Can't get it all done!
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Julia - posted on 09/23/2014
A clean house isn't always a "welcoming" house. We're a family with 5 kids ages 18 down to 11 months old. Keeping this house clean all the time is impossible. My oldest just graduated, but had her friends over here all the time last year. She told me that her friends told her that they love coming here because it's warm and there's a friendly atmosphere.
99% of the time you can't even see my kitchen table through the junk that gets piled on it, my laundry room is off of my kitchen so there's almost always clothes on the kitchen floor and there's almost always folded laundry on our couch. All that matters is how welcoming YOU are. ;) So be friendly and happy and people will enjoy being at your house.
Chet - posted on 09/21/2014
We have this problem too. We're a family of six, and it's very difficult to stay on top of everything...
I feel like it's impossible to ever get everything completely clean and organized because somebody is always dumping out a toy, doing a craft, dirtying dishes, outside getting clothes muddy, spreading out their work across the floor, etc. A one hour swimming class for three kids produces a full load of laundry... then we set up a pool in the backyard and it got way worse! Three meals, plus snacks for six people, and we have enough dirty dishes to fill the dishwasher twice every day. And yes, if I focus on one big job everything else falls behind.
To a certain extent, you just need to lower your standards. There's an expression that "cleaning a house while children are growing is like shovelling snow while it's still snowing". You just need to accept that some unfolded laundry or dirty dishes in the sink never killed anybody. Toys on the floor aren't the end of the world. A house is welcoming because of the people who are in it, not because it's immaculate.
It helps to just have less stuff too. I'm pretty strict about new things coming into the house. Having less stuff to create mess and clutter makes things easier.
Another thing I've found is restricting certain things to certain areas of the helps. Crafts are confined to one area. Certain toys are for outside, and others are for inside. There are a few toys in the living room, but most have to stay upstairs.
My mother in law also had four kids and she had one kid free room right next to the front door. If somebody stopped by unexpectedly, and the house was a huge disaster, she just brought them into the sitting room and they never saw the rest of the house. You need space for that though.
Cora - posted on 09/21/2014
Its hard to keep the place clean, there is no magic fix here, unless you are wonder woman an enjoy pottering around from sunup to sundown cleaning when you have little ones. It will be hard to always keep the house looking its best, kids are messy and family and friends understand this. Dont be so hard on yourself, as the kids get older you can allocate them chores and this helps alot to keep things running smoothly.
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