How do I keep up with all the cleaning and laundry...overwhelmed!??

Amberly - posted on 12/12/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I am new at staying at home ( only for a few months). I find myself overwhelmed at times with the cleaning and laundry. We do not have a washer and dryer in the home, so I have to go to the laundry mat until we can afford it (because I am not working anymore). I have a very busy day with a time schedule for things like meals, playtime, baths, ect. but I can not seem to put together a good, sturdy cleaning routine for the week. Was wondering if anyone would help with sharing some of their weekly routines that will help me! Thanks!

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Elizabeth - posted on 12/14/2009

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When I had both of my kids at home I would break up the cleaning. I would clean the toilet on Monday, the sink on Tuesday, and the tub on Wednesday, mop on Thursday, and vacuum on Friday. It helped for me to set small cleaning goals and then I felt better when I finished them. So by saying I was only going to clean the toilet on Monday instead of the entire bathroom I felt less overwhelmed. I also tried writing a list and checking it off as I finished things. Good luck..it does get easier, but remember laundry and dishes will always be there so slow down and enjoy the kids while you are home with them.

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Megan - posted on 12/14/2009

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I like Elizabeth's advice - to break up the cleaning. Doing a little bit each day will make you feel less overwelmed and will also allow plenty of time for you to spend with your children and also maybe a little bit of time each day to relax on your own (perhaps if the children have a nap instead of cleaning do something you'd like to do).
I will often clean as soon as my baby girl goes down for her daytime sleeps, get approx half an hour's worth of cleaning done and then allow some time for me until she wakes. At the moment she's still having 3 sleeps a day, so that adds up to 1 & a half hours worth of chores. Doing this most days I end up getting everything done by the end of the week. Then of course try not to do too many chores when it's the weekend or when your partner's not working so that you can spend the time together. : )

Michelle - posted on 12/14/2009

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I totally understand you! sometimes it´s just never clean enough!... but i have learn that the attitude changes everything... if you clean with a bad mood its going to be worst... I try to pray out loud or in my mind so I won´t start complaining... that really helps... thinking about the great job i have at home it makes me feel proud about washing dishes every day.. jejej sometimes it helps to think about all the mothers that wishes to stay home with their kids instead of working late hours... it makes me feel fortunate to be around and pick up the mess... jejej .. so all I can say to you is.. Be really close to God and you will find joy in every single thing you do around your home! do it with love and knowing that You are doing a great job in raising your kids!!

Stefie - posted on 12/13/2009

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My husband loves to pitch in when I get overwhelmed. (He is wonderful). But, maybe you could make a clean up time part of a game with your kids. My dad would put us in swim suites and let us "help" mop the floor. I have my 15 month old help me mop by brining all of the floor mats over to one spot. Then I give her a mini broom and she sweeps while I sweep the rest of the floor. I then have to get her interested in a toy and go a quick mop. I schedule my floor twice a week. She is afraid of the vacuums so I wait until my husband comes home and he helps me.
I limit my toy clean up to her bed time only! Otherwise I feel like my whole life is picking up toys. We are showing her how to pick up toys, but she is really too young to understand.
I got my routine by making a list prioritizing by what I think needs to be cleaned most often. From there I listed out the days and set in the chores. This worked for me, hope it helps.

Jenny Dale - posted on 12/12/2009

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Hi Amberly,

I'm sorry your so overwhelmed these days, you'll find your pace and routine and then some days you'll find some personal chill time. Well maybe. OK, I have a simpler routine being that all three of my kids are in school now but its still pretty busy. I find that having one day a week (Fridays) to do the big house cleaning, so things are nice when every one is home. Then laundry on Mondays, that is if i can get it all finished that day. Most of the time i have an extra load that isn't finished. Thats the only routine advise I have. I think you should take some of the pressure off of your self to have it all done, because we are surrounded by our "work" and if you can't leave some things undone then you'll quickly go crazy. Good luck!

Jenny Dale - posted on 12/12/2009

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Hi Amberly,

I'm sorry your so overwhelmed these days, you'll find your pace and routine and then some days you'll find some personal chill time. Well maybe. OK, I have a simpler routine being that all three of my kids are in school now but its still pretty busy. I find that having one day a week (Fridays) to do the big house cleaning, so things are nice when every one is home. Then laundry on Mondays, that is if i can get it all finished that day. Most of the time i have an extra load that isn't finished. Thats the only routine advise I have. I think you should take some of the pressure off of your self to have it all done, because we are surrounded by our "work" and if you can't leave some things undone then you'll quickly go crazy. Good luck!

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