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Old Apr 1st, 2017, 15:06 PM   1
catty
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Cleaning tips/tricks/advice


Helloo, yes such a boring topic but i know it probably takes up a good chunk of everyones time.... the cleaning!

Thought if anyone had any tips/tricks to keeping a clean and tidy home feel free!!

What is everyones routines like and do you feel you actually have a good balance.
I think finally after almost 4 years of having kids im finally in a better routine of cleaning where its not taking up heaps of time but still being maintainable.

My favourite thing - Laundry!! I find it fairly easy to stay on top of this, its a routine and doesnt tend to suddenly change on me!
Cleaning my kitchen.

What i hate -
Cleaning my sofa
Cleaning walls, sticky thing from kids hands
Windows
The kids toys getting all muddled up

Feel free to share whatever you want!!



 
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Old Apr 1st, 2017, 15:28 PM   2
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Erm i wouldnt say i have a good balance mostly because i have to do the lion share of the housework and struggle to relax knowing there are things to be done. My house probably is quite clean and tidy for the most part and i try to involve B as much as i can but there are time i have to leave her to play by herself in order to clean bathrooms etc.

I dont really have a routine but bathroom and downstairs loo are cleaned 3/4 days a week. Dishes and kitchen cleaned on a regular basis throughout the day. A clothes wash is done 4 days a week. Downstairs hoovered every evening, mopped as often as i can. I dust as often as i can and clean windows/mirrors once a week usually. Everything is tidied and put away at the end of the night. I like a tidy living room once B is in bed.

I love cleaning the kitchen, always looks so nice and pretty haha. I hate ironing and putting dry clothes away.



 
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Old Apr 2nd, 2017, 03:27 AM   3
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I am no cleaning queen, we actually have a cleaner, but I still need to clean to some extent the rest of the week, the moment I cook the kitchen gets so messy. You mention the sofa, having a cat (before 2), we have always had sofa covers, they are easy to bung in the washing machine, we have 2 sets so we can exchange them. Another thing I'm working on is decluttering, the less of that there is, its easier to clean. There are also a lot of youtube channels about tidying and cleaning that can give inspiration.



 
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Old Apr 2nd, 2017, 03:35 AM   4
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Hiring a cleaner was the best thing I ever did, working full time the last thing my husband or I want to be doing is cleaning on weekends.

DH and I do laundry Saturday/Sunday, we use a dryer. DH does the ironing.

Hoovering as and when needed (cordless helps make that less of a pain!)

I hate cleaning the fridge and oven.



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Old Apr 2nd, 2017, 05:57 AM   5
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I spent the morning tidying up all the toys in the 'playroom' (our 3rd bedroom which will soon be used as an actual bedroom) and it took so long i cant stand when all the toys get mixed in together.

On my instagram id seen alot of people were using Zoflora disinfectant so i got some and i actually love it!! It makes me want to clean as i love the smell so much.

Our sofa is leather and is disgusting. I give it a good clean ever 10-14 days and just constantly looks grubby and like its nevet been cleaned.



 
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Old Apr 2nd, 2017, 06:14 AM   6
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Oh I keep hearing about this zoflora- I must get some!



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Old Apr 2nd, 2017, 07:30 AM   7
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Zoflora and baby wipes for everything here

We've also got a new mop and bought method almond floor cleaner, used it for the first time this morning and omg- it smells amazing!!! The floors are so shiny too.

For toys getting muddled, I was having this discussion (with myself... lol!) I'm going to look into getting one of those ikea unit things that you put the boxes in, think it used to be called expedit and group toys into the boxes to try and help things to become less muddled/piled on top of each other in the little storage things we have currently.



 
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Old Apr 2nd, 2017, 17:01 PM   8
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I'm horrid when it comes to housework because there's very little of it I actually like doing and it seems like my kids come through and destroy any clean room as soon as I'm done. Plus I work part-time for our family business and I am 3.5 months pregnant so I'm exhausted all.the.time.

I do try and follow the Fly Lady's program though and it does help. If you look up Fly Lady on Google, you'll go right to her website. I really like how she has things broken up and if you really follow her ideas, housecleaning really only takes about 2 hours out of your day. But I don't like that it's slightly restricted in some ways (you have daily duties like sweeping the floor and washing dishes, weekly duties like washing clothes or paying bills, and monthly duties like dusting baseboards and sweep cobwebs out of the corners) My weekly schedule changes on a weekly, sometimes daily basis so it's hard for me to say Monday is laundry day, Tuesday is errand running day, Wednesday is bill paying day, etc. But her thoughts on setting up a daily schedule and monthly schedule work really well for me. If nothing else, it helps me stay on task with my daily cleaning so the dishes don't pile up and the clothes get put away.

Oh and I also hire my nieces to come clean on Saturdays during the summer months and my kids are getting old enough to do simple jobs (loading the dishwasher, picking up their toys/books, etc.) so that helps too.



 
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Old Apr 2nd, 2017, 18:02 PM   9
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I work full time (10 hr shifts) and am off work Tues/Thurs/Sun. This is my routine:

Tuesdays I vacuum and wash the floors upstairs and downstairs, I start when DD is eating lunch so she is in her chair while I get the upstairs floors done, then she comes downstairs and plays in her playroom while I do downstairs floors. Then she goes down for a nap and I do my laundry for the week, dust surfaces, and clean windows.

Thursdays I vacuum and wash upstairs floors, vacuum the living room furniture, and clean the upstairs bathroom while DD has lunch. Then she goes down for a nap and I clean both the downstairs bathrooms, do DD's laundry for the week, and change the sheets on everyone's beds.

Sundays the only cleaning I do is vacuum and wash the upstairs floors. It's the only day my OH and I both have off work together so we don't want to spend it doing chores.

Some things happen on a daily ongoing basis like cleaning the kitchen, washing diapers, picking up toys when DD goes to bed. OH does his own laundry as needed and is quite tidy and happy to clean up the kitchen and help out with other things around the house, but he doesn't have much of a cleaning schedule because he is usually busy doing renovations or plowing the driveway or mowing the property or something. Other chores happen when we notice the need like cleaning the baseboards or vacuuming cobwebs out of corners or cleaning out the fridge. We have three bathrooms and only two people using them, so they only really need to be cleaned on a weekly basis, but I might do a quick spot clean if one of the bathroom needs it in addition to the weekly cleaning.

Our house is far from spotless but this schedule means I only clean for 2-3 hrs twice a week and our home is clean enough that I would never stress about having company drop by.

I'm fairly relaxed about the whole thing, sometimes I need to nap in the afternoon so I sleep when DD does, and then I clean when we wake up and she toddles around after me or plays with her toys. Sometimes I have other things going on and some of the cleaning just doesn't happen, which just means I'll do it another day, or maybe the baby hand print and dog nose marks stay on the window until the next week when that chore is back on the schedule.



 
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Old Apr 2nd, 2017, 21:47 PM   10
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I really like how she has things broken up and if you really follow her ideas, housecleaning really only takes about 2 hours out of your day.
Isn't 2 hours a lot? I think we do about a half hour, hour max. Aside from Fridays when I don't work, I try to clean the main bathroom, clean the porch, and vacuum that day, or on the weekend if I don't have time. The rest of the week it's just cleaning up after meals and putting away toys every evening. Usually one of us cleans as the other gets the kids ready for bed.

Basically I dislike all cleaning aside from when OH takes all the kids outside so I can clean, then it's like a vacation 😊.

The most helpful thing for us is to try to be somewhat minimalistic. We are not minimalists but we got rid of a lot of excess furniture and all knick knack-y type stuff. We do a toy rotation and not a ton of toys are out at any given time.



 
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