(Closed) What's your secret to a clean house??

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Post # 2
3305 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I clean a little every day, but I highly recommend a housecleaner. It’s money well spent. 

Post # 3
1386 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

No real cleaning schedule. We just put everything away after we’ve used it or load the dishwasher right away, etc. I love a clean house so I’ll even come home from work and straighten things up. Dh does laundry once a week for the both of us so that’s not something I have to worry about. 

Post # 4
4228 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’m like u! Grew up with a mom who was a neat freak, house was spotless, FI’s house was always a cluttered mess… 

since moving into our house together it’s been very hard for me to clean with a full time job, 2 dogs, tutoring job, and then cooking dinner, by the time I’m done it’s 9PM and I just want to lay down! 

I read a piece of advice from Heloise recently and it’s been really helpful. Her advice is to spend 5 minutes as soon as you get home from work BEFORE u sit down or else your momentum is stifled, to clean up quickly. Choose one room to pick things up off the floor, spray the countertops, dust, etc. Whatever you feel like needs to get done and you can have a house that remains clean for longer….

So I took this advice and switched it up a bit. I set an alarm for ten minutes. I clean as fast as I can and try to get to every room, it’s now almost fun and it’s almost like I race myself to see how much I can get done. After the alarm goes off I can rest and sit down before I start cooking dinner. It has really helped me keep things clean for longer and I don’t dread it as much. I still reserve a day on the weekend for fully cleaning but now that I take those ten minutes every day during the week it actually makes my cleaning less daunting on the weekends. Try it!! Maybe it will work for u! But I totally understand Bee, I’m a teacher too! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ‘

Post # 5
575 posts
Busy bee

I live in a 3200 sq ft house and the only way to keep it manageable is to tidy up everyday. I clean up after every meal, never let dishes sit in the sink they always go right into the dishwasher. I also wipe down the counters and the sink every evening, and vacuum the hardwood floors downstairs in the kitchen, family room, play room, and bathroom. Just the high traffic areas.

I do laundry 3x a week for my son, but for my husband and me, I only do it on Sundays. I make myself immediately put all clean laundry away. 

I never let the mail pile up. I go through everything in my husband’s home office and shred what needs to be shredded, and throw away stuff that can be thrown away. Going green with online bills also significantly cuts down on paper clutter.

One day a week (Wednesday) I dust all rooms, vacuum carpet upstairs, and steam mop the hardwoods.

Another day a week (Friday) I tackle the bathrooms. Clean toilets, tubs, showers, counters, mirrors, floors. 

Sunday is laundry day so I switch out the sheets and wash all the towels, kitchen linens, sheets, blankets, etc.

I only deep clean 2x a year.

We currently have no pets and have a no-shoe policy inside. If we had pets I would probably need to vacuum and mop more often. I break up the cleaning throughout the week so that I don’t have to spend an entire day trying to catch up and clean everything all at once. But my home stays really clean like this and it doesn’t take up too much time, especially once I got into a routine and system.

Post # 6
2596 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I made an excel spreadsheet of chores that need to be done daily weekly and monthly. I assigned me and my Fiance tasks that we alternate doing. For example, Monday’s he makes the bed and I do the dishes and then in Tuesday’s we switch. I usually take care of the weekly things since I have weekends off and Fiance doesn’t. We both tackle the monthly tasks together on the same day. 

My house will never be spotless (there’s always toys on the floor no matter what I do) but for the most part we stay on top of keeping things tidy. 

Post # 7
436 posts
Helper bee

I tidy up everyday. By tidy up I mean I fluff pillows, pick up dog toys, wipe down counters, and put dishes away. I do laundry one day a week. I clean one day a week. I have a rhythm to it. I start with the dusting, clean the kitchen, clean the bathrooms, then do the floors. I have found that doing the same thing really helps me move forward. I do baseboards every other week. I scrub grout every month.

We are always playing outside, so our tile in the patio area typically gets dirty pretty quickly. I can’t keep up with it, so I don’t.  Once it’s clean once, I consider it done for the week.

Post # 8
1799 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Not living!

Post # 9
2873 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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teacherbee01: small home, good maid and otherwise cleaning as we go. 

If we get really desperate, we send out our laundry ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Post # 10
3164 posts
Sugar bee

We have a cleaner that comes in once a fortnight and do a tidy the “off” week. If we didn’t have a cleaner we would dedicate one day a week to a clean, rather than a bit each day. We work 9 – 5 and then work out afterwards so get home too late to clean. We only have time to cook dinner, shower etc, pack for the next day, and sleep. Boring, isn’t it?

Post # 11
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I make sure I do ONE chore a day. I do whatever seems most pressing or whatever I feel like. There’s no routine or chart. I just look around and decide what needs to be done. For example, one load of laundry, or vacuum, or clean the bathroom sinks, or swiffer, or clean the toilets, or take out the trash, or tidy up one of the flat surfaces in our main rooms that tend to get piled up with junk. 

Plus, I either do the dishes or unload/load the dishwasher and spray down the kitchen counters every day. 

I also don’t let more than 2 days go by without sorting the mail. 

Post # 12
363 posts
Helper bee

Definitely tidying up after yourself. I’m a huge huge neat freak! I can’t leave the house without making the bed or if there’s dirty dishes in the sink. We live in a 1200 sq ft so not too big and it takes me 15 minutes to tidy everything in the morning before I go to work (I’ve timed myself lol) my major clean takes about an hour and a half! 

Post # 13
638 posts
Busy bee

I still live at home but here what my mom does. Our house(except my room) is pretty much spotless.

Mops the kitchen floor everyday(takes her 10 mins, got it down to an art. Gave her Fi’s robot cleaner thing and she rather do it by hand.)

Cleans bathroom once a week. Wipes down everything with a wet cloth once a week. She doesnt use dusters because she says it kicks up the dust. 

landry once during the week and i do laundry on the weekend.

We have these covers that our blanket goes into. I think they are called duvet covers. We wash the blankets themselves once or twice a year, usually right before Chinese New Years. Pillow covers, bedsheets and duvet covers get washed once every few weeks.  

Tables, counters and stoves get wiped down after dinner. Dishes washed right away by hand, once a week with dishwasher. She uses multiple pans and pots while cooking and will wash stuff while food is on the stove. 

We do a deep cleaning once a year, sometimes twice a year. This includes scrubbing the blinds, windows, walls, ceiling. Flipping the matress and wiping down the bedframe under the matresses. vaccuming underneath the bed. Washing all blankets and pillows.

The one thing I’ve learned from her is to do everything consistently so that it doesn’t pile up into a big mess.

Post # 14
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

We have a cleaner that comes once a fortnight and does all the floors, bathrooms, dusting etc. We also do the dishes and stack the dishwasher after every meal and try to put things away each day to keep on top of it all. Hiring a cleaner was the best decision we ever made ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
1278 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Does anyone else find reading through this thread a little depressing?

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teacherbee01:  We have a small one bedroom apartment and I still find it hard. We don’t have a specific routine, but I’d say we do a more intense clean every other weekend (shower, changing the bed etc.), laundry every weekend, and general spot cleaning every night. We don’t have a dishwasher, so that alone takes up quite a bit of time. We used to get away with vacuuming once a fortnight as tidy adults, but since we got a cat that seems to track in everything it gets messy much faster. 

I always whip around just before bed and put away any clothes I threw off once I got home, and make sure everything that has a place is where it should be, but that’s the limit for most weeknights. I have to say that once DH and I are earning a little more money and have a larger place/family, I would be more than happy to pay for someone to come in and help out once every couple of weeks with the larger stuff. When I think about how much time we spend cleaning and how much time I still spend wishing things were cleaner, it makes me a little sad. Life’s too short!!!

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