I find it much easier keeping the house tidy working full time....we're not there to make a mess!! We don't have any toys in the living room so that helps make the house feel less messy/cluttered. I am ruthless at throwing things out. We have a cleaner come so I have to make sure it's tidy when he is here so that is good motivation! But mostly now my kids are 6 and 3 I refuse to run around after them tidying, they can tidy their toys away when they have finished and can put their plates into the kitchen, clothes in the washing basket etc, not "chores" but just respectfully clearing up after themselves where possible!
To add, we have lived here 5 years, i have only just got to a point where i have 1 laundry hamper full of dirty laundry. I feel very proud of myself. Then i realise most people only have a small basket of dirty laundry. We used to have an actual mountain, we had to climb over.
Part of me thinks, the toy clutter is onky for a short while. Once dd starts school full time in 2018 there wont be as much. My mum keeps saying, they are only little for a short time, let them make a mess, forget the dishes and instead play, make memories. Which i believe is true to a certain extent. Its easier to have fun and play when you have actual floor space.
My house is a total mess. It's not dirty, just very messy. Toys everywhere, laundry needing put away, etc. We both work all week, so the few hours we are home in the evening the absolute last thing I want to do is spend my few hours cleaning, lol. I cook, do the dishes, but that's about it during the week. Everything else I just purposefully turn a blind eye to until the weekend when i have time to deal with it.
Ours isn't too bad really I don't think. There's always whatever toys are being played with lying around and sofa cushions on the floor but that's about it. I work 2 days a week and on those days I do nothing other than dishes and maybe the bathroom if it needs it. I batch cook meals to make life easier on those days.
Laundry is always contained within the basket, I do loads 5 days a week. We don't have a dishwasher so all dishes are done immediately after use or it mounts up.
My son has asthma which has taken an age to get under control so I probably dust /hoover/clean under the sofa /beds more than most people but it really makes a difference to him.
That being said I certainly don't spend all day cleaning, I just clean as I go and my kids are great at playing independently if I need to do something for 10 mins.
I work part time (3 days a week) so we're not around to make a mess on those days. Oh is a bit OCD about mess so he pitches in and tidied as soon as he's home from work. I do all the cooking & washing pots/clothes so that is usually up to date.
& we have a cleaner twice a month for the kitchen & bathroom/ensuite/downstairs loo because I hate doing it & life's too short for some things imo.
I should also add once a quarter we go through the whole house and declutter. Anything not worn/old /not wanted etc goes to the charity shop. With moving internationally and back again, and a few moves in between we actually find it cathartic sorting through everything and making sure we actually need /want what we have around. The kids go through their toys too but we don't make them get rid of things unless they really want to or its been grown out of.
My husband works really long hours but is happy to dedicate a weekend every now and then to sort through everything. He can't abide mess so takes an active role in helping.
Since I work nightshift I would find it rather odd someone cleaning my house while I was cuddled up with my kids haha. Also, like above, not really something I could realistically afford every week or month
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