I've been feeling a bit down and washed out lately due to a range of things going on in my life, not least of all the weather (I'm sure I've probably mentioned that before, haven't I?). So, yesterday, I decided I needed to take the bull(shit) by the horns and shake off my doldrums. When I get down, I tend to become apathetic about stuff - including housework - and as um, helpful, as Dave is, there seems to be stuff that the male of the gender so often *just can't see* (I know there are exceptions, but seriously, they seem to be few and far between)...
So, I did a quick whip around with the camera before rousting the troops from their daydreams and getting some order back into the house... These aren't in perfect order, and they not the best quality, and all the angles aren't exactly the same, but you get the picture... Befores on the left, afters on the right (I'm hoping you'd be able to work that out yourself, but just incase it isn't obvious...).
Remember: clicking on the photos enlarges them :)
|Study: Dave's desk|
|Study: my desk|
|Erik's room, left side|
|Erik's room, right side - on the whole, Erik is actually quite|
a tidy boy, it never gets worse than these befores.
|Luey and Bryn's room from doorway; quite frankly,|
this before picture isn't bad, it get's MUCH worse than
this, I mean, you can actually still see the floor! The
hoodie in the after picture was removed to it's proper home
after I took this photo...
|I went back and fixed that fallen bunk rail after I took|
the photo - it's just screwed into the wood but after several
dismantles and rebuilds the screw is loose and tends to
|The front entrance: note all the stuff just piled on top of the|
cabinet. None of that is me! This is my biggest bugbear!
|The loungeroom mantal: another place with stuff gets piled -|
admittedly the tape measure is mine *blush*
|Why is there a cushion on the floor??? I DON'T KNOW,|
I DIDN'T LEAVE IT THERE! We definitely have a Mr Nobody
residing here, too bad he doesn't pay board!
|The mess here is all about people getting stuff out and not|
putting it back. The margarine, in particular, shits me to tears!
Potatos and onions NEXT TO their containers is galling, too.
|Bathroom shower: we have a ventilation problem in the|
bathroom, can you tell? This mould is seriously only 2
weeks worth! It's disgusting and frustrating. There is
no vent in this room, surely that's contravenes some sort
|Bathroom ceiling: by no means a perfect after photo, but|
it is better, and I couldn't reach well with the mop...
|Bathroom cabinet: has been worse.|
|Shower stall door.|
As you might have picked up, I have a fair bit of resentment sorrounding the house getting into this state. That is because while Dave and the boys do do stuff around here it is often a half-arsed effort that still requires a fair bit of rousting from me (good thing I'm good at rousting). I tend to get sick of rousting and then just let things slide, but then this happens and I seem to be the only person who minds living like this, so then I'm compelled to roust again.
It took 3.5 hours to clean this place.
I will pay credit where credit is due, though...
Toy pick-up; the three big boys
Dishes (including, upon my insistance, drying and putting away) Dave
Boys room: the three big boys
Some vacuuming: Luey
Some folding: Erik and Luey
Some putting away of clothes: the three big boys
Carting out of rubbish: Erik and Luey
One room that was not included in the before and afters was the master bedroom, that also got tidied I just forgot to photograph it before...