And DH and I have been working very hard to declutter as we are expecting twins now to add to our 3-year-old DD, decluttering has already been a huge help for keeping the house clean. If I don't have to move 20+ things off the bathroom counter to clean it, I might actually clean it once or twice a week, imagine that! I still have more to sell/donate/trash, but we've done a lot already! And with the stuff we do have, we are making sure we have enough storage for it so that we can actually get to it and use it.
And finally, if you can hire out one or two things, do it! We have someone who comes and mows our lawn once a week and does some light landscaping, others hire a cleaning service regularly or occasionally, etc. When you are short on time, it often makes a lot of sense to trade a relatively small amount of money to get some time back!
Katie - Married to Mike 06/02/01, Mom to Sydney Anne born 11/21/09 and Alice Maeryn & Oliver Thomas born 04/24/13
I pick up when I can. Major stuff like cleaning the bathrooms (tub, toilets, etc.) aren't a huge concern of mine. My house is lived in, not disgustingly dirty but there are always toys laying around, a few dishes in the sink, etc. I would go crazy if I didn't learn how to leave some stuff to do later on. My in-laws take the kids some weekends (for a night) and I usually play catch up with DH then.
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