I Need Some Happy Homemaker Advice

posted 2 years ago in Home
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I listen to something fun while I do it, and I tend (wisely or unwisely) to cram it all into mega 2hr long cleaning sessions every couple weeks, and just do quickie maintenance in between that.  If I”m doing something stationary like folding laundry, I let myself watch a girly tv show that DH wouldn’t want to see; it’s the only time I do that, so it makes laundry fun.  Or, for everything other than vaccuuming, I listen to talk radio, call a friend, or turn on pandora to make it more interesting.  Sometimes I’ll promise myself something like, “if I can finish this in an hour, I’ll have 30 minutes to sit outside and read before I need to start dinner.”  That always provides good motivation.

That gets me through it, and makes it okay, especially since I do all of it.  DH works like crazy, while I work p/t from home, so cooking, housekeeping, etc is all me.  I do have an inkling it’ll need to get a little more scheduled and coordinated once the kiddos start arriving haha!

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

When I’m home alone cleaning, I’ll watch a show on TV, and every commericial break, I try to get as much done as possible in those 3 minutes. It’s really not very efficient, but It works pretty well for me. Or, if I have something in the microwave for a minute or 2, I’ll see if I can load or unload the dishwasher before it beeps.

Basically, you need to make it a race or other kind of game.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Naked housecleaning! 

At least until the kids come along.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

TheHappyWife:  I think we might get, erm… distracted! Lol

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

spazzychica:  I have a vinyl record player and over the years have been buying up old records at secondhand stores and garage sales. When I am doing household chores, I put on one of my records (classical music, jazz/blues, classic rock, oldies), and light a scented candle. I don’t turn on the TV – I turn it into a meditative activity.  🙂

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Music helps me power through. When I’m rocking out to the favorite songs of my youth, the time goes much faster.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If there are only two addults in the home, there really need not be mess.

Put things away as you use them.

Clean up after yourself- if you spill something wipe it up.

Clean the shower when you are in it before you shower. If you have glass doors, use a squeegee after your shower.

Other than that, you can do housework a bit at a time. You don’t have to wait and have a marathon session. Sweep the floor in the kitchen in the evening after doing the dishes. Clean the bathroom fixtures when you are in the bathroom and it occurs to you. Take 5 minutes to dust.

This way your home is always clean. You don’t have to give up your time off to clean.

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Valparaiso, IN

I either turn on music or something on the tv.

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