How can I keep the dirt down?

Constance - posted on 06/04/2011 ( 49 moms have responded )

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This is my issue. I am a complete neat freak. Recently I remove all the carpet in the house and went to hardword floors. I sweep almost every hour and I still can get a dirtpan full in almost every room. I don't allow shoes to be worn inthe house. I even blush off my dogs feet and fur before she can go anywhere other than the mud room. Everybody comes in through the backdoor right into the mud room. I have rugs ouside and inside the door.
This is driving me insane!!!! Suggestions please.

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Santos - posted on 01/19/2013

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Christy - posted on 06/05/2011

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Drink a few drinks and you will feel better. (Just kidding).

You have to mentally limit yourself....in other words, don't worry so much, since the entire Earth is made up of dirt, and some of it will end up in your house. I don't say this to be mean, since I am also a clean freak and had to learn this the hard way.

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Amanda - posted on 01/21/2013

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Honey I understand where ur coming from & I have a 8yr old daughter with asthma so I understand that as well. But honey with hardwood floors ur NEVER going 2 get all the dirt up. I would try sweeping & damp mopping in the morning then repeating that in the afternoon then at night do a good mopping. That will help some not much but some. My mom has hardwood floors in her while house I have them in some room but I have carpet in 2 of the rooms. The damp mopping helps to collect some of the dust that sweeping alone misses. Even if u just use water without any cleaners it will still collect more of the dust then sweeping alone. Because ur main problem or at least my main problem is dust & u can dust everyday but when u have hardwood floors its hard 2 get up all the dust.

Annie - posted on 06/08/2011

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I am a third generation compulsive floor cleaner, lol. I have had to learn to be a little more relaxed, otherwise I would go insane! I have a large micro-fiber thing that helps with the dog hair. I got a Bissell sweep and steam for valentines day, and I love it. We only have carpet in our basement. I can do all of the floors on the main level in 20 minutes and that includes moving most of the furniture. I clean the floors once in the morning and once when the baby goes to bed. Other then that I just try to deal with it. Oh and we have a long haired dog.
It sound to me like you are doing all you can already! Good luck, I feel you pain.

Stifler's - posted on 06/08/2011

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I would kick the dog out to be an outside dog if you can sweep every hour and still pick up dirt.

Crystal - posted on 06/08/2011

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Ok so this might sound mean. But YOU need help. Not your family. This is a real problem and you need to see some one about it and maybe get on some med's. I used to be like this and it cost me many friends and my ex tried to take my kids because they where stressed from trying to keep them self's clean 24/7. My husband told me to get help and I did. I still demand a clean house but not a museum and there is a BIG difference. It is ok to have some dirt it wont kill any one and it does not make you a bad mom if there is a little mess in the house as long as there is no filth. And I had to learn the difference. Take it easy and relax YOU will fill better if you do.

Constance - posted on 06/06/2011

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Thank you Cynthia. It has been really difficult the past few monthes with my daughter.

We knew when I 28wks that something was wrong butwe didn't know what. When they did the ultrasound everything measured at 28wks growth, but her legs were already at 32wks of growth. I preapered myself for that.When she was diagnosed shortly after she was born I did so much research and reading to learn as much as I could. As a baby she defidently had some major problem but the older she gets the more it effects her. She is always being diagnosed with something new. When I was told that they would have to do surgery to repair the problem. I broke down and cried for hours. I have been holding everything together so well but this was too much for me. I am ok now she ha awonderful nuerosurgeon an I know he will do a wonderful job with her.

Cynthia - posted on 06/06/2011

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If I could make a suggestion?? Perhaps what you need is a separate 'cabin' before the back door with separate toilet room and a separate shower room and a change room so all that muck never gets in the house in the first place. I think you are an amazing person. I have five children all grown now, and we often had another four babysat kids plus another four neighbours kids in and out of our home. fortunately the dirtiest my kids got was mountain biking in the forest trails and playing soccer. We had a large back hall and all the kids used the back door and the toilet and laundry were off the hall. and while I had kids with asthma, and allergies, I wasn't and still am not much of a house keeper, I dealt with mold and I kept my kids diets free of additives and allergy triggers. I could never have done what you do obviously your kids get their high energy from their mum and you are doing a fine job directing all that massive amount of energy in contructive manner.
I think if you can keep the muck out of your home and perhaps reduce the number of people trekking through by having an exterior space for the older kids and friends to hang (a sunroom style hangout room so you can keep an eye from the main house when your daughter comes home from the hospital,(you'll need a quieter enviroment while she is convalesing! )

I would also recommend if possible tha you see if you can take a vacation before your daughters surgery just a few days so you can lay down your burdens and just stop for a short time and breath, get pampered with massages, stretch with yoga, pray, walk in nature with quiet time to reflect. You are an amazing person and need to feed your spirit and your body for this next marathon of love, God Bless you.

Constance - posted on 06/06/2011

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I know I grew up on a farm in the fucking booney's. We had every type of farm animal, atv's. dirt bike, and hell I am a hell of a shot with a rifle. I wish I didn't have to be such a neat freak all the time. I prefer my kitchen.

But hey on a really aweome positive note my husband is coming home for 5 days in July it has been almost 4 monthes since we have seen him. I only realized about a weeks ago that I really miss him.

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 06/06/2011

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Washers, hoses, matts, and mud rooms ♥

on a side note, Constance.... i went to an easter egg hunt where the moms did it indoors. i asked why, it was a beautiful day outside and they had a big grass back yard
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'it rained yesterday. i dont want the kids getting dirty'
and they all agreed on how aweful it is to clean after a dirty kid. shaking their heads no, in disgust

i quit hanging out with them like a week later

my son had his first mudd puddle when the first storm hit! we dirt bike, camp, travel, hike..... no way am I anti mud..... geeeeeeeeeez :)

Constance - posted on 06/06/2011

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Cynthia, I have on average about 30 kids in and out all the time. Almost all my kids particpate in extreme sports, so the are always dragging in the dirt. I try keeping it mantained but it defidently is the hardest thing I deal with.

Constance - posted on 06/06/2011

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Ok ladies I apprieciate the advice, but really I am not OCD at all. I have always been someone that if the dishes don't get done that night then we will get them in the morning. Ever since my youngest was born everything had to change for her. She has too many medical problems and it is necessary for her health for me to be the way I am.

If you go down in the post you will see exactly why I have to do this. I am not upset or angry. It does make me laugh to hear it. I agree that the earth is covered in dirt and that doesn't bother me at all. I'm from the country and I like it that way. Just the dust that really all. It is nothing for my kids to come in the house coverred in mud. The way I look at it they are kids and I want them to be kids. That's why washers were invented.

Cynthia - posted on 06/06/2011

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Where do you live that you have that much dirt coming in?
The only time I had that much muck coming in my doors was when we moved into a brand new house in a subdivision that had no proper road, sidewalks or lawns installed, I basically hosed my kids off when the weather got hot and hauled them to the tub upstairs two or three times a day.
Have you tried shutting the doors and windows?

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LMAO people she's not OCD she has to keep her house clean for a purpose!!!!!!!!!!! Stop saying that

Steph - posted on 06/06/2011

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Try the Bissell Pet Vacuum that has the V-shaped head. Its cheap online and it does a great job. I have dark hard wood floors and a Beagle with White hair so I can see it every where and this baby does the job. But it takes some time getting used to the V shape head and no brushes to scratch the floors just rubber stripes to catch all the dirt,dust and hairs.
Check it out. hope this helps and maybe you might have a little OCD that you might want to look in to. If not your just a clean freak, in a good way no problems with that.

Camille - posted on 06/06/2011

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Well, I used to be like that. That is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I'm not on medication for that but I have come to peace with the fact that the whole Earth has dirt. I still freak out sometimes but it is not that bad as before. Who is Farts Are Funny???

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Does that make you feel better Katherine that you figured Farts out? LOL

Valari - posted on 06/05/2011

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Rainbow vac...it is the vacuum that the dirt goes into water and then you dispose of dirty water. It has a ton of attachments...even a steam cleaner kinda one. It is expensive.

Constance - posted on 06/05/2011

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Thanks Jane I will look into this vacuum system. It looks like it could be very helpful to keep the air quality clean. Which I really need for my daughter. No cost is too much when it comes to her.

Jane - posted on 06/05/2011

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A vacuum cleaner will get rid of the dust better than a broom, although how well it does will depend on the filter quality of the vacuum.

The best vacuums for ridding a house of dust are central vacuum cleaning systems. These machines suck vast amounts of air, dirt and dust from your home and the exhaust air is blasted outdoors. So all dust leaves the house or is captured in the central vacuum units bag or canister. The only way the dust can get back in is if you have open windows or windows with poor seals. You can fit an existing house with a central vacuum system. It might not be cheap but it will do the trick.

You can also check your windows and doors and see if the seals are still good. If they aren't, have them replaced to keep dust from coming in from outside.

If the dust is worse in a specific room, then you might consider a free-standing HEPA or electrostatic filtering system.

You can also consider getting a Roomba, a robot vacuum that scurries around constantly gathering dust. Some examples: http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keyword...

Constance - posted on 06/05/2011

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No I went the herbal route. I started treatment the same time as one of the wives that husband works with mine. Her was more extreme and mine was little by little. Her husband moved into a hel for a week wih the kids and dog. Because her hormones were so off balanced and all she was doing was screaming at everybody and everything.

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awwwww lol
That's good. They probably put you on meds? I dunno what kind though. I just know if my aunt ever wanted to have her Hyper fixed they had to kill it and stick her on meds for ever so she never did anything about it.

Constance - posted on 06/05/2011

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Believe or not she is completely athletic. She has hips, thighs, my bubble ass, and boobs. Not boney at all. She is a bmx stunt girl. She s better than most of her friends. She has been completely miserable because all her gear has been under lock and key for about 3 weeks. She broke her elbow doing a stunt. In the rain. She really found out her tires don't have traction. LOL

Yeah I hadn't ben that heavy since I was preggers with #4. Lots of water retention. Really sucked. At least now I know what caused it this time and I am treating it. So I am happy.

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wow...... tell her don't stress.. women being 5'10 are jealous of her 140 weight (which depending on her structure is either exactly healthy or under weight) I'm 5'9 and am chuuuuuunky...... never been a 00 in my life lol always a 16 I swear



you're short :) awwww the 100 lbs must have been excruciating to you then :( i gain 100 and i just fill out more, I swear I hardly look much different...... which is good and bad lol my mom said my thighs are getting huge but i cant walk much being pregnant all the time (having 1 baby right after the other) I just want to get it over and done with. hopefully i'll stick to that plan I cannot wait until I can function properly again.... and exercise more.. heck I'd settle for being able to clean my house on my own again

Constance - posted on 06/05/2011

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Yeah no kidding. I have been very lucky when it comes to food and my children's choices. If I just let them go in and decide what they want 5 will go straight to prodce and 2 to the meat department. They will eat junk on occasion but if they have the choice they prefer fruit smoothies over milkshakes.
Today is one of those special days I am making brownies. They haven't had them for about 2 monthes so they will be thrlled. They are bottomless pits though. I am amazed how much they eat and none of them are heavy. My daughter is a fucking 00 and she gets mad because she weighs a 140lbs but she is almost 5'10 only 7 inches taller than me. Drives me nuts.

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lol nice
I plan weekly too.... I'm surprised at how much cheaper produce is at some of the mexican markets. Even the bigger markets, they had a sale on cucumbers like 10 for a dollar, 5 for a dollar........ where as Stater Brothers (ca supermarket company) wanted 1$ for one. I told my boyfriend....... go see if those markets are clean safe and in a good neighborhood... lol

Constance - posted on 06/05/2011

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All my kids. Niece is 19, nephew almost 16, daughter 15, nephew almost 14, son 10, son 7, and daughter 6.
My brothe is a dick he took a 5 yr vacation between state prison and just not bothering, there mother is worthless drugs, drinking and abusive dickhead and time in jail. He threw my babies( they are my babies not his, I have taken care of them a hell of a lot loner then he has ever bothered.) He threw them out because of the new wife who hppens to be a teacher somebody I want teaching my kids. Not on your life. The best part I take 3/4 of is money now. Poor baby.
I am an extreme couponer. I have to be but it is nice to pay about 1/3 of what I normally would wthout them. I have to do my sister's because she is way too unorganized and impatient to plan out the week. And to stay on her healthy lifestyle.

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Where do you find the energy? I have none..... maybe I need your grocery list :) lol

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Daaaaaaaaaamn, that bites! I'm so sorry to hear. My family struggles with a lot of thyroid issues too. My aunt is hyper and my cousin is hypo. :(

How old are your daughters? That has to be really hard on you.

I'm always amazed at how much we can live through, right? Look at you.. I would definiatly be on Valium wow.. but even on top of that you took in your brothers kids. You should get a mom of the year gold star sticker

Constance - posted on 06/05/2011

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Most peope like of me as the completely insane super mommy. I have 7 kids that live in the house then add their friends typically another 20 or moe daily. Homeschool 1my oldest and teach her all A.P. classes and my youngest will stay home nxt year. I attend college online work fultime from home, do all the grocery shooping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, homework helper, taxi, and eveything ese they need. Also make my sister's menu and make her grocery list weekly and which stores she need to go to to save as much money as possiable. My mom and her boyfriend. It never ends but truthfully I wouldn't have it any other way.

Constance - posted on 06/05/2011

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I used to be realy small then my thyroid stopped working, so the pounds packed on in less than a year over a 100 lbs. In the past 4 wks I have lost 25lbs. so 75lbs. to go.

With youngest she was born with a birth defect CCA or Beals Syndrome. It cause multiple issues. She has 15 specialist and sees 3 3x's week, 6 2x's a month, a couple more at least once a month if not more, and then a couple luckly only a couple times a year. Just resently she was diagnosed with Chari (prononunced keare) Malformation 1. It effects the back and base of her skull. Her cerubelum falls into the opening of her skull compressing her spinal cord. It causes her to have really severe dibilitating headaches, too much spinal fluid in in here spinal column and on her brain. She has to have another surgery to put tubes in her eys, and remove her tonsales an adnoids. Excuse the spelling medica terms are a pain the ass. Eventually she has to have both hips replaced. She has to take daily meds as well. For her asthma alone she takes a preventive inhaler, min. 3 more treatments with her nubulizer, her rescue inhaler up to 10 more times a day, and she also takes liquid steroids to help keep her lungs open. She takes a preventive for her headaches and motrin, and tylenol several times a day. Seizures that are getting worse. She isn't my only one that is diabiled my other daughter is as well. I doo get stretched thin and my husband works and lives out of state. He has to though the pay and insurance it way tooo good for him to leave the company. It is a good company though when it is time for her surgeries they are going to let him come home and work from home and they are going to ship his records here s well. I just had to get the same security clearence and sign confidentially agreements if I see any of his work. I have my own shit to look at he can have all that crazyness all by himself. LOL

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Oh, and I'd be either in mortal agony or really skinny doing that much work.........dang lol

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OOOooooooooooh........ that really bites hun. What kind of surgery? I would be mortified if my kid wasn't home healing too..... so I understand.

Valium is wonderful... don't care what anyone says. It was my life saver which finally allowed me to get dental work done for the first time in 10 years without being put under. 1 tiny little 3$ pill cured my anxieties for 30 minutes to allow an extraction. It's been such a stress reliever for me being able to go to the dentist like a normal person now! Yayyyyy for some drugs lol

Hmmmmmmm... How much would a wind tunnel cost? Hahaha

Hmmmmm... hardwood floors are hard, everything just blows around. We had tile and it was like that - my mom would sweep, vaccuum and mop and 10 minutes later there would be hair balls floating out from under couches and other odd areas?! Dunno what to suggest with that...... except maybe something that is less difficult to use like a wet mop/swiffer system that way you're not bending over so much?

Constance - posted on 06/05/2011

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@Katherine, I am really picky about things I put n my home still haven't found what is just right.

@Farts, Yeah I do have a minum of 7 running around. I beat you to the valium already have a perscription. I walk around my house bare foot and I can't stand the dirt getting on my furniture. When you do have that many kids there are certain things that have to be done. Also 3 of my kids are my brother's. I just recently regained custody of them. My brother is an asshole so for my protection against false claims with CPS. I have a permenant social worker that comes to my house. Most visits are schedualed but some aren't. Mostly I clean the way I do because my youngest daughter has a comprimised immune system. She has really bad asthma and she has mupltiple other issues that reqire surgery. One of he surgeries will take her 6 mon. min. to recover and I have to have a full time nurse to help me tak care of her. If I can't keep my house at a certain level of clean then she will hve to recover in the hospital. I just can't imagine her having to be there without me at all. I can't be in both places at once.
I wish sometimes I could just take a day off but it isn't a reallity for me.

Just to let everyone know too. All my kids have chores and the only thing that I have to do is keep the air quality good and the dirt off the floor.

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By the way...... don't you have like 7 kids running amok?!

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Take some valium...... crap honey I'd go insane if I did all that!!!!!! Seriously.. Why are you sweeping every hour?! I think you should come to terms and only sweep once a day. Focus some of that good energy on more positive expidentures because kids rake the dirt in :) there's no getting around it...... unless you fly trap them to the wall when they come in and install one of those huge wind tunnels in your mud room

Constance - posted on 06/04/2011

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Thanks Elfrieda! I see you are smart ass like me and Shannin. LOL I try to do the swiffer thing but my kids will use them on everything else.
Oh yeah I am going to kill the 16 year old he broke the broom on the 14 year back. He is soooooooooooooooo grounded and so is the 14 year old for hitting first. I am going to put my brother in an early grave.

Shannintipton - posted on 06/04/2011

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Hey Constance,
Make them take their feet off. How do you have time to do all that cleaning with your crazy schedules. Good job. Better woman than I. I just step over heaps of dirty clothes and stack dishes. Smash the trash down before I will finally empty it. Leave laundry in the dryer and pick daily wear from the dryer. Blow crumbs on the floor with my hair dryer. Write my name in the dust. Vacuum, . . . what is that. LOL Good luck.

Elfrieda - posted on 06/04/2011

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Use a swiffer. It really works nicely, but just use the dry ones because the wet ones have nasty chemicals in.
On the positive side, all that dirt was still there before, it was just trapped in your carpet! At least now you can see it. :)

Constance - posted on 06/04/2011

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I left that out I do three times a day. I also change the filter on my HVAC unit weekly and have the airducts cleaned bymonthly

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