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Gladwin Mary - posted on 06/13/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )

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How to maintain a clean house with 2 small babies.

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Tracie - posted on 06/13/2012

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You don't. :-) Enjoy your babies. No one ever laid on their deathbed and thought, "Gee, I really should've spent more time cleaning."

Bethany - posted on 06/15/2012

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I follow Flylady.net. I don't refer to her site daily anymore, but her habits have been picked up and I find I don't need to check in every day anymore. I got onto her when my daughter was about 1.

Her basic daily habits, built up over time, make it feel like I have alot of spare time and my house is always presentable. I highly recommend her site, and encourage everyone to check it out. But don't rush ahead, just go by her timing.

The site has scenarios for all types of family situations.

Katrina - posted on 06/14/2012

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Well done Tracie!! You don't want your house to look like a display home. Toys on the floor through the day means you've been blessed with children, dishes in the kitchen means there are full bellies and lots of noise means people are having fun - unless it's crying or yelling you can hear LOL It's amazing what 15 minutes can do. Set the timer and go for it, you'll be surprised how much you can clear up on that time. Don't let things pile up because it's hard to catch up if it overwhelmes you. If you're having trouble getting it done, ask someone for help. When your kids are toddlers you can make a game of "pick up time" - my son loved cranes so we pretended to be cranes and picked up all the toys and dropped them into the box. I set a day each week to get the little things done, like window sils etc. When I'm cooking, I clean as I go - once I finish with a utensil/pot, I wash it, and have a fresh sink of soapy water so that after dinner, dishes can go straight in and you can wash them in a few minutes. I vacuum all floors at the same time, but bedrooms only get done once a week, the rest is done daily they're high traffic zones (loungeroom, kitchen, dining room etc). At the end of the day, as long as your clothes are not going mouldy in the laundry, there are clean clothes to wear and clean dishes to eat off, you have nothing to worry about. All the best xxx

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Sharlene - posted on 06/13/2012

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It's hard to maintain a household and cooking and washing and school dropoff and pickup and shopping lol. I clean the house once a week I have a big house with many rooms so I try to clean two rooms ove two days and also get my other chores done too, good luck

Stephanie - posted on 06/13/2012

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For me, organization is key :) if there is a place for everything it's so much easier to put away. During naptime i do any dishes that need to be done and one room each day...bathroom, laundry, living room, kitchen.

S. - posted on 06/13/2012

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Daily:- I make beds as I get up, and pick up toys in the little ones room, the pots get washed, and the kitchen units get bleched,I Hoover the dinning room and kitchen floors (food is banned anywhere else in the house) toys get put away and I usually do a wash a day. Weekly: I Hoover the whole house polish, bleach and do the bathroom. As and when: I do the windows, wipe down paint work and cupboard doors and the toilet, Every now and again I have a sort out, toys cupboards, clothes.
I find that if I spend a day getting on top of it it's easier to maintain daily and keep a routine.
If I'm poorly the Mess will still be there when I'm better and I hand out jobs to my family when I can.

Stifler's - posted on 06/13/2012

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I agree with michelle my main things are dishes, laundry, packing away the toys so there isn't crap all over the house and vacuuming. cleaning the bathroom or changing sheets sometimes goes a bit long between but not really. i do one load of washing every day, pack away the dishes from the night before in the morning, clean the windows or toilet or cupboard doors when i see it needs to be done and have 5 minutes.

Michelle - posted on 06/13/2012

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Prioritize. Not everything HAS to be done everyday. I make sure the kitchen is clean and the toys etc picked up. I vacuum usually once a week (twice if we've had other kids around), my Husband does the laundry on the weekends or sometimes a load during the week when he gets home. The bathroom gets done once a week and I do the toilet when it needs it, usually twice a week.

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