keeping on top of the housework when you've got 4 or more kids!!

Regan - posted on 03/01/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Help!! I have a massive house and 4 kids 18mos, 4 9 ,11! How do I keep on top of the housework? I just can't seem to get organised!!! The washing is never ending and the kids toilet is just disgusting if I don't clean it every day! I don't want to be some nasty mum that is always yelling and screaming about the mess, but if I'm not on their case the mess get's out of control! Can someone pls give me some tips on how to balance my day?

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Breezy - posted on 03/01/2010

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Hi Regan!! Well, sounds like we're in the same boat. I have twins 4, a son that is 2 1/2 and a 9 mo. yr old. My house isnt huge, its moderate and boy I hear ya on the whole bit about the wash never being done. Mine is currently on the dining room table. I also can relate about yelling and screaming, my oldest are 4, but they have their jobs around the house. Here are my suggestions - we dont let our kids have food upstairs in the bedrooms. We keep our house free of clutter, we dont have many nick-nacks. While myself or my husband tucks the kids in, the other picks up the front room, dining room etc. Things get done, just not as immaculate as they were when we only had the 2. Bless your heart for trying though, your 9 yr old and 11 yr old may do well with chore charts. So many points they get to do something big or great...just a thought...

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