I am a SAHM with a 1, 3 & 5 yo. I do the bare minimum these days. I clean as I go,so clean the kitchen,sweep up the crumbs etc after each meal. I clean the bathrooms while kids are having a bath or shower. I tidy/ pack up toys at least at the end of the day, & if we are home I pack them up probably 2-3x a day. Washing I am ALWAYS behind! We are out most days, so I try to have a home day once a week so I can catch up on it. It just happens when it happens. I used to find the vaccuming/mopping etc really hard to get done with 3 kids underfoot, now I've roped DH into helping & one of us will look after the kids on the weekend for about an hour (outside play or loooong
bath)while the other vacuums, mops, etc. Beds I usually try to do on my 'home' day once a week. I seriously do the bare minimum! Then every now & then i will cull toys, clean out wardrobes, etc. I love having a clean house & used to be so so clean. Now I think life is too short to spend all day cleaning! My house is ok. As long as its not too cluttered,I can deal with it
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11-03-2016 19:13 #21
11-03-2016 19:15 #22
I only work part time from home and I don't have kids yet, so I'm blessed to be able to clean my house in peace.
Things that get done every day: 1 load of laundry, dishes done, bins emptied, vaccuum entire house, make bed, general tidy of lounge room, clean bathroom, attend to pets, groceries, cooking and pay bills.
Things I never get around to and get DH to look after: Outside work, cleaning shower, cleaning windows.
Most of my housework is done by 12pm. I start at 8am when DH leaves for work. Our house is always pretty tidy and that's the way I like it. If the IVF ever works and we are lucky enough to have a baby I have big adjustments to take on board!
11-03-2016 20:19 #23
11-03-2016 20:27 #24Senior Member
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If I cleaned all in one go and it was tidy beforehand...2 hours, 2.5 hours if I was giving it a super amazing clean.
I have always been put off by large homes because all I can think is 'this will take forever to clean.' I think my attitude has come from my mum (hates the idea of cleaning a big house), and the people I know who have lived in big houses who ended up selling them because they hated spending so much time cleaning.
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11-03-2016 20:29 #25
My house is only 8 months old, so doesn't require the really big jobs to be done yet, thankfully. I've got my 3yo and 1 yo home with me and we try to get out most days, I usually have two days home in the week where I do washing, sheets, towels, etc.
But I spot vacuum throughout the day, I wipe the kitchen down, pick up toys and do the dishwasher at night, unload it while kids have breaky. On home days I'll put a dvd on and get the bathrooms done. We have a Dyson stick vacuum which is my life saver. I only mop every 5 weeks , when hubby is home on RNR, the floors are actually clean as I wipe any spills immediately.
Washing is my nemesis, I always have a load either on the line, or in the basket waiting to be folded. I also LOVE my slow cooker. One less thing to worry about in the evenings.
11-03-2016 20:37 #26Senior Member
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it never ends :/ my kids are destructive
11-03-2016 21:22 #27Senior Member
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I don't think it ever ends tbh. Stuff like vacuuming/mopping/dusting is mostly once a week stuff. I do have a little stick vacuum and a spray mop I use for s mid week clean. It takes 30 mins to an hour for this. Otherwise, I am normally just always picking something up, cleaning up something in the kitchen, bathroom etc etc.
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11-03-2016 21:40 #28
I do a big clean on a Saturday morning after work. Usually takes about 2 hours pending on if I don't the washing on the Friday. That's everything apart from mopping the floors which mum will do on a Sunday for me while I sleep after work.
During the week, we don't have much mess as kiddo isn't home half the week and I spend most of the time I am home in my room trying to sleep.
Kiddo is almost 9 years old which also helps too
12-03-2016 06:32 #29
It never, ever ends and I have no routine or set says to do things, I just do it when it needs doing which is probably like me trying to catch my tail. Hate housework, passionately! I'm never not tidying up.
12-03-2016 07:31 #30
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