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Sarah - posted on 12/05/2008

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I have a 8 month old son and I try to clean one room in my house a day. While he is napping. So hopefully by the end of the week the house is pretty clean. I know that it may not work for everyone depending on the size of their house and the number of kids they have. But right now I am a solo mom while my husband is deployed. So far it works for me.

Stephanie - posted on 12/05/2008

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I quit trying to get it all done. My house is a little cluttered but it's not going to be in a magazine so it doesn't have to be perfect. When people come over I always apologize for how it looks and everyone always says, "Well you have two kids so it won't be perfect." It helps to know that other people understand :)

Daphne - posted on 12/05/2008

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to be perfectly honest, I try to get someone to do it for me since taking care of kids are such a handful! My friend hired a part-time maid to come and clean every two weeks from http://www.myjambi.com/ Apparently it works out great, so i'm thinking of doing that as well.

Lori - posted on 11/16/2008

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As a sahm, I finally resigned myself to the fact that it is my "job." Just like my husband goes to work everyday, I do the same. And even though you do have to work some time in there for yourself, you have to do some type of cleaning every day. You could also pick days for certain tasks. I think Gressa has it absolutely right!

Monica - posted on 11/13/2008

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Well thank you everyone for you good advice, some of your ideas will really help!

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The house work will always be there, your children will grow up so fast! I usually do most of my housework after they are in bed.

Carie - posted on 11/12/2008

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We don't! I have two girls, a 22 month old and a 3 month old. I never seem to get anything done because they seem to always need me as soon as I start to clean. My Hubby works afternoons, so I try to do little things here and there while he's home. Once he's gone, forget about it unless I get lucky and they both nap at the same time. I have to say though that my oldest loves to help me vacuum and the youngest seems to like the noise so at least I get to do that!

Katie - posted on 11/12/2008

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Wow. So many of you sound like you are single moms. My husband and I had discussed maybe I would take care of the living things ie. 3 children, 2 dogs, and living plants & lawn; and he would take care of the non-living ie. dishes & laundry, cleaning, dog poop. That only lasted a little while and then the lawn started getting long and just hiding the dog poop. We are both old enough to pick up after ourselves and since we both made these children and both live in this house we both take care of the chores (inside and out), and the children. He works about a 13 to 14 hr. shift and gets home right after dinner so he gladly spends time getting the kids ready for bed, reads them each a book and puts them to bed. I'll hopefully have put in a load of laundry maybe 2 and then we spend time together just hanging out watching TV as he folds the load and puts it away. Yes, some things get left out of the cleaning circle, but the point is we share and it almost all gets done eventually. Our kids have wheels on their laundry baskets and the best thing I can do as a parent is to teach them how to be able to take care of themselves when they are out of the house. Doing it now just saves my sanity and we can have more fun...like making the stickiest play dough ever. I'll clean the rest of that up tomorrow. I stay home to take care of our kids and I married the man not the house. Man, he's great! Yeah, I'm spoiled.

Tiffiny - posted on 11/12/2008

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I forgot to mention that I have a 5-year old and a 3-year old and I babysit another 5-year old and his 2-year old brother two days a week!

Tiffiny - posted on 11/12/2008

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Make a schedule--like Gressa, I do one or two "chores" each day of the week. And, I give myself days "off," too! Mondays are grocery store and a quick vacuum, Tuesdays I clean the bathrooms and take the trash to the curb, Wednesdays I change sheets and do laundry, Thursdays I have off or do paperwork such as writing checks and balancing checkbook, Fridays are my big cleaning days when I vacuum & mop & dust, Saturdays I clean the kitchen and Sunday is an off day.

Heather - posted on 11/12/2008

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we don't! I've given up on trying to have a neat house. I make sure to try and get the essentials done. i.e. laundry, dishes, bathrooms....but everything else usually gets put on the back burner. I try to get things done at naptime sometimes, and other times i'll wait till my hubby gets home so that he can entertain the boys while i try to get some things done.

Sara - posted on 11/12/2008

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when my husband and I first got together I decided we would seperate the rooms. At that time it was only a two bedroom apartment so it wasn't a huge ordeal. now we live in a four bedroom house so it can be tough. but he sticks to what I call the "wet work" kitchen and bathrooms, in turn i do the living room,dining room,steps,foyer, all bedrooms,playroom,and laundry. Its more for me but I can't do those things! grosses me out!

Lisa - posted on 11/12/2008

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I have four kids, 7 1/2, 6, 4, and 2, and I do daycare in my home. Do know what 10 kids can do to a house? I found Flylady several years ago, and found many helpful tips. I don't follow her plan like I should, but I've learned not to beat myself up if I don't get everything done. Some days you need to ask yourself what's more important, a perfect house or time spent with your kids. They grow up so fast and then they are gone, house work will be there until the end of time.

Ashley - posted on 11/12/2008

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I personally have my everyday chores. Dishes, sweeping (since my whole house is hard surfaces) and toy clean up. then if I have time while my son is playing/sleeping I will work to get something else done. I try to keep the areas he is in clean as possible and sometimes neglect the other areas. Oh well though, the way I see it my house will never be "clean" just clean enough.

Angela - posted on 11/12/2008

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simple we don't ... i try and get up an hour before my 2 little ones so that i van have a shower and a hot coffee (the only hot one i get each day) i start in one room and work my way through .... i do have help in my 14 year old who has jobs to do for her pocket money ie. monday to friday .. after tea she cleans the kitchen ... keeps her own room clean and puts out her washing ..... if it doesnt get done today it will still be there tommorow try not to stress to much

Rachael - posted on 11/12/2008

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I have a 5,4,3,and 1 year old! The best way for me is to clean my bathrooms Monday,mop all the floors in the house Tuesday,Wednesday is dust and vaccume the house,Thursday I windex all the windows,and Friday is cleaning out the fridge or anything else that needs done b4 grocery shopping,then Saturday finish up laundry I try to do one load a day at least to keep up and then Sunday I try to have it for a day of rest no chorse excpet the dishes!

Sarah - posted on 11/12/2008

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My daughter is 6 months and she hates the vacuum cleaner, and I HATE mopping the floors! I have a swiffer thingy with the wet pads... thats the only mop my floors have seen since she was born... now that she is rolling all over and trying to crawl I should get better at I suppose! lol And as for laundry, my husband wears dress clothes every day... dress pants and tie, so I always make sure he has clean socks, underwear and shirts... he is responsible for dry cleaning, I mean, he has to tell me if he wants me to take it or go get it for him... My closet is a disaster area... It's a huge walk-in, there's a path! IT'S NEVER DONE!!

Rebecca - posted on 11/12/2008

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I was wondering the same thing ... you never do it is an endless circle. However everyday have a certain chore to tackle and my kids help me. If it is bathrooms the girls (3 & 5) help clean the baseboards with the a damp cloth while my son (9) can help with the clorox wipes by wiping down the sink or toilet and then on the weekends I give it a good overhall on the entire house. The girls think it is great because they are helping and my son well he is learning that life is not fair and chores are part of it. He'll live. Oh and it isn't just little boys who are destructive my youngest is like a natural disaster ... if it is in her way it won't be for long. good luck

Connie - posted on 11/12/2008

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I hear ya, I have and 8 yr old and 3 yr old and a 9 month old and have a terrible time keeping up with all the house chores, but I pick up after the older two kids have gone to school but it seems like the minute the 3 yr old walks in the door it is a mess all over again. I don't have the luxury of my husband helping because he thinks that house work is the womens job, but so is raising the kids while he plays games while he is awake, it is very frustrating so I understand completely.. Connie

Marion - posted on 11/12/2008

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Hi Monica I'm brand new to Circle of Moms, spotted your question straight away as I was doing a little house cleaning myself today. I used to be such a perfectionist. I have two girls, aged 4 and 1, and have learned not to be so hard on myself with regards house work and falling behind. I break it up into sections. I allocate a morning to the ground floor with vacuuming and washing floors and downstairs cloakroom, a little dusting here & there over the next day, a day's break, then another morning to the top floor, vacuuming, washing floors, bathrooms...some days I don't get it all done, so far the house has not fallen down! But let's not go to the ironing....that's a slow process ;) Just take a day at a time. I find making a short (note: SHORT) list of things to do and scratching them off as I go along gives me a sense of achievement. Remember the kids come first, housework second. Good luck!

Kate - posted on 11/12/2008

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i write a list of things i know i need to get done, and divide it up by days. i cross it out when i'm done. you could also make a check list..

Gressa - posted on 11/12/2008

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I pick one thing a day to do such as Tuesdays are all bathrooms, wednesday is main floor, Thursday is upstairs, Friday is basement,Saturday is laundry- my husband does the kitchen everyday! Wow I am lucky:) Sunday and Monday are our weekends. This way everything is done and I can do all of them each day during nap time. I have a 3 year old, a 14 month old and I babysit another 14 month old 3 days a week. And I give my self 1 hour to get what I want done in each room and then I give my self an hour to rest or scrapbook- whatever I want!

Bethany - posted on 11/12/2008

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Ha! Good question. I only have one little 4 1/2-month old girl, so I have no idea how moms with more do it! Of course, I do have a 6-month old black lab puppy too, which I lovingly compare to a strong-willed 2-year old on acid. So that complicates things a bit. lol :o)

I have one day set aside each week for laundry (since I have to share a washer/dryer with my neighbor... a family of 4!) and I'm kind of a neat freak so I'm pretty good at keeping things picked up and put away. HOWEVER, I haven't "deep cleaned" my house since I was 9 months pregnant! I can't seem to get around to it. Sure, I vaccuum and dust occasionally, but it's definitely not on a regular basis (maybe once a month??) and I have yet to mop my floors. Sorry, I'm probably grossing everyone out. I'm thinking I may need to enlist some help!

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HA, i hear ya.... i put my 6mo. old in his sling while i vacuum and sweep and mop the floors, and then sometimes he'll fall asleep in the sling, then i can ly him down, and do other things...but i somehow can't get my bedroom picked up, putting away the laundry is the one thing i get backed up on!!!

Sara - posted on 11/12/2008

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can you ever? I have two little boys that come right behind me and wreck everything i clean. What I have found to work is just straighting through out the week and then on the weekends when my husband is home I "deep clean" so to speak.. dust and vaccum

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