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Michelle - posted on 01/29/2009
I have a cleaning schedule and it works good for me. I don't think anything ever stays completely clean but the house is always in good shape in case of any unexpected guests. I drop my older kids off at school at 7:30am and so that's when my day starts. I do the "sweep-through" the entire house every morning as well. On Mon, Wed, and Fri I run the vacuum, and as needed on other days. I do laundry on Mon, Wed, and Fri and Sat as well, just to give me a break from time to time b/c we are a family of six so there's always laundry. I do a scrubbing of the bathrooms on Tues and Thurs. The kitchen gets a daily cleaning. The fridge gets a weekly cleaning and the dusting is done on Sat. I hate mopping so that only happens twice a week but I prefer to do it when my 2yr old is napping otherwise he's all over the floor. On Tues and Thurs, I go around and clean all the door knobs and door frames. On Sat, I clean the window's inside and out. It's really a never ending job but if you have older kids let them be responsible for some things. My girls are 9 and 7 and my boys are 4 and 2 so the older ones help the boys with cleaning their room from time to time and they clean their own rooms. I require beds made every morning, it just makes the room look neater. And then once a week I go into the girls' rooms and do a good cleaning and organizing. Also think of everything that you want to be clean and make a list then you can create your schedule. I have to write it all down b/c if I don't then I'm going to miss something. My house isn't spotless but it's clean and I get frequent breaks and even have time to excercise by having a schedule. Stick with it for 30 days and it will become a habit. Good luck!
User - posted on 01/29/2009
For me, I try to do a quick "sweep-through" each morning. I wipe down the bathroom and kitchen with lysol wipes, pick up the bedroom, nursery, and living room. I check the entry way to see if it needs sweeped (It's winter here, so lots of icemelt).
Once a week, I take a day and thoroughly clean (dust, sweep, etc.) I use the baby's naptimes to do the surfaces and prep rooms to sweep. When she's up, I sweep. When her dad gets home, I scrub the bathroom and kitchen floors while plays with her because I don't like the cleaners on me when I handle her. If he plays with her, then I can mop, and get right in the shower.
Hope this helps!
Heather - posted on 01/29/2009
Every night before I go to bed I make a quick sweep and pick up stuff. In the Am I just quickly sweep the floors in the kitchen and bathroom. My husbands job is to take the trash out each morning before work and we take turns loading and unloading the dishwasher at night. I also try to put dishes in the dishwasher as they get dirty instead having them pile up, this doesn't always happen though! I make my son clean up his toys after he gets them out or befoe moving onto another project he's 2. I'll help him and we sing the clean up song or make a game out of it. On Saturday or Sunday we have a deep cleaning day both my husband and son help out they love to vacuum together. Of course I'm a bit OCD so I have to do it or I can't function.
Trudy - posted on 01/29/2009
You simply can't! LOL! Tidying - ah well, what's the point these days! Bubs just starts the mess all over again. I tidy once a day when bubs has gone to bed. As for Cleaning - well I felt it was important for bubs to learn to play on her own and to have some alone time during the day. So as a littley I would leave her on her activity mat for 15mins at a time approx. 4 x a day. During this time I was able to do things like the dishes and put the washing on etc. As she got older I increased her time out to a max of 30 mins, maybe just sitting with a pile of toys. Sometimes I would put her in her high chair and sing to her as I did a bit of cleaning. She loved it! These days as she is crawling she follows me around the house and plays around me as I do cleaning. BUT I don't spend all day cleaning, I make a list and that is what I need to get through during the week. Hubby also helps out, specially on Sundays. He cleans the bathroom & toilet and does the washing for me so I dont' have to worry on Monday! LUV HIM!
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