How much time do you spend cleaning?
At home, I devote a couple of hours a week to cleaning and a little bit every day. But I'm anal.
Let's just say no matter how many hours I spend cleaning, no one can tell... :
Mama to 9 so far:Mother of Joey (20), Dominick (13), Abigail (11), Angelo (8), Mylee (6), Delainey (3), Colton (2) and Baby 8 and Baby 9 coming sometime in July 2013. If evolution were true, mothers would have three arms!
Kerrie Mama to DD 10 yo, DS 8 yo and DD 5
Originally Posted by momto l&a
Ilaria, those are beautiful pictures I would just like to know one thing...where are the toys??????
Jenn - Mom, Photographer, Barista
Originally Posted by willowsmom
Not enough here either...I have no motivation...and I'm pretty much in a depressed state most of the time. I'm lucky if I can make food for myself. Of course Willow gets fed and taken care of...but I pretty much ignore me...and apparently my "duties"...
You are singing my song. I look around, feel hopeless, and don't clean.
Originally Posted by embens
I look around, feel hopeless, and don't clean.
I've gone from zero to a little. I see changes. All Dh does is still complain.
Umm... how's underpants are over there on the floor anyway honey? :
Organization is a different matter, but one I am really getting better at. I am going through stuff to get rid of clutter and things we do not need or use. Clutter is so annoying. I like my surroundings to be simple. It must have something to do with my mother, Goddess bless her, who had knick-knacks everywhere.
Embrace the learning that is happening within the things that are actually happening!
About once a week, I'll leave work a bit early and have Mason spend an extra 30 minutes with his favorite dcp and vacuum, mop, dust the main floor. That includes the bathroom, kitchen, living room and 2 kids rooms plus the 2 entry ways.
Every night I do at least 1 load of laundry but I don't put it away until the weekend : Now that the weather's better and I can use the clothes line, I actually only wash the cloth diapers and few other things because I like to do most of the laundry on Friday night and Saturday morning so I can hang it all out at once.
I do most of the cooking and dh will load the dishwasher and tidy the kitchen most nights. Some nights we just let it go until the next night.
Our house is never so bad that I can't have people over. I've learned to just keep up with the cleaning so it never takes more than hour to get the whole house in tip top shape
In saying that, guests aren't allowed in the basement family room or the upstairs unless I've taken another 30 minutes to an hour to get them presentable That's a lot of carpet to vacuum! We have 4 cats and 2 dogs... And my secret is to dim the lights, then no one can see the dust
Rhianna momma to ds #1 - 9 & ds #2 - born 10/22/2012
Seriously, I rarely spend more than 1/2 hour each day on what I call cleaning (dusting, vacuuming, cleaning toilet, cleaning bathtub, etc.).
Daily I'm washing dishes 2 or 3 times. I do 2-3 loads of laundry every day. I wipe up counters in the kitchen as I work and put away dishes as they're dried. Laundry is put away immediately after being folded, etc.
I try to vacuum 1-2 times per week and dust weekly.
DH is SUPPOSED to be in charge of cleaning the bathroom, but he never seems to keep up with it so I tend to wipe down the toilet and sink every once in a while when I'm in there. I try not to see that the tub needs cleaning.
We try to keep things picked up daily. My office is the one exception.
But the baby's toys are picked up several times/day and the living room is always kept straightened on a daily basis. Mail is taken care of as it enters the house and any purchases are put away as soon as they come into the house as well.
I rarely do heavy cleaning like washing windows and walls but I probably should. I love it when we decide to paint a room because then all the furniture gets moved and the room REALLY gets cleaned.
Jen - Mama to V (b. 2-18-09) and AJ (b. 10-9-11) Wife to DH
1. You can get other people to do it for you
2. Working at it for 5 hours straight actually makes a difference
3. If something tempts you and you have it, you can always just throw/give away something else to make room, try doing that with food (yes, yes, bulimia, I know, but we're trying to be healthy here)
4. Odds are, you can shove the clutter into a back room and make the living room presentable really quick.
5. and best of all, you can focus on trouble spots.