(Closed) Need tips…How do you maintain your house clean?

posted 5 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

If you have the cash, $100/week for a cleaner will be some of the best money you ever spent.  It turns cleaning from a constant obligation into a manageable one. Esp if you have kids and both work, it just eliminates 99% of the conflicts over chores.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I agree with geekspice. However, if you can’t afford it, some of these have worked for me (although it is a CONSTANT struggle)

 

kitchen: clean as you cook. while you have something in the oven, do the dishes; while a dough is a rising, clean the counters. and what has worked wonders for me: every night, before you go to bed, take 15 minutes to do dishes, clean counters, put away dry dishes, and do a quick sweep

 

bathroom: once a week do a “real” cleaning. but, whenever you find 2 minutes (it can even be while you shower) pour some cleaning liquid in the toiler and scrub for a few seconds and give a quick clean to the sink

 

bedroom: make the bed as soon as you get up, makes a world of a difference; and get in the habit of NOT having clothes laying around. dirty? to the laundry pile. clean? to the closet.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think routine helps. I have 3 days off a week. . . Sundays are usually laundry day. When a load is done, I fold and put them away immediately. I try to clean up after myself every day. . . like PP mentioned, while you’re cooking, clean up after yourself. Whenever I use a dish, I throw it into the dishwasher immediately, so there’s no dishes in the sink. Once it’s full, turn it on! Once you have good habits you want to try to stick to them. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I have 4 hampers in our house, one in the bathroom, one in the bedroom, and one each in the closet. It helps ensure there are no dirty clothes or towels laying around. When I get out of the shower, I use my washcloth to wipe out the sink/get the hairs off the counter. We make the bed after getting up. Every night, I make sure to wipe down the counters really quickly and make sure the dishes are done. We don’t let dishes sit out- they get dried and put away. Also, I try to do one big chore each day: bathroom cleaning, mopping, vacuuming, laundry, wiping down the walls, vacuuming the moldings, dusting surfaces, or cleaning out the fridge and microwave. If you do one bigger thing each day, it should take you less than 45 minutes, but keep your home looking good. I do vacuuming, laundry, bathroom, and mopping once a week, and the others less frequently

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have a “jobs” list, and on it are everyday jobs (dishes,wipe counters, and quick general picking up/tidy) and then one room or big job a day. So for example, tuesdays I do bathrooms, wednesday I do bedroom and laundry etc. It helps me keep on top of things because I am terrible at being motivated to clean!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

Having a clean house takes a lot of work! There aren’t really any shortcuts. I grew up very spoiled because my mom took great pride in having a clean house, and I mean impeccably clean, so that you could eat off of the floor. But she spent her Friday nights on her hands and knees washing the floor–it didn’t just happen.

I think the biggest tip there is, is to always clean up “after yourself.” Make sure to constantly stay on top of cleaning up the everyday stuff instead of waiting until everything piles up into an overwhelming load of crap. That way you can do your real deep cleaning once a week or what have you instead of spending so much time picking up, doing dishes, laundry etc. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

Having a laundry day really helps us, along with clear tasks so there isn’t as much headbutting about who does what. I also really like this tumblr called “Unf*** your habitat” that has a lot of good tips and encouragement. Their iphone app is great too, just be prepared for cursing!

Here’s the link

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