. Meaning… If you’re anything like me, then you’ve probably already guessed it.

Yes, I’ve spent most of my life cleaning in what I call ‘spurts’. I’d read about, or watch, etc, something inspiring, someone who transformed their house into a showcase overnight…from grunge to sparkling in minutes…whatever, you get the picture, right?

Well, I’d be greatly motivated to do the same and to turn my ‘organized mess’ (A.K.A. Disaster, also, ‘What ____ [Freak weather condition, tornado, hurricane, etc.] blew through here?) into a sparkling, pristine home, room, garden, etc. Uh, yeah…I’m sure you can figure out what happens next usually.

I’d get all riled up and raring to go… and nothing would get done, or… if something did manage to get done, besides making an even bigger mess by pulling everything out, and then having to excavate my bed…Well, it just didn’t stay that way. I’d make a commitment for it to do so. I’d promise that I was going to keep it clean this time. And then I’d unbury my head from the sand a couple of months weeks later, and realize that I’m back exactly where I started, or it’s even worse.

I’d like to change this pattern of mine. And that’s my goal with starting this blog. Everyone has to have a goal and somewhere to start, right? At least that’s what all of the books I’ve been reading lately say. Ugh… Somehow or another, I think this is going to be a long process.

Ms. Soup

P.S. The motivation for me beginning this blog is Nony the Slob. She can be found at A Slob Comes Clean. She’s a reformed slob in progress and my inspiration…both for this blog, and hope for the future. If she can do it, so can I.