DIY’ers- how do you work, raise kids and keep the house clean?

posted 1 year ago in Home
Post # 31
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

penny1403 :  A friend of my mum once  said that if you have a house free of clutter and it looks like everything is in its correct place, people (and yourself) are not going to inspect your floors for dust and crumbs. I think that some truth exists in that statement, if you have lots of stuff everywhere, even if you’ve cleaned your floors and dusted your space can still appear disorganized and cluttered and adds to the perception that its not clean even if it is.

More stuff equals more to clean and tidy. Limit what you keep in your home and put things away as you go. If you have pets inside close doors to certain rooms so they can’t drop hairs everywhere and jump on all your furniture that looks like a nice place to nap! Less rooms accessed equals less rooms to clean as often.

Consider buying wash and wear fabric clothes. Less ironing for you. Batch cook and freeze so you contain major kitchen mess to one day a week. 

Have certain days assigned to certain tasks. Routine helps. You don’t have to dedicate time to thiniing about what you have to do. You just do it because towels  get washed on a friday and the bathroom gets a good scrub on the first saturday of every month etc 

The biggest tip though is sometimes you just have to close your eyes to whatever needs to be done and leave it for another day. 😉

 

Post # 32
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

penny1403 :  I don’t know how much I say will help since we don’t have pets, but will give it a try.

We are a family of four, 3300 sq ft house, 4 bed/2.5 bath.  We both work full time.  We used to have a cleaner for 7 years, but after she retired and the kids were old enough to entertain themselves while we cleaned, we decided to do it ourselves.  If you have really young kids (<4 years old), cleaning is way harder.

Anyway, this is what we do:  First of all, no shoes in the house and food/drink is only eaten in the kitchen/dining areas.  This makes a huge difference in keeping the floors and everything in general cleaner.  My husband vacuums upstairs one week, then downstairs the following week, repeat.  He chooses what day to vacuum.  He also cleans the finished basement (another 600 sq ft).  He also does odd tasks like cleaning stainless steel appliances surfaces (way better than I do!).

During the weekdays, I make sure to devote at least 20 min per day to cleaning something.  Things that take 20 min:  Scrub shower floor, clean powder room, dusting one room, change and wash sheets, etc.  On the weekend, I clean one bathroom a day (45 min each).  Kitchen is swept every day and counters are wiped down every day.  I feel like I throw in a load of laundry at least every other day. 

Every 6 months or so, we devote an hour or so together to do a deep cleaning task:  Washing sofa covers, thorough clean of light pendants, vacuuming drapes, cleaning out oven, etc. 

So basically, our house is never clean all at the same time, but it’s also never dirty all at the same time.  If we didn’t do the cleaning together, I’d be miserable.  Having said that, there are times when I just can’t get to it, and the house may be a bit dusty or the bathrooms need some help.  I’ve learned to let it go and just accept it’s only temporary. 

 

Post # 33
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Bumble bee

A childless and petless person quietly enters to a territory they have no right to comment on. Looking at families around me, I’ve noticed that people make a lot of work fro themselves unnecessariyl. Look at your cleaning routine and think if all of it is ncessary or if it’s something you feel like you need to do.

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Forgot to add, clutter is picked up as much as possible and “stuff” has a devoted place so it’s not laying out.  Way easier to clean this way.  We’ve also been training the kids to stay on top of their stuff.  Start young or it’ll be much harder to change their behavior later!

Post # 35
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Sugar bee

With you both working full time and having crazy work schedules, cleaning a huge house with pets sounds overwhelming. And you already wake up at 5 am so not like can wake up a little “earlier “ to get a jump start. I️ would try and put time/energy into finding a cleaning services. With both of you working, I️ feel like weekends should be spend having fun with the family, not cleaning hours on end. Or don’t deep clean as often. Do the basics- dishes, take garbage out, clean cat litter, keep the kitchen clean, everything else is not necessary.

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

                    I’m with solnishko1186.  There’s no way I’d be able to keep up if I woke up at 5am (which means I’d have to be in bed by 9pm?? which means I can’t do anything after the kids go to bed) and he’s not around to help with kids or house.  At least sometimes when my husband is home and helping kids with homework or whatever, I can do a small task.  Your situation sounds terribly overwhelming.  I’d even consider doing a hybrid cleaning arrangement, where the cleaner comes maybe once a month and does very specific tasks, and then you do the rest to cut down on your workload. 

Post # 37
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you’re having a hard time finding a house cleaner, maybe you could hire out for your yardwork instead? That would leave more time on the weekend.

Post # 38
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Busy bee

Being freaking honest? I gave up. The place only gets a deep clean when I’m really sick of it. Other wise, only the kitchen is spotless because I can’t stand dirty dishes. And now that we’re about to move, I just keep telling myself “it’ll be different in the new place…” In terms of organization, the plan is to donate lots of stuff and minimize our posessions. In terms of animal fur and dust, the roomba does a great job. Good luck, Bee. 🙁

Post # 39
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse

I don’t have kids yet but I’m an obsessive cleaner so I have a few tips.

First, sometimes you have to realize what needs to be let go. I have a cat and a dog and they both shed quite a bit. I HATE cleaning floors and I could literally sweep and/or vacuum everyday and it still piles up. So honest to God, I sweep or vacuum once a week. Some people might think that’s gross, and that’s fine. But guess what? Literally looks the same as when I clean everyday haha. I also don’t clean things that I feel don’t need to be cleaned all the time. For example, I don’t clean toilets and sinks everyday. Why? Because I have a husband who, likes the pets, ruins clean stuff right after I clean it. So why obsess and clean or wipe those things down everyday? 

Second, focus on your pet peeves and your personal favorite areas to keep tidy. To me, that priority is always the kitchen. I cook at least once a day so it’s important to have a clean workspace and a safe cooking environment. Then the living room and then the bathroom. That’s kind of my order. So I know what to prioritize. 

Third, do what you can around your schedule. I work M-F from 8am-5pm and my husband works Mon-Sat from about 8am-8pm (I know I don’t know how he does it). Therefore I will run the dishwasher right before work, I’ll throw in a load of laundry in the morning and dry as soon as I get home from work. I usually spend about 30 min in cleaning as soon as I get home so I can relax after.

As someone who needs a ridiculously clean home, girl I totally feel you. It’s hard work. But sometimes we need to realize our relationships take priority. And with cleaning, it’s okay to take a day and be lazy and take time off. Hope this all helps 🙂 

Post # 40
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2019

Are you cleaning out your vacuums right? Changing the filter, cutting the hair off the roller bar? A dozen vacuums is a lot. 

I clean quickly because I worked as a maid in college. We had a very efficient system and that’s what I still use. 

How old are your children? Do they tidy up after themselves? Does it always just fall on you? You seem overwhelmed. 

Post # 41
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Bumble bee

If you have trouble finding a house cleaner you might try the app handy. It connects you with local cleaners in your area. Also, I’d you can’t find one anywhere you might outsource other chores like laundry. A lot of dry cleaners do laundry by the pound. 

Post # 42
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2019

bewitched :  Yes, totally outsource your laundry. I used to work at a laundromat with a wash and fold service, .75 a pound, and we dropped it off same day. 

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