Post # 1
So my husband and I usually spend a few hours Saturday or Sunday cleaning the house. We’ve been really slacking the last few weeks, so it took longer than usual this weekend, but it got me thinking. We normally spend about 5 hours on the weekend hardcore cleaning and organizing; we do that together. During the week, I spend at least another 1-2 hours a day doing all the daily chores (laundry, dishes, vacuuming, cleaning the kitchen, etc…). My husband probably spends another 2-3 hours a week helping out with those daily chores when he can.
When I added it all up, that means we’re cleaning around 15 hours a week combined! Doesn’t that seem like a lot? My husband thinks I am a clean freak, but I think I’m normal (although the hours we put in would are enough for a part-time job). What about you, bees? How much time do you (and your SO) spend cleaning? Do you think you’re cleaning too little, too much, or just right? And are you happy with the amount of time and effort your SO puts into housework, as well?
Post # 3
We (read I) spend about 8-9 hours a week cleaning and our apartment is still always a big big mess. Everytime I clean something up my SO manages to wreck havoc in another area. haha. He’s one of those people that try really really hard to help, but just end up making a bigger mess or making it way too complicated. We also have way too much clutter and that doesn’t help the situation either.
I don’t think 15 hours is that much. Well worth the effort in my opinion, unless you have a mess monster like I do.
Post # 4
I think we would not have lasted if I did not hire someone to come and do the heavy duty cleaning (bathroom etc) every two weeks. FI is rarely home before 9PM, and so a lot of extra cleaning falls on me. So we (I) still manage to spend a fair bit of time on dishes, picking up, etc, but it’s well worth the cost to me for the rest. It works out pretty well since I work from home once a week and I continue working while they clean.
Post # 5
The simple answer for us is "not enough". We spend a couple of hours on the weekends and call it good. I’m constantly battling the accumulation of junk mail and wedding stuff at this point. It’s enough to drive me completely nuts.
I’m hoping this is just temporary "wedding mania" mess!
Post # 6
I do a deep clean every weekend and try to spot clean and straighten up daily. I feel like I’m constantly fighting a (losing) battle against my husband’s tendency to toss things wherever. Can’t wait to add kids to the mix!
Post # 7
I would say about an hour of "tidying" a day plus at least 2 hours on the weekend on cleaning up. This doesn’t include laundry or other household chores. Our place is constantly a tornado though and it always feels really messy.
We are moving into our new condo in August and I am treating myself to a cleaning person a few times a month. With our busy schedules, we just can’t keep up any more and want to start fresh and keep our place nice. I am willing to make sacrifices in other areas to spend the money to keep our place clean!
Post # 8
I probably just spend about an hour a day cleaning up. I do a once-over with the broom, wash the dishes and clean the kitchen, and then just tidy up the rest of the house. My husband loves to throw things EVERYWHERE, so the house has to be picked up everyday or we would be swimming in dirty clothes, magazines, and dishes! We have someone come every 2 weeks that does all of the hard-core cleaning, and most of the laundry. I have no idea how to make the kitchen and bathrooms shine like she does!
Post # 9
Hmmm, something else to add: We have two dogs, so I try to vacuum every day. I vacuum the living room furniture, the chair in our bedroom, the dog beds, our bedroom, the living room/dining room, the stairs, and one guest bedroom. I think this takes about 30 minutes a day.
For those of you who have pets, do you clean more often because of them? Or do you just ignore it because the pets will shed, track dirt across the carpet, shred their toys :), etc… every day anyway?
Post # 10
One of the best decisions FI and I made was hiring a cleaning lady. Otherwise, I don’t know how we would have survived living together. She comes every 2 weeks and does the entire house and hard core cleaning. And we keep it up throughout the week, (dishes, laundry, occasional spills and picking up). I would say we spend maybe 5 hours combined per week, (possibly less), on cleaning. Most of that time going to dishes, laundry and picking things up around the house. Both of us work late and want to enjoy the little free time we have on the weekends, so spending any more time than that is just not an option.
Post # 11
I am not married yet, but I’ve been thinking about the cleaning topic lately since FI and I are looking for a house, I came across a great website to help break your home into cleaning zones, so your not cleaning all the time. I just thought i’d share… http://www.flylady.com check it out, let me know what you think!
Post # 12
cleaning? what’s cleaning? lol…j/k….there’s just not enough hours in a day!
Post # 13
Not enough! Especially considering my current lack of employment. Could it be because I’m always on weddingbee…..noooo, never the blame of weddingbee!
Honestly, probably 10-15 hours a week.
Post # 14
we clean about 1-5 hrs then have a maid do the deep cleaning 1x/mo
Post # 15
I don’t spend a lot of time cleaning. This is because I have a wonderful fiance. I have a really long commute, and he has a really short commute. H takes care of 95% of the chores during the week so when I get home we can eat dinner together and just relax!
Post # 16
I do a thruough cleaning of our place about once a week, usually with some help from The Hubs. We do some daily maintenance stuff–dishes, sweeping the floors, vacuum, bedmaking through out the week. I also really like these bathroom cleaning wipes from Method. I usually wipe the sink, toilet, counter, etc every day, just to keep it from getting too grungy in between cleaning.