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Old 01-11-2018, 07:41 PM
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So to begin, I am an owner of 6 birds. 2 sun conures named Tango and Talia, 1 pineapple sided conure named Comet, 1 yellow sided conure named Echo, an ARN named Martini, and a cockatiel named Arrow. All of these babies are tame except for Martini who was not handled as well as he should have been by his last owner which makes me angry. All of my birds love being out of their cage except for Martini, Iím giving him a lot of time to settle down and get used to me and I understand that can take as short as a few months to years. I have in no rush and Martini has a permanent home with me.

Now to begin with the embarrassing part, I currently live at home with my parents, I turn 20 in May and will be moving out next year to a house an hour away from this one that is currently occupied by my boyfriendís uncle who will be moving himself and giving the house to us. I have had experience with many types of birds including a Macaw named Big Red, Red passed away at 65 years old peacefully. Red was owned by a friend of mine and I spent almost every day of 4 years with Red before he passed, when he passed I was upset and it was just heartbreaking. Now, I have the chance to adopt a macaw but I have some problems. I would not want to pass up this opportunity but my parentsís house is just cluttered because they have tried cleaning this house for the past 4 years and I was not able to help entirely because I was busy at work. They have also remodeled some of the house which made it even more cluttered. I am just so embarrassed if someone enters this house, itís not that bad but itís bad. All of my birds are in a room for themselves and Iím just trying to clean a little more. I am currently moving everything around and itís just piling up because I canít do it myself. I am a bird lover and I just want to clean for the sake of my family and my birds but also for the sake of proving myself to this family that might come out here and could potentially leave their baby with me.

My parents also have parakeets, a dove, quails, and cockatiels that are their own. Their cockatiels and other birds were saved from a man that used to live next door that had them all in a parakeet cage, now they are in a large cage and we are looking at getting an even bigger one, my problem is these birds live outside when itís warm during the day and sometimes depending on how warm or cold it is stay outside during the night. Iím not comfortable with these birds being outside but the Vet we had visited for them said it might be better since they are so used to being outside. They are outside right next to the front door underneath the over hang. I just donít know what to do.

I donít know if I can clean the house entirely before the family with the bird might be coming and I wish there was some way I could clean the house entirely to prove that I am a good person basically. Iím sorry if any of this offends or concerns anyone, I just had to say a bunch of things to get it all off of my chest. Although when I do move all of my babies are coming with me, and all of us will get another start because the new house is huge and itís perfect
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Old 01-11-2018, 10:25 PM
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Re: Iím embarrassed and sorry about this

Cleaning becomes easier when one greatly reduces the amount of stuff there is in each room.

After removing a huge amount of stuff out; start with surfaces at eye level and work down with the floors last.

Water devices ( ) If water is piped to it and /or from it, clean it!

The Washer /Dryer and Dishwasher are your friends - use them. They work while you are doing other things. Start with what they will use and keep moving from their.

Friends; have a cleaning party. If no one shows, hmmm, that's another Thread.

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Old 01-12-2018, 12:13 AM
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Re: Iím embarrassed and sorry about this

Thank you I needed someone to give me some confidence to do it. I just need some time. Maybe I’ll talk something out with the macaw owner and see what we can do
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Old 01-12-2018, 02:48 AM
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Re: Iím embarrassed and sorry about this

I found doing one room at a time is the best way to go, shove some music one and just go. Throw away all the junk that you just don't bother with and suddenly the place will de-clutter. Heck when my mum was moving house they went through 10 skips with all the rubbish they found in the house that was just pointless
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Old 01-12-2018, 03:19 AM
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Re: Iím embarrassed and sorry about this

I’ll start working on it tomorrow. Thank you for all of the wonderful advice.
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Old 01-12-2018, 06:58 AM
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Re: Iím embarrassed and sorry about this

I feel for ya. My BiL's house is so bad, there is only a path between the piles of paper and garbage all thru the house. We helped them one clean everything out buy years later it was just as bad. My W has those tendencies too, but I dont stand for it, much as I have to nag and ***** to her about it. As I am sure you know, keeping parrots is all about cleanliness , without it, disease can breed and spread. Good luck on the Macaw.
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Old 01-12-2018, 07:21 AM
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Re: Iím embarrassed and sorry about this

I'm like you wrench. Can't deal with mess around, need to clean. Though I can put up with some minor mess. I go over friends houses and I have the biggest compulsion to start cleaning
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Old 01-12-2018, 07:35 AM
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Re: Iím embarrassed and sorry about this

Greetings from an order obsessed person! The things I'd be super concerned about seeing in someones home would be unsanitary or unsafe living conditions such as a sink overflowing with dishes, filthy bathroom, excessive dirt, animal waste on the floors or furniture (like from dogs or cats or large amounts of parrot poo), literal garbage that hadn't been thrown out, noticeable signs of insect/rodent infestations or mold, so much stuff in multiple rooms it was difficult or impossible walk through.... If I saw anything like that in a home, no way I'd let them adopt any animal of mine.

Things I may not tolerate in my own home but wouldn't be concerning to see in other peoples home would be disorderly piles of paper/boxes/bins/clothes/other clutter and excessive amounts of knick knacks etc... That kind of disorder wouldn't necessarily make me think someone couldn't be a good bird owner just that they had a different take on housekeeping than I do. Some people just feel more comfortable in a home thats a little messier or don't have time to be super clean but so long as theres nothing unsanitary/unsafe about their home, that's just a personal preference at that point.

Theres a huge difference between having a messy/cluttered home thats still safe to live in and a filthy home full of safety hazards. I'm guessing your parents house is more of just generally messy, not somewhere it's so dirty and has so much clutter it's become unsafe to live in. For the visit, I'd focus on deep cleaning the kitchen, guest bathroom and bird areas, as those are the most important areas to keep really clean. Bonus if you can clean up the living room or whatever room you'd likely sit in with them to discuss the birds pending adoption. I would tidy the other rooms if possible in the time you have, but most importantly, close the doors to those rooms. If you show them a clean bird area, kitchen, they see a clean bathroom if they use it, sit in a clean living area they'll probably just assume the other rooms behind closed doors are clean too. Out of sight, out of mind It wouldn't hurt to bake some delicious smelling cookies shortly before they arrive so the house smells really yummy. It also wouldn't hurt to air it out the day before, weather permitting. I also wouldn't worry too much about clearing your parents clutter unless it's a safety hazard. It's their home and their choice how they'd like to keep it. When you leave home, you have the opportunity to start fresh and keep your own home clean, orderly and clutter free. And being first time on your own, you have the option to never let clutter accumulate in the first place in your home
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Re: Iím embarrassed and sorry about this

Jferrand, just imagine a big Mac hug as your prize for cleaning!

I agree Kiwi, a pile of clothes on the floor is no worry but like, a moldy plate is a different thing. Though I say I need clean I've had the box of christmas decorations sat on the floor for a week, need to work up the courage to get them in the attic. That may be tonight's task for me
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I feel for ya. My BiL's house is so bad, there is only a path between the piles of paper and garbage all thru the house. We helped them one clean everything out buy years later it was just as bad. My W has those tendencies too, but I dont stand for it, much as I have to nag and ***** to her about it. As I am sure you know, keeping parrots is all about cleanliness , without it, disease can breed and spread. Good luck on the Macaw.
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I'm like you wrench. Can't deal with mess around, need to clean. Though I can put up with some minor mess. I go over friends houses and I have the biggest compulsion to start cleaning
Research increasingly points to some kind of genetic component to hoarding disorders and that it runs in families. The "packrat" gene is in my family, both sides from what I hear (lots of my family, I've never met). I seem to have developed on the opposite end of the spectrum somehow and it makes me an order obsessed neat freak (my mother too, but to a lesser degree than I seem to have it). The older I get, the worse it gets. My husband thinks it's turned into some form of OCD at this point

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