More cleaning in the house=more mess, how to keep up with everything staying calm?

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Charlotte - posted on 03/05/2010

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The last thing you want to be doing is running around all day trying to keep your home clean. Let me tell you how I solved this issue in my house..... 1st off I live in Military housing its a 2 story 4 bedroom. Lots of area to keep up with! I have a 2 year old daughter.. a 1 year old son and newborn twin girls. My home is always clean and organized.. now dont let me fool you, I had to figure out a way to get it in order and fast because when the twins 1st got home I was going nuts over my house and all the stuff I needed to do to get it clean... I finally said Enough and put my foot in my husband butt and told him that very next weekend we are going into every room one at a time and getting it clean. We started with the kitchen and worked our way up to the very last room. I now have a really well system that works.. 1. Laundy- I keep all that days dirty clothes in one basket and at the end of the day I throw that basket of dirty laundry in the washer put the clothes that are in the washer in the drier from the night before and the clothes that are in the drier get folded hung and put up before I hop into my bed for the night. O' and they do not sour.. just dont leave a load in the washer for more then a day. 2. Dishes... I am very thankful for having a dishwasher. All the days dirty dishes get put in there right after use. and then after dinner I start the dishwasher and before i head up stairs to fold laundry I empty it out and put all the dishes up. 3. Keeping clutter picked up.. well this one is the hardest I believe, what I do is anything that is not being used I have bins for out in the garage. The stuff goes in them and when I need it I go right out and get it and then when I am done with it I put it back out there.. clutter as in shoes not worn all the time..pieces to things... clothes that are out of season... stuff like that. 4. Toys.. I keep an area in my house where all toys go. A big toy box helps for this.. and I also do not let my kids play with there toys anywhere they want in the house. they play in the area where the toys are and then when finished playing with a toy I teach them how to put it back in its place. I also pick out a few toy items for them to pllay with that day and all the rest go out to the garage. I vaccume after the babies are in bed and take the trash out at that time too. I even take a few minutes at nap time to do the extra not everyday stuff such as cleaning bathroom sinks and tubs. Its all flows really nice for me but I know in order for it work I have to do the small things everyday! I never feel overwhelmed with house work. I spend a lot more time with my babies now that we have this system and its nice!! Hope this gave you a few ideas I know everyone has different life styles and ways of doing things!! Hope you can come up with something that works 4 you. Good Luck

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Valerie - posted on 03/05/2010

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I find doing a little every day beats doing a lot in one day. For example...I dust once a week with a swiffer duster and by doing that the house stays relatively clean and doesn't need a deep clean (or scrub) I wipe down the bathroom counters once a week, vacuum once a week, etc. I do one of these chores each day and it lasts at most 20 minutes. Thus my house is relatively clean without being on my hands and knees scrubbing. I did this because we have 2 dogs that shed like crazy and if I don't stay on top of it the house gets filthy fast! Plus I have allergies that really act up if I don't. :)

Rebekah - posted on 03/05/2010

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My husband is a neat freak, everything has to be in it's place, including all of they baby's things. He gets so bad sometimes i feel like walking out on him. I didn't know he was this bad until we got married. I clean all the time and the only thing he sees is what I didn't get to. So in order for me to stay calm i have to lock myself in our room and sit by myself for a while. I do have to admit, though he's still a neat freak, he does help me once in a while if I get behind and he has gotten better. But we are still young, I'm 20 and he's 21 and we have a 7 month old daughter and have been married for 2 years.

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You have to let it go. I have a list of has to be done, would like it to be done, and if we have a really good day it might get done. Usually barely make it through the has to get done list, but I really hate saying "Mommy can't play right now". I try to get my kids to help me by saying, "If you help mommy clean up, then we can have more time to play". I just keep thinking "It will be clean someday".

Juliana - posted on 03/05/2010

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learn to let go a little...get more rest and then you will be able to deal better.

Nicole - posted on 03/05/2010

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I do not make myself crazy anymore about if the house is "CLEAN'. I do what I can. I also am lucky to have a cleaning lady who comes every 2 weeks to clean the house. I love her! I also work at home part time for a company that produces non toxic cleaning products so I have the kids help out. They love to spray and clean the tables and counters. Good luck!

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