Jump to content

Sick, housework piling up. Do I hide it?


  • Please log in to reply
17 replies to this topic

#1 treetree

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:36 AM

I have an actual mountain of clean washing in the lounge. DS decided it would be fun to pull it all out of its baskets and create a mountain. It is covering the floor. Pretty much every room of the house is a mess. I feel so sick, swollen glands, cough, fever, muscle aches, rash, headache. This is the third day.

I am tempted to just carry all the wash back to the laundry, push all the other mess into the kids bedrooms, and shut all the doors. Should I?

My house is usually pretty tidy and clean, but three days is enough for a giant mess to appear with eight people in the house. It's so depressing. Yesterday I really pushed myself and it looked okay (apart from the kids rooms) but then everyone got home and it just looked a mess again, so I gave up. I just want to sleep.

#2 unicycle

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:38 AM

Get your biggest sheet or doona cover and place it over the laundry mountain

#3 Carmen02

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:39 AM

rest up drink lots of fluids and ignore it today! hopefully resting u will be feeling better tomorrow! pushing it might make u feel worse for longer! I have a mountain of washing to fold and im not sick lol Im ignoring it

#4 PrincessPeach

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:51 AM

If I were you I'd be ignoring it & focussing on getting better.

Alternatively, how old are your older kids - could they be financially bribed to help you fold some of it?

#5 Jenflea

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:59 AM

Dude, just sit down and rest and get better!
Do the bare minimum, enough to make sure kids are fed if too young to feed themselves, adults can handle themselves!
Drink soup, take panadol or lemsip etc and get better. The washing will still be there tomorrow...or the next day. But if you don't take care of yourself YOU may not be there to put it away as you'll be too sick to move or on a drip in hospital(worst case there lol).

I too have 2 baskets of clean washing I've been ignoring. it's not a health hazard, it's just clean washing in a basket.  I just grab a nappy as needed or we grab underwear as needed. i will fold it soon, I promise!


#6 GoBack2Bed

Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:39 AM

My advice - ring an ironing lady ... Most charge $10 for a full basket ironed. When I'm really sick I do this as catching up and staying on top of things after you are better takes soooo long and the mess stresses me out and makes recovery longer than it needs to be.

If your kids are old enough I would also introduce a rule that they must all fold one basket each a week. That way no one is solely responsible and they learn to do this themselves! Also reduces the drama when you do get sick next time as the kids will be well practiced and can stay on top of things. My 4 year old is starting to learn to fold clothes now and keep his room clean original.gif

Feel better soon!

#7 qak

Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:45 AM

QUOTE (treetree @ 27/02/2013, 10:36 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
three days is enough for a giant mess to appear with eight people in the house.


Some of these eight people need to help you.  I bet you look after them when they are sick!


#8 mandala

Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:59 AM

Don't hide the mess. Hide yourself, in bed, and get better. I guarantee that the mess will seem much more bearable once you are well again.

And now is the time for other people to look after you. original.gif

Feel better soon!

#9 a letter to Elise.

Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:04 AM

EB officially gives you permission to take the day off and rest. If looking at it really bothers you, hide the mess, and then flop on the couch. You can hide it tomorrow as well if need be!
Hope you feel better soon. original.gif

#10 coffy11

Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:04 AM

If it bothers you hide it.  If it doesn't leave it.  And go to bed and get some rest!

#11 Therese

Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:16 AM

I'm another one who says rest. Hide the mess if it is bothering you but try not to do too much so you feel better quickly.

Take care original.gif

#12 Paddlepop

Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:42 AM

It's time for the other seven people in the house to pull their weight. If they mess it up, they can tidy it. Get everyone to do a 30 minute cleaning/tidying blitz tonight when they come home. Allocate specific tasks to everyone, including any little children (eg they can tidy their toys, books and pencils).

It sounds like you are really unwell and you might need to go to a doctor. Take some panadol for pain relief, have a warm shower or bath, drink plenty of fluids, and rest, rest, rest. Time to put yourself first.

#13 Cooperdoo

Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:45 AM

Get the other 7 people in your house to do it. They should understand you are sick!

#14 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:09 PM

QUOTE (Cooperdoo @ 27/02/2013, 11:45 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Get the other 7 people in your house to do it. They should understand you are sick!

This!  Totally this!

Do you have a partner/husband?  He/She should be leading the way, organising the kids and sundry to keep the house in organised chaos while you recover.  Maybe it won't be to the standard that you have when you are fit & healthy, but they should at least make a concerted effort not to make further mess.

Unless all 7 are all under the age of 2-3, they should all be helping you out and keeping the place tidy-ish.

QUOTE
It's time for the other seven people in the house to pull their weight. If they mess it up, they can tidy it. Get everyone to do a 30 minute cleaning/tidying blitz tonight when they come home. Allocate specific tasks to everyone, including any little children (eg they can tidy their toys, books and pencils).

Agree.
Even a 15 minute flash tidy competition will work.  It's amazing how much mess can be tidied up with everyone pitching in as fast as possible for 15 minutes.



#15 GoneWithTheWhinge

Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:13 PM

Go to bed and get yourself well.

Tell the other seven inhabitants that you are sick and they need to up their game. Even a young child can put washing back in the baskets. Any whinging gets the 'if I have to keep going well I am ill it will take longer for me to get better now go away and wash up/sweep the floor/pick the washing up/make the lunchboxes'

And if you feel no better tomorrow get yourself to the doctors.

#16 seayork2002

Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:44 PM

To me the energy I would use to hide it I might just get on and have some of it done.

#17 TillyTake2

Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:51 PM

sad.gif I know the feeling. But there are only 2 other people plus renovation mess. Every day the mess gets added to. It's at a point where I don't know where I will start when I feel well enough. Just rest, there are some nasty bugs about. I've been down & out for over 2 weeks with bronchitis & the flu, the house sure shows.

#18 GoBack2Bed

Posted 27 February 2013 - 02:25 PM

Omg! Seen the updates, SEVEN other people in the house. I would use that last bit of energy you have and go kamikaze on them to get them to shape up! I would also go on strike for a week post illness til they get the point that you are MUM not SLAVE.






0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Exclusive Black Friday Sale!

Get over 40% off selected products, including prams, baby carriers, cloth nappies, sleeping bags and much more! 24 hours only, on May 6 - register now for your special code.

Kelly Clarkson shares first photos of son

Kelly Clarkson has shown off the first photos of her son, Remington Alexander Blackstock.

5 childbirth myths that need to be busted

Birth is an unpredictable, mysterious process that intrigues us all, and there is a lot of misinformation out there.

Mum of three fatally shot by toddler while driving

A US mother has been shot by her toddler while driving on a highway in Wisconsin.

All you need is one minute to work out

The seven-minute-work out is old news. Research shows the effectiveness of going hell-for-leather for just one minute.

Pregnant women needed to join diabetes study

Pregnant woman in country Australia will help Adelaide researchers figure out why cases of type 1 diabetes have doubled over the past two decades.

Just announced: the Mountain Buggy Unirider

It's the perfect solution to combat those toddler meltdowns when they no longer want to be in a pram but can't walk long distances.

Authorities euthanise dog that fatally bit a newborn baby

A pit bull mix that fatally bit a 3-day-old infant last week has been euthanised, authorities said.

The push for Medicare to fund lactation consultants

While meeting with a lactation consultant can make an enormous difference to a new mother, it's not a service that is available through the public health system.

Why it's perfectly natural to dislike other people's children

Members of a popular forum are fiercely debating whether it is acceptable to dislike a friend's child.

Woman gives birth on plane, names baby after airline

A pregnant woman who unexpectedly gave birth on a flight has named her new baby after the airline, Jetstar.

Heartwarming photos show the joy of adoption after foster care

Children living in foster care can feel like their future is less than clear. But that uncertainty disappears the day they are adopted by their "forever family" 

'Oh my god, it's a baby!' Mum shocked to give birth

When the cramps started to kick in, Klara Dollan just assumed a painful period was starting.

Mum's Facebook plea: 'Help me find my daughter's father'

Kerryn has a unusual present planned for daughter Imi's 13th birthday celebrations - she hopes to be able to be able to give the soon-to-be the teenager her first ever photo of her dad.

Is it possible for your house to be too clean?

Our houses are cleaner than ever before. But how clean is too clean? Could a sterile home be putting your family's health at risk?

Millions of Monkeys: puzzles that grow with your toddler

Here's a puzzle that grows with them; the Puzzle Grow Pack by Millions of Monkeys.

Baby names from Britpop

If you grew up in the 90s you might want to look to the genre of Britpop music for baby name inspiration.

What to eat and drink when you have gastro

When you catch a bug that causes acute infectious gastroenteritis (gastro), your stomach and intestinal tract become inflamed, causing diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and pain. The last thing you probably feel like doing is eating.

'To this day, I owe her my life'

Would I have survived if I hadn't crossed that street?

Why baby Sonny needs you to vaccinate your children

Caitlin is a firm believer in the importance of immunisation to protect children from harmful and deadly diseases.

Five-year-old's photo captures beauty of motherhood

There is no make-up or special outfits and hairdos, but the five-year-old boy who took this picture captured the essence of motherhood as well as any professional photographer.

Babies know whether you are naughty or nice

Studies have shown that infants in the first months of life try to avoid dealing with social wrongdoers - for example, sharing less with them and helping them less - and they expect others to, too.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

The babies who are one in 70 million

Bethani Webb was excited to find out she was pregnant, but the first time mum did not realise she was carrying four babies not one.

Exclusive Black Friday Sale!

Get over 40% off selected products, including prams, baby carriers, cloth nappies, sleeping bags and much more! 24 hours only, on May 6 - register now for your special code.

Cafe offers breastfeeding mums a free cup of tea

A Sydney cafe is offering breastfeeding mums free cups of tea in a bid to show support for the right of women to nurse their babies wherever they choose.

To snip or not to snip? When the decision is not clear cut

Jamie Oliver, who considered a vasectomy, is to be a father again. A fellow dad reflects on his own decision 11 years ago

Doctors stunned by rare twins born almost six weeks apart

To everyone's surprise, Kristen Miller "kept doing better each day", keeping her second baby safe.

Baby book ideas for modern parents

Before my son was born I was given a lovely baby book full of blank pages waiting to be filled with weights and heights and first words.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

Mum tells how toddler 'nearly hung himself' in cot mishap

When Alison Johnson put her 18-month-old Caleb down for a nap, she had no reason to believe her son was in any danger.

Babies are still switched at birth? Yes, it can happen

All my panic and tears aside, my biggest question looking back is about the kind of security measures used in the maternity ward.

Doctors slammed for taking selfie with newborn

Everyone who visits a mum in hospital in the days following childbirth wants to get a photo with the new baby.

ergoPouch Twosie Sleepsuit for winter breastfeeding

Finally, there's a way to keep warm while breastfeeding through winter.

Health check: How long does sex 'normally' last?

What to do with this information? My advice would be to try not to think about it during the throes of passion.

When breastfeeding sucks: fixing common problems

From niplash to tight boobs, biting to milk supply issues, Pinky McKay looks at common breastfeeding issues and how to solve them.

10 things I've learnt in my first six months with twins

Six months on we're all still alive, and the more we get to know each other the easier the days become.

Mum's loving kiss leaves baby fighting for life

Kirsty Carrington thought nothing of giving her newborn son a kiss, little did she know it would leave the baby fighting for life.

When doing chores is your new 'me time'

After children, 'me time' looks a little different.

Get going: 14 travel strollers for families on the move

A stroller can make or break travelling with a baby or toddler. Here are 15 great single travel stroller options.

10 ways toddlers are terrific

It always pays to remind yourself of how terrific toddlers can be - they're little like this for such a short time

 

ENTER NOW

Do your kids love bananas?

This is the comp for you! We have $800 worth of Myer gift cards and boxes of Australian Bananas to be won. Entry is simple: just post a pic of your little one enjoying a banana in the comments of the FB post to enter.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.