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    08-16-2010, 09:11 PM
Just sayin' for you people that said you are too busy to clean your barn all the time...well, the time spent on this forum right now could be used for the barn
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    08-16-2010, 09:20 PM
Originally Posted by wannahorse22    
Just sayin' for you people that said you are too busy to clean your barn all the time...well, the time spent on this forum right now could be used for the barn
these **** computors are addicting and do waste alot of time but it is more fun tahn cleaning
    08-18-2010, 03:12 AM
Green Broke
I like to have a clean barn. It's so nice to walk into a place and know it's taken care of the way it should be.
The tack room is a mess right now so I have to clean it.
    08-18-2010, 03:19 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Maverick101    
Crazy or just busy?

When you run a family farm there isn't a lot of down time even w out horses.
Like I said barn is clean by that leaves me all afternoon to do what I need/want to do around the farm/barn.

The key is to be able to multi-task, and also be efficient, and well organized. It is because everything is clean, and well organized that I can accomplish more in a day.

Of course I have me time, my me time is my when Im riding that is my me time.

And we often have friends and family over for bbqs or evenings of drinks etc. Just because I have alot on my plate doesn't mean I don't find the time for such things....I do, I just like to have everything in its place.

She has a point. She says she cleans and keeps the barn organized and safe not to mention welcoming. If you clean a dirty barn and from then on clean a bit everyday it really keeps up on the barn and sometimes you won't spend a couple hours in the barn cleaning. Luckily our barn stays clean..just do a bit of sweeping and it's good!
    09-08-2010, 01:28 AM
Its sounds more like a OCD thing. I use to help manage a barn and regarless of what I did, scrub walls, waterers etc it always got messy fast. Horses are mess animals they don't understand that its not ok to crap on the wall etc. Theres a difference between a clean barn and some anal clean obsessed person. Plus when you run a boarding facility there are boarders that maybe don't obsess over things like omg did the wall get scrubbed today. Plus really anal ocd type people drive me crazy....I would rather be at a clean barn then sitting and worry about walking on egg shells because the floor wasnt swept five times a day or because Im not as neat as the owner etc. Plus as mentioned above I would rather spend time living life then scrubbing a wall every single day that is going to get dirty regarless. If someone was at the barn I use to work at scrubbing walls with a toothbrush or whatever they would be laughed at bad. Yes I wish I was more organized with home life but my horses stuff is always organized and I tend to know where things are.
    09-08-2010, 01:40 AM
When I worked at a barn I would clean it all the time but I would'nt CLEAN it. I would dust spiderwebs twice a month. Stalls were cleaned once a day and the aisle way was always swept after that and then after someone fed dinner. I did alot and the barn was the cleanest barn in our area but it wasn't over the top. I would'nt get down on hands and knees with a toothbrush but you can totally tell the place was clean.My life and stuff I could really careless if I am organized or not. But horses mean alot to me and Hopes stuff is always organized except right know when I don't have a locker and have to keep crap in my car,house, shed and truck. I am not OCD but I do like to be able to find my horses stuff.
    09-08-2010, 10:42 AM
I love coming to a clean BO makes us (the workers) blow the aisle after we give the stall horses lunch hay then again after we feed at night..i don't mind it is nice to walk in and there not be a lot of junk all over the aisle.

I also love everything organized lol..i hate wasting time searching for something when I could be riding.

And our barn and horses are very safe and happy
    09-08-2010, 11:07 AM
Originally Posted by Maverick101    
When you run a family farm there isn't a lot of down time even w out horses.
Like I said barn is clean by that leaves me all afternoon to do what I need/want to do around the farm/barn.
You said grain farm - correct? I grew up on a grain/hog operation. Busy is seasonal.

I get up at 5 - throw a load of laundry in, feed the cats, clean the litter box and then head out to feed the barn cats, dog, cows, grain, hay, turn out, clean stalls, sweep, put the dog back, then head up to throw the load in the dryer, do dishes, scrub (yes on hands and knees) or vaccum, THEN shower and head to my 40+ hour a week job. BY 7:00 a.m.

Get home at 4:30, change and head out to teach, train, mow, weed, fix fence, shovel snow, etc etc etc

Wash, rinse and repeat. I get a lot of comments on how clean and nice things are (we have a boarding operation). I just expect them to be that way. Boarders are supposed to clean up after themselves, but most to a semi sorta kinda job.
    09-08-2010, 11:10 AM
Not going to lie, I don't worry about it too much as long as its reasonably organized and safe and my horses are obviously well taken care of. I mean, when I'm having trouble finding something then I know its probably time to get at it again and re-organize.

I do a big clean twice a year-- usually spring and fall-- and that's more than enough to keep things simple at my place. Otherwise its just smaller day-to-day tasks. Some cobwebs and a little mess here and there really don't bother me.. Besides, I like squishing barn spiders cause they pop. If I had no spiderwebs around, how would I ever entertain myself? Sheesh.. ha ha

My house is the same way, although I do try to do a weekly more thorough clean-up. I'm not a neat freak or a germaphobe, but I'm not a slob either. There's a happy medium and I'm more than happy with that.
    09-08-2010, 11:14 AM
Originally Posted by wannahorse22    
Just sayin' for you people that said you are too busy to clean your barn all the time...well, the time spent on this forum right now could be used for the barn
Said by someone who has absolutely no clue what it takes to run a farm and keep animals. It's always so easy for those who don't actually DO the work to make pronouncements.

My barn is organized and I keep it swept and free of cobwebs. I am not anal retentive/OCD about it being spotlessly clean, though. Why should I be? Horses are livestock.

Things are going to get messy and dirty, and the OCD/anal retentive types are only going to drive themselves crazy trying to keep their barn looking like a magazine cover. I'd rather ride my horses than try to keep up with some impossible ideal of how others THINK my barn should look.

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