Saturdays full of built up housework, while others are out having fun

Shan - posted on 04/23/2016 ( 8 moms have responded )

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How do other working mom's get all their housework done during the week after coming home so tired from working all day and helping the kids with homework, making dinner, and getting out to walk the dogs in the evenings? LOL my saturdays become a day of doing laundry all day long and cleaning inbetween loads of laundry... Then, I look on Facebook and all my friends are all out having fun on Saturday... I know this is only for a short season in life (until the kids are grown) so I am thankful to have housework to do and a family to take care of. I just feel the kids are missing out on doing more fun family things we could be doing before they are grown and gone. Does anyone have suggestions?
My kids are teenagers and have so much homework, they do help with chores, but they have limited time to help themselves.

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Sarah - posted on 04/25/2016

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If you look at if for a team perspective it helps. I did initially feel badly asking my busy, busy kids pitch in; but that's what a team does. Pick up when another member needs support. A big bonus is it also eliminates the 'My job from your job' attitude. this is a home and for us all to enjoy the benefits of spare time and a tidy house; then we need to support one another.

Shan - posted on 04/23/2016

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thanks for the advice, the kids could help more, it seems they do so much already, and have a heavy school load so I guess I dont want to put more on them. They do do quite a few chore already.

Michelle - posted on 04/23/2016

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Are you a single Mother?
If so then you should be getting the kids to do more. They can put their laundry on, my kids have been doing it for a few years now. It takes a couple of minutes. They can even do it 1 day during the week (I'm assuming they get home before you).
They can also do the dishes. Yes, I get that they are teens but they are also helping make the mess. Why is it just up to you to clean the house?

If you have a husband then what is he doing?
Mine does his own laundry and does the dishes each night (I cook).
Just because you are the Mother, doesn't mean you have to do everything as well as work.

Sarah - posted on 04/23/2016

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I get your kids are teens and are busy, mine are too. Between sports, school activities and academics they are run ragged. i do however expect them to do certain chores. If they want to sleep in a bit, on Saturday or Sunday that is fine; but they must budget enough time to get some household help as well. My kids do their own laundry and we rotate bathrooms, garbage collection, dusting and vacuuming. I do the toilets and tubs just cause I really want those clean.
In addition to Mary's tips, i have two sets of storage cubes. One is for all thing school, the other is all things sports. I have four kids is a whole mess of activities and this cuts down the clutter and you always know where you knee pads or library book should be!

Shan - posted on 04/23/2016

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Thanks Mary for your reply and input, its much appreciated. I will see what I can do laundry wise during the week nights. I really hope to get more energy to do this. I have limited time due to my kids homework, short walk I get to take for my sanity (due to a very stressful job) and making dinner, etc. I dont get home until about 6pm or later from work. I just hope one day to get a hold of this somehow. The house cleaning does not take me near as long, your estimates are right for that.

Mary - posted on 04/23/2016

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Hi Shan,
I will start by telling what I did (when I was a working mom). In order for my home to look less messy during the week, I would try (my hardest) to pick up behind myself. Make the bed after I got up, make sure I always hit the laundry basket when tossing end of day clothes, always putting the dishes in the sink when I'm done with them. Wiping the table down after dinner, wiping down the kitchen counters after I did the dishes at night. Doing a lot of little things everyday like that can really make your house look clean during the week. On Sat's I would wake up and immediately start doing my deep cleaning. That is when I would dust, vacuum, mop, clean the tub. All those things that take up a bit more time. I would literally grab my cleaning spray, window cleaner and vacuum and go room to room. I would hustle and keep my butt moving till I was done. And when I started doing it that way, I would set the timer on my phone for 15mins per room. You would be really surprised how quickly you really can get it all done in 15 or less. I found that when I did it that way, and I started at lets say 8am, the whole house was clean by 11. And that is if there was some things that took a little extra time. That would also give me and my family the whole rest of the day to do whatever we wanted. The laundry I also did on Sat's as well, and friday nights I would make sure it was all down in the laundry room waiting. Then I would start it first thing, and say whenever I had finished a room, I would go down and switch it. But I will say, to avoid a mountain of laundry on Sat's you should try to do it more often during the week. Even if you don't have time to put it away, just to have done is more than half the battle. Take it down the night before so its ready. I think the key really is to take it one room at a time, be quick and proficient with what your doing, and put a timer on, to limit how much time your spending in each room doing things. And just to add, I would at times, run into things that needed some extra time like places that need organized, things like that. That I would do every month or so on its own specific day. Hope that was helpful!

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