Cleaning never ends.
I have set days to do proper cleaning like Mondays i do bedrooms - vacuum , wipe down furniture and change bedding. Thursdays i do bathroom and toilet etc
But i clean everyday. General tidying up, dishes, wiping down, cleaning up dds food mess, washing, folding, toys etc.
It never ends. Honestly does my head in.
I have a dear friend who has trained her preschool children to adapt to chores making her life so easy. The four year old must have the house pretty much tidied before dinner, 3 year old puts out recycling, empties washing machine, clears outside toys etc there is a small reward at the end of the day, my six year old will do chores under duress which makes it almost easier just do them myself I hate to admit that though. But then my children's manners are excellent instead.
I do one major clean each week (will do the kids toilet each day, very quick with enjo) I don't really do any toy tidying during the day around 4:15/4:30 I run around with an empty washing basket and gather everything that has made it's way out of it's proper location and we put it all away (the kids help!) then I vacuum (I do vacuum during the day if the kids have been in/out/in/out/in/out but it's so hot at the moment we are staying inside). I do dishes twice a day, once before dinner prep starts than after dinner. Washing gets washed overnight and I hang it out in the morning straight after I have breakfast I bring it in before I do the first load of dishes and try to fold it/iron/put away if I don't get that far I do it the next morning or while DD is napping.
I don't find it that hard, I have a 5yr old, 4 yr old and a 17mth old but I have had this routine for as long as I can remember. Hubby works FIFO too.
I've just recently come to terms with the fact that my house is not always going to be clean because I just can't resist my 6 month old DS's giggles and kisses and his general cuteness
I try not to clean and tidy all day, otherwise that's all I would do
I have four kids so it is never entirely Home Beautiful but here's a few tips I have picked up along the way.
- I don't leave a room without taking something with me that needs putting away, loading into the dishwasher etc and if there are other people in the room eg my older kids I will ask them to pop this in the laundry/dishwasher/toy cupboard on their way past.
- I have a two story house so at the bottom of the stairs is a basket that I will throw stuff into that needs to be put away upstairs. Each time I go upstairs I will grab some stuff out of the basket, go upstairs and put them away.
- I don't go to bed without running and emptying the dishwasher, plumping cushions and running the vac over the downstairs floor. My day always starts better if I am coming down to a clean and tidy kitchen.
- I clean the fridge out on wheelie bin emptying days religiously, this includes wiping shelves and the inside of the fridge.
- my kids know not get something else out to play with until they have put something away (that one took a bit of time but they are great at it now)
- we "emu parade" for two minutes during the day or five minutes on weekends to get stuff sorted quickly. The five year old puts 5 things away, the six year old puts 6 things away and so on. Takes no time and helps a bit!
- On Fridays we take two bags of "stuff" to the Salvos just to declutter.
Always do dishes morning after breakfast and at night after dinner.
Do washes every second day unless its rainy then I try to put it off.
I vacuum usually every three or four days. Run some toilet cleaner in the toilet every fortnight (no need for scrubbing unless a bad tummy bug has run through us) and use that shower cleaner spray that you spray once a week after your shower and leave it. Wipe down the bathroom sink once a week. That's really about it. Obviously will do more vacuuming/washing if gets dirty sooner but usually no prob as its localized dirt
Oh and for other clutter just put it away when we have the spare seconds. Sometimes it's straight away and sometimes it might be an hour later when we walk past and go 'oh better put that away' and do it then. Not really bothered as long as its not a hazard/gets done soon enough.
Last edited by αληθη; 29-12-2012 at 22:11.
I'm OCD and enjoy cleaning
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