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If you aren't able for some reason to stay on top of things, how long does it take for your house to fall into disarray?

I came down with a bug and just didn't have the energy to keep up for a couple days, and in that short time- my house fell apart.

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a couple of days. i have to remind my 10yr old twice a week to check her room.

between her and my dh, if i don't clean up after them for a weekend or so, it gets messy. as far as dishes, sweeping. luckily, my kids are at that great age, where they don't have constant messes of toys. just the dumping of bookbag/school papers.

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I have an 8 year old, and two toddlers. I know it *will* get better, but oh my gosh!
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with four kids? It takes about 5 minutes for everything to be in disarray.

But really, if I don't keep up on dishes, laundry, picking up, etc., as needed, it seems like a day or two and the house can become a disaster.

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Well, at least I'm not the only one with a house that falls apart unless I am really on top of it.

Ugh- my kitchen is calling to me, but my one year old is napping in there...
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Two days? Pretty quickly, it seems. Our house is on the market right now and I'm surprised at how much I have to do daily to keep it in show-condition. Ugh.

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Five minutes?

Seriously though, if I am not CONSTANTLY vigilant it comes apart. Two teenagers, two toddlers and an infant. I think the teenagers are worse than the toddlers!
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It is pretty astounding how fast things come apart, really. My daughter can make the biggest messes, but she is usually willing to help clean them up as well. The little ones though- yikes!

Even that though is usually more a matter of picking up than really cleaning. The cleaning seems to be the every day life effect- laundry and the kitchen counters and the general need to *clean* everything that becomes overwhelming. I make enough messes to add to it all as well.
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Within a day, I think. Especially in the kitchen. I have a 4 month old, 2 year old, 4 year old and 6 year old and we are pretty living on the edge of chaos.

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even one day is hard for me! then it's no longer just "maintenance" you know? catching up sucks! however i wouldn't say that doing both today and yesterday's work would take twice as long as just today's. i mean, doing two days' worth of dishes doesn't take twice as long as one day - because i've already got the sink full of hot water, and i only have to wipe down the counters once, not twice, etc.
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A day maybe, two if Im lucky..
Usually even by the end of the weekend the apartment isn't as clean as it should be and Im there and an active participant. Im just not cleaning as much as I do during the week.

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I am in the same boat, have had a few difficult weeks...first I was sick, then my son became sick...he has whooping cough we just found out, there is an epidemic of it at the moment.

Plus my two daughters have had health problems which have required me to go with them to have tests done and visit specialists, all of which takes a lot of time, so I haven't been home enough to get the housework done properly.

I am starting to feel very stressed from all the health issues and worrying about the house falling behind is not helping!

I think I need to cut myself some slack and remind myself it is not the end of the world if the house is not spotless.

Oh and I'd say it only takes 5 minutes here too...with 2 teenagers and one 8 year old boy, that is enough for a mess to be made in no time.

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Things start to go downhill within a day, and are in disarray by the end of day 2 if we aren't staying on top of it.

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Complete disarray would probably take 3 days

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Less than one day to get crazy. Two to get really backed up. Three to get overwhelmed.
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I think I've largely reclaimed the place, luckily I live in a small house- so it's quick to clean but it gets messy fast as well.
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From clean to embarassing disaster? Less than a day, if I did nothing to keep up...
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About a day, maybe two. We are in that situation right now, we had a very busy weekend, then sick kids, sick parents and now we had to tackle some outside work, so the inside was on hold.

I tried to keep up, but I just couldn't. I am getting back on track now.

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with four kids? It takes about 5 minutes for everything to be in disarray.

But really, if I don't keep up on dishes, laundry, picking up, etc., as needed, it seems like a day or two and the house can become a disaster.
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Yup, we have a full house so it takes a day. Sometimes less. Sigh.

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I am trying very, VERY hard to get to a place where a completely destroyed house isn't even a possibility, because it is so minimal, you could pick up EVERYTHING within a reasonable amount of time.
We're getting there. I've found a 5-10 minute pickup every night keeps things pretty darn well cleaned up.
Laundry can't pile up too much..I only kept out about a weeks worth of clothes per person..so after a week, we're naked lol. Not to mention it can all be washed in just a couple loads, no more "OMG, i have 10 loads of laundry to do"...because I don't own 10 loads of laundry anymore
Same thing in the kitchen..running the dishwasher cleans everythign i own, except a few pans, because i cut down to ONLY that many dishes. (I am also making moderate use of paper to get me through tough spots still.)
Same thing with kids toys..have been pared down, there are easy-to use storage systems in place (mostly bins) and even if they dumped out everything, it wouldn't take more than 20 minutes to put EVERYTHING back away.
There is still so much to be done, so many more areas to organize, so much more to clean, but we have made such astonsihing progress, i finally feel like i am getting my *LIFE* back. I no longer have hours and hours of chores looming over me all the time. The kids have fewer toys, but they play with the ones theyhave MORE, and can acvtualy FIND them when they want to. Everyone is so much happier.

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1 day. It's awful. If I keep things up daily then it's not so bad, but if I take a day or more "off", it's not pretty.
I was busy all day yesterday and didn't really clean and the house shows it. I plan to get it back in order today, otherwise it will getworse and I will have even less motivation to clean.

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