What type of schedule do you stay at home moms have?

Deanna - posted on 07/19/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I am a stay at home mom with a 5 year old who will turn 6 in August and will be in 1st grade and a 4 year old who will turn 5 in October and will be in Pre K for 3 hours a day I have requested the morning class for him but will not find out until closer to the first day of school which is on Aug 23. I am trying to get on a cleaning schedule that will allow me to have the majority of our apartment if not all of it cleaned before I have to pick up my son from school. I have a 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath living room and kitchen and 2 cats the kids found and wanted to keep. I was just wondering what kind of cleaning schedules do you stay at home mom's have days times ect. Any positive advice will be appreciated as I do all of the cleaning and taking care of the kids pretty much by myself. My husband works 6 days a week usually and on his 1 to 2 days off if he doesn't work Saturdays he is tired to clean and do much of anything. Thanks in advance

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Heather - posted on 07/20/2011

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check out flylady.net - she's got some good ideas for cleaning schedules :)

Lady Heather - posted on 07/22/2011

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Like the previous Heather said - flylady! I'm now on a modified version of her schedule (I give myself more time to do the morning stuff). I like it because you can sort of grow into it. She doesn't make you feel like you're awful if you couldn't do all the nitpicky stuff. But it really helps get you on track with the basics and the better you get the more you can add on to your regular routine. She also does quick things constantly so that nothing ever gets awful (like the swish and swipe of the bathroom - takes about 5 minutes for my two bathrooms each morning and keeps it at least presentable for guests stopping by). Works for me and I am usually a disorganized mess. Ha.

Sal - posted on 07/19/2011

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2 hours without the kids around equals about 5 hours with them. i always start the day with putting a load of washing on, it doens;t matter rain or sun i have a load to do everyday (and some where to hang in wet weather) as my laundry is just out of my bath room i do it before anything at all, even if it doesn;t get hung until after the school run it is done, i also unpack my dishwasher as my coffee is boiling in the morning so then it is just a matter of poping the breakfast dishes in as the kids finish eating, i also get what ever i am making for dinner orgainised then, take meat out of the freezer or what ever, i even put a slow cooker on then if i can, the kids are old enough to do a few chores in the morning that would make your cleaning so much easier, get the kids to out pjs away (or in the wash what ever you do) pick up any toys from the living area and bed room floors, it is very little for them but makes a load of difference when you come home, quickly making a bed and vaccuming the floor takes no time if thats all that has to be done, i do vaccum every day in the main areas, i clean the kids bathroom while they are bathing, this is also when i fold the laundry and get the put away, and becasue i do it everyday there is hardly any to do, and i try and do a bigger job everyday when i have a few moments to spare, i clean the fridge out before i go shopping, i hang all the clothes before i iron them and iron as needed. One big thing i have found is that i have a place for everything, and then it is easy to put them back, if something is sitting arround i either make a place to keep it or get rid of it, sounds harsh but works,

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My house is about the size of your apartment, and I can clean the entire thing in about 2 hours. The great thing about cleaning while kids are at school is that they don't immediately come behind you and tear it up! You get so much more done, and so much faster without little ones distracting you!

Basically, I set a kitchen timer ($8 at Target) for 15 minutes in each room, then I clean that room non-stop until it dings. I usually have enough time to de-clutter, vacuum, quick dust or polish, and maybe insides of the windows.
I do the bedroom, one bathroom (I alternate the bathrooms, so they each get cleaned every other day), and at least 3 other rooms (which ever need it most) every day.
I clean the kitchen after meals, so it never gets really dirty, but I do usually spend 15 minutes 2-3 times a week to clean out the fridge and wash the shelves, wipe out the microwave, mop (like a good mop--not the quick thing I do after dinner every night), and polish the knobs and faucets.

I take breaks between rooms to fold & sort laundry. I always do my bedroom first thing so that my bed is made up, and I can fold laundry on it. That forces me to have it put away by the end of the day because I can't get in bed if the laundry is folded on it.

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Brennis - posted on 07/26/2011

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My family is kind of do as you please, although we are on a sleeping schedule. I have a 2.5 year old and a 3 month old. Let your children help you. My 2 year old will find her socks and take them to her room. If i get a tub for her toys, she puts them up herself. Otherwise i try to do a little cleaning whenever they let me, but i try to not let it be all my kids see me do. I have a 4 bedroom house and 2 indoor cats.

Cori - posted on 07/24/2011

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I get up with my 2 year old around 7am just before my husband leaves for work. I get his breakfast and mine first thing. After breakfast is our play time/quiet time. I'm 8 months pregnant and getting to stay home for the first time since my maternity leave. He brings me books and and toys and that is our special time. When it gets closer to lunch time I do a bit of cleaning while I make lunch. I usually feed him first and don't sit down to eat myself until he is done. It takes me so long to eat right now because of heartburn. So he gets to play for a bit on his own and wind down for his nap while I eat. Sometimes I clean while he is napping and sometimes I rest. It really just depends on how tough or easy he has been during the day. Honestly, I don't really have a schedule. I pick up the restrooms and wipe them down every couple days but I only deep clean them about once a week or every two. The living room and kitchen get at least decluttered every day but get really cleaned every few days. Some things I would normally do myself I have to wait for my husband to help me with now. I don't mind dusting and vacuuming but I have hard time bending over. Good luck with your schedule! I like the idea of setting a timer and cleaning whatever room for however long you have.

Christine - posted on 07/24/2011

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ps. jobs like hanging out the washing can have little helps pass the pegs, maybe incorporating find the blue peg etc. here folding is done all together. everyone puts there own dishes into the sink/dishwasher, sweeping is something little ones can also start on, they might not get it all but at least they are having a go.

Christine - posted on 07/24/2011

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I found by getting the kids to joing in on the cleaning it helped a heap. They got a sence of accomplishment out of it as well as they were doing grown up things. If you approach it as a game it is more likely to work. How quick can we pick up the toys, clean the bathroom etc etc. by having a fun activity in between chores it breaks it up. slam dunking toys into a basket helps them to pick up things, who scored the most "baskets". giving them there own wash cloths and buckets helps them too. now that my daughter is older (11) it is part of her weekly chores to clean the guest toilet and bathroom, while we clean ours off our bedroom. we have races who can clean it the best and the quickest. I still follow up with a fun activity, which may be free play or doing something fun together like paint our toe nails. It is amazing how much pride our little ones get from helping do the chores. especially to tell dad once he is home how they have helped mum. make sure he makes a bit a of a fuss over them for helping as this all adds up to positive reinforcement. good luck and hope this helps.

Jamie - posted on 07/24/2011

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Wow, many of you do a lot of cleaning! I want to check out the website the others suggested but right now, what I do is a little each day-about 30 minutes-1 hour depending if I need to vacuum. When my daughter was a baby putting things in her mouth, I vacuumed everyday, but not now. It's a nice idea lol, but I just don't have the time as a single mom with a business. So, I try to clean up after every meal or do it at night if its a busy day. I fix the beds every morning, tidy up if there's something to be put away, clean the litter boxes, and pick up the dog's poop outside. What works best for me is to make sure things get put away right after you use it and I make my daughter do the same. I have found that if I do a little each day, I am not overwhelmed and I certainly don't clean the whole house every day. I like it clean but I don't nit pick. Everyone has their own standards. I do laundry all in one day or one load a day, depending on what my schedule for the week is like. I try to look at the mail every day and throw it out if its needed or else organize it. Any other jobs that aren't daily, like garbage or mowing, I fit into my schedule as i have time. My thought is that I'm not going to spend my whole life cleaning and I wouldn't even if I wasn't a single mom-although that forces me to not have to have everything perfect but still clean to my standard.

Donna - posted on 07/22/2011

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honestly, I don't know what it's like to have to actually clean house. I have an 8 year old that constantly makes messes. Besides, I have an ongoing medical condition that doesn't allow me to get down on my hands and knees and scrub the floors, no hard labor for this kid. I can't do it all, nor do I try. Yes, I'll put the dishes in the dishwasher and put them away when they're dry, but as for dusting, vacuuming, sweeping and mopping - I leave all of that to my husband to do. He prefers it be done a certain way so I let him do it. I make sure things are picked up and the house isn't cluttered, but the heavy duty stuff is done by him. We like this arrangement. It works for us and keeps me out of the hospital!

Toni - posted on 07/22/2011

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When I get up, I feed the boys(i have three ages almost 8, 5, and 16 months) then I clean up the kitchen, wipe table counters, and sweep the floor. Then I just clean the rest of the house and have beds made, floor cleaned, bathroom scrubbed, and whatever else by lunch. Then we play until time to make dinner. After dinner I reclean the kitchen and load the dishwasher(which is a new one for me). Then I can relax for a while before bed. Once you get into a routine, you do it without even thinking about it. :)

Stifler's - posted on 07/20/2011

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I just don't have a clean house. I do housework and then it gets undone so I'm like oh well at least i did it. I do all the washing there is to be done,e very day so I don't have 60 loads to do tomorrow and stack the dishwasher as I go.

Sahar - posted on 07/20/2011

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i have a 11 months baby girl.she sleeps at 8 pm so i do things that i cant finish when is up.her fav thing to watch is me hoovering the house .i have a dog too.i usualy hoover everyday.but cooking and doing my stuff postponed after 8

Amanda - posted on 07/19/2011

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I normally do it in the afternoon.
I hoover everyday, normally around 2pm, the majority of the kids toys that are in the lounge room get put away then. I get the kids to tidy their rooms as I am running the bath after tea. The kitchen gets cleaned every night after dinner. I unpack and reload the diswasher while I am making tea for everyone so I only have a few things to put in when we're done. Then I will mop the floors every other night at around 7.15 when the kids are in bed. I do the 2 bathrooms, and toilets on a Saturday morning. The washing gets done every day in the morning but I don't always put it away every day.
Cleaning the oven gets done when Hubby is around to keep the kids out of the way and I'm really and with dusting and polishing.

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