Bees that work 55+ hours per week- how to you keep your house running?

posted 2 years ago in Home
Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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otterbee :  another tactic that might help you is “if it takes 2 minutes or less do it now”. I don’t put the mail on the counter, I look at it as I’m carrying it in the door and immediately toss all of the junk mail. I put any bills to be paid or things I want to look at later (like the grocery flyer) in an organizer on my kitchen counter and try to go through that once a month or so to keep it from getting overstuffed. 

Setting a timer is good too. It is easy to get distracted while cleaning but set a timer for 15 minutes, put away all distractions, ignore any phone calls/messages, and have at it at full speed for 15 minutes. 

Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

House. CLEANER!

My husband and I both travel a decent amount for work and sometimes work long hours per week.  Not having to spend our precious free time scrubbing toilets and mopping is priceless!  Ask around on FB marketplace and the like, you can usually find someone quite affordable.

Post # 18
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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otterbee :  I don’t always work 60 hours, but with my long commute tacked on, I’m always out of the house a minimum of 60 hours a week between work + commute.  Our house isn’t always spotless.  We eat a lot of the same meals out of ease.  What works for us is taking a few hours on the weekend (D.H. occationally works weekends on top of M-F, I only do when I travel for work) and do everything all at once. 

We don’t have a huge house, so I focus on the rooms that are actually used.  If D.H. isn’t working, he helps me knock it out.  I also am big on multitasking.  I figure out what I’m going to eat for the week while I’m doing my cardio, plan my grocery list, and shop on my way home from the gym.  I meal prep for the week so it’s easier to throw together quick healthy meals after a long day.  I definitely sympathize.  When I see friends and family with houses that are always spotless and decluttered I tend to feel down about needing to do more at home, but I don’t think ours will ever be that perfect and I’m learning to be ok with it. 

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I work long hours but DH works pretty regular 50 hr weeks but he also competes in half-iron men (gearing up for a full) so has long work outs on top of that. Even still, he was good about picking up a lot of the slack. We just hired a house cleaner last month to come every 2 weeks and it is a GAME CHANGER — I am in love with having a cleaner.

Before that, I would do ~1-2 hrs of chores spread across the weekend (all my working hours are M-Fr). We’re neat in the kitchen and cook simple meals so the kitchen is cleaned every night we cook – including wipe down of counters and stove top, not including floors/fridge clean outs. 

Honestly, we were just bad about the deeper cleaning. Dusting happened maybe once every couple months when it really became noticeable. We’d wipe down the toilet bowl at random, but other deep cleans in the bathroom were maybe every 6-8 weeks. Moving furniture to clean under and around? Ha. Nope. Window cleaning? Ha. Nope.

Our house was tidy but not spotless, we were OK with that so that we could have the mental recharge time that we needed.

 

Honestly

Post # 20
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

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otterbee :  That sounds like a brutal schedule, Bee- can you hire people to come in and do the bulk of the cleaning so you are only having to do the minimal day to day pick up (which will likely not be much since you’re working so much)?

Also, I’m working on having someone come in and do our meal prep once a week so that I can take that off of my plate. Rather than eating out so much (which adds up financially and can be full of things we don’t necessarily want to be eating on a daily basis), can you maybe do a food delivery service (there are some great ones, depending on where you are)? Or, if there’s a culinary academy near you, you may be able to hire one of the students to come in and do your regular meal prep on a weekly basis so that you can just pop something into the oven to reheat it.

You need down time and you need time to recover when you are working such an intense schedule. You could also ask people what they are doing that’s working well for them, but if you are working 55-65 hours per week, you need to have other people you can call on for some of those other day to day tasks. No amount of being more mindful or organized is going to make up for a basic lack of time and energy (though there are definitely things that will help).

Post # 21
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Sugar bee

Why doesn’t your husband help?

Post # 23
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Sugar bee

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otterbee :  It doesn’t matter. He can still do SOMETHING to help out. If he’s truly not doing anything on a regular basis, that’s pretty concerning. 

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee

 set a schedule. Monday is bathrooms, Tuesday is dusting, etc. I find that I can always muster up the 15/20 minutes it takes to do one simple task, like cleaning a bathroom or changing the sheets on the bed. I can’t find 5 hours on Saturday to clean my whole house too to bottom, but I can find 5 hours throughout the week to do a bit here and there. 

I also force myself to finish a chore once I start. For example- laundry. I have to fold & put it away immediately or it will just sit in a laundry basket forever. And really, it doesn’t take that long to fold and put away a small basket of laundry. It sucks to fold and put away 5 loads that are backed up and sitting in baskets, though. 

Post # 25
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

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otterbee :  What is your husband doing while you’re working 65 hour weeks, Bee, if you’re only on one income?

ETA- I just saw that he’s in a medical program. Maybe you just need to allow your home to be a little messier for a bit. Do what you can with 20 minutes a day (o-soji practice) and then leave the rest until tomorrow.

Post # 27
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Helper bee

OP the weekend is your best friend.

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee

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otterbee :  once you get in the swing of it, it’s second nature. I can dust the first floor in like 10 mins because it never gets super bad and our of control. I can vacuum in 10 or so minutes. 

If you’re really struggling, set a timer for 15 mins and let yourself quit when it goes off. You’ll probably be surprised how much you can get done in 15 minutes and you might even feel motivated to give it another 5-10 mins and finish up. 

Post # 29
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Helper bee

Hey Bee!

Busy worker here too, I currently work 50 hours a week and then study approx 20 hours a week ontop, so I hear you.

 

My house was ALWAYS a mess, (my SO does similar hours to me)

 

I now use this routine 

https://www.cleanmama.net/2014/09/clean-mamas-cleaning-routine.html

https://www.cleanmama.net/2014/05/modern-day-homekeeping-weekly-cleaning-routine-free-printable.html

and my life is C H A N G E D, give myself a SET time each day, if it doesn’t get done, it gets picked up on fridays.

I know giving up a whole saturday SUCKS to clean, I always feel miserable when I have to choose, stressed the house is gross, or feel like a hermit.

Now 20 minutes a day of cleaning and I am one of those women with sparkling counters. BUT I don’t have kids… yet i’m sure they will mess it all up for me. But i’ll get to that.

 

GL, any questions, feel free to ask 🙂 

Post # 30
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Sugar bee

I don’t work that much but my husband does. I’m also a neat freak so I do most of the cleaning. 

My first recommendation would be to make sure everything has a place. What I mean by that is everything has a spot to go to be out of sight to appear more tidy. My husband is pretty messy so this is a MUST with him. I have a basket by his spot on the couch that he puts his laptop, iPad, socks (I know wtf), baseball caps, etc. We have a bread box on the kitchen counter for keys, wallets, sunglasses, etc. I have a drawer in the kitchen for bills that need to be paid. I have a basket upstairs for records or mail I just need to file. And then I have a filing cabinet to eventually sort everything into. Just little things like corralling everything in a basket can help! 

I also regularly clean things so I never feel like I need to do a deep clean. Each night after dinner, I rinse and load the dishwasher (actually I load as I go), I wipe down the counters and stove. This way, the counters are never too bad. 

I always throw in our clothes for the week Friday nights. I do towels and linens on weeknights bc I don’t have to immediately hang stuff up, they can sit for a while in the dryer. 

My husband and I regularly spot vacuum. We have a cordless Dyson and we use it at least once a day. I do a full vacuum of our most used living spaces on the weekends. 

I’m really bad about cleaning bathrooms. I let bleach sit in the toilets while I’m at work at soon as they get grimy and give them a quick rinse. But I’m terribly at counter and shower/bath cleaning. Honestly, I usually clean them while I’m showering and then clean myself lol. 

I would say I spend about 10 min when I get home tidying up and light cleaning. And maybe 20 min at night. Honestly on the weekends the only real hard work I need to do is laundry, dust and vacuum. 

Hope this helps! 

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