Do You Pick Up or Do You Super Clean

Shannon - posted on 05/10/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Everyday day I feel like I am cleaning up. What I really need to do is super clean the house. Does anyone else just pick up around the house or do you really super clean? I feel like I am always cleaning. I pick up after everyone in the house and it is getting old. I wish there was a way that I can clean the house and not have to clean again til next week and I know that can't happen. How do you keep a house clean when you have a 8 and 10 year old who just disrespected what you have spend the whole day cleaning to go mess it up again. And don't ask about their rooms because I have deceided that I am not going back in their rooms because I take all day to clean it and right after I leave they go in and throw things on the floor. So do you super clean everyday or do you just pick up. Does anyone have any ideas on how to keep it clean.

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Stifler's - posted on 11/26/2011

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Just pick up. I feel like I need to spring clean too but never do.

Tamara - posted on 11/26/2011

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I do super cleaning On Tuesday and Friday the rest is just pick up. I figure I am not a maid so I just picked two days I figure we Have company on Weekends and Wed and Thursdays so those two days work the best for deeper cleaning. but pick up every day.

Ashley - posted on 11/25/2011

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My 4 year old already does simple chores to earn his privileges... I think you should definitely get your 8 and 10 year olds to as well.
As for deep cleaning I do one room every day usually the kitchen everyday (dishes and sweeping) and the bathroom as my little guy is a bad aimer :) But I like to leave most of it for my sunday big slean with my husband.

Karen - posted on 11/25/2011

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I don't understand why 8 & 10 years old aren't helping you clean up or helping you clean their rooms. My kids are still very young (just 1 and 2) but I'm trying to get them in the habit of cleaning up after themselves right now. They help clean up their toys at least once a day, sometimes more. I have the kids toys sorted into various small boxes and we try to only get one set of toys (blocks, Little People, crayons/coloring books, etc) out at a time. It makes clean up much easier.

Candhl - posted on 11/25/2011

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At 8 and 10 there is no excuse for that. My son is 5 and I expect him to clean his room, that is not something I reward him for because it is his room and his responsibility. I do keep his room clutter free and he only has 1 toy box, keeping the toys to a minimum helps him be able to keep it clean. Having a ton of toys to pick up is overwhelming. My son also helps with things like picking trash up,putting shoes on the shelf, picking up laundry and any other easy chore he can do. I think you need to give them more responsibility, starting with keeping their rooms clean themselves. Then add little things from there. It will make your life much easier and teach them to respect your hard work.

Alissia - posted on 05/10/2010

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This is when you can start giving the kids more clean up responsibilities. My mom made me and my sisters each responsible for a room in the house (living room, kitchen, etc.; or you could start small with a chore like dishes or vacuuming) At first, she had to do it with us to show us how and then monitor while we did it to make sure we did it right. After that, we were expected to do it right and got consequences when we didn't (taking priviledges away, punishment, no allowance, etc.). If your kids, do it right they can be rewarded or just make it a matter of preparing them for the real world. Maybe then your kids will begin to appreciate you for all the cleaning you do everyday. Making them responsible for their home will help them grow into adults that are responsible at their jobs and their own homes. Like they say, it TRULY does START AT HOME!!!

Leah - posted on 05/10/2010

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I have a 1 and 3 year old so I super clean 2 times a week sat and tues. the rest of the time I just pick up the house. my 3 year old has to pick up her room b4 bed every night. your kids are old enough to help out. I cleanned my mothers house at the age of 8 every sat. and did dishes every night by ten I washed my own clothes. there is no reason why you should have to do everything. I understand that some people like to do everything for their kids but having them do things like clean their rooms dishes and wash their own clothes not only get them ready for real life but helps you out as well.

Medic - posted on 05/10/2010

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My 3 year old cleans up his mess and my husband when he's home(he's military) does most of the cleaning, so I really just have to pick up after my 3 month old and myself. I pick one thing a day to tackle and I never really have to super clean. I do the bathrooms while my son takes a bath, I do the kitchen as I cook, and the things like laundry, the floors, and anything else have a day. There is no reason why your kids cannot help pull their weight, my three year old just gets told he can't come out of his room till its clean and I make sure he thinks we are ALL having FUN without him.

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I dont have kids that old but I totally understand! I pick up, do the dishes daily, I sweep and mop once a week, then deep deep clean like dust and steam clean once a month. I kinda miss the days of deep cleaning once a week and mopping daily.

Breanne - posted on 05/10/2010

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i think ur kids r old enough 2 clean up there own mess. say somethin like no supper til u clean up ur mess. it works 4 me

Bethanie - posted on 05/10/2010

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The 8 and 10 yr olds need to own up to some household chores and responsibilities! They need to respect their personal spaces and the hard work you put in around the house! I don't have children this age, just a 22 month old, but I am already teaching him to put things back where he got them from and to not just throw them on the floor where he wants. As for me, I pick up daily as well as dishes and every few days, laundry. I "deep" clean about once a week, but will sometimes let it go longer if we've been really busy.

Gina - posted on 05/10/2010

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my kids aren't as old as yours,mine are only 5y and 6mos.but i got into the habit of picking up the neccisary things during the day ,like dishes and dusting,or soda cans. Then once everyone is in bed for the night,I go for the deep clean. It's always nice to go to bed tired and wake up to a clean home in the morning. This might work well for you too since your kids are in school all day. I, like you, hate seeing all my hard work go out the window as soon as the family walks in the door.

Also, your kids are plenty old enough to clean up their own messes! just stop picking up after them,if they want to find anything in their room then THEY will clean it up,the same for clean clothes. I was doing my own laundry @ 10 yrs old,and tall enough to reach the controls.

Give them a list of daily chores ,if they don't have one already. And a reward for each chore completed like vaccuming gets 15 mins on the computer or something.

Once they see what your NOT willing to put up with from them they will become more respectful to what you do when they are gone.

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I clean my house really good one day during the week and the rest of the week I just keep things picked up and try to stay on top of things like the dishes and laundry so that doesn't get backed up. We have a playroom for all the kid stuff so I try to keep their toys in that area. I'm not to concerned with their toys not being picked up as long as the toys stay in the playroom and the rest of the house stays clean.

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