Bees with kids, how often do you clean your house?

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Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@SeaOfLove:  I’m with you.  I clean when I get to it.  Sometimes I walk by furballs and my hair all over the floor and whatever dried food fell around my son’s high chair and I just keep on going.  My husband works full time, I work Mon-Wed and feeling like totally crap this entire pregnancy, we seem to always have some building or maintenence to get done that’s higher priority than keeping a white glove clean magazine ready house.  It’s lived in, but not disgusting in my book.  I wouldn’t die of embarrassment if anyone dropped by unannounced. 

It turns out to be vacuum maybe 2x a week, Sunday and Thursday.  Kitchen dishes and tidying daily usually.  Kitchen counters on the weekend- granite hides everything!!!  Bathrooms every other week.  Mop, lol who knows, but we’re a no shoe house so a vac feels fine to me. 

Post # 17
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Helper bee

I spend probably an hour every night straightening up (picking up the common rooms, cleaning sticky things off surfaces, washing toothpaste spit out of the sink). This whole thing is usually me yelling at my family to help, pick things up, put their shoes away, etc.

If I cook, my partner does the dishes/wipes down cabinets (and visa versa). The kitchen gets a full wipe down and sweep every day.

Saturday mornings are for marathon cleaning. Luckily, my kids are older and my parter shares the duties, but the entire house gets cleaned in 2 or 3 hours. That means vacuuming, steam mopping, full bathrooms (showers/tub/toilets included), kitchen scrubbing, dusting, windows, sheets/towels in the wash, bedrooms being dusted and cleaned. The kids are responsible for their own bedroom, their playroom, their laundry, and one extra chore (usually they are either dusting the whole house or doing all the downstairs windows). My partner likes to vacuum the entire house, I always do the kitchen, and we each do a bathroom (every other week I’ll let a kid take the bathroom but it just doesn’t get as clean). 

When the kids were really little, it was a totally different story. My ex-hubs and I used to do Saturday marathon cleans with just the two of us, but we lived in a smaller place, so it was a bit easier. Even then, though, the kids were allowed to do stuff like dust or clean mirrors or pick up their bedroom (when they were toddlers). They did a shit job, but it was good to teach them to be involved in the housework. It wasn’t a shock when they got proper chores. 

Post # 18
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

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@pinkshoes:  We both work full-time, albeit at home during COVID. If I didn’t work at home right now, I have NO clue when I would even fit daily or weekly chores in 🤦‍♀️

Post # 19
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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@winetime12:  I told my husband my new standard isn’t company ready at all times but “could be company ready with 20 minutes notice” and that seems to be working for us. People shouldn’t be dropping by unannounced anyway! lol

Post # 20
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Lol not enough. This past month we were quarantined too, so we were working full time from home while simultaneously caring for a 4 month old and a 5 year old in virtual school. SO FUN. SOOO FUN.

Post # 22
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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@MrsGirlyGirl:  I also tend to do most of the deep cleaning. He’ll unload the dishwasher, pack kid lunches, handle all the outside chores, start laundry, and do general tidying but his idea of cleaning the toilet is to grab a piece of TP and wipe down any pee spots on the edge of the bowl whereas I actually pour in some cleaner and scrub that ish out. I’m definitely the household manager though – he needs regular reminders to do shit. 

Post # 23
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Our cleaner comes every other week, so that’s a HUGE help obviously. We wouldn’t be able to keep up with all of it on our own.

But what we do in-between: Dh puts away all of LO’s toys/books each night while I do bathtime. After LO falls asleep, Dh takes out the trash and recyling and wipes down the counters and dining table. I’ll deal with dishes and clean the cat’s litter box. We’re both working from home, but Dh is on non-stop calls all day so doesn’t have time to chip in with housework during working hours. My hours are more flexible, so I’ll do laundry and tidy up during the day.

Post # 24
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Bumble bee

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@Supersleuth:  yes, my husband is already established in his career so he has set hours, I’m a 4th year medical student so my hours suck so my husband does most of the cleaning & is with the kids more during the day and I do the meal prepping and most of the cleaning at night. 

Also next year when I’m a resident my husband will be working part time to be with the kiddos more. So no sexism in my house just doing what we have to do to keep a house hold running. 

Post # 25
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Blushing bee

I sweep the kitchen daily, vacuum twice a week, clean bathroom once or twice a week. We have a 900 sq ft apartment and not a lot of stuff because we’re minimalist so we like our space well organized. My daughter luckily hates clutter and disarray too so everything is kept spotless. The only time it’s really a mess is when we come home from camping but that’s always put away by the end of the day. My daughter has been known to cleans friends rooms 🤣🤣

Post # 26
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I have 2 cats, 1 dog, 22 month old and a husband. I vacuum (pet hair and crumbs gets overwhelming) everyday, and mop every other day (pet and toddler = big mess lol). Laundry once a week, dishes daily usually. Dusting once a week, bathroom once a week (I wipe around sink as needed though). I swiffer baseboards and ceiling fan every few weeks. I put away my son’s toys everyday and organize it. I’m picky. 

I have OCD (as my husband says). I also clean houses for a living so I guess my OCD is kinda worse. 

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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@MrsGirlyGirl:  Mom of 1 toddler. I pick-up in the morning – making beds, emptying dishwashers, clothes in hamper. And I pick-up every night – wiping down counters, dishes, etc. Laundry is done about every 2 days. Deep cleaning of bathrooms and kitchen  is weekly. And sometimes… I get overwhelmed with work and I call the cleaners lol. My goal is for my house to always be clean in the event of unexpected visitors and we do pretty well in that area.

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Malibou Lake Mountain Club

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@MrsGirlyGirl:  since covid, its been a nightmare. We have a 2.5 year old plus two dogs (a senior and a new pup that joined us this summer). I want to clean up as much as we can but i feel it gets messy again. Like today, my husband pointed out the destruction our little hurricane left.

For sure i tidy up daily, clean as much as i can and do big cleans weekly or biweekly. My husband does the laundry weekly.

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: County courthouse

I clean daily. Sweep, vacuum, constantly washing dishes, cleaning kitchen after every meal, atleast 1 load of laundry a day and so on. My kids are older so they also help clean. My husband is a bit obsessive over cleaning, so he does his share too

Post # 30
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Worker bee

 I have a 5 and 1 year old. I mop/vaaccum once a week. I’m a total freak when it comes to surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom so those get wiped down daily. Kitchen/hardwood gets swept a few times a week. I do all laundry on weekends. Bathtub gets cleaned weekly. Shower walls get scrubbed monthly.

It’s endless, really. I’m always picking up or wiping up something. Putting things away. 

On top of working full time.

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