I visited a friend a few weeks ago, and can't stop thinking about the state of her home...and can't figure out what to do or how to help her. She has 2 kids, a 3 year old and a 5 month old. This was also not a surprise visit, we planned to have a play date with 5 days notice. Basically, in the very short time I was there I saw:
A crazy amount of clutter. There are some rooms you can't walk into and there are toys literally covering the floor, as well as other random household things.
Piles of dirty dishes, garbage overflowing.
Cat litter everywhere. On the stairs, in every room, on the counter.
Cat hair everywhere.
Piles of dirty clothes in the living room. Now she is in the process of going through and getting rid of clothes so I also wasn't super alarmed about this.
Dirty floors and counters, for sure hadn't been cleaned or scrubbed in a while.
The thing I was most concerned about though: their bathroom. The toilet had feces all over the back of the lid and the seat. There is a potty on the floor and it was full of stains, looking like it was just dumped and not washed. Litter box is in the bathroom and not cleaned, it had definitely been a while. The tub had a layer of brown grime in it. There was dust everywhere, covering the floor and register.
Some things this friend has told me:
She had only bathed her baby 3 times by the time she was 10 weeks old, not sure if she does it more often now.
She told me up front that the bathroom hadn't been cleaned in a while.
She stays in her bed most of the day with her baby.
She doesn't have time to shower most days.
WWYD? I don't live close enough to go over and clean, and I can't afford to hire a cleaning service. I have been there a few other times and while it has always been very cluttered and somewhat dirty, never quite this bad. Any suggestions? I am worried about the 3 year old, and the baby who will soon be crawling...
Edited by kristah1000 - 3/19/13 at 5:10am