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Keeping up with housework

It honestly seems like I can't catch up or keep up with the housework lately! I have desperately needed to deep clean our bedroom. But just haven't had time to do it. Instead of putting a full day into cleaning it, that can be so overwhelming with other things to do….I have been taking 15-20 minutes at a time and cleaning/organizing certain sections of our room. This has made it so much easier and less stressful. 

How do you keep up with your housework without getting overwhelmed or stressed? Does your asthma/allergies bother you when you clean?

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  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    Hi Melissa, great topic! Yes, this is something that I struggle with…15-20 minutes is a good strategy…its like chipping way a mountain. You can't move it in one step. You have to take bite sized pieces of it.

    I keep trying to convince my DH that we should get hardwood floors upstairs…our carpet upstairs is 9 years old, and I think it would benefit all of us to have hardwood. That's definitely the biggest culprit of dust (we do not have any pets).

    My first priority is our basement storage room. There are so many things in there we could donate…just gotta schedule the time (15-20 minutes each day) to do it!

  • Pljohns

    Great topic Melissa!  I usually hit it on Saturday-that's the only day I'm not worn out from work-and there are a few things that get it every week-no matter what-bathrooms cleaned, laundry put away, ironing and the kitchen cleaned.  After that, I try to rotate the other stuff-dusting part of the house one week and the rest the next week, mopping the non traffic areas every other week and traffic areas weekly. 

    It helps a TON that the 2 boys are responsible for the 2 bathrooms they use, as well as dusting and vacuuming their rooms and upstairs and changing their own sheets.  I check the bathrooms to make sure they didn't give it the "once over shot" but for the most part, they do a really good job.  They also do ALL of the laundry and fold it and take theirs back upstairs with them every night. 

    The one thing that took the most out of me was vacuuming-we have 3 dogs but no carpet on the main floor.  Four years ago, i bought myself a robot vacuum cleaner.  It is programmed and runs every other day at 4:00.  I've been SUPER pleased with it and don't know what I'd do without it.  When it wears out, it WILL be replaced.

    I do need to take the curtains down and wash them but aside from that, we're pretty good about not keeping stuff we don't use/need.  Now, the "doghouse" as we call it-the man cave-is their own domain and I don't go down there and clean.  if they mess it up, it's their mess to clean up.

  • K8sMom2002

    Well … I am so behind on house cleaning because I've been sick. The house is a disaster. 

    I think at this point, if company were coming over tonight, my house cleaning tools would be either a front end loader and a fire hose … or a match.

    I'm trying to take a long view and remind myself that it didn't get this way overnight. Instead, I'm thinking about it in terms of layers … I'll just try to peel back one and a half layers at a time.

  • Pljohns

    I like that idea Cynthia!  Tonight will be a marathon cleaning session.  BIL/GF and MIL will all be at my house tomorrow before I get home so it's cleaning time tonight.  Since she has been living with us and keeping every waking minute busy, I haven't had time to clean so it currently looks like a bomb blew up.  all 3 guys are getting enlisted to help tonight-they just don't know it yet

  • K8sMom2002

    Ah, yes, I knew that whirlwind was going to get some people moving in the right direction!

    Good luck cleaning! And enjoy the nice clean house!

  • Melissa G

    I didn't realize how much you can accomplish in such a short period of time. I still have quite a ways to go, but at least I am seeing progress and I am not worn out. 

  • Melissa G

    Josh gave me another laugh today…actually he normally does on a daily basis. We have a white board in our dining room for homeschooling. I put a chore list on the board and I was gently, no so gently reminding him to get things done today. His response was…."but mom, I cleaned the bathroom and vacuumed last week!". I had to remind him those things have to be done at least once a week. Vacuuming needs to happen several times a week. 

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Since I also have COPD in addition to asthma, chores can take a while. COPD makes it so things take longer to get done. Some inhalers cause your adrenal system to poop out. I do the most important things first. I start to feel lousy and weak by around 2 pm. I feel better at 3:30 after using my maintenance inhaler. Then by 5:30 I start feeling run down. I am up very early in the morning. That is when I do my laundry. I have to lug it up and down the stairs. I keep a vacuum downstairs because it got too heavy lugging a vacuum up and down. I have a dishwasher…luckily. I just do my best. We can't do better than that!!

  • Melissa G

    I am taking the week off of school this week…that means we will spend Monday and Tuesday cleaning the house and Wednesday prepping for Thanksgiving. 

    The cleaning fairies, aka Josh and Bekah, will show up on Monday morning…

  • Shea

    Car is vacuumed and sheets are done! This week I will clean the blinds, vacuum and mop and wipe everything down, and Id like to say eash the outside of my car myself but its more likely ill run it through a car wash (cleaning fairy).

  • Pljohns

    shea-you are a powerhouse!!  I got the house CLEAN yesterday-haven’t had a chance to do that in 6 weeks from dealing with MIL.  I’m exhausted today but at least my house is clean.  I fell into bed last night and thought “I have clean sheets, a clean room and a clean house and I’m too tired to care”. At least it’s done

  • Melissa G

    I started delegating the ironing today…yes we iron…I just can't not iron…. Bekah ironed a lot of her clothes today. She did a great job too! 

  • Pljohns

    Melissa-that's GREAT-I have the ironing for all of us and it's the one thing I HATE to do

  • Deborah Bartlett

    I don't think too many of us like to iron. Cleaning the bathroom is not one of my favorites. It is something that must get done, though. 

  • Pljohns

    Same here but with 3 guys who make a mess-I delegated that task-1 bathroom to each of them!

  • Deborah Bartlett

    I have 3 bathrooms here. DH always seems to make a flood on the sink area whenever he is in there. It is easier if I just keep the bathrooms clean. Less work…ha ha! 😀

  • Melissa G

    Dh and ds share a bathroom, I don't go in there. It is there responsibility to clean it. The girls and I clean ours, and the kids take turn clean the powder room. 

  • Melissa G

    We did a lot of cleaning this week to prep for Thanksgiving…the goal now is to keep it clean! 

  • Wheezy Me

    Good job everyone!

    I don't like cleaning as well, to be honest, but I enjoy having a clean house afterwards!

    Several days ago I cleaned my room and bathroom- the latter looked so much better than before! And I also bought a new pretty plant with green and dark red leaves to decorate.

  • Shea

    Wheezy me I am the same– dont like the process of cleaning– I dont care if Pippy Longstalking was here it will never be fun for me– but looove the results (in both looks AND feeling/breathing). 

    I really should teach my 7 year old to help clean some… I can get him to pick up his toys so far. And put his clothes in the hamper. I tried teaching him folding laundry and loading the dish in the dishwasher but it hasnt become routine or anything. When I vacuum he runs from it and gets his imaginary friends to try to attack me and the "vacuum monster". (Or maybe Im the monster– especially when he attacks me while Im vacuuming lol.)

  • Wheezy Me
    Shea posted:

    Wheezy me I am the same– dont like the process of cleaning– I dont care if Pippy Longstalking was here it will never be fun for me– but looove the results (in both looks AND feeling/breathing). 

    I really should teach my 7 year old to help clean some… I can get him to pick up his toys so far. And put his clothes in the hamper. I tried teaching him folding laundry and loading the dish in the dishwasher but it hasnt become routine or anything. When I vacuum he runs from it and gets his imaginary friends to try to attack me and the "vacuum monster". (Or maybe Im the monster– especially when he attacks me while Im vacuuming lol.)

    I'm sure he will learn quickly, especially if you turn it into a game/competition. Funny how monsters, aliens etc can bring even household chores to life😃

  • Pljohns

    I don't know what I'd do without my boys-they are such a HUGE help.  As soon as they were old enough to carry a small plastic basket, I got each one one and they used it for their laundry hamper.  i taught them to carry their laundry to the laundry room every day and I would do it, fold it and when we went upstairs to get jammies on, they carried clean clothes upstairs and put them away.  As they got older, I taught them to fold and for many many years now, they have done ALL of the laundry-they wash, dry, fold and put away every day so i don't have a huge pile to do.  if we are washing sheets, they strip the beds and bring theirs down and remake their beds with clean sheets.  

    Over the years, they clean their own bathrooms, vacuum, do the dishes, take out the trash (if I ask) and have learned to cook pretty well.  I don't know how I would make it without them.  Now with grocery pickup, they go get the groceries and put everything away too!

  • Deborah Bartlett

    They are good, kind, considerate, caring boys because they were brought up by you!!! You did a superb job as a Mom!! 🏆

  • Wheezy Me

    Lynn, you taught them really well! And they are obviously good boys, too… how old are they?

  • Pljohns

    They are now 20 and 17 but have been doing most of those chore for at least 10 years.  It's super nice when i'm running late and don't have time to put a roast in the slow cooker-i can call them and just tell them to put a roast on or pretty much anything else and they know how to cook it, season it etc.  Like I said, they help me a TON

  • K8sMom2002

    Ya did GOOD, Lynn! Excellent job. 

    Yay for Bekah, too, Melissa!

    My DD is a good but uninspired cleaner — things have to get to a tipping point before she decides to clean her room. I have decided to pick my battles on that one. 

    She has been ironing and doing laundry for several years now — mainly because the bulk of the laundry is HERS. That child will change outfits three times in one day. And so much of her clothes have to be washed and then hung — it only took her dad a couple of times of shrinking a piece of her clothes for her to decide that doing her own laundry was a small price to pay.

  • Pljohns

    It does get disheartening when you clean and clean and then you get sick or so busy you don't have time to stay at it.  You look around and realize you have to start all over again-not totally but some of it

  • Melissa G

    I thought I had done a better job of keeping up with my housework. I moved something on the top of the fridge and let's just say there was some dust on top of the fridge.  How is it, I always forget to clean up there? Guess what is getting done this afternoon?

  • LK

    Melissa,  Somehow I always find some place where dust is hiding!  Hope the fridge dust bunnies are tame!  

  • LK

    Lynn,  Shhhhh!!  Don't tell mine!  They think they are the only ones!!  

  • LK
    Deborah Bartlett posted:

    That's because you're some bunny special, Lisa!

    Deborah,  I like your sense of humor!  Made me smile!    

  • Pljohns

    Everyone keeps looking for life on other planets-maybe it's already here and it's the dust bunny/monsters!!!!  They are here observing us