does anyone else feel overwhelmed with house work?

Heather - posted on 03/16/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I love being a stay at home mom however the place we live in has no washer or dryer in it and with a 6 1/2 month old i obviously need it. i also have no dishwasher. so working on therapy and housework is definitely a full time job whats the best thing for me to do.

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Angela - posted on 03/24/2010

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i have a cleaning schedual, i don't try to do it all every day and i clean in 15 min. intervals between taking care of my 7month old and 5 yr old. I take my 6 yr old to school and when i get home by 8 then i feed the boys and while my baby plays on a blanket on the floor and the other one is on the computer on pbs i make the beds and pick up toys and so on. I also don't watch tv and my computer time is at night when the children are sleeping.

Amanda - posted on 03/19/2010

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Funny this question just popped up on my email...I work full time out of the house and was just thinking this morning what a disaster our house is...there is never any time to clean! While I have no helpful advice to give, I feel your pain. The next time I'm out and about and see a mom with a newborn, I'll know her house looks just like mine! Best of luck to you and just enjoy your little one!

Katie - posted on 03/19/2010

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i have a 3 1/2 year old a 2 1/2 year old and a 7 month old... no washer no dryer..my fiance works alll dayy...has 2 days a week off and he does not do anything..because he works and pays for everything...it is the most overwhelming job ive ever had! lol i love being the stay at home mom i am but dammmnnit can get very frustrating and aggervating..but it pays off. i dont think my whole house has been clean all at the same time.,.

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Its a nightmare I have 3 kids and my hubby is always saying to me to stop stressing about all the house work. Some days i hardly get to sit down until after 9 at night. I stress about people coming over unannounced and thinking that my house should be tidy. I have a black rug in my living room which I hoover about 3 or 4 times a day worst thing we ever bought.

We do have a washing machine and dryer and mine is on at least once a day but sometimes up to four times.

Do u have anyone who can watch your little one for a while or maybe you could get a second hand washer and dryer?

I just take my little girl in to the kitchen in her chair and give her a few toys and she is quite happy to watch me pottering around. Its hard work but love being a mummy and juggling all the things you need to do at times x

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I also live in an apartment, have no washer/dryer or dish washer.

I have a play mat thing that i lay on the floor, near the kitchen door, it has stuff my baby can do whether she is on her tummy or back. Other times I put her in her high chair.
Some days it feels like i am in the kitchen all day, I make my own baby food too, so between that and dishes and meals for the rest of us......
Laundry I do while daddy is home at night, I have to go downstairs every half hour, but at least it's in the building.
I sweep and mop at night when baby and daddy are sleeping.
Everything else is pretty cluttered. I am good at keeping it all up high in baskets etc, so that by the time baby is crawling, walking, she won't get at it.
I get showers somewhere in between all that.

You just have to let somethings slide, I don't watch TV, never really have, so that helps me have more time.
I'm also hoping to move sometime soon, but daddy is waiting to have back surgery and it will have to be when he is back to work after that.

There are days when I feel like a married single mother. Taking care of baby with little help from anyone, taking care of daddy, there isn't much time for me, an hour or two if we had pizza for dinner. And then on weekends different family members are all "come visit us", but all i want to do is my regular daily house stuff, daddy often makes dinner on the weekends, so by sunday afternoon, I might get abit of me time.

Heather - posted on 03/16/2010

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were actually looking to find another place!!! i have a few in mind one i really want apartments are too small for us and we cant really do it. a housekeeper would be great if i would be able to find someone i trusted if my sister in law would live closer id ask her lol we do go to the laundromat when we have enough quarters here i dont pay rent but its based on income. i just cant do it anymore my house is always a mess bc paying attention to parker and clothes its just ive had enough of it i cant much more

Shakira - posted on 03/16/2010

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my daughter will be 7 months old on friday and im a full time college student and have a part time job. she catnaps lol so i try to get as much as i can between those. I also sit her in her highchair and give her a snack and then do the dishes or something. but like studying for school i have to do that at night when she sleep. Im so tired by that time but that works best for me.

Ana - posted on 03/16/2010

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oh yes! but you know what...baby is the most important. you won't get these moments back ever. the cleaning stays there but the baby grows. i'd say take advantage of the time when baby sleeps and do it bit by bit.

Celeste - posted on 03/16/2010

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Since I have to work I pay for a housecleaner to come once a week. But I can imagine how you are feeling, because keeping up a house is a lot of work! Especially without those necessary appliances. I'd put a schedule together and just know that everything isn't going to be clean all the time. Otherwise you will be stressed out.

Jessica - posted on 03/16/2010

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Oh my! If you can afford it, I would get the washer/dryer. We can live without dishwashers, but a washer and a dryer really make life easier.
Sometimes you can find used ones that work well and are much less expensive.

Jennifer - posted on 03/16/2010

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I would say move! Just kidding. I'm not sure what your financial situation is but with a little one, it is way easier for you to have a washer and dryer and dishwasher in your place. If you don't, you will have to just do the cleaning while baby is asleep or get her a walker or something to keep her busy while you do house stuff. As far as washing, I would say if you can get help, that would be best. I would say I am spoiled with a washer/dryer and dishwasher. I am not rich either but i guess we just got lucky. You are a modern day wonder woman.

Jenn - posted on 03/16/2010

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We don't have either. Well the condo does have washers...just 3 flights below. It is definitely a lot of work! I call us...the modern day WONDERWOMAN!

*Lisa* - posted on 03/16/2010

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Hey. I don't have a washer, dryer or dishwasher either. Is there a laundromat close to your house? Or is there a very kind friend who would do it for you? Is it too expensive to pay someone to do it for you? Can your husband help with the cleaning up? Grandparents? We have a laundromat close by so I just go there every few days. Good luck! It's not an easy job :)

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