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#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 Jenferal

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 Who is me

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 feralstreak

Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:59 PM

Your poor thing, OP. That's quite a lot of symptoms. Have you had a chance to visit the doctor?

I second either covering Mount Washmore with a sheet, hiring an ironing lady or getting other family members to deal with it. Rest up and take care of yourself. I recommend some Short Soup and soft noodles.

#19 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.






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