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    I used to charge my hubby $2 per shirt I ironed. That lasted a few months & then I quit haha. I cook, I do washing when I can & make the beds. My priorities are caring for & nurturing our kids.

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    I hired a cleaner for 2 hours a week.

    I have a giant playpen I throw all the toys into.

    I unload the dishwasher while cooking so it can be reloaded as plates are emptied after dinner and the next day, then rerun it after lunch so it's ready to unload again.

    I put on a load of washing before bed, hang it out first thing, do another before lunch and hang it out after lunch.

    Then some days I just don't bother.

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    The best advice I ever got was clean like your MIL was about to drop by in 10 minutes! and do it every morning!

    If it doesn't have a purpose get rid of it.
    If it doesn't have a "place" get rid of it.

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    I used to be a slob but now I'm super clean. It's important to me and my stress levels that the house is clean so i am motivated and cleaning happens. I think if housework isn't high on your priorities you just won't get motivated. So maybe think about how important it really is to you? Do you want a clean house because you actually feel better when the house is clean or just because you "should" be a good housewife?

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    Do think you'd do better if you had some structure to your day or is it the energy of other adults that's missing? You sound like a perfectionist, not a lazy person.

    High energy music played very loud works for me. Or talking to a friend on hands free while working can conquer procrastination. I get to watch telly if I do the ironing...

    I find that when I'm not working outside the house i.e. paid work, I get less housework done. The busier I am, the more I get done. When I was at home full time, life worked best when I left the house after breakfast to take the kids to a park or playgroup or a mother's group or shopping or swimming lessons. Maybe try scheduling an activity in the mornings so the day doesn't disappear on you. I also play with my children better away from the house, they have my full attention.

    There's a cool little ABC book called "Speed Cleaning" which might help http://shop.abc.net.au/products/spee...-minutes-a-day

    or this American lady's website might work for you: http://www.flylady.net/d/getting-sta...lying-lessons/ .

    I love watching Hoarders on telly, it makes me feel better about clutter and general chaos.

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    I figure I never had a goal in life to be a good 'housewife', I'm happy with the job I do as 'mum' but housekeeper - my motivation is so low!

    Like many PPs, oddly I get more done when I am working/busy than when I'm not, it's like vegging out makes you just want to veg out more.

    Recently I have come to the realisation of the stark reality that ... wait for it ... there are no magic housework fairies! And if I keep putting it off all it means is it will still be there for me to do. It helps! I look at it, go to walk past it and then remind myself that if I don't do it now it just won't get done. It's taken me 36 years to face this cold hard truth though!

    A 'trick' that works for me is I try to organise something that will involve someone coming to my house at least once a week - eg. a friend to bring her DD around for a playdate or someone over for dinner. The 'deadline' always motivates me to tidy up.

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    Yes I can be a super lazy housewife! My trick is to drop my oldest Daughter at school them put DD2 to bed as soon as we get home, I then clean the house and do washing all before I sit and relax. If I sit and watch Telly first then nothing will get done!!

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    OP you could try flyladies, it is great for those that want to be better but just cant get going. I


 

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